Weekly News -Saturday 21st October

Saturday 21st October 

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I’ve noticed we still have the occasional runner wearing dark clothing. For your own safety please do wear bright and ideally fluorescent kit. Up and Running do a very good selection of High-Vis accessories including vests and running lights. Members of Westbury Harriers will also receive a club discount. 

Tuesday Running Session at Yate Track and Thursday Intervals

Tuesday session at Yate Track will be published on facebook.

Same applies to the Thursday session.

Club Centenary Dates

On Thursday February 8th 2024, Westbury Harriers will be 100 years old. The club was founded after “a meeting of sportsmen at the ‘White Lion Hotel’, Westbury, February 8th 1924, it was proposed by Mr. P. Ubank, seconded by Mr. Busby that a Harriers Club be formed and that it should be called “Westbury Harriers” carried unanimously”.

The club has a number of events to celebrate its centenary, so please put these in your diaries now.

  • Thursday, February 8th 2024 club supper at the White Lion in Westbury-on-Trym
  • Saturday, March 23rd 2024 Awards evening, venue TBC
  • Thursday April 25th 2024, AGM after training at Coombe Dingle
  • Saturday May 18th 2024, formal centenary celebration, venue TBC
  • Saturday June 22nd 2024, all club event. Activities for juniors and seniors followed by a BBQ/Hog Roast/some sort of food. Likely to be at Blaise Castle.

The Gwent League fixture for the 2024-25 season will include some sort of Westbury Harriers centenary theme.

We will need the cooperation of a number of club members to make all these events happen, so if you can help, please get in touch with Geraint Torrington.

Christmas Meal- Thursday 21st December

Once again a big thanks to Sandra who’s organising the Weston-Super-Mare Christmas meal at the Brewers Fayre again this year. The date will be Thursday 21st December and straight after the Prom Race,  8pm sharp. Please find attached the menu below. Sandra will collect cash payments and meal choices by the 30th November. Two course are £14.99 and a third for only £2 extra.

Sandra will be attending club on Mondays and possibly at other times.


Westbury Harriers is planning to trial an app called Spond, which is hoped will improve the communication between club members, managers, coaches and parents.  This is a free app used by many grass roots sports clubs that help with the management and administration of training and events.  It enables members and parents (on behalf of a junior) to tick up attendance thus allowing coaches to keep registers and plan sessions based on those attending.   Members and parents can also access messages left by coaches and managers.  This will be introduced in stages across the club, initially with the Junior section.  So please respond when you receive an invitation to join.

Blaise Park Run – Saturday 28th October

Once again we will be opening up the club house for the Blaise Parkrun. If available do please turn up in your club kit.

Members of the Month

The senior member of the month is Carrie Jones for all the excellent work she does with the academy especially at the start of the new school year.

The junior member of the month goes to Tom Cummins who ran a swift leg at the Midlands Road relays for the under 17 men’s team.

Up and Running vouchers will be on they way to you both soon.

Gwent League Race Reports Pembrey Park – Saturday 15th October
Pembrey XC Senior Men Results by Geraint Torrington

The Westbury men were low on numbers for Saturday’s first Gwent League fixture at Pembrey but all who turned up ran their best in lovely running conditions.

The slightly changed course had us weaving through the trees which made it a bit more interesting but the huge mountain we had to climb twice was still there!

In a big field of 439 starters leading the team home in 72nd place (5th masters 45) was Anthony Glover in 33:53. Next up was Jack Derrick in 197th (38:18) with Chris Trebble close behind in 207th (38:29). Debutant George Griffiths enjoyed his first ever Gwent League race and was 4th team counter in 295th (41:52) with Paul Stuart 328th (43:15) completing the first team.

Only five seconds behind (331st 43:20) was Paul Turner who was taking it easy (really Paul?) as he was running the Bath Half the next day.

George Pickering went off at a rapid pace but was reeled in by Geraint Torrington on the second lap who gave him some encouragement and promptly saw him put the pace on again and opened up a gap which he held until the finishing straight. Geraint kicked for the finish, bursting past George, but youth overcame age and George powered past to claim bragging rights. George was 372nd (45:22) with Geraint 373rd (45:30).

Mark Munday finished the scoring for the men waving to the crowd in the finish straight.

Pembrey XC Junior Girls Results by Jayne Pemble

Well, it was a fab day at the 1st Gwent League XC event at Pembrey on Saturday in the sun. Despite being the furthest fixture from Bristol, we had a good turnout, and the effort was well worth it – everyone had fun & did the club proud.  Provisional results are out as follows:

Novice – 1st Team Place. Harriet 3rd, Imogen 5th, Martha 7th, Lottie 10th, Charlotte 27th

U13 – 2nd Team Place. Freya S 1st, Elizabeth 2nd, Elsa 12th, Florence 47th, Lyla 77th

U15 – 7th Team Place. Brooke 31st, Lily 37th, Megan T 38th, Tilly 54th

U17 – 2nd Team Place (with only 3 athletes). Freya B 1st, Maeve 19th, Megan O 30th

A few key players were missing but we look forward to them racing in future fixtures…. the season is looking bright so keep it up everyone – every athlete and every place counts so all are welcome. 

Pembrey XC Senior Women Results by Tamsin Elson Chick

Well done to our senior ladies’ squad at the first Gwent League fixture of the season at Pembrey. It was a beautiful sunny day, although a slight downpour towards the end of our race, but with a rainbow in the sky and some scenic sand dunes no-one minded. Pembrey is a great course, and well worth the journey over. Although Neil’s predictions of chaos on entry were unfortunately correct, with a very long queue to get in. Eventually they did just open the barrier and let cars in as you could see junior members jumping out of vehicles to make their race. Conditions were good, so it was quick, although the wind did seem constantly against you. There had been a few minor tweaks to the course, a bit more twisting and turning in the woods and what felt like a never ending finish! We were a bit down on usual numbers, with some people at the Bath Half the following day and a fair few people simply not available. So was pleased to have 18 of us in total.

Catherine led the A team home with a solid performance working her way through the field after various injuries in the last 12 months. Tamsin, with her last race as a V35 was next in, closely followed by Becky. Hannah placed her best ever Gwent position to date, a big well done. Debbie, an old time Gwent League faithful was great to have back after many years out completed the A team. Yvette and Olivia with mountain ultras not long ago in their legs. I like that Yvette said the XC is challenging. Whereas, I can’t imagine running for 2 days with no sleep! The V55s packed in well. Congratulations to Kate, Catherine and Tamsin in top 10% of their age groups, don’t forget to pick up your complimentary T-Shirt at the next Gwent.

Catherine Treble 17th, Tamsin Chick 31st, Becky Lee 45th, Hannah Batchelor, 64th, Debbie Cleary 78th, Emma Woodworth 80th, Kate Hoffen 83rd, Yvette Casallas 85th, Olivia Zeltner 94th, Jayne Pemble 95th, Heidi Andrews 120th, Helen Sawyer 158th, Sandra Sforza 160th, Sarah Gould 228th, Eithne Noonan 229th, Marilyn Palmer 248th, Roberta Johnson 279th (Nicola sensibly did not finish as was not feeling right after having covid recently).

Senior team 5th on the day, B Team 14th, C team 33rd. 77 teams on the day.

Reserve Divison – B team 3rd, C team 10th

Age group teams standings after 1 fixture :V35 – 3rd, V45 – 4th, V55 – 3rd, V65 – 2nd

A big thanks to everyone who came and ran. All our age group teams have started out well, but we do need good turnouts going forward to push on with these. There is definitely more competition at the top of the table from the university teams and a number of Welsh clubs. The v65 has also seen some new additions move into this age category and we want to hold onto that team title.

The next Gwent League Cross Country race is on Saturday 11th November at Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. More details can be found using the link below. https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/index.html

Halloween Night Trail Run – Wednesday 25th October. 

It’s that time of year again for the Westbury Harriers Halloween night trail run through Leigh Woods.

This is an easy paced run for an hour over 4.5 miles on the Leigh Woods trails, finishing with a lovely climb up Nightingale Valley. Head/or chest torches are mandatory for this run. Halloween attire is encouraged

We meet at the North Road entrance of Leigh Woods, car park charges apply (£1 per hour), so please consider car sharing. https://tinyurl.com/5cu9mz4d

Club Championship Races

The next event in the series is the Nightingale Nightmare on Sunday 29th October, I do hope you’ve got your Halloween outfits sorted! That even is followed by the Weston Prom Run on Thursday 9th November. 

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Debbie Hunt on her 5k Exmouth parkrun achieving a PR on Strava segment Carlton Hill to Alexandra Terrace in 2:12. 

Diary Dates

Sunday 22nd October Keynsham Dandy Trail race

Saturday 28th October Master Cross Country Relay– Long Eaton.

Sunday 29th October Nightingale Nightmare and Club Championship

Thursday 2nd November Severn Bridge Night Race (Fabian4 website)

Thursday 2nd November Club Supper at the Black Swan

Saturday 4th November Sugar Loaf Winter Fell Race (Fabian4 website)

Thursday 9th November Weston Prom and Club Championship. 

Saturday 11th November Cardiff Cross and Gwent League Cross Country

Sunday 12th November MoRun 10k at Ashton Court.

Thursday 16th November Severn Bridge Night Race (Fabian4 website)

Sunday 19th November British Masters Road Relays, Mallory Park, Kirby

Saturday 25th November Blorenge Fell Race Fabian4

Sunday 26th November The AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon (Road) on Race Nation

Sunday 26th November Chepstow 365 10k via letsdothis

Saturday 2nd December Blaise Castle Gwent League Cross Country.

Sunday 3rd December Shire Santa Dash, family friendly 5km event via Entry Central

Friday 8th December Mallards Park Night Race, Fabian4 for details

Saturday 9th December Tri Counties Cross Country Championships. Further info TBC

Sunday 10th December Christmas Cracker and Club Championship

Saturday 16th December Skirrid Hill Race Fabian4

Tuesday 26th December Boxing Day Race 4 miler, Clevedon AC

Sunday 7th January 2024 South West Cross Country Championships -at RNAS Merryfield, near Taunton,

Friday 11th January Wye Valley and Piercefield Park Night Race, Fabian 4

Sunday 4th February The Doynton Hard Half Marathon, trail race.

Saturday 10th February 2024 Gwent Cross Country League Margam Country Park

Sunday 25th February 2024 Bath Two Tunnels Railway Race

Saturday 2nd or 3rd March 2024 – 5th Gwent League date and venue not finalised (possibly Saturday at Pontypool again).

Saturday 16th March 2024 – Masters Open Cross Country Championships. Corwen, Wales. (Men/Women masters V35, V45, V55, V65 plus)

Editor this Week

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