The 13th race in this year’s Somerset Race Series, sponsored by Cornwall Glass, took place on Sunday, 7th July, when Quantock Harriers hosted their well established Quantock Beast race over 5.7 miles of glorious countryside with the inevitable hills! Three Harrierstoed the start line amongst the sold-out race entry and interchanged positions throughout the race. Craig Foley took the plaudits with his 33rd position in 47.33, with Paul Chadwick 35th in 48.10, and Andrew Robinson, 36th in 48.25.
Meanwhile on the track the combined team with Yeovil Olympiads was in action on Saturday (6th) at the third of the season’s Men’s British Athletics League Division three fixture. This match was hosted by the Harrier’s partners, Yeovil Olympiads, and the team finished 2nd on the day and are now 4th overall in the League, out of 8 teams. The Harriers once again provided a number of the middle distance and endurance athletes to the combined team. On the Sunday (7th), the combined team were in action at the latest South West League Track & Field fixture at Exeter! with a number of personal bests recorded. (Track photos will be posted up later this week).
Craig, Andrew & Paul after the Quantock Beast multi-terrain, with Harrier mascot Noah in foreground:
The Quantock Beast race was won in a new course record time by u23 William Stockley (Belgrave) who is more used to track 1500m races in sub-3.56. There were 148 finishers with the Minehead Club taking both the male and female team prizes. The next races in the Somerset Series are this Wednesday’s Yeovilton 5k race (10th July) and then the following Wednesday’s Pawlet Plod 10k Multi-terrain (17th July). We hear that there are less than 20 places left at the Pawlett Plod, so enter smartish if you fancy that race.
On the track on Saturday, Sam Harding was 3rd in the 800m A string race in 2mins00secs whilst u23 Michael Biss was 4th in the B string in 2.02. In the 1500m race Matthew Quarterman ran 4.13 and Sam Harding 4.22 for the combined team. In the 5000m track race Zak Hurrell ran 16.34 for the team. Well done to all.
Al Thorner reports mainly from the South West League Match held at Exeter but also comments on some of Saturday's track performances :
"Wells City Harriers made good use of the summer sunshine setting a number of personal bests whilst representing Yeovil Olympiads in the British Athletics League and South West Athletics League at the weekend. Under 17 junior Matthew Quarterman made his debut appearance competing against the seniors in the British Athletics League at Yeovil on Saturday where he posted a personal best time of 4 mins 13 seconds to finish 6th in the 1500m whilst Zak Hurrrell also set his best ever track 5k finishing 6th with a time of 16 mins 34 seconds. Elise Thorner warmed up for this coming weekend's English Schools National Championships at Birmingham with a win in the senior girls 800m in 2 mins 12 seconds at the South West League at Exeter on Sunday. At the same event Under 15 junior Hannah Blundy made a massive improvement in her 3,000m time whilst winning the U15's race in 10 mins 40 seconds. Personal bests also for Dan Maydew and Bradley Glover who fought out a thrilling battle in the Under 17 boys 800m with Dan coming out on top in first place with 2 mins 10 seconds and Bradley, running in an age group up from his Under 15 level, finishing 3rd in 2 mins 12 seconds. Georgina Burrows had an excellent run to finish 3rd in the Under 15 girls 200m in 29.34 whilst Holly Bigger doubled up to finish 3rd in the Under 17 girls 200m in 27.37 and 4th in her debut at the 3,000m in 11 mins 38 seconds. Both girls finished off with success in the relays too to make a great team performance."
In other action at the weekend Andrew and better half Gill Tindall report that they had a successful Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon in the Howgills. The two day orienteering event requires competitors to navigate the best route across the mountains to an overnight camp site, carrying all their camping kit & food with them. One of the bonuses of the Saunders (in addition to it being held at a pretty nice time of the year, weather-wise) is that the overnight camp site does provide the opportunity to buy a beer!! "We came 34/140 in the Wansfell class - circa 35 km and 2000m of ascent over two days. Very hot temperatures on the Saturday made the uphills a struggle and the beer and river at the overnight campsite were essential!".
Also competing over tough terrain at the weekend were Nick Weaving and Dave Cory who successfully completed an ultra along the Way-marked Liberty Trail (50km) from Ham Hill, near Stoke sub-Hamdon to Uplyme on the Dorset coast. The race, held on Saturday, was another hit one but both made it to the end to enjoy a beer or two.
Blast from the past - Quantock Beast of 20 years ago. In 1999, there was a whole gang of Harriers finishing in sub-40 at the race. This photo from early in the race, shows Minehead's Ricky Lewis (295) leading the dash down the first hill with Harrier Pete Wright (343) out to get him, and Paul Chadwick (265) hot on his tail. Further back, just biding his time is Graham Goldsmid.....