Wells City Harriers celebrated Christmas with a two-person parlauf race at Millfield last week – with the event followed by a curry at The Elms Inn, Street, where the three teams who ran the furthest were presented with prizes.
The 30-minute continuous relay around the track saw 17 teams toe the startline, with the top three all managing to run more than 23 laps.
Charlie Martin and George Hillier emerged victorious in a tight contest, racking up 9,350m, closely followed by Ben Millar and Graham Goldsmid on 9,280m including a 250m handicap.
Matthew Dickenson and Michella Blackmore were third, covering 9,230m, while Nathan Young and Darcie Cook ran 9,190m for fourth place.
The rest of the teams – Tom Dukes and Justin Thomas, Paul Maskell and Mike Brown, Luke Prior and Dave Cockcroft, Keiron Young and Julia Dukes, Oliver Dickenson and John Beveridge, Alex Williams and Gary Tubridy, John Williams and Esme Sheridan, Ed Tickner and Steve Dickenson, Steve Masters and Damian Dick, Paul Chadwick and Dylan Dukes, Simon Prior and Victoria Prior, and Ruth Carva and Andrew Deamer – all covered more than 21 laps.
The club will next be in action at the South West Cross Country Championships on Sunday, January 6 at Bicton College in Devon.
The Harriers have a record entry of 68 members, with five racing in the under-11 development race.
The Harriers have high hopes of again proving to be the top team in the South West at a number of age groups but will face stiff competition from Bristol & West.
A number of Wells athletes will also be representing their county as the race doubles up as both an inter-club championship as well as an inter-county championship.
Full details are available on the Harriers website at www.wellscityharriers.org.uk.
Athletes in training for a spring marathon are welcome to attend the Harriers' training sessions, details of which are avilable via the website.
The Harriers' coaches would like to wish all the athletes who have trained at their weekly sessions a Happy New Year.
Activities resume on Monday, January 7 for the juniors, with the senior endurance group returning to training the following day.