aaaBogseat 2021

(Andrew, with Paul, proudly wearing his award - photo by Alice)


Andrew Piper came away with the prestigious Club ‘Bog Seat’ award for his winning performance this past year – given to the Harrier who has achieved the most amusing error or mistake during the year. Read on for why he won it and who else ran him close.


Meanwhile, those of us who never make a mistake (?), will be aiming to get to the December edition of the Street 5k (& accompanying junior 1k & 2k) races on Wednesday 8th December. Read on for details and make sure you bring your race number with you if you entered last month’s race. Some of us also save on Xmas spending by running a good race where everyone gets a Christmas Pudding, and we feel good about the entry fee going to charity, so sign up for the Baltonsborough 5 mile race on the 12th December in advance to avoid being a humbug.

(Don't forget to wear a Facemask in Race HQ) 

Harrier Annual Dinner & celebrations galore

The Swan Hotel in Wells was once again the venue for our annual dinner and with over 50 Harriers present there was good company with the usual excellent meal and service from the venue. Rex Whitcombe received a shout out as it was also another of his big birthdays – not a bad way to celebrate with such a big party. Berni Mundy, one of our founder members regaled us with his story of how the Club had started some 40 years ago, with early members meeting up by the Fountain in the Market Square to run around the roads of the City. (see photo of a younger Berni below)


Our partners from Yeovil Olympiads, Chairman Geoff Cole & Treasurer Paul D’Arcy, were also introduced as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our link up as a combined Club offering good levels of Track & Field competition via the Olympiads, whilst we at the Harriers concentrate on the road and multi-terrain, cross country and fell running.


The fun moved up a notch after the meal. After the raffle, which was well organised by Andrew Piper & Rachel Stevens, and before the Quiz organised and administered by Richard & Shirley Ann Morgan we had the pleasure of hearing about some of the daft exploits of members in the previous year who were bidding to win the coveted ‘Bog Seat’. This award which dates back to 1985, is given to the member who gets the best applause at the Annual Dinner.



First up for nomination was Jon James who despite being No1 in the UK in his age group over 5k, still manages to go to a race, have a fantastic race closing in on the best time in the UK this year, only to discover that he’s forgotten to attach his timing chip to his shoe….Then we had Andrew Piper, who seems nowadays to be nominated every year, who went off to the Haselbury Plucknett 10k race arriving to discover no one there – he was a full 24 hours too late (or 364 days early to put a positive spin on it?). Andrew duly re-claimed his ‘seat’ after letting Ben Tickner have it last year.

See list of previous recipients here (let me know if you can fill in any of the gaps)




Wednesday 8th December Street 5k - online entry now closed - but limited entry on the night, complete form & pay by 7pm.& for junior races entry please contact Paul This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sign up in advance for the Sunday 12th December Baltonsborough 5 mile Christmas Pudding Race (all entrants receive a Xmas pud) – entry link via RunBritain here


Full information details of these races and advance notice of the other Harrier supported community races can be seen on the dedicated webpage here.


Gwent XC League – 3rd fixture at Pembrey Country Park is this SATURDAY, 4th December. Good luck to all Harriers competing there. Gwent League link fixture here.


The Somerset County XC Championships is on Sunday 19th December & the South West XC Championships on Sunday 2nd January. See details and links to enter etc on the Harrier's dedicated team webpage here.

200 up at age 40!

These past few weeks we have welcomed our 200th first claim member to the Club for this year. We’ve had 3 new juniors joining us and two new senior members sign up. In addition, we have a handful of 2nd Claim members who also train at the Harrier sessions. Most weeks we now have over 100 Harriers, ranging in age from 8 to 78, training at one or more of our regular sessions held every week at either Millfield School or from Wells Rugby Club.

Harrier Membership numbers as at 1st December 2021

(EA registration denotes competitive members)

  • Senior Members with EA registration 74
  • Senior Members without EA registration 21 (includes some parents training at junior sessions)
  • Junior or unwaged Members with EA registration 52
  • Junior or unwaged Members without EA Registration 31
  • Active Coaches with EA registration 8
  • Active Coaches without EA registration 3
  • Hon Life Members with EA registration 3
  • Hon Life Members without EA registration 5
  • Volunteers without EA registration 6
  • Second Claim Members 5


Congratulations to Harrier Helen Allen (& hubby Paul) on the arrival of Ursula during this lockdown year.




November 2019 Annual Dinner - it doesn't seem like 2 years ago

Below: 1982- Berni Mundy leads fellow Harriers in the County track 1500m way back in the summer of 1982. We reckon Adam Dukes in the County vest being paced by Berni, then a very young Eddie Richards with Roger Evans behind him, and then a Yeovil Olympiad member whose name we can't quite recall....