Wells City Harriers


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21 year old Elise Thorner won her first senior medal when she went toe to toe against the best of the Uk senior women at the National Athletics Championships this past weekend. Competing in the UK Senior Championships for the first time, Elise was running in the 3000m Steeplechase at the Manchester Sports City Arena.


At the Harrier training sessions there are good numbers of junior and senior members attending to be put through their paces with some weeks seeing in excess of 100 taking part across the three evenings (Monday-Wednesday). Read on for news on training and the latest session plan for Tuesday nights.


aaaElise podium bronze

UK Athletics Championships, Manchester – Sunday 26th June


The winter indoor season and then huge personal bests in her early season outdoor races in the USA indicated that Elise’s steady improvement on the track was no flash in the pan. Going into the Championships as the all time fastest UK u23 at 3000m Steeplechase, the 3rd fastest this season in the UK, and 12th fastest in Europe indicated that Elise need have no fear of this level of competition.


That’s often easier said than done, however, and in the blustery conditions on Sunday she was faced with the dilemma of no one wanting to take the race on and the possibility that she might get outpaced in a slow race by some who on paper she should easily beat.


Elise therefore decided to try and keep the race as quick as possible. Inevitably, she was then tracked by the 2 senor UK athletes ahead of her in the rankings- one of whom Elizabeth Bird had set a new UK national record the previous week - and while letting Elise do the pace-making into the wind, the three of them quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Both of her rivals in this group are quicker over shorter distances so inevitably in the end with 400m to go they pulled clear but left a clearly elated Elise to cross the line in 3rd place in a time of 9.57. The winner Elizabeth Bird was home in 9.46.


Elise very kindly came along to our Monday Harrier junior training session this past week as an inspiration to the youngsters given that she started out training on a Monday with us some 13 years ago, age 8! We wait to see with the various international Championships taking place this summer (World; Commonwealths; Europeans) whether Elise will get selected for one of the teams. Fingers crossed!

(Photos above & below by Al, showing Elise taking the race on and gradually drawing the fastest three of them away from the rest)


aaaElise Long shot leading



Harrier training sessions – welcome to the new coaches

The Monday junior sessions at Millfield for age 8-15 have been full for some time at 40 signed up participants with newly qualified coaches enabling us to keep the numbers at this level whilst offering coaching in the various Track & Field disciplines. Newly qualified Assistant coach Emma Woodcock will soon be joined by Ben Ashman and Stuart Dowden at this level, whilst Isaac Whitcombe has gone back through coach training again after being a coach many years ago. They augment the regular coaching team of Graham Goldsmid, Al Thorner and Paul Chadwick, and they have also been joined recently again by Chris Collier providing Long Jump coaching.


Regular coaching in Sprints, Middle-distance, Long Jump and more recently Shot Put, together with turbo javelin for u11s has enabled a number of the youngsters to acquire and develop skills and abilities which are ready for competition, either at Open Meetings or as part of our joint team with Yeovil Olympiads (YOAC). The next Open Meeting, suitable for u11s through to seniors is next Thursday at the Yeovil Arena – free entry for Harrier members. See Team tab for more information and entry links.


The Tuesday coached Harrier session at Millfield for ages 14- 78 also continues to have 30+ attending each week with a choice of grass based or track-based sessions suitable for different ages and abilities. Enquiries to try out at Tuesday evenings continue to come in and after one or two tastes of the sessions all taking part are either 1st or 2nd Claim Harriers.


The coaching team has increased recently with Alexander Coombs becoming qualified, and Stephen Nicholls starting to help out at sessions. These Assistant Coaches are part of a rosta with Jon James, who sets the training schedule, Simon Prior, who tends to look after the track-based session, and Paul Chadwick and Graham Goldsmid who provide back-up. “If you can survive the warm up then you can survive the session”.


Tuesday training plan for July & August 2022 here

NOTE: We soon hope to be able to announce new arrangements for athletes, or their parents if juniors, to pay for their training sessions (currently £15 per half-term for Mondays & £2 per session for Tuesdays). Please ensure your Club Membership is up to date to attend our coached sessions.


Wednesday sessions for seniors from the Wells Rugby Club, the Harrier’s original training centre, have also continued with choices for those more experienced runners and those relatively new to the sport.

Sharon Bowles and Lynne Elstob continue to provide the coaching expertise working with newcomers, whilst senior runners Andrew Piper and Richard Morgan lead group runs onto the Mendips or around the pavements of Wells. Once a month there is an option to attend a ‘Pub Run’ from a different location in the area led by one of the keen local runners. These road or off-road runs help those looking to get fitter or faster for 10k/Half/Marathon distances.


ENQUIRIES to join one of the training groups to the Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MORE INFORMATION about our training sessions and coaches on the dedicated training tab here


Interested in Coaching with us? The more Harrier coaches we have the more we can offer. The Club pays for the coach education sessions you attend. Enquiries to either Graham or Paul.



As I'm not around quite so much over the next 2 or 3 months, we hope to have 2 or 3 other members acting as Content editors for the webpages. Volunteer if you fancy helping out with this....

The aim is to post Harrier news up every week/fortnight to report on Harrier's competing, or flagging up events coming up. As a senior Harrier or parent of a junior you can help the content providers by submitting brief reports and any good photos (preferably action, but failing that a photo taken after the event!).

Send contributions - photos or reports to Andrew Deamer, Rosie Park or Graham Goldsmid. It is intended that any e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be picked up either by Graham or by another senior Harrier to deal with.


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