Harriers have continued to compete this month with some great running and personal bests at a local road 10km, juniors competing for their School Areas at their County Schools XC Championships (held on Saturday 18th January) and others just stepping up their training levels at the regular Club sessions currently held at Strode College (Mondays & Tuesdays) or from Wells Rugby Club on a Wednesday. Entry forms and links for the forthcoming Babcary Road Race and Butleigh Multi-terrain race are also now available – enter early as both races are part of the Somerset Race Series 2020!
Christian with Jon right behind him in the final 200m sprint to the line of the Speedway 10k (photo courtesy of Robert Gale)
Speedway 10k road race
Jon James reports on some excellent running at a local road 10k race:
“A good Sunday morning was had by a group of Wells City Harriers athletes on the 19th January as Christian Green, Zak Hurrell, Jon James and Chris Walker took part in the Speedway 10K event organised by Chepstow Harriers. You go across the Severn Bridge to get to the venue and then cross back into England over the Wye - the race is a 2 lap very fast, flat course under the Severn Bridge!
A high quality field benefited from good conditions as well (no wind and early frost gone) and so the personal bests tumbled in: Christian Green knocked almost a minute off his pb running 33.21 (58th place), Zak reduced his by 45 seconds running 33.52 (68th place) and Chris knocked a minute off his running 34.26 (79th). Jon James rather let the side down by not running a pb, but ran 33.23 for 61st place. We were 6th in the team competition, not too far behind prestigious teams such as Birchfield and Bristol & West. As a result of these times Jon James is now ranked 1st nationally for 10K in the M55 age group and Chris Walker ranked 6th in the M45 age group.”
Jon, with Zak & Christian going well.
Schools Cross Country
If there’s a parent who would like to submit a report or photo from the Somerset Schools XC Championships we will include it in the next web report. We know that a number of Harrier trained juniors have gone on to be selected for the County team to compete at the SW Schools Championships; and that likewise some of our partner trained juniors (Ie those training with YOAC) will have competed at the Dorset Championships. Good luck to all taking part at the Regional Schools event!
Training update & Ciao Diana
The temporary training arrangements for Monday and Tuesday nights continue at Strode College Sports Centre. A new Couch to 5k training programme for beginners, & those getting back into running, will start in early April at the Wednesday training sessions held at the Wells Rugby Club.
Club Chairman Graham Goldsmid reports:
“Despite the cold, and often very wet, weather, Wells City Harriers continue to train every Monday and Tuesday evening at Strode Sports Centre
Last week (20th January) the Tuesday session was cold but another good turnout as all took part in completing an ‘Oregon circuit’ of 10 x 1 min with a set of drills for a minute in between each run!
On a sad note club member Diana Giuliani, who has been a regular Tuesday night runner is going home to Italy after 5 years living in England and whilst here training and competing with the Club. Last Tuesday (21st January) was her last session and we all wished Diana well with her return to Italy and running in the future."
Diana said her farewells:
“It feels sad to leave but I look forward to searching for a running club in my town in Italy. Your group has helped me in these five years discover something special like running which I want to keep in my life.
Thanks a lot for your time and dedication. I will miss you all.”
“Monday nights continue to see a dedicated group of enthusiastic youngsters aged 8 to 15 training and taking advice from the qualified coaches to better prepare them for local races, school events and to be part of the Harrier teams. We are recruiting some new coaches to work with the juniors and if there is anyone else who would like to give some volunteer time to this great activity please contact me”
We have been advised that the Millfield track upgrade is now awaiting a spell of dry, and not too cold, weather to allow the new surface to be laid and then the lane markings. We are hoping to be back at that training facility in time for the track and feild season and will then be able to recommence training in throws and jumps as well as sprints and endurance running.
Wednesdays will see another Harrier Couch to 5k course running again from early April with participants new to running, or returing to running, having a target of running 5k by the time of the annual Wells Fun Run on Sunday 31st May. Lynne Elstob and Sharon Bowles will be organising the course. The Harriers have run these courses for over 20 years and some participants have gone on to join the Harriers as regular competitive members whilst many have just continued to enjoy social running with the Harriers at their regular weekly sessions, from Wells Rugby Club.
MONTHLY PUB RUN - 29th January - The Venue Club, Wells, 6.30 for 6.45 start. Food available after the run for those who want it. All welcome
See the Training webpage for all details on training with the Harriers.
The Harrier AGM will be held in Wells on Wednesday 6th May, starting at 8pm– please place a note in your diary or on your calendar. We are always looking for new volunteers to join us on the committee– parents of junior members; or senior athletes. Meeting 4 or 5 times a year to help plan and agree Club progress. Contact Graham or Paul if you need more information about the role and the work of the committee.