Weekly News – Saturday 1st October

Saturday 1st October

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I thought last week was busy but it’s even more hectic this weekend. A large group of Westbury runners are up in Snowdonia for the weekend enjoying some serious trail running in the high mountains. 

Tomorrow we have the London Marathon and a large contingent of our club will be enjoying some of the famous landmarks along the 42km course. If you’re interested in following their progress then do take a look at facebook as their numbers are shown so you can track their progress on the official London Marathon website.

We must also mention this Sunday’s Cardiff Half Marathon as we have a good number of Westbury runners in the race. This is also just one of the events in the Super Half series, see the newsletter below for more details.

Is there anything else going on this weekend I’ve forgotten to mention? If I have then do let me know, ideally with a brief description and a few pictures so I can share it with the club.

Tuesday and Thursday Intervals 

See facebook for details.

Club Supper Returns – Monday 10th October

Would you like to enjoy another club supper, well you’re in luck because it’s back for October! This time on a Monday evening after our group runs from Coombe Dingle. The date for your diaries is Monday 10th October with the plan to sit down and eat for 8:15pm. If interested please respond to the facebook posting or this e-mail by 6th October.

Upcoming Fixtures for Senior Men by Mike Mewse

There is a full fixture list of races coming up over the winter season. Westbury Harriers Men want to maintain the momentum from last year’s cross-country season – when, led by Scott Campbell, we decisively won Division 2 of the Gwent League. Now we’ve regained top flight of Gwent Cross Country League we’re aiming to race strongly in all age groups – Senior Men , V35, V45, V55 and V65  – so check out the Gwent fixtures and get some training in on the hills and mud. Gwent XC League fixtures are on 15th Oct in Cardiff,  Sat 12th Nov (our home fixture at Blaise Castle) and Sat 3rd Dec at Pembrey Country Park.

We also want to make an impact in road racing and this year we’ve already made the top 20 in the Midlands (out of 115 teams) and are racing in the English Road Relays Final on 8th Oct.

A strong entry will be needed in the Tri Counties Cross Country Champs (inc Avon County Champs) at Bath University in December where we will contest Senior Men, V40, V50 and V60 categories. No drinking over New Year please as the South West XC Champs in early January will need fast legs and clear minds !

We are also entering the National 12 stage Road Relay – a massively prestigious event – and a very high class event.

There are inevitably some clashes and you won’t be able to run every race (unless your name is Robin Phillips !) so it’s best to plan out your own winter of racing and training – but please support the team events.

The British Masters 5K Championships is in Battersea Park on 4th December – the day after a Gwent League – so speedsters may be heading to London whilst the powerful, distance boys will head to West Wales. Westbury Harriers have had British 5K champions in recent years – Vicky Tester and Nigel Gates – and we have great potential in our vet / masters athletes

Our top runners may choose to run in the British Cross Challenge – a 5 race series in Wales, Scotland and England with thousands of pounds of prize money – and remember … we love prize money !!

Coming up soon – Gwent League Cross Country in Cardiff on 15th October  and British Masters Cross Country Relays  (V35, 45, 55, 65) in Nottingham on 29th October.

Chris Palmer and Mike Mewse will be organising teams and doing entries where needed. We will support runners of all abilities, guide you to the right events and help you with training plans. So …. be ready for emails, phone calls, texts and late-night knocks on your front door with entry forms !!

Blaise Gwent League Volunteers Needed – Saturday 12th November

We’ll need people to marshal the course, parking support & setup/clear up. Shifts are likely to be organised for morning / afternoon sessions, and if you know of anybody who’d be able to support who isn’t racing that would be even better! Friends, family even the next door neighbours, all help is appreciated and needed for the big day.

If you could provide your details please using the link below that will help us organise volunteers and rota’s.  https://westburyharriers.co.uk/gwent-league-volunteering/

Dave Perkins Funeral Arrangements

This is to inform you that Dave’s funeral will be taking place on Wednesday 12th October at 11:00am. The venue is Westerleigh Cemetery and Crematorium, Westerleigh Road, Westerleigh, Bristol, BS37 8RF.

Safety Announcement

Winter is coming and it’s also becoming dark much earlier in the evenings so please wear suitable training kit for the winter – white/reflective clothing is best.

Please also ensure you utilise the health condition section on RunTogether – please use this for anything that you feel the coach/leader may need to be aware of to support you safely in the session or in an emergency situation.

Run Together and Gwent League at Cardiff

Links to sign up and be part of the senior teams for the first Gwent League fixture on Saturday 15th October at Llandaff Fields, Cardiff are now on RunTogether. We need as many members out as possible, all abilities and ages welcomed. 

You will receive information from your team manager. Any questions do get in touch with Tamsin or Mike Mewse.  https://tinyurl.com/ym6uhh46

Club Championship Standings

I’m now able to provide you the very latest standings based on the Bristol Half Marathon results. 

  1. Judy Knights 191
  2. Sandra Williams 129
  3. Sophie Voller 118
  4. Kay Ridgwell 104
  5. Eithne Noonan 101
  6. Helen Sawyer 99
  7. Kate Hoffen 84
  8. Carolyn Dent 77
  9. Debbie Hunt 56
  10. Robyn Ellis 54

And in the top ten for the men we have:

  1. Ben Wood 163
  2. Trevor Fitsall 161
  3. Alastair Blackwood 153
  4. Richard Hughes 146
  5. Robin Phillips 125
  6. Alex Hamblin 118
  7. Daniel Ewing 89
  8. Richard Noble 75
  9. Ian Gawinowski 72
  10. Stuart Bennett 60

The next event in the club championship series is the Mendip Muddle on Sunday 16th October. It’s tough, can you handle the 20k multi-terrain race across open moorland, impenetrable forests, death defying rocky descents and desolate valley’s, waist deep in mud? https://westonac.co.uk/mendip-muddle/

Thornbury Running Club -3 Race Discount

I’ve had an e-mail from Thornbury Running Club telling me entries to all three events are now open:

  • Race #1 – The iconic off road and muddy Riverbank Rollick on Sunday 15th January 2023. Registration from: 09:00 race starts at 10:30
  • Race #2 – The new Thornbury 10k along rolling country lanes on Thursday 29th June 2023. Registration from: 18:30, race starts at 19:30
  • Race #3 – The classic flat and fast Oldbury 10 mile on Sunday 17th September 2023. Registration from: 09:00 race starts at 10:30

Entry fee for each event is just £18 for affiliated. They want to encourage runners to enter the whole series by offering a £10 discount for entering all three events and by offering a prize for both the woman and man who achieve the cumulative fastest absolute time across the three events.

They will recognise your efforts with a wooden medal for each event. If you take part in all 3 TRC Race Series 2023 events the medals will create a larger impressive medal. Look out for photos coming soon on their Facebook page.  https://thornburyrc.fullonsport.com/event/search

Bristol Half Marathon and 10k Results, by Mike Mewse

Well done to all the Westbury Harriers runners who took part on a lovely Autumn morning. Full results are on the Great Run website but here are a few highlights.

James Harrod (running in Kenya vest !) stepped up to Half Marathon to record a 1.13.02 PB for 5th place with club mate Will Massey close behind in 1.14.27 for 10th place. The race was won by Jacob Brockman in 1.10.40 with local runner Brett Halliwell in 2nd.

In age categories Dan Summers (35+) made the top 10 in 1.19.46 whilst Ben Wood (the Avon 10K V40 champion) was 9th in 1.23.46. Dan Davies (1.24.53) was 6th in the V45 category with Nick Marshall (1.46.49) missing the top ten in MV60 by seconds. The Lee twins – Sean and Ka Lun – ran well with Sean recording a great 1.21.58 and Ka Lun 1.50.50.

Judy Knights (1.47.23) was our first lady home closely followed by Sandra Williams (1.48.09) with young Kate Howard enjoying her 1.49.14) whilst Robyn Ellis celebrated her attractive new look in a relaxed 1.49.49.

Well done to Colin Johnson and Robin Phillips who were guiding for their blind runners – great work !

The 10K was won by Tom Merson (Exmouth Harriers) in 30.51 with Alex Hamblin the first Westbury Harrier home. 51st in 34.29 followed closely by young team mates Finn Goodhew (34.40) and Murray Pearson (35.02) – both making fine debuts.

Congratulations to our well placed runners – Lucy Richens FV40 (38.41) and Katie Hughes FV45 (39.31). Great to see Chris O’Donovan back in Bristol and back in form with a 37.22 just ahead of Alex Wilson in 37.33.

Special mention to the volunteer marshals from Westbury Harriers

Wednesday Hill Reps

Do check Runtogether for Richard’s  Wednesday hill reps session, last week’s group pictured below.

Midland 4 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park Results, by Tamsin Elson Chick

Another sunny day at Sutton park, with a nice race temperature. It’s a tough undulating course. Impressive seeing some of the top runners in the region fly round. This was the first year the ladies had a masters competition included which made entries and team selections rather complicated. Be great to strengthen our senior side in numbers to support our upcoming juniors, so if you know people keen to run with a club, do encourage them to come and give us a try. 

Seniors: The seniors was 17th out of 66 teams. Charnwood AC were 1st, Birchfield Harriers 2nd and Western Tempo 3rd 

Vicky Tester 17.06, Tilly Spinney 16.25, Hannah  Batchelor 19.42, Steph Cummins 17.19

Masters: A team was 4th, B team 13th out of 22 teams. Trentham RC 1st, CLC Striders 2nd, Cheltenham & County Harriers 3rd

Tamsin Chick 17.32, Alison Rogers 19.31, Becca Huckett 18.45, Becky Lee 17.46, then Sarah Thorne 19.19, Jayne Pemble 20.28, Emma-Jane Orchard 20.39, Abigail Oliver 19.29

Thank you to all the ladies for taking the time to travel and represent the club. Well done all – a fantastic day of running and chatting!


It’s worth checking the Fabian4 website as it’s been updated recently with more running events. I recommend giving the fell races and Night Race series a try. https://www.fabian4.co.uk/

Superhalfs- the Journey Begins

The first race is the super half series starts tomorrow as it’s the Cardiff Half Marathon but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to take part!

There are 5 events in the series and you have 36 months to complete all races and the clock starts ticking from your first event. I’ve provided the dates for all the races in 2023. Watch this space for more details!

  • Lisbon: Sunday 12th March
  • Prague: Saturday 1st April
  • Copenhagen: Sunday 17th September
  • Cardiff: Sunday 1st October
  • Valencia: Sunday 22nd October
Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Alex Miller on his afternoon run around Portishead. Alex achieved a Strava PR on segment Lil’s 100m Sprint in a time of 25 seconds

Diary Dates

Thursday 6th October Weston Prom Race 2 by Weston AC

Sunday 9th October Keynsham Dandy. About 12.5 miles, starting in Keynsham and including a welcome revival of the Compton Dando route, complete with stream!

Wednesday 12th October Funeral for Dave Perkins, Westerleigh Cemetery and Crematorium

Saturday 15th October Cardiff Cross Challenge and first Gwent League race

Sunday 16th October Bath Half Marathon

Sunday 16th October Mendip Muddle (Club Championship) 

Saturday 29th October British Masters Cross Country Relays  (V35, 45, 55, 65) in Nottingham.

Sunday 30th October Nightingale Nightmare by Southville Running Club

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)

Thursday 17th November Weston Prom Race 3 by Weston AC

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

Saturday 3rd December Gwent League Pembrey

Sunday 4th December Weston Christmas Cracker (and Club Championship event)

Thursday 15th December Weston Prom Race 4 by Weston AC

Sunday 5th February Doynton Hard Half, a horrible cross country hosted by Emersons Green Running Club

Saturday 11th or Sunday 12th February Gwent League TBD

Saturday 4th or Sunday 4th March Gwent League TBD

Editor this Week

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