(above: Harriers give up a night of watching Olympic TV highlights to compete at Haselbury)
No doubt many Harriers, and others, have been watching the excellent TV sports coverage from Tokyo this past few weeks? With a number of new sports to get enthusiastic over and now this week's athletics, it's been quite a feast for the armchair audience. Meanwhile a number of Harriers have continued to compete or train hard this week - some great performances by juniors at last Sunday's South West League match and an enthusiastic group of senior Harriers at the Haselbury Trail Race on Wednesday. Read on also for the links to some road & off-road races coming up....
South West League fixture – 1st August
In the 2nd of this seasons South West Track & Field matches held at Yeovil last Sunday there was the usual good performances by Harriers competing hard for our partner Club, Yeovil Olympiads. A number of athletes not only competed in their preferred (specialist) event but also helped out the joint team by competing in a secondary event to help pick up points.
U20 Harry Barton who usually specialises in his 110m Hurdles picked up two personal bests when running the flat sprint double, whilst u17 Georgina Burrows also achieved a pb for her 200m sprint. Jack Harvey moved up an age group but still won his 800m race in a new pb, with fellow u17 athlete Bradley Glover achieving his pb in the u17 800m race. U13 Hector Jones, who would usually specialise in javelin, achieved 2 personal best (Long Jump and 200m) and in the same age group Indy Pitman lowered his 800m personal best too. Not a bad day at the track & field! Next fixture on 29th August - advise team managers if you are available for selection.
Harry Barton 100m 2nd 11.50pb & 200m 3rd 24.20pb
Georgina Burrows 200m 3rd 28.20pb
Georgina Burrows 800m 4th 2.50
U20 Jack Harvey 800m 1st 2.08pb
U17 Bradley Glover 800m 3rd 2.07pb
Jemima Seagrove 800m 3rd 2.38
Hector Jones 200m 31.00pb & LJ 3rd 3.75mpb
Indy Pitman 800m 5th 2.41pb
Haselbury 10km Trail Race – 4th August
There was a useful squad of senior Harriers competing at this year’s Haselbury Trail 10km race. In its 33rd year the race organised by Crewkerne Runners was, as usual, well supported by Clubs drawn from across the County and beyond. The 2 lap course across fields and steams and up a hill was muddy in places but provided a good test of stamina and speed.
First home for the Harriers, just a few weeks after running a 100km race up in Yorkshire, was Henry Sage in 14th place in 45.02 with teammate Damien Pick breathing down his neck a step or two behind for 15th in 45.03. Then came the first of the Harrier Biss family with Neil finishing in 30th in 47.35 followed in by Justin Thomas, 38th in 49.25. Next was Andrew Robinson, 47th, 51.42; Richard Mann, 49th, 52.06; George Biss, 60th 53.49; Paul Chadwick, 65th, 54.47; Aime Biss, 116th 65.27; and Karen Shears 126th in 66.53. There were 163 finishers.
Parkruns are back and junior parkruns continue
We don’t usually report on Parkruns as they are happening every week (again) but just a note to say that whilst our Monday junior sessions are temporarily on holiday we’re keen to see our dedicated juniors lining up at these time trials every Saturday (5k) or Sunday (2k) when they can. This past Sunday (1st Aug) 9 year old Noah Foley ran a 2k pb with a nippy 9.52 at the Torridge event. (photo below)
Most Club members will know that our Honorary Club President is a past Tokyo Olympic Gold, Silver & Bronze medal winner – if not, see previous report on Mary Rand’s achievements back in 1964.
Since then, whilst we’re been able to count 9 Harriers amongst our membership who have been coached (at least in part) and competed for us before going on to represent TeamGB, we’ve not had that many Olympians in our ranks. We were of course very fortunate to have Sam Weale compete for us in the mid-to-late 2000’s when donning the Harrier vest at cross-country and road relays.
Sam, a first claim member of our partner Club, Yeovil Olympiads, used the Harrier cross-country races, in particular, to hone his running speed prior to competing for TeamGB in the Modern Pentathlon events at the Beijing Olympics of 2008, finishing 10th, and the London Olympics of 2012 finishing 13th. Some of us were fortunate to get to see his London performance up close and live at Greenwich Park, and can now appreciate how tough that particular Olympic event is!
Other events to train for:
Last call for County Track & Field Championships - Please make sure you enter by the closing date of Tuesday 10th August for these Championships - see link here.
Sunday 29th August - next fixture in the SW Track & Field League. See YOAC link for team managers
Road & Off-road races coming up - a number of road and off-road races are now open for entries:
- Monday 30th August Baltonsborough 5 mile & junior 1.5 mile road race - entry link here or complet form and obtain a number from Paul at Tuesday training
- Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th September: South of England Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight - entry link here or ask Paul about these 3 races
- Sunday 12th September: Ash Excellent 10k multi-terrain (not 8 or 5 miles this year) - entry link here
- Sunday 19th September: Glastonbury Levels 10k road race- entry link here
- Sunday 26th September: Mells Scenic 7 miles multi-terrain - entry link to follow
- Sunday 5th December: The Full MontyCute 10 mile multi-terrain - entry link here