Weekly News – Sunday 10th July

Sunday 10th July

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

I apologise for not producing a news letter in the last couple of weeks, did you miss me?  I can promise you normal service has resumed but if you want to make my job easier all running related articles are gratefully received!

I think I’ll end the editors piece with an inspiration quote from Mark Andrews (well,  it was on the back of his running T-shirt) ‘a hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer’. So next time you’re in a race, and starting to slump just remember the saying.

Thursday Intervals

For Thursday we’ll be at Coombe Dingle and the weather forecast is looking very warm for the week ahead so do take it steady and bring drinks. The session will involve 4 sets of: 

  • 4 x 1min (reducing recovery 40 secs, 30secs, 20secs)
  • 2mins between sets   

*Option to only do 3 in each set 

Will aim to do as an out and back, the reducing recovery makes this tough! Aim is to make it the same distance for each of the 60secs so pacing is key.

World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships, Montreal, Canada. June 25th

Congratulations to Ben Rawlins for a superb silver medal winning performance in Canada in the Sprint Triathlon. Representing Great Britain in the 20 to 24 Age Group he finished the 750 swim, 20K bike and 5K race in 60.33 to pick up his first international triathlon medal. 10th out of the swim in 9.42 he had a good transition and was part of a strong lead bike group who finished close together before heading off for the run. The training at Blaise and the mud of the Gwent League seems to have worked well as Ben fought his way clear to 2nd place behind Pieter Vanderhenst of Belgium and ahead of Victor Delgado of Mexico.

Report by Mike Mewse and photos courtesy of Catherine Andrews.

Member of the Month Winners

Unfortunately we didn’t have any junior nominations this month so instead we have two senior winners. We do encourage our members to submit member of the month nominations, epically for the juniors and it can be for any running related achievement. 

India Arikan was the senior winner and is a relatively new member who has had a try at most groups that the club runs, Mondays, Tuesday track and group 5, the Wednesday social run and Thursday intervals. She is an enthusiastic and popular member of any group she runs with. More recently she has started racing with a really good performance in the Hogweed 10k and winning her age category (U23) at the Blazer. Improved through group 4 and going to try group 3 now as pace has developed.

Eithne Noonan was our second senior winner this month for organising this years Cotswold Way Relay.  This is no easy feat, with some very complex logistics to handle and having to ensure all runners have completed their recce’s and are available on the day.

Some up and Running vouchers will be on there way to you soon.

Cotswold Way Relay 2022

A group of 20 Westbury Harriers took part in the Cotswold Way relay last Saturday. 

The 103 mile route follows the scenic and very hilly Cotswold Way from Chipping Camden to Bath. We had two full teams and it was exciting following each other’s progress along the route and seeing the smiling faces on WhatsApp. 

All enjoyed the experience despite some having to brave torrential rain while others were lucky enough to need shades. Requests are already coming in for their preferred stage in 2023.

Congratulations to the mixed team who came 5th in category and 18th overall out of a total of 95 teams.

Vets team came 13th in category and 75th overall

Westbury Wipeout

Well done to everyone who participated in Monday’s Murphy Clinic Westbury Wipeout, and a big thank-you to those who helped out on the night. 

We’re really sorry that about 12 participants went wrong and saw rather more of the Blaise Castle estate than intended, but are glad that everyone returned safely. I did see quite a serious crocodile attack by Trolls Bridge, but you’ll be glad to know that the crocodile is ok, if a bit deflated.

We had 268 recorded finishers and there were 5 wave starts (4 full course and 1 short course), but we haven’t distinguished between these in the record of finishers.

Next year’s event is pencilled in for Monday 3rd July 2023, and if you’re not already on our new mailing list (based on entrants to this year’s event) you can sign up below.


Race report by Neil Miller

Club Championships- Update

We’ve now had a few club championship events and Judy has been able to provide me with the very latest championship standings. For the women in first, second and third place we have Judy Knights, Kay Ridgwell and Eithne Noonan, with only a couple of points separating Kay and Eithne.

For the gents Ben Wood has a large lead with 109 points followed by Trevor Fitsall and Alastair Blackwood in second and third respectively. 

The next event in the club championship diary is the Thornbury 10k on Thursday. I had a look at the website just a moment ago and was unable to register so I’m guessing the 300 places have all gone. If you did get in, good luck.

After Thornbury the next club championship events are the Bitton Road race on 3rd August (pictured below we have some Westbury runners taking part in the series) and the Towpath 5k on Friday 19th August. A full list of events can be found using the link below.https://westburyharriers.co.uk/events/club-championships/

July Track Races

Good luck to Tamsin and Emma-Jane who are both representing our sister club, Yate AC at the Avon League today.

Next weekend (17th July) we have the Midland League at Yate. The Men’s team is looking pretty strong, but still loads of gaps on the Women’s side, so if you can step up and fill any of them then that would be great. Contact Vicky Tester at senior.track.manager@westburyharriers.co.uk if interested.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Robin Phillips who certainly beat the heat this morning with a morning run at 4am! Robin achieved a 3rd fastest time on Strava segment ‘Kingweston hill top NE’ in a time of 6:06

Diary Dates

Sunday 10th July Avon Track and Field League, Yate

Date TBC TACH Purdown Pursuit. About 10km of parkland and woodland. Lots of juicy little hills- postponed due to work on a new cycle path

Sunday 17th July Midland Track League at Yate

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 Championship) 

Friday 12th August Beer and Banger 10k. Sausage in a bun and a pint for every finisher.

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

Saturday 20th August National Athletics League (NAL), Yate

Sunday 21st August Avon Track and Field League, Yate

Monday 22nd August Westbury Harriers Charity Run

September (date changed from June) 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.

Sunday 4th September, Bridgwater Half Marathon

Sunday 11th September Wells Festival of Running. http://www.wellscityharriers.co.uk/wells

Sunday 11th September Avon Track and Field League, Yate

Sunday 11th September Beat the Bore (Club Championship )

Sunday 18th September Chippenham Half Marathon

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 (Club Champ-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!

Sunday 16th October Mendip Muddle (Club Championship) 

Sunday 27th November Chepstow Racecourse Half Marathon (Club Championship) 

December TBC Christmas Cracker (Club Championship)

Editor this Week

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