Weekly News- Sunday 30th August

Sunday 30th August

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editor’s Piece

Today was the Severn Bridge 10k time trial, probably the first major event we’ve had in the Bristol region. A few Westbury runners were involved so if you did take part why not let me know how you got on? Perhaps include a few photo’s and I’ll be sure to include it in next week’s newsletter.

Payment Reminder

Just a quick reminder that if you’ve been attending the Thursday interval sessions then payment is now due for August (and July if you’ve not paid that month either).

You should have received an e-mail from Tamsin with the amount owed and payment instructions. Please include your surname, and the month in your transfer details, for example August-Gawinowski-I

Yate Track Meeting- Sunday 23rd August by Mike Mewse

Our colleagues at partner club Yate AC did an excellent job in putting on this track meeting for hurdlers and track runners. It was a huge amount of work to meet the Covid 19 guidelines but the meeting was a great success. A number of young Westbury / Yate athletes (some in Westbury and some in Yate vests) competed and produced some very good performances. Many thanks to all the officials (including our own Neil Miller) who did a very professional job.

Member of the Month Nominations

The club are meeting via Zoom this Friday. We would very much welcome your suggestions for this month’s members of the month for seniors and juniors. Please e-mail your nominations to member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk.

Leadership in Running Fitness Course

We have four people booked on the Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) one day course on 1/11/20 at Bradley Stoke. 

The club is always looking for more leaders for the senior, junior and academy sections. We could particularly do with more leaders for senior groups 4 and 3. With smaller groups needing to operate for the foreseeable future – any help is greatly appreciated. Don’t forget you receive a WH personalised vest and jacket. 

If you have thought about doing this course before then it would be nice to be there with other club members. If you would like to know more about the course or how you can help out at the club do get in touch (or with the junior/academy leaders). We do rely on all our wonderful volunteers to run the club.

Mark Andrews did the course last year and says it was well organised and suitable for all, regardless of age, pace and experience. He is more than happy to let people know what’s involved if you wish to catch-up with him at a training session.

Treasure Hunt 

As a trendy, politically correct teacher would say at a school sports day, your contribution is enough to make you all winners this week! I’m therefore not going to use the ‘somethings’ from a single individual but select a few of my favourites from all the contributions over the week. 

So, in no particular order we have a selection of treasure hunt items from Sarah (who has a worrying large collection of onesies) Judy, Shirley, Richard (the bike stand is back!) Eithne, Sandra (who has a bit of a Lego obsession) and Ken. 

Sarah’s TV programme was  Dragons Den and Richard’s was Stand Up for the Week.

A reminder of last week’s treasure hunt items are below.

  • Theme: Guess the TV soap opera or series
  • Something beginning with ‘O’
  • A ‘Let’ to Let Agreed sign
  • Something brown and green
  • A horse chestnut tree
  • A coat fo arms
  • Scaffolding
  • A phone box

Your treasure hunt something’s for this week are…

  • Theme: Guess the TV game show
  • A road marking
  • A barrier
  • Something beginning with P
  • Somebting blue and yellow
  • An Acer
  • A map
  • A police, ambulance or fire station.

Thursday Club Intervals

Good running by everybody at last week’s interval session. On paper it sounded a relatively simple session although on the night it proved to be extremely painful (even Tamsin had sore legs the following day and she normally never complains). But as they say, no pain, no gain! An extra big thank-you to Vicky who not only had to run, but also keep an eye on her watch and shout instructions. She did tell me it was a mental as well as a physical challenge. I’m not surprised, it was as much as I could do to run it.

This week Vicky has suggested a pyramid session of 1min, 2min, 3min, 4min, 3min, 2min, 1min with an optional 4mins at the end.

If you would like to take part just make sure you respond to the facebook reminder that will be posted later this week.


Well done to Paul Gladding who ran the Green Boy solo yesterday. He finished in 6 hours 24 minutes which he was pleased with as it was only 11 days after he ran the full Green Man. He tells me that yesterday was a good day for running, not too hot and a nice breeze at times. The course was a little muddy in places but that just added to the challenge. Usual interesting assortment of animals; horses, cows, bulls, sheep, lamas, geese, pheasants, woodpeckers, buzzards.

Tim Carr ran out to meet Paul and ran the last 4 miles with him which was a great help in the last tired miles.

Strava Results of the Week…

Our Strava segments this week go to Sarah Thorne on her 6km morning run near Brislington. Sarah achieved two Personal Records on ‘The really steep bit’ in 54 seconds and ‘Down to the river’ in 2:23. 

Congratulations to Ed Gould for achieving two Personal Records on Strava segment ‘Brussels Jubelpark 2/4 in 2:28 and ‘Cinquentenaire – Exterieur Sud 0.85KM’ in 3:41. I can also confidently say that Ed is the only Westbury Harrier holding those segments, but if you fancy running them I’m afraid you’re need to make a trip to Brussels.

If you want the chance to be named in this section of the weekly news then just add yourself to the Westbury Harrier club section of Strava. 

Diary Dates

Sunday 20th September. Hullavington 5k. A 5-kilometre run over a certified accurate course and compliant with the with the latest UK Government health advice concerning COVID19. Medal and Cake for all finishers. RACE FULL

Sunday 4th October. 40th Anniversary Virtual London Marathon. https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/index.html

Sunday 4th October Clarendon Marathon (with half and mini options). A trail event that takes place from Salisbury to Winchester along the ancient Clarendon Way. https://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk

Editor this Week

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