(Above: Harry on left collects his Silver - Photo by Lin)
Wells City Harrier 17 year old Harry Barton came away with the 110m Hurdles silver medal after an excellent performance in the England Athletics Track & Field Championships for u20 & u23 age groups held last weekend (20th June) at Bedford. No wonder he picked up the County Schools Gold the previous weekend (12th June), where a number of other Harrier juniors were also in competition and achieving personal bests.
Meanwhile the Harrier juniors and seniors have been enjoying being back at the Millfield track facility on Mondays and Tuesdays since sessions resumed there on 14th June. Read on for news of all results and more photos.
(Above: Tuesday Harrier Middle distance group warm up at Millfield - photo by Paul)
HARRIERS AT ENGLAND u20 & u23 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Harry was competing in his first year as an u20 athlete and ran a controlled race in the first-round heat in the 110m Hurdles to finish 3rd in 14.40 and qualified for the final. In the final, held later in the day, he went one better with a storming finish over the final few hurdles to take silver as he closed on the winner. His time of 14.16 was a new personal best. Harry first trained with the Harriers when aged 12 and has gone from strength to strength with the competition opportunities available through the Club, and the support of his Millfield school.
Meanwhile at the same Championships, fellow Harrier u23 Elise Thorner had what can only be termed a ‘bad day at the office’ when running in her 3000m Steeplechase, when she got her stride pattern wrong on one of the water-jumps and took a step off the track before regaining her balance. As a consequence, she was disqualified from the results. Elise awaits to see if she’s done enough in previous races to be selected for the forthcoming European Athletics Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. Elise is currently ranked 3rd female in UK in this event.
Good luck to Ollie Thorner who competes at the Decathlon in the National Championships this coming weekend in Manchester - watch out to see him on the dedicated British Athletics Channel: Videos | British Athletics
(Below: Elise in the YOAC vest side by side with evntual winner Sarah Tait - photo by Al)
HARRIERS AT SOMERSET SCHOOLS
In competition at the Somerset Schools Track & Field Championships these past few Saturdays (12th & 19th June) have been a number of juniors. As mentioned earlier, Harry Barton won the senior boys (school years 12&13)110m Hurdles in 14.57. In the 800m Inter Boys (school years 10 &11) Tommy Hummel won in 2.09. In the 800m Inter girls Melissa McCusker was 2nd in 2.29 (pb) and also finished 2nd in the 300m race in 44.52 (pb). Georgina Burrows finished just behind Melissa in the same 300m IG race in 45.12 (pb) after finishing 5th in the IG 200m race in 28.27 (pb).
Toby Watson was 4th in the 800m Senior Boys race with 2.03. Dan Maydew won the IB/SB/IG 3,000m in 8.56 with Archie Tyler 3rd in 9.48 and Harrison Williams 4th in 10.16 (2nd IB) and Hannah Blundy 5th (1st girl) in 10.19. Jack Harvey was 3rd in the IB/SB 1500m race in 4.30. 2nd claim Sophie NIcholls won the IG/SG 1500m race in 4.37.
On Saturday 19th at the Junior Schools Championships for school years 8&9, Finlay Downes won the 1500m race in a good pb of 4.34 Jemima Seagrove also ran a good pb for her 800m time of 2.33 for 5th in the 800m race. Parents - please try & send reports of any competitions that your youngster has taken part in & any good photos, and we will try and use them on the website and in the newspaper reports. Volunteer to write the report for all Harriers taking part.
ROAD & OFF-ROAD RUNNING
A few more senior members of the Harriers were also out in action this past weekend at the Coombe Keynes 10km trail race on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset on Sunday. Club Secretary Paul Chadwick ran 52.54 for the hilly course to finish in 58th place whilst Andrew Pate was close behind in 78th with a 56.05 clocking. There were over 260 runners.
HARRIER TRAINING AT MILLFIELD
So far, so good. The return to Millfield from 14th June for our junior track session on a Monday & older junior & seniors on a Tuesday has gone smoothly. We continue to operate under current Covid-19 restrictions and the requirements of Millfield Enterprises.
Please continue to book ahead and register for the session as part of the Track & Trace requirements. See Training tab for contacts. The Monday junior session is currently at full capacity with 24 eager & keen youngsters aged 8-14 until a parent or senior Harrier volunteers to complete the Coaching Assistant course. Please contact Paul for more information on how you can do that and then help the Club. Monday junior newsletter June/July 2021.
The Tuesday sessions have seen over 40 attending with a group working on the track to train for middle distance events and another group working on the adjacent grass whilst they train for longer distances. The Tuesday session is aimed at age 14-84. We have seen some new members join in these sessions recently. Welcome to new members.
(Below: A good number of Harriers training on the grass adjacent to the track at Millfield on a Tuesday - photo by Paul)
HARRIER SOCIAL RUNS CONTINUE FROM WELLS RUGBY CLUB & JUNE 30th PUB RUN FROM PILTON
The Wednesday runs continue to attract a good number of runners, 30 or so splitting down into different groups with some running off-road onto the Mendips.
Next Wednesday, 30th June, sees the end of the month Pub Run take place from Pilton Working Men’s Club – also called Pilton Village Hall (BA4 4BB). Arrive at 6.30 to order your post-run food so that it is ready on return. Run starts at 6.45 and gets back to the hall an hour later. A good opportunity to run around Pilton at a time of year when normally there would be 250,000 people there!!
See Training Tab for all details of the sessions the Club organises. Open to all Club members.
PLANNING AHEAD - COUNTY T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS & THE BALTONSBOROUGH ROAD RACES
The Somerset County AA Championships are due to take place on Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd August. Check the County AA website for entry procedures & deadlines. More info on Championship entries (& links) on the dedicated webpage here.
Arrangements are now being made for the Harrier supported annual Baltonsborough Road Races for all ages – 5 miles for those aged 15 and over and 1.5 miles for juniors. The races take place on the Bank Holiday Monday 30th August. A link to the entry forms can be found on the relevant tab here.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE - We now have over 160 fully paid up First Claim members, plus 3 Second Claim members, with a further 10 or so out of action waiting to return. To join the Club and benefit from the training sessions and all the other benefits of membership please complete a membership form and send it in - see Joining Up tab.
COVID REMINDER: Please stay safe by training safe: Register in advance for the coached sessions (members only); Wash your hands before attending training; Bring your own marked water bottle; Keep your distance when talking to others, even outdoors; advise us immediately if you or an immediate member of your family tests positive. Given the rise in Covid cases this past week we need to be vigilant, even if some of us have had a double vaccination!