The final training sessions were held just before Christmas and saw the usual fun and games at the Monday & Tuesday track sessions and a festive run in Wells on the Wednesday.
Both the Monday and Tuesday sessions held parlauf relay events for the runners and they were contested as hotly as ever – Paul's teams of three on the Monday and Jon’s pairings on the Tuesday leading to some close contests! Of course, everyone was a winner at the end of the sessions.
Just before Christmas we were also able to celebrate a new recipient of the fabled Wells city Harrier Bog seat and we have a round-up of some of the crazy antics that Harriers have managed in the distant past to win the accolade…
Meanwhile as it’s the final posting of the year we also have the Harrier’s Honour Board for the year to remind ourselves that there’s an incredible array of talented athletes of all ages in our midst! We also have the latest addition of 'Meet the Harriers' for you to read.
Harrier Bog Seat Award 2023
There was really only ever one person in the running for this year's Bog Seat award as made at the Annual Dinner.
Danny Williams tried to make out that various other members of the crazy gang could have won it... but after running through several other suspects the true talent of Stephen Nicholls shone through!
A worthy winner, in keeping with antics in previous years (see early history here & winners list here) and we might expect Danny to be nominated next year unless he manages to steal the microphone again...
End of year honours:
Probably not a definitive list...
Power of ten top 10s
U13 10th UK Oskar Beck 800m 2.14.99
U15 Tom Webb 2nd 5k 15.14 (3rd all time best!)
& as a U17 9th 3000m 8.38 & 5th 5k 14.53
U15 Daisy Davies 5th 1500m S/ch 5.06.05
U17 Sophie Nicholls 3rd UK 5k 16.32
U20 Sophie Nicholls 4th UK 3000m 9.37.23
U23 Harry Barton 2nd UK 400H 51.58
U23 & Seniors Ollie Thorner 2nd UKDecathlon 7761points (8th all time best u23 points tally)
U23 Elise Thorner 8th UKindoor 800m 2.10 indoors & 8th 1500m 4.17 & 2nd indoor Mile & 3rd outdoor mile 4.37 & 2nd indoor 3000m & 1st 3000m s/ch (2nd inc seniors) 9.39 ( note: Elise is 1st all time best u23 3000m s/ch with her time in 2022 of 9.32!)
Southern champion: u17 Tom Webb 1500m 4.03
National champion: u17 Tom Webb 3000m 8.38
South West XC Champions
u20 Dan Maydew
v55 Jon James
Somerset Series Champions 2023:
Outright male winner - Matt Lusby
2nd female overall– Rosie Park
2nd senior female – Louisa Saunders
1st V60 (& 3rd male) – Graham Goldsmid
1st F65 – Kim Clark
1st F70 – Chris Clark
2nd F55 – Cath Goldsmid
Gwent League XC champions
u15 Tom Webb
v35 Christian Green
V55 Jon James
Wessex League XC champions: u11 Ruby Shaw u17 Amelie Cook
New Street records during the year
2k – Oskar Beck 6.41
5k – u17 record Tom Webb 15.29
(Apologies if I’ve missed anyone from this list!)
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS ?
More training? Better training? More interesting races? Faster times? Tougher races? Volunteering to coach? Volunteering to officiate? Get planning now to make the most of 2024 with the Harriers....
More Tuesday Parlauf photos:
Meet the Harriers
This addition of meet the Harriers features junior Harrier Sophie Nicholls. You can read her interview here.
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