Club championship – 2014/15 final standings and 2015/16 fixtures

You have until the end of Friday, October 2nd to inform the club championship committee if there are any results that are missing or incorrect from the 2014/15 club championship. The corrections will be applied and the final club championship standings published. See the 2014/15 club championship standings.

The 2015/16 club championship races are also available to view. October has the Oldbury 10 miler on Sunday October 4th followed by the Gwent League at Bridgend on Sunday, October 11th. The Gwent League races are part of a series and your best finishing position from the 5 fixtures will count.

Take a look at the club championship rules here.

Westbury needs you: Gwent League XC 2015/16!

Midlands XC ChampionshipsWith another cross-country (XC) season just around the corner, here are four reasons why you should get involved this year, and Smita Ghosh, who ran her first XC races last year, shares her advice for XC first-timers.

1 It doesn’t matter how fast you are. XC races are run over changeable terrain, often in muddy conditions, and are rarely exact distances so your time really doesn’t matter. Lots of runners take part in each race, so wherever you think you'll finish in the field, you won't be running on your own.  Teams are also awarded points according to where their runners finish rather than individual times. So, the slower runners are just as important as the faster runners

2 They’re team events. Love them or loathe them, hills and mud bring people together. You can expect a palpable sense of excitement from the moment you find us in the club tent and, most importantly, a tremendous sense of camaraderie and achievement once we’ve all crossed the line. Also, because every fixture includes junior and senior races, you’re always guaranteed a cheer from your teammates!

3 XC can make you a stronger runner. All those hills and that uneven terrain mean you’ll be using more core and leg muscles than if you were just running on the flat. Not to mention the mental boost you’ll get from knowing you can keep going right to the finish!

4 They don’t break the bank Unlike large-scale road races, Gwent League races only cost a few pounds to enter. And though we would recommend that you invest in some spikes, if you’re really not sure whether XC is for you, there’ll always be someone who can lend you a pair for your first race (our Facebook group is a good place to start).

Advice for first-timers

Still not sure whether to give XC a go? Here’s what Smita Ghosh, a newcomer to XC last year, has to say about her experiences:

‘I decided to try XC because my eldest daughter was taking part in the U13 races. I was already there, so thought I might as well give it a try too. It was also a good excuse to buy some spikes!

‘I hadn’t done any XC races before ­– the closest I’d got to XC was running through Blaise. I didn’t know what to expect, and felt nervous before my first race. There were loads of women on the starting line so it did seem daunting, but most of them were smiling and their words of encouragement helped to dissipate my anxiety. The race itself was cold and muddy – there were places where it was a struggle just to stay upright, but that made me realise that XC isn’t always about trying to run fast!

‘What I enjoyed most though was the team spirit among Westbury Harriers. The more experienced runners always offer words of encouragement, and Tamsin is a great manager who always keeps you smiling. I do train with the club, but as I’m often rushing around in the evenings, I never get a chance to talk to people much. At the Gwent League races, the encouragement and team spirit is fantastic. It makes me proud to be part of the Westbury Harriers family.

‘If you’re thinking about trying XC this year: go for it. The courses are around 6K so don’t take forever - once you start, you will finish and feel a great sense of achievement!’

Calling all juniors

Anyone aged 9 and over can take part in XC, so we'd love you to get involved this year. Last year, our  U11 and U17 girls were Gwent League champions, our U13 girls came second, and our U15 girls fourth. So please do join us for what promises to be another successful season!

Each junior race is just £1 to enter, and there are five fixtures over the course of the season: please pay £5 in advance to your team managers (Simon or Neil) before Thursday 8 October.

How to sign up

First, get in touch with your team manager to let them know you want to take part:

Then, put all the Gwent League dates in your diary. You might also want to join our Facebook group to make sure you find out more about individual races and lift shares, and check out Neil’s advice for what to pack for XC races.

Still have questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your team manager, or pop your question on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you in Bridgend on Sunday 11 October!

 

 

Gold and silver for juniors at Midland Road Relay Championships

Ellie, Hannah and Ellie win gold

(from l-r) Ellie Leather, Hannah and Ellie Wallace win gold

Westbury runners of all ages took part Saturday's Midland Counties Athletic Association Road Relay Championships - thank you to everyone who travelled to Sutton Park in Birmingham to run, and a big well done to our medal-winning junior teams!

Ellie Leather, Hannah Hobbs and Ellie Wallace took gold in the U17s race. Ellie Leather ran the first leg to finish in a solid seventh place, before handing over to Hannah who chased down five of the teams in front to cross the line in second. Ellie Wallace ran the anchor leg, bringing the team home to win gold.
All three girls competed in the 1500m final of the England Schools Athletics Association National Championships in Gateshead earlier in July, and will now look forward to competing in the National Road Relay Championships in October.

Meanwhile, Kate Howard, Rosie Hamilton-James and Rhiannon Paton took silver in the U13s race. Kate ran the second fastest time of the day, having only recently joined the team from the U11s, while Rosie clocked the fourth fastest time of the day.

(from l-r) Rhiannon, Rosie and Kate win silver

(from l-r) Rhiannon, Rosie and Kate win silver

Results

U13 girls (3 x 3.8K) (second overall)

1 Kate Howard 15:22
2 Rosie Hamilton-James 15:48
3 Rhiannon Paton 16:42

U15 girls (3 x 3.8K)

1 Anne Jones 16:20
2 Eve Varney 17:07
3 Isobel Parry 18:06

U17 girls (3 x 3.8K)

A (first overall)

1 Ellie Leather 14:59
2 Hannah Hobbs 14:17
3 Ellie Wallace 14:03

B

1 Stephanie Cummins 16:33
2 Sophie Reed 15:37
3 Rosie Allen 15:58

C

1 Emma Tomes 16:50
2 Georgia Taylor 17:16

Senior Ladies (4 x 4.3K)

A

1 Lizzy Smith 17:19
2 Maria Hobbs 18:42
3 Olivia Eskell 20:04
4 Kelly Winstone 17:23

B

1 Jeni Cummins 19:54
2 Sandra Sforza 20:45
3 Tamsin Chick 20:07
4 Alex Ling 21:09

Senior Men (6 x 5.8K)

1 Kevin Knights 24:58
2 Felix McGrath 19:25
3 Adam Wilson 20:38
4 Dan Ewing 21:38
5 Colin Johnson 23:13
6 Jullian Bailey-Gard 22:05

RESULTS: Bristol Half-Marathon – Sunday 13 September 2015

Well done to everyone who raced the Bristol Half-Marathon this morning! Great to see 63 Westbury Harriers among the thousands of finishers, as well as those who turned out to marshal or support.

Make sure you check out Geraint's photos on Facebook too - he successfully captured many a white and blue vest on camera!

31 Felix McGrath 01:13:53
45 Oliver Beale 01:16:25
63 Nick Smart 01:18:05
81 Daniel Ewing 01:19:06
157 Dominic Taylor 01:23:57
168 Simon Huckett 01:24:18
178 Katie Hughes 01:24:49
266 Robin Phillips 01:27:38
283 Lizzy Smith 01:27:56
292 Rob Williams 01:28:06
293 Chris Beck 01:28:07
294 Sean Lee 01:29:19
426 Mark Tooski 01:30:08
442 Shaun Howie 01:30:28
594 Graham Clark 01:32:51
612 Joe Connors 01:33:04
644 Oliver Jougla 01:33:31
694 Richard Hughes 01:34:14
745 Tom Inman 01:34:53
771 Mike Howie 01:35:16
841 Tim Synge 01:36:03
889 Kelly Winstone 01:36:36
943 David Martin 01:37:09
1005 Alex Miller 01:37:44
1100 Mike Mewse 01:38:48
1163 Judy Knights 01:39:25
1169 Helen Sawyer 01:39:26
1292 Owen Ainsley 01:40:26
1373 Clive Attwood 01:41:12
1386 Julian Hall 01:41:20
1387 Abigail Hall 01:41:21
1427 Jane Goodwin 01:41:41
1452 Sandra Williams 01:41:54
1491 Nick Marshall 01:42:16
1592 Edward Le Masurier 01:43:12
1682 Stuart Derby 01:43:51
1691 Paul Moffatt 01:43:55
1713 Sandy Masters 01:44:07
1879 Emma Bradbrook 01:45:19
2058 Suneeta Sellers 01:46:27
2102 Michael Harris 01:46:51
2251 Mike Hopkins 01:47:52
2491 Guillemette Maunder 01:49:34
2511 Trish Robson 01:49:42
2573 Andrew Yuill 01:50:02
2591 Anneke Bull 01:50:12
2725 Stephanie Francis 01:51:17
2893 Tim Carr 01:52:32
2896 Caroline Bull 01:52:34
3043 George Jamison 01:53:35
3200 Ian Smith 01:54:44
3229 David Taylor 01:54:56
3419 Jane Broadhurst 01:56:18
3515 Ken Lovell 01:56:54
3618 Amy Hogarty 01:57:34
3699 Michele Hurst 01:58:12
3700 Mike Hurst 01:58:12
3706 Graham Organ 01:58:14
4198 Carolyn Dent 02:01:32
4311 Stepan Hospodka 02:02:28
6021 John Percival 02:20:27
6472 Diana Moffatt 02:27:48
6483 Julia Scott 02:28:10
6655 Sharon Grainger 02:32:35
6842 Rebecca Lazard 02:39:58

Volunteers needed for Kings Weston junior parkrun on Sunday

If anyone isn't running or marshalling at the Bristol Half-Marathon on Sunday and can spare an hour from 9.30 am, Kings Weston junior parkrun still needs volunteers.

Now in its third week, Kings Weston junior parkrun is a free 2k run for four- to 14-year-olds and relies on the time and commitment of volunteers to happen each week.

The run starts at 10 am, though volunteers are asked to arrive at 9.30 am and should be finished by 10.30 am.

If you're able to help, either on Sunday or in future weeks, please sign up to help on the Kings Weston junior parkrun website, or contact Warren Pickles at reception@westburyharriers.co.uk for more information. Thank you!