Wells City Harriers




(Elise Thorner 340 in action at the USA College XC Championships, March 2021)

This week we report on competitive action for a small number of Harriers in action abroad or closer to home as the Club’s training sessions resume. Elise Thorner had a great run at the National College XC Championships in the States whilst brother Ollie has started his Track & Field season with some personal bests. Bob Martin continues to record age-level winning performances at Triathlon down under; and Ben Lloyd & Zak Hurrell had great runs at the Exeter 10k and 5k respectively. Read on for the April Thursday training session plan and what you need to do for your Club Membership.


Wells City Harrier Elise Thorner improved her position in her New Mexico University College team from 6th to 5th which meant she was a scoring team member in the recent National USA College Championships. The team were disappointed with 6th place overall as they were in third place with one girl’s legs turning to jelly with 100m to go and she lost 100 places in that last 100m. The standard was very high with Elise's team mate who competed at a recent World Track Championships in Doha being New Mexico’s best placed girl finishing only in 22nd place.

Elise described it as the hardest race she had every run with dry conditions and 7 hills to navigate. "The first kilometre at 3.08 pace felt like a Personal Best!" Elise finished 3rd British athlete out of the 9 that competed with some talented potential TeamGB athletes behind her. After a few days off it’s now straight into the track season and she will soon be competing over 1500m in the Oregon stadium where the World Champs will be held in 2022. Elise is one of the Wells City Harriers who has previously been selected for TeamGB and is on a Scholarship studying and training in the States.


Likewise on a Scholarship, her twin brother, decathlete Ollie Thorner has started his outdoor track & field season. He recorded a 11.40m Shot Put distance (7.26k weight) in Seattle on 20th March and then bettered that mark for a pb 12.30m in Los Angeles four days later. On the same day he recorded a pb in the Discus (2k) with 37.64m and also had a good High Jump of 1.95m. Ollie is studying at the University of Washngton.


Over in Australia, V70 Bob Martin has continued his competitive career over the Southern hemisphere summer season, competing in three Triathlons within the month - Sprint; Half Ironman & Olympic distnaces - and no doubt he once again has his eye on the possibility of a place at the Worlds Ironman held every year in Hawaii, should Covid-19 allow. Bob has been age category Oceania Ironman Champion in a number of recent years and has consequently competed at Hawaii multiple times. He reports that the triathlon season down under has been both very competitive and sociable.


Closer to home, u23 Ben Lloyd and Zak Hurrell took advantage of the road races held in Exeter on 2nd April with Ben recording 32.52 (pb) for 4th place out of 157 over the 10k distance. Zak ran 15.52 (pb) for 11th place out of 91 runners in the 5k.

More competitive opportunities are now coming up




Yeovil Spring Open events will be held over three successive Saturdays (all age groups):

24th April Throws & Jumps

1st May Track events 75m to 800m & Throws

8th May Track events 800m and longer & Pole Vault & Jumps

DETAILS HERE - ENTER ON LINE – please don’t leave entry to last minute


SW League – dates being finalised but with league divided into two for fixtures to minimise travel over the summer months. YOAC (with Wells) will compete in the East League See YOAC website when dates are fixed and contact team managers to advise you are available. u13 age group and upwards.


Southern Athletics League – YOAC (& Wells) competing in the South-west local division with Bournemouth AC, Team Dorset & Salisbury AC. Dates now finalised – see YOAC website for link to SAL website. u17 age group & upwards.

See Harrier Team News tab for dates of various Championships which are now being lined up.



The Glastonbury Road Run is coming up on Sunday 2nd May – enter by 17th April. This will be a measured 10k course. See details on website here.

As we hear of other road or multi-terrain races, especially those organised by our fellow Clubs in Somerset, we will post details up on the Harrier website. There is still some hope that Clubs will get back to organising more safe races by the summer/autumn period.



Cotswold Way Relay. The Harriers have a very long history at this event going all the way back to 1994. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 3rd July. We need a team manager or two to recruit a team or two (ten per team). Entry has to be made by the end of April. See details on the dedicated website here. Please contact Graham or Paul if you wish to team manage for the Harriers.

A few Harriers have already entered the Brecon Fans Races on the same weekend of 3rd/4th July – a race in each day. If this is what you fancy please see the dedicated website here.



The Wells City Harriers coaching team welcomed back juniors and seniors to the training sessions at Strode College on Monday and Thursday evenings this past week. Commencing 29th March.

MONDAY: There were 16 eager and keen juniors at the first session back but there is no Junior session on Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) but they resume for age 8-15 on Monday 13th April. Book a place in advance.

THURSDAY: The Thursday session on 1st April saw almost 30 junior and senior athletes (age 14- 78) put through their paces running to the first of the April training session plans. Book a place in advance.

THURSDAY TRAINING plan for April 2021

WEDNESDAY: The Social group runs from Wells Rugby Club also resumed on Wednesday 31st March with groups of up to 6 running together and with the lighter evenings able to run off road onto the Mendips. Later in Spring (May/June) Lynn Elstob & Sharon Bowles plan to resume the beginners/improvers group.

All sessions are run under the relevant Covid-19 rules

For details of the Harrier training groups please see dedicated Training tab. Contact Paul Chadwick or Graham Goldsmid if you aren’t sure which session would be good for you. Advance booking is required for the sessions at Strode College.




England Athetics have recently upgraded their Club & Members portal - have you checked it out? The new portal went live on 1st April and we can see some initial glitches with the system which we have alerted EA about. Please make sure you check in on your portal and update any relevant information about contact details etc.


Once EA resolve the issues we will be able to send out a request to pay for the Club fee and the England Athetics fee. Membership rates are as set out on the Joining tab.


If you aren't currently a member of the Harriers we are now inviting new members - see membership form on that tab.


All members should make themselves aware of what they are signing up to - especially around Safeguarding, and a commitment to volunteer time to the Club. You will be allocated to a task after (re-)joining.

Please advise Paul or Graham asap if the nature of your Membership should change in 2021/22 - i.e. that you no longer need EA if you had it last year; or that you now want EA membership if you didn't have it last year.


& Finally: Rediscovering bits of the website you'd forgotten about.

Take a look at the weblink resources here and suggest other links we ought to have. I like the Athletics Weekly link; the link to Adrian Marriotts blog; and the link to Frank Horwill's coaching ideas - but you might like other stuff? Suggestions to Paul.