Weekly News – Saturday 30th April

Saturday 30th April

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Perhaps you’re as forgetful as me but I only recently realised that this Monday is a bank holiday so there won’t be normal training in the evening. 

As a substitute Richard Hughes has organised a social run in the morning, and this can be booked via the RunTogether website (although I think the places may be booking up fast).

Have a great bank holiday weekend and I hope to see you for the big social event of the year at next Saturday’s Awards Night.

Awards Night Saturday 7th May

Next Saturday we have the Awards Night from 7pm at Westbury-on-Trym village hall. It’s been a while since the last event so it will be great to see everybody and celebrate the achievements of the people at the club. 

There are a wide range of categories that recognise running success, improvement, commitment, teams, age groups volunteers and much, much more. Entry is free. There will be a bar and nibbles, although no buffet on this occasion.

Thursday Club and Yate Track Intervals

In reverse order, starting with Thursday this week. We will be on the grass at Coombe Dingle with he following session: 4 mins (2 mins recovery), 4 x 1 min (1 min recovery), 4 mins (2 mins recovery), 4 x 1 min (1 min recovery) then a final 4 minutes. There is the option to drop the 4 minutes to 3 minutes.

Aim to go at a 10k pace on the 4 minutes and quicker then 5k pace on the 1 minutes. Aim to main effort and pace on each of the 4 minutes.

The Yate track session is as follows;

  • 4x 700m, with a 200m (2 minute) slow jog/walk recovery. Start off at 5K pace, but go faster for the last 300m of each rep.
  • 800m “Float” in between (5 minute) slow jog/walk recovery.
  • 3x 200m all out, with 100m (1 minute) slow jog/walk recovery. 

It will commence with dynamic stretches and couple of warm up laps and finish with some warm down laps and stretches. 

Please also remember to pay you track fees for the month of April. Thank-you.

Shepperdine Marathon

Some great running by Helen Sawyer 3:57:01, 2nd place category position) and Robin Phillip’s 3:08:51 (3rd in category group) at last weekend’s Shepperdine Marathon. I couple of pictures below provided by Rogue Runs.

British Masters Open Relays

We all had the opportunity to read about the women’s success at the Sutton Park relays in last weeks weekly news, but not the men. This week we have the race report from Mike.

Great running from our teams at Sutton Park in a high class event that brought out the very best Masters teams from Scotland, Wales and England.

In the V65 Men our men couldn’t quite match their winning performance in the BMAF Cross Country relays but provisional results gave them a fine fifth team place. Nigel Gates posted a 20.50 leg with Mike Mewse in 22.15 and David George in 23.05. Their 1.06.10 total that was just over a minute short of the bronze medal.

Congratulations to the convincing winners Cambuslang, from the Glasgow area, with Paul Thompson posting the fastest individual leg of 19.14.

Well done to the teams from our local colleagues Hogweed Trotters (2nd in FV65) and Bristol & West.

Many thanks also (on a personal note) to our ladies team who were on hand to support their wobbly-legged male team mate !!

Race report by Mike Mewse

Blaise Blazer Monday 6th June 19:30pm

Just another reminder that it’s not too long to the best trail race in the county. If your not running then we would really appreciate your help to marshal the event as it’s a twisty course and we wouldn’t want anybody to get lost! If you do happen to be running then perhaps you can volunteer a friend, family member or neighbour to help out on the evening. There will be cake for all volunteers, what other incentive do you need!

Club Birthday

We had another club birthday this week so many happy to returns to Alex Hamblin, pictured below celebrating a win at the Riverbank Rollick a few years ago. I hope you had a great day.

I am starting to run out of facebook friends so if you do have a birthday coming up then don’t be shy! Let me know with a photo and we can all celebrate the occasion. 

Strava Segment of the Week

I’ve been under an awful lot of peer pressure this week so I’m being forced to mention Mark Andrews in this weeks Strava Segment section. 

Mark has local legend status on Strava segment ‘1st Hill’ with 3 (is that all?) efforts in the last 90 days.

Diary Dates

Saturday 7th May. Annual Awards Night. Venue Westbury on Trym Village Hall

Sunday 8th May Two Tunnels by Relish Running

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.

Thursday 9th July TACH Rowberrow Romp. TACH’s outstanding new Summer Race.  A challenging 10k-ish route of Mendip mud, strenuous climbs, fab views and a thunderous descent.

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

Tuesday 14th June Clevedon AC Midsummer 10K, go to the Clevedon AC website and follow the link to their races

Friday 17th June Race 2 Towpath Series

Saturday/Sunday 18-19th June Brecon Running/Camping Weekend.

Thursday 23rd June Meal and Drinks and Black Swan post Intervals

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

Tuesday 28th June Sri Chimnoy 2 mile (Club Champs) 

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.

Thursday 14th July TACH Purdown Pursuit. About 10km of parkland and woodland. Lots of juicy little hills.

Thursday 14th July Thornbury  Midsummer 10k (Club Champs) https://clevedonac.co.uk/our-races/midsummer-10k-race/

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

Sunday 24th July The Age Grader, Oldbury. Overall positions (and prizes) will be based on age-adjusted times and not actual time .This event is also suitable for anyone looking to gain a PB on the flat 5 mile course.

This event will we feel will attract seasoned racers and so we are not providing a medal but instead: hot drinks and cakes, a beer, a banana and a sports drink for all.  https://www.sites.google.com/site/roguerunsevents/home/our-events/age-grader

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

Wednesday 3rd August Bitton Road Race (Club Champs) 

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

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

Sunday 18th September Chippenham Half Marathon

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