LATEST TEAM NEWS
No individual or team competition in the 'normal' sense is currently permitted due to Covid-19 restrictions - only 'virtual' competitions are taking place. PLease see the England Athletics website for an update on when traditional competitions will resume.
CROSS COUNTRY NEWS - LEAGUE & CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST
The English National Cross Country Championships, 2020, took place at Woolaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 22nd February - Well done to those Harriers who competed in these prestigious Championships. If you raced please contact the Secretary or Treasurer direct to recived reimbursement of any entry fee and atravel bursary of £10 per athlete.
Gwent XC League
The final fixture of the 2019/20 Gwent cross-country League was cancelled due to the condition of the venue at Singleton Park, Swansea. For those who have competed for the Harriers this year please see the link to complete a survey about the League. https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/
We thank the organising Clubs and administrators of the League for their endeavours and work this past season. Many thanks too, to the Harriers who found the time to compete for the Club at this League (or indeed at the Wessex League).
Somerset County XC Championships, 2019, were held as part of the Tri-County Championships at the University of Bath On 1st December. See brief report and the photos from the races here
Sunday 5th January at Aldon Hill, Yeovil – South West XC Championships. Report & photos awaited from a parent who was present - please send to Paul.
Sunday May 29th 100km Wessex Ridgeway Relay - Run as a true relay with a baton passed from 1 runner to the next. 2 Harrier teams being entered by Team Manager Peter Clothier. Speak to him ASAP if interested. Paid up Harriers are free in this event as the Club pays the entry fee for them.
GET READY FOR TRACK & FIELD SEASON 2020
Check our partner Club (Yeovil Olympiads) website for the 2020 fixture list and opportunties to compete this coming season. Eary season Spring Open is on Easter Monday. Link here Please help with team management duties - don't expect others to do that - contact Geoff Cole at YOAC to volunteer for a particular age group.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY CHECKING HARRIER WEBSITE EVERY WEEK - TEAM NEWS ON DEDICATED WEBSITE TAB
TEAM MANAGERS NEEDED
We will require parents to volunteer for team management roles for the road relays and then the Cross-country season. Please let Graham or Simon know which age group you can manage. Neil Biss will be on hand at the Wessex Xc League, and Simon Prior will be on hand at some of the Gwent Xc League fixtures.(see links for dates and venues below)
The new season for 2019/20 started in late September. For ages from u11 ( good 9 & 10 year oldis) through to veterans.
FIXTURE DATES NOW RELEASED (July 2019)
Gwent Cross Country League - 5 fixtures Oct to March 2020
Wessex Cross Country League - 4 fixtures 29th Sept to Dec 2019 (note SW Championships Jan 2020 at Aldon Hill will now count due to separate League fixture at Aldon Hill be ing cancelled)
XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - last year (2018/19 season)
Sunday 9th December 2018: Somerset County Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at University of Bath. Report here
Sunday 6th January 2019: South West Regional Cross Country Championships at Aldon Hill, Yeovil. Report & Photos here
Saturday 23rd February 2019: English Cross Country Championships at Harewood House, Leeds - Information and entry details here.
2018/19 XC LEAGUE REPORTS FOLLOW:
First report of the season - Wessex League 1 (Canford Heath) and Gwent League 1 (Cardiff) -Report & photos
Second report of the season - Wessex League 2 (Lytchett Minster) - Report & photos
Third report of the season - Wessex League 3 (Aldon Hill) - Report & Photos
Fourth & Final Wessex League report - Bryanston & Series standings - following soon
many thanks to Neil Biss for great team management again this season!
10th November (Saturday) Pembrey Park No report submitted
2nd December (Sunday) Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar No report submitted
9th February (Saturday) Pontypool Park Report and photos here
2nd March (Saturday) Blaise Castle, Bristol Report & photos here
Please can parents or a senior that competes at Gwent League send any reports for the website - include all Harriers competing. Give the usual background detail about venue; weather; course conditions etc.
TRACK & FIELD We compete with our partner Club , Yeovil Olympiads, in various Leagues with fixtures throughout the summer months. All Harriers aged 11 and upwards should let team managers know of their availability for the monthly fixtures - most of which are held at Exeter.
All - check Yeovil Olympiad website fixture list for all our matches this summer & let the team managers know your availability as soon as possible. Try and compete for the joint team at least once a month.
After the glorious (but hot!) day out with the Harriers at the 2019 edition of Cotswold Way Relay , how about joining a team for the Uphill to Wells Relay along the West Mendip Way?? SATURDAY September 14th - link here, Its a great day starting on the beach near Weston and finishing on the Cathedral Green in Wells - 29 miles of countryside with lots of lovely hills. Please contact Harrier team manager Oli Frost asap to register an interest in joining one of the teams. The Club pays the entry fee for paid up members of the Harriers. Oli is on 07815 855152.
Paul administers the South of England Fell Running Championships on behalf of the SEAA in conjunction with Ryde Hariers (Isle of Wight) who organise three great races on the weekend of September 14th & 15th. All three races need to be completed to count for the Southern Championships. if you are paid up Harrier member aged 18 and over you are eligible ! Discounted ferry tickets available to those that enter. Ask Paul if you need advice on the races, logistics and accommodation options. Link here for entry - closing date is 1 week before : http://www.rydeharriers.co.uk/the-isle-of-wight-fell-series/
The Hariers have a long tradition of entering competitive teams at the South of England Road Relays (Crystal Palace) - Sunday 22nd September. Teams will be assembled in July with final declaration in September based on form. If you are aged 11 and upwards by September 21st then you can be considered. We need parents to team manage individual age groups. Teams of 4 for boys and teams of 3 for girls. More than one team will be entered in some age groups if enough interest and parents support. Contact Graham Goldsmid for junior teams u13 & u15; Simon Prior for u17 team ; and Jon James/Simon Prior or Graham Goldsmid for senior & veteran mens teams. At the end of August there are also some local road relays which if there is sufficient interest Harier team can be entered -these are for senior athletes only (teams of 4 for the men ; 3 for women) on 25th August at Cleeve Cricket Club (11.00am) contact Simon Prior.
South of England Road Relays - Sunday 23rd September at Crystal Palace- Well done to all of the junior & senior Harrier teams at these prestigious relay races! This keeps up the tradition going back over 15-20 years. Report here
English (National) Road Relays - Saturday 6th October at Sutton Park. Another great effort by the u15 boys and u17 mens teams. Report here.
The successful u17 Harrier girls team at Crystal Palace - great running to finish 7th overall:
TRACK & FIELD
REPORTS from 2018:
British Mens Athletics League - Congratulations to the team on their promotion, confirmed after the 4th and final fixture:
Saturday 5th May at Yeovil. Some great performances - brief report here.
Saturday 2nd June at Portsmouth - brief report here
Saturday 7th July at Bedford - combined team remain in 2nd place with one fixture to go - brief report here
Saturday 4th August at Nottingham - brief report here - promotion gained!
South West Athletics League
Sunday 6th May - no report received
Sunday 3rd June - brief report here.
Sunday 8th July - brief report here
Sunday 5th August - South West Cup Match - results, report and any photos awaited
Sunday 2nd September - brief report here
We compete as YOAC on the track
England Athletics South West Track & Field Championships 2018 (Sunday 22nd July) - well done to all. Report here
Somerset County Athletic Association Track & Field Championships (12th & 13th May) – Well done to all the Harriers and our team-mates from Yeovil Olympiads that competed in the Championships. Report available here. Link to results on power of ten and on County AA website here.
British Milers Club (BMC) Saturday 5th May: Academy pb event at Millfield track: This traditional May bank Holiday track meeting was aimed at junior middle distance athletes, particularly over 800m & 1500m. Each race was a paced race with athletes entered into the race most suitable to them based on current pb. See the report here of how all of the Harriers achieved a personal best!
OFF ROAD RELAYS - reports from 2018
Sunday 20th May: Wessex Ridgeway Relays 100km - Full report and link to results here
Saturday 30th June: Cotswold Way Relay 103miles - Full report and photos here
Saturday 15th September Uphill to Wells Relay - 29 miles - details here - Oli Frost team managed and the team was succcessul (no report yet received)
Saturday 6th October: Parrett Trail Relays 80km - NOW CANCELLED FOR 2018 by Crewkerne Running Club
The off-road relays are events suitable for all abilities of senior Harriers. Where the Club pays the team entry, Team Managers are appointed by the Harrier Committee, and in that event the Team manager decides the strategy of either one 'fast' competitive team and one steadier team; or as has been the tradition at Wessex to date that both teams run together.
FELL RUNNING - reports from 2018
South of England Fell Running Championships - Held on Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th September. Congratulations to Chris and Helen Kelsey - medal winners. see Report here.
PREVIOUS REPORTS & Photos where available
National Road Relays (Oct 2017)
Southern Road Relays (Sept 2017)
Wessex Cross-Country Match 1 (Oct 2017)
Wessex Cross-Country Match 2 (Oct 2017)
Gwent Cross-Country Match 1 (Oct 2017)
Wessex Cross-Country Match 3 (Nov 2017)
National Cross-Country Relays (Nov 2017)
SW Cross-Country Championships (Jan 2018)
ROAD, CROSS-COUNTRY & FELL RUNNING
Wells City Harriers – for road, fell running and cross-country events across the calendar
Members of Yeovil Olympiads compete as Wells City Harriers at the above disciplines.
Please ensure your Harrier or YOAC Club membership and England Athletics membership is fully paid up in order to join a team. (If aged 10 and under, no EA membership required)
GWENT XC LEAGUE - TEAM MANAGER Simon Prior - some senior Harriers and others may wish to compete at the tougher Gwent XC League - speak to Simon Prior or Jon James on a Tuesday if interested. Contact Simon on 07980 289547
COUNTY, REGIONAL & NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - The Championship season starts with the County Championships in December - all Harriers are encouraged to compete by entering on line at least 10 days before the event. After the New Year there are then the South-West and Southern Championships in January, and the National XC Championships follow on. All of these Championships have early deadlines.- don't miss them! It is the athletes responsibility to make sure they are entered.
SOMERSET COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Road Running Relay teams: Each September the Harrier committee appoints team managers to manage the teams that compete at the Southern & National 6, 4 & 3 stage road relays. Can you help? Parents have an important role to play by team-managing an age group.
The Harriers pay for these teams to compete. Teams are open to fully paid up Harrier members and it is important that the athlete (or their parent) ensures they have paid the EA membership fee well ahead of the event.
Off-road Relay teams: We enter teams in a number of long distance events, and we appoint team managers after discussion at the Harrier committee. They organise teams by recruiting at the training sessions and using the website to encourage all paid up members to be part of the team. Harrier members entry as part of the team is paid for by the Club. Only if we then have a gap will non-members be invited to join a Harrier team and are asked to pay a contribution.
Uphill to Wells Relay: Saturday in Mid September. Contact Oli Frost if you want to run in 2019
Parrett Trail Relay (Sat early October). Nick Weaving will team-manage. Contact him to express an interest for 2019.
Fell Running - Individual Harriers and occasionally a Harrier team go across to contest the South of England Fell Running Championships on the Isle of Wight - 3 races in one weekend! With the help of Ryde Harriers, Paul Chadwick administers these Championships on behalf of the SEAA.
TRACK & FIELD
Yeovil Olympiads- for Track & field events throughout the summer
Members of Wells City Harriers compete as Yeovil Olympiads on the track. For Senior men they can compete in the British Athletics League Div 4 (only club in Somerset in BAL); For Senior Men/Women/u17s they can compete in the Southern League; For all age groups from u13 through to seniors they can compete in the South West Athletics League.
Calendar of competition for the season is here
Team Managers for Track & Field here
KEY POINTS FOR THOSE NEW TO TRACK & FIELD – HOW THE SOUTH WEST ATHLETICS LEAGUE WORKS
- The South West League is the only League solely for clubs from the South West.
- In 2017 it operated as one division
- There are just four Sunday meets each year, held between late April and early September; and 1 Cup Meet usually held in the middle.
- The venues can vary but are most often in Exeter
- The league caters for male and female athletes in the following age groups: U13, U15: U17; U20 (men only) and Senior Men & Women.
- The events on offer for each age group change slightly from the A and B programmes which are alternated between fixtures.
- Two athletes compete in each event for each age group – A and B string plus up to 2 guests are allowed per event. U17W and U20M only A string.
- Points are scored in the A string as follows: 13 for a win, 12 for second, 11 for third etc. B string is 12 for a win, 11 for second etc. No points for guests.
- NOTE: If an A string athlete has to withdraw for any reason, the B string competitor must move up to take his/her place in order to score. I.e. the B string performance will only count if an A string has also competed.
- Teams are also awarded extra points for providing the required number of qualified officials, and are expected to officiate events as per a programme. Results are calculated per age group but it is the overall total which counts. Cups are awarded to the winning age group/club on an annual basis
THE ROLE OF THE CLUB
- Dates of fixtures are advertised from March in the newsletter, at training and on the web site. The Yeovil Olympiads website should carry the latest info but all made available to us at Wells Harriers will also go on the Harrier website.
- Coaches at the Harriers Monday session will remind juniors in the run up to each fixture, and athletes will be encouraged to make themselves available and to contact team managers
- All athletes who are old enough to compete are encouraged to do so, either as scoring athletes or guests. The League is the perfect opportunity for beginners to compete for the first time.
- Athletes are asked for confirmation of their availability and various phone calls/e-mails are made by the team managers to chase up athletes in the week before the competition.
- Team managers then select events for athletes – sometimes this has to be changed on the day because of last minute withdrawals.
- Depending upon the venue and numbers we also try to help out with transport, arrange lifts. YOAC often put a coach or minibus on if needed.
- On the day we aim to get to the venue 45 minutes before the first event.
- Letters and pins are given out on the day. Generally Y is for A string, YY for B string. Guests wear numbers; but note some variation in numbering where U20's compete with Seniors.
- The club has to provide a number of officials for different events throughout the day and once a year Yeovil host a fixture which means we need even more helpers from amongst parents.
THE ROLE OF THE ATHLETE
- To make a commitment to compete for the club in all team fixtures where possible.
- To contact the team manager for your age group to confirm your availability for selection at least by the Wednesday before the competition. PLEASE REMEMBER IT’S JUST ONE PHONE CALL/E-Mail FOR YOU TO MAKE BUT SEVERAL FOR THE TEAM MANAGER – TRY TO CONTACT the manager before they have to contact you.
- To show a willingness to compete in events other than your best or favourite
- Sometimes we might have four athletes all wanting to run the 100 metres in the same age group. The manager's job is to put out the strongest team and with only two scoring places available per event you may be asked to do a different event or stand in at the last minute if someone injures themselves on the day.
- To turn up to the competition and to your events in good time, and stay to the end of the competition for the RELAYS