Harriers compete hard at SW Road Relays, Budapest Half marathon; and then stacks of personal bests at Yeovilton 5k! Ed, Dylan, Lilly, Toby, Bernard, Arthur, Oli

Wells City Harriers sent two teams to compete at the South West Road Relays last weekend, (8th & 9th April) whilst a number of other members were racing at the Budapest Half Marathon. The trip to Exeter was, ironically, more difficult due to traffic problems which meant that half of the men’s team only just arrived in time and one member of the women’s team was unable to arrive in time. Nevertheless, the teams performed really well. Sam Somerville, for the men, and Caitlin Carnegie for the women had the best times. On Wednesday night (12th April) there was a host of personal bests for Harriers competing at the Yeovilton 5km race, with Ed Stahl leading home the 20 Harriers competing. Berni Mundy goes top of the national V70 5k rankings! (Photo below from the SW Road relays)







The SW Road Relays were held at Exeter and drew teams from Cornwall to Wiltshire to contest 6 stages for men and 4 stages for women on a course of approximately 3.2km.The Harrier men's team finished 2nd whilst the women's team were 5th.


For the men the quickest Harrier time was by Sam Somerville on the anchor leg in a nippy 9.26. Other members of the team were Ed Stahl 9.46; Johnny Ellis 10.26; George Mallinson 10.47; Matt Cole 10.11; and Michael Biss 9.40.The women's team were fortunate to ensure a team finish in spite of the traffic mayhem.Times were: Amy D'Arcy 12.20; Lucy Pittard 14.17; Hannah Graham 13.21; Caitlin Carnegie 12.12.


Annette reports on the background to the events:

It was a bit of a chaotic day as there were serious delays on the motorway junction 30 ,as a horse box and four x four had turned over, causing Exeter to jam up completely in the end as Lilly couldn't even get through, but we had Hannah with us to make up the team. They had to run with the men later on as Lucy was late arriving. They all enjoyed it in the end and put up a creditable performance against some very strong teams.


The men's team were three short because of the delays and were thinking they would have to run 2 legs each which wouldn't have counted of course. Geoff arrived with the other three just in time so we had to change the team around so they could warm up and they did brilliantly moving up from 4th after the first leg, to second as Sam came up the rear with a storming run."


That's a great effort by all concerned!


Also at the weekend a small contingent of Harriers travelled out with friends to compete at the Budapest Spring Half Marathon on the Sunday. This follows on last year's trip to Rejkyavik. Andrew Piper was first Harrier home in 1.39, with Mike Rusca close behind in 1.40, and then Jane Whittaker,2.04 and Tracey Bryant 2.11.


At the first of this season’s Yeovilton 5km road races on Wednesday 12th April, the Harriers had 20 competitors and numerous personal bests were achieved, especially the junior members who have been training hard this past winter. Leading the Harrier contingent home was Ed Stahl in a nippy personal best of 16.08 for 10th place with Tom Dukes in 12th with 16.26 as he now starts to taper in preparation for the London Marathon on 23rd April.


Not too far behind Tom was eldest son, 15 year old Dylan Dukes who well and truly smashed his pb with a 16.59 clocking for 18th place. Also recording a great pb was Lilly Hawkins, back from Uni for Easter, in 34th place, 2nd female, with 18.00 and crossing the line in the same breath was Mike Glover, 35th in 18.00.


Nick Somerville was 41st in 18.31, and back racing for the Harriers again was Tuesday night Harrier training group member Zoe Kurle in 49th with 19.06. Then came a couple of the Harrier’s Monday night junior members with excellent pbs: Toby Watson in 50th in 19.06, and Bernard Mealing in 55th with 19.42; Holly Bigger (also a Tuesday eve Harrier training member) was back in 53rd in 19.29. (Photo below of Bernard, left and Toby, right with Mike Glover middle - photo by Bernard's dad)




In 90th position overall but, more importantly, going top on the UK rankings for V70 at 5k for 2017 was harrier founder member Berni Mundy,  with an excellent 22.12. He was obviously 1st V70 on the night.


Other Harrier/YOAC (*) positions and times: 65th Mike Bosley 20.21; 68th Lewis Brooks 20.41 (pb?); 75th Arthur Rowe 21.04 (pb); 77th Oli Harras 21.09 (pb); 82nd Craig Foley 21.18; 88th Katrina Prior, also in London Marathon training, 21.55; 96th Gary Tubridy 22.42; 125th Sam Pollard 25.42; 156th Janet Pollard 29.24.

Well done all!


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