The New Year has got off to an excellent start with Harrier members in action at the first race in the Somerset Series 2020 at the Chard Flyer, on New Years Day, and then Harriers of all ages competing hard at the South West Cross Country Championships on Sunday (5th January). Deputy Chairman Christian Green and one of the Club’s top V50 runners, John Glaisher, had most to smile about after the Flyer with Christian being outright winner and John picking up 1st V50 with a top-ten overall finish. In the Cross Country we are still awaiting final results, so report to follow. Final call for any Harrier that wishes to enter the National Cross-Country Championships – the Club will pay for your entry. Either enter direct and reclaim your entry fee or ask Paul to enter you by this Thursday to be sure of having an entry. Read on for details of some Harrier races coming up, including entry form for the Babcary Road Race,  and for opportunities to join Harrier relay teams.

John & Christian after their race at Chard Flyer

aaChris and Jon Chard 2020 pic 1

Graham Goldsmid reports from the Chard Flyer:

“CHRIS GREEN WINS AT THE CHARD FLYER ON NEW YEARS DAY

The first race in the Somerset Series for 2020 was the 10k Chard Flyer. Nine members from Wells lined up on a damp New Years day morning for the start of this popular 10k race which is run over road and footpaths around Chard and surrounding countryside.

Winner and first home for Wells was club Vice Chair Chris Green who continued his fine form from the previous 2 years in the Somerset series by winning in a time of 34.39.Next home for Wells and first male V50 was John Glaisher who was 7th in a time of 40.05. 

Followed by club chairman (V55) Graham Goldsmid 28th in 43.37, (FV45) Rachel Glaisher who was 48th and first Wells female in a time of 46.18. (V50) Craig Foley was 51st in 47.03 just in front of (V50) Andy Robinson who was 56th in 47.42

Next was (FV55) Cath Goldsmid back competing after a long injury who was 108th in 56.01  then came (V35) Liz Paddick who was 134th in 1.06.52. Liz’s husband Phil unfortunately had to drop out during the race due to injury.

Well done to all who managed to get out after all the Christmas and New Year eve festivities to compete in this race! The next race in the Somerset Series is the Humdinger Half on Sunday 9th Feb.”

SOMERSET SERIES 2020 website

COMPETITION OPPORTUNTIES:

NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Harriers will pay the entry fee for any member that wishes to compete at these prestigious Championships, which this year are being held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 22nd February. Deadline to enter is this Friday, 10th January. No late entries. Website link here.

WELLS CITY HARRIER RACES COMING UP:

Wednesday 8th January Street 5k, 1k & 2k race (edition number 184), then 2nd Wednesday of the month in Feb & March editions 185 & 186.

Sunday 23rd February Babcary 7.6mile road race – great little undulating race! Also junior races.

Babcary entry form here

Sunday 19th April Butleigh 10km multi-terrain race

Entry forms for other Harrier organised or supported events will be posted up when received.

WELLS CITY HARRIER TEAM RELAY OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP:

Express an interest to join one of the Harrier teams (hopefully 2 teams per event – one quick team and 1 not so quick):

Sunday 17th May Wessex Ridgeway Relay (100km total- teams of 6) – contact Pete Clothier, team manager. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday 4th July (week after Glastonbury Festival) Cotswold Way Relay (103 mile total – teams of 10) – contact Paul Chadwick, team manager. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY EVES

The January & February Training Schedules are as usual on the training tab (at the bottom)

 

REPORT & PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE?

Send in any report/photo you have of a Harrier performances(s) to Paul by Monday 8pm for inclusion in that week's report. Include all Harrier positions & times, and give a decsription of conditions, terrain, and other relevant information. Good photos also appreciated!