Weekly News Sunday 24th April

Sunday 24rd April

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

It’s worth having a read about Vicky’s summer track race feature in this week’s newsletter. You’ve all probably raced on the road, done a little cross country and tried trail events, perhaps even a fell race, so why not try something new? As Vicky suggests, an event at Yate may be a good starting point. It’s only up the road and you could always give a Tuesday track training session a try to familiarise yourself with the location.

Easter Social Run

Big “Congratulations !” to the (more than 40) runners who performed superbly in eating large amounts of cake, Easter biscuits, rock cakes, chocolate bunnies etc and drinking lots of coffee and tea (and also fitted in some good running) at the Easter Social Run.

Many Thanks to Louise, Tamsin, Sandra, Marilyn, Kay and everyone else who helped set up the run and post-run refreshments.

Report and photos by Mike Mewse.

Thursday Club and Yate Track Intervals

Nicola will not be leading the Yate track session on Tuesday as she’s on holiday but I’m sure some intervals will be suggested, just keep an eye on facebook nearer the time.

For Thursday’s intervals will be on the grass again but doing that old favourite, the one where you run back and forth. The aim is to get back to your original starting position. Cone placement will be key, so I imagine Mark Andrews will be using his meter tape when positioning the cones this week!

British Masters Relays and Bristol Track 5km

Lot’s going on today with the British Masters relays in Sutton Park and the Bristol Track 5km at Odd Down, Bath. Full race reports will follow on Facebook but here are just a few pictures as an appetiser from Old Down and the women’s relays’ race report from Tamsin.

A fabulous day out for the ladies squad at the British Masters Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park. Conditions were slightly chilly and windy on what is a challenging/undulating course just over 5km in distance. 

V35s – Cheshire Dragons were 1st, Sale Harriers 2nd and Tipton Harriers 3rd. Our team was 7th – Kate Hoffen 23.43, Tamsin  Elson Chick 21.34 Rebecca Lee 21.11 Lucy Richens 20.17

V45s – South London Harriers 1st, Cheshire Dragons 2nd, Tonbridge AC 3rd. Our A was 8th team Jayne Pemble 23.09 Alison Rogers 22.37 Emma Woodworth 21.51 and B team Emma-Jane Orchard 24.30

Thank you to all the ladies for taking the time out of busy lives and making the journey to represent the club. All ran superbly in consistently good times, showing the strength gained through the XC season. Thanks to Kate for stepping in to complete the v35 team. Running with people 20 years younger showing them how it is done. Kate would have been 17th fastest v55. Lucy was an impressive 8th fastest v35 on the day. She pulled past several people on the anchor leg, but we forgave her for being overtaken by British international runner Gemma Steel in 17.08. Thanks also to Emma-Jane for running despite the B team unfortunately being incomplete due to covid. This is definitely one for masters to put in the diary for next year.

Race report by Tamsin

Yeovil Easter Bunny 10k

Well done to Alex Hamblin who clocked a time of 35mins 02secs in this popular Somerset race. Alex says he was very happy with his result. Apparently it was a tough course but Alex felt he paced it well and finished strong. 

Malvern Hills Trail Half Marathon

Well done to Dan Davies and Seema Srivastava who completed the Malvern Trail Half this morning. I’m told there were some very brutal hills but it was great fun. Dan came 4th, so not bad for a 49 year old! and Seema was pleased just to finish, with all of them recently having COVID. 

Richard Bloss Personality of the Year

Thank you to everyone who nominated a club member for the Richard Bloss Personality of the Year.  The following people have been nominated and it’s now up to you to vote for your personality of the year. 

  • Anthony Glover
  • Geraint Torrington
  • Ian Gawinowski
  • Ken Lovell
  • Mark Andrews
  • Mike Mewse
  • Nicola Derrick
  • Sandra Sforza
  • Sarah Andrews
  • Steve Emery
  • Tamsin Chick

Votes must be received by midnight on Wednesday, April 27th and you must be a fully paid-up member for your vote to count. Any votes received after this time will not be counted. Send your votes to Geraint.torrington+bloss@gmail.com

Wednesday Evening Social Run

Last Wednesday we had a perfect spring evening, ideal for the regular club social run. Every Wednesday, meeting at the Downs watertower from 6:30pm there’s the opportunity for a relaxed social run of about 7 miles. The pace is around group 4 level and occasionally we will have a group that peels off to run at group 5 pace. 

It is an informal event and so not booked through RunTogether so please keep your eyes posted for details on Facebook.

Club Supper Night

The Black Swan aka The Dirty Duck on Stoke Lane can offer us their back room with a hot food buffet of Chilli and Rice on Thursday 23rd June after club intervals at 8:15pm. The price is £7.50 per person.  If you would like to come to eat, Louise Pretty must know numbers by Monday 13th June. Please don’t just like, if you want to eat please confirm YES to the facebook posting, dated 20th April. 

Money to be paid to Lou in advance, via bank transfer. Lou hopes this will be another enjoyable foodie get together, following Monday’s Easter social run success. 

Summer Track Races

We have a new committee position of Senior Track Manager (which is Vicky!). The aim of this position is to get more of our senior athletes competing on the track for Yate in middle distance events (800m up to 5k). As part of your membership, you are also entitled to run for Yate AC on the track. There are no additional costs just some form filling. To compete for Yate there are 2 steps

Sign up for Yate as a Westbury Harrier Associate Member for free below. https://yateac.co.uk/membership/

Complete the ‘other discipline form’ in the same link. You will need to print this out and get someone from both Westbury and Yate committees to sign and send off (bit archaic!). Don’t worry if you’re not a regular at Yate, a few of us frequently go over so can take it for you, get it signed and sent off.

There are quite a few races going on, so I have put together a fixture list of some key events. Yate takes part in three leagues all of which have four fixtures and in order of competitiveness are as follows:

National Athletics League, Midland Athletics League and Avon Track and Field League.

If you’re new to track and interested in giving it a go, the Avon League (link below) is a great place to get started. It’s pretty low key and all the fixtures are only at Yate, except for the final fixture which is in Gloucester. There are also some championship events on the fixture list and as well some open meetings. http://s250914043.websitehome.co.uk/avon/TFChamps.html

There are different team managers for each of the Leagues so please let me know if you’re interested and I can liaise with them. Some of you may already know who they are and be planning to race on the track, so don’t worry about going through me if you’re already in contact with them. For any championship or open meetings, you can simply enter yourself.

Yate has struggled over past years to fill middle distance races, typically two athletes are required per event with distances including 800m, 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m (or steeplechase events for the more adventurous among you). There is also the opportunity to run in some Leagues as a non-scorer if needs be. Across both Yate and Westbury, the majority of our senior distance runners will be members of Westbury competing solely at road and cross country who are more than capable of filling some track spaces, they perhaps just don’t realise it yet!

There is quite a Westbury contingent over at the track on a Tuesday evening which anyone is welcome to come along and try, all groups/paces are accommodated for. Booking is done as normal through RunTogether, but you don’t necessarily need to train every week on the track, we can certainly tailor some of the Thursday sessions towards 3k speed and quicker.

If anyone is interested in racing please do get in contact with me, or if you have any questions about training and competing on the track let me know and we can have a chat about it. You can get in contact with me using the contact details below. Thanks.

Vicky: senior.track.manager@westburyharriers.co.uk

Hanham Horror 2022

A lovely warm sunny day for this year’s Hanham Horror and I’m pleased to report all the Westbury runners survived the ordeal.

Tamsin Elson Chick and Kate Hoffen coming first and second in their category and Richard Hughes also first, winning a nice bottle of Prosecco, so a good day out for the Westbury Harriers runners.

The Grisdale Grind Fell Race

Oil Beale reports back on his experiences of running a fell race while on his recent holidays. Fell races are always tough but those ‘up north’ are even tougher!

The Grisedale Grind is a legendary fell race hosted by Keswick AC in the Lake District with a classic steep up and back route to an 800m summit in just 4km. Finn Goodhew had a fantastic race to complete his first fell season finishing 11th overall and 2nd U17 amongst Team GB and sponsored athletes. Oli Beale climbed to the summit well but lost many places descending and a bad fall but still managed a respectable 3rd M40.

Pictured below we have Oli in the foreground with Finn in hot pursuit (in the black Avon and Somerset running vest)

Club Birthday

It seems we’re celebrating a club birthday on a weekly basis these days, who knows it could even become a regular feature. If you have birthday coming up and want to be mentioned let me know with a photo or two!

Anyway, back to this week’s birthday! Big celebrations are in order for Trevor John Fitsall who’s also one of our club champions. He is famous (or infamous!) for getting his vest off to display his six pack and many a lady has swooned at such a  sight as he crosses a finish line. If we ever decide on a club charity calendar I know who we can pick for the month of April. Happy birthday Trevor!

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Akira Bees on a super easy 3 miler. Akira achieved a 3rd fastest time on Strava segment Chipping Sodbury parkrun lap in a time of 7:57

Diary Dates

Saturday 23rd April Butcombe Trail Ultra 50 or 56 mile ultramarathon (TACH)

Sunday 24th April Frenchay 10k. This race starts and finishes on the UWE Glenside Campus (Top left photo), Blackberry Hill, Fishponds, Bristol

The course is scenic and undulating and comprises of a circuit of the grounds followed by the exit onto Blackberry Hill. http://frenchay10k.co.uk/index.htm

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

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

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