Weekly News Saturday 8th January

Saturday 8th January

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I don’t usually recommend products for running but I’ve been so pleased with a recent Christmas present that I just have to share it with you. If I’m out on the trails I don’t normally take a phone because I’m worried it will stop working in the rain. I therefore put on my Christmas list a waterproof phone case from a company called Harrier Run Free.  I’m especially impressed as not only is it fully waterproof but you can even operate the touch screen through the cover (useful when using downloaded maps) and it has a little window so you can take photos and selfies.  They also do lot’s of other trail running kit that you may be interested in. https://harrierrunfree.co.uk


Yate Track Sessions and Thursday Intervals

Last Thursday because the weather was so awful we gave the field a miss. This coming Tuesday we hope to return to Coombe Dingle and run on the grass (weather permitting) doing last week’s advertised session. I can’t remember exactly  what the session was so I’ll ask Vicky to put it on facebook.

Of course, if you run on the track you never have to worry about the conditions under foot (unless it snows!) Nicola’s suggested session for Tuesday is as follows:

The session will commence with dynamic walking stretches followed by 3 social laps. The intervals will then involve 7x300m with 100m jog recovery, 400m float, going into 4x600m with 200m jog.

We’ll finish off with 2 recovery laps and stretches.

Membership Renewals and Yate AC

Just another reminder that your club membership is due for renewal this month. Also, by joining Westbury Harriers, you can compete on the track (and in the field, if you want) for Yate & District Athletic Club for free. All you need to do is tick the Yate membership box in membership mojo when you go to renew. 

Then, to compete for Yate, all you need to do is complete an affiliation form with them followed by an additional discipline form, due to recent EA changes. You can find the membership form and other discipline form below. When selecting membership type make sure you click ‘Westbury Harriers Associate Member – free’! https://membermojo.co.uk/yateac/joinus

Member of the Month Winners

Congratulations to this months senior winner, Rosie Hamilton-James. Rosie (pictured below) was nominated for her impressive performance at the South West County Championships coming first in the Under 20 category and second overall in the senior women’s race.

Our junior winner this month is Akira Bees (pictured below and also in watercolour, who knew Neil and Vincent van Goch shared such talent!). He was also nominated for his fantastic performance in the same championships winning a silver medal in his age group.


Well done to you both. Up and Running vouchers will be on there way to you soon.

Midland Cross Country

The club no longer targets the Midland XC which this year is taking place on Saturday 29th Jan at Berry Hill, Mansfield as we participate in the South West XC. However, if anyone does want entering in this event please contact your relevant team manager. This may be applicable to those away at university if you are nearby and want to run. Entries close 14th January. Further details of the event are in the link below. https://tinyurl.com/2prcvhtv

SW Cross Country Championships 2021, RNAS Merryfield.

Congratulations to our under 20s and senior ladies silver medalists at yesterday’s South West Cross Country Championship (Rosie Hamilton-James Catherine Treble, Tilly Spinney, Katie Hughes and Vicky Tester).

It was the first wet and muddy XC of the 2021/2022 season and the ladies fresh off the back of their tri-counties win were fabulous. It was great to see our U20s in the senior team for the first time and the masters ladies showing they have still got it 

Rosie led the team home for Under 20 and in 2nd place in the senior race, Catherine Treble 11th (3rd V35), Tilly Spinney 12th (4th U20), 26th Katie Hughes (4th V45), 49th Vicky Tester, 58th Tamsin Elson Chick, 65th Emma Woodworth, 82nd Jayne Pemble.

Greg Hayward was our top male finisher and picked up a team bronze for Avon County U20s. In the MV60 category there were silver and bronze medals for Jerry Musselwhite and Mike Mewse.

Race report by Tamsin Elson Chick and Mike Mewse.

Outstanding Expenses

Judy has reminded me that if you have any expenses outstanding, please could you complete the expenses form and return it to (treasurer@westburyharriers.co.uk) as soon as possible. The link to the form is below:https://westburyharriers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/WestburyHarriersExpenses-18-Jan-2021.doc

Ideas to Develop and Invest in the Club

The club committee is always open to new suggestions and ideas that can be used for development and investment as we exist to serve our members. We are therefore keen to hear from all our members about how they would like to see the club developed for the future. Geraint Torrington is our point of contact for club development and I’ll be happy to forward any ideas you have on to him.


Please check the Runtogether site for this weeks group runs including intervals, track and hill sessions (Richard’s hill session from last week pictured below). https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/WestburyHarriersRunningClub

Running Lights

Chest running lights and head torches are a useful tool for night running. But can I ask if you happen to be out and pass a fellow runner (or pedestrian)passing in the opposite direction you briefly shield your light so that they are not blinded.

Key Dates AGM and Awards Night

A couple of important dates for you diary. The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 3rd April at 6:45pm via Zoom. More details will follow nearer the time.

The provision date for this years Awards Night is Saturday 7th May. The venue is TBC, again more details will follow near the time.

Adventure Awaits

Some of you will have participated in last years well organised Brecon trail running weekend that was organised by Dan (also a member of Westbury Harriers) and Dean (pictured below) from Adventure Awaits.  Their website has just been updated with this years events, including trail running, sky running, climbing and scrambling. Details are in the link below. https://www.adventure-awaits.co.uk

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to new member Louisa Loveridge on a wet morning 5k with buddy Liz. Although feeling very tired Louise still achieved a couple of personal records including Strava segment Northside of Harbour in 10:24 and GFR to Sailing School in 4:19.

Diary Dates

Sunday 16th January Riverbank Rollick, Thornbury 

Thursday Jan 20th 7:30 pm. Off Road Night Race 2  Wye Valley and Piercefield Park, Chepstow Race Course.  Wye Valley and Piercefield Park. Easy access, good parking and a cosy event base at Chepstow Race Course … plus our usual quality course.

Sunday 23rd January Doynton Hard Half Marathon, a ‘horrible’ cross country. https://www.doyntonhardhalfmarathon.co.uk

Sunday 23rd January  Speedway 10k. Beachley. https://tinyurl.com/2p8f7nf7

Saturday 29th January Midland Cross Country at Berry Hill, Mansfield

11th February 7:30pm Beechenhurst Lodge FoD Night Race. A beginners course totally on forest trails with no mud. Road shoes may be suitable (depending on weather conditions in the days leading up to the event). This is a fast course with a ‘hard- pack’ gravel surface throughout. 

Saturday 19th February Gwent League Cross Country, Blaise Castle

Sunday 20th February Ironwood Challenge 2022 Off road 10k trail race.  https://tinyurl.com/2p8atcez

Saturday 19th March Gwent League Cross Country, Singleton Park, Swansea

Saturday 19th March 20 & 1/2 Fission ,fast flat 20 miler starting at Berkeley Power Station. Half marathon option too. Now in its 7th year, this event has sold out every year. 

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

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

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

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

Sunday 7th July Tintern Trot, 10k trail run along the Wye Valley. Group discount if we have more than 10 interested.

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

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. Bristol Great Run Half and 10k. A local event, popular with the club

Editor this Week

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