There was a good turn out by Harriers and other runners from the locality, and from Clubs further afield, in support of the local Charity run - once again race directed by Harrier Kay Franklin - in Baltonsborough. Andrew Hennessy returned to his home village to win (again) with numerous Harriers also winning age group prizes. The junior race was also very competitive. Read on for link to full race results. A call for those members who want to be considered for the regional relays – contact coaches asap – and news of the Yeovil Games coming up.
Wells City Harrier Life Member, and former TeamGB athlete, Andrew Hennessy made a winning return to the Baltonsborough Road race on the Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August. Returning to visit his former family home & his parents, Andrew scorched round the 5 mile undulating road circuit in a nippy 28.26 leading home 110 other runners. It's now some 22 years since Andrew ran 3000m Steepechase for TeamGB at the European u23 Championships but he can still turn over a good speed!
In 2nd place was Neil Golding (Mendip Tri), 28.42, chasing hard all the way, and then 15 year old Harrison Williams of the Harriers in 29.11, who had used his usual Saturday morning Parkrun as a 'warm up'.
(Above - The runners were sent on their way by the starter David Franklin and scorched along the first section - that's Neil Golding leading the way with Harrier Alex Coombs on his shoulder, and Harrison Williams on his shoulder. Photo by Dan.)
Harriers also dominated many of the age category awards which were made by Eric Conway from the Royal British Legion (Baltonsborough) together with the Race Director & Harrier Kay Franklin of the village, with all moneys raised going to local charity. It was great to see many runners from Yeovil Town RR taking part and from further afield - all really glad to be back racing again.
1st female Alice Burch, Totton AC, 31.56
2nd female Harriet Wright, u/a, 34.23
3rd female Zoe Dale, Wells City Harriers, 34.51
1st V40 Christopher Walker, Wells City Harriers, 29.51
1st V50 John Glaisher, Wells City Harriers, 30.14
1st V60 Steve Masters, Wells City Harriers, 32.40
1st V70 Malcolm Maxted, Yeovil Town RR, 40.25
1st F45 Rachel Glaisher, Wells City Harriers, 35.09
1st F55 Carol Buckland, Wells City Harriers, 38.05
1st F65 Lesley Nesbitt, South West Road Runners, 41.40
(Above - Many - but not all - of the prize winners gathered up with Race Director Kay Franklin - photo by Paul)
In the Junior race held over 1.5 miles, the effort and endeavour shown was the equal of the older runners over the longer distance.14 year old Rocco Sughayer, won in 9.00 and will be old enough to run the full 5 mile version next year, whilst junior Harrier, 10 year old Callum Pearce was 2nd in 10.59 and Kieran Wigley was 3rd boy home in 12.20. For the girls, 12 year old Georgie Gordon won in 11.20, with Evelyn Wigley 2nd in 11.37 and junior Harrier Ella Ashman 3rd in 11.43. There were 24 in the junior and fun run. Any juniors looking to improve their speed should sign up for the Harrier's training sessions held at Millfield every Monday evening.
(Above - juniors from the Harriers Monday training group before the race - photo by Fiona)
The Full Results for both the 5 mile and 1.5 mile race can be found using this link here. Make a note in your diary or your calendar about the Christmas version to be held on Sunday 12th December - see if you can beat your time from this race!
SOUTH WEST LEAGUE 29th August
Congratulations to u17 Georgina Burrows who lowered her personal best time over 300m at Sundays South West League match with her winning time of 44.14. Georgina also led off for the Senior womens team to win the 400m relay. Also running well were u20 Toby Watson winning his 1500m race in 4.26 and u17 Jack Harvey who clocked 4.28 for the same distance.
REGIONAL ROAD RELAYS Coming up - deadline for entries this week!
Wells Harriers are now entering teams for the regional road relays due to take place on Saturday 25th September and members of all ages 11 and upwards should let coaches know asap if they are available for selection.
YEOVIL GAMES - 18th September
One of the last opportunities to post a good time at track & field is also coming up on Saturday 18th September at the Yeovil Arena and entries are now open with a link off the Wells Harrier website. This will be one of the final opportunties to post a good track & field performance before the end of the season. There is a quadrathon for u11s and one of the rare opportunities (for athletes of any age) to race the mile distance on the track. See information and entry link here.
OTHER COMPETITION OPPORTUNTIES
Check the dedicated website page here every so often of other events coming up - we list all Championships, all the Cross-country fixtures, and any local road/off-road races organised by Running Clubs.
Next Monday sees the resumption of the Harriers junior training sessions at Millfield Track, with a few places left for young athletes age 8-15 who want to join the Club and improve their abilities. The Monday sessions cater for 30 talented junior athletes, whilst our Tuesday evening sessions for older juniors & seniors has recently seen 40 runners of all ages from 15-75 being put through their paces to get fitter or quicker.
Please ensure your Club membership is up to date to join the training groups & that we have your latest contact details & that you register when attending. Whilst Covid restrictions have been eased, we are conscious that the virus in its various forms is still with us and we may still see further spikes and subsequently need to bring in further controls at training.
Please see training tab for detail. The Tuesday session plan for September will be added to this webpage later this week - always a good idea to know what training you will be doing before you turn up!
Main contacts for these training sessions:
Tuesdays - Jon James & Simon Prior & rosta of coaches
Training with our Wednesday group is on a 'turn up & go' basis from Wells Rugby Club with a group for beginners; & more experienced groups for those wanting to run on the road and those wanting to run offroad.
& Finally... Blast from the Past
"Andy Back to win at Baltonsborough..." - the report from the 2018 version of the race!!