Weekly News

Weekly News

Bristol to Bath Run Sat 16th Feb. We are doing a Bristol to Bath training run as part of Marathon training and resurrecting the traditional February run at the same time! It’s not just for marathon runners however – everyone is welcome! We plan to meet at 9.45 a.m. in order to be running by 10 a.m. After navigating through the city centre, we will join the Bristol to Bath cycle path for a calm and fairly flat run into the historic Georgian city of Bath.  As in previous years, you also have the option of a slightly shorter route, meeting instead at Whitehall, Fishponds or Bitton.

There will be a variety of runners at different paces, so you will always have company to run with! Please don’t be afraid. We plan to go to the Lamb and Lion after the run. It is on Lower Borough Walls in the centre of Bath. They also serve food. Information can be found https://www.greatukpubs.co.uk/lambandlionbath

MEETING TIME: 9.45 a.m. to start promptly at 10 a.m. MEETING PLACE: The Bear Pit, St James Barton roundabout, Bristol. DISTANCE: Around 17 miles

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS: Whitehall track – on the cycle path behind the track. Distance: 13 miles. Meeting time: approx 10.35 a.m.

Fishponds (behind Morrison’s supermarket). Distance: 11 miles. Meeting time: approx 10.55 a.m. (faster runners) – 11.10 a.m.

Bitton Railway Station. Distance: 7 miles. Meeting time: approx 11.30 a.m. (faster runners) – 11.45 a.m.

KIT REQUIRED: Appropriate running clothing for the weather and clothing at the end of the run. Gels and fluid as required.

There will be a car to take small bags with warm clothing for when you finish. The car will park in the Avon Street car park which is at the end of the cycle path. Don’t also forget you will need money for drink ad the train home.

Women’s Eating Well and Strengthening Workshop. A workshop aimed at women who are looking to improve quality of training and performance and how to fuel for and during an event. This would be particularly useful for those preparing for competitive racing and events such as London Marathon, but equally helpful for those who are newer to running and want to learn more. It will explain how strengthening, eating well and eating at the right time pre/post training makes a difference to recovery. On Saturday 2nd March, 9am-1pm, The MayWellness Centre, 4 Redland Ct Rd, Bristol BS6 7EE.  link: Eventbrite Link

Membership Renewal. Memberships are NOW overdue, please pay as soon as possible, see link below for details. Reception children who have not joined the club will NOT be able to continue training until they are registered.  Restrictions will also apply to adults until they’ve paid. http://westburyharriers.co.uk/club-membership-fees-for-2019/

Volunteers for Blaise Gwent League. It’s not that long until the Blaise Gwent on Saturday 2nd March and volunteers will be needed in various roles including marshalling, scoring and course set up. Parents may also be willing to help out such as by collecting and recording the finishing tokens at the end of their child’s race. Junior team managers are always very busy, warming up athletes, cheering on and organising so help would be appreciated. A big thanks to Paul Bailey who has already offered to help. Please contact Caroline Bull if you are available via volunteers@westburyharriers.co.uk

Club Role Vacancies. The AGM is taking place on Monday 25th March so please do have a think about taking on a volunteer role. We are reliant on volunteers to make the club a success so consider becoming involved in club matters. Currently we have vacancies for a Social Secretary, Events Co-ordinator (mainly arranging the Blaise Gwent and the Wipeout) and a new role of Publicity Officer. The Publicity Officer role would involve helping to raise the club profile and awareness in the local community and beyond using social media, events, publications and other networks. 

Club Member of the Month.  Senior. Congratulations to Mel Lowe for winning this months ‘Member of the Month’ award. She won this month because she has improved from running in groups 5 and 6 to now running in group 3. Mel is a great example to us all so do have a think about changing group at the next ‘Move up Monday’. Mel has also tried cross country by competing in the Gwent league and is always friendly and encouraging to others.

Junior. Keeping it in the Lowe family this month, and on this rare occasion with awards to both Estelle and Felicity. Estelle has had a a great XC season as she was third at Cardiff, second at Park Bryn Back and first in Saturday’s Gwent. Felicity has also been working hard at her results, coming sixth at the SW Championships and having a great Gwent on Saturday, coming fifth. 

Colin’s Coast Path. The welsh coastal path run is progressing further north now, heading from Aberdovery to Harlech, via Barmouth on Feb 23rd. The next leg has a bit of everything with mountains, and vast sandy beaches. They plan to try and stay in Barmouth as the mid way point. Travel up Friday and sort out accommodation once numbers for Fri/Sat are known. Approx. 15-18 miles each day, nobody gets left behind, and you don’t have to do the full distance and can drop in part way along. Always fun and everyone welcome.

Yate and District Athletic Club. The new athletics stadium at YOSC has been officially named “The Jefferies Arena”. The name has been chosen as a mark of appreciation to both Pat Jefferies and Tony Jefferies for their outstanding contribution to Yate Athletic Club since the very beginning. To read more about Pat and Tony see the Yate ‘Hall of Fame’ webpage.  Hall of Fame

Photo: Congratulations to Sophie Voller (with a slightly bored supporter… not another prize mum!) at the Ironwood Challenge in Long Ashton yesterday. First place in age category and second place lady.

Bristol 10k- discounted club entries. The Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k takes place on Sunday, May 5th 2019 and the organisers are offering clubs a 15% discount on group entries of 20 or more, making the entry £25.50 instead of £30. This offer is only available to fully paid up club members.

  • By PayPal – send a payment to carolfee36@gmail.com for £25.50 Use the “I’m sending money to family or friends” and not “I’m paying for goods or services”– Carol is not a merchant and will not accept any additional charges; if £25.50 is not in her account she will not process the entry and the difference will need to be paid.
  • By bank transfer –bank details are CAROL A FEE, 11-00-01 19056268. Send an email to carolfee36@gmail.com from the email address that you’d like the organisers to send your access code to confirming you have sent payment.

Entries need to be with Carol by the end of Sunday, March 10th 2019; no late entries will be accepted.  When the entries have been received they will be sent to the organisers in one block. An email will be sent to the entrant with details of how to enter. NOTE: Your entry to the race is NOT complete until you enter online. Sending the payment in does not mean you are entered.

BONUS This year the club has been allocated 8 free places, once final entries are in we will have a raffle on Monday at club and 8 lucky runners will have their entry refunded.

EasyFundraising. Thank you to everybody who has supported the club through Easy Fundraising. With the money new seating has been purchased for the clubhouse, obviously colour coordinated with club kit. Big thanks to Robin Phillips, Nicola Derrick and Ian Smith who between them raised over £250 through he scheme. I’ve added a link to a video showing how Easyfund works,  Easy Fund Link and to the site itself, Easyfundraising -Westbury Harriers

RunFest. The next series of talks take place on 17th May and 4th October and they are looking for speakers. Do you have a story you want to share with other runners? How have you improved your running? How have you overcome an injury? Have you taken part in an event you think others would be interested in? Have you used running to overcome a challenge or improve self esteem? Email Michele Hurst on runfesttheseries@gmail.com to discuss further.  https://www.facebook.com/RunFestBristol/

Blaise Blazer. Entries are now open for the Bristol Blaise Blazer on Monday 3rd June 2019. Still only £5 affiliated, £7 unaffiliated. Enter via RunBritian

Run and Cake. Join Anneka and Caroline for two of their favourite things on Sunday 17th February. The event starts from the Blaise clubhouse for a social run, followed by tea and cake.  The aim is to raise money for their London marathon attempts in support of SportsAid. Donate via Just Giving

Diary Dates 

Saturday 16th February. Bristol to Bath Marathon Training Run

Sunday 17th February. Run and Cake

Saturday 23rd February. National Cross Country (Leeds)

Saturday 2nd March. Women’s Eating Well and Strengthening Workshop. 9am-1pm. The MayWellness Centre, BS6 7EE

Monday 25th March. Club AGM, 8pm after training

Saturday 6th April. Awards Evening

Championship Events

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