Weekly News

2019 Bristol Post and Bristollive Sports Awards Thursday 14th November.  Just a reminder that Westbury Harriers have been nominated for the Community Club of the Year Award. Our club Chairman, Jim Murphy, has very generously paid for a table at this prestigious event.

For the chance to attend the dinner all you need to do is send your details to Jim via chairman@westburyharriers.co.uk. Please do so by the end of this week for a chance to be included in the draw.

Club Championship Races. Unfortunately the Two Bays Tough Ten is not taking place in 2020. Instead, the Club Championship Committee have replaced it with the River Avon Trail 10k by Aspire Running Events. A stunning off-road, multi-terrain course which will incorporate thrilling trails, open countryside and woodlands. 

There are three waves for the race start, simply to ease congestion at the first kissing gate. If we all aim for the 10am start we can race together.

Club Championship Standings.  As promised last week I have the latest standings (as of 6 October 2109), thanks Judy.

Starting with the women, in first place we have Kay Ridgwell with a score of 311 points.  Then, the current club champion, Judy Knights with a score of 194 and Eithne Noonan in third place with 133. In fourth place Laura Pankhurst with 80 points.

The men has Ian Gawinowski in first place with a score of 238. Coming up fast, and closing the gap is Ewan Paton with 227 points. Not far behind we have Tim Carr with 202 and then Oli Beale with 130 point.

Don’t forget (Tim-Portishead, Sophie-Standish, anyone else?) unless you record your results on the website it does not count.  We still have about 10 races to go before the season ends so there are plenty of chances left to score some valuable club championship points. Remember, prizes are awarded for a number of different categories, not just first place.

Couch to 5k.  Thanks to the leadership and encouragement of Mike Clark (and the dedication of the runners themselves) the Couch to 5k group are progressing very well indeed. If you would like to help support the group on a training session do let Mike or Lizzy know beforehand.

Move up Monday. We have a Move-up Monday today. This is an opportunity to move up a group and by making it a little more formal you will be joined by a few others so won’t feel alone. Our group leaders will also be looking out for everybody, making sure the group stays together with plenty of loop backs.

Congratulations.  Well done to everyone who ran the first Gwent League in Cardiff on Saturday, especially Daniel Pemble (U11) and Laura Chance (U13), both prize winners in the UK Athletics Cross Challenge. 

Also, good running from Hayley Johnson and Jane Goodwin running the Mendip Muddle today. I told you the weather would not be as bad as last year!

Training Tip of the Week. Contributions are welcome, otherwise next week I’ll bore you with Lactate Thresholds and Vo2 Max science stuff!

Diary Dates 
Saturday 19th October 09:00. Saturday Water Tower Run, run starts from Chepstow. A 22K loop taking in the Wye Walk, Tinter Abbey and Offa’s Dyke

Thursday 24th October. The Western Prom Run Western Prom Link

Sunday 26th October Master Cross Country Relays, Nottingham

Saturday 26th October Bristol Epic 10k  https://toughrunneruk.bristol-epic-10

Tuesday 29th October. Pomphrey 5k series starts.  Pomphrey 5k Series

Thursday 14th November. 2019 Bristol Post and Bristollive Sports Awards. 6:30pm Ashton Gate Stadium.

Sunday 24th November Gloucester 10K Gloucester 10K link

Sunday 8th December Weston Christmas Cracker. Cracker Link

Sunday 1st December The Tri-Counties Cross-Country Championships at Bath University. avon/CCChamps

Sunday 29th December The Wye Wander, starting from Chepstow Leisure Centre.  Wye Wander Link

Sunday 5th January 2020 South West Cross Country Championships, Aldon Hill Yeovil (juniors/seniors)

Saturday 25th January 2020 Midland Cross Country Championships (the club has in the last few years focused on the South West XC, rather than the Midlands)

Saturday 22nd February English National Cross Country Championships, Nottingham (juniors/seniors)

Saturday 21st March 2020 Midland 6/12 Stage Road Relays– Sutton Park

Saturday 4th April 20202 National 6/12 Stage, Sutton Park

Saturday 16th May 2020- Masters Road Relays, Sutton Park (Over 35’s)

Club Championship Events
Sunday 27th October. Nightingale Nightmare. Race Full – did you get in? Don’t forget, fancy dress is compulsory! RACE FULL

Saturday 9th November. Gwent Cross Country, Pembrey Country Park. Team managers will provide details.

Sunday 17th November Keynsham Dandy (TACH). More details on the TACH website  Dandy Link RACE FULL

Saturday 7th December. Gwent League Event: Blaise Castle, Bristol.  As a club we host this event and it’s on familiar territory so you have no excuse for not attending.  

Thursday 19th December. Western Prom. A 5 mile race, up and down the promenade front. Affiliated only £6. Usually a post race Christmas meal is organised as well, check for details nearer the time.

Thursday 26th December Clevedon Boxing Day Race. I’m always away over Christmas so have never been able to run this. I can tell you it’s a 4 mile race and a good excuse to burn off those excess calories from Christmas day lunch. Last year the first three Westbury finishers where Joe Conners, Ben Rawlins and Robin Phillips.http://www.clevedonac.co.uk/races

Sunday 12th January 2020. The Riverbank Rollick, by Thornbury Running Club. The course offers different terrains, different places, different views… and is probably different to anything you’ve tried before. Challenging too, but very rewarding. Just under 10 miles in length. Event is up on fullonsport although not yet open for entries when I last looked. Riverbank Rollick Link

Saturday 8th February 2020. Gwent League Event: Chepstow Race Course

Sunday 23rd February. River Avon Trail 10k 10:00am start wave A stunning off-road, multi-terrain course which will incorporate thrilling trails, open countryside and woodlands. River Avon 10k Link

Sunday 1st March 2020 Gwent League Event: Singleton Park, Swansea

Sunday 15th March San Domenico 20 miler. Wales