Weekly News – Sunday 12th May 2024


Another Sunday, another Westbury Harriers newsletter AND it’s been sunny and dry all week which is definitely something to celebrate. Perhaps some of you even managed to catch an elusive glimpse of the Aurora this weekend?!

As usual at this time of year, it’s been a busy week of running with lots to report. A big group of WH runners also attended the annual May Bluebell run in Prior’s Wood on Bank Holiday Monday and were treated to lots of bluebells and lots of muddy trails.



Ultra-Trail Snowdonia

It was another scorching weekend for the UTS races in Eryri. Dan Summers had a fantastic run, placing 10th overall in the UTS 50km! To place in the top 10 at a UTMB World Series event is such an impressive achievement given that the race attracts many professional athletes and over 1300 runners took part yesterday!

On the UTS 100km, Kento Taoka also had a great race, completing the super technical course in 30:10:22. It was a tough day for all the runners who experienced the intense heat in very exposed terrain. They don’t call it “Beautiful beyond belief, savage beyond reason” for nothing! Huge congratulations to Dan and Kento, and also shout out to Yvette Casallas who was volunteering all weekend, helping at registration, course marking and course sweeping.

Great Birmingham 10k England vs Wales Masters match

A spectator’s perspective from Chris Palmer

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of supporting rather than racing the Birmingham 10k. A few Westbury Harriers had qualified to run for England Masters (over 35s) in their respective 5 year age groups in a match against Wales. It was a hot day and tricky undulating course around Birmingham city centre. Well done to our three England internationals!


Vicky Tester qualified from the recent Leicester 10km and was happy with her 41.10 after limited training.


Anne Dockery, 49.20 was the star performer with another great run picking up the silver medal in her age category. Also in action was Felicity Russell, 53.15, to finish 12th in her age group.

It was good to see lots of other local runners from rival clubs also running in England vests. I’m not sure of the the England vs Wales result so we’ll assume that England won but maybe our Welsh club mates will correct me!

Qualification for the representative races, from 10k to marathon, are at a number of races in the year, with the requirement to place top 3 in your age category and also achieve a time standard at that race or in the previous year. More details on the England Athletics website and the next qualification race is the Bristol 10k!

Sri Chimnoy 2 mile race

write up by Robin Phillips


A select few Westbury Harriers took the chance to claim a high national ranking for the year over the 2 mile distance around Eastville Park on 7th May. I think all Westburys got a medal:

11:33 Jay Hunt 5th SM
13:29 Rebecca Williams 3rd SW
14:53 Kate Hoffen 2nd F50
15:03 Debbie Hunt 6th SW
15:30 Sandra Williams 3rd F50

The next 2 mile is on the 4th June.

Bitton 5k, Race 1 of 2024

write up by Mark Andrews

The first Bitton race of the series always means the start of the summer season of evening races for me. We were lucky to have a warm sunny evening to mark the occasion! Really good performances from the Westbury runners this evening, and as always a great team spirit.

This race was chip timed and for those who like their rankings will be on Power of 10! The rest of the summer series goes back to the old fashioned timing system but with hopes to introduce the chip timing to all races next summer.

A well organised and friendly event, hope to see a good turnout for the next race in the series on Wednesday 5 June.

The Westbury results:

Tamsin Chick. 19:34
George Griffiths. 19:41
Mark Andrews. 21:28
Trevor Fitsall. 21:50
Geriant Torrington. 22:17
Richard Hughes. 23:09
Kate Hoffen 23:12
Helen Sawyer. 23:57

Bourton on the Water 1 mile race

write-up by Anne Dockery

Absolutely loved this race. The only negative, I should have checked the distance from Southville before signing up! The traffic was so slow heading out .
We had perfect weather and such a beautiful village. There is plenty of free parking and pre-race info was very clear and detailed. Race pick up was speedy and well organised and everyone so friendly. The finish is in the centre so we were able to warm up as we headed along very pretty  route to the start and there was a quiet lane where we could safely do our stretches and warm up . At a few minutes to 7:30 all the traffic was stopped , we lined up and on the dot we started.
A very smooth, even route with plenty of room as it was traffic free. 1/4 miles marks helped to keep one focused and, having run a 10k last weekend, I found the mile felt very short which was wonderful.
The prizes are all monetary and the prize giving started as planned just after 8pm. All the prizes were based on gun time .Ben Robinson  (B&W) was 1st male 4:21.4. Emily Field (Stratford on Avon) was 1st lady 4:52.7
I was thrilled to win wv70+ with gun 7:18.0 chip 7:11.3 and £15.00 !!
Would really recommend this race but you will need to book early as it was a sell out. There is also a mile race for youngsters directly after the start of the adult race.





** Volunteer Appeal for the Blaise Blazer **

As recently published, with entries opened recently, we need to start putting together a fairly large team of volunteers to help out and marshal around the course. We need in excess of 30(!) volunteers. This is even more challenging with the Hogweed Trot 10k being a week earlier and clashing with the Blaise Blazer!


If you are able to volunteer (or help encourage others to volunteer) on the night that would be fantastic. Please let Alastair Blackwood who is co-ordinating volunteers.



JUNIOR: Lucy Dalton

Lucy turns up regularly to training at Yate and CD, is friendly helps with the younger ones and is wanting to try track this season. She has worked hard and now starting to improve.


SENIOR: Paul Turner

A regular helper with the academy group ensuring the children have fun whilst getting fit.


Well done to Lucy and Paul!


Be aware of ticks

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a good idea to check yourself for ticks after running off-road in areas like Blaise. More guidance available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/





Meet at Blaise clubhouse for a 6.30pm start. Sign up on RunTogether.


This week the session is: TBC

If you run regularly at Yate or plan to give track races a go this season. Do make sure you have taken advantage of our partnership with Yate AC and join Yate for free as an associate Westbury Harriers member: https://westburyharriers.co.uk/membership/yate-partnership/


Meet every Wednesday at 12pm at the traffic lights by Saville Road on the Downs. Book on via RunTogether HERE.

THURSDAY INTERVALS 7pm at Coombe Dingle


3 sets of 4 x 90 seconds (45 seconds recovery)
2 min recovery between sets

Aim for 3k-5k pace

(Option to drop number of reps per set from 4 to 3)



A reminder that we have an events calendar on our website where you can keep track of dates for training, events and races. (Thanks, Vicky, for keeping this updated). https://westburyharriers.co.uk/events/events-calendar/.

Now that the evenings are lighter (and hopefully drier), there are more evening weekday races coming up, some of which are also club championship races so do consider giving these a go.


Tuesday 14th May – Rose Inn (#1) Club Championship #3
Wednesday 22nd May – Lightning Bolt 10k Club Championship #4
Saturday 25th May – British Masters Road Relays
Tuesday 4th June – Sri Chinmoy 2 Mile Club Championship #5
Friday 28th June – Beer n Banger 10k Club Championship #6
Thursday 4th July – Tintern Trot Club Championship #7
Thursday 18th July – Purdown Pursuit Club Championship #8
Friday 26th July – Towpath Series 10k Race 3 Club Championship #9

TRACK RACES: Yate National Athletics League match availability


Below is an email from Graham Howell, the team manager for the National Athletics League. He’s looking for people’s availability for the season, you can get in contact with Graham directly here gratimhow@aol.com or join the facebook group below

Any questions please get in touch.


I’m now calling for your availability for the first 3 matches (Swansea Sat 1st June, Yate Sat 22nd June, Basingstoke Sun 7th July). Give me your preferred event(s) and events you may be prepared to do. A Yes/No/Not sure availability response is useful. The event timetable is attached. Responses by Sunday 5th May please.


If you haven’t yet renewed your 2024 membership I won’t be able to select you for NAL competition.


Team admin is mostly handled through the Yate NAL Facebook group, if you are not connected yet you can request to join here Yate Athletic Club National Athletic League Facebook Group




For a slightly different type of running…


If you’re not running the Lightning Bolt 10k on Wednesday 22nd May and fancy a slightly different sort of challenge, we (Iain, Hannah and Jude Large) are organising an urban orienteering event that evening. All courses start at Stoke Bishop Primary School and take in Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle – mainly on roads and paths but you may also need to venture into some of the wooded areas around the Trym Valley and edge of Blaise. There will be long (8.7km), medium (6.9km) and short (3.3km) courses available, as well as a special junior sprint course (1.2km) around the school site and surrounding residential areas suitable for young children and their grown ups! No prior experience or equipment is needed. Entries are £3 for children and £8 for adults but if this is your first time orienteering, you can enter for free if you email publicity@bristolorienteering.org.uk. Enter online via the BOK website up to 15th May: https://www.bristolorienteering.org.uk/events/bok-urban-series-5-sea-mills-wed-22nd-may-2024 The start and finish for all courses is on the school site and you can start your run any time between 5.00 and 7.30pm. If you like the sound of ‘urban orienteering’, BOK have various other events coming up in the Bristol area this spring/summer.

If we have missed any race events that you think should be listed, please contact – communication@westburyharriers.co.uk

This week’s editor: Hannah Large