Victory for Wells City Harriers under-13 girls team at South of England Road Relay
Wells City Harriers under-13 girls team won the silver medal at the South of England Road Relays at the weekend.
The club's under-17 boys' team also performed strongly to finish sixth, while the men's V40 team were fifth.
Teams from Cornwall to Norfolk competed on the traffic-free circuit at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, with nearly 60 Harriers competing over the two-day event, supported by parents and team managers.
The under-13 girls were the first in action on Saturday morning, using a 2.3km circuit. Harriers had two teams of three in the competition, with all of the athletes improving on last year's times.
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Harriet Fox led off the A team and finished her stint in 11th place in 8mins 42secs, while Connie Little completed her circuit in 9:52 for the B team to put them in 64th spot.
Elise Thorner went even faster for the A team on the second leg, recording a time of 8:31 to lift Harriers into fifth place.
Elena Sidman then showed great composure and concentration to steadily track down the athletes ahead of her, finishing in 8:21 to give the team second place.
Rachel Packard lifted the B team to 55th after the second leg with a time of 9:49 before Jessica Cooksey completed the final stint in 9:08 to secure 44th overall out of 84 teams.
In the under-13 boys' competition, two teams of four took part for the Harriers over a 2.9km course.
The A team of Dylan Dukes, Luke Baker, Niall Caley and Luke Macpherson finished 12th of 55 teams, while the B team of Chris Ellis, Will Pate, Will Lawrence and Harrison Jones came home 28th.
Harriers' two under-15 girls teams finished 31st and 67th out of 87 teams, with only two of the six runners having competed in the event before.
Lucy Baldwin, Jess Morris and Amy Darcy competed for the A team, while Natasha Jones, Jodie Mitchell and Kirsty Jenkins made up the B team.
The under-15 boys A team of Oliver Dickinson, Alex Williams, Bradley Seager and James Bridge finished 23rd, with the B team of Johnny Ellis, Joe Heath and George Mallinson not far behind in their times.
Luke Prior ran the first 3.8km loop for the under-17 boys team in 12:31 to hand over to Sam Sommerville in 13th place. He finished in 12:49 before Charlie Martin completed his leg in 13:44.
Oliver Fox produced a stunning final leg, recording the third-fastest time of the day of 11:50 to bring the Harriers up to sixth, just a few strides behind the team ahead of them.
The Harriers' senior women's team had a mixed of youth and experience, with team manager Katrina Prior leading the team off in 15:52 over the 3.8km circuit.
Lilly Hawkins finished in 16:29 and Rebecca Carver 16:08 before Debbie Glover ran 16:14 on her Harriers debut to bring the team home in 52nd place.
On Sunday, the Harriers fielded two senior men's teams of six runners and one V40 teams of four, competing over a 6km route.
The veterans team produced a fantastic performance to finish fifth, with Tim Hawkins clocking 20:20, Eddie Richards 21:15, Jon James 19:51 – the fifth quickest of the competition – and Simon Prior 22:02.
The men's A team had a youthful look about it, with oldest member Tom Dukes leading them off in 21:08.
Nathan Young was the fastest Harrier in 19:17, with Matthew Dickinson just ten seconds slower on the third leg.
Kieran Young finished in 20:36 before Alex Wiltshire (20:09) and Philip Bridge (21:05) brought the Harriers home in 28th place, enough to ensure a place at the national road relays.