Weekly News – Tuesday 9th January 2024

Happy New Year!

This year is a significant year for the club as it celebrates its centenary.

The club was founded on February 8th, 1924, and the first of our celebrations will take place on Thursday, February 8th, 2024, with a club supper at the White Lion in Westbury-on-Trym. Why the White Lion? Well, that’s where the club was formed 100 years ago. Details on how to book will follow soon.

Other centenary dates for your diaries are, Saturday May 18th (formal dinner), weekend of June 22nd/23rd all club event.


Thank you Ian

At the very bottom of the last newsletter, you’ll have seen that our newsletter editor and communications officer Ian Gawinowski has made the decision to step down from the role after around four years.

On behalf of the committee and the entire club I’d like to thank Ian for producing such high quality and entertaining newsletters over this time period.

What does this mean for the newsletter going forwards? It’s an opportunity for someone else to take on the role and put their stamp on it as Ian did. It’s an important communication method for the club and if you feel that it’s something you’d like to take on, or be part of a team to produce it, please get in touch with Geraint Torrington.


Thank you Richard

The Wednesday hill sessions have been a popular midweek session for many members of the club with Richard Hughes devising many routes and keeping statistics of the participating runners.

Richard has decided to step down from leading this group so thank you from the entire club for starting this training session.

It’s not the end of the sessions though with some other leaders looking to carry them on. Keep a lookout on Facebook for the session details.


Members of the month for December

The December members of the month are both for performances at the Tri-counties Cross Country Championships that took place in Bath on Sunday, December 10th.

Your senior member of the month is Dan Summers who is the Avon Masters 40 XC champion. Dan also helps with the club’s Academy, regularly helping out with the groups.

And our junior member of the month and Avon Under 20 XC champion is Katie Ramsden. Katie has stepped up to run with the seniors in the Gwent League races this year too.

Congratulations to both athletes. If you want to nominate a member of the month, send an email to member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk


Changes to Monday Evening Sessions for Seniors/Masters

A reminder that as of tonight, January 8th, all senior groups on Monday will start at 6:30pm.


Diary Dates

Monday 8th January Academy Training Resumes

Friday 11th January Wye Valley and Piercefield Park Night Race, (Club Championship) Fabian 4. https://tinyurl.com/yc8es6xh

Sunday 14th January Riverbank Rollick Trail, Thornbury AC. https://tinyurl.com/48ksbcan

Sunday 28th January Chepstow Race Course 10K (Club Championship). https://tinyurl.com/yc6se84z

Sunday 4th February The Doynton Hard Half Marathon, trail race.

Saturday 10th February 2024 Gwent Cross Country League Margam Park

Sunday 18th February Dursley Dozen Trail Race (Club Championship). https://tinyurl.com/2p8sn7eu

Sunday 25th February 2024 Bath Two Tunnels Railway Race

Saturday 2nd March 5th Gwent League Pont-y-pŵl (Club Championship)

Sunday 3rd March Newport Half Marathon fullonsport

Saturday 16th March 2024 – Masters Open Cross Country Championships. Corwen, Wales. (Men/Women masters V35, V45, V55, V65 plus)

Saturday 27th April Butcombe Trail Ultra Marathon 50 or 56 mile options

Club Centenary Events

Thursday 8th February 2024 club supper – White Lion in Westbury-on-Trym

Saturday 23rd March 2024 Awards evening, venue TBC

Thursday 25th April 2024, AGM after training at Coombe Dingle

Saturday 18th May 2024, formal centenary celebration, venue TBC

Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd June 2024, all club event. Activities for juniors and seniors followed by a BBQ/Hog Roast/some sort of food.


Editor this Week

Geraint Torrington is this week’s editor and there is a rota in place for the next four weeks whilst we wait for other volunteers to come forward.