Weekly News- Saturday 13th August

Saturday 13th August

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Last week I crossed the Severn Bridge to run the Rose Inn Series 4 miler in Redwick. This was very much a Welsh affair with the majority of runners being members of Welsh running clubs. At registration I spotted a single Bristol and West runner and a couple of Weston guys. 

I was therefore massively surprised, while on my second lap to see a Westbury runner, just up front in the near distance. I dug in deep to catch up with her, as it would be nice to share the effort with a fellow club member (if it had been a club championship then points would have been at stake!). As I approached I was hugely disappointed to see a Chippenham Harrier! I’ll be honest, this is not the first time I’ve confused runners between the two clubs.

Now, I would love to know which of the clubs decided on the club vest design first, especially as they’re almost identical from behind! Perhaps we need to have Westbury Harriers written on the back of our vests, or at least in big, bold, capital letters, ‘I’M NOT A CHIPPENHAM HARRIER’!

On a more series note the Rose Inn Series was a great event, perhaps one for next year’s club championship diary? The Welsh runners are extremely friendly, plenty of car parking, the route is pan flat and the bonus… You get to finish at a pub so can enjoy an ice cold, fermented, lightly carbonated, apple juice recovery drink.  I’ve added a link below which is a You Tube clip of a FoD runner trying out the route in 2019.


Yours truly working hard to catch a fellow ‘Westbury Harrier*’. Photo credit to Robert Gale.

*Actually Emma Hines from Chippenham Harriers.

Tuesday and Thursday Intervals 

Yate track and Coombe Dingle Intervals will be posted on facebook nearer the time.

Next Club Championship

Just a reminder that the next Club Champ event is the tow path race on Friday evening. Only a 5k event this time. You can sign up on the night.

Avon County 5k Road Relay Championship, Sunday 28th August

Everyone welcome !! Places still available !! The Avon County 5K Road Relays are taking place in conjunction with The Cleeve Road Relays – to be held at Cleeve Cricket Club, Cleeve, Bristol BS49 4PP on Sunday 28th August 2022 – from 11 am to 1 p.m.  (Arrive from 9 am).

As well as providing competitive racing this is a great social event. It’s suitable for everyone in the club who can run 5K (whether it’s in 15 minutes or 30 minutes).  It’s a targeted event for the club so entries are free to full club members.

Age groups are as follows :

  • Women :  Under 20, Senior Women, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 – all 3 legs of 5K per team
  • Men : Under 20 (3 legs) Senior Men (4 legs), Over 40 (4 legs), Over 50 (3 legs) and Over 60 (3 legs)

To sign up just email your NAME,  AGE (on 28th Aug) and ESTIMATED 5K TIME .For men send to:  Manager.Vet.Men@westburyharriers.co.uk. For women send to: Manager.Women@westburyharriers.co.uk   OR sign up on Facebook with your details. We will try to get you in suitable team so you can enjoy the event.


MIDLAND 5K ROAD RELAYS, 24th September, Sutton Park, Birmingham.

These races, based at the same venue as the Commonwealth Games triathlon, are one of the top races in the UK road race calendar.

We are aiming to put out our best teams for Senior Men (6 legs), Senior Women (4 legs) and Masters Men (over 35 category only- 4 legs). There will also be junior teams for men and women. Full details to follow.

Eastville Parkrun/Social Saturday 20th August

Mark Andrews says, ‘I haven’t done a parkrun for ages! Saturday mornings for me are usually a longer social run from the water-tower. 

My Strava feed on a Saturday is always packed with people doing Parkruns at various locations near and far. I would like to do one but not miss out on the social, so a few of us are going to do Eastville Parkrun on Saturday 20 August. It would be great if the Parkrun addicts, those who haven’t done one for a while, or those who have never done one, wanted to join us. Their pop-up coffee shop will be open and always does great cake and ice-cream for post 5k refreshments. 

Larger Trophy Cabinet Needed for Anne Lovell!

Anne Lovell is on a winning streak this year with not one, but two prizes being awarded in the same month. At the Thornbury 10k the club won both male and female team prizes and Ann was part of the winning team, along with Sophie Voller and Judy Knights. The men’s prize included Chris Palmer, Jack Derrick and Alec Simpson.

Anne then added another medal to her collection last night by winning the age category prize at the Nailsea Beer and Banger 10k.

European Triathlon

Good luck to Ben Rawlins who’s competing at the European Triathlon in Munich this week. I’ll provide a report on his progress for next week’s weekly news.

Saturday Morning Water-tower Run

I’ve been told you all love to see photos of the Saturday Water-tower runs so this week, as a special bonus you’ve got two shots!  The Saturday morning gang are a just a good group of ‘Friends’.

Most Saturday mornings the group meet at the Downs by the water-tower (unless they plan a parkrun- see above, or an away day-trip) at 9am for an approximate 10 mile run.


I’m sure most of you know it by now but if you’re new to the club the Monday club runs, Wednesday hill efforts and Thursday interval/track training sessions are all on the RunTogther app. Link provided below. https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/WestburyHarriersRunningClub

Nailsea Beer and Banger 10k

Friday evening we had the return of the famous Beer and Banger 10k, a two lap race around the quiet lanes of Nailsea.  Running conditions were challenging with high temperatures along lanes that just seem to hold the heat all through the day. After running the Magor 10k (which is dead flat) the undulating hills seem like an assent of Everest in comparison.  It’s a great event because after slogging around the lanes of Nailsea you get to enjoy a BBQ and drink afterwards. Never before has a Thatchers Haze tasted so good!

There were 181 finishers in total. Thanks to Andrew Elverd for the photos and Nailsea Running Club for organising a superb event.

The winner was Chris McMillan from Weston AC in an amazing time of 33:01. First lady was the super-fast Susan Duncan (also Weston AC) in 39:52.

We had a good turn-out of Westbury runners with Ian Gawinowski crossing the line in 41:32 (22nd place), narrowly pipped to the finish by Clive’s son, Jake! Elaine Hughes was first senior female for the club in 51:03, closely followed by Terry Jewell-Davies (71st 51:22) and Kate Hoffen (72nd 51:31), who were battling it out together. Clive Attwood was 102nd in 55:22 . Sarah Ridout and Anneke Bull were 112nd and 113rd respectively in 57:10 and 57:20. Tim Carr was 132nd in 1:01:26, Ann Lovell 153rd 1:09:15 (with a category win!) and Kay Ridgwell in 162nd in 1:12:16.

David George was also running but very sensibly decided to withdraw after the first lap as he was not feeling 100%.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Tim Carr who after running the Beer and Banger 10k was up at the crack of dawn for some parkrun tourism. Tim was down in Dorset for the Dulrston Country Park parkrun and while on his run picked up a couple of Strava PR’s including Race a Ranger in 2:14 and Tilly Whim Loop in 8:03. 

Diary Dates

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

Sunday 21st August Two Tunnels , Relish Running Races

Monday 22nd August Westbury Harriers Charity Run

Sunday 28th August Avon Road Relays Cleeve

Sunday 28th August Severn Bridge 10k and Half Marathon

Wednesday 31st August South West PB Series at Odd Down Bath, final race in the series will include pacers to help runners achieve their PB goals!

Sunday 4th September, Bridgwater Half Marathon

Sunday 11th September Wells Festival of Running. http://www.wellscityharriers.co.uk/wells

Sunday 11th September Avon Track and Field League, Yate

Sunday 11th September Beat the Bore 

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

Sunday 18th September Chippenham Half Marathon

Sunday 18th September Oldbury Power 10 miler (new club championship event, replaces Beat the Bore). A classic distance over a flat and fast course. This year they have a Kenyan runner attempting to break the 12 year old course record!

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

Saturday 24th September Midland Counties Road Relays at Sutton Park 

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

Sunday 16th October Bath Half Marathon

Sunday 16th October Mendip Muddle (Club Championship) 

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

Saturday 12th November Gwent League Cross Country Blaise Castle

Sunday 13th November Sodbury Slog (10 miler trail event)

Sunday 27 November AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon (10 year Anniversary Special!) BA13 4NT.http://www.avrwiltshirehalfmarathon.org

Editor this Week

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