Weekly News – Sunday 4th July

Sunday 4th July

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editor’s Piece

So much sport on at the moment. Of course I have to mention the football results, let’s be honest that’s all people will be going on about this week. But we also have the Tour de France with a couple of great wins by Cavendish and at Wimbledon Emma Raducana has stunned everyone. I’m especially looking forward to the Olympics in Tokyo and the chance to watch some athletics and not long to that too, the opening ceremony is only three weeks away.  

Club Kit Sales

Club Vests and Hoodies will be available to buy at Coombe Dingle Training on Thursday 8th July from 6.30 to 7.30. 

Prices are as follows: Adult Vests £15, Kids Vests £12, Adult Hoodies £20, Kids Hoodies £16. We can accept cash (exact amount), cheques or bank transfers (details available on request). 

If you are unable to make this date and need a vest or hoodie please get in touch with Tamsin Chick (manager.women@westburyharriers.co.uk) or Katie Hughes (WH Facebook Page).

Club Intervals- Ever Decreasing Levels of Pain

2 sets of 4mins, 3mins, 2mins, 1mins (1min recovery, 90 between sets). Shorter option, swap the 4mins for another 3 mins

Facebook 5km Relay

The facebook relay continues and this week we have Carrie Jones who has been doing fantastic work with Westbury Harriers Academy. Now over to you Carrie…..

I’d like to thank Ros White for her nomination and for the enormous support she has been to me this year. She has dedicated hours to sorting out the Academy waiting list – no mean feat – and also regularly runs sessions for the Academy groups. I am extremely grateful to her for all her hard work.

I’m Carrie Jones and I am not currently a member of Westbury Harriers but organise the Academy training for the young people in the club. From a very young age I have always spent all my time outside – my dad is a sportsman and I have two brothers and so my childhood was spent playing cricket, football, rugby in all weathers. My dad was the kind of person who believed everything was a character-building experience and so we were just expected to get on with it. He instilled in me a great love of the outdoors, sport and I have always particularly loved running. I am one of these people who find it quite hard to walk anywhere because I always think it would be quicker to run. I want to pass on this enthusiasm for running and joy of the outdoors to the young people in the Academy. At school I was hugely inspired by a PE teacher who was a former female Australian international rugby player. She greatly encouraged me and entered me into races such as Avon schools which led on to English schools cross country championship. I was lucky enough one year to be in the same race as Paula Radcliffe and am now slightly surprised my running career hasn’t followed a similar trajectory!

Now I am a busy mum with 4 children and a part-time job which leaves very little time for running. I try to get out early most mornings and run because a doctor on Radio 4 told me I needed to get light into my eyes early to balance my eating and sleeping patterns and because my 13-year old daughter told me that running before breakfast burns more fat! I also have been inspired by GoodGym who are a community of runner who run whilst doing good deeds. For this reason, I often try to make a good deed part of my run. 


For my 5k run today, I walked to Shirehampton with an elderly friend’s shopping and ran back through Shirehampton golf course, Sea Mills and parts of Coombe Dingle and managed to deliver some Westbury Wipeout envelopes on the way too. 

Finally, my lockdown mission was to try and find ways of running which involved as few roads as possible. I have now explored nearly all the lanes around Westbury and Southmead and only this week came across some old tennis courts in Sea Mills which I didn’t know existed. I love trying to work out how all these pathways fit together and find new off-road routes. 

For the next 5k I would like to nominate Alison Rogers who has guided me through this 5k relay process and is a great friend. I know she will have interesting stories about running which will inspire us all.

Quick recap below of the runners so far including, Tamsin, Hannah McAlpine, Anne Lovell, Mark Andrews, Kate Wills, Jenny Godden, Ewan Cameron, Clair Cusack, Linda Phillips, Marilyn Palmer, Jane Derham, Alex Hamblin, Ben Rawlins, Mike Mewse, Anthony Glover, Dan Summers, Scott Campbell, Chris Palmer, Vicky Tester, Rhi Paton, Robyn Ellis, Dara Goodluck, Jayne Pemble, Kate Howard, Rosie Hamilton-James, Emily Whitaker, Ewan Paton, Richard Hughes, Sandra Sforza, Ken Lovell, Anneke Bull, Colin Johnson, Chris Beck, Trish Robson, Izzy Povey, Robin Phillips, Carol Fee , Eithne Noonan , Kay Ridgwell, Tim Carr, Paul Gladding, Fiona Leahy Lithander, Carolyn Dent ,Sarah Andrews, Elaine Barley, Liz Lovelock, Steve Emery , Alistair Blackwood, Gary Dickens, Svetlana Jones, Abi Hall and Dawni Stygall, Emma Rossiter, Rhona Beynon, Caroline Bull, Mike Hurst, Laura Pankhurst, Louise Pretty, Geraint Torrington, James Bardwell, Rosalind White and Carrie Jones.

Monday Evening Club Training

No group 4 club runs this week. Other runs may also be severely depleted in numbers because quite a few club members will be marshalling for the Westbury Wipeout. Check the RunTogether site to see what’s available.


Westbury Wipeout Volunteers- Final Reminder

Tomorrow evening (Monday) is the Westbury Wipeout. This is the final reminder that lot’s of eager volunteers are needed. If you’ve not yet put your name down on the list please do so as you’re encouraged to come up to Coombe Dingle and offer your support and help cheer on the youngsters around the course.

Please respond to Kay’s facebook post if your available to meet the timings below. Meet by the clubhouse. Marshals will need to arrive by 6.30pm for some roles, 6.45 for others, to be in position before the run starts at 7.15pm. We need at least 45 of you lovely Westbury Harriers, family and friends also welcome

Member of the Month Nominations

The committee will be meeting this Friday and that can mean only one thing….. MEMBER OF THE MONTH NOMINATION TIME! So, if you have a nomination please email member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk. by Friday lunchtime. We’re often short of junior nominations so if you know a youngster that is deserving, perhaps improved or shown dedication in their training, then out us know.


Well done to everybody who took part in the Cotswold Relays. I don’t have all the results to hand although I do know that Trish won her age category group. Well done Trish.

We also had the midweek Southwest 5k PB series on Wednesday. Some very fast times and everybody achieved either a personal best or seasons best. 

Oli Beale 15:46 (PB), Matt Ellis 15:53 (SB), Alan Uren 16:13 (PB), Richard Noble 19:51 (SB), Robyn Ellis 20:00 (SB)

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Alison Rogers on Leg 10 of the Cotswold Way Relay. She achieved so many personal records on Strava I don’t have the space to mention them all here so I will have to select a few instead. Alison achieved a PR on Strava segment ‘Cotswold Way Climb’ in a time of 4:50 and ‘Cotswold Way steps to Sion Hill’ in a time of 1:34. Well done.

Diary Dates

Monday 5th July Westbury Wipeout 

Wednesday 4th August 19:30: Bitton Road Runners 5k Series. We are pleased to announce that the 5K series will return this year. All races start at 19:30 from Bitton Railway Station. Other dates include 1st Sept. All dates subject to confirmation

25th August and 29th September: Bristol and West SW PB 5k Series.

Monday 23rd August. Memorial run for St Peter’s Hospice

Sunday 29th August Severn Bridge 10k and Half. https://sites.google.com/site/severnbridgehalfmarathon/home

Sunday 12th September Wye Valley Tunnel Run 5 and 10km. https://www.relishrunningraces.com/wye-valley-tunnel-run.php?fbclid=IwAR15xzqxYHOXIhLR98_6yBofM2zYcRIr2BUdCdfoFQRYuw6qIFqvSD74mq0

Editor this Week

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