Westbury Harriers Weekly News

Monday 16th April

Westbury Harriers – Weekly News

Editors Piece

Have a great Easter everyone! 

I’m afraid that’s all you get this week in the editors piece because I’ve got a rather thick head. After an enjoyable Watertower run with the gang I decided to spend the afternoon down the allotment, soaking up the rays and enjoying an extra strong cider…..or two!

Easter Social Run

It wouldn’t be Easter without a club social run. We’ll all be meeting from the Blaise Castle clubhouse from 9:30 on Easter Monday morning. What better way to burn off all those chocolate Easter egg calories! It’s free but please still book via Run Together. 

Yep, you’ve guessed it, the link is below, how I make life easy for you all! https://tinyurl.com/mpusf5vv

Thursday Club and Yate Track Intervals

Nicola has just got off her cruise ship so will post something on facebook with the intervals for Yate track on Tuesday. For the Thursday session we will be on the grass at Coombe Dingle and again Vicky will post something on facebook nearer the time.

Richard Bloss Personality of the Year

2013 the club unfortunately lost one of its greatest personalities, Richard Bloss, after a short battle with cancer. Before he passed away, he was presented with an award named in his honour, the Richard Bloss Personality of the Year.

The club awards night takes place on Saturday, May 7th and for this award we’d like you, the club members, to choose the recipient. 

Nominations must be received by midnight TODAY and they must be current members of the club. Please send your nominations to geraint.torrington+bloss@gmail.com

Once the nominees are in, you’ll then have a week to be able to vote for your Richard Bloss Personality of the Year, with the winner announced at the awards evening.

Club Birthday

Birthday celebrations for Svetlana Jones today after the Saturday Watertower run. Home baked birthday cake, Easter egg cakes, tulips and a firework candle (which took about 15 minutes to ignite) were all part of the birthday celebrations for Svetlana. Happy birthday to you!

Tintern Trot

One of my favourite off-road races of the year the Tintern Trot entries are now live on the Fabian4 website. It’s on Thursday 7th July. Just note the start has moved as the event centre will be at the Mackenzie Hall,  Brockweir. https://tinyurl.com/mpkttc4a

RunTogether Website and App

Do double check you RunTogether booking for your run, although most of the Monday runs are now meeting from the club house and Blaise Castle. 

It was great last week to have the opportunity to meet up before and after the run with a few of the other groups on a Monday night. The club house was open so there was somewhere to store kit while running, then the opportunity afterwards to have a drink and biscuits and a quick natter with some of the other groups.

Pictured below we have Richard Hughes and his mid-week lunchtime hills group and the Monday groups meeting from Blaise (and I even managed to find a shot where Chris was acting his age, not his shoe size!). 

Hanham Horror 2022

Don’t worry, nobody has been murdered in Hanham recently, although the 9k multi-terrain course the runners will experience tomorrow can be described as ‘murderous’! With woodland tracks, a few hills, the infamous 100 steps and the steep rope climb to the finish it may feel like an execution for a few competitors!

The clubs very own Tamsin Elson Chick will be running so do wish her luck. Anybody else from the club running in the morning? If you are do let me know how you got on with a photo or two.

Blaise Blazer

Surely you’ve all booked your entry for this years Blaise Blazer, the most popular off road race in the UK! If you haven’t then why not volunteer instead as we will need lot’s of marshals on the night. Race entry is only £5 (plus small booking fee) for affiliated club members and there’s loads of cake at the end for runners and volunteers alike.

Strava Segment of the Week

Well done to Robert Stewart on his 1st run since October. Robert was taking part in the Eastville parkrun and achieved a few achievements including a PR on Strava segment Eastville park lake 2nd Half in 2:04 and Eastville patron lap 3 in 5:31

Diary Dates

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

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

Saturday 23rd April Butcombe Trail Ultra 50 or 56 mile ultramarathon (TACH)

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.

Thursday 9th July TACH Rowberrow Romp. TACH’s outstanding new Summer Race.  A challenging 10k-ish route of Mendip mud, strenuous climbs, fab views and a thunderous descent.

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.

Tuesday 28th June Sri Chimnoy 2 mile (Club Champs) 

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.

Thursday 14th July TACH Purdown Pursuit. About 10km of parkland and woodland. Lots of juicy little hills.

Thursday 14th July Thornbury 10k (Club Champs) 

Friday 22nd July Race 3 Towpath Series

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

Wednesday 3rd August Bitton Road Race (Club Champs) 

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