Great running by the Harriers at the London Marathon! Well done Philip Bridge on his 2.33 clocking; and to Harrier Life member Elspeth Turner, 1st F50. Remember: Pub Run this Wednesday 26th

What a great day for running last Sunday (23rd April) when 9 current members of the Harriers plus one of our Hon Life members toed the start line at the London Marathon! u23 athlete Philip Bridge, currently studying at Exeter University, ran a great even paced race for his 106th position and time of 2.33 - not bad out of 40,000 finishers! Also having a pb experience was Elspeth Turner, one of Honorary Life members for her contribution to Somerset Athletics, who finished 1st F50 overall in a nippy little time of 2.57. Elspeth now lives down in Sussex and competes for Horsham Blue Star Club.

 

 

 

Tom Dukes ran a good 2.47 which is a personal best, so all that hard training paid off. Squeezing in under the 3 hour mark was one of the Club's top V50 male athletes, when John Glaisher ran 2.59. Just missing out on that mark was Andrew Tindal, with his 3.00 pb clocking, and also close to the 3-hour mark were Damien Pick, 3.02, and Neil Biss, 3.05.

 

Katrina Prior ran a good solid race for 3.45, with Simon Carr back in 4.09 and Melissa Aspinall back in 4.29 on her debut at the distance. That was some great running by all of the Harriers with the usual superb support and atmosphere to take in! No doubt some will re-double their efforts for next year and look to take a minute or two off their times.

 

In the London Mini Marathon, covering the final 3 miles of the longer route (from Smithfield to the finish line) was u14 Toby Watson running as part of the select 6 person South west region team. He had a great time running the course with excellent support along the way.

 

The public ballot entry system for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon opens on Monday 1 May and closes at 17:00 on Friday 5 May 2017. The ballot will be open for five days to give everyone who wants to enter the event a fair chance to do so. Go to the Virgin London marathon website for details.

 

Wells City Harriers and Yeovil Olympiads will also receive Club entries for the 2018 race. The more members we have signed up, paying their membership fees by 30th June, the more Club places we will receive. If you wish to be considered for the Club allocated places, remember:

1. You have to be a paid up full member on 1st May

2. You have to have applied via the main public ballot and been rejected - you will find out in October

3. You have to let the Harrier chairman & secretary know that you have been rejected, with proof, by 1st November

 

The Club places will be open to all those who satisfy these conditions and the draw, if need be, will take place at the Club AGM at the end of November 2017.

 

The Clubs Annual Marathon award - the Kevin Sheppard award -  and other awards will be made immediately following the Harrier AGM on Wednesday 24th May. Please make every effort to attend this event.

 

THIS MONTH's PUB RUN:

WEDNESDAY 26th April - led by Pete Wright from the Butleigh Rose & Crown pub - gather up at 6.30pm-6.40pm for a 45-60 minute run, followed by a drink and meal. ALL WELCOME