(Above: Leyton on left & Oskar in the middle at the BMC 800m race - photo by Stuart)
There's been a hive of activity on the Track, on the road and at ultra trail races by Harriers of late. This report kicks off with the achievements of Harriers at this past Sunday's SW League fixture alongside our partners from Yeovil Olympiads. There has been some great performances, especially by youngsters from our Monday group competing in the team for the first time. (Below: Eva Dowden running a pb at the BMC meet - photo by Stuart)
A few were doubling up, having run the evening before at the BMC meeting at Millfield, whilst one of the Senior athletes competed at three different fixtures over the weekend - the National League fixture in Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon and the SW League fixture in Exeter on Sunday afternoon, with the Crewkerne 10k road race sandwiched in between on Sunday morning! Well done Matt Lusby.
We also carry reports of some of the Harriers who just love to run in fairly remote places over long distances involving lots of hills, but getting great views along the way - anyone for the Skye Ultra Trail race or a 3 day Lakeland Mountain Marathon? (Below: The view from the top in the Gt Lakes race - photo by Max)
South West League Fixture One at Exeter Arena – Sunday 5th June
Well done to the combined team with Yeovil Olympiads at the first of this season’s SW League matches. From the draft of the results I have seen it looks like the Yeovil team finished 2nd overall - excellent given that there were 13 teams taking part. Final scores etc will appear on the dedicated SW Athletics League website here and individual performances will be recorded on the power of ten website here. If you spot anything amiss then please let team managers/coaches know.
|Overall Match 1 5th June|
|Pos||Club||Mch Pts||Lge Pts|
|4||N. Abbot / Torbay||1575.5||10|
|8||Newquay & Par||915||6|
Some really good performances throughout the age groups by YOAC members and the Harriers wearing the orange vest. I’m particularly pleased with the youngsters stepping up to the mark from our Monday training group to bolster the team and from their smiles at this Monday’s training they very much appreciated the opportunity to compete as part of the team.
Juniors, or more likely their parents, should let team managers know which of the remaining 3 League fixtures they will be available for asap. Team managers will select the 2 best competitors available for each event, and for u13s there are 2 additional places for youngsters to get a taste of team competition and see if they can get the nod for team selection next time out.
Our thanks as usual to the volunteer officials and also to the team managers from our partner Club at Yeovil. If you can consider taking a course in being a track official it will help the Club and the running of such events and others.
(Below - Oskar after running a 1500m pb - photo by Matt)
Here we just report on the Harrier side of the club, but if I've missed anyone out then just let me know. If you attend these fixtures please write up a report if you can or take some photos for the website and whoever is looking after the website (*) will try and include them.
U15 Samuel Austin 4.58pb
U15 Amelie Cook 5.19pb
U15 Lily Greaves 5.31pb
U13 Oskar Beck 5.21pb
U13 Jack Barker 5.35pb
U13 Nnaemeka Nwagbogu 6.00pb
U13 Max Greaves 16.04pb
U13 Nnaemeka Nwagbogu 15.32pb
SM Matt Lusby 6.31
SM Laurence Badman 7.09pb
BMC pb event at Millfield – Saturday 4th June
No doubt there were a few of us enjoying Jubilee events this past Saturday but meanwhile a whole squad of dedicated athletes were taking part in the annual British Milers Club event at Millfield. It appears that blustery conditions may account for fewer personal bests than normal at this event but even so there was a sprinkling of them amongst the Harriers taking part. (Below: Henry runs an 800m pb - photo by Stuart)
For some, especially those who train on a Monday, it was the first time they’d taken part in a major Track & Field competition. The individually paced races are a good way to learn about even paced running…Well done all!
U17 Harrison Williams 9.31pb
U20 Dan Maydew 8.51
U15 Macy Noad 5.05pb
U17 Sophie Nicholls 4.40
U20 Oliver Castle 4.41
U15 Tom Webb 4.23
U13 Eva Dowden 2.58pb
U13 Dominic Cook 3.05pb
U13 Henry Kilmartin 2.50pb
U15 Amelie Cook 2.42
U13 Leyton Finn 2.40
U13 Oskar Beck 2.44
U15 Samuel Austin 2.29
U17 Jack Harvey 2.08
(Below: Henry & Eva after their BMC races - photo by Stuart)
Good luck to those junior Harriers competing this coming Saturday at the Somerset Schools County Championships, and also to our TeamGB twins Elise & Ollie Thorner who compete this week in the National Collegiate Athletics Championships in the USA. Send in reports....
Crewkerne 10k – hilly 10k circuit on road – Sunday 5th June
This was the local Crewkerne Running Club’s 40th edition of a well organised road race held from the Town Centre. Now covering 10k rather than the original 9.1 mile route it still incorporates some wicked hills at the beginning and end of the race.
Matt Lusby managed to run a great race despite his efforts from the day before where he competed on the Track in the National League match with the YOAC team at Portsmouth.(no results yet available but I understand that Matt may have competed at 3000m Steeplechase and one or both of the middle distances - there's no stopping the man!).
2nd Matt Lusby 2nd 34.31
18th Finlay Downes 41.45
36th Mat Sparkes 45.29
38th Graham Goldsmid 46.05
61st Andrew Robinson 49.55
73rd Paul Chadwick 51.47
140th Karen Shears 63.36
The Harrier men finished 1st team with Matt, Finlay, Graham & Mat counting in the quartet. (Below - Mat & Graham pick up their team prizes - photo by Paul)
Skye Ultra Trail Race– Saturday 28th May
This one is definitely not for the feint hearted, but is another tale of one of our many intrepid Harriers that love to run ultras….Oli Frost
74 miles of trail running with a total of 4460m of ascent north to south along the spine of the Isle of Skye over some uncompromising terrain but with terrific views. Competitors set off at 06.40 after an early morning safety briefing and kit inspection as the weather in the mountains can sometimes be treacherous.
I was able to see how Oli was proceeding in real time as all competitors were trackable throughout the day – needless to say there were sections where Oli was covering the ground at a ‘snails pace’ of 1 mile an hour as well as sections where he put a ‘sprint’ on for 7 miles an hour!
Oli finished 3rd overall, finishing shortly before midnight running the last section in ever-darkening skies. According to Oli “I had a strong last 20 miles, so am really pleased. The area is like stepping back in time 10 million years!” No doubt we will see him back at Tuesday training very soon for more speed work…
(Below - on the Skye Trail - some great views - photo by Oli)
Great Lakeland 3 days -early May
Report from Andrew Tindal on another spectacular event:
"In Early May I did the Great Lakeland event which is like a mountain marathon over three days where they move your camping kit for you and provide food. Quite a new format of event but really good! The event started in Braithwaite near Keswick, and had Buttermere as the overnight camp site for two nights before returning to Braithwaite for the finish.
The courses took in a lot of the classic Lakeland fells such as Grisedale Pike, Sail, Robinson, Great Gable, Pillar, Red Pike etc. A few of us took part:
Oli Frost – Expert Class 120kms 8000m ascent
Andrew Tindal – Long Wainwright Class 100kms 6500m ascent
Gill Tindal and Max Tindal – Short Wainwright 80kms 5500m ascent"
Oli Frost & Andrew T next plan (amongst other races) to compete at the Isle of Arran Mountain Marathon at the end of August. I look forward to their report.
(Below:The Tindal family with their well deserved beers after the races- photo by Gill)