Weekly News – Sunday 18th June

Sunday 17th June

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Westbury Harriers’ were out in force yesterday at the Blaise Parkrun using the opportunity to support both the parkrun event and promote the club. Hopefully the offer of free tea, coffee and biscuits and chatting to club members may entice a few parkrunners to join the club.

Many thanks to Mark, Sarah, David and Alison for organising the morning of publicity and facilitating with parkrun. It worked very well and we hope to do something similar in the near future.

Tuesday Running Session at Yate Track and Thursday Intervals

At Coombe Dingle for 10 x 2mins (each 2 mins will include a 30secs ‘pick up’ at a random time, listen for the whistle). 1 minute recovery. Aim for 5k pace and pick up to 3k pace for the 30secs.  *Option to do 8. If it’s a hot one then don’t forget to bring a drink along.

The Tuesday track session at Yate will be published on facebook nearer the time.

Yate Track Taste/Time Trail/Race Evening – Friday 23rd June.

A reminder of this event coming up next Friday. We didn’t know what to call it, it really is whatever you want it to be! It is an opportunity to run on the track, particularly for those who may not do so regularly or at all. 

Meet from 7pm with the fun starting from 7:30pm. We will be holding a series of 1500m runs, runners will be put into pace related groups so everyone should be able to run in a way they feel comfortable with.

It will be timed and there may even be prizes! You can chose to be competitive or just enjoy running on the track it really is up to you! We hope to finish with some sort of relay with each runner covering a shorter distance. 

The club house and bar will be open so it should be a sociable Friday evening out as well! There is no charge but we do need to organise the runs and know who is coming so please book on using Run Together, the link is below.  https://tinyurl.com/3a4a3xa8

Clevedon Midssummer 10k – Tuesday 14th June, by Mark Andrews

I guess there is a clue in the name that it might be a warm evening and it certainly was. Club Championship points at stake no doubt contributed to a great Westbury turnout. The course is as flat as any 10k could possibly be, with real PB potential on a cooler evening.

The Westbury men were lead home by Ben Wood, followed by Alastair and Matt. Steph was first Westbury lady followed by Tamsin and Laura. The middle of the pack seemed to be dominated by Westbury runners which was good competitive fun for those of us involved.

Well done to everyone who raced this evening. Congratulations to Ann Lovell on yet another age category win and 2nd places for Tamsin and Sarah in their respective categories!

A lovely evening with everyone supporting and encouraging each other.

Master’s Track and Field Event at Yate, Saturday 12th August

Many thanks to Fliss for publicising this event. 

New on the scene, with entries having just gone live, is a Track and Field Open event for Masters only at Yate on Saturday the 12th of August. No need to trek for hours to get Masters competition with this on your doorstep! It’s a full day programme with Photo-Finish and EDM in use.

Venue: Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Bristol BS37 7LB. All athletes must be 35 or over on the date of the competition. Meeting fee £5 plus entry fee of £5 per event. No entries on the day, entries close at midnight on Friday 4th August 2023. 

Full information including entries here:  https://tinyurl.com/2je9n2jh

Club Championship Races

I now have an update of the Club Championship standings after the Clevedon Midsummer 10k, shown below. Note in 11th place we have Sarah Andrews and Immy Ireland in joint place with 51 points and for the men it’s Richard Hughes in 11th with 49 points. There’s no space to show the full standings here but they are on Judy’s facebook posting dated a couple of days ago.

The next three events coming up include the Sri Chimney 2 miler on Tuesday 27th June 19:30, the Bitton 5k Wednesday 5th July and the Age Grader on Sunday 23rd July.

GWR Towpath Race No2

There were no club championship points or team awards available last night for the second race in the towpath series, it was all just for fun!  Not quite so many runners out this time, perhaps because it was just too damm hot, or perhaps people were recovering from other races. Even so, there was still some serious running with some fantastic results.

First across the line was Robert Farley (Bitton Road Runners) in 34:52 and first lady was Katrina Entwistle (Bristol and West) finishing in 39:05. 

Some prizes to take home for Westbury as well with Ian Gawinowski first V40, Sophie Voller 2nd overall female and first in age group, and Kate Hoffen and Maggie Salter both taking first place in their respective age categories.

The next race in the series is on Friday 7th July

Westbury Wipeout Volunteers Needed for Monday 3rd July

New information has been added to the Westbury Wipeout Volunteer hub. Please support the event by volunteering (3rd July @ 19:15[race start]).

We need all the volunteers that we can get to ensure that the event is a success.


South West 5k PB Series, Odd Down, Bath 14th June, By Mike Mewse

Another great evening of racing organised by Bristol Track Club. In hot and humid conditions there were some brave running form our small Westbury Harriers contingent.

Finn Goodhew (U20) was in good form and duly delivered a new PB of 15.52 ahead of Alex Hamblin (SM) 16.58 and Alec Sampson, (V40) 17.03 . There were also great results for Dominic Hurford (V45) in 19.56 and George Pickering (SM) in 22.26. Well done boys !

Sri Chinmoy Race 2 at Eastville Park

Just three Westbury Harriers at last week’s sunny Sri Chinmoy Race 2 at Eastville Park. Debbie Hunt had a great run and Jay Hunt took home a medal for 1st overall (10:59) and Eithne Noonan a medal for 1st F60 (18:53). Congratulations.

Next Race: Tuesday 27th June 7:30pm which is also a Club Championship! 

Bristol Running Show , Sunday 16th July

The Club has a stand booked at this event and are looking for volunteers to help out on the day.

This year’s event will be taking place at the BAWA Club, Southmead Road, Bristol BS34 7 RG between 9am and 4pm.

The event itself includes stands from local clubs as well as from a range of running related businesses. There are talks throughout the day and a series of runs in the morning. Entry is free but you do need to pre book tickets.

Last year we had a really wide range of Club Members who came along to help, from the Chairman and longstanding members right through to relatively new members which was really pleasing and gave a real flavour of everything that is great about the club! The experience of someone who has just joined can be just as valuable to someone thinking of joining themselves as the details that those of us who have been around for longer can give. 

If you can help out this year please respond to Mark Andrews along with any preferred timing. He will then try and put together a rota to cover the day in manageable slots of about 2 hours.

A link to the show’s website is below if you would like to see more about the show.https://tinyurl.com/mzn7ph86

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Valerie Hughes running the Blaise Parkrun and achieving a 2nd fastest time on Strava segment Blaise parkrun through woods in a time of 5:27. Unfortunately some idiot has photobombed the shot!

Diary Dates

Friday 23rd June Yate Track Taster Session

Saturday 24th June Maverick Adidas Terrex FoD Trail race, various distances

Tuesday 27th June Sri Chimnoy 2 mile (Club Championship)

Thursday 29th June 19:30 Thornbury 10k Road Race, Thornbury Running Club

Friday 30th June 19:00 Beer and Banger 10K, Nailsea Running Club

Wednesday 5th July Bitton 5k Race 3 and Club Championship Race

Thursday 6th July Tintern Trot Trail Race, Chepstow Harriers 

Friday 7th July GWR Towpath Race 3

Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th July Brecon Fans Race Weekend. Horseshoe 10 miler and Pen y Fan

Tuesday 11th July Race 3 Rose Inn Series, Chepstow Harriers

Sunday 23rd July 5 mile Age Grader road race (Club Championship) Rogueruns

Saturday 29th July Magor 10k Road Race  massive PB potential on a mega flat route

Wednesday 2nd August Bitton 5k Race 4

Tuesday 8th August Race 4 Rose Inn Series, Chepstow Harriers and Club Championship Race

Saturday 12th August WH River Cruise

Saturday 12th August Masters Track and Field Event at Yate Track

Wednesday 16th August Crook Peak Fell Race – Club Championship Race

Friday 18th August GWR towpath race 4

Saturday 19th August Race the Train, trail event and you chase the choo choo

Monday 21st August Club Charity Hash and Cake Sale

Sunday 27th August Severn Bridge Half Marathon and 10k

Saturday 16th September Relish Running Cheddar Road Race

Saturday 23rd September Midland Road Relays 

Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October. Trail running weekend, Peak District.

Saturday 30 September – Sunday 1st October World Athletics Road Running Champs Riga 1 mile, 5km and half marathon

Sunday 17th September Copenhagen Half Marathon (part of the Super Half Series)

Sunday 17th September Oldbury 10 miler Thornbury Running Club

Sunday 24th September Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Sunday 1st October Cardiff Half Marathon (part of the Super Half Series)

Editor this Week

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