Wells City Harriers have once again been competing hard at the regional cross country races this past weekend. U11 Ruby Shaw (photo above) from our Monday training group repeated her previous victory when she won her race at the Wessex XC League making it two wins out of two. In the older age groups u15 Daisy Abernethy & senior woman Daisy Davies (both from our Yeovil partners) also won their respective races which were held at Bryanston School, Sherborne. Conditions underfoot were very tough due to the heavy rain on the Saturday.
This web report also looks forward to the next round of cross-country fixtures coming up, has a round up on the Somerset Race Series as we approach the final race, introduces our new website article feature 'Meet the Harriers', and calls for volunteers for the Street 5k Race Series. & Anyone for coaching?
The Wessex XC League event was well supported by the Harrier members from the Yeovil Olympiads partnership side of the Club. There is just the one fixture left in this particular League on Sunday 17th December and Harriers are invited to register to compete at least 10 days before that event using the link as found on the Team tab of the website. Entry to the League is free for all Harriers from the Yeovil or Wells side of the joint Club as the Harriers pay an affiliation fee to support the League.
Wessex XC League results
1st Ruby Shaw
4th Dylan Mason
9th Rowan Kelly
20th Milo Cook
7th Sadie Littlechild
11th Xavia Bennett
10th Jamie Dawson
16th Dominic Cook
1st Daisy Abernethy
6th Isobel Stacey
7th Esme Littlechild
8th Vienna Townsend
4th Elliott Ware
8th Harry Dawson
2nd Daisy Davies
5th Amelie Cook
9th Mikaela Harnett
3rd Joseph Usher
4th Dexter Townsend
10th Charlie Brand
1st Daisy Davies
13th Laurence Badman
28th Geoff Cole
34th Howard Harnett
Below - u11 Ruby after her 2nd victory in this League.
The next competitive cross-country fixture, however, will be the 2nd set of races in the Gwent XC League taking place on Saturday November 11th at Cardiff, which includes the national Cross Challenge event so for sure there will be some talented runners from across the UK taking part. Again, entry for Harriers in the Gwent League fixture is free to compete here and any Harrier needing to be registered should contact either Jon James at Tuesday training or the Harrier Secretary Alexander Coombs at least 48 hours before the event.
Looking further ahead, many of the Harrier competitive members are now gearing up their training ready for the County Cross Country Championships to be held in December. Full details of how to enter the races, to be held at the University of Bath on Sunday the 10th will be on the Team tab of the website when entries open. Entries will probably close a week ahead of the event. Contact the Secretary if you need any further information. See: Cross Country (wellscityharriers.co.uk)
Somerset Race Series 2023
With just the one race to go in this year’s Series we have some Wells City Harriers high up in the overall rankings.
F35 Rosie Park is currently in overall 2nd place, 1st F35.
Senior woman Louisa Saunders is in overall 5th place, 2nd senior woman
F55 Cath Goldsmid is in overall 11th place and is 2nd F55
F65 Kim Clarke is in overall 13th place and leads for the F65 category
V60 Graham Goldsmid is in overall 4th place for the men and leads the V60 category
V70 Chris Clarke is in overall 17th place and leads the V70 category
All of the above Harriers have now completed at least 8 races (8 to count in the Series)
& Can Matt win the Series?
Up and coming maybe through the rankings is Senior Man Matt Lusby who has completed 7 races and needs to run the final race to count. He currently has 17 points from 7 races (ie averaging 2nd or 3rd place every race so far). If he repeats anything like the same again he will be overall Somerset Series Champion for 2023! I look forward to seeing him there.
Final Series race: Brent Knoll 5.7 mile fell race on Sunday 26th November – a great hilly running circuit – entries open now. See: BRENT KNOLL MT (somersetseries.com)
Note: The Somerset Series was started long ago to encourage runners of all abilities and ages to race at the local races across the County which are either organised by the local Running Clubs, or are supported in some shape or form by them - in this latter category the races at Babcary, Butleigh and Baltonsborough are supported by the Harriers and are included in the annual Series. I anticipate that the 2024 Series will start on New Years Day with the Chard Flyer 10k - lovely little race to blow the cobwebs off!
Training update - anyone for coaching?
The Club’s Monday night training sessions under the floodlights at Millfield School continue to attract some talented runners and training is now heavily geared to those who will be competing for the Club at cross country fixtures. Photo below from this week's session.
Competitive youngsters age 9 and over are encouraged to enter the County XC Championships, and the Club would be pleased if there were one or two parents who will team manage at that event. Please let the Club Secretary know if you can do that.
If there are any budding athletes out there who want to compete for the Club at cross-country and want to join the training groups then they are invited to contact the Secretary. Age 14 and over for the Tuesday session and age 8-15 for the Monday session. (Note: Waiting list for the 8-10 year olds for 'Fun Athletics' at present).
Any Harrier member who would like to help coach at these sessions should contact us so that the Club can maintain and expand these sessions going forward as a few of our older coaches, including myself, reduce our input. See Coaching (wellscityharriers.co.uk)
Meet the Harriers
We are excited to announce our new website feature 'Meet the Harriers'. Here you will get an insight of what it is like to be a member of Wells City Harriers and learn about the successes, achievements and personalities of our members. Our first feature is of Harrier member and coach Jon James. Click here to read his interview. Be sure to check back to read about our next featured Harrier. You can find the articles under the 'About' tab on the menu, then select 'Meet the Harriers'.
Street 5k – number 199 next Wednesday
Wednesday 8th November sees the 199th running of the 5k race at Street, starting at 7.30pm, with entries now available online following the links off RunBritain and via the Harrier website. Accompanying the 5k race will be races over 1k and 2k for juniors – School year 5 & 6 for the 1k race; and School years 7 & 8 for the 2k race. Entry on the night for the junior races and limited entry on the night for the 5k from 6.30pm. Prizes awarded straight afterwards in the Race HQ in the usual age categories.
Plans are also in hand for the 200th running of the Street 5k race in December on the 13th. This will be a great milestone for the Club which started organising the monthly races back in 1989, and have taken place every autumn and winter month since then other than when Covid restrictions prevented their taking place.
As usual, these events don’t happen without a lot of activity behind the scenes and on the night by Harriers – so if you’re a Harrier member, or you are a parent of a junior member, please offer to volunteer next Wednesday or at one of the subsequent Street races that run monthly through to March.
Is there anyone who can take some photographs and write up the usual web report after the races? Anyone who would like to bake a cake or two for the 200th birthday – we had a lovely one when we celebrated the Street 5k 20th year birthday! (see photo on the history tab).
ANNUAL DINNER - all members should have received an email on 1st November about the Harrier Annual Dinner to be held on Friday 8th December - check your inbox. Bookings with menu choices needed soon.