Weekly News Saturday 12th March

Saturday 12th March

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

It certainly felt as if spring had finally arrived this morning as the Saturday Water Tower runners were blessed with blue skies and sunshine, it was even warm!  

We were very lucky indeed to be able to enjoy a peaceful, carefree and tranquil run in the countryside around Bristol with the only hazard being the odd muddy puddle to negotiate!

The runners stop for an impromptu photo break, a colourful bunch indeed, blue and yellow very much the theme of the day. Photo credit to Sarah Andrews.


Please don’t forget the Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on Sunday 3rd April (details will be available nearer the time). We have a few posts that have become vacant, plus some new and existing posts that you, as members, may be interested in doing. The Membership Secretary and Senior Mens Team Manager are vacant but we’re also keen to lighten the load of the work involved in managing the juniors. We have a requirement for a Welfare Officer, Senior and Junior Coaches Coordinator and Summer Senior Team Manager (to act as a link with Yate and District). More details will be available in the AGM pack which will be sent out to members before the AGM. 

If you are interesting in taking a more active role in the club please feel free to talk to any of the committee members for more information.

Yate Track Session

As normal the session will start with dynamic stretches, followed by three social laps. 

Then the intervals themselves starting with: 400 meters (1 lap), 800 meters (2 laps), 1,200 meters (3 laps), 1,600 meters (4 laps)  with 400m recoveries in-between each interval. 

We’ll end with a couple of warm downs laps and stretches.

UK Counties Athletics Union Inter Counties

Well done to all of our runners who competed for a join Avon and Somerset team at the UK Inter-Counties today.  The event, which doubles as the final of the UK Cross Challenge, was held on the notoriously muddy ‘fields’ around Prestwold Hall, north of Loughborough.

Seamus Robinson put in another vintage performance, with 9th place in the U17 men’s race, backed up by Finn Goodhew in a fine 64th (pictured below).  The club’s March Member of the Month Augustin Downing matched his Nationals performance with 45th in the U13 boys’ race.

With fields in each race approaching 300 county standard runners drawn from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the standard was tough, but Catherine Treble (93rd Senior Woman), Estelle Lowe (82nd U13 girl) and Laura Chance (88th U15 girl) all managed top 100 places in the UK. Felicity Lower was 164th and Corinne Jones finished in 187th.

Our other representatives at this fixture were U15B Murray Pearson 157, U17W Abigail Woodworth 245, U15G Elen Ruck 191 and SM Ben Rawlins 224.

The cross-country season draws to an end next week, with the English Schools Championships in Kent, and the final Gwent League match in Swansea.

Race report by Neil Miller. 

Master Road Relays

Masters road relays is open for entries  and confirmed to take place on Saturday 23rd April at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. If you are interested in running, please let your respective vet team manager know.


Gwent Cross Country League, Swansea

Well done to all the men who raced at Blaise. It was a great day for the club and we can now look forward to the final race of the season on Saturday 19th March at Singleton Park, Swansea – and we have plenty to run for !

The Senior Men are hoping to win Division 2 and clinch promotion to Division 1.

We need to hold off Cardiff University who are likely to have a good team out this time. There is a good chance for the V35s to claim a podium place and the V45s have a chance of winning the category with the Westbury V55s the most improved team in the entire programme of races at Blaise ! Many of our runners are also in strong individual positions as well – so lots to race for in this fixture. Every single runner counts in the competition so please sign up now. 

It’s a long trip but we will be sharing travel and giving lifts where needed – travel / car share updates will be posted on Facebook. 


Sign up on RunTogether, – Senior Men’s Team – where payment will be taken.


Current Positions 

Senior Men   Division 2   1. Westbury Harriers 6471   2. Cardiff University 6052  

Vets / Masters Teams;V35: 1. Pontypridd  4735   2. Parc Bryn Bach 4652  3. Westbury Harriers 4311

V45 : 1. Les Croupiers 2325  2. Lliswerry  2289   3. Westbury Harriers 2249

V55 : 1. Les Croupiers 766  2. Parc Bryn Bach  680  19. Westbury Harriers 257 

Blast from the Past

Pictured below we have Mark Vile winning the English National Youths (U.17) at Roundhay Park, Leeds in 1982. Mark was the clubs second ‘National’ winner. Contribution thanks to Peter Keogan.

Blaise Blazer 2022!

You may well remember I mentioned the Blaise Blazer in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago. Just as a reminder it’s the clubs very own trail race, a 4 mile dash set to the backdrop of the biggest hills and best views in the magnificent surrounds of Blaise Castle. 

I can now confirm entries are open and you can enter here, but please remember that we also need volunteers to enable us to run the event. And cakes, we’ll need you to don your aprons and bake away so that the runners can enjoy a bite to eat after conquering Blaise’s little inclines.

More information on how you can help on the night will follow but the link to enter is below. The race take places on Monday 6th June, pre-race briefing at 19:15. It’s probably also the cheapest race you’ll enter this year at the bargain price of only £5 for affiliated runners. There are still plenty of prizes to be had for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, age group winners and team prizes.


Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Sandy Masters on a massive run this morning, a total of 34km which included joining the Saturday Water Tower runners. All good training for her upcoming Marathon in Boston, USA. On her big training session a couple of the most notable Strava segments included a PR on North View Downs dash in 1:42 and Kingsweston inclined in 3:22 

Diary Dates

Saturday 19th March Gwent League Cross Country, Singleton Park, Swansea

Saturday 19th March 20 & 1/2 Fission ,fast flat 20 miler starting at Berkeley Power Station. Half marathon option too. Now in its 7th year, this event has sold out every year. 

Sunday 20th March Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon. https://www.rotary-rfod.org.uk/events.php

Sunday 3rd April at 6:45pm Annual General Meeting via Zoom

Saturday 9th April Family festival of running.  Active soul are holding at Pomphrey hill- It would be awesome to see some members of the club and their families at this event. https://wishy.org.uk/runforfun

Sunday 17th April The Hanham Horror, by Bitton Road Runners.

Saturday 23rd April Bristol Track Club 5k Odd Down Cycle Circuit, Bath

Sunday 24th April Frenchay 10k. This race starts and finishes on the UWE Glenside Campus (Top left photo), Blackberry Hill, Fishponds, Bristol

The course is scenic and undulating and comprises of a circuit of the grounds followed by the exit onto Blackberry Hill. http://frenchay10k.co.uk/index.htm

Saturday 7th May. Provisional date for Annual Awards Night. Venue TBC

Friday 20th May Race 1 Towpath Series (including Mob Match)

Sunday 29th May Bath Half Marathon 

Monday 30th May Hogweed Trot 10k 19:00 Yate. https://tinyurl.com/yckkn3wu

Monday 6th June The Westbury Harriers Blaise Blazer multi-terrain race.

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

Friday 17th June Race 2 Towpath Series

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

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

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

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

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

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

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

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

Editor this Week

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