Weekly News – Saturday 12th August

Saturday 12th August 

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I’m busy typing up the Weekly News because later this afternoon I’ll be making my way into Bristol, ready for the club boat trip. We’ll all be jumping aboard the Bagheera for a trip up-stream the Avon to Beese’s. Then, returning back to Bristol harbour for fish a chips. No doubt there will be plenty of pictures on facebook!

Tuesday Running Session at Yate Track and Thursday Intervals

Tuesday session at Yate Track will be published on facebook.

Thursday at Coombe Dingle: 4mins – 4 x 1mins – 4mins – 4 x 1mins. 

*Option to drop 4mins to 3mins. 4mins @5-10k pace, 1 mins quicker

Avon Club 5k Road Relay Championships

There’s still time to apply for the road relays at Cleeve on Sunday 27th August. Teams are made up of 4 leg men and 3 leg women in various age categories from under 20’s, seniors, right up to V65 and it’s 5k per leg on a fast and flat country lane circuit. The club pays for the team entry fee. Enter using Runtogoether. Venue: Cleeve Cricket Club, Main Road, Cleeve, BS49 4PP. https://tinyurl.com/mrxnvt7d

Next Club Championship:  Crook Peak Cake Race Wed 16th August

The next race in the series is the the Crook Peak Cake Race  on Wednesday 16th August 19:00.

After that we have the Forest of Dean Half Marathon on Sunday 24th September.

In Memory of David Roughley 

I’m afraid I have to bring you the very sad news that David Roughley passed away on July 21st aged 76.

Peter Keogan tells me that David was one of the first people to welcome him when he first joined the club in the mid 1980’s. He was a keen cross-country and road runner, as was his wife Sue, who ran in a remarkable one hundred successive Gwent League fixtures !

David also assisted Gary Morgan in the organization of the clubs own Multi-Terrain 10, which first took place in 1986 and was to last for twelve years. 

His son, David Jnr., was a talented long jumper, winning the A.A.A. Youths Indoor and Outdoor titles in 1984. Both David and Sue were to become Vice Presidents of the club.

David’s Funeral Service will take place at St Chad’s Church, Rodway Road, Patchway at 11a.m. on Tuesday August 15th, followed by a committal at Canford.

Peter hope’s to be able to get to the service to represent the club and has sent a sympathy card to Sue on behalf of us all.

Rose Inn Series Race 4, by Mark Andrews

The lure of Club Championship points along with a hint in the name that a pub might be involved was always going to persuade a large crowd of Westbury Harriers to venture across to Wales last night!

A new race venue for most of us and a slightly unusual race distance made for a bit of an adventure on a Tuesday evening!

The race itself is a 4 mile road race around a two lap course. Fast and flat, finishing next to the pub in Redwick village but mostly on country roads with nothing more than fellow runners and cows for company and some farmyard smells to freshen up the country air! 

A lovely evening for racing, warm with a breeze, rain for the last half mile or so for most of us but the speedsters would have been home and dry by then! The first  Westbury athlete home was Junior Thomas Darton in an impressive 22:34, well done Tom!

The first Senior finisher in a great time of 19:44 was not attached to a club. Unfortunately, before we could get his signature on a Membership form he explained he is only visiting from Japan!

First Westbury Senior was Ian Gawinowski who bags maximum Club Championship points along with First Lady Becky Lee. Well run to you both!

No Age Group prizes are awarded but kudos to Maggie Salter (V60) and Sandy Masters (V65) for their Age Group first places. it looked like it would be one of those rare evenings when Sandy Masters would go home without a prize, but just as we were leaving it was announced that she had smashed the course record in her category and normal service was restored! In addition the Men’s Team finished in a creditable 3rd place and the Ladies in 6th (but with Sandy’s result missing so may improve).

Lots of really strong runs, no doubt many 4 mile PBs and I spotted on Strava a few 5k PBs too! Well done to everyone who took part.

Club Championship Results Update 

Below is an update of the Club Championship standings after the Rose Inn race.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Phil Troughton on a his long 32k morning run. Phil achieved a PR on Strava segment Boots to Bear in a time of 3:19

Diary Dates

Saturday 12th August WH River Cruise

Saturday 12th August Masters Track and Field Event at Yate Track

Wednesday 16th August Crook Peak Fell Race – Club Championship Race

Saturday 17th August Chepstow Racecourse 5k, 10k, and Half

Friday 18th August GWR towpath race 4

Saturday 19th August Race the Train, trail event and you chase the choo choo

Sunday 20th August Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races from 5k to Ultra

Monday 21st August Club Charity Hash and Cake Sale

Sunday 27th August Severn Bridge Half Marathon and 10k

Sunday 27th August 5k Avon Road Relays – Cleeve Cricket Club

Sunday 3rd September Bridgwater Half Marathon and 10k

Saturday 16th September Relish Running Cheddar Road Race

Sunday 17th September Copenhagen Half Marathon (part of the Super Half Series)

Sunday 17th September Oldbury 10 miler Thornbury Running Club

Saturday 23rd September Uphill to Wells Relay

Saturday 23rd September –Midland 6 and 4 stage Road Relays – Sutton Park

Sunday 24th September Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon and Club Championship

Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October. Trail running weekend, Peak District.

Saturday 30 September – Sunday 1st October World Athletics Road Running Champs Riga 1 mile, 5km and half marathon

Sunday 1st October Cardiff Half Marathon (part of the Super Half Series)

Sunday 8th October ‘Black Nore’ 10k Portishead and club championship

Saturday 14th October Pembrey Park Gwent Cross Country

Saturday 11th November Cardiff Cross and Gwent Cross Country

Sunday 19th November British Masters Road Relays, Mallory Park

Saturday 2nd December Blaise Castle Gwent Cross Country.

Editor this Week

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