Wells City Harriers

"A FRIENDLY RUNNING CLUB THAT WELCOMES ATHLETES OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES"

We had 7 junior teams and 5 senior/veteran teams running at the prestigious South of England Road Relays at Aldershot on Saturday & Sunday Sept 23rd & 24th. There were some great team results.

Vet50pic_Large  The Vets

 

 

The Road Relays are open to teams from across the south - coming from an area from Cornwall to Norfolk and without doubt the Harriers were once again the strongest team from the entire south-west region.They are held on a traffic-free loop with two small hills on each loop. there is a good atmosphere and support around the course. The Harrier tent was again on display and we had over 50 athletes competing across the two days. There was great support by parents at the Saturday races.

 

OVERALL HARRIER TEAM PERFORMANCES

u13 girls 23rd out of 91 teams entered

u13 boys 6th (A team) & 39th (B team) out of 74 teams entered

u15 girls 7th out of 99 teams entered

u15 boys 9th out of 69 teams entered

u17 women 13th out of 53 teams entered

u17 men 14th out of 64 teams entered

Senior Women incomplete team

Senior Men 15th out of approx 80 entered teams

Mens V40 team 5th out of approx 30 entered teams

Mens V50 team 6th (A team) & incomplete B team out of approx 25 entered teams

 

Events on the Saturday got underway with the u13girls team (3 runners per relay team for the girls). 1st leg runner Lucy Baldwin ran a great 8.37 for the 2.3km course and was 9th at handover to Harriet Fox. Harriet was competing at the very youngest end of the age group, having celebrated her 11th birrthday in the past 10 days. She ran an excellent composed race finishing in a time of 9.39, and this was then followed up by another great run from Amy Darcy, the most experienced runner of the trio at this event in that she had been here last year. Her time of 9.39 helped the team to finish 23rd, an improvement on last year's u13g finish of 31st. Lucy's time was 13th fastest of the day for this age group.

 

In the u13 boys race over the longer 3km loop, we had two teams out competing for the Harriers and all 8 of the boys ran really well. The A team had a storming set of runs to finish overall 6th, with the B team also well up in 39th place. The A team had a couple of 'old hands' who ran here last year and their experience and pace really paid off. The B team saw all 4 boys turning out for the first time here and they should be pleased with their efforts at this level of competition.

 

For the A team, on the first leg Oliver Dickinson set off and ran a brilliant 10.51 to hand over the A team in 4th place  to Alex Williams who then ran a great 11.35  to hold the team in 6th place, a position carried through by Josh Thorne on third leg (11.41) and James Bridge on final leg (11.17). That was some performance by the team to finish 6th in a combined time of 45.24.Oliver's time was 8th fastest of the day for this age group.

 

For the B team, Michael Biss dealt well with the pressure of the first leg to run 13.00, to hand over to Louis Tichenor (13.15), then Johnny Ellis (12.33) and Harry Panayides (13.06). For these boys if they carry on training consistently over the next year they will close the gap on some of the A team members. The team finished in 39th place.

 

In the u15 girls race, we again had another top ten team finish with a 7th place. Isobel Glaisher ran 10.44 on the first leg, handing over just behind the lead runner. Isobel's time was 4th fastest of the day for this age group.Charlotte Baker took over on leg 2 and ran a solid 11.51 before Abogail Gibbon, the most experienced of the trio at these relays brought the team home in 7th with her time of 12.01.

 

In the u15 boys race Charlie Martin took responsibility for the first leg and ran a solid 10.27 to finish mid-field despite having a stitch during the race. Sam Sommerville's 10.22 for the 2nd leg was good for moving us up through the field to handover in 13th place. Luke Prior held it together with a good 10.32 to maintain our position and it was left to Oliver Fox to run quickest of the team with 9.38 as he chased down a number of other teams to bring us up to 9th. Oliver's time was 6th quickest of the day. Luke & Sam will be young enough to compete in this age group again next year.

 

In the u17 womens race (again over the 3km distance) we had a great trio of runners with Rebecca Carver using her experience from last year to take the first leg in a time of 12.26. Lilly Hawkins then took over and showed that she continues to improve with every race over this distance when she recorded 11.24. Emily Smith then equalled that time on the final leg to bring the team home in 13th place. All three of these girls/women are young enough to run in this age grpoup next year, so that's a great result.

 

In the u17 mens race held over the longer course of 3.85km, we had Matt Cole on the first leg. His 800m speed was challenged here in the big pack but he battled on and brought the team home in 44th place. Matt Dickinson, who won gold here last year for the fastest u15 boys time of the day, then took up the 2nd leg and relished being able to chase down a number of rivals to hand over to Curtis Stevens (3rd leg) in 21st place. Matthew's time was 12.29. Curtis continued the great work hauling the team up to 13th with a time of 13.16. Then came Phillip Bridge who ran a well judged leg of 13.33 and held off all opponents apart from one that got past him for a final team position of 14th.

 

In the Senior womens race we had a number of athletes withdraw due to injury, illness and unavailability. This was espacially disappointing for the Team manager, Anna Lewis, now recovering once again from a broken foot and we wish her well in getting it mended. Not to be daunted, two of the Harrier senior women still gave the relays their best shot and Katerina Prior gamely stepped up to the mark to take the leg one in 15.33, with Sam Baker on leg two in 17.25. WELL DONE BOTH! 

 

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