Weekly News – Saturday 21st May


Sunday 14th May

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I’m getting the news out today because I’ve got a big day of cycling tomorrow. It’s the Black Rat Sportive and I’m riding the 115 mile option which has a lot of hills, including Gospel Pass. Running the 10km tow path last night was probably not the best preparation for it, but hopefully I’ll survive!

Thursday Club and Yate Track Intervals

Starting with the Yate Track session for Tuesday. The session will include the usual walking dynamic stretches, warm-up and warm-down, plus static stretches. Then:

  • 4 x 600m (100m jog/walk recovery)
  • 400m float
  • 7 x 300m (100m Jog/walk recovery

For Thursday we’ll be on the Coombe Dingle field and the session will be:

5 x 90 seconds (1 minute recovery); 5 x 60 seconds (1 minute recovery) and 5 x 30 seconds (30 seconds recovery). There is the option to complete 4 of each.

Aim to increase pace as the intervals become shorter and maintain consistent pace for each interval length.

Great Western Runners Towpath 10k Mob Match 

A very impressive turnout of Westbury runners for the first Great Western Runners 10k towpath race of the season. This event also incorporated the mob match where all the local clubs are competing for a first place prize.

The first 20 runners in each club score points and count towards the team trophy and although I can’t find any official results I have been informed that Westbury Harriers took second place!  There were also plenty of spot prizes available if you were lucky enough to have a winning raffle ticket and hung around for the prize giving. 

If you enjoyed this event there are a further 3 events left in the series, the next is Friday 17th June.

Many thanks to Sarah Andrews for the photos and Sandra Williams for the 360 group picture. https://www.greatwesternrunners.org.uk/towpath-series/

Kevin McConville Memorial Hogweed 10k Trot

The Yate 10k ‘trot’ is being held in conjunction with the Avon County Championship, it’s also a club championship race and a great event too. What more of an excuse do you need to enter?

It’s a fast, flat 10k event on quiet country roads on the outskirts of Yate.  I’ve just had a sneak peak at the start list and we have 24 Westbury runners from a mixture go groups, all the way from group 1 to 6 so if you do decided to enter I can guarantee there will be somebody you know to run with. https://hogweedtrotters.co.uk/hogweed-trot-10k/

Avon County AA Track and Field Championships.

There was plenty of success at the Avon Championships with Yate / Westbury runners becoming County champions in 800m and 3000m events in several age categories on Saturday 14th May at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. 

Well done especially to Tamsin Chick and Ian Gawinowski who had very good runs in the 3000m to pick up medals and place highly in the UK rankings. Tamsin goes into the top 20 in FV40 category with a 12.07 run and Ian goes to 35th in V45 with a debut run of 11.04.

Sunday 15th involved  Westbury / Yate athletes in action on day two of the Avon County championships at Yate and the Gloucestershire Championships at The Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham. 

After the heat of Saturday it was dull and wet for the the Avon AA Championships, held at the Jeffries Arena in Yate and the Gloucestershire AAA Championships at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham.

Plenty of Westbury Harriers runners were in action with more success in the 1500m events. Laura (U17) picked up a double gold haul with wins in the 800m and 1500m in Yate whilst Tilly (U20) picked up a 3000m and 1500m golden double in Cheltenham. Freddie (U17) ran away from the field to win the 1500m in the Glos champs.

There was also success for our junior runners and our Yate / Westbury men and women in the Avon County 1500m races

If you are interested in running track events please contact the club’s senior track manager, Vicky via senior.track.manager@westburyharriers.co.uk.

Race report and photos by Mike Mewse.

Life Membership Award

Congratulations Robyn Ester Ellis who celebrates 25 years (surely you’re not old enough Robyn!) of active club contribution. Robyn also says had she not been, and I quote, ‘a naughty teenager’, it could have been 35 years service to the club!

Pictured above an emotional Robyn receives her Westbury Harriers Life Membership Award at last night towpath race.

No Training at Coombe Dingle Thursday 2nd June

Due to the Jubilee celebrations Coombe Dingle sports centre will be closed on Thursday 2nd June, therefore there will not be an interval training session that evening.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Edward Gould who had a busy afternoon running, around, and around, and around in circles on the SHAPE track in Mons, Belgium. An hour of running resulted in 23 Strava achievements including Strava segment 5km with 8th overall and a PR on segment SHAPE Track 400m in 1:36.

Diary Dates

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

Sunday 5th June Bradley Stoke 10k Race Nation

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

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

Sunday 12th June. Chew Valley 10k  http://www.chewvalley10k.co.uk

Tuesday 14th June Clevedon AC Midsummer 10K, go to the Clevedon AC website and follow the link to their races

Friday 17th June Race 2 Towpath Series

Saturday/Sunday 18-19th June Brecon Running/Camping Weekend.

Thursday 23rd June Meal and Drinks and Black Swan post Intervals

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

Tuesday 28th June Sri Chimnoy 2 mile (Club Champs) 

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.

Thursday 14th July TACH Purdown Pursuit. About 10km of parkland and woodland. Lots of juicy little hills.

Thursday 14th July Thornbury  Midsummer 10k (Club Champs) https://clevedonac.co.uk/our-races/midsummer-10k-race/

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

Sunday 24th July The Age Grader, Oldbury. Overall positions (and prizes) will be based on age-adjusted times and not actual time .This event is also suitable for anyone looking to gain a PB on the flat 5 mile course.

This event will we feel will attract seasoned racers and so we are not providing a medal but instead: hot drinks and cakes, a beer, a banana and a sports drink for all. https://www.sites.google.com/site/roguerunsevents/home/our-events/age-grader

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

Wednesday 3rd August Bitton Road Race (Club Champs) 

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

September (date changed from June) TACH Rowberrow Romp. TACH’s outstanding new Summer Race.  A challenging 10k-ish route of Mendip mud, strenuous climbs, fab views and a thunderous descent.

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

Sunday 18th September Chippenham Half Marathon

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

Sunday 16th October Bath Half Marathon, POSTPONED!

Editor this Week

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