Weekly News – Saturday 26th August

Saturday 26th August 

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Good luck to everyone running tomorrow at Cleeve in the Avon Road Relays. 

We’ve got teams in every age group from under 20’s right up to V65+ for both the men and women. In some cases the age group teams are so strong we have A, B and C teams too!

If anyone is spectating and could help marshal (as there is a big number of team entries) it would be appreciated. This year the race organisers are looking for some additional marshals along the main road – which is the last kilometre into the finish. Let me know if you can help. There is a marshal briefing at 10am at the cricket pavilion.

Tuesday Running Session at Yate Track and Thursday Intervals

Tuesday session at Yate Track will be published on facebook.

Thursday at Coombe Dingle: HITT style session, details will be posted on facebook nearer the time.

2023/2024 Season Westbury Harriers Team Fixtures

Below are the races that Westbury Harriers focuses on as a club throughout the autumn and winter. Please note these dates down. Any questions please speak to your relevant team manager. 

  • Boy’s Team Manager – Neil Miller
  • Girl’s Team managers – Jayne Pemble & Jason Michael
  • Ladies Team Manager – Tamsin Chick
  • Men’s winter team manager – Geraint Torrington
  • Master’s Team Manager – Eithne Noonan
  • Men’s Relays team manager – vacant

Saturday 23rd September 2023– Midland 3 (juniors) 4 (women) 6 (men) stage Road Relays, Sutton Park. (U13s, U15s, U17s, Seniors, Masters) (for adults most suitable for those who run in groups 1-4). Team manager completes entries. Club pays entry fee.

Saturday 14th October 2023- 1st Gwent League, Pembrey Park (All age groups- junior/senior/masters). https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/ Suitable for all abilities. 

Team managers complete entries. All athletes will get a one number for the whole season. Juniors (team managers look after these). Seniors (individual athletes hold their own). Juniors entry fee is included in your membership. Seniors will sign up and pay via RunTogether (previously £4, think it is going up to £5 this year)

Saturday 28th October 2023 – Masters Cross Country relays Long Eaton. (Men/Women masters V35, V45, V55, V65 plus)

Saturday 11th November 2023- 2nd Gwent League Cardiff (Including the Cross Challenge). (All age groups junior/senior/masters)

Saturday 19th November – Master’s Road Relays (Kirkby)(Men/Women’s masters, V35, V45s, V55, V65s plus). https://bmaf.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2023/GBR/bmaf-orrc/ 

Team manager completes entries. Club pays for entry fees.

Saturday 2nd December 2023 – Blaise Castle. (all age groups junior/senior/masters)

Saturday 10th December 2023 – Tri Counties Cross Country Championship potentially being run with the Gloucestershire League. Further info when confirmed. (all age junior/senior/masters)

Saturday 7th January 2024– South West Cross Country Championships (Yeovil) (all age groups – juniors/seniors/masters) (for adults most suitable for groups 1-3). http://www.avon-aa.org.uk/. Athletes enter themselves (entry fee can be reclaimed from the club)

Saturday 10th February 2024 – Margam Country Park

Saturday 24th February 2024 English National Cross Country Championships, Weston Park, Shropshire.  (all age groups – juniors/seniors/masters). Suitable for all abilities. Athletes enter themselves. Entry fee can be reclaimed from the club.

Saturday 2nd or 3rd March 2024 – 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)

The club pays the entry fees to championship races. Reimbursement is via our expenses form. This also details the travel subsidies that are available to championship races. (Please note the Gwent League is not a championship event.)

Next Club Championship:  Forest of Dean Half -Saturday 24th September

The next race in the series is the Forest of Dean Half Marathon followed by the Nightingale Nightmare, hosted by Southville Running Club. It’s on Sunday 29th October, off-road, about 10k and Halloween fancy dress is compulsory! Watch this space for when the entries go live. https://www.forestofdean-halfmarathon.co.uk/autumn/index.php

Club Supper

Next club supper is on Monday 11th September at 8:15pm, The Black Swan. I’m afraid a slight increase in cost to £9.50 ph. Please comment on yesterday’s facebook post if you intend to go and pay into Sarah’s Monzo account. It’s going to be a curry, rice, poppadoms and chutney, but please state if you want the vegetarian option. 

Avon Road Relays

You should have all received an e-mail from Tamsin with details of tomorrow’s relay at Cleeve including teams and which leg you’re running. If you’ve not had it do check your spam e-mail first, otherwise let me know and I’ll forward on the details. 

2023 Charity Run

Many thanks to everyone that baked cakes, helped with the event, donated and ran on the night. We had a huge turnout and an amazing spread of cakes. All the donations will go to this years charity, Shine Cancer Support. A charity which supports those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, who experience a cancer diagnosis. Shine is the only charity supporting this age group – one which is largely forgotten in cancer care.

If you were unable to attend the run don’t be disappointed because you can still donate using the just giving link below. https://tinyurl.com/4j2vbej2

Club Volunteers BBQ

A ‘thank you’ BBQ was arranged last Sunday to show our appreciation for the club’s many volunteers. They all do a fabulous job in so many different way to contribute to the club.  A slight downpour caused a huddle under a tree but that soon passed. Many thanks to Neil Miller, Lizzy Smith and Mike Hopkins for organising.

Lightening Bolt 10K

There were 12 runners from the club at the lightening bolt 10k at Chippenham last weekend. 

A good turnout from the club and it’s worth mentioning that decent PBs were gained by Will Massey – 32:37, Oli Beale – 32.53, Alec Sampson – 35:15  and Steve Clayson – 36:54.

Plus the usual strong run of course from Alex Hamblin in 34:14.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Josh Daly, up in Edinburgh for his morning Parkrun. Josh set his best estimated 2 mile effort with a time of 11:05 and also achieved a PR on Strava segment Run like a gazelle in 29 seconds. 

Diary Dates

Sunday 27th August Severn Bridge Half Marathon and 10k

Sunday 27th August 5k Avon Road Relays – Cleeve Cricket Club

Sunday 3rd September Bridgwater Half Marathon and 10k

Saturday 16th September Relish Running Cheddar Road Race

Sunday 17th September Copenhagen Half Marathon (part of the Super Half Series)

Sunday 17th September Oldbury 10 miler Thornbury Running Club

Saturday 23rd September Uphill to Wells Relay

Saturday 23rd September –Midland 6 and 4 stage Road Relays – Sutton Park

Sunday 24th September Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon and Club Championship

Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October. Trail running weekend, Peak District.

Saturday 30 September – Sunday 1st October World Athletics Road Running Champs Riga 1 mile, 5km and half marathon

Sunday 1st October Cardiff Half Marathon (part of the Super Half Series)

Sunday 8th October ‘Black Nore’ 10k Portishead and club championship

Saturday 14th October Pembrey Park Gwent Cross Country

Saturday 11th November Cardiff Cross and Gwent Cross Country

Sunday 19th November British Masters Road Relays, Mallory Park

Saturday 2nd December Blaise Castle Gwent Cross Country.

Editor this Week

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