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Luke leads the way as Harriers impress

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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Wells City Harriers excelled at the first of the season's Gwent League cross-country matches at Bridgend last Sunday.

The Harriers fielded 40 athletes across the age groups, ranging from ten to 60, and the best performances of the day came from under-15 boy Luke Prior.

He finished second in his race, while Emily Smith was fourth in the combined under-17/under-20 women's event.

First in action were Luke Macpherson and Rachel Packard in the Years 5&6 category, finishing 13th and 27th respectively in the corresponding boys and girls' races.

Alex Williams was the leading under-13 boy in eighth, ahead of Chris Ellis (16th), Luke Baker (23rd), Bradley Segar (29th) and Dylan Dukes (35th).

Of the under-15 girls, Charlotte Baker was fifth, Jess Morris 19th, Tash Jones 27th and Darcie Cook 44th. Annabelle Arnold suffered an injury and was unable to finish.

Following Prior's runners- up finish in the under-15 boys' race, James Williams was 14th, Oliver Dickinson 17th, James Bridge 27th and Johnny Ellis 30th. An injury to Sam Sommerville saw him withdraw.

In the under-17 women's race, fourth-placed Smith just missed a podium place, while team-mates Lilly Hawkins (tenth), Rebecca Carver (16th) and Abigail Gibbons, (31st) also ran well.

Matt Dickinson led the Harriers home in the men's equivalent, finishing fourth, with Oliver Fox in seventh. Philip Bridge was 22nd and Matt Cole 32nd, while Sam Harding and Charlie Martin also took part.

Senior women Sam Baker and Cath Goldsmid finished 97th and 134th respectively in their race, while first of the Harriers' senior men home was Jon James in 15th.

Jack Bancroft was 40th, Lloyd Collins 52nd, Tom Dukes 134th, Graham Goldsmid 165th, Simon Arnold 183rd, Paul Chadwick 216th, Geoff Cole 223rd and Rex Whitcombe 249th. Nathan Young and Simon Prior were unable to complete the race, pulling out injured.

Training will continue as usual over half-term, with junior sessions at Millfield from 6-7pm on Mondays and older juniors and seniors in action on Tuesdays from 6.30-7.30pm at the same venue.

The Harriers will be in action this coming weekend at the Dorset Three Peaks.

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