Westbury Harriers Weekly News

Monday 11th April

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Because of Covid restrictions the last awards night was conducted via Zoom. Geraint did a fantastic job hosting the event and it was well presented on the screen but I still missed a physical event. 

I’m therefore very pleased to report that this year we will be holding an in-person event at the Westbury on Trym village hall. There will be plenty of award trophies to hand out, nibbles to munch on and a drink or two at the bar. The best element of the night though will be the chance to have a proper catch-up with club mates, especially those that you don’t get to see very often if they live further afield. 

The only difficulty we may have is prising the 2019 club championship trophy from Trevor’s grasp (pictured) to hand over to Ewan. Trevor’s had it for so long now he may argue that procession is nine tenths of the law! Does anybody know any bailiffs we can send around, just in case!

Lacock Races Discounted Entry Fee

If you are planning on entering any of the races as Lacock on the 26th June all Westbury Harriers and friends can now enjoy a 15% discount. The information you need when entering via the Relish Running website is below. 

Most Westbury runners intend to run in wave 1 and we will probably arranging some car sharing nearer the time. https://www.relishrunningraces.com/lacock-half-marathon-10km.php

Thursday Club and Yate Track Intervals

Tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) track plan is as follows:

1000m (aim for 5k pace) 2min recovery  then 2 x 500m (aim for 3k pace) 1min recovery (we’ll have slightly longer recovery after the second 500m before the 300’s), then 3 x 300m (aim for 1 mile/1500m pace) 1 min recovery (we’ll have slightly longer recovery after the third 300m before the final 1k) and finally 1000m (aim for slightly quicker than the first 1k).

Thursday session we’ll be doing hills and aim for everyone to head over to Hillsdon loop therefore do remember your road shoes.

Vicky is also celebrating her birthday today (congratulations Vicky!!) so I’m hoping she will be in good spirts and let us take it easy on the hills. That’s what I’m wishing for anyway!

Taunton Half

Well done to Barr Crabb who had a fantastic run at the Taunton Half of Sunday 3rd April. Barry’s says it was ‘absolute perfect running conditions and a field of close to 500 runners’. Then goes on to say, ‘despite a disrupted training schedule I set off with intent in the hope I could hang on and ended up surprising myself.’

Barry crossed the line with a personal best of 1:25:38 finishing 34th.

Club Championship Website

Alastair has been very busy updating the Westbury Harriers website and we now have a section specifically for the Club Championships, it even has a rather nifty countdown telling you how many days, hours and minutes you have until the next event! https://westburyharriers.co.uk/events/club-championships/

Ironwood Challenge

The Ironwood challenge trail race was deferred from earlier in the year due to storms, but yesterday’s weather could not have been more perfect. Some great running by all including Sandra Sforza who only arrived back in the UK in the early hours Sunday morning.

Pictured below from the left, numbered 1 and 2 we have Becky Lee and Heidi Andrews and 201 is Sandra.

BMAF Road Relays Saturday 23rd April, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

Do please let your team managers (Mike Mewse and Eithne Noonan know if you’re able to run at the BMAF Road Relays.  We especially need men and women for the V45’s and we are seeking a 4th woman for the V35 team.

Easter Monday Social Run

There will be a social run at 9:30 from the clubhouse at Blaise Castle on Easter Monday (18th April). All are welcome to attend (groups 1-6) and there will be hot drinks and refreshments afterwards.

Please book via the Runtogether site

Club Championships – Weston Prom (race 1)

A decent Westbury contingent turned out at a bright and windy Weston on Thursday evening, for the penultimate Prom Run in this season’s series of nine races.

This was also the first Club Championships race since (checks records) the Riverbank Rollick on 12th January 2020 (which feels so long ago it might as well be 1920). That factor attracted a number of familiar Westbury entrants, including 2019 male club champion (and still custodian of the trophy, which has not been sighted in over three years) Trevor John Fitsall, and previous multiple champion Robin Phillips.

The heavy showers and high winds had abated by the time the race started, on an uncharacteristically quiet and light sea front, with 147 runners lining up for what is now a chip timed UKA/Run Britain event.

Star performer and top Westbury finisher was Alex Hamblin with a fantastic run of 27:27 for third place overall, ahead of some very fast and well known local runners including Weston’s Chris McMillan and Kieron Summers.

Not too far behind was defending male club champion Ewan Paton, in a close and competitive v50 tussle with runners from Bath and Clevedon, finishing 16th in 28:48 (2nd MV50).

Ben Wood (30:02) followed, heading home a Westbury trio (in wildly contrasting headgear) of himself, Robin Phillips (31:05) then the Thornbury-bandana’d Alastair Blackwood (31:08).

Well done also to Richard Hughes (35:31 3rd MV60), Stuart Bennett (36:33) Trevor Fitsall (37:27), Helen Sawyer (39:03 4th FV50, first Westbury woman) and defending female champ Kay Ridgwell (49:42, 4th FV50).

We are also claiming Kate Hoffen (an excellent 37:53, 2nd FV50) who entered as a Bristol & West, but ran in a Westbury vest!

The last Weston Prom race of the season is on 5th May, and the next club champs round is the Towpath Mob Match on 20th May. Alex and Helen top the early leaderboard!

Race report by Ewan Paton

EA Registrations

If anybody is worried about their England Athletics registration please be assured that all the registrations have been actioned through the club. EA give us up until then end of June to process the renewals so you can all still enter races as normal.

Member of the Month

Our senior member of the is George Pickering. George has shown great improvement in his running over the last 9 months and trains regularly with the club on a Monday night. He also competed in his first Cross Country event at the Gwent League Singleton Park fixture. 

Felicity Lowe is our junior winner this month. She ran very well in the nationals and  trains very hard indeed. She was 8th at the Blaise Castle Gwent Cross Country fixture and also did really well at English Schools.

Some Up and Running vouchers will be on the way to you soon.

Awards Night Saturday 7th May

The annual Awards Night will be taking place at  Westbury on Trym Village Hall from 7pm. 

Cotswold Way Relay Saturday 3rd July

There are 10 stages varying in distance from 7 to 13 miles and the route follows the Cotswold Way from Chipping Camden to Bath.

Eithne has applied for three teams this year so there should be a place for all abilities. 

Please let Eithne know if you are interested in taking part, either via facebook or email manager.vet.women@westburyharriers.co.uk. We especially are in need for a few more women to make up some full teams. For more information: www.cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Martin Fielding on a morning run around Lawrence Weston. Not only did he achieve a 2nd fastest time on Strava segment Newlands Rhine to Kings Weston Lane but also a Local Legend status on segment Petting Zoo.

Diary Dates

Sunday 17th April The Hanham Horror, by Bitton Road Runners.

Saturday 23rd April Bristol Track Club 5k Odd Down Cycle Circuit, Bath

Sunday 24th April Frenchay 10k. This race starts and finishes on the UWE Glenside Campus (Top left photo), Blackberry Hill, Fishponds, Bristol

The course is scenic and undulating and comprises of a circuit of the grounds followed by the exit onto Blackberry Hill. http://frenchay10k.co.uk/index.htm

Saturday 7th May. Annual Awards Night. Venue Westbury on Trym Village Hall

Sunday 8th May Two Tunnels by Relish Running

Friday 20th May Race 1 Towpath Series (including Mob Match)

Saturday 21st May Bristol 3 Peaks by Aspire Running

Monday 30th May Hogweed Trot 10k 19:00 Yate. https://tinyurl.com/yckkn3wu

Monday 6th June The Westbury Harriers Blaise Blazer multi-terrain race.

Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June. Cheddar Challenge by Relish Running

Tuesday 14th June Clevedon AC Midsummer 10K, go to the Clevedon AC website and follow the link to their races

Friday 17th June Race 2 Towpath Series

Sunday 26th June. Lacock Road Races, Half and 10k by Relish Running.

Saturday 2nd July Cotswold Way relay. 10 stage trail relay event.

Thursday 7th July Tintern Trot, 10k trail run along the Wye Valley. Group discount if we have more than 10 interested.

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

Saturday 30th July Magor 10K, fast, flat and furious.

Friday 19th August Race 4 (5K) Towpath Series

Saturday 17th September Relish Running Cheddar Gorge Downhill 10K. https://tinyurl.com/2p9yrsvk

Saturday 24th September, Uphill to Wells Relay. An off-road relay race starting at Uphill beach and finishing at Wells Cathedral. The route is 90% off-road and follows the West Mendip Way along footpaths and bridleways. The race is a ‘hand-over’ relay, run without marshals, water stations or other assistance. Teams are responsible for their own safety and for researching the route although their progress will be monitored at check-points at the end of every leg. https://www.uphilltowells.com/default.aspx

Sunday 25th September Great Bristol Run 10k and Half. https://www.greatrun.org/events/great-bristol-run/

Sunday 25th September Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon. https://www.rotary-rfod.org.uk/events.php

Sunday 16th October Bath Half Marathon, POSTPONED!

Editor this Week

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