Weekly News – Saturday 28th October

Saturday 28th October 

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Good luck to those running the Nightingale Nightmare tomorrow. It’s a spooktacular event, a 10k trail race along the towpath, up Nightingale Valley and through Leigh Woods. Fancy dress is almost obligatory so even if you’re not running there’s nothing to stop you dressing up and watching the action. Race starts at 11:00. 

PS: Don’t forget the clocks go back so everyone gets an extra hour in bed!

Tuesday Running Session at Yate Track and Thursday Intervals

Tuesday session at Yate Track is shown below, a session with more distance at 5k pace with some shorter intervals thrown in.

Thursday session on the grass at Coombe Dingle: 5mins (90secs rec) – 4mins (1min rec) – 3mins (1min rec) 3mins (1min rec) – 4mins (1min recovery) – 5min. 

Option to drop the 5mins to 4mins and 4mins to 3 mins. Aim for 5/10km pace.

Halloween Night Run

I’ve been told the Halloween Night Run through Leigh Woods was a partial success as almost all the runners made it back. Those that were lost have probably been eaten by the woodland creatures by now anyway. 

Christmas Meal

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.

Irish Cross Country Success

Seamus Robinson (pictured in the colours of his Irish club – City of Derry Spartans) came away from the Northern Ireland Cross Country Championships / International Cross Country event in Belfast with gold in the U20 race. He also finished 9th overall in the combined senior men’s and U20 race which included a European Championships 5000m gold medalist and other international runners. Next target is the Irish National XC Champs in November. Thanks to Martin Robinson for the report. 

Blaise Parkrun – Saturday 28th October

A lovely sunny morning and an enjoyable run with a group of Westbury Harriers who kept each other going. A slightly altered course to avoid some of the mud but a bonus extra 100 metres as a result! Thanks to the team who helped open up the clubhouse and organise the drinks! Report by Mark Andrews.

Gwent League – Saturday 11th November

The next Gwent Cross Country League, which is also combined with the Cardiff X will be held at Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. The event is held in conjunction with the Cardiff Cross Challenge, on Saturday 11th November. As well as being the first fixture of the nationwide British Cross Challenge Series, the event will also be a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold Label Event, so you’ll be able to shine against some of the world’s finest cross-country runners.

If you want your run to count in both the Gwent League and the Cardiff Cross Challenge, then you need to enter the Cardiff Cross Challenge and entries close on Thursday 2nd November.  https://cardiffcrosschallenge.co.uk/enter/

Further details about the event including travel information, a course map and timetable can be found on the Gwent League website which I’ve linked below. https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/fixtures.html

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 event is followed by the Weston Prom Run on Thursday 9th November. Entries have opened for the Prom, please book using the link below. https://race-nation.co.uk/register/weston-ac/the-weston-prom-run-november-2023

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Tim Carr on his Saturday morning Parkrun in Caerphilly. Tim achieved a 3rd fastest time on Strava segment Middle mile tough roller in a time of 10:29.

Don’t forget, if you want to be mentioned in Strava Segment of the Week then join the Westbury Harriers Club in Strava. 

Diary Dates

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 14th January Riverbank Rollick Trail, Thornbury AC. https://tinyurl.com/48ksbcan

Sunday 28th January Speedway 10k Near Chepstow, via Fabian4

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

Saturday 10th February 2024 Gwent Cross Country League Margam 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).

Sunday 3rd March Newport Half Marathon fullonsport

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

Club Centenary Events

Thursday 8th February 2024 club supper -White Lion in Westbury-on-Trym

Saturday 23rd March 2024 Awards evening, venue TBC

Thursday 25th April 2024, AGM after training at Coombe Dingle

Saturday 18th May 2024, formal centenary celebration, venue TBC

Saturday 22nd June 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.

Editor this Week

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