Weekly News – Monday 2nd March 2020

Club Championship

With the cancellation of the Gwent League at Singleton Park we now only have two Club Championship events left to the end of season. On Sunday 15th March it is the San Dominco 20 miler and then at the end of the month we have the Forest of Dean Half Marathon on Sunday 29th March.

The Future of the Academy

Emma W has been involved with the academy (formerly Reception Group) since her daughter started in 2014, firstly as a helper then as a qualified volunteer Leader after taking the LIRF (Leadership in Running Fitness) qualification. Over these years, she has  seen many individual and team successes in a range of events such as The Gwent League, the Tri-Counties, the Gloucester League, as well as many children going on to represent Bristol and Avon at regional and national level.

The Academy currently requires 6 qualified LIRF volunteer leaders and 9 parent helpers per week in order for all of our 50 children to enjoy their running session safely and to make progress as athletes. Our team of volunteers do an amazing job and it is through their enthusiasm and commitment that Westbury Harriers has continued to achieve success. As Academy co-ordinator, her role has been to liaise with the volunteer leaders and helpers to make sure we have requisite numbers each week, send out weekly rota’s and to generally ensure that the academy runs as smoothly as possible. Now that she has completed her Coaching in Running Fitness qualification she is also assisting with coaching the Junior Girls, and as her youngest runner Tom will be moving on to the Junior Boys section, it is now the right time for her to pass the baton of Academy co-ordinator onto someone else!   

If you are interested in taking this on, please email Emma directly and she will be happy to talk through it in more detail- you do not need to be a runner to take on this role. In September, there will be a real necessity to find new volunteer qualified leaders as many of our current team will also be moving on with their children. The club will pay for people to complete the course (link below) so she urge’s you to consider taking up the course and getting involved in your child’s sport – you really can make a massive difference to young people’s confidence and achievement through volunteering. Quite simply, without a committed team of volunteers the academy will fold.
Leadership in Running Fitness Link

Bristol 10k

Please don’t forget this week is your last chance for a discounted club entry to the SimplyHealth Great Bristol 10km on Sunday 3rd May. You need to get your entry in by Sunday 8th March. Please follow the link for instruction on how to apply.
Bristol 10k Entry Instructions

Club Supper 

Black Swan. Monday 16th March at 8pm. Please confirm Yes & pay £6 via the posting by Louise on Facebook, dated 1st March. Thanks to everyone so far paid. There will be no Club Supper in April.

Pictured below. The Saturday Water Tower Runners brave the wet and windy conditions for a run around Leigh Woods.


Some very impressive running by Ben R today (Sunday) with a first place win at the Old Sodbury Scramble in a time of 22:41. The race is a 5km cross country run, held on the grassy slopes of the Costwold Escarpment.

Race Write – Ups

This weekend was planned to be the Gwent League event at Singleton Park. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions. Instead, a few Westbury runners headed to Old Down Country Park to take part in the Gloucester Cross Country League. Well done to Estelle and Charlotte for winning the Under 11’s and Under 15’s race. Felicity also ran extremely well coming 4th in the under 13’s. Congratulations to all the other Westbury members who ran.


Congratulations to Katie for running on Saturday. By going out on this day she earned herself the Garmin ‘Take the Leap’ badge. The next chance to run on Sat 29th Feb is in 2048. I’m too much of a gentleman to say how old Katie will be on this day!

Interesting Fact of the Week

Tom Bosworth sets new British 5K walk record at the British Indoor Championships. Tom crossed the line in 18 minutes and 20.97 seconds, a walking pace of 5.55 per mile. This took place on 23rd February at the indoor arena in Glasgow.

Diary Dates

Sunday 8th March. The Rodway 10k. A mixed terrain event with an approximate 50/50 mix of tarmac and tracks and trails. Starts from Mangotsfield School.
Monday 16th March. Club Supper Black Swan 8pm.
Saturday 21st March. Midland 6/12 Stage Road Relays– Sutton Park.
Friday 27th March. Rogue Run Night Race. Speech House, FoD. Last event in the series.
Night Race Link
Saturday 4th April. National 6/12 Stage, Sutton Park.
Monday 20th April. AGM, Coombe Dingle after training.
Friday 1st May. Club Awards Night. The annual celebration of club successes and achievements.
Sunday 3rd May. Bristol 10K
Saturday 16th May. Masters Road Relays, Sutton Park (Over 35’s).
Monday 1st June Blaise Blazer. See the Full on Sport website, all for the bargain price of £5. The event will take place at Blaise on the evening of Monday 1st June.
To enter use the link below: Blaise Blazer Link
Friday 12th June. GWR 10k Towpath Race 1 6:30pm Ashton Park School.
Saturday 20th June. WH Garden Party.
Friday 26th June 7pm. Festival Beer and Banger 10k, hosted by Nailsea Running Club. Everybody who competes achieves a banger and beer at the end.
Friday 10th July. GWR 10k Towpath Race 2 6:30pm Ashton Park School.
Friday 31st July. GWR 10k Towpath Race 3 6:30pm Ashton Park School.
Saturday 4th July. Cotswold Way Relay.
Friday 14th August. GWR 5k Towpath Race 4 6:30pm Ashton Park School.


Club Championship Events

Sunday 15th March. San Domenico 20 miler.
Sunday 29th March. Forest of Dean Half Marathon.