Race the Night!

There were a bumper number of finishers at the latest edition of the Clive & Angela Thomas Series Street 5k race held on Wednesday (8th December). With a number of new entrants taking part for the first time; some returning again who we hadn’t seen for a while; and others who were out to run quicker than last month to get their Hecks Cider reward. Conditions weren’t great.

Apart from the bit of rain, the race was more difficult this month as the Fibre Broadband folk had been digging holes on our course and it just wasn’t as quick as it can be. This didn’t, of course, upset some folk as u23 Ben Lloyd of the Harriers kept ahead of the chasing pack with his winning 16.32, with team-mate Matt Lusby making one almighty effort to get ahead of him after the final corner but finishing 1 second behind him. Likewise, Harrier junior u17 Sophie Nicholls won for the women with her 17.12pb ahead of Daisy Barker in 2nd place some way back.



Read on for list of prize winners & link to 5k results from the December Street races, and a report from last weekend’s Gwent XC races and the Full Monty Cute run. (Additional photos now added)


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The view from the marshal at the bottom of Farm Road - photo by Graham

Race The Night – December 2021 race


It was a welcome back for many to the Street 5k after a bit of a gap. Former Harrier triumvirate Anna Hughes Davies, Amber Gascoigne and Vicky Tester were all back running the course – Anna (now Arena 80) again helped out on the Race entry desk, whilst Amber is one of our Hon Life Members as she was the first Harrier to be selected for TeamGB (way back in 1999), and Vicky (now Westbury Harriers) was one of our key senior women at Cross Country some time back. It was also a first time outing for others and it was good to see some new Avon Valley Runners making the trip as well as the local Street Strider representatives. Keep on running, as they say.


Winners on the night:



1st Male        Ben Lloyd (Wells City Harriers)                        16.32

1st Junior Male         Harrison Williams (u17) (Wells City Harriers)       16.49

1st V40                    Chris Palmer (Westbury Harriers)           17.27

1st V50                    Dave Snelling (Wells City Harriers)                   19.21

1st V60                    Kevin Stenner (Yeovil Town RR)                      20.40

1st V70                    Malcolm Maxted (Yeovil Town RR)                   25.14

1st Female     Sophie Nicholls (u15) (Wells City Harriers)          17.12

1st F35                    Anna Hughes-Davies (Arena 80)                      18.35

1st F45                    Fiona Price (Avon Valley Runners)                   22.01

1st F55                    Diane Hier (Avon Valley Runners)                    22.47

1st F65                    Karen Shears (Wells City Harriers)                   27.17


On the Age-graded percentages Sophie Nicholls was way out front with her time being worth 87.7%. For the males, the best was by junior Joseph Finch (North Somerset AC) with his 17.38 worth 81%.


If you weren’t able to collect your prize on the night, please collect next time. Run quicker next time out to win a bottle of Hecks Glastonbury Gold Cider. Best 4 races this Series count towards an overall Series prize to be presented in March at the final edition this season.


December 2021 Street 5k Results link here

Below: After the race gathering for the prizes....-photo by Graham

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Street Junior Race over 1k

Connor Pearce was running this course for the first time and so his winning time of 3.46 is pretty impressive, and Freddie Punchard in 3.52 (likewise a first timer) will go quicker next time out now that he knows the course. Eva Dowden won for the girls in 4.12 with Maggie Lay not far behind. Most of the juniors taking part train with the Harriers but the junior races are open to all who fancy the challenge.


Junior 1k Results from December 2021 here

 Below: at the finish line we can be sure from this photo that they had given their all - photo by Aiice


Thanks as usual to all the marshals, finish line crew, entry handlers and results supremo who were in action at Street on behalf of the Harriers. (& thanks to the venue managers Mike & Margaret for looking after us in the hall)


Next race is on Wednesday 12th January. Please enter online and bring your race number with you if you have previously competed. Online entries close the day before and if Covid rules tighten up we may not be able to have any on the night entries.

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November 2021 Street 5k Report & results link here

Meanwhile, Wells City Harrier members have been out competing this past weekend at different running events.


Gwent XC League – Saturday 4th December

A senior mens squad of 5 went across the Bridge to compete at the 3rd League fixture. Held at Pemberey Park this will have been quite a drive but theye were rewarded with some good positions and maintained their position at the top of the highly competitive Division 3 of the League.

U20 Dan Maydew continues to show good form and competed an age group up with the Senior men to lead the team home with his 10th place out of the 360 competitors, He had good back up from Zak Hurrell, 37th; Jon James 54th (& again 1st V55); Alex Coombs 91st; and Danny Williams 166th.

Danny’s son Harrison also ran well in the u17 race finishing in 14th place.

Full Monty Cute race – Sunday 5th December

Another group of Harriers tackled the annual Full Monty over 10.5 miles with 10 hills from Ham Hill, near Montecute. Out of the 220 finishers local Harrier Owen Astington who no doubt uses these hills for training, ran a great race for 11th with Matt Lusby 15th and back up from V60s Paul Chadwick & Andrew Pate in 104th & 134th respectively.

Below: Owen looking strong in the race - photo by Helen


aaaOwen at Full Monty


BLAST FROM THE PAST: Photo below of Harriers at the Full Monty back in 2005 when it actually started & finished at the House

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Coming up….

The next competitive outings for Harriers (& others) may well be the Baltonsborough Xmas Pudding Race over 5 miles of undulating road this coming Sunday 12th December (11am start). Enter online to save the hassle of queueing. ENTRY LINK HERE.


Others might be saving themselves for the Somerset County XC Championships on the 19th at the University of Bath – ENTRY LINK HERE.


Further ahead the SW XC Championships are at Ilton on Sunday 2nd January – ENTRY LINK HERE.


The Somerset Race Series 2022 is just about finalised and the first race in the Series will again be the Chard Flier multi-terrain 10k on 1st January. The Harriers are supporting the races in 2022 at Babcary, Butleigh and the Wells Fun Runs. Entries for Babcary are now being taken online on the Run Britain site.  Get your race calendar sorted out for next year!




Coaching with TEAM HARRIERS

We are now recruiting to expand the coaching team at the Harriers. The Club will pay for your training and in return you get to help to coach at Harrier sessions on a regular basis and have the benefit of free Club membership and kit. Contact Paul if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Warming up at a Tuesday track session....

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