Weekly News

Back to Blaise. Spring must have officially arrived because this Monday evening we’re all back to Blaise for training. We’ll be setting off in our normal groups, the only difference being the routes take in a lot more of the trails and tracks around Blaise Castle Estate. Weather has been relatively dry recently so you’ll be able to run in normal road shoes, although if you prefer to wear trail shoes bring them along.

Slight change this year as we’ll be putting some new registration procedures in place.  On arrival you’ll find a registration desk on the grass opposite the clubhouse. All runners must sign in at the desk and pay their weekly subs to those manning the desk.

Once signed-in and paid, you can then gather with your normal Monday night group. Please arrive in good time and be ready to set off no later that 7:10pm. These arrangements are just for Monday nights.

Strava. I may have mentioned this before and apologies if I have, I blame old age! Anyway, if you’re interested in discovering new routes or just after some training tips then I recommend going the Westbury Harrier group in Strava. Strava Dashboard Link

Club Survey. Vicky, our new club development officer has put together a short survey for member feedback to help us make the club better for you. Please do complete the questionnaire, it should only take a few minutes of your time and the more responses we have the better. As an incentive we’re offering spot prizes! These include Up and Running vouchers, club clothing and a sports massage, just make sure you include you e-mail details if you want to be included in the draw.

Congratulations. I’ve had a short warm up. Taken on plenty of carbs, had an early night and planned when I’m going to take on food and drink. It can only mean one thing. Yes, I’m all prepared for a ‘marathon’ session in front of the telly, hoping to catch a glimpse of a white and blue vest in London!

It was hard work watching and looked more fun out there on the streets of London. I hope you all enjoyed it and achieved some good times. Now take it easy, rest and recover and I hope to see you back out training shortly.

Do check Facebook as no doubt by Sunday evening there will be plenty of photos and stories to be shared.

The Horton Bull Run. Ok, so perhaps not quite as prestigious as the London Marathon but as our second club championship event of the year it’s probably just as important. I don’t have the results yet but once in I’ll add them to Facebook.

Photo, thanks to Bitton Road Runners. Caroline Scapens doesn’t let the lack of oxygen or risk of altitude sickness prevent her from summiting and thereby conquering the Hanham Horror last Easter weekend.

Diary Dates 

Monday 29th April. Back to Blaise. Monday night runs will commence once again from the clubhouse, 7pm, every Monday. 

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May. Welsh Coastal Path. Have-a-scok to Trevor.  The plan is to start from where the group finished last time, at Abersoch. As it’s a longer drive, being further up the Welsh coast, the plan is to run over 3 days (although you can join for just the 2nd or 1st day). Easy pace, lots of photo stops and nobody gets left behind. Colin will select accommodation as soon as numbers are know. Please respond to his posting in the Events area on Facebook if interested.

Friday 17th May. 18:45 – 22:00 Run Fest: The Series.  The theme is how to strengthen and improve your running. Run Fest Link

Saturday 15th June. Eastville parkrun WH volunteer take over. parkrun link

Championship Events

Sunday 5th May. Bristol 10k. 

Tuesday 14th May. Sri Chinmoy.  Sri Chinmoy Link

Monday 27th May. Hogweed Trot. Hogweed Trot Link

Monday 3rd June Blaise Blazer. Blaise Blazer

Sunday 16th June. Chedder Gorge Challenge 10K. 

Thursday 20th June Rowberry Romp. Rowberry Romp Link

Thursday 4th July Tintern Trot. Tintern Trot Link

Wednesday 10th July Bitton 5K. Bitton 5k Link  

Friday 19th July 10k Towpath Inter-Club Mob Match.  New club championship listing for your diaries.  This event is open by invitation only to local running clubs, hosted by the Great Western Runners.

The event HQ is at Ashton Park School, where parking, changing and toilet facilities are available for all competitors (Note: school car park locks at 21:15). The race itself starts by the underpass at the beginning of the towpath, but it’s only a short 10 minute walk. Start of the race is 19:30, although do get there early for registration and a short warm-up. 

Team Managers will put out a request nearer the time for runners. So if you’re interested, just let them know. I can’t remember the exact entrance fee, but it’s only a few quid.

It is an enjoyable event because we compete as a club and the more members that turn up, the better chance we have of winning the mob match. So please, please, please, do think about running on the night because every WH runner counts!

I did the series last year and being on a Friday night it is quite nice to go for drink/food afterwards. Many competitors head to The Cottage in Baltic Wharf as it’s only a short distance from the start/finish. I shall certainly be doing the same again this year, so you’re all welcome to join me. If I’ve had a good run and scored some championship points I may even buy you a drink!  GWR Towpath Link

Photo. The Westbury Harriers at the Mob Match in 2018. Photo thanks to Mike Mewse.