Wells City Harriers

"A FRIENDLY RUNNING CLUB THAT WELCOMES ATHLETES OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES"

 

aaaStreet5k start Jan 22

A great night of racing in almost perfect conditions with runners working hard in small groups or chasing one another on the 5 lap course resulted in some excellent times and a number of personal bests for those taking part.

 

U23 Ellie Wallace of North Somerset AC smashed the womens course record which has stood for some 30 years when she ran 16.16 for the 5k to finish in overall 6th place. The womens F45 course record went as well when Gill Pearson of Running for Time ran 18.33. Remarkably 1st F55 Jo Thompson of City of Bath AC ran not only a new F55 course record but a very fast 20.14 to record an amazing 99% age related percentage (F60 category).

 

For the men, it was great to see the race unfold as Matt Lusby of the Wells Harriers finally overhauled the leaders to win in 15.57 (pb) with another of the talented North Somerset AC athletes, William Cheek, on his heels at the very end for 15.59. The junior 1k and 2k race were just as eagerly contested as always. Read on for full report, results and more photos. (below - Junior Race start - photo here & elsewhere in this report by Alice)

 

aaajunior start Jan22

 

Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series - January 2022

 

It was a really good night for racing at this 189th edition of the Street 5k races., especially by comparison to the wet affair of December 2021. Conditions were cool and still with no breeze and the assembled runners all seemed keen. By the end of the first lap little knots of runners were running in small groups and the pace didn’t let up for most.

 

Matt Lusby launched his run to victory towards the very end and William Cheek went with him to ensure that for the first time in a while we have runners under 16 minutes at these races. Not so far behind was the Wells Harrier u17 Harrison Williams in 3rd in 16.03 – a really good personal best given that he’d run and won the Mendip Schools (Year 10 &11) Cross Country Championships that afternoon, running much of that race out front. A shout out too for North Somerset’s Joe Finch (a Year 8 athlete) who smashed his 5k pb with 16.57.

 

The outstanding run by Ellie Wallace was just one of a number of great runs by the North Somerset AC squad that came down to the races with Julian Emery. This was the first time Ellie had raced here so for sure she can go quicker in the future. Her 16.16 equals her own pb, set last year, and now overtakes the previous record that has been held ever since 1992 when one of the Harrier’s Internationals Angela Tooby-Smith ran 16.19 on a slightly different course of 4 longer laps. Another two course records were also broken when Running For Times Gill Pearson ran 18.33 to take almost 20 seconds off the F45 course record previously held by Linda Lascelles - that's great running! Linda lost another of her age group course records, the F55 one, when Jo Thompson (Team Bath) ran a very nippy 20.14.

Ellie’s 88% figure on the age-related tables was only outdone by the incredible run by F60 Jo Thompson in 20.14 for a 99.1% figure. I can’t see that being beaten ever! (unless Jo comes back and races even quicker – Jo actually ran quicker last year (19.36 ) to be 7th on the ALL TIME UK F60 rankings for 5k.

 

2nd & 3rd women on the night were Jo’s Team Bath AC team-mates u20 Alice Bridger-Morales, 18.30 (pb), and u20 Freya Spruit, 18.31 (pb).

 

 

 

Race Awards at the 189th edition of the Street 5k:

Men

Overall Winner        Matt Lusby (Wells City Harriers) 15.57

1st Junior(u20):        Harrison Willliams (Wells City Harriers) 16.03

1st M40:        Chris Palmer (Westbury Harriers) 17.03

1st M50:        Jon James (Wells City Harriers) 16.35

1st M60:        Kevin Stenner (Yeovil Town RR) 20.49

1st M70:        Malcolm Maxted (Yeovil Town RR) 24.37

Women

1st Overall:    Ellie Wallace (North Somerset AC) 16.16

1st Junior (u20):       Alice Bridger-Morales (Team Bath AC)          18.30

1st F35:                   Vicky Tester (Westbury Harriers) 19.33

1st F45:                   Gill Pearson (Running For Time) 18.33

1st F55:                   Jo Thomspon (Team Bath AC) 20.14

1st F65:                   Karen Shears (Wells City Harriers) 27.18

 

Given the conditions on the night it’s not too surprising that there were many claims to be awarded a bottle of Hecks Glastonbury Gold Cider on the basis that they had run quicker than before in thei Series of 5ks. Come back next month to the 190th edition to see if you can go at least a second quicker to claim yours.

Street 5k - January 2022 Results here 

Course records as revised Jan 2022 here

 

Our thanks as usual to the entry crew, finish line recorders, marshals, results supremos, tea team & the venue managers for enabling us to hold this event. If you are a Harrier member and haven't yet volunteered this year ....you have two opportunities left.

 

A little bit of history: The Clive & Angela Thomas Street 5k Series was started by Club stalwarts back in 1989 as a monthly time trial, primarily for the Harriers as a change from the Millfield track training that had just commenced the same year. Back then, most often, Clive called the times, Angela wrote the times down, and Club Secretary Ken Derham recorded the numbers. There were no marshals needed, no entry in advance, just roll up and get a number on the night. No typed up results available. 

 

 

The runners, usually some 30 or 40, ran a 4 lap course on a longer circuit taking them past the Fire Station and finishing outside the Bank on the High Street. By 1993 that course was changed as the Fire Brigade thought we might get in the way if they had to answer an urgent call. Since then we’ve had some great international standard runners come and run alongside others who just want to keep fit, and Club runners looking to maintain speed or achieve a pb. In addition to race awards & pb incentives provided by local food & drink producers, we have Series awards for the best set of 4 results (out of 5). The February 2022 edition will be number 190 in the sequence…

 

JUNIOR 1k & 2k Races – January 2022

aaajuniors off running Jan22

 

There was a good turn out for the 1k and 2k races with a number of the Harrier juniors from the Monday Club training sessions taking part. 1k race is aimed at School years 5&6, or confident age 8 upwards, whilst the 2k race is for School years 7&8. Going one better this month compared to last was Freddie Punchard who ran a nippy 3.45 for the 1 lap race, with Jamie Williams not far back in 2nd with 3.50. For the girls, Eva Dowden made it three wins out of three with her time of 4.15.

 

In the 2k race, Jasmine Gascoigne won in 9.24, with Nnaemeka Nwagbogu a few strides behind for the boys in 9.30. Not bad given that he’d raced that afternoon at the Mendip area schools XC Championships for Year 7s. Well done also to Lottie Thomas making her debut over 2k in a time of 10.23.

Junior1k & 2k Results here

 

FIXTURES COMING UP this coming month or so:

Saturday 22nd January Somerset County Schools XC Championships

Wednesday 9th February Edition number 190 of the Street 5k and accompanying 1k &2k races for juniors

Saturday 19th February Gwent XC League fixture at Blaise Castle. All Harriers encouraged to compete. Entries paid for by the Club. See Harrier webpage for team info and link for Gwent League

Sunday 27th February: Babcary 7.5 mile road raceenter online here – supported by Wells Harriers. See the Harrier webpage for course description & previous results.

Other road and multi-terrain races for 2022 can be seen on the Somerset Series website here

 

TRAINING UPDATE

 

The Wells City Harriers junior section (8-15) was back in training for 2022 at Millfield track this past Monday, 10th January. The youngsters had a visit from one of the Harriers Team GB athletes who offered some tips on training.

21 year old Elise Thorner most recently competed for the TeamGB u23 team at Steeplechase at the European Athletics Championships in Estonia last summer, and previously competed at the same event at u20 level for Team GB in Championships in Hungary in 2019.

Elise was back in the Uk for a Christmas return to her parents home from her course at the University of New Mexico, USA, where she is studying on an Athletics Scholarship.

She advised the junior Harriers, aged 8-15, that she had first started training at the Club’s Monday training sessions when she was 8 years old, and having a consistent approach to training was a key to her developing her abilities.

The competition opportunities available through the Club at cross country in winter, and track and field in summer, also helped her develop the mental toughness and resilience needed to compete.

 

Overall though she felt that she had found that athletics was really enjoyable and had enabled her to visit different countries and now to experience living in the United States.

Elise is now training hard to try and achieve the qualifying standard for selection for the England athletics team to compete at this summer’s Commonwealth Games. Likewise her twin brother, Ollie, who also started out with the Harriers 13 years ago and is now one of the top Decathletes in the UK.

 

The Harriers are currently recruiting to its coaching team to ensure it can continue to offer as many juniors as possible a way into Athletics and running. Please contact Graham or Paul if you are interested in coaching. 

(Below - Elise Thorner, crouching, with the Monday juniors - photo by Isaac)

aaajuniors at track with Elise