The Harriers have been in action in two Cross country League matches in the past few weeks. The Wessex League fixture doubled up as the Dorset XC Championships whilst the Gwent XC League saw bigger fields as it brought a huge horde of runners from across the border in Wales to compete at Blaise Castle Country Park just to the north of the built up area of Bristol. There were some great individual performances! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Keep on training over the festive period....
u15 Jack Harvey running hard at Blaise Castle (photo by Aime)
WESSEX LEAGUE REPORT – fixture at Canford School, Canford Magna, on Sunday 15th December
Report from Harrier team manager Neil Biss:
“Great day’s racing with plenty of mud and water if you did the southern section
The overall results of this year’s Wessex league are yet to be finalised. The league are using the SW champs at Aldon as the fourth fixture combining it into the SW champs. But I believe you will have to pay and enter through the website. Information to enter can be found on the Harriers website
6th 5.38 Sharmila Taft
11th 5.55 Isobel Stacey
24th 6.27 Lexie-Mae Faulkner
12th 12.54 Logan Moncrieff
19th 13.48 William Scrowston
6th 13.53 Daisy Davies
9th 16.08 Freddie Griffiths
11th 16.20 Oliver Castle
14th 16.45 Ollie Bishop
3rd 16.30 Darcy Dryden
8th 30.21 Robbie Hawkins
13th 31.10 Owen Astington
29th 33.41 Neil Biss
46th 37.20 Andrew Bishop
Thank you all for another great Wessex xc season, have a great Christmas enjoy the rest of the xc races over the coming months
You can find all the details on the League Website
The Harrier’s thanks to Neil Biss for Team Managing over the past 8 years – great job! Now we need someone else to step up to help team manage at future team events – could that be you? Please contact the Chairman, Graham Goldsmid, or the Secretary, Paul Chadwick if you can help.
u20 Daisy Davies in the pack at Blaise Castle (photo by Aime)
GOOD RESULTS FOR WELLS AT BLAISE CASTLE, BRISTOL IN GWENT LEAGUE X COUNTRY - 7th December
Report by Harrier Chairman Graham Goldsmid, with all photographs by Aime Biss.
“13 runners from Wells City Harriers were out competing in dry but windy conditions on Saturday 7th December at Blaise Castle, Bristol which was the third fixture in this season's Gwent League.
First off for Wells in the U15 Boys race over a fast 4km course was Jack Harvey who finished 7th in a time of 14.41
Next to run in the combined U17/U20 Women's race over 4.7km were (u17) Emily Murray and (u20) Daisy Davies. With Emily finishing 13th in the u17's in a time of 21.31 and Daisy coming 4th in the u20's in a time of 20.28
Following this came the combined U17/U20 Men's race over 5.5km
For the U17's Dan Maydew continued his fine form in the Gwent League with a 9th place finish in a time of 19.14 - Followed by Leo Stockham who was 17th in 20.01 just in front of fellow Wells runner Toby Watson who was 18th in 20.03.
While in the U20's new club member Laurence Badman finished 14th in his first Gwent league race in a time of 21.31 and long time club member George Biss was 20th in 23.38.
The last and biggest race of the day was the Senior Mens race with 453 runners competing over a fast 9.3km course
Wells had 5 runners in this race and were keen to win enough points to keep the club near the top of Senior Mens Divison 3.
First home for Wells in 22nd was club vice chairman and newly crowned Somerset Series champ Chris Green in a great time of 33.16.
Followed in 63rd place by (sen) Zak Hurrell in a time of 35.15, next came Wessex league stalwart (v45) Neil Biss who was 262nd in 41.36, Next was Wells chairman (v55) Graham Goldsmid who was 294th in 42.35 followed by Yeovil chairman (V45) Geoff Cole who was 338th in 44.28.
Well-done to all who took part and a big thank you to Wells coach Simon Prior for his team management on the day.
The next Gwent League fixture is at Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday 8th February “
NEXT CROSS COUNTRY:
The next fixture for many Harriers will be the new year fixture at Aldon Hill, Yeovil which is the South West XC Championships. Entries have now closed for this fixture. Good luck to all that compete.
HARRIER CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY:
You can read about the Clubs team history at Cross-country Leagues over the past few decades, and also about the individual Harriers that have gone on to international selection on the history page of the Club which can be reached here.
NEXT ROAD/OFF ROAD OPPORTUNITY
The Somerset Race Series 2020 gets underway on 1st January when the Chard Flyer takes place - get your new year resolution going by entering and competing! Somerset Series website here.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY CHECKING HARRIER WEBSITE EVERY WEEK - TEAM NEWS ON DEDICATED WEBSITE TAB
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS - When not competing - Can you volunteer some time or skill to ensure the Harriers continue to develop great athletes and organise good events? We need volunteers to help coach, team manage, officiate, marshal, write reports, take photos. Senior members and parents of junior members are invited to step forward to play their part in 2020!