Wells City Harriers


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Dan Maydew in action back in December 2019 at the Blaise Castle XC (photo by Paul)


The early May Bank Holiday weekend saw a good number of Harriers out competing. In the Glastonbury Road Race, over 10k, Harrier teams triumphed with a whole stack of personal bests and winning performances in individual age categories. Finishing 5th at Glastonbury in a pb was Dan Maydew, fresh from his recent triumph at the English School Cross-Country Championships back in March. We also carry another report from the States where the Thorner twins continue to excel. Read on for the Thursday training programme for May and a report on Club Membership with over 110 Harriers having now paid their fees for the year – please pay by mid-May to maintain your membership status and insurance through the Club.

Road Running

Harriers back racing on the roads at Glastonbury 10km

(Not the) Round the Tor 10k

Report by Graham Goldsmid

“A warm Bank Holiday Sunday (2nd May) saw 32 Wells City Harriers of all ages back out competing at the revised Glastonbury 10km Road Race. With a changed course due to Covid regulations over 700 runners set off in staggered waves of 30 from Strode sports centre on a flat out and back course along drove roads towards Butleigh. For many this was the first time in over a year that they were able to compete in a race and there was some great running as both the men's and women's Wells Harrier teams came home first on the day.

Men's Team Results 4 to score

1 Wells City Harriers 23 points

2 Taunton AC  131 points

3 Bridgwater & District Road & Trail Runners 247 points

4 Millfield - Walton House 526 points

Women's Team Results 3 to score

1 Wells City Harriers 50 points

2 Weston Athletic Club 74 points

3 Team Bath Athletic Club 96 points 

4 Millfield - Butleigh House 132 points

5 Bridgwater & District Road & Trail Runners 168 points

6 Running For Time 229 points

7 Yeovil Town RRC 236 points

8 Clevedon AC 247 points 

9 Running Forever RC 387 points

All 4 Wells runners in the winning men's team finished in the top 10

Sen male Zak Hurrell was 4th in 32.42 (pb), U17 male Dan Maydew was 5th in 33.02 (pb), Senior male Christian Green was 6th in 33.03(pb) and Super vet 50 Jon James was 8th in 33.32. (1st V50)

While for the winning Wells women's team Sen female Zoe Dale was 80th in 40.49, Sen female Laura James was 96th in 41.35 and Female 35 Rosie Park was 155th in 44.48.

Here is a list of all the other finishing positions for Wells City Harrier members who took part - well-done to all who competed

17th U20 male : Archie Tyler : 36.02 (pb)

39th U15 male : Owen Dukes : 38.13 (pb)(1st u15 boy)

53rd Sen male : Jeremy Linter : 39.30

58th V40 : Tom Dukes : 39.43

60th Sen male : Tom Kenrick : 39.53

72nd V60 : Steve Masters : 40.23 (1st V60)

87th V40 : Phil Paddick : 41.07

113th V50 : Andrew Piper : 42.21

121st V60 : Graham Goldsmid : 42.41 (2nd V60)

137th V50 : Craig Foley : 43.42

162nd V60 : Paul Knight : 45.03

192nd V40 : Nick Barton : 46.26

199th V55 Fem : Carol Buckland  : 46.38

209th V50 : Andrew Robinson : 47.06

251st U17 Fem : Phoebe Aspinall : 48.23

256th V45 Fem : Melissa Aspinall : 48.42

350th V60 : Gary Tubridy : 52.30

399th V70 : Bernie Mundy : 54.43 (3rd V70)

407th V60 : Rob Moore : 54.55

523rd Sen male : Mike Ommanney : 59.33

525th Vet 55 Fem : Karen Shears : 59.39

551st Vet 45 Fem : Sharon Bowles : 60.38

586th Vet 35 Fem : Liz Paddick : 1.02.42

593rd Vet 45 Fem : Kim Parish : 1.02.56

610th Vet 65 Fem : Lynne Elstob : 1.04.52

Meanwhile, Philip Bridge came back to racing when he competed in the Newbury 10k road race on Saturday in 36.48 for 10th place on Saturday 1st May. 


Cross Country

(Virtual) English Schools XC Championships

Report from Graham Goldsmid

“This year the English Schools Athletics Association Committee had to cancel the 2021 championships and instead promoted a Virtual English Schools Cross Country Championships held between 15th - 28th March. 

First in the Senior Boys section over a 5km distance was Wells City Harrier 17yr old Dan Maydew in a great time of 15 min and 27 sec. Congratulations to Dan on his winning performance, now backed up by his running a pb over 10km at the more recent Glastonbury Road Run.

To comply with Covid-19 restrictions, runs were done individually, not in groups, and thus racing between athletes was not permitted so effectively each run was a personal time-trial. Athletes' performances were verified by teachers or coaches and submitted online. “

Senior Boys Individual Competition Top 10 places

1st - Daniel Maydew : SOMERSET : The King Alfred School : 15.27

2nd - Alex Rawlings : GLOUCESTERSHIRE : Gloucestershire College : 15.40

3rd - Rowan Miell-Ingram : OXFORDSHIRE : Abingdon School : 15.44

4th - Joseph Carnelley : NORTH YORKSHIRE : Ermysted's Grammar School : 15.56

5th - Max Stapleton : ESSEX : Greensward Academy : 15.57

6th - Mathew Dubery : KENT : The Judd School, Tonbridge : 15.58

7th - Justin Davies : AVON : King Edwards School Bath : 16.06

8th - Ben O'Dowd : CUMBRIA : Queen Elizebeth Grammar School : 16.15

9th - Sebastian Segger-Staveley : NORTH YORKSHIRE : Ermysted's Grammar School : 16.19

10th - Harrison Mayne : HEREFORD & WORCESTER : St Augustines Catholic High School : 16.24

(90 competed)

See the English Schools AA website for more information on this event and for dates of forthcoming events organised through the English Schools. See here for the Schools Track & Field Championships.

English Schools Standards here

Track & Field reports:

Yeovil Bill Whistlecroft Spring Open

This early season track & field event on 1st May was inundated with entries as soon as our partner Club announced its organisation. Our thanks to our partner Club’s Officials and others who made it happen in a Covid secure way.

A few of the Monday juniors competed and enjoyed their first taste of the track. 13year old Tai & 11 year old Indy Pitman made their debuts on the track with Tai running 2.42 and Indy 2.45 for the 800m, Tai also competed at the 400m with 1.17. Meanwhile Georgina Burrows was back competing with a 47.05 clocking for 300m.

A small number of Harriers are also entered for the events this coming Saturday, 8th May – good luck to all. For all Harriers aged 11 and upwards who want to compete at Track & Field this season please contact the team managers at Yeovil Olympiads. Fixtures can be found on the YOAC website.


Indy & Tai - pleased after their 800m track debuts (photo by Lee)


Thorner twins continue to excel Stateside

Further report from the USA: Fresno, California

By Al Thorner

“Warm evening conditions in temperatures of 30 degrees C assisted another excellent run by Elise Thorner on Friday 30th April where she took a further 5 seconds off of her 1500m PB to run 4 mins 20.92 seconds, coming 4th fastest out of a total of 30 starters in the fastest seeded race of three. This time currently places her in the top 3 u23 women in the UK.

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Also, a big 60cm PB for Ollie Thorner in the Shot Put (12m 90cm) where they both competed at the same collegiate meet for their respective universities. Ollie also cleared 4m 56cm in the Pole Vault but crashed out in the 110 hurdles, hitting the first hurdle, with only pride hurt!! 

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See previous reports to track their progress over this early Track & Field season.


The Harrier sessions continue to be popular with bookings required for the Monday (juniors) and Thursday (older juniors & seniors) sessions at Strode Sports Centre on the grass. Wednesday sessions from Wells Rugby Club are on a basis of groups of 6 running together. See Training tab for details. All those training should be members of the Club and new members are welcome to join. See Joining tab to download and complete the Membership form.

Jon James has programmed the following training for the Thursday session this month (May) and we are hopeful that we will be able to return to Millfield School track soon.


Meanwhile the Monday junior sessions saw all the youngsters having a go at the Kosmin test to determine 800m times last week as part of the usual varied training programme. The sessions are almost at capacity with just a few spaces left. If any parent of a junior Harrier, or any senior Harrier, wants to become a coach then we will be able to expand the junior section. Please speak to Paul or Graham.


HARRIER MEMBERSHIP: Deadline to pay coming up later this month

We have had an influx of new members now that we are back training after the lockdown. Welcome to all the new members! All who have been registered on the database should have received a request to pay from England Athletics who manage the payment side of things but we have had reports from a number of folk that they haven’t had the request. EA have been asked to investigate further. Please contact Paul if you can’t find the request to pay. You can always pay by cheque (to Wells City Harriers) or cash to Paul or Graham who attend most Mondays & Thursdays.


There are 187 registered on the database and 113 have paid to date. All that have not paid by mid-May will receive one reminder to pay and will be removed from the database at the end of May if payment isn’t received. A number of runners on a Wednesday need to complete their Membership forms and submit payment to be covered by Club insurance and benefit from Club activities.

See Membership link here

& Finally – looking back

From May 2020 – Harriers to the Fore at Glastonbury Road Run & How fit are you really? 


News items for the website? Please ensure you send your full report by the Monday eve 8pm to stand a chance of getting into the next round up of news and included in the newspaper report that week. Reports should include all the performances by Harriers at the event rather than just a few, and good quality photos are always useful. If you need more information about what to include in your report please contact Paul but its usually useful to know a little bit about conditions, the nature of the course, and how many other competitors were there in addition to positions and times.