Gait Analysis Workshop and Drills and Exercises to Improve Your Running

We’re putting on a couple of workshops for club members, the first ‘chalk and talk’ after training on Monday 13th April, and the second one entirely practical instead of training on Thursday 14th May.  While they are designed to complement each other, you’ll still find the practical of interest even if you miss the presentation.

These events are for members of Westbury Harriers and Yate and District AC.  However, if your club might like us to put on a similar pair of workshops, you would be welcome to send someone to evaluate.

Presentation: Gait Analysis and the Mechanics of Running and Injuries Monday 13th April, Coombe Dingle (Bar Area) ‘8pm’ (asap after training)

The presentation will look at the mechanics of how we run, using slow motion video comparisons. It will show how things can go wrong with our running technique, and what to look out for in real life. From this, we’ll survey the sorts of injuries which can result.

The presentation will be of interest to group leaders, runners wanting to take their sport further, and the persistently injured wanting a better understanding of their bodies!

While there might be spaces available on the night, to ensure we’re not overcrowded please let me know if you’re planning to come: neil@coreanalyst.co.uk or put your name against the Facebook event.

Practical: Drills and Exercises to Improve Your Running  Thursday 14th May, Coombe Dingle (subject to favourable weather forecast) 7pm (replaces normal Thursday session)

In this practical session we’ll develop a range of drills and exercises based on the principles established in the Gait Analysis Presentation. Some of these exercises are already used regularly on a Thursday night, but we’ll take the time to work through a much more complete set, suitable for addressing your running weaknesses from a remedial level.

There is no need to book (although an indication against the Facebook event would help).

Please note this is subject to benign weather (watch this space for details)

 

Awards Night and Back to Blaise on Mondays

We'll be holding our awards night after training on Monday 20th April (upstairs at Coombe Dingle).

On Monday 27th April, Monday night training will move to our club house at Blaise Castle for the summer (still 7pm).  Don't forget that there is no organised club training on bank holiday Mondays. 

Thursday night training continues at Coombe Dingle through the summer, except for the dates of the Blaise Blazer.

If you're free on Sunday, 19th April, your help in tidying up the club house 10 - 12 would be appreciated.

Regards, Neil

Blaise Blazer and Westbury Wipeout Dates

We've decided this year to try holding the Blaise Blazer on a Thursday (giving more Monday nights free during the summer to enjoy running around Blaise Castle).  Dates are now:

- Blaise Blazer Thursdays 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August

- Westbury Wipeout Monday 6th July

Please make a note in your diary.  NB We will be needing helpers on these Thursdays, so please if not running try to arrange to be free to  help.

Track and Field With Westbury Harriers

As you probably know, we are partners with Yate and District Athletics Club, a really friendly ‘family’ style club, who also field great teams at all ages (second behind Team Bath in last year’s Avon League).  Yate Track may not be as close as Coombe Dingle but it’s well worth the trip (tip: if you live near the M5, go up the A38 from jn. 16 and across from Rudgeway),

We have three 'Westbury Harrier' groups training on a Tuesday night at the track (Pat Gallagher, Neil Miller and Richard Hughes), catering for youngsters of 11 all the way through to adults of 70+.  There are also Yate coaches there covering various other track and field events, so if you're feeling shy, get one of our coaches to introduce you.  Yate also train on a Thursday night, when Martin Fitzhugh takes a very active middle distance group on the track, and other events are again catered for.  For the younger, newer athlete, the Wednesday 'Yate Academy' is also a good bet.

Track and Field ‘Open’ Meeting, Sunday 29th March (for Westbury and Yate Members)

Being held this Sunday (29/03/15) at the Yate Track, the Westbury and Yate Club Throws, Jumps and Middle distance entry form is now on line.   Open for school years 4&5 (U11), 6&7 (U13), 8&9 (U15), and 10&11 (U17), this event is your opportunity to register early season times, distances and heights for those who want to compete for the club.  It is also an opportunity to try a jump or throw that you would not normally enter.  You do not have to be the best or even the top 4 or 5 as there are always some who cannot make it, so if you have competed here you may get your chance to represent the club.

For the under 11s (school years 4&5) there is the Quad Kids competition for Howler throw, 75m, 600m, and long jump. This may be your first opportunity to compete, and can be done in a friendly club environment with athletes who you may know.

It is ‘enter on the day’ at only £3 for the quad kids or 3 other events. Simply print off the entry form, which has the events and time table on it, fill in the tear off entry on the bottom, turn up pay and compete.

The club are looking for as many athletes to have a go as we have always found some surprise themselves in competitions!  Please tell as many fellow athletes as possible, we hope to make this a fun, competitive day!

*** Unlike cross-country, places in track and field matches are limited; it is well worth getting known early if you want to find a spot in the team ***

NB While the event is pitched at athletes up to year 11, if you are an U20 and want to come along as a 'guest', I'm sure you'd be welcome.

Richard Bloss Personality of the Year

Only a few days left to get your nominations in before the voting will begin. There are currently 4 people nominated.

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In 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 April 20th and for this award we’d like you to choose the recipient. So between now and midnight on March 29th, send your nominations to personality@westburyharriers.co.uk. Once we've got the nominees, we’ll put the list up on the website so that people can vote for their Richard Bloss Personality of the Year with the winner announced at the awards evening.

You and the person you nominate must be a member of the club. If you haven’t joined yet you can do so at www.westburyharriers.co.uk by selecting ‘Join Us’ on the home page.

Time for a spring clean!

Sunday 19 April, 10 am - 12 pm

Please come along and help spring clean the clubhouse at Blaise before the start of the summer season on Monday 27 April. Please wear old clothes, rubber gloves (not your running ones!) and bring any spare cleaning products, brooms or dustpans you might have. For more information, please contact Kay Ridgewell, kay.ridgwell@btinternet.com.

Richard Bloss Personality of the Year award

In 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 April 20th and for this award we’d like you to choose the recipient. So between now and midnight on March 29th, send your nominations to personality@westburyharriers.co.uk. Once we've got the nominees, we’ll put the list up on the website so that people can vote for their Richard Bloss Personality of the Year with the winner announced at the awards evening.

You and the person you nominate must be a member of the club. If you haven’t joined yet you can do so at www.westburyharriers.co.uk by selecting ‘Join Us’ on the home page.

Member of the month

Thank you for your nominations for members of the month. All the nominations were considered at the committee meeting last Friday and we're pleased to announce that the Members of the Month for March are:

Junior - we received some great nominations this month but it was hard not to give the award to Ellie Hobbs for her excellent 6th place at the National Cross Country Championships

Senior - Svetlana Jones receives this month's award for completing the Gwent League series. Svetlana had dropped out of races before and had not been able to complete a season before for various reasons.  She was really determined as a personal goal to complete the season, she was there at the last fixture even though she didn't get to run!