Weekly News – Saturday 2nd April

Saturday 2nd April

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

It’s very exciting as we have the return of the club championships! I’ve always enjoyed the club champs because it means you can have a race within a race. It’s unlikely I can obtain a podium place in one-off event but I can have a ‘mini-competition’ with those in the club. 

Pick the right event and there’s a good chance you can obtain maximum club champ points. A few years back I entered the AVR Half Marathon and had a quick look at the start list and was surprised to learn I was the only male from the club who’d entered. Fantastic, I could crawl around the course and still take home maximum points!

There I was at the start line, chatting away to all the Westbury ladies, knowing that whatever happened in the race as long as I crossed the finish line it would be a top score. But who do I see just in front of me, no, it can’t be, yep it’s Alex Hamblin! I went as hard as I could but there’s no way I could keep up with Alex. He crossed the line in 4th place in 1:17, I was many, many, minutes behind in 41st. 

Annual General Meeting 

The AGM will be taking place tomorrow evening at 6:45pm via Zoom. You should have received the AGM information pack by e-mail (it was sent out on 21st March ) which also included details on how to connect. If you can’t find the e-mail let me know and I’ll resend you the details.

Please do attend as it’s your opportunity to provide feedback to the club. We welcome all contributions as we are here to make the club better for all our members. We also have a few vacant club positions that we’re really keen to fill.

Thursday Club and Yate Track Intervals

I’m sure you’ve not forgotten but I’ll remind you anyway. If you’ve attended any of the sessions at Yate Track in March then session fees are due. It’s £2 per session, payable to Yate and District AC. Transfer details are: Sort code 09-01-51, account number 68948303 and please put your surname in the reference.

Vicky has literally just given me the session for Thursday, well timed! It’s nice and easy to remember this week, 6 x 3mins with 90 seconds recovery. Aim for 5k pace. There is the option to do only 5 efforts, for example if you have a race coming up or have had a busy week.

Manchester Marathon

Google tells me it the UK’s largest spring marathon so there will be no chance for Tim Clothier (pictured on the left) or Minkee Kim (pictured right) to get lost on route!  Good luck to you both, and I hope you have a great day!

Lyme Disease and Ticks

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks, becoming more prevalent in the warmer weather. It’s usually easier to treat if it’s diagnosed early.

A circular or oval shape rash around a tick bite can be an early symptom of Lyme disease in some people and some people also experience flu-like symptoms. 

The NHS website provides information about the symptoms and how to spot and remove ticks safely. Details in the link below: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/

Club Championships

Has something been missing from your running? Well, now it is back. Next week sees the return of the Club Championship. 

It will look a little different this time with fewer races but it will still be your best 10 results to count. All club members over 18 will be included – no need to enter your own results. We are starting the season with the Weston Prom Race on 7 April. 

A list of races is shown below. We have included some old favourites and some you may not have done before. We will add a few more events for the start of 2023.

The rules!

The championship is for all fully paid-up members of the club who are aged 18 or over at the start of the championship season.  

The season will run from April 2022 to March 2023.  Members will automatically be included in the championship.

You must enter races under your own name as a member of Westbury Harriers.  If you compete in any championship race before being a member of the club or you leave the club, the result will not be included.  If you run under a different name at any club championship race, the result will not be included.  If your club is not listed as Westbury Harriers in the race results your result will not be included.

Points for each race will be allocated as follows:
30 points for 1st Westbury male/female down to 10 points for 21st and subsequent                                          placing.  Best of 10 races to count.

Prizes will be awarded to the 10 male and female participants who have accumulated the most points over the championship year.  Vet prizes will be awarded to the top vet in each category.  Your category is determined by your age at the start of the championship year. Male: Senior, 40, 50, 60, 70.   Female: Senior, 35, 45, 55, 65.

The club championship committee reserves the right to change any races during the championship year.  This could be due to race dates being moved, cancelled or clashing with other major events.  

In the case of any disputes, the decision of the club championship committee will be final.

UK Masters Athletics 

Come on all you Masters (over 35 years) ! Time to get racing! With the end of the cross-country season there are now even more racing opportunities – road, trail, track (indoor and outdoor), multi events and triathlon.

Previously known as “veterans” over 35s are now all “masters” and can access a wide range of racing opportunities, with many organised by the British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF). 

The next big events are the BMAF 10K Championships in Scotland on 17th April, Easter Sunday, followed by the Masters Relays at Sutton Park on 23rd April.  https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/BMAF-Relays

Please sign up for the British Masters Road Relays.  Everyone is welcome to put their name forward and we’ll put together the best teams we can. There are team relay races for Over 35 (6 legs), Over 45 (4 legs) Over 55 (3 legs) and Over 65 (3 legs).  Ages for Masters events are “on the day”.

Some BMAF events are open only to athletes registered with an area club or with an additional fee so to get the best out of Masters events it helps to join an area masters club. This allows you to access a range of regional, national and international competitions. You can join any area association including the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland associations. Our nearest is the South West Veterans Athletic Club – http://www.southwestvets.co.uk/   which is offering a reduced rate of just £8 for the year with the membership year starting on 1st April.

At the 2021 BMAF AGM it was announced that they would reduce their membership fee for 2022 for each member by £5.00, SWVAC decided to pass the savings onto their members.

Therefore the 2022 SWVAC membership fee is reduced from £13.00 to £8.00. As a member of Westbury Harriers, you are already registered with England Athletics so you would become a 2nd claim member of SWVAC at a cost of just £8. This gives reduced entry fees (and even some free entries) and other benefits, so it’s a good deal. A copy of the membership form is on the SWVAC website via this link. http://www.southwestvets.co.uk/images/swvac/documents/SWVAC_Application_Form_2022_v2.pdf

Some Key BMAF Fixtures This Spring and Summer:

  • 17th April BMAF 10K Championships, Grangemouth.   Entries by 10th April
  • 23rd April BMAF Road Relays, Sutton Park.  Entries by 17th April
  • 19th June BMAF 5K Road Championships, Horwich.   Entries not open.
  • 26th June BMAF 30K Trail Championships, Gravesend.  Entries by 19th June
  • 14th August BMAF Marathon Championships, Isle of Man. Entries by 9th August

Full List of international, national and regional fixtures on BMAF website. http://bmaf.org.uk/fixtures/

If you would like to race in any of these championships or need more information, please contact your Masters Team Managers – Mike Mewse or Eithne Noonan.

BMAF Road Relays Saturday 23rd April, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

All Westbury Masters athletes are invited to race in the BMAF road relays on 23rd April. Each leg is 5K and the following list gives the age groups and number of runners in each team.

Men 35+ (6 Stages ) Men 45+ (4 Stages ); Men 55+ (3 Stages ); Men 65+ (3 Stages ); Women 35+ (4 Stages );  Women 45+ (3 Stages ); Women 55+ (3 Stages) Women 65+ (3 Stages).

This event is for masters athletes (anyone over the age of 35) who wishes to compete in the British Masters Open Relay Champs at Sutton Park on Saturday the 23rd April 2022. See link for full details.https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/BMAF-Relays

The course is traffic-free on a safe tarmac course. UKA registration is mandatory for entry to the championships. Medals will be awarded to the first three teams in each age category. As this is a championship event the club will pay entry fees.

British Masters entries close 17/04/2022. Please let your team managers Mike Mewse or Eithne Noonan know asap as team entries may be restricted by the BMAF which may result in bringing forward the closing date. You can sign up via the facebook posting or contact your team manager.

Saturday Water Tower Run

The Saturday Water Tower gang had a big day out today!

A short car journey provided the opportunity to explore some new trails and lanes. Thanks to Tim Seal (pictured with his best buddy) for leading.

Big Brecon Weekend (Part II)

Last year a small group from the club went on a trail running weekend in Brecon, organised by Dan Summers Running. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and so the plan is to repeat the trip this June. 

The plan is to stay at Pencelli Castle Caravan and Camping Site LD3 7LX. Mark Andrews has spoken to Gerwyn at the site, he has suggested we book into their Meadow Field and if we mention Westbury Harriers in the notes section of their online booking form he will do his best to keep us all together. This field is camping only and no electricity hook ups, so anyone with any different requirements will have to book into the other fields on the site. The campsite doesn’t allow dogs. 

We are going to travel up on the Friday afternoon and stay for two nights (17 and 18 June). Some may only want to camp on the Saturday night, this is fine but just note that we do want to go for a longish run on the Saturday starting about 11:00am.

The plan is obviously weather dependent but is to go for a run of about 13 miles on the Saturday taking in a few peaks. It will be a steady social pace and we will certainly be walking the steep bits!

If the weather is good we will have a barbecue on Saturday evening, but if not there is a pub just a few minutes walk from the site. 

The site is next to the Brecon and Monmouth Canal, on the Sunday we can do a shorter and easier recovery run along the canal with less hills. Michelle Hurst is planning to walk on the Saturday if anyone would like to join her instead of running. http://www.pencelli-castle.com/m.index.html

If anyone doesn’t want to camp there are various types of accommodation locally, Brecon is only a short drive from the campsite. 

Hopefully that’s enough information for now, links to the Campsite website and Booking system below. If people can confirm when they have booked via the facebook posting I can set up by a WhatsApp group to sort out any other details, such as car-sharing, closer to the time. 

Pictured below, Mark Andrews (in the ‘Salt Creak’ top) and friends from last years trip at the summit of Brecon.

Castle Combe Cycling Tuesdays

Castle Combe Tuesdays being again for the summer from Tuesday 12th April, 17:30 to 20:00. Safe, traffic-free cycling around the famous Castle Combe motor racing circuit. It provides a great training session for those competing in duathlons, triathlons or just fancy a change from running. 

You have to register first, then it’s only £5 for adults and £1 for children per session. More details in the link below. https://andycookcycling.com/castle-combe-tuesdays/

Club Training Nights and Run Together

Please double check when you make a Run Together booking the time and place of your session. Don’t just assume it will be at the same time place as usual as I would hate for you to have a solo run.

A few of the groups will be returning to train from the club pavilion up at Blaise Castle as the evenings are pulling out so do take a close look at the Run Together run details.

Snowdonia Trail Running Weekend 30th September to 2nd October 

Just a reminder that there are still places available for a trail running weekend to be held in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park this autumn. 

The weekend will be organised and led by Dean Russell (www.adventure-awaits.co.uk) and Dan Summers (www.dansummersrunning.co.uk).

Two days of guided trail running with fully qualified mountain leaders and it will include a yoga session (or similar) to ease you limbs after the Saturday run.

Accommodation is very close to the centre of Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

For more information please refer to the link below:https://tinyurl.com/am8u4d4a

London Landmarks Half Marathon for Dementia UK

Carol, Pat and Tony would like to say a huge thank you to the Yate AC family for all their support so far!

Carol is running the London Landmarks half marathon, raising money for Dementia UK. Carol is Pat Jefferies daughter, and you will all know just how much Pat and Tony have given to Yate AC over the last thirty years. It would be wonderful if as many of as possible could support Carol as she takes on this challenge!

Carol’s just giving page is here: https://tinyurl.com/fafthb62

Bristol Epic 3 Peaks Race 21st May 

Does anybody fancy a big day out running the Bristol Epic 3 Peaks Race with the added bonus of having Liz Lovelock (pictured) to keep you company?

She promises it won’t be a ‘death run’ and if you’re good you might even get an ice cream afterwards! Details of the run are linked below: https://www.aspirerunningevents.co.uk/races/bristol-3-peaks-race-2022/

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Mike Mewse who’s been mixing it up with an afternoon cycle ride. It was just a quick loop around Chipping Sodbury but on the way he achieve a 2nd fastest time on Strava segment Not Mapleridge Lane in 9:05. Is this training in readiness for Castle Combe Tuesdays?

Diary Dates

Sunday 3rd April at 6:45pm Annual General Meeting via Zoom

Saturday 9th April Family festival of running.  Active soul are holding at Pomphrey hill- It would be awesome to see some members of the club and their families at this event. https://wishy.org.uk/runforfun

Sunday 17th April The Hanham Horror, by Bitton Road Runners.

Saturday 23rd April Bristol Track Club 5k Odd Down Cycle Circuit, Bath

Sunday 24th April Frenchay 10k. This race starts and finishes on the UWE Glenside Campus (Top left photo), Blackberry Hill, Fishponds, Bristol

The course is scenic and undulating and comprises of a circuit of the grounds followed by the exit onto Blackberry Hill. http://frenchay10k.co.uk/index.htm

Saturday 7th May. Provisional date for Annual Awards Night. Venue TBC

Friday 20th May Race 1 Towpath Series (including Mob Match)

Saturday 21st May Bristol 3 Peaks by Aspire Running

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

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

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

Friday 17th June Race 2 Towpath Series

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

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.

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

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

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

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

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