Weekly News- Saturday 2nd October

Saturday 2nd October

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editor’s Piece

The London Marathon returns to the city’s streets with over 40,000 runners competing on the traditional 26.2 mile course. There will also be a similar number completing the distance virtually, using the London Marathon app. 

Brigid Kosgie will be aiming for a third win, while Brits Natasha Cockram and Charlotte Purdue are looking for fast times in order to qualify for the World Championships next year. Eliud Kipchoge will not be running this year but Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata is back and will he win again?

More importantly we have a big field of runners from the club taking part, some in London, others virtually (like Chris- details below). If you would like to see how our own runners fair,  many have shared their tracker numbers on facebook, just go to the posting dated 28th Sept. 

But let’s be honest, nobody really cares which of the elite runners win and if it’s a record breaking time or not. The real battles will take place a lot further down the field, for example will Big Ben pip Sandra across the finishing line (or get stuck under the gantry!), can Sarah outpace the Ostrich and can Richard outwit the vicars and nuns!

*Editors note Big Ben was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in 2021 to honour the Queen.

Club Intervals – Run for the Hills! and Yate Track Session 3K Special

For Thursday we are back to the hills, probably splitting into two separate groups to run a couple of the usual hill routes.

The Tuesday session at Yate is a little bit different in preparation of the British Masters XC relay champs on 30th October.  So with 3k distance in mind we have the following:
Optional 3k time trial for those interested after warm up.
200×10 (100jr)
400×6 (100jr)
All abilities welcome. Will be added to Rutogether app shortly, see you there.

Chris Beck Runs Virtual London Marathon

On Sunday, from around 9am Chris will be running the Virtual London Marathon around The Downs.  If anybody fancies popping along to give him a little support, or maybe even joining him for a part of the run (running or cycling), he’d be extremely grateful.  Chris will be running a figure of 8 course (see map).

Yate Track Fees – September

Nicola Derrick has put out a reminder on facebook that track fees are due for the month of September. Payments are made via bank transfer to Yate and District AC, 09-01-51, 68948303. Please also put your surname in the reference. If you’re not sure how much you owe, send me an e-mail and I’ll get Nicola to confirm. 

Club Kit Sales

There’s the  possibility of a club kit sale this Thursday evening at Coombe Dingle, check facebook for details nearer the time. Club vests are held in stock by the club and can be requested at any time, just contact Katie Hughes, or I can forward on your details.

Message from the Masters Team Managers – Mike Mewse and Eithne Noonan

Masters (Over 35 years) Men & Women are invited to run in the British Masters Cross Country Relays, to be held at Long Eaton, Nottingham, on Saturday 30th October 2021. All legs (for all age groups) are just 3K on a flat, fast course.  Ages for Masters events are on the day (in this case 30th October 2021).
As this is a championship event, entry fees will be paid by the club. The club will also contribute towards travel costs. We will share transport and travel as teams wherever possible.

Age Groups & Number of Runners.
V35 (35 to 44 years) – Men : 5 per team Women : 3 per team
V45 (45 to 54) Men : 5 per team Women : 3 per team
V55 (55 to 64) Men : 4 per team Women : 3 per team
V65 (65 to 74) Men : 3 per team Women : 3 per team

If you want to run in one of the teams you need to be a registered and paid-up member of the club with an England Athletics number. Please sign up now so that we can get the entries in by the deadline of 20th October. We will then forward full information and arrange transport.

To sign up please email the team managers with your details.
Mike Mewse : Manager.Vet.Men@westburyharriers.co.uk
Eithne Noonan : Manager.Vet.Women@westburyharriers.co.uk
Put reference : BMAF Relays and provide your Name, Age (on 30th Oct) and EA Number.

Gwent Cross Country League Fixtures start this month with the Cardiff race.
Entries can be made on the day – £4 per race – but it’s best to sign up in advance. The races are around 9.5 K for men and 6K for women with mud, obstacles and hills.

Masters Age groups are again V35, V45, V55, V65. V65 + Men can opt to run in the V65 Men’s race which is shorter (around 6K) and held at the same time as the Ladies race.

The first fixture is in Cardiff on 16th October. The race will be held alongside the Cardiff Cross Challenge – elite races with big prize money – so it’s a chance to line up with top internationals.  Captains wanted ! If you are keen to run the BMAF Relays / Gwent Cross Country fixtures / other Age Group events and would be prepared to captain one of the teams, please let Mike or Eithne know. It would really help us to get teams out if we have age group team captains to help recruit runners, arrange travel, etc.



Member of the Month Winners

Congratulations to Elen Ruck U/15, this month’s junior winner of Member of the Month. Elen has had a great year with a successful Triathlon Super Series campaign, finishing 11th in the National Youth A rankings and qualifying as the youngest of only 18 girls invited to race at the prestigious Jersey Triathlon Super League event. Pictured below, Elen launches herself into the water.

It was no surprise to learn that Colin Johnson was awarded the prize for this month’s senior member. Colin was nominated for his work in organising and making a success the first VI/blind 10k race in the UK. The VI/Blind Runners 10k Challenge at the Great Bristol Run received a huge amount of publicity and was a great success for both the runners and guides, with many club members (including Colin) volunteering as guide runners. Pictured below, Colin gives Chris a friendly pat on the head after at the Budapest Marathon.

Fluorescent/Bright Clothing/Running Lights

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, it’s dark out there in the evenings, so please don’t wear dark clothing when running. Lightweight mesh high-viz bibs can be purchased specifically for running, running lights are also a good option. High-viz is also soon to be a fashion statement!


As Victor Meldrew would say,‘ I don’t believe it’! But it’s true, we have another club member birthday to celebrate today. I did suggest to Mark Andrews that as it’s his special day he could have the day off from running, but knowing Mark he’ll be out there, even in the pouring rain. Have a great birthday Mark.

Well done to the U17 men’s team at the Midland Counties Young Athlestes Road Relays. The trio of Artie , Sulaiman  and Seamus smashed the race with a lead of over 1 minute from Swindon Harriers. The winning trio are pictured below, with Artie, who is also wearing his fastest finishers medal.

At the same event the club had an impressive turn out from the U13 boys, enough to enter two teams. Some great running by all the youngsters, pictured below (left to right) Ed, Daniel, Charlie, Tom, Tom and Augustine.

Last Wednesday evening it was the final 5k South West PB Series of the year at  Odd Down, Bath. Fine weather welcomed plenty of Westbury Harriers for the final race. A quick course and quality field led to some great times and plenty of PB’s. 

Provisional results: Ben Rawlins 16:04 (1st U20), Finn Goodhew 16:32 (3rd U17), Alex Hamblin 16:38, Scott Campbell 16:54 (1st V40), Ian Gawinowski 18:50 (2nd V45), Richard Noble 18:54 (2nd V50), Matt Swaine 18:59 (3rd V50), Robyn Esther Ellis 19:18 (1st V45), Rick Watts 19:22, George Pickering 25:17

Strava Segment of the Week

Jason Garwood was out in the rain for a 10k road run, heading towards Hemleaze. Over 11 achievements but I’ll mention just a couple. An impressive Personal Record on Strava segment Redland Courts Road to Redland Green Road in 2:47 and Redland Road Dash in 55 seconds. Well done.

Diary Dates

Sunday 3rd October. Berkeley 10k. A fast, local 10k, almost guaranteed for a PB! https://www.entrycentral.com/berkeley10

Saturday 16th October. Cardiff Cross Challenge, the first fixture in the 21/22 Cross Challenge Series.

Sunday 17th October. Keynsham Dandy. Autumn sees the return of the TACH well-loved 12.5 miles run through some wonderful countryside.  https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=8565&fbclid=IwAR2BHr5pFEXeIWccZd5vaDnkv7bgCGEt0qW0-eSSE2Z-6wzJnFNNrWgomF8

Saturday 30th October. Relay Championships take place on at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton.

Sunday 31st October. The Westonbirt House Duathlon, comprises a 5k run, 25k bike and a final 5k run. https://tinyurl.com/yryyctmz

Sunday 28th November Wiltshire AVR Half Marathon. Has been a club championship event in the past so always popular with the club. http://www.avrwiltshirehalfmarathon.org

Friday 3rd December Night Race Mallards Pike Lake, Forest of Dean. It’s off-road, in the dark and very exciting! https://sites.google.com/site/roguerunsevents/home/our-events/night-runs

Saturday 4th December Gwent League Cross Country, Pembrey Park

Sunday 19th December Weston’s Christmas Cracker 10k, entires now open. http://www.westonac.co.uk/christmas-cracker

Editor this Week

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