Wells City Harriers


Cardiff Gwent League, NCAA Cross Country Championships, Biathle World Championships and much more!

There was a huge turnout in the Cardiff Gwent League with great performances from Oskar Beck, Tom Webb, Daisy Davies, Sophie Nicholls, Iris Courtney, Daisy Davies, Mark Duffett, the Senior Men’s Team and the V55 team. We have news from across the pond and international events in India, plus information about the Christmas meal, Street 5K 200th addition (including a preview of our special 200th race souvenir), Paarlouf curry evening and our next ‘Meet the Harriers’ interview.

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Mark Pople racing at Cardiff Gwent League

Read on to find out more.

Gwent League Race 2 - Cardiff (Including Cross Challenge)
The second race in the 2023/24 Gwent League series took place on Saturday 11th November at Llandaff Fields in Cardiff. This race also included the Cardiff Cross Challenge which attracted a lot of competitive runners including a handful of international athletes. The race was streamed live on YouTube and can be viewed here.

There was a strong turnout of Wells City Harriers in all age categories on a tough, muddy course, including the traditional log jump, plus an added extra log jump for good measure.

Full results can be found here.

Novice Boys
Milo Cook - 79th - 6:08
Alfie Beck - 98th - 6:38

U13 Boys
Oskar Beck - 1st - 9:38
Dominic Cook - 48th - 11:45

U17 Boys
Tom Webb - 3rd - 18:16

U17 Girls
Daisy Davies - 3rd - 17:44
Amelie Cook - 13th - 19:35
Evie Horsfall - 18th - 19:43
Macy Noad - 26th - 21:06
Mikaella Harnett - 33rd - 21:52

U20 Women
Sophie Nichols - 2nd - 16:30
Iris Courtney - 3rd - 16:54

Senior Women
Daisy Davies - 5th - 23:49

Senior Men
Mark Duffett - 28th - 33:08
Adam Gibson - 49th - 33:51
Chris Green - 51st - 33:55 (7th V35)
Matt Lusby - 57th - 34:16 (11th V35)
Zak Hurrell - 58th - 34:19
Alexander Coombs - 66th - 34:33
Adam Sutton - 165th - 37:49
Andrew Deamer - 238th - 39:26 (5th V55)
Laurence Badman - 259th - 40:02 (66th U23)
Stuart Nash - 273rd - 40:28 (102th V35)
Stephen Nicholls - 282nd - 40:40 (8th V55)
Graham Goldsmid - 346th - 42:39 (16th V55)
Mark Pople - 543rd - 51:57 (66th V55)

The senior men’s team managed to finish 6th overall on the day moving them up to 7th in Division 1. The ‘B’ team are up to 9th in the B Division. The V55 team won on the day, moving them into 3rd in the Male Masters 55 Division.

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Senior men pre-race

NCAA Cross Country Championships
[Report by Al Thorner]
On Friday 10th November, Elise Thorner competed with the Florida Gators team in the penultimate XC of her University life in America. The regional XC Championships is the final qualifying race before Nationals in Charlottesville, Virginia, with the first two teams guaranteed a place amongst 30 other of the best college teams in America.

Before the race she was given a poster drawn by her team mates showing a swan for Wells City Harriers and an Alligator for the University of Florida.


Elise with her pre-race momento

Finishing in a creditable 25th place out of 214 starters, on her home course in Florida, in a time of 19 mins 16 seconds for the 6k course, she helped her team to 2nd place out of the 29 teams competing and punching her ticket to the NCAA finals. The Gators were the only team to take the decision to wear racing flats instead of spikes on the firm golf course surface to save their legs for Friday's finals which looks like a gamble that paid off.

With the Gators going into the championships ranked 5th and favourites to take the individual title, it should be a thrilling race on Friday with the added luxury of the team travelling by chartered private flight to avoid connecting flights on the way.

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Elise looking strong, finishing 25th

Street 5K Race 3 - December - 200th Race Special
Next month will be the 200th edition of our Street 5K. The race will take place on Wednesday 8th December. Be sure to enter early as we are predicting a big turnout. Each runner will receive a 200th race souvenir - check out our Instagram page to have a sneak peak. More details can be found on our race page here or to enter click here.

Biathle World Championships, Bali
U13 Harrier, Eva Dowden, was competing internationally in the Biathle and Triathle World Championships in Bali, India. Biathle is a running-swimming event and triathle includes running, swimming and laser shooting.

[Report by Stuart Dowden]
We all had a great time with really tough conditions, soft sand, grass, 33 degree heat, 95% humidity, and shallow swimming water due to tides. There was great competition from countries more accustomed to the weather (South Africa, Egypt, Etc) Eva took part in 6 races over 4 days including heats, which really was pushing it for anybody, especially in the tough conditions.

Eva’s Results:

7th in the world- Triathle individual
Triathle individual team silver

10th in the world- Biathle individual
9th in the world- Biathle relay

Full results can be found here.


London Marathon Draw
The time is running out to be included in the annual club draw for a place in the 2024 London Marathon. The Club place(s) will be allocated in a Club Ballot at our Club's Annual Dinner on Friday 8th December (see below for more details). To be eligible for the Club place(s) you need to:
(a) Have been a Club member when you applied in the main London ballot;
(b) Have an England Athletics registration;
(c) Have been rejected in the main London ballot and provided evidence of the rejection;
(d) not to have had a Club place in the previous 3 years.
If you think you're eligible please contact secretary, Alexander Coombs. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas Dinner
The Christmas dinner will be held at Wells Golf Club at 19:00 for 19:30 start on Friday 8th December 2023. The price for a two course meal is £20 (£15 for juniors, who must be accompanied). The Entertainment will include the Bog Seat award (what silly thing have you done this year?), the draw for places at the London Marathon, and live music from ‘Loose Ends’.
Menu options are
● Roast crown of local turkey with chestnut stuffing
● Rare topside of beef with yorkshire pudding
● Medley of seafood in a cream sauce served in a puff pastry case
● Roasted vegetable, brie & cranberry wellington

followed by

● Christmas pudding with a cream rum sauce
● Warm apple pie & ice cream
● Toffee & honeycomb cheesecake
● Christmas pudding, Apple pie, Toffee and honeycomb cheesecake
Tickets can be booked online via Eventbrite, or talk to Graham (Monday night), Ed (Tuesday night) or Andrew P Wednesday).

Tuesday Training Christmas Curry
Tuesday the 19th December will be our final training session of the year. Over the last couple of years we have celebrated the end of the year with our traditional Paarlauf event followed by a drink and curry at a local pub. This year we will be hosted by The King Alfred in Street. There will be a choice of 3 curries, including a vegetarian option. If you're interested in joining, sign-up on a Tuesday evening by completing the sign-up sheet, or email secretary, Alexander Coombs. Curry price £12.95.

Meet the Harrier #2
Our latest ‘Meet the Harrier’ interview is available to read on the website. This week’s feature is with Henry Sage. Click here to read.

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Date for the Diary - Babcary Road Race
Next year’s Babcary Road Race will take place on Sunday 25th February 2024 and will start at 11:00am. Entries are now open. Click here for the RunBritain entry link. For more information visit our Babcary Road Race page here.

PDF of Babcary Race Poster