Weekly News – Friday 10th June

Friday 10th June

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

The summer race season is in full swing and it’s been great to see a few Westbury club members who’ve never raced before on a few start lines. If you regularly train with the club I do encourage trying an event as it’s a great way of putting all that training into practice.

During the summer there are plenty of competitions taking place, including trail and road races. Many of the local events are relatively low key with an informal atmosphere providing a great introduction to competing. My recommendation would be to try one of the club championships as you’ll have plenty of support from other club members too.

A full list of club championship events can be found on the Westbury Harriers website and many other local running events are listed in the diary section in this newsletter and also on the club website.

Thursday Intervals

For the Thursday session we’ll be on the grass at Coombe Dingle. The session will involve 6 sets of the following: 2 minutes, 30 second jog recovery, 30 seconds fast with a 1 minute jog recovery. There’s the option to do 5 sets.

Aim for 5k pace on the 2 minutes then quicker than 1 mile pace on the 30 seconds and to continue jogging on the shorter 30 second recovery.

Richard Hughes has provided some very useful guidance explaining how you can create workouts and download them to your Garmin watch, which can be used for the interval session above. This will automatically give you notice of the effort/recovery start and end times, and automatically record the effort and recovery without having to press lap buttons.


Yate track session will be published on facebook nearer the time.

Beggar Roost 6K Social Run – David George, Old Sodbury, Sunday 19th June

David George has been one of our established runners for many years. Like many others he has had recent birthdays in lockdown but is making up for lost time with celebration on the 19th June. 

The event is suitable for all abilities with families welcome and will be followed by light refreshments at David’s house.  It’s all free and the run will be posted on RunTogether.  When you sign up you will receive confirmation information. Alternatively you can just catch David at a club night or email him on Davidcharliegeorge@protonmail.com

Volunteers needs for Westbury Wipeout (Monday 4th July)

The Blaise Blazer would not have been the great success it was without all the willing volunteers, such as those in the picture below. We now need your help again for the Westbury Wipeout on Monday 4th July.

The run starts at 7:15pm and volunteers will be needed for various roles such as registration, marshalling tail running etc from 6pm and on the course from 6:30pm. If you are available to help please let Kay Ridgewell know via her facebook posting dated 8th June.

Member of the Month Nominations

The committee meets this Friday. If you have a nomination for senior or junior member of the month please use the email below. This can be for any running related activity, perhaps a recent PB, some volunteering or just showing lot’s of dedication and commitment. member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk

Next Club Championship Event

At the time of writing it’s only 4 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes to the next club championship event. The Sri Chinmoy 2 mile race is on Tuesday 26th June at 19:30. More details in the link below. https://uk.srichinmoyraces.org/races/bristol#series-event-full-4

The Bristol Open Meet

I’m very excited to report that Bristol and West have recently announced a track and field event will be hosted at the Stoke Gifford Stadium in Bristol on Tuesday 21st June. 

It consists of an 800m, 3000m, Shot put, Javelin and Quadkids event. A few Westbury runners have already entered so you won’t be alone! If you are interested in track events please contact Vicky for more information via senior.track.manager@westburyharriers.co.uk.

Link to the Bristol and West event is below.https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2022/GBR/brw-md-qk-field/?fbclid=IwAR15F8n97PDFv046sMOMhYijb_feWXKogtqVDio5n2cHPq__6eMf9KGfbqg

Sport on BBC iPlayer

To help fire your enthusiasm for competing in some track events perhaps take a look at the Diamond League Athletics events on the iPlayer. I can’t guarantee it will make you run as fast as Jakob Ingebrigtsen but he can provide a little inspiration. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00183dg/athletics-diamond-league-2022-5-rome

Blaise Blazer Race Report

After a short hiatus the Blaise Blazer was back on the evening of Monday 6th June and from all accounts it was a great success. The runners were blessed with perfect running conditions, a bright and sunny evening without it being too hot. Even the conditions underfoot were good, just a little mud in places to add to the excitement.

It’s quite a brutal course, to say ‘undulating’ would be a massive understatement as you’re either slogging uphill or hurtling downhill, there’s very little in-between! It is relatively short which is great because it means only a short dash around the woods before you can tuck into the great cakes provided at the finish line.

Geraint’s report is below and full results are provided in the link below. https://westburyharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/20220606BlaiseBlazerRaceResults.pdf

On a night of excellent racing the overall male winner was Richard Elston from Bristol & West AC in a time of 22:52 and the overall female winner was Amy Partridge also of Bristol & West AC in a time of 25:23.

Two existing course records were broken with John Mallone (Nailsea Running Club) setting a new record of 29:55 in the MV65 category and Maggie Salter (Bristol & West AC) setting a new record of 33:24 in the FV55 category.

This year we introduced the V70 category and Mike Willcox (GWR) set a benchmark of 40:08 and Ann Lovell (Westbury Harriers) set the benchmark at 44:15 – well done both.

This year’s club challenge, where the first 3 males and first 3 females finishing positions count towards the overall score, was a battle between Bristol and West AC, GWR, Nailsea Running Club, Southville Running Club and Westbury Harriers.

Bristol & West were this year’s winners with some very strong individual performances leading them to victory.

Race report by Geraint Torrington, photos by Mike Mewse and Richard Hughes.

Man V Horse

Good luck to all the Westbury runners competing in the Man V Horse event this weekend. It’s a multi-terrain race over 24 miles of stunning Welsh countryside. Full report in next week’s newsletter.

Westbury Harriers Team of the Year

Katie Hughes (pictured) receiving her team of the year award for being part of the silver medal winning team at the 2022 South West XC Championships. Well done Katie.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Ka Lun Lee for his efforts session yesterday evening at Coombe Dingle. An impressive session as he achieved both a best estimated 400m effort in 1:35 and a Personal Record on Strava segment Field Circle in 1:28.

Diary Dates

Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June. Cheddar Challenge by Relish Running

Sunday 12th June. Chew Valley 10k  http://www.chewvalley10k.co.uk

Tuesday 14th June Clevedon AC Midsummer 10K, go to the Clevedon AC website and follow the link to their races

Friday 17th June Race 2 Towpath Series

Saturday/Sunday 18-19th June Brecon Running/Camping Weekend.

Sunday 19th June Beggar Roost 6km Trail Social Run, via Runtogether

Thursday 23rd June Meal and Drinks and Black Swan post Intervals

Sunday 26th June. Lacock Road Races, Half and 10k by Relish Running.

Tuesday 28th June Sri Chimnoy 2 mile (Club Champs) 

Saturday 2nd July Cotswold Way relay. 10 stage trail relay event.

Monday 4th July Westbury Wipeout, Blaise

Sunday 10th July Avon Track and Field League, Yate

Thursday 7th July Tintern Trot, 10k trail run along the Wye Valley. Group discount if we have more than 10 interested.

Thursday 14th July TACH Purdown Pursuit. About 10km of parkland and woodland. Lots of juicy little hills- postponed due to work on a new cycle path

Thursday 14th July Thornbury  Midsummer 10k (Club Champs) https://clevedonac.co.uk/our-races/midsummer-10k-race/

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

Sunday 24th July The Age Grader, Oldbury. Overall positions (and prizes) will be based on age-adjusted times and not actual time .This event is also suitable for anyone looking to gain a PB on the flat 5 mile course.

This event will we feel will attract seasoned racers and so we are not providing a medal but instead: hot drinks and cakes, a beer, a banana and a sports drink for all. https://www.sites.google.com/site/roguerunsevents/home/our-events/age-grader

Saturday 30th July Magor 10K, fast, flat and furious.

Wednesday 3rd August Bitton Road Race (Club Championship) 

Friday 19th August Race 4 (5K) Towpath Series

Saturday 20th August National Athletics League (NAL), Yate

Sunday 21st August Avon Track and Field League, Yate

September (date changed from June) TACH Rowberrow Romp. TACH’s outstanding new Summer Race.  A challenging 10k-ish route of Mendip mud, strenuous climbs, fab views and a thunderous descent.

Sunday 4th September, Bridgwater Half Marathon

Saturday 17th September, Relish Running Cheddar Gorge Downhill 10K. https://tinyurl.com/2p9yrsvk

Sunday 11th September Avon Track and Field League, Yate

Sunday 11th September Beat the Bore (Club Championship )

Sunday 18th September Chippenham Half Marathon

Saturday 24th September, Uphill to Wells Relay. An off-road relay race starting at Uphill beach and finishing at Wells Cathedral. The route is 90% off-road and follows the West Mendip Way along footpaths and bridleways. The race is a ‘hand-over’ relay, run without marshals, water stations or other assistance. Teams are responsible for their own safety and for researching the route although their progress will be monitored at check-points at the end of every leg. https://www.uphilltowells.com/default.aspx

Sunday 25th September Great Bristol Run 10k and Half. https://www.greatrun.org/events/great-bristol-run/

Sunday 25th September Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon. https://www.rotary-rfod.org.uk/events.php

Sunday 16th October Bath Half Marathon, POSTPONED!

Sunday 16th October Mendip Muddle (Club Championship) 

Sunday 27th November Chepstow Racecourse Half Marathon (Club Championship) 

Editor this Week

Ian Gawinowski is Westbury Harriers Communications Officer and can be contacted via communication@westburyharriers.co.uk