Weekly News Sunday 28th November

Sunday 28th November

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Only 27 more days to go before Christmas and that can only mean one thing, it’s time for a Christmas Treasure Hunt! Next weekend I’ll publish the ‘somethings’ and if I ask the Treasurer very nicely we may even have a prize for the winner. 

Pictured below, a ‘cheeky’ smile from Sarah, who will be our Treasure Hunt judge and adjudicator for this years Christmas Treasure Hunt competition.

Gwent XC Fixture, Pembrey Country Park – Saturday 4th December

The third Gwent League of the season will be this Saturday, 4th December at Pembrey Country Park, SA16 0EJ.  All the details of the fixture can be found here https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/fixtures.html. 

It is truly lovely course at Pembrey, in a beautiful location. It is good underfoot through a mixture of forest trail, grass and with a sand dune thrown in too. You need to wear your Westbury vest and I would advise spikes or trail shoes.

The event is on RunTogether. £4 to be paid on the day.

Link below is for all the group runs including the Gwent fixture. https://tinyurl.com/mrxrh2zm

Club Intervals and Yate Track Sessions

We are all back on the grass again at Coombe Dingle this week.  The session involves some shorter intervals this week as it’s the Gwent on Saturday. Plan is 3 sets of 4 x 90secs (45secs recovery between the 90secs) and a slightly longer recovery between the sets of 2mins.

This weeks suggested Yate track session is one of Nicola’s favourites and very simple to remember. Just 8 x 800m (with a 200m jog recovery in between). We will begin with Nicola’s dynamic walking stretches then a few social warm-up laps before starting the intervals.

Westbury Harriers Kit Volunteer

The club are looking for a volunteer to take over looking after club kit. Not much to it but it makes sense if you are a regular down at training so you are able to pass on kit as required or hold occasional kit sales. 

Going forward we are only holding stocks of vests as hoodies can be purchased online.  We have a good, established working relationship with Ronhill Specials and also the online kitshop Professional Sport and Fitness.  Please get in touch if you would be able to help.

A link to the online kit shop is below but please note that for completions a club vest must be worn which can be purchased directly through the club. https://www.psfshop.com/Westbury_Harriers_RC/cat1565820_4517716.aspx

Tri-counties Cross Country Championships

The Tri-counties XC is on Sunday 19th December in Bath. OPEN event race is at 14:10 and is 10.3km. Championship for Senior and Master Ladies (6.6km) 13:40

This is an event where we’ve had really good success in recent years both individually and team level, particularly in the age group categories so let’s try and get as many senior/vet men and women running. It’s nice and close and a good hard race to do before Xmas.

Senior Women (or Women Masters) can opt to enter either the 6.6km Women’s race or the 10.3km ‘Open’ race. (this option will only display once an entrant has checked on one of the SW/W35/W45/W55 age groups). Medals will be available for women in each race.

Senior Team Competitions: these will be on a Tri-County basis, with six men from the 10.3km race or four women from the 6.6km race to count in the (separate) competitions. A club’s team may include athletes qualifying for any of Avon / Somerset / Wiltshire.

Entries are done individually through the link below so please enter yourselves but you can claim the entry fee back. Please let your respective team manager know if you are racing so we know who is on the team and who to expect on the day.  https://form.jotform.com/213065811737354

Weston Prom and Christmas Meal

Sandra Bailey-gard is kindly organising the annual Westbury post Weston prom Christmas meal on Thursday 16th Dec. The entries for the prom are online and in advance. https://westonac.co.uk/weston-prom-run/

If you want to come let Sandra know. Please put the money in an envelope with your name and menu choices and give to Sandra or Tamsin, at the latest by 7/12/21. 

£11.99 2 course or 3 courses £13.99 (can round up to £12 & £14!)


Dan Summers was in a bit of a hurry to finish today’s Wiltshire AVR half marathon. Dan stormed around the course in a time of 1:16 (according to Strava). Great running Dan.

Scott Campbell was enjoying the Bicton Blister, a 10 miler near Exmouth. Scott completed the course in 1:07 to claim 5th place.

I was surprised to learn that yesterday’s Blorenge fell race took place, consider there were gale force winds that afternoon. I guess fell runners are made of tougher stuff than some of us road runners! Fortunately for Finn Goodhew he did not get blown off the top of the mountain and took 5th place overall and a second place category win.

An age category win for Kay Ridgwell at the mid-week Severn Bridge Night Race. Well done Kay.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Barry Crab taking on some interval training on the Downs today. Barry  had a personal record on Strava segment ‘Push to the roundabout in a time of 3:34. 

Diary Dates

Friday 3rd December Night Race Mallards Pike Lake, Forest of Dean. It’s off-road, in the dark and very exciting!  https://sites.google.com/site/roguerunsevents/home/our-events/night-runs

Saturday 4th December Gwent League Cross Country, Pembrey Park

Monday 13th December Brailsford Xmas Lights, followed by sandwiches at the Black Swan.

Thursday 16th December. Weston Prom followed by Xmas meal. 

Sunday 19th December Tri Counties XC Championships, Bath

Sunday 19th December Weston’s Christmas Cracker 10k, entires now open. http://www.westonac.co.uk/christmas-cracker

Sunday 26th December Clevedon AC Boxing Day Race. A great event to work off the Christmas excesses. https://www.clevedonac.co.uk/races/2-boxing-day-race

Tuesday 28th December Bank Holiday Festive Run, starting from the Blaise Clubhouse

Sunday 2nd January 2022, South West XC Championships RNAS Merryfield, Ilminster

Sunday 23rd January Doynton Hard Half Marathon, a ‘horrible’ cross country race! https://www.doyntonhardhalfmarathon.co.uk

Sunday 23rd Jan Speedway 10k. Beachley. https://tinyurl.com/2p8f7nf7

Saturday 19th February Gwent League Cross Country, Blaise Castle

Saturday 19th March Gwent League Cross Country, Singleton Park, Swansea

Editor this Week

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