Weekly News

Gwent League Blaise Castle. A big thank-you to everyone who contributed to the success of Saturdays Gwent League at Blaise Castle. From people on car parking duty, course set-up, marshals, officials, announcers, course clear down and those who worked behind the scenes.  Well done all!

Not another tea break Neil. Don’t you have a Gwent League to organise!

Sorry Robyn, no time for a cool down. You still have volunteers to coordinate!

Photos courtesy of the Whatsapp volunteers group.

London Marathon Ballot. The draw for the London marathon club places will take place TODAY! We have 3 club places, one of which was kindly donated by Yate. The draw we be for club members who have been rejected from the ballot for the 2020 marathon and priority in the draw will go to those members who have been unsuccessful in the 2 previous club draws.

Full instructions were provided in last week’s Weekly News but you should have already put your request in by now. Good luck in the draw tonight.

Club Championship Event- Weston Prom. The next club championship is the Weston Prom on Thursday 19th December.  It’s a blast along Weston promenade and back, not one I’ve done before so it will be new to me.

Membership Data. We will shortly be migrating club membership data across to a new system. This new system will be more user friendly and be an improvement for both members and the club administrators. For the data transfer to be a success can I please ask you go into the website and check the details in the User Profile area. If they are incorrect please update them this week. http://westburyharriers.co.uk/wp-login.php

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 this Monday, or by bank transfer by the 11th December.


Well done to everybody running in the Gwent at Blaise.  We were all blessed with fine and dry weather conditions. It wasn’t too muddy either, although it seems some of you prefer it when it is! Some fantastic results which I’m sure will be fully covered in the next race round-up report.

And today (Sunday) we have the Weston Christmas Cracker. I’m looking forward to seeing a few festive costumes on facebook later.  Good luck to all the Westbury runners taking part.

Interesting Running Fact of the Week. According to legend, when the Greeks defeated the Persians in battle in 490 BC, soldier Pheidippides ran approximately 25 miles)  from Marathon, Greece, to Athens to deliver the news. Once he arrived he shouted, “Rejoice, we are victorious,” and then promptly died. The distance he ran became the distance of the modern marathon, 26.2 miles. Source: factretriever.com

Saturday 14th December. Social Christmas Run. 11:00am. The Water Tower, Downs. Route details to be published nearer the time.

Diary Dates

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.

Thursday 19th December. Last day of formal club training.

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

Monday 6th January. Club training starts after Christmas break.

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

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.http://www.clevedonac.co.uk/races

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: 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: Singleton Park, Swansea

Sunday 15th March San Domenico 20 miler. https://my1.raceresult.com/139085/registration?lang=en