Weekly News – Sunday 26th March

Sunday 26th March

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

This newsletter prides itself on being factual correct and campaigns against the publication of fake news. Unfortunately, and occasionally errors do occur and as I follow the Independent Press Standard Organisation rules any complaints brought to my attention will be corrected and clarified.

Richard Hughes ran the Lisbon Half Marathon and his actual chip finishing time was 01:41:39 (which I incorrectly reported last week), coming 28th in the M60 age category.

Last week I’d been watching a lot of athletics on the telly. This sparked my interest is great athletes of the past and I discovered that Karl Marx’s wife, Onya, was a great olympic track runner. In fact to this very day we honour her contribution and name her at the start of every race!*

Just a couple of important reminders for you. We have our Annual General Meeting today at 6:45pm via Zoom. If you’ve not had the details please e-mail myself or secretary@westburyharriers.co.uk and we can pass on all the information you need to log on.

The second reminder is to consider applying for the Men’s and/or Men’s Master’s Team Manager roles. These posts are both currently vacant and if the club continues to compete in events they do need to be urgently filled. The club will provide support and help.

Finally, last week I had plenty of contributions from Tamsin’s marvellous ladies but nothing from the chaps. Come on blokes, you can do better and let’s have some race or training updates for next week!

Pictured below, the Saturday Water Tower runners pause for one last photo stop before one group heads off to do road, the other to hit some muddy trails.

*Borrowed from Vic and Bob.

Tuesday Running Session at Yate Track and Thursday Intervals

The running session at Yate Track will be advertised nearer the time on facebook.

For Thursday we plan to be back on the field (unless it’s really wet and muddy) 3 sets of 4 x 90 seconds, 45 second recoveries, 2 minute recoveries between sets. Option to drop a set or ease off the pace.

Lacing Guide

Somebody told me they were having big toe issues and losing nails the other day. I spotted this lacing guide on the internet which may help to alleviate the problem and be of interest to club member.

Renewal Reminder and Yate and District Membership

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership so far. If you haven’t renewed your membership, can you please ensure that this is done before 31st March 2023 – next Friday!

If you have said that you want to compete in track events, you will have received an email with information about how to join our partner Club, Yate and District AC. The email attaches a form which needs to be completed and returned to membership@westburyharriers.co.uk. For ease, this form has been attached to the Facebook posting from yesterday. Unless this form is returned, you will not be able to compete for Yate and District AC. Can I please encourage everyone to return the form!

Any questions, please message me or comment on the facebook post or e-mail membership@westburyharriers.co.uk


Riga 23 World Athletics Road Running Championships

The World Athletics Road Running Championships is just around the corner and it’s time to gear up and lace up!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to test your limits and push yourself to new heights. Running with the best in the world, with mass participation events, on a world-class course, is an experience like no other. So don’t miss this chance to challenge yourself and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Join the global running community and Westbury Harriers runners in Autumn in Riga, Latvia.

On Saturday 30th September, it’s the World Mile Mass race and the 5km Mass Race

On Sunday 1st October, it’s the Half Marathon Mass Race

Entry prices for the half, 5k and mile are as follows (until March 31st, then they increase): €49, €24 & €14 respectively

So far we have eight club runners signed up, mainly for the half-marathon.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Richard Hughes. https://worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-road-running-championships/riga23

Bradley Stoke 10k

This ever popular event is being held the day after my birthday on Sunday 11th June. Race Nation link is below.https://tinyurl.com/3jkpmvuk

Vest and Club Kit

New stock of WH vests now received. Please contact Tamsin or Katie Hughes if you need one. Vests can be delivered to training or collected from the Coombe Dingle area. Children £15 and adults £18.50

Nicola Derrick will have vests for sale at the Yate track session on 4th April as know there are few in the Tuesday group that need them. Do say if you need one before this date. 

We also have crop tops for sale.

Hogweed Trot 10k – Monday 22nd May 23

Tracey has reminded me the Hogweed Trot 10K is on 22 May 2023. It also incorporates the Avon 10K road Championships. This is a very popular event with the club, in fact I’ve run it a number of years on the trot! https://hogweedtrotters.co.uk/hogweed-trot-10k/

Blaise Blazer 2023 – Monday 5th June

The Blaise Blazer is an annual 4 mile (approx.) race set to the backdrop of the biggest hills and best views to found in the beautiful grounds of Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol. Moving across a range of tarmac, grass and trails, to be held on Monday 5th June.

If you’re not running then please consider volunteering to marshal and help with event organisation. Alastair will be sending out details for volunteers nearer the time.  https://westburyharriers.fullonsport.com/event/blaise-blazer-2023/profile

Club Drop-In Session – Monday 27th March

Dear Runners, Parents and Volunteers,

The club will be hosting an informal drop-in session on Monday 27th March in the meeting room at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex between 6pm-8.30pm.

The purpose is to invite people to give their feedback and ideas on how the club can improve, develop and spend resources. There will be committee members who you can talk with and places where you can jot down your suggestions.

The meeting room is upstairs in the cricket pavilion opposite the bar.

We hope you can spare 5-10 mins that evening to pop along.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Elliott Chard running the Lighting Bolk 10k today crossing the line in 36:11 and achieving a PB (and Strava best estimated 10k effort).

Diary Dates

Sunday 26th March Club AGM via Zoom

Monday 27th March Club Drop in Session, Coombe Dingle from 6pm

Friday 31st March Severn Bridge Twilight 5 (and Club Championship event)

Sunday 23rd April Offa’s Orror 10k and 10k trail run, Chepstow Harriers

Saturday 1st April 6 and 12 Stage Midland Relays, Sutton Park

Sunday 2nd April Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon

Friday 7th April Bristol Track Club 5 km

Sunday 16th April Frenchay 10k, it’s hilly!

Monday 17th April Seniors back to Blaise estate for training

Sunday 23rd April Offa’s Orror trail race including both the 20k and 10k options

Thursday 27th April Weston Prom

Saturday 29th April Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon 50 or 56 miler

Tuesday 9th May Race 1 Rose Inn Series, Chepstow Harriers 

Sunday 14th May AJ Bell Great Bristol Run 10k and HM

Friday 19th May GWR Towpath Race 1 (including Mob Match)

Saturday 20th May Club Awards Evening at Shirehampton Golf Club

Monday 22nd May 10k Hogweed Trot and Avon County Championships 

Thursday 25th May Weston Prom

Monday 5th June Blaise Blazer Trail Race

Saturday 10th June Man V Horse

Tuesday 13th June Race 2 Rose Inn Series, Chepstow Harriers

Tuesday 13th June Clevedon AC Midsummer 10k 

Friday 16th June GWR Towpath Race 2

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

Thursday 6th July Tintern Trot Trail Race, Chepstow Harriers 

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

Friday 14th July GWR Towpath Race 3

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

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

Friday 18th August GWR towpath race 4

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

Sunday 27th August Severn Bridge Half Marathon and 10k

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