Track & Field Opportunities for juniors Summer 2015

Track & field training continues throughout the year (dependent on weather) at our Monday evening training sessions....
Track & Field Competition in 2016 for juniors
Start planning your season! Ask a coach if you need more info
We compete with/as Yeovil Olympiads in the summer Club Track & Field season. There are opportunities for those aged 11 and upwards at the:
  • South West League Division One- 4 League fixtures & 1 Cup fixture. Dates on the YOAC calendar & Harrier website and below.

& for those in age groups u17 and above

  • Souther Mens & Womens League
Taunton AC, Cornwall AC and the combined Yeovil & Wells team are the strongest teams in the SW League Div 1. See below for team managers. Any updates will be on the Yeovil website and copied/linked across to the Wells Harrier site.

The next SW League fixture is on Sunday 5th June at Yeovil Arena (not Exeter) and then on Sunday 3rd July (also at Yeovil). Harriers of all ages should contact team managers well in advance to declare their availability.

Through the Somerset School’s Athletic Association there are always opportunities to compete at Area TSchools &F Championships and then the Somerset County Schools, then the SW Schools and if you are good enough at the English Schools T&F Championships. See key dates below but also go to

On the Sunday (8th May) it was the opening fixture for the South West Athletics League Div 1 team at Exeter arena, and there were a number of junior Harriers making their debut when helping the team to finish 5th out of the 7 teams. One of the Monday juniors Toby Watson competed in less familiar events to help the team and finished 5th in the 75m Hurdles in a 16.00 pb; then high jumped 1.30m for 2nd place, also a pb; and finally leapt out to 3.90m for the Long jump for his final official pb. Not bad for a day’s athletics! Not to be outdone, team mate Adam Davison ran 14.62 for 6th in the 100m; then was 5thn in the shot with 6.26m; and finished off with a 15.08m for javelin, an event he has relatively little experience at.


Other Harrier members who competed included Michael Biss in the u20s 1500m with his 4th place 4.39; Sam Harding gaining victory for the senior men’s 400m in 52.62; Tom Dukes 2nd in the senior men’s 2000m Steeplechase with 6.47; whilst Sam pipped Tom when they both ran in the 1500m for 2nd and 4th places respectively 4.26 and 4.34. Yes, Sam managed to compete both on the Saturday at British Athletics League & Sunday at the SW League!


The next SW League fixture is on Sunday 5th June at Yeovil Arena (not Exeter) and then on Sunday 3rd July (also at Yeovil). Harriers of all ages should contact team managers well in advance to declare their availability.

How to be selected League Track Team competitions: 
The team selected for each fixture will be based on availability & ability/previous performances as 'slots' per event are limited for each age group. Commitment to Club events is also a factor.
Championship fixtures often require athletes to enter at least 1 or 2 weeks before the date of competition. Apply early to make sure you don't miss the deadline
Area schools (dates will be provided when known)- there are 4 school 'areas' in Somerset
4 May  Taunton area Schools Championships
23 May  Mendip area Schools at Millfield track (i the afternoon - finishing immediately before the Harriers Monday training session)
18 May Sedgemoor area Schools at Brymore School
25 May Yeovil Area Schools at Yeovil track
(Entry for all these via your schools Years 9 upwards; or if the school isnt entering please make contact direct with  County Schools AA)
29 June for Year 7&8 (Junior) County Schools Championships  at Yeovil Arena (pm)
11 June for Year 9 upwards County Schools Championships at Millfield track 
Entry for these via Schools & via Area schools team selection to go on to County event. if you miss the Area Championships and have agood tinme/distance then please contact the Somerset Schools officials before the closing dates of 27 May (junior championships) or 1st June (senior championships). Dont leave it too late!
  • The South West League is the only League solely for clubs from the South West.
  • There are two divisions with 8 clubs in Div 1 and 9 in Div 2 covering the counties of Cornwall , Devon , Somerset , Dorset , Wiltshire. The Yeovil team is in Div 1. 
  • 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 vary between Yeovil and Exeter for Division 1
  • 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. ie. 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 
  • 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 themseves 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.
  • 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.