Wells City Harriers


There’s been some great running on the track this past week with a squad of Harriers travelling to the ‘Night of fast 5000’s’ on Saturday 27th where Jon James confirmed his national 2nd place ranking for V55s with a nippy time and the others all put in a decent showing too, with most gaining personal bests. Then on Tuesday 30th some personal bests were recorded by Leo, Charlie & Owen at the BMC meet at Exeter. Read on also for details of the Anniversary Games coming up on 8th September. in other news, Craig Foley had a good run at the tough "Seaview 17" (any photos awaited)


Night of 5000m personal bests

Jon James reports:

“On Saturday 27th July a group of WCH athletes travelled to the Yate athletics track to take part in the Bristol and West organised "night of fast 5000s". An unusual event in that all the races are 5000m in length, but the seven races were graded according to time and each race was paced, although it varied somewhat as to how long the pacer lasted! 

5 of the 6 WCH athletes who took part recorded track personal bests for 5000m, and the 6th, Jon James, ran a time (16.30) that ranks him second nationally for 5000m in the V55 age group. So, a good night was had by all! The details: 

Chris Green and Zak Hurrell ran with Jon James in the C race, and recorded times respectively of 16.10 and 16.19, while Chris Walker narrowly missed breaking 17 minutes, running 17.05 in the D race. Jeremy Linter did really well finishing 3rd in the F race with a time of 18.17 and Helen Southcott came 4th in the G race running 19.09.

Jon and Helen will be shortly be competing in the British age group athletics championships in Birmingham while the others will be looking for further track races to lower these pbs further - they've got the habit!”

BMC Meeting at Exeter Tuesday 30th July

A number of Harriers competed at the latest of the British Milers Club regional meetings at Exeter Arena on Tuesday. There was some good running by all with afew gaining personal bests on the night.

U23 Michael Biss 1st in the 800m B race 2.01

U17 Leo Stockham 3rd in the 800m C race 2.07 pb

U17 Charlie Cook 4th in the 800m C race 2.08 pb

U17 Bernard Mealing 8th in the 800m C race 2.21

U20 Elise Thorner 1st in the Womens 800m A race in 2.13

F40 Helen Southcott 1st in the Womens 1500m A race in 5.05

U15 Mackenzie o’Dea 2nd in the Womens 1500m A race in 5.09

U17 Dan Maydew 1st in the Mens 1500m C race in 4.27

Owen Astington 1st in the Mixed 1500m D race in 4.39 pb

U15 Jack Harvey 5th in the Mixed 1500m D race in 4.46


Geoff Cole, our partner YOAC Chairman reports:

“Entries are now open for the Yeovil 'Anniversary' Games, our end of season open meet on Sunday 8th September. We would be most grateful if you could promote this on your website and to WCH members. We have our usual clash with the Ash races unfortunately but hopefully there will be some interest from Wells athletes and especially the juniors who don't do the longer distance road/XC races.

As this is our 50th Anniversary we have some special prize events planned including a mile race. A rare opportunity for athletes to race over the mile distance on the track and we would love to see lots of WCH athletes there! We are also having a Quadkids competition again for U11s as well as mixed 4x400m relays and other special events plus a full programme of track and field. More details at our website...


We are using the EA entry portal this year so if you could share the link for people to enter here...



SEAVIEW 17 Sunday 28th July

Competing yet again at the Seaview 17 was Harrier Craig Foley. The multi-terrain run organised by Minehaed Runners see competitors bussed out to the far reaches of Exmoor, close to Lynmouth, and covers the South West Coast path back into Minehead. "17" is a bit of a miscount as its probably more like 20 miles and whilst it hugs the coastline it certainly isn't flat as the runners go up and down and in and out of the coves, past Porlock Weir and Marshes and through the longest bit of forest anywhere on the English coast, It's certainly an adventure and one that Craig cobered in 3hrs 39 minutes. All finishers get well fed and watered at the end which is just as well given how hot it was on the day!


LINK TO BALTOSNBOROUGH RACES for adults and juniors here - celebrate the 25th anniversary of this run! Sunday 26th August