AGM – Monday, March 16th

The 2015 AGM will take place on Monday, March 16th after training (approx start time of 8.10pm) in the Cricket Pavilion in Coombe Dingle.

This is your opportunity to elect your officials for 2015, hear how we've done as a club over the past year, tell us what we're doing right or wrong and anything else that you'd like to raise as part of the meeting.

Last year's attendance was only 28 with 14 of them being committee members. We have a membership of around 400 and we'd like to see more of you there to join in the discussions about how your club is run and how you want to see it progress in the coming year.

An agenda and last year's minutes will be published before the meeting. If you'd like a specific item to go on the agenda please send an email to If you just want to bring something up on the night that's fine, there will be an opportunity to do this.

Final Gwent League Cross Country at Aberdare – Sunday March 1st

The timetable and course map is now available for the final Gwent League Fixture at Aberdare on Sunday, March 1st. The timetable is:

12.00 Novice Boys
12.10 Novice Girls
12.20 Under 13 Boys
12.30 Under 13 Girls
12.40 Senior Ladies
13.10 Under 17 & Under 20 Men
13.20 Under 15 boys
13.30 Under 15 Girls
13.40 Under 17 & Under 20 Women
14.00 Senior Men

The map is on the Gwent League website . Use Shift, Ctrl + to rotate the pdf using Internet Explorer or right click and Rotate Clockwise in Chrome, or turn your head sideways!

Let's make this a great end of season cross country for the club.

So where are we heading into the final fixture?

Novice Boys – Joe Mead is 6th and could gain a couple of places.
Novice Girls – Kate Howard is 1st, Ruby Saunders 3rd and the team 1st so looking good.

Under 13 boys – Greg Hayward 8th, team 8th
Under 13 girls – Rosie Hamilton James is 4th, team 2nd

Under 15 boys – Aidan Noble 1st, team 7th
Under 15 girls – Sophie Reed 6th, team 4th

Under 17 boys – team 5th
Under 17 girls – Ellie Leather 1st, Ella Brimble 3rd, Georgia Taylor 5th, Emma Jones 6th, Emma Taylor 7th, team 1st, B team 4th.

Senior men – Robin Philips 26th, team 14th overall, 6th in Division 1. B team 6th in division.
Senior women – Catherine Lee 2nd (8pts behind 1st place), team 2ndoverall and 2nd in division, B team 11th overall and 2nd in division, C team 7th in division

Male Vet 40 – Robin Phillips 8th overall, team 2nd. We are 148 points behind 1st place. 66 after Bridgend, 77 after Cardiff, 74 after Brecon. It would be good to get a very strong vet 40 team out to see how close we can get. If we can lose 74 points in one fixture (our home fixture!) surely we can gain 149 in an away fixture, so if you’re over 40 and male, head over to Aberdare and run your socks off!
Female Vet 35 – team 2nd

Male Vet 50 – team 8th
Female Vet 45 – Anneke Bull 7th, team 3rd

Male Vet 60 – Jullian Bailey-Gard (Snr) 8th, team 4th
Female vet 55 – Eithne Noonan 8th, team 4th only 1 point behind 3rd!

Male Vet 70 – Tony Jeffries 2nd
Female Vet 65 – Pat Gallagher 4th.

We have loads to play for at the weekend, so please turn out and give the club your full support.  Turn up that bit earlier and shout the other racers on; there’s nothing like a “Come on Westbury” to give you that extra boost.

National Cross Country Championships

The National Cross Country Championships took place at a very muddy Parliament Hill, London. The course may have had some grass at the start of the day, but it quickly turned into a mud field making it extremely tough for all the runners.

Well done to all the athletes who took part, it doesn’t matter where you finished, you took part and ran alongside some of the best athletes in the country; you did us proud. And got covered in mud, a lot of mud!

Thank you to all the team managers, coaches, parents, drivers and supporters who ensured that it was a day that will be remembered. Without all this support, we would not get any athletes to the start line.


Under 13 Girls

6 0:13:03 Ellie Hobbs
206 0:15:12 Isabel Smart
310 0:16:04 Isobel Parry
389 0:17:17 Lalana Ghosh

38th team

Under 15 Girls

42 0:16:43 Rosie Allen
210 0:18:56 Sophie Reed

Under 17 Girls

28 0:21:03 Ellie Leather
122 0:23:43 Ella Brimble
151 0:24:22 Georgia Taylor
153 0:24:23 Emma Jones
198 0:26:42 Olivia Eskell

9th team

Junior Men

139 0:41:15 Alex Hamblin

Senior Women

66 0:34:24 Catherine Lee
79 0:34:45 Katie Hughe
120 0:36:17 Bridget White
312 0:40:40 Alison Rogers
360 0:41:28 Kelly Winstone
471 0:44:09 Alex Ling
605 0:47:37 Victoria Sloan
788 0:55:02 Eithne Noonan

13th team

Senior Men

309 0:47:04 Scott Campbell
867 0:53:15 Robin Phillips
919 0:53:51 Chris Palmer
1116 0:56:01 Ian Ruck
1422 0:59:46 Chris Treble
1516 1:01:22 James Cant
1562 1:01:56 Geraint Torrington
1796 1:07:03 John Percival

102nd team

Full results are here -

Group Leaders course in Bristol

We need to have more group leaders for the Monday night runs as we're currently heavily reliant on the same people every week. It's good for the group leaders just to be able to go for a run too.

There is a Leadership in Running Fitness course taking place in Bristol on Sunday, March 22nd. It is a one day  course which qualifies and insures leaders to deliver safe and fun running sessions. This is the qualification that most of the group leaders on a Monday have.

If you'd like to go on the course please get in touch with Lizzy Smith.

  • Course Date: 22.Mar.2015
  • Location: Clifton College Sports Ground, Abbots Leigh Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3QD
  • Booking Deadline: 13.Mar.2015

Please note: The minimum age for this course is 18.

Full details on the course is on the England Athletics website.

Membership renewal

Your membership was due for renewal on January 1st 2015. A number of you have already renewed, but a significant number of you haven't.

To renew your membership login via the website and follow the links. It only takes a few minutes.

If you've forgotten your password use the 'Lost your password?' link to get it reset. If you've forgotten your username or the email address you used, please get in touch.

James Cant will be available with a computer on Monday, February 9th in Coombe Dingle to help you renew.

Gwent League Lost Property

Lost Property (left on the groundsheet): No fewer than 5 items!
- 1 pair turquoise Saucony spikes, size UK 6, in a black Nike spikes bag.
- 1 red New Balance women's long sleeved top (medium)
- 1 karrimor hand-held drinks bottle
- 1 Nike Dri-Fit bottoms age 12-13...
- 1 large navy blue Donnay hoody.
All will be out in the alcove at training tomorrow for collection.  If not collected, they'll go to our next second hand kit sale.