Wells City Harriers


Elise Thorner went into the early season European top ten rankings this past weekend (May 18th/19th) with an excellent pb at an invitational 3,000 metre steeplechase race, whilst Christian Green had a good day on the fells in Snowdonia, finishing 10th in the tough Cader Idris fell race. Read on also for a report from last Wednesday's (May 15th) Town Trail 10k race. Last call also for entries and helpers for the Wells Fun Run this coming Sunday. 
Chris Green powers up to the top in 5th place (photo by Helen)
Al Thorner reports: 
"Wells City Harrier u20 Elise Thorner  accepted an invite from England Athletics to compete in the 61st edition of the Loughborough International Track & Field match last Sunday (19th May). This was Elise's first international match competing against senior opposition and only her second attempt at the longer, 3000m distance, steeplechase. Competing against athletes from England, Wales and a guest athlete from Poland, she came home in 5th place out of 8 starters and recorded a time of 10 mins 47.74 which currently ranks her 9th fastest in Europe as an U20 junior athlete. Elise will now drop down to the 800m for a couple of months in an attempt to gain selection for the European U20 championships being held in Sweden in July."
Elise shows a good turn of speed coming out of the Steeplechase water (photo by Al)
This week both Elise and her twin brother, Ollie, who competes at decathlon, were elected Honorary Life Members of the Wells City Harriers in recognition of their selection last year to compete for the TeamGB team at the European u18 Track & Field Championships. They become the 8th & 9th Harrier members to compete for Team GB in the last 20 years, since Amber Gascoigne was selected for the World Cross Country Championships in 1999.
Elsewhere this past weekend, 2 senior Harriers competed at the tough Cader Idris Fell Race in Snowdonia over a 10.5 mile course with almost 3,000 feet of ascent. Deputy Chairman Christian Green found the course to his liking to claim a top ten finish in 1hour 36minS, running very strongly to the top but losing some places on the descent. The Club's Hon Secretary, Paul Chadwick, was returning after a 20 year gap to the race and couldn't replicate his top twenty finish from last time out  but finished this time in 120th place out of 260 finishers, in 2.12. This is one of the classic tough fell races, and Paul's next outing in Snowdonia will be a return to the Snowdon Fell Race in July.
(Paul is team managing two Harrier teams at the 103 mile Cotswold Way relay on Saturday June 29th - there is space for 1 or 2 more Harriers in the 10 person teams. Contact him if you fancy that.)
Craig Foley updates us on the Town Trail 10k race of last week where u18 Will Pate had a great run:
"Wednesday saw the latest race in the Somerset Race Series: the Town Trail 10k multi-terrain race. First home for Wells, in 6th place overall, was William Pate in a time of 42:28. Andrew Piper was next, in 18th place, in 44:47, closely followed by Rachel Glaisher in 30th place, in 46:14. Other Wells City Harriers finishers: 46:35 33rd Craig Foley; 46:52 36th Andrew Robinson; 49:14 50th Mike Bosley; 55:53 105th Alice Knight. There were 205 finishers." (photo to follow)
The next race in the Somerset Series is the Harrier supported Wells Fun Run 10k this coming Sunday, 26th May. The 10k race is one of five races that finishes by the Bishops Palace, with different distances for all ages. On line entry is available until the 24th May, and entry on the day is possible up to one hour before each race starts but it would assist organisers if not everyone came at the last minute!! Details and on line entry link here:
Race start times 
under 8s race 10.00
1.2k 10.15 (age 8-10)
3k 10.25 (age 10-12)
5k 10.50 (age 13 upwards)
10k 11.15 (age 15 upwards)
All race numbers to be collected from the Town Hall an hour before your race. Good luck to all runners taking part, with many raising money for charity and proceeds from the race going to local good causes and groups.
Harrier members, or parents of junior members should volunteer to help at this event - please don't leave it to others to ensure the races go to plan.