Weekly News

Membership Renewals Due! Club renewals and new subscriptions for individual and family membership are being taken.  You are kindly asked to pay your fees as soon as possible and at the latest by the end of March. Use the WH website, payment via PayPal. For details please see link below. For questions or concerns about club membership please contact Alison Rogers, Membership Secretary at membership@westburyharriers.co.uk

Link:   http://westburyharriers.co.uk/club-membership-fees-for-2019/

Also, please don’t forget to pay £1 for attendance on the Monday/Thursday evenings.

Coombe Dingle Sports Complex Thefts.  I’m saddened to report there have been thefts from the changing rooms whilst club members have been out training.  Keys have been stolen from coats hanging in the changing rooms, and vehicles entered. Harriers are reminded not to leave anything of value in the changing rooms and carry keys whilst running.

Transport for Leeds National Cross Country 23rd Feb. The committee are planning to book a coach with driver for the journey to Leeds. We need to know who would be interested in taking up this option, and that includes runners, family members and supporters. Could all competitors inform their respective team captains if interested with numbers as soon as possible.

Member of the Month. This month the junior nomination goes to Clemmie Lee. Clemmie U13 has had some very impressive results throughout the year, in particular at the Tri Counties in Bath where she achieved 2nd place, Gwent League 3rd and the SW XC Champs, 4th place.

The senior award goes to Oli Beale. Always a good performer a highlight for him this year includes assisting the Westbury Men to win the Tri Counties and Avon County Championships and an individual success by becoming the new Avon County Champion as well as winning the V40 category.

If you would like to nominate somebody for next month please e-mail member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk providing the name of the individual and your reason for nomination.

Photo below: Well done to Vicky (1st Lady) and Maria (4th in category) at yesterday’s Riverbank Rollick

Club Championships. Only a few more events to go before the club championships close for this season (see diary dates below for details of upcoming champ events).  For a chance to be awarded club championship points please log into the WH website and update your results. Worth noting you will need to be a paid up club member to do this.

Volunteer Leaders Needed. The club really does need more volunteer leaders for the reception and junior groups. Without additional leaders there’s a real possibility that new reception and juniors wishing to join will be turned away due to lack of available leaders on training nights. This is the last thing the club wants, being very keen to encourage the young to take up running.  Group leader training requires attending a course called Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF), it only takes one day, is paid for by the club and courses are coming up now. If interested in leading one of the the reception groups please contact Emma Woodworth via e-mail at reception@westburyharriers.co.uk. For juniors please use manager.boys@westburyharriers.co.uk or manager.girls@westburyharriers.co.uk

Group 3a and 3b Leaders Needed. These groups have also grown in size and need additional leaders. If interested in leading please have a word with one of the group leaders on a Monday night.

Club Kit. We are expecting to receive the Westbury Harrier branded kit very shortly. Please do not order anything from Zaplan as the club will be planning a kit sale which will include running vests, t-shirts, jackets etc along with the opportunity to try kit on for sizing.

Wednesday Night Tempo Run. Just a reminder that an informal Wednesday night ‘tempo’ run takes places at 7pm from the Water Tower on the Down. Check Facebook for details.

Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym (Sus WoT). Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym is a local organisation trying to improve the environment in Westbury-on-Trym, their strapline is ‘doing more using less’.   SusWoT work to reduce litter in Westbury and have started working with Friends of Blaise and the Friends of Badock’s Wood to improve the ecology of the whole Trym river system including Hazel Brook, the river that runs through Blaise.

They’ve learnt that few people are aware that they can report fly tipping and other litter issues to Bristol City Council.  Litter on the streets is dealt with by Bristol Waste and litter in parks is dealt with by Bristol Parks, but everything can be reported through the same website. www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/flytipping

SusWoT organises monthly litter collecting and has also been removing rubbish from the Trym and its surroundings.  It may be that Westbury Harriers could help with this.

Alex Dunn, Chair of SusWoT is intending to do a couple of very short presentations to us at 7pm on Monday 21st and Thursday 24th about how we can help keep the areas where we run cleaner and tidier.

AGM and Awards Evening.  A couple of important dates for your 2019 diaries. The AGM will be held after training on Monday 25th March. The Awards evening is taking place on Saturday 6th April

Race Review – Bristol 10K. If you’re a member of Westbury Harriers then this event is a must as I can guarantee you’ll have some club colleagues for company.  For example last year there were over 60 runners from the Harriers (of approximately 13,000 entrants in total). It is always a club championship event so there’s also the chance to score some club points.

Many of you will be familiar with some of the route as it is used regularly on our training runs. If you’ve not done the event before it starts near the Millennium Square, follows the historic Harbour, passing under the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge then heading out along the Portway. You then make a U-turn to head back into the centre, finishing on Anchor Road.

The support from the crowds is massive all along the route, but most impressive once you return back into the centre. There are many friends and family members of Harriers lining the route so if your wearing your club vest I can guarantee they will also cheer you along.

For kit storage the organisers arrange a number of buses where you can store kit, these buses are coloured coded and correspond to the colour on your race number. There always seem to be massive queues for the Portaloos’s so I do have a top tip. There are half a dozen Portaloos at the race start point and the queues here aren’t quite so long.

This year it takes place on Sunday 5th May and remember that paid up members of WH can purchase discounted tickets through the club. Guidance will be provided near the time. Many of us meet up after the event in the Bristol YHA coffee bar on the waterfront to share stories and replace lost calories with hot chocolate and cake. All are welcome to join us.

Diary Dates 

Monday 21st/Thursday 24th 7pm. Short presentation by Sys WoT

Sunday 27th January. Fundraising 10k trail run, Ashton Court  Tribe Challenge Link

Friday 1st February. Run Fest – The Series Marathon Special.  RunFest 

Saturday 2nd February. Ben Smith 401 Foundation Talk and Run. Eventbrite Link

Saturday 16th February. Bristol to Bath Marathon Training Run

Sunday 17th February. Two Bays Tough Ten. 10 mile course, Weston-super-mare. 

FullonSport Link

Saturday 23rd February. National Cross Country (Leeds)

Monday 25th March. Club AGM

Saturday 6th April. Awards Evening

Championship Events

Saturday 9th February Gwent League Pontypool

Sunday 10th February. Ironwood Challenge.https://www.fullonsport.com/event/ironwood-challenge-2019/profile

Saturday 2nd March Gwent League Blaise Castle

Sunday 10th March. Rodway Easy Runner 10k. Rodway Easy Runner 10K

Sunday 17th March. Gloucester 20 Gloucester 20 Link