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ROAD, CROSS-COUNTRY & FELL RUNNING

 

Wells City Harriers – for road, fell running and cross-country events across the calendar

 

Members of Yeovil Olympiadscompete as Wells City Harriers at the above disciplines.

 

Cross-Country: Each autumn we appoint volunteers to team manage at the various Cross Country Leagues and Cross Country Championship matches.  We are looking for volunteers now for the 2015/16 season which will commence in October. Can you help? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the role. The contact details for team managers will appear here when finalised. All fixture dates will be on the Club calendar.

 

Road Running Relay teams: Each September we appoint team managers to manage the teams that compete at the Southern & National road relays. Can you help? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the role. The contact details for team managers will appear here when finalised

 

Off-road Relay teams: We enter teams in a number of long distance events, and we appoint team managers:

Cotswold Way Relay (June 27th): Paul Chadwick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & Mike Rusca This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are team-managing the Harrier teams;

Parrett Trail Relay (mid-October). Can you help? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the role. The contact details for team managers will appear here when finalised

 

 

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TRACK &FIELD

Yeovil Olympiads- for Track & field events throughout the summer

Members of Wells City Harriers compete as Yeovil Olympiads on the track

 

Calendar of competition for 2015 is here

http://www.yeovilolympiads.com/Pages/Fixtures.aspx

 

Team Managers for Track & Field here

http://www.yeovilolympiads.com/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

 

KEY POINTS – HOW THE SOUTH WEST ATHLETICS LEAGUE WORKS

  • The South West League is the only League solely for clubs from the South West.
  • There are two divisions with 8 clubs in Div 1 and 9 in Div 2 covering the counties of Cornwall, Devon , Somerset , Dorset , Wiltshire. The Yeovil team is in Div 1. 
  • There are just four Sunday meets each year, held between late April and early September; and 1 Cup Meet usually held in the middle.
  • The venues vary between Yeovil and Exeter for Division 1
  • The league caters for male and female athletes in the following age groups: U13, U15: U17; U20 (men only) and Senior Men & Women.
  • The events on offer for each age group change slightly from the A and B programmes which are alternated between fixtures.
  • Two athletes compete in each event for each age group – A and B string plus up to 2 guests are allowed per event.  U17W and U20M only A string.
  • Points are scored in the A string as follows: 13 for a win, 12 for second, 11 for third etc.  B string is 12 for a win, 11 for second etc.  No points for guests. 
  • NOTE: If an A string athlete has to withdraw for any reason, the B string competitor must move up to take his/her place in order to score. I.e. the B string performance will only count if an A string has also competed.
  • Teams are also awarded extra points for providing the required number of qualified officials, and are expected to officiate events as per a programme. Results are calculated per age group but it is the overall total which counts.  Cups are awarded to the winning age group/club on an annual basis 

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THE ROLE OF THE CLUB

  • Dates of fixtures are advertised from March in the newsletter, at training and on the web site.  The Yeovil Olympiads website should carry the latest info but all made available to us at Wells Harriers will also go on the Harrier website.
  • Coaches at the Harriers Monday session will remind juniors in the run up to each fixture, and athletes will be encouraged to make themselves available and to contact team managers 
  • All athletes who are old enough to compete are encouraged to do so, either as scoring athletes or guests.  The League is the perfect opportunity for beginners to compete for the first time. 
  • Athletes are asked for confirmation of their availability and various phone calls/e-mails are made by the team managers to chase up athletes in the week before the competition. 
  • Team managers then select events for athletes – sometimes this has to be changed on the day because of last minute withdrawals. 
  • Depending upon the venue and numbers we also try to help out with transport, arrange lifts. YOAC often put a coach or minibus on if needed.
  • On the day we aim to get to the venue 45 minutes before the first event.
  • Letters and pins are given out on the day. Generally Y is for A string, YY for B string. Guests wear numbers; but note some variation in numbering where U20's compete with Seniors.
  • The club has to provide a number of officials for different events throughout the day and once a year Yeovil host a fixture which means we need even more helpers from amongst parents.

 

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THE ROLE OF THE ATHLETE

  • To make a commitment to compete for the club in all team fixtures where possible.
  • To contact the team manager for your age group to confirm your availability for selection at least by the Wednesday before the competition. PLEASE REMEMBER IT’S JUST ONE PHONE CALL/E-Mail FOR YOU TO MAKE BUT SEVERAL FOR THE TEAM MANAGER – TRY TO CONTACT the manager before they have to contact you.
  • To show a willingness to compete in events other than your best or favourite
  • Sometimes we might have four athletes all wanting to run the 100 metres in the same age group. The manager's job is to put out the strongest team and with only two scoring places available per event you may be asked to do a different event or stand in at the last minute if someone injures themselves on the day.
  • To turn up to the competition and to your events in good time, and stay to the end of the competition for the RELAYS