Weekly News – Monday 1st April 2024

No it’s not an Aprils Fool joke, this is a slightly delayed Newsletter for Easter Monday and it’s bank holiday 🙂 I hope everyone has had a lovely long weekend with plenty of chocolate and running.



Westbury Harriers Annual Awards Ceremony

Well done again to all the award winners, Neil has put the pictures on the News section of the website – https://westburyharriers.co.uk/westbury-harriers-club-awards-night-saturday-23rd-march-2024/

Calne Clock Change Challenge – from Ian Gawinowski

With a 5km and 10km road race, plus a 1.5km fun run for the kids there’s plenty of choice at the Clock Change Challenge, just a short hop along the M4 in Calne.

Both the 5km and 10km are out and back routes along quiet country lanes, well marshalled, with plenty of signage and 1k markers. I did the 10km which starts at the Calne leisure centre, heads south out to Haddington where you run a small loop before heading back on familiar roads. I had hoped for sunny skies and little wind, but I should at least be thankful it didn’t rain!

I was not the only Westbury to compete as it was great to catch-up with fellow club member Dave George. Dave had run the route in the past so was able to give me an idea of what to expect.

In the 10k there were 185 runners competing. First place male was Simon Nott from Calne Running Club using his local knowledge to assist with a fantastic first place win of 33:09. First place woman was Abigail Haley (unattached) in 43:11.

For Westbury we had Ian Gawinowski taking 5th (2nd in age group) in 39:24.  David George had a great run too in 42nd place (5th in age group) with a time of 48:58.

Don’t worry if you’ve missed the Spring event because they do it again in the Autumn. The next race will be when the clocks go back in late October and will be a reminder on the Westbury Facebook page nearer the time.


The picture below is from the 5km event.




Centenary Features – Books, television and newspapers.

The Centenary is giving us a great opportunity to publicise the club – and its great achievements over the last 100 years.

Thank you Mike Mewse for organising the ITV interview. Following this we had a message from Valerie Warrant’s (now Valerie Jones) daughter who kindly sent in the photo below. Valerie is pictured (number 48). She thinks this is 1962 or 1963. Valerie went onto win this race, the Midland XC which is hugely impressive. Her friend Pearl Conway is number 45. Valerie and Pearl are still friends and ran with Pat Gallagher

Anyone who has an opportunity should read the club’s 75th Anniversary book. It’s a good read and full of great photos and performances from Westbury Harriers athletes. The book was produced by former chairman and international athlete Peter Griffin. We just need to update the last 25 years now – any offers?

Easter Monday Social Run – written by Mark Andrews

A lovely sunny Spring morning for an easy paced muddy run around Blaise!

Great to catch up over coffee and biscuits in the sunshine afterwards with those who ran and those who didn’t!

Thanks to Kay for sorting out the drinks and everyone who helped open up and tidy up afterwards.

Photos not up to the usual standard, how do you take a selfie with the sun in your eyes?!

World Cross Country Championships Update – from Mike Mewse

Congratulations to Seamus Robinson who raced in the U20 Men’s race at today’s World Cross country Championships in Belgrade.

The race was super fast on a crazy course (with fake mud pit, fake “hills” and hay bale chicane !) – all in temperatures rising to around 25 degrees ! Unsurprisingly the African nations dominated but there was a good showing from Japan.

Seamus in the green vest of Ireland, had an impressive, controlled run finishing a very respectable 70th place.

Well done to Seamus and all the people who have helped him on his journey to international running – his family, club mates and the coaches (particularly our own Dr Neil Miller) who have guided him through to international level.

Full report to follow.

*** If you want to share any news, race stories or results, then please email: communication@westburyharriers.co.uk or you can post on the WH Facebook Group Page. We love to hear about everyone’s achievements and adventures ***


THIS WEEK’S TRAINING (W/C 01/04/2024):

Monday session was replaced with an Easter Monday social run


Track session fees (+admin fee) will be taken through RunTogether like other sessions, so there will be no need to pay Yate directly, as the club will do this. Please do cancel if you can’t make the session as the track sessions are popular and there has been a waiting list in recent weeks. As before, if RunTogether doesn’t refund you automatically please message Tamsin. Sign up HERE.

This week the session is:
Goal: Session with more distance @ 5k pace and quicker

1K (slower than 5k pace), 200m jog/ recovery
3x 800m (@5k pace), 200m jog /recovery
3x 400m (@faster than 5k pace), 100m jog/recovery

Start off quicker than 5km pace, slow as the intervals get longer, quicker as the intervals get shorter.

If you run regularly at Yate or plan to give track races a go this season. Do make sure you have taken advantage of our partnership with Yate AC and join Yate for free as an associate Westbury Harriers member: https://westburyharriers.co.uk/membership/yate-partnership/


Meet every Wednesday at 12pm at the traffic lights by Saville Road on the Downs. Book on via RunTogether HERE.



4th April planned session ON GRASS IF DRY

5 x 3 mins (1 min recovery) – 90 secs (1 min recovery)

Aim to maintain 5k effort on the 3 mins, quicker than 5k effort on the 90 secs




The current membership year ended on 31st March. Lizzy sent a detailed email (16th March) with full instructions of how to renew – Please check your inboxes/junk for that message and get renewing for another year of running with WH!


Sarah and Louise are organising the next Club Supper on 11th April at the Black Swan at 8.15pm – Curry, ÂŁ9.50 per person. If you’d like to go, please register your interest and pay by 8th April. All details on the Facebook page.


The club has booked a stand at the Bristol Running Show again. This event is taking place at the BAWA Club on Southmead Road. A great local venue and an ideal opportunity to let the Bristol running community know more about the range of running activities that our wonderful club has to offer. The event features stands from local running clubs as well as local and national groups and retailers. It also has a series of interesting speakers throughout the day, plus yoga sessions, guided runs and even an orienteering course to try! https://bristolrunningshow.com/ Sign up for your FREE TICKET here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristol-running-show-2024-tickets-742275224177

We also need volunteers to man the stand throughout the day. Ideally two people in three shifts:
9.00 – 11.00am
11.00am – 1.00pm
1.00pm – 3.00pm

In previous years, we have had a really good mix of volunteers, from longstanding members to more recent recruits. It’s a great opportunity to tell any new prospective members everything they need to know about the benefits of joining Westbury Harriers! Why not combine a visit to the show with an opportunity to help support the club! If you can help this year, please comment on the pinned Facebook post or speak to Mark Andrews – mark.andrews65@me.com


The annual Masters road relays are taking place in May this year. The ladies had a really enjoyable and successful day out last year and we really hope that some men’s teams will join them this year. We can enter teams in V35, V45 and V55 age categories. This is a really good event with each leg being about 5k around the motor racing circuit. The club pays the entry fee, we can share lifts and the club will contribute towards travel costs.

Chris Palmer and Mark Andrews are getting the men’s teams together for this event. If you are interested please speak to one of us at training or email mark.andrews65@me.com If we have enough interest we can enter more than one team in each age group. We would like to put out some competitive teams but also give an opportunity to anyone who would like to enjoy taking part. Representing the club as part of a team is great fun, we hope to have a good day out as well as giving it our best in the race!

For the women, we are hoping to enter a V35 team of 4 and FV45, FV55 and FV65 teams of 3. If you would like to take part in this race, then please get in touch manager.vet.women@westburyharriers.co.uk


Applications close on 30th April for the Arthur Dagger Memorial Fund which is run by GWR. This financial contribution is to support young talented athletes. Please feel details on below link.


Thanks to UP & Running and Altra, we will be hosting an evening workshop testing Altra’s running shoes (Lone Peak 8, Paradigm and FWD Experience).
It will take place at Coombe Dingle, time TBC, but it will be a similar set up as before when we had Saucony visit. Choose a shoe you would like to try and run in your groups. More details to follow soon.


Key: Red = Key club team races, Green = Club championship race, Blue = Club Centenary/Other events

– Thursday 4th April: Weston Prom series (5 miles)
– Sunday 7th April: Exe to Axe (a bit of a journey, but a brilliant race!) 22 miles of coast path from Exmouth to Seaton.
Link: https://www.sidmouthrunningclub.co.uk/jps-exe-to-axe-2024/
– Sunday 21st April: London Marathon
– Sunday 28th April: Newport Marathon
– Thursday 25th April 2024: Club AGM after training at Coombe Dingle. Senior training will begin earlier at 6.30pm this evening.
– Saturday 27th April: Butcombe Trail Ultra Marathon (50 or 56 mile options)
– Saturday 18th May: Formal Dinner for Club Centenary celebration. Location: Bristol Hotel (Details have been posted on Facebook)
– Friday 24th May: First 10k in the Towpath series including the Mob Match
– Saturday 25th May: Masters Road Relays. Leicester (Team managers will complete entries)
– Tuesday 11th June – Clevedon Midsummer 10k – a fast flat local 10k
– Sunday 23rd June: All Club Event. Activities for juniors and seniors followed by food at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex


This week’s editor: Sophie Voller

“Sophie – “Hi Jo Pavey!”

Jo Pavey “What’s that huge bruise on your leg?”

Sophie – “I got drunk at a wedding on Friday and fell over a hay bale!”

Jo Pavey – “Fair play – good luck for the 10k!”