There was some excellent running once again at the latest monthly Yeovilton 5k road race with Adam Gibson (far left in photo above) leading the way for the Harriers with a fine 5th place finish. Photo also shows left to right: Laurence; Phil; Craig & Gary
Meanwhile, the National League team has now completed their season after the 3rd fixture and have finished an excellent 7th place out of the 16 teams competing. The National League is now a combined men’s & women’s League, replacing the British League of old.
The Yeovil Olympiads team, of which we are part, were promoted from Division One to the Championship this season, and did themselves proud by more than holding their own against some much bigger Clubs.
Matt Lusby once again contributed valuable points by competing in three track events; Mark Duffett achieved two personal bests; and u17 Tom Webb had another storming run.
We should also mention the sterling effort by the YOAC Chairman Geoff Cole to score team points when competing in the various throws.
This web report also includes a call for team members for the prestigious Southern Road Relays on 23rd September; and team managers to help manage individual age groups. Dates for the Wessex XC League are also listed here - start planning your autumn season.
Enter now for the Harrier supported Baltonsborough road races on the 28th August.....part of the Somerset Race Series
Yeovilton 5k Summer Series – August 9th
Craig Foley reports:
“On an unexpectedly warm evening 9 club members competed in the August edition of the Yeovilton 5k Summer Series race, as always superbly organised and marshalled by our friends at Yeovil Town Road Running Club.
First home for Harriers, in 5th place overall in a time of 16:13, was Adam Gibson who recorded a new personal best time over the 5k distance.
Results for Harriers competing on the night include:
5th Adam Gibson 16:13
26th Laurence Badman 18:38
32nd Phil Paddick 18:55
43rd Tim Hindle 19:28
47th Craig Foley 19:41
56th Andrew Piper 20:37
67th Lucy Acott 21:54
86th Gary Tubridy 25:05
106th Karen Shears 29:43
(Full results available here: https://www.timingmonkey.co.uk/results/Yeovilton23/Race4/#0_FD2221 )
In the junior races there was further success for the club with Toby Hirst taking an impressive win in the highly competitive 1k race, and Noah Foley finishing in first place in the 2k race.
There are a further two races in the series, Wednesday 6 September and Wednesday 13 September.”
That’s a pretty impressive time by Adam who joined us a short while back – interesting to see how quick he can go just the night after he was at the Tuesday training session!
National League Championship fixture – Saturday 5th August
Round 3 of 3 at Bournemouth
The combined Yeovil and Wells team finished 5th of the 8 competing teams in this fixture with some notable performances by those from the Harrier side of the Club:
400m 3rd u23Harry Barton 51.44
400mH 1st u23Harry Barton 56.14
800m A 5th Mark Duffett 1.58 pb
800m B 6th Matt Lusby 2.05
1500m 12th Matt Lusby 4.23 sb
2000m S/Ch 4th Matt Lusby 6.30
3000m 5th u17 Tom Webb 8.46
3000m 8th Mark Duffett 9.03pb
3000m 4th u20 Iris Courtney 10.16
Well done to all and our thanks again to the YOAC team managers.
Meanwhile the other 8 teams in this Division were competing at a different venue.
Overall, after this final fixture, Tonbridge AC were crowned Championship winners, with Cardiff AAC runners up. The Yeovil team finished 7th (out of 16) which given that the team was only promoted to this division this season is a great achievement.
Position Club Match Points League Points
1Tonbridge AC 1854 24
2Cardiff AAC 1558.5 21
3Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC 1488 20
4Belgrave Harriers 1377.5 19
5Havering AC 1415.5 18
6Herts Phoenix AC 1251 14
7Yeovil Olympiads 1242.5 14
8Kingston 1219.5 14
9City of Liverpool 1150 13
10Southampton AC 1185.5 11
11Bournemouth AC 1153 11
12Bedford & County 931.5 10
13City of Portsmouth AC 1098 9
14Herne Hill Harriers 998.5 8
15Bristol and West AC 947 7
16Peterborough & Nene Valley598 3
Wednesday 16th August Crook Peak Fell Race – not for the feint hearted but a great run out
Bank Holiday Monday 28th August Baltonsborough 5 mile & junior 1.5 mile road races
Thursday 31st August – next Track & Field Open evening at Yeovil track
Sunday 3rd September – Final fixture in the South West Track & Field League - please let team managers know if you are available.
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September - Southern Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight (3 races in 2 days)- enter by 4th September. Contact Paul if interested.
Saturday 23rd September - Southern Road Relays – please contact Harrier Secretary Alex if you wish to compete in the teams to go to the Southern/Aldershot Road Relays.
(Road relay entry is free for Harrier & YOAC members)
Wessex Cross Country dates now released – Sundays 1st October; 29th October & 17th December. Contact Secretary to be on the team sheet to be entered in early September. Free for all Harriers & YOAC members. No entry on the day of any event as names need to be submitted some 2 or 3 weeks before.