Wells City Harriers



 aaaElise at Eurosu23

(Above - Elise Thorner, nearest camera, competing for Team GB at last summer's u23 European Championships)

Elise & Ollie continue to improve their times & marks

The UK All Time u23 3000m Steeplechase record has been broken by Elise Thorner as selection for this season’s Major Championships beckons for her. - Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (selection for Team England) & European Championships in Munich (Team GB).

Elise’s twin brother Ollie Thorner has also set some early season pbs in his pursuit of the qualifying standard for selection for the Decathlon to the same Championships.

Elise & Ollie are both Hon Life Harrier Members already for their previous Team GB selections at u20 & u23 level. At the AGM on 11th May another of our talented junior athletes, Harry Barton will be awarded his Hon Life Membership for his selection last season for u20 Team GB.

Read on for details of their achievements and about the AGM where all paid up members of the Harrier’s are invited. We are looking for volunteers to join the committee & for specific roles this coming year. Also the Tuesday training session plan for May & June.

(Photo below of a previous Harrier committee from 2018)



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Commonwealths and/or Europeans beckon?


U23 Elise Thorner currently out in the States on an Athletics Scholarship at the University of New Mexico ran a lifetimes best at the 3000m Steeplechase this past weekend.

Running in a strong field on 29th April at the Payton Jordan International at Stanford California, she ran her 3000m Steeplechase in a 9.32 taking 8 seconds off her pb - this time is now top ranked this year in UK but is also remarkably the All Time UK best u23 time at this event since records began.

The qualifying standard for selection for Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is 9.40; and for the European Championships in Munich is 9.39. Obviously, Elise has now bettered these marks so we await to hear about selection (note that other GB athletes as well as Elise may run even quicker this season before the deadline for selection). Both Championships take place in August 2022.


Meanwhile her twin brother U23 Ollie Thorner, who is on an Athletics Scholarship at the University of Washington, was in competition on 30th April at the Fresno State invitational at Clovis, California. Taking part in 3 events as part of his preparation for his next decathlon, Ollie’s times and marks were:

  • 100m 10.97 (outdoor pb)
  • LJ 6.82m (pb)
  • SP 12.80m

Ollie has already competed at one Decathlon this 2022 season with a total score of 7,602 points. The qualifying standard for the Commonwealth Games team is 7,750pts. (& for the Europeans is 8,100pts). Fingers crossed that he can stay fit and achieve the mark(s) in his next Decathlon.

Elise & Ollie started training with the Harrier’s Monday juniors when aged 8 and were two of the best trainers who attended every week and by the age of 11 were competing as often as possible at XC and Road Relays for the Harrier team and for the Yeovil Track & Field team. Well done to them so far in their athletic career! I've already got my tickets for both Championships so hope to cheer them both on (along with their parents of course!).

Harrier AGM & call for volunteers

The Harrier Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday 11th May starting at 8pm at Tramways Club, West Street, Wells, BA5 2HN.

In addition to formally agreeing Life Membership to u20 Harry Barton, the agenda will include:

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the Last AGM
  3. Report from the Chairman
  4. Adoption of revised Constitution (*)
  5. Financial Report & appointment of auditor (independent examiner)
  6. Appointment of the Harrier Committee for 2022/23 (#)

After the conclusion of the formal business we will also have some annual awards in various categories and the draw for the Club’s London Marathon places (+)

(*) For a copy of the Committee’s proposed revisions to the Constitution please contact the Secretary & see below for a summary of the changes

(#) we are looking to appoint additional committee members to the committee - we need 2 per training session (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday). Contact either Graham or Paul if you wish to know more about the committee and to volunteer. The committee meets approximately 4 times per year.

(+) we have 6 Harrier names to go in the draw for the 1 or 2 London Marathon places we will receive.

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Other volunteers sought

We need to know what volunteer role(s) each member (or parent of a junior member) will take up this year. Please give some thought to which role you will help with:

  • Committee member
  • Coaching (training will be paid for)
  • Team Management at cross-country fixtures
  • Assisting on a regular basis at coaching sessions
  • First Aid qualified & able to be at particular Harrier training or events (such as the Street Series)
  • Marshalling or finish line role or tea-duties etc at the Street 5k & junior races (or to be a joint Race Director at this Series with Stephen Nicholls)
  • Writing reports or providing photographs for website
  • Technical support for the website, to ensure it works smoothly
  • Help at one of the community races that Harriers traditionally support - Baltonsborough race(s) (28th August); Wells Festival of running (11th September); Babcary & Butleigh races (Feb & April 2023)

Please let Paul know asap - e-mail as to what role you want to be allocated to. At the regular Harrier coaching sessions you will be asked what role you will be taking on.

Other news from the Committee

At our last committee meeting in April we discussed certain revisions to the Constitution. These are to be formally agreed at the AGM. They are mainly concerned with clarifying the membership categories of 2nd Claim, Social, and Associate Membership; the scope for the Harriers to use an online Bank Account; the ability for us to hold meetings remotely as need be; and the role of the committee in determining membership fees for subsequent year at the meeting before the 1st April each year. 

In addition, the Committee reviewed a raft of policies to adopt to ensure that we are following England Athletics Good Practice. Amongst the Policies adopted are those concerned with:

  • Health & Safety
  • Equalities & Inclusion
  • Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures
  • Privacy & Data Protection


For copies of any of these policies please contact the Secretary.

We also identified the need for additional training this year for the Clubs Welfare Officers to be provided by EA, and will seek to recruit an additional trained-up member to fulfil this role.

The same committee meeting also recognised the contribution of three of the Club’s stalwart members over the age of 70 who have been active in various capacities for more than 25 years, are still training on a Tuesday evening, and especially for helping marshal the Street 5k: Ian Eddy, Terry Kingham & Phil Rainbow. All are to have free Harrier membership from now on. 


TUESDAY TRAINING plan May & June 2022 here

Items you might have missed in previous web postings:

(note we also send a report & photos to the Mid-Somerset Series of newspapers published on a Thursday most weeks) 

Entries Open for Wells Festival of Running

Harriers out competing at Yeovil Spring Open, Shapwick & Penselwood races


Articles & good photos for the website to Paul by 8pm Monday for inclusion in that week's posting. Check the website front page and tabs at least every fortnight for updates.

(Final Note - we had a technical problem with the website last week. Any Harrier member who is competent with the JOOMla platform could volunteer to look after the technical side and assist the Club to do some re-designing of the site)