Weekly News – Sunday 3rd March 2024

Just to prove there were some smiles after yesterdays final Gwent League fixture at Pontypool
Results and write ups to follow next week but a huge well done to all the Westbury runners who took part on a challenging course in tough conditions, courtesy of the non stop rain we’ve had again this week!

Stars on Screen !


Thank you to everyone who helped with the filming and interviews at Yate track on Tuesday and the two previous efforts that were abandoned due to terrible weather. Despite some drizzly rain the ITV crew of Ross and Dave managed to get the action shots and interviews they wanted.
Thanks especially to Pat and Marilyn who braved the wind and rain on three occasions – we look forward to your screen debuts !

The film and interviews will be edited over the next two weeks together with other photos and clips. The plan is to provide a piece for the evening news and an extended feature for ITV X – so we’ll have to wait a while for the results.

Posted by Mark Andrews-

Training on Monday 4 March!!
A few of us are going to the Black Swan on Stoke Lane after training next Monday. All welcome, no need to book, just a quick drink and catch up!


English Cross Country Association update on the Nationals

Following many meetings with various interests, the ECCA is now able to update you on the future plans for the 2024 National Championships.

We have rescheduled the 2024 Championships at Weston Park during September (the exact date will be issued within a week from now). We recognise the importance of holding an annual Championships so have taken the decision to break with tradition and use a September date. Details will be published as soon as possible, but we will be using age groups as per the 2023/2024 cross country season. So existing age groups will be used in September. We will refund the entries from the postponed Championships and reopen the entries at a suitable time.

Updates and details will be publicised as soon as we can with statements made through our website. It will take some time to process the refunds so please be patient. We do hope that you will support us at the re-arranged event. We would like to assure you that no stone was left unturned in our efforts to find parking and/or a transport system within the area but it was just not possible, with all possibilities having been booked for other events a long time ago. Whilst recognising how different it will be to have a National Cross Country in September , we hope and trust that athletes will embrace the experience.

Charity fund raising

The charity cake sale that we held in the summer raised a fantastic £975.41 for Shine Cancer support. Well done to all involved 🙂 I Think this not only shows how much runners love cake but what a great community we have at Westbury Harriers

Congratulations to James Murphy who celebrated 54 years with the club this week!

Want to share any news, race stories or results, then please email: communication@westburyharriers.co.uk or you can post on the WH Facbook Group Page. We love to hear about everyone’s achievements and adventures. 



 MCAA Road Relay Championships – Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield (B73 6BU) – Saturday 23rd March 2024

Westbury Harriers will be entering teams for the Midland Road Relays. The men’s race is a 12 stage relay (8 x 3.16 miles and 4 x 5.38 miles. Long legs 1-4) and the ladies’ is a 6 stage relay (2 x 5.38 miles and 4 x 3.165 miles Long Legs one & three. Short legs two, four, five & six). We are looking to get out a competitive A team and an ‘anyone who would like to give it a go’ B team. We can also enter a C team if we have enough interest. As a guide this event is more suitable for those runners who train in groups 1-4, but anyone is welcome to take part. Relays are great fun, Sutton Park is great course and venue.

Please sign up on RunTogether

Men: https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/WestburyHarriersRunningClub/BookClass/12cc3925-7cf5-439a-81b2-72f734750116
Ladies: https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/WestburyHarriersRunningClub/BookClass/ad9cfa1f-b931-41d3-8a1f-f732d352f573
Tamsin is coordinating the ladies team and Chris Palmer the men’s team. Entries close on 10th March so we need to know by 8th March (latest) if you can run. With this event you can enter 3 times the number of names per team with 12/6 to run, but there are no amendments nearer the time. So anyone who can be a reserve is most welcome. Please let Chris or Tamsin know if you are regular racer and are not available so we don’t chase you. Equally, contact Tamsin and Chris if you have any questions.

Organising relay teams is not easy, so please help Tamsin and Chris by signing up promptly. It is always a good day out and it’s great to support your team mates. Lift shares will be available. The club pays the entry fees and supports towards petrol costs as this is a regional championship event.


British Masters Open Road Relays – Saturday 25th May

Westbury Harriers will be entering teams into the BMAF Road Relays at Mallory Park, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, LE9 7QE on Sat 25th May. Our teams did exceptionally well at this event last year so it would be great to have a good turnout in all age groups. The club will pay the entry and provide some support with travel costs. We car share where possible.

Each leg is 5k on a mainly flat tarmac surface.

Categories and stages:

FV35 team of 4

FV45, FV55 and FV65 teams of 3

If you would like to take part in this race, then please get in touch manager.vet.women@westburyharriers.co.uk
For more information see the British Masters website https://bmaf.org.uk/

TRAINING THIS WEEK COMMENCING 4th of March (where did Feb go?!)


Please remember all groups now leave Coombe Dingle promptly at 6:30pm, torches and bright/reflective clothing are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


From February track session fees (+admin fee) will be taken through RunTogether like other sessions, so there will be no need to pay Yate directly, as the club will do this. Please do cancel if you can’t make the session as the track sessions are popular and there has been a waiting list in recent weeks. As before, if RunTogether doesn’t refund you automatically please message Tamsin. Sign up HERE.

This week the session is:

More distance @5k pace/quicker and shorter intervals

3 sets of – 3 x 500m (100m jog recovery between reps), 200m between sets. Aim for 5k pace

If you run regularly at Yate or plan to give track races a go this season. Do make sure you have taken advantage of our partnership with Yate AC and joined Yate for free as an associate Westbury Harriers member. https://westburyharriers.co.uk/membership/yate-partnership/


Fliss has been doing a fantastic job recently leading the weekly sessions. A few people are also qualifying for their LiRF course to help out too. These sessions are covered over the next few months (thanks Tamsin for covering last week) so please book on via RunTogether HERE.

Meet every Wednesday at 12pm at the traffic lights by Saville Road on the Downs.



This week on the grass (cross fingers it will remain dry), bring a headtorch!

Session: 2 x 4 mins (90 secs recovery) @ 10k effort (option to drop to 3 mins)

3 x 3 mins (1 min recovery) @ 5k effort

4 x 90 secs (1 min recovery) @ quicker than 5k effort

Remember you ALWAYS have an option to drop down groups, and times on these, so don’t be shy.


 DID YOU KNOW? You can view all events on our calendar HERE

Key – Red = Key club team racesGreen = Club Championship raceBlue = Club Centenary/Other events

Saturday 16th March 2024: Masters Open Cross Country ChampionshipsCorwen, Wales. (Men/Women masters V35, V45, V55, V65 plus)
Sunday 17th March 2024: The Big Cheese: https://www.cheddarrunningclub.co.uk/big-cheese 15 glorious miles of off-road running in the Mendips!
Saturday 23th March: Midland 12/6 stage road relays, Sutton Park (Any questions please speak to your Team manager)Sign up – Men’s: https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/WestburyHarriersRunningClub/Runs/Summary/12cc3925-7cf5-439a-81b2-72f734750116Sign up – Women’s: https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/WestburyHarriersRunningClub/Runs/Summary/ad9cfa1f-b931-41d3-8a1f-f732d352f573
Saturday 23rd March: Club Awards Evening at St Peter’s Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Time TBC, but probably around 6pm.
Thursday 4th April: Weston Prom series (5 miles)
Sunday 7th April: Exe to Axe (a bit of a journey, but a brilliant race!) 22 miles of coast path from Exmouth to Seaton.Link: https://www.sidmouthrunningclub.co.uk/jps-exe-to-axe-2024/
Sunday 21st April: London Marathon
Thursday 25th April 2024: Club AGM after training at Coombe Dingle. Senior training will begin earlier at 6.30pm this evening.
Saturday 27th April: Butcombe Trail Ultra Marathon (50 or 56 mile options)
Saturday 18th May: Formal Dinner for Club Centenary celebration. Location: Bristol Hotel (Details have been posted on Facebook, info on how to book will be emailed soon)
Friday 24th May – First 10k in the Towpath series including the Mob Match
Saturday 25th May: Masters Road Relays, Leicester (Team managers will complete entries)
Tuesday 11th June – Clevedon Midsummer 10k – a fast flat local 10k
Sunday 23rd June: All Club Event, with activities for juniors and seniors followed by food at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex



Editor this week – Sophie Voller