Weekly News – Saturday 27th August

Saturday 20th August

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I hope you are all enjoying the late summer bank holiday weekend? I’m looking forward to the Cleeve Road Relay’s tomorrow knowing that I can also enjoy a lie in on the Monday morning!

I’ve not run at Cleeve before because it always clashes with the Severn Bridge Half and 10k but this year I just fancied doing something a little different. It promises to be a great event and we have numerous teams in different age groups and abilities. Hopefully the weather will stay fine and post run and can enjoy a drink or two and catch-up with all our members.

Wednesday Water Tower Runs

Nothing new to report really, just an excuse for a photo from the Water Tower Run, this time from the Wednesday session.

Tuesday and Thursday Intervals 

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


Well done to Audrey and Benoit running the Ciderthon last weekend. A half marathon with just as much cider drinking as running!

Eithne’s 100th Parkrun

An impressive 100th parkrun for Eithne this morning at Eastville Park, supported on route by number of Westbury members.

Avon Road Relays, Severn Bridge Half/10k and Green Man/Green Boy

Good luck to all the Westbury runners competing today in the Green Man or the Green Boy.  The Green Man is a 45 mile ultra with just under 1000m of elevation and consists of a full clockwise loop of the Community Forest Path. The Green Man Ultra 30 (known as the Green Boy) has 29 miles to conquer and is a partial loop of the Community Forest Path. If you are running either event do let me know how you get on.

Tomorrow we have the Avon Road 5k Relays at Cleeve. We have some great teams running and individuals competing from almost every group in the club. Don’t forget to get there for 10:30 as the plan is to have a team photo taken before the racing starts at 11:00

And also on Sunday we have the Severn Bridge 10k and Half Marathons so good luck if you happen to be running along the M48 tomorrow morning (it’s closed to traffic by the way).

Club Charity Hash…On On!

Last week’s charity hash was a great success and a special thanks must go to Neil Miller for planning such a fiendish course with plenty of false trails, dead ends and switch backs to keep everybody on their toes. All the batons were eventually found including the cake baton meaning we could return to the club house for consumption of cake!

Gate money and cake sales meant the club collected £350 towards the chosen charity of the year, the Southmead Hospital Charity.

Thanks to Sarah Andrews for arranging the donation and everybody that helped on the day, such as setting up the cakes and clearing away at the end of the evening. Of course thanks also goes to everybody who baked or donated cakes and participated in the hash.

Monday Night Training – Return to Coombe Dingle.

The summer season at Blaise is over for another year. Having enjoyed running on the hottest Monday evening ever, in a torrential thunderstorm, up some brutal hills, and finishing off with Neil’s drinks and biscuits, we will be back at Coombe Dingle on Monday 5 September.

The various groups will continue to meet at the same times as before, Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 at 6:30pm, Group 5 at 7pm. We will try and get back into Blaise or other local off road locations for as long as we can, but as the nights draw in we will increasingly return to the roads.

The 6pm Group 3 is going to continue from Blaise for a few more weeks, the leaders of that group will let runners know when they return to Coombe Dingle.

Please can all runners ensure that they arrive in good time to start at the advertised time.

There will be no organised groups running on Bank Holiday Monday (although informal runs may be advertised on facebook).

Next Club Championship Event

I made a small error in last week’s news as I forgot to mention the biggest club championship event of the year, the Bristol Half! So for a quick recap we have the following events coming up, including:

  • Sunday 18th September – Oldbury 10 miler.
  • Sunday 25th September – Bristol Half Marathon 
  • Sunday 16th October – Mendip Muddle

I can also provide you with an update of the Club Championship results which now include the latest standings after the GWR Towpath Series 5k from last Friday. 

With a potential unassailable score of 132,  Judy looks to be in a very promising position as this years club champion although we still a few events left in the diary, could Sophie catch Judy up?

Ben Wood currently tops the lead board for the men but close behind we have Trevor Fitsall, and as a prior Club Champion he has plenty of experience so should not be discounted.

  1. Judy Knights 132
  2. Sophie Voller 118
  3. Kay Ridgewell 104
  4. Sandra Williams 100
  5. Helen Sawyer 99
  6. Carolyn Dent 77
  7. Eithne Noonan 74
  8. Debbie Hunt 56
  9. Kate Hoffen 54
  10. Ann Lovell 52

And the the men we have the following:

  1. Ben Wood 137
  2. Trevor Fitsall 135
  3. Richard Hughes 119
  4. Alex Hamblin 118
  5. Alastair Blackwood 104
  6. Robin Phillips 84
  7. Richard Noble 75
  8. Ian Gawinowski 72
  9. Dan Ewing 59
  10. George Pickering 58
Avon Track and Field Events

The next Avon Track and Field Meeting is being held on Sunday 11th September at Gloucester.  If interested in running please let Vicky know (via senior.track.manager@westburyharriers.co.uk) which events you would like to do by 2nd September. Options include 400m, 400m hurdles, 1500m, 100m and jumps and throws. 

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done Connor Doak who’s in Ireland for the Shanganagh Parkrun. Connor achieved a personal record on Strava segment ‘Shanganagh final sprint’ in a time of 2:11

Diary Dates

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 

Thursday 15th September Weston Prom Race 1 5 miler, by Weston AC

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!

Sunday 18th September 10k Wotton Lions, a multi terrain event in the Cotswolds

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/

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!

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

Sunday 16th October Bath Half Marathon

Sunday 16th October Mendip Muddle (Club Championship) 

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

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

Editor this Week

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