Wells City Harriers U13 girls finish fifth at National Road Relays
The Wells City Harriers under-13 girls team achieved one of the club's highest-ever team positions when they finished fifth at the National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham, on Sunday.
On a hilly road circuit covering a distance of 3.8km, the trio of Harriet Fox, Elise Thorner and Elena Sidman ran an excellent team race to finish among the elite in junior sport.
This result followed their silver medal at the South of England Road Relay Championships last month.
Fox completed the course in 15mins 10secs, Thorner in 15:35 and Sidman in 15:02. Jessica Cooksey was the team's non-competing reserve.
The quartet are part of the Harriers' large squad of junior endurance runners that train on Monday evenings at Millfield School.
Meanwhile, Clare Prosser won the ladies’ competition for Wells City Harriers as the club sent a strong contingent to the Mendip Muddle at the weekend.
The 12.5-mile multi-terrain race, organised by Weston AC, is routed through some of the finest scenery that the Mendips can offer but the 1,400ft of climbing, coupled with heavy rain made the course a tough test.
Of more than 300 finishers, less than a dozen returned home in under 90 minutes, with Andrew Deamer first home for the Harriers, taking 12th place in 1hr 30mins 1sec.
Prosser, who competes in the FV40 category, was just six places back in 1:31:38 to secure victory in the ladies’ event.
Veteran Dave Bonstow came home 51st in 1:40:42, while another experienced Harrier, Chris Kelsey, was 59th in 1:42:01.
Other finishers included John Reynolds (100th, 1:49:03), Laurie and Aidan Phippard (108th, 1:50:41 and 113th, 1:51:45 respectively) Mike Brown (163rd, 2:00:19), Pete Wright (205th, 2:07:14) and Allan Jamieson (258th, 2:27:44).
Harriers were also in action at a variety of other local races at the weekend, taking victory in the men’s and women’s competition at the Castle Cary 10k.
Another club member was victorious at the Gold Hill 10k in Shaftesbury, with James Sewry recording an excellent time of 38:54 to win the hilly race.
Graham Goldsmid was sixth in 43:37 and Cath Goldsmid 39th of 98 competitors in 54:18.
There was also some great running at last Wednesday’s Street 5k, which is organised by the Harriers. It was the 145th edition of the race, which stretches back 25 years, and more than 100 people took part.
Harriers runner Tom Dukes was first home in 16:59, with Crewkerne’s Ed Stahl in second. Charlotte Baker was the first female in 18:59 to complete a Harriers double.
Club members also picked up the junior male and MV50 category wins as Felix Rusby and Steve Masters finished in fourth and fifth overall in times of 17:47 and 17:55 respectively. Megan Rusca completed a great night for Harriers by winning the junior female category in 22:43.
In the accompanying races for juniors over 1km and 2km, the shorter race was won by William Carr in 3:45, while Dylan Dukes and Thorner took the honours over 2km.
The next Street 5k takes place on Wednesday, November 13, with runners of all ability welcome.