This week’s Harrier web report brings news of some great running at the last of the season’s Yeovilton 5km races and the junior runs alongside. We’re also wrapping up the Track & field season with a report on the Monday juniors who were competing at the Yeovil Games – some great performances. There’s a few juniors who are ranked in the top ten nationally at T&F in their age group this season!
We’ve also a request for all members to ensure they (a) advise coaches at the training sessions if they have any medical conditions/injuries that coaches need to know about and (b) update their own information about allergies/medical issues on their athletics portal and ensure that we have up to date information on emergency contacts on the same portal in case the Club needs to contact anyone.
Coming up are the Southern Road Relays next week, with the national relays following in early October and the first of the Wessex League XC fixtures on 1st October (entry deadline 20th Sept 5pm). For the cross country season it would really help, especially the junior athletes, to have a team manager from one of the parents at each event to welcome runners and hand out numbers, maybe taking a photo or two – please let Club Secretary Alex know if you are volunteering.... & a request for anyone interested in coaching to contact Paul as we look to expand our coaching team.
Online entries for the Street 5k Series are due to open soon. See link on the RunBritain site; entries for the junior 1k and 2k run can only be made on the night. See information here. Please sign up for marshalling/finish line duties by contacting Alex or using sign-up sheet at Tuesday training.
Yeovilton 5k race - Wednesday 13th September
Graham Goldsmid reports:
Wells runners out in force at final Yeovilton 5K race of Series
Club Junior Tom Webb wins again and Daisy Davies first Female.
Last Wednesday saw the final race in the 2023 Yeovilton 5k Series.
138 runners lined up at the start of this fast, flat course including 16 members from Wells City Harriers representing a spread of age groups.
In form Wells junior Tom Webb was first again in a new pb of 14.53 - some 19 seconds faster than his winning time the week before.
While Wells senior female Daisy Davies also had a great run to finish in 11th and was first female in a time of 16.43.
Other Wells finishers were
5th : Sen Male : Matt Lusby : 15.59
26th : Sen Female : Abbie White : 17.47
31st : Sen Male : Laurence Badman : 18.01
41st : Junior Female : Daisy Davies : 18.23 - First Junior Female
45th : V40 Male : Phil Paddick : 18.32
51st : V60 Male : Graham Goldsmid : 18.52
52nd : V50 Male : Tim Hindle : 19.01
53rd : Junior Male : Harry Dawson : 19.05
60th : V50 Male : Craig Foley : 19.26
70th : V35 Female : Helen Allen : 20.21
76th : V50 Male : Mike Bosley : 20.56
86th : Junior Male : Jamie Dawson : 21.27
115th : Junior Female : Sophie Lewis : 23.30
136th : V65 Female Karen Shears : 29.03
Well done to all Wells members who took part across the 6 races in the Yeovilton Series and our attantion now turns to the Wells Street 5k series which starts on Wednesday 11th October."
David Hirst reports on the accompanying junior races held on the grass
"5 junior Harriers (see below picture) were at the Yeovil 5K event last Wednesday to take part in the junior race - one lap of approx 1k. Toby (Hirst) was first, followed closely by Noah (Foley) and then with new members Harriet & Olivia Creed close behind."
Tom Webb's time of 14.53 for the 5k places him 5th on the 2023 UK national standings as an u17; and this follows up his previously reported 8.38 at the Track 3000m, which leaves him 9th nationally as an u17 at that distance. That's some good running.
Yeovil Games – Saturday 9th September
There were some excellent performances by some of our Monday Harriers at this end of season Open Meeting.
Personal bests were recorded by most, so that training has been paying off!
Well done to Oskar Beck who finally got into a race with a few faster runners to help him achieve his top-ten u13 national ranking at 800m. His time now sets a new all time Club record for the u13 boys category and his name will go up on the records board at the Yeovil Olympiads Club house just as soon as our partner Chairman Geoff Cole can arrange. He has also just broken the Shepton Mallet junior 2km parkrun record by running 6.59.
U11Ruby Shaw 600m 1.56(pb)
U11Milo Cook 75m 13.38. 600m 2.20
U13Harrison Skuse 100m 14.92pb
U17Lara Cook 100m 13.75 200m 28.90pb
U13Oskar Beck 2.14pb - moves to 10th on the national rankings 2023
U17Amelie Cook Mile 5.45pb
U13Dominic Cook Mile 6.17pb
U13 Harrison Skuse 3.38pb