Harrier's Monday junior section 2012 with Olympic Gold Medal winner & World Record holder Mary Rand - back row middle in black & Harrier torch bearers in white Kay Franklyn, left, and Jon Reynolds, right, plus assorted Harrier coaches
The Race Director of the Baltonsborough Road Races has announced that the races, due to be held on 31st August, have been cancelled because of the Corona Pandemic.
The Harriers are still awaiting the go-ahead to resume training at Millfield Track & from Wells Rugby Club. Until we have agreement to use the facilties please continue to train safely in public areas/parks.
We shalln't be able to start up the Harrier's Monday junior training until September at the earliest, subject to UK Govt & England Athletics guidance and the situation concerning Covid-19 as it pertains at that point. We are watching the situation with schools which are all due to be back that month. Meanwhile we have the July & August Training progamme for the Tuesday training group on the Training tab - please read on for more information & links.
NO BALTONSBOROUGH RACES THIS YEAR
The Baltonsborough races, traditionally held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, and coinciding with the Village Fete is another casualty of the cancellations that have happened to all events since mid-March. The event has always enjoyed the support of the Harriers and has raised money for the local village. Harrier Annette Hennessy started it all many years ago, and now Kay Franklin has done a great job organising it for the past decade or two. Hopefully it will be back in 2021.
(Above) Alex & Jamie Williams, Oliver Dickinson and Luke Prior at the junior Baltonsborough Road Race 2012
TRAINING WITH THE HARRIERS
We have been waiting for confirmation from Millfield for us to resume training sessions. Our plan is to start low key with our Tuesday sessions when we are permitted. We have a Risk Assessment drawn up which takes account of current Guidance and we will want to start with a small number of Harriers to start with - this may be only 2 or 3 groups of 6 (including coaches). Our thinking is for all that wish to attend to be required to book in advance so we can control numbers within the rules and to pay in advance (not using cash). When Millfield give us a green light, and we are aware that they have started their summer school activities this week, then Graham will send an email to all Members and this website will also explain the process.
Jon James has again set the Tuesday training programme for the next 2 months and this can be seen on the training tab here for you to follow on your own or with other Harriers within the EA rules in public spaces, such as parks. As noted above we hope to be able to resume the Monday junior sessions in September.
HARRIER MEMBERSHIP 2020/21
Harrier Chairman Graham will convene a Committee Meeting soon to discuss, amongst other things, the Membership fee to be set for the current year. As we haven't been actively training or competing as a Club so far then the annual fee will no doubt reflect this. England Athletics registration for an individual will still cost £15 and will be part of the fee for those who look to compete.
It's hard to believe that it was 8 years ago that London hosted the Olympics. A great summer of sport for all, whether you were able to attend a sport in person, or watch it on TV. BBC is re-showing a number of events to mark a look back at the Games of 2008, 2012, & 2016 from 14th July through to the 25th July. Full details of the various programmes are here.
During the Summer of 2012, we had our own special Olympic occasion when our Hon President, Mary Rand, visited us track side at our Monday Harrier junior training session and we were also able to provide a guard of honour for her, re-enacting the procession that was held in Wells when she returned from the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 with her Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Mary was back in 2012 to receive the Freedom of the City and we thank one of our early Harrier Members, Tony Williams, for all of his efforts in orchestrating the various events of that weekend. A reminder of Mary's Olympics in 1964 is here.
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