Wells City Harriers


At the weekend (17th November) there was some good running by the Harrier’s Membership Secretary, Alice Knight, and the Club Secretary, Paul Chadwick, when they competed at the challenging but very scenic Drogo 10 mile multi-terrain race which started and finished by the National Trust’s Castle Drogo, near Okehampton, Devon. The race sees competitors running through the woodland and valley, alongside the scenic river, adjacent to the Castle - which was, incidentally, the last Castle built in England! In the field of 600 runners Alice finished in 305th position in 1.43 whilst Paul was 209th in 1.34. Former member Lucy Heath also had a great run for 198th in 1.33. Read on for news about the Somerset Series, the Club's Annual Dinner and the London Marathon places ballot.


Alice and Paul, with Lucy in the middle, in front of the Castle (photo by Andrew P)



This coming Sunday, 24th November, there is expected to be a good turn-out of Harriers at the annual Bent Knoll Fell race over a distance of 5.3 miles. The Harrier’s Deputy Chairman Christian Green is in pole position to retain his Somerset Race Series title which he won in 2018 with the race being the last counter in the year long contest. Other Harriers will be doing their best to try and win one of the coveted engraved glasses, whilst all that have competed in 8 races in the Series are in line for their Technical T-shirts. The Series is sponsored by Cornwall Glass and supported by the affiliated Clubs in Somerset to encourage joint promotion of the Club races and some friendly competition on the road and multi-terrain amongst Club runners from near and far.


If you've not competed in the Series this year then think about supporting the Series next year, when the available races to count will increase to 23, and the qualifying number to count in the Series will be 9. Three of the races are sponsored and assisted by Wells City Harriers - the Babcary road race in February, the Butleigh multi-terrain in April and the Wells Fun Run in late May. All that complete 9 races will gain a Series award. Latest information on the Series can be seen on the dedicated website.


The Club’s draw for its allocated London Marathon places will take place a week on Friday (29th November) at the Harrier’s Annual Dinner which will see over 70 members gather at the City’s Swan Hotel (7pm gathering) to socialise and enjoy the 2 course meal with Quiz (hosted by Richard Morgan), raffle, and the awarding of the fabled bog-seat (**).



There are now 10 Club members in the ballot for the 2 places available this year with the full list being:

Emma Jupp

Rosie Park

Jo Swift

Melissa Aspinall

Kim Parish

Richard Morgan

Alex Meadows

Dave Fussell

Robbie Hawkins

Natalie Winstone


(** - if you have a nomination for the bog seat please let Graham or Paul know in advance and be prepared to announce your nomination at the event. The bog seat is voted on by the usual clapometer test and is awarded to the Harrier who has done the most amusing silly thing in the past year. Most of the committee have won it in years gone by and last year's winner was a well deserved Andrew Piper..... He's looking forward to giving it to someone else!)

Last year's winner - your picture can be here if you are successful! (photo by Paul)




Remember to enter the Cross Country Championship races well in advance - don't leave your entry to the last minute. See full details in the article here.


& Finally....

VIEW FOR RUNNERS AT THE DROGO 10 this past weekend (photo by Andrew P)

aaDrogo view