Weekly News

Blaise Blazer. This club championship event takes place on Monday 3rd June so just a reminder that there will be no training, for adults or younger athletes (junior & reception groups). With so many people milling about, car parking restrictions and a race to set up it makes sense, from a practical and safety aspect, to cancel training for this one evening only. 

I’m afraid all the places for the race have sold out but there are plenty of volunteering options, arrive early and let us know on the night your availability. If you offer to volunteer you get 10 club championship points.  Please also bring cake for the refreshments afterwards.

Club Kit. A lot of you having been asking about Westbury Harrier club kit recently, so Katie has provided the following update. 

‘The next kit sale will be in September when we move back to Coombe Dingle.  In the meantime vests, hoodies and buffs are being stored up at the Blaise Club House and can be purchased on an ad-hoc basis through Tamsin Chick, Katie Hughes or Abi Hall. All sizes back in stock.

As a reminder prices are as follows:
Kids Vests £12 / Adult Vests £15 / Kids Hoody £16 / Adult Hoody £20 / Buffs £8.

We also have some new additions available to purchase – a boot bag (perfect for those cross country spikes) and a Holdall.  Both of these can be purchased direct from Professional Sports and Fitness’ (PSF) website.  Boot bags are £11 and Holdalls are £18. Both can be personalised with either initials (£2) or your name (£4). 


Another exciting newcomer is the waterproof fleece lined Westbury Harriers Jacket. Not for running in but again perfect for keeping cosy before and after winter races.  These will also be available to order direct from Professional Sports and Fitness – we will have samples of all sizes from XS to XXL available at the next kit sale to try on so you can order the correct size.

Long and short sleeve t-shirts will be arriving soon. We are also currently investigating crop tops to add to our range as well.  If anyone else has any additional requests or ideas, please do let us know.’

Thanks for the update Katie.

A club member has recently been disrespected for wearing a grubby white cap! The good news, for that particular Westbury Harrier, is the PSF website also stocks caps, with either a printed logo, or for a few pounds more, embroidered.


Volunteers. Many, many, thanks to both Mel Lowe and Mandy Williams who have both offered to help out Emma with the reception group. With such a big turnout of young athletes having an extra pair of hands will be an enormous benefit. 

We are still after somebody to manage the club website. Is there anybody in the club who has experience of such things who could help?

Gwent X Country League. I’ve been provided with some dates for the next Gwent’s, although these dates are provisional and may change. This is especially true with the final two fixtures which may need to swap, depending on events at both venues.

Sat 12th Oct: Cardiff
9th or 10th Nov: Pembrey
7th Dec: Blaise Castle
8th or 9th Feb: Chepstow 
29th Feb/1st Mar: Swansea, Singleton Park

Club Nominations. The committee are meeting this Friday, so don’t forget to get in your adult and junior monthly nominations in before Friday. Sent name, with justification to  member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk

Graham Bazley Funeral. Graham’s funeral will be held on Friday 28th June 12.45pm at Canford crematorium (BS9 3PQ). Followed afterwards by a celebration of Graham’s life, taking place in the White Horse in Westbury on Trym (BS9 3DZ)

Congratulations . Well done to Alex Hamblin who won the first 10k towpath event of the series. Photo below of Alex at the 1km section, already having a clear lead on his competitors. 

Fact of the Week. London Marathon fact. The combined amount of sweat produced by the 2018 London Marathon runners would fill 2,340 bath tubs! Yuck! Source: BBC website

Diary Dates 

Friday 14th June. Towpath series, race 2. Followed by post race drinks at the Cottage Inn, Baltic Wharf. Note you can normally also enter on the night.

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

Friday 28th June 12:45pm Graham’s Funeral. Canford crematorium, then White Horse, WoT

Sunday 7th July from 12pm onwards. Social– The Summer Gathering.

Saturday 27th July Fast 5000’s. https://www.entrycentral.com/Fast5000s

Sunday 25th August Severn Bridge Half Marathon (& 10k) severnbridgehalfmarathon.com

Championship Events

Monday 3rd June 19:30 SOLD OUT

Sunday 16th June. Cheddar Gorge Challenge 10K.  There’s a whole weekend festival of running taking place but the championship event is the 10k on the Sunday.

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.  GWR Towpath Link

Friday 9th August. 5k Towpath Series. GWR Towpath Link

Sunday 11th August Standish Woodland Chase. https://www.stroudac.co.uk/StandishWoodlandChase

Wednesday 21st August Crook Peak Cake Race. This race is held every year on the  Crook Peak Link. Entry is on the day.

Sunday 1st September Ross on Wye 5K. http://www.ross10k.co.uk/register.asp

Sunday 15th September The Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon. Discounted club entries with 20% off the normal price. Carol Fee will provide details of how to enter via the club scheme shortly. Instructions will be published soon.

New Club Champ Event!!!!!

Sunday 28th September Portishead Coast Path 10K. I’ve not competed in this event but I’m sure club members have run it in the past. If you have perhaps you could let me know what it is like. The information I do have has been taken from the fullonsport website which reads

Starts 10am on Saturday 28th September 2019 from Portishead Lido by the Lake Grounds in Portishead. The 10km route includes mud, rocky tracks, hills, big views and an amazing cookie medal. Few race routes rival this for spectacular sea view scenery. What better way is there to start your weekend? FACILITIES: Free parking along the Lake Grounds – Changing – Showers – Baggage Store – First Aid – Bar and Refreshments.

ENTRY FEES: ARC/UKA Affiliated – £8. Unaffiliated runners – £10.  There will be places available on the day on the day for entry. prices are £10 affiliated and £12 unaffiliated. https://fullonsport.com/event/portishead-coast-path-10km–2019/profile