Wells City Harriers

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aaaaMatt at summit

Matt Lusby clinched overall victory in the Somerset Race Series 2023 after another good run at the final race of this year’s Series – he is the Somerset Series Champion!

 

Matt was one of 13 Harriers to toe the start line at the tough Brent Knoll multi-terrain race on Sunday, and he led the squad to some good performances over the 5.9 mile circuit which took in a steep ascent of the Knoll itself, with an equally steep descent from and to the start and finish at the Burnham Area Sports Clubs HQ. The race was, as ever, well organised by the host Club, Burnham Harriers.

 

 

Following the race, the awards for the Somerset Race series were made by the coordinator Matt Powell with a large number of Harriers once again featuring. Well done all.

 

Also this web report has some photos from a previous Street 5k of October 2007 as we look back and get ready to celebrate our 200th edition on Wednesday 13th December.

 

(below: The Harrier squad after the Brent Knoll race)

aaaaafter the race

Brent Knoll 5.9 mile multi-terrain race, Sunday 26th November 2023

 

Conditions were good and not as muddy as some years in the past. Those who went in search of a fine view from the Knoll will have been disappointed due to the mist but those who like steep slopes were rewarded with a great descent from the top!

 

Individual Harrier results in the race:

2nd Matt Lusby (SM)                     38.45

14th Sam Harvey (SM)                 46.15

20th Graham Goldsmid (2nd V60)  47.20

32nd Andrew Piper (V50)               49.29

45th Matt Nelson (V50)                 52.03

48th Rosie Parks (1st F35)             52.27

59th Louisa Saunders (SF)           53.53

82nd Ethan Harvey (JM)                57.42

86th John Wilkinson-Ratcliffe (JM) 58.27

97th Paul Chadwick (V60)             60.23

119th Kim Clark (1st F65)               65.25

124th Vicki Wood (F55)                 66.51

132nd Chris Clark V70)                 73.23

There were 149 finishers.

Somerset Series 2023 (Best 8 performances to count)

Matt Lusby has been ever so consistent again this year – rarely outside of the top three at the local races and as we know he likes to compete, often racing twice or more in a weekend. He duly joins the longish list of Harriers who have now won the Somerset Series outright since it was inaugurated back in 1996 as a way of encouraging local Clubs to work together. See history tab here to see which other Harriers have won the Series in previous years.

 

Rosie Park was the pick of the Harrier women this year with her picking up 2nd place overall and 1st F35 in the Series category. Not far behind was Louisa Saunders (2nd senior woman), Cath Goldsmid (2nd F55), and Kim Clark (1st F65).

 

For the men, Graham Goldsmid has had a storming year and was duly crowned top V60, 3rd overall in the men’s standings, whilst Chris Clark was 1st V70 overall to cap his good year of running.

(Below: 5 of the Harriers who won Series awards were present to pick up their awards at Sunday's event - get polishing those Cups!)

aaaawinners with trophies

Somerset Series 2024

The first two races in the Series next year are confirmed as the Chard Flyer 10k mt on 1st January and the Harrier supported Babcary 7.5 mile road race in February.

We might anticipate other Harrier supported local races will also be included in the Series, such as the multi-terrain race at Butleigh and the August edition of the Baltonsborough 5 mile Road Race. Start planning your road and off-road racing for 2024 – its not a bad way to see the County!

See Somerset Series website as all dates and links to entries are confirmed.

 

Get ready for Street 200!

Wednesday 13th December is our 200th edition of the Street 5k races. Enter online now to be sure of your place on the starting line. Free commemorative souvenir for all that compete over the 5k or the junior 1k or 2k races, or those who volunteer that night. Entries can also be made on the night for the 5k race, and for the junior races, but please arrive no later than 7pm.

 

 

Looking back - Street 5k October 2007

(all photos by Me!)

Our esteemed former Race Director Cive Thomas presents the 1k prize to Curtis Stevens (who still holds the 1k course record!):

 

aaaaClive presenting junior prize to Curtis Stevens Oct 07

 

 

1st female on the night in Oct 2007- Teresa King

aaaa 1st lady Street Oct 07 Teresa KIng

 

1st male on the night in Oct 2007 - Julian Emery

aaaaJulian Emery Street 5k Oct 07

1st junior male on the night in Oct 2007 - Nathan Young

aaaaNathan jnr man winner Oct 07

 

 

The then Kit man Tim Hamblin in action with our now Graphic Designer Sols Chadwick behind in the Man Utd red (see his work at the next Street race!)

aaaa Tim Hamblin Sols thekitmanwitheagercustomers

 

Hilary  Wood & Kay Franklin hard at work serving on the refreshment table

aaaa Hilary Kaye on drinks Oct Street 5k005

 

Terry Exell and Carol Buckland talking to Pat Challis and Debbie Keeble

aaaa Terry exell Carol Buckland Debbie gang

 

Cross Country update

Parents of juniors - please contact Chairman Ed Tickner or Secretary Alex Coombs if you can help team manage your daughters/sons age group at any of these events,

This coming Saturday (2nd December) is the Gwent League fixture at Blaise Castle, Bristol. If you’ve not already let Harrier Secretary Alex Coombs or Tuesday coach Jon James know that you are going to compete please contact them asap. League fixtures are free for Harriers.

Sunday 10th December 2023 – Somerset XC Championships as part of the Tri-County XC Championships with Avon & Wiltshire. Final call for entries this week. Please follow entry guidance & link here. Athlete pays entry fee – please ensure you have a Harrier vest or top to compete in.

Sunday 17th December 2023 – last of the Wessex XC League matches. If you’ve already entered or raced in this League this season please make sure you have your number with you. New entries to be made by the deadline via the League website here (free to Harriers).

Sunday 7th January 2024 at RNAS Merryfield, near Ilton, Langport – the SW XC Championships. There are already a good number of Harriers entered. Entry link here. Athlete pays entry fee – please ensure you have a Harrier vest or top to compete in.

Saturday 27th January 2024 – the South Of England XC Championships at Beckenham, Kent. Coaches will advise juniors of a good standard to enter this one. Enter by deadline of 22nd December. See information on the link here.

 

Reports and photos of XC races so far this season can be seen on our dedicated XC webpage along with other team information.

 

 

If you attend an event and can take any photos or write up a report then please send in to get onto the website or into the local newspaper via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you can send it in by Monday 8pm it might get into the local newspaper that week - the newspaper  continues to support the Harriers by publicising the success of the Club, and this helps us recruit new members.

 

 

Wells City Harriers Social updates - Almost 70 Harriers are looking forward to the Annual Dinner to be held at the Wells Golf Club on Friday 8th December. Please make payments as soon as possible. Start thinking of possible Bog Seat nominees! (see previous winners on the History page). There will also be the draw for the Club's London Marathon place(s). Event Full: There is no more space for any bookings.

 

Parlauf and post-Parlauf curry night - please let Alex Coombs know asap if you are coming to the Curry night after Tuesday training on 19th December.

 

More Abingdon Marathon Success

After the PB success of our four Harrier runners at the Abingdon Marathon, Chris, Zak, Adam and Jeremy later found out that the had won the 'team prize'. They each received a trophy. Well done team.

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 Jeremy, Adam, Zak and Chris with their trophies.