Blaise Gwent League Volunteers. On Saturday 7th December we have our home event at Blaise Castle, starting from the club house. To make this event a success we need lots of volunteers, either club members, friends, or family, they can all help.

If you can offer assistance throughout the day, that’s great. If you plan to race, or have other commitments then your presence in the morning or afternoon would be greatly appreciated.  There will lots of different roles available, from setting up the course in the morning, marshalling, helping with car parking, to packing the course away at the end of the day.

Course set up will be in the morning. Then the first race commences at 11:30 with the U11 girls and continues to 12:40 with the U15 boys. From 13:00 we have the senior women and the last race takes place at 14:30 for the senior men.

Robyn Ellis has posted an announcement on facebook. Please respond to that and also let us know when you would be available to help.  As a bonus all volunteers will receive club championship points. 

Parking can be an issue so if you can walk, cycle or get dropped off at Blaise that would help those who are driving from further afield.

Club Supper. The next club supper night is Monday 16th December (after the Brailsford Lights run) and this time we have a veggie or meat curry, plus the pub have promised it will be hot (by which I mean in temperature, not on the Scoville scale!) £6 to be payable to Louise, and by the 11th December.

Training Dates. The last training session this year will be Thursday 19th December. This will be an efforts session lead by Jayne. We will then commence training again on Monday 6th January

Tri Counties inc Avon Cross Country Championships. Taking place at Bath University on Sunday 1st December.  You need to enter yourself via the online link below but you can reclaim fees from the club by completing the club expenses form. Or you can provide Mike Mewse with your name, age, DOB, EA number, Tel No, Address before training on Monday night. For the women please let Tamsin know you’ve entered, for the men Mike Mewse. Run Britian

Run Leader Vest. Are you a qualified Run leader and need a vest for the Monday night training sessions?  These are free, a thank-you from the club for you services, just let Katie Hughes know if you need one.

Membership Discounts.  To those who have requested them discount cards will be available from Lizzy at this Monday’s training.

It was the Castle Coombe Chilly 10k today (Sunday) and we had a lot of Westbury runners taking part. James Harrod, Tom Grange and Alistair Blackwood all went flying around in sub 40 mins, with James achieving a 2nd place in category. Liz Lovelock, Nick Clay and Lindsey Clark also ran, Liz and Lindsey had 8th place category wins.

Ben Rawlins was also at Castle Coombe but competing in the Duathlon event. Duathlon consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg.

The Gloucester 10k is a nice flat and fast route. From Westbury we had Colin Pemble taking part.

Also, well done to everybody who took part in parkruns, too many of you to mention here!

Did I miss you out from an event? If so, let us all know what you did via facebook.

Ok, I know it took place last week but I don’t need any excuse to show Westbury runners in their England kit. Well done to Katie Hughes, Nigel Gates and Vicky Tester (photographed below) after competing at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International.

Interesting Running Fact. During the Great Wall of China Marathon, runners have to climb 5,164 steps. Source: Sworkit website

Diary Dates 
Sunday 8th December Weston Christmas Cracker. RACE FULL

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

Saturday 14th December. Social Christmas Run. Details to be published nearer the time.

Monday 16th December. Brailsford Christmas Lights run

Monday 16th December. Pub supper in the Black Swan (aka Mucky Duck). On the menu we have curry (veggie and meat options). All for the bargain price of £6. Louise will be asking for confirmation and payment before hand.

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
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. A post race Christmas meal is organised as well, check above for details.
Weston Prom Link

Thursday 26th December Clevedon Boxing Day Race. 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 were Joe Conners, Ben Rawlins and Robin Phillips.

Sunday 29th December The Wye Wander, starting from Chepstow Leisure Centre.  Wye Wander Link (replaces Hangover 10k)

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. Riverbank Rollick Link RACE FULL – check for waiting list

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

Sunday 23rd February. River Avon Trail 10k 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.