Wells Fun Run - Bank Holiday Sunday running for all ages!
There was a terrific turn out for the 14th edition (*) of the Wells Fun Runs, organised by a local committee supported by Wells City Harriers. The morning started with warm sunshine but saw a drizzly interlude happen whilst the two lap 10k race was underway. Proceedings started with some enthusiastic running by the under 8s over an 800m course and finished with the 10k. All the races finished by the Bishops Palace and the Bishop of Bath & Wells blessed the 10k race with his presence.
Nathan Young & Joanna Carritt were victors in the 10k race whilst Bishop Peter was rewarded with a 10k personal best. Our thanks to all the sponsors, marshals, officials , and the Lord Mayor of Wells for helping make the event go so smoothly. Biggest thanks, as ever though, to Julia Dukes, Lynne Elstob and Sharon Bowles of the Harriers for coordinating everything so well. Read on for a report and link to results.
Nathan Young (Wells City Harriers) and Joanna Carritt (Running Forever club) were the winners of the 10k race in times of 33.40 and 40.34 respectively. Nathan was chased to the line by the Harrier's Deputy Chairman Christian Green who finished in 34.39 for 2nd place with team mate Zak Hurrell 3rd in 35.04. For the women, Joanna was followed in by Francesca Rawlings (Clevedon AC) in 41.25 and Tara Johnston ( u/a) in 42.31.
Dylan Dukes (Wells City Harriers) was 1st u19 runner in 38.43; Adam Cox 1st V40 in 37.16; Mark Heard was 1st V50 in 38.16; John Shapland (Bideford AC) was 1st V60 in 40.26; and Derek White (Minehead RC) was 1st V70 in 53.04.
Alice Gait (Somer AC) was 1st female u19 in 51.52; Rosie Frapwell 1st senior female in 45.00; Angie Ridgewell (u/a) 1st FV45 in 45.10; Mary Butcher (Minehead RC) 1st FV55 in 51.08; and Lesley Nesbitt (Yeovil Town RR)1st FV65 in 52.34.
Other Wells City Harrier results: 8th Christopher Walker 37.28; 11th Alexander Coombs 37.47;16th Will Pate 39.10; 21st Jeemy Linster 40,20; 25th Justin Thomas 40.43; 30th David Kitcher 41.48; 38th Andy Piper 42.15; 56th Chris Searle 44.10; 71st Ali Blaney 45.23; 79th Mike Bosley 45.52; 81st Andrew Robinson 45.54; 90th Kelly Moger 46.36; 92nd Douglas Wilson 46.57; 97th Nick Barton 47.40; 98th Carol Buckland 47.44; 126th Andrew Pate 49.15; 112th Natalie Winstone 48.22; 138th Gary Tubridy 50.03; 166th Alice Knight 52.06; 216th Colin Fox 56.08; 285th Mike Ommanney 63.38; 301st Nick Edwards 66.40; 319th Jenny Adams 75.52
Wells City Harriers won the team prize in the 10k: Nathan, Christian & Zak. There were 321 finishers in the 10k race, including one runner from Ireland, a contingent from Cambridge Harriers (South London) and representatives from Clubs across Somerset. Well done all!
The 10k race was part of the Somerset Race Series sponsored by Cornwall Glass. Next race in the Series is the Crewkerne 10k race on Sunday June 2nd.
In the 5k race Lewis Sternkopf won in 17.38, chased all the way by two of the Wells City Harrier u17 athletes Toby Watson, 2nd in 18.21 and Bernard Mealing, 3rd in 18.52. 1st M40 was Ross Wayne (Purbeck Runners) in 19.38; 1st M50 was David Snelling in 20.10; 1st M60 was Bob Depledge in 21.51; 1st M70 was James Parker (Lingfield RC) in 35.06; and 1st M80 was evergreen Anthony Hickson (Avon Valley Runners) in 38.38
Isabelle Walker, one of the Harriers u15 Monday juniors won for the females in overall 17th position in 21.31. 2nd female home & 1st FV45 was Nicki Guiver (Yeovil Town RR) in 22.21; and 3rd female was the Harriers Melissa Aspinall (1st FV35) in 23.02. 1st F55 was Liz McConnell in 24.39.
Wells City Hariers won the team prize in the 5k race. 164 runners competed in the 5k race.
The junior 3k race for ages 10-12 saw Will Birchall from Lyme Regis run to victory in a nippy 11.28, chased by another of the Harriers Monday juniors, Owen Dukes, in 11.56; and 3rd was Thomas Darton (South Glos AC) in 12.10. For the girls Martha Macpherson won in 14.06, with Harriet Hobbs next in 14.23 and Rachel Gait (Somer AC) 3rd in 14.41. 34 runners competed in the 3k race.
First three home in the 3k race
In the 1.2k race for 8-10 year olds, Freddie Godden won in 4.17, ahead of 1 st girl in overall 2nd place, Asta Maddox (Wells Harriers) in 4.36, and 3rd place Indy Pitman in 4.38. 56 runners competed in the 1.2k race.
Results Link here: http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16418&RId=579&EId=4
The first three home in the 1.2k race:
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TRAINING WITH THE HARRIERS
Come & join the Harriers for training if you live locally. Sessions for different ages, abilities in various locations. Coaching for those looking to improve and achieve a personal best. Junior Harrier sessions on a Monday at Millfield, Street.
We have helped coach 9 juniors to TeamGB selection in the past 20 years.
Seniors on a Tuesday at Street or Wells on a Wednesday.
Social runs from a local pub every month - this Wednesday May 29th from the Hunters Inn, Priddy (6.30/6.40 meet).
See detail on the Calendar entries or on the training tab. Contact Paul Chadwick 07761 967075 if you need more information.
Races organised or supported by the Harriers
(*)Sundays race was the 14th version of the Fun Runs in this particular format and it follows on from the Harrier organised 'Gerry Murray' races that used to take place 1988-1998 over a 5k course in the City Centre. For 2 or 3 years those races were also a British Championship road race which the Harriers administered .
The next Harrier supported local race is the Baltonsborough races on the Monday of the August Bank Holiday - see separate website table about WCH supported races for entry details.