Results – Sanlam Bristol+Bath Marathon

Well done to all the Westbury Harriers who took part in the inaugural Sanlam Bristol+Bath Marathon on Sunday 25 October - a fantastic achievement for everyone, especially given the hills in the final few miles! Many club members also turned out to cheer on the masses, and have shared lots of photos in our Facebook group.

Katie Hughes 3:18:05 (3rd F40)
Trish Robson 3:31:55 (1st F55)
Brendan Marrinan 3:33:44
Shaun Howie 3:34:56
James Hargreaves 3:39:32
Warren Pickles 3:40:06
Tim Synge 3:40:16
Helen Sawyer 3:41:24
Lucy Benden-Morgan 3:41:47
Jennifer Cummins 3:52:24
Alex Miller 3:52:53
James Gore 3:57:02
Peter Norman 3:57:45
Mike Howie 3:59:26
John Percival 4:00:50
Paul Moffatt 4:04:14
Clive Attwood 4:05:10
Stephanie Francis 4:08:25
Abigail Hodge 4:09:57
Tim Carr 4:13:54
Kim Ingleby 04:15:42
Guillemette Maunder 4:17:54
Rebecca Foley 04:30:55
Ian Smith 04:37:06
Julia Scott 05:08:19
Steve Nuttall 5:14:55
Diana Moffatt 06:13:30

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the UK, Sharon Grainger covered more than 3,500ft of ascent in the Beachy Head Marathon to finish in 6:58:35, and Robin Phillips completed the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in 03:03:01. Congratulations to you both!

Thank you from Friends of Blaise

At the end of our summer training at Blaise Castle we chose to raise money from the gate money and cake sale for the Friends of Blaise.

Here's their thank you note:

15 October 2015

Dear Westbury Harriers

Thank you very much for your donation of £264.17. We are so pleased that your club and its members chose Friends of Blaise as their local charity to support this year - your donation is very much appreciated and needed.

Friends of Blaise are a small charity set up in 1980 when a group of interested parties got together as the Council of the day intended to pull the Castle down and preserve it as a ruin.  As you will know from your runs in Blaise Estate, we were successful in saving the castle and have since supported the Council, lobbied when necessary and contributed financially to many projects on the Estate. We are always interested to hear your views and welcome new members.

Congratulations Erin and Elen

Congratulations to Erin Pemble and Elen Ruck, who won the Year 5 and Year 3/4 races respectively at the Bristol Primaries XC on Monday (12 October). Erin will now represent north Bristol in the inter-area cross-country competition next month.

Both Erin and Elen have been recent regulars at Kings Weston junior parkrun - a weekly, free timed 2K run for children aged between four and 14 that was launched in August.

For more information about Kings Weston junior parkrun, or reception running at Westbury, please contact Warren on


Westbury's Senior Ladies, Bridgend

Fantastic start to Gwent League

Westbury's Senior Ladies, Bridgend

Westbury's Senior Ladies, Bridgend

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the first Gwent League fixture in Bridgend on Sunday - we got off to a flying start to the season, with some particularly impressive performances from our juniors.

Seamus Robinson (U11 boys), Abdifataah Hasan (U15 boys), Ruby Saunders (U11 girls) and Hannah Hobbs (U17 girls) all ran superbly to win their races, while Aidan Noble (U15 boys), Amelia Honor (U11 girls) and Kate Howard (U13 girls) came second in their age groups. The strength and depth of the junior teams was also highlighted in their combined results, with three U15 boys placing in the top 10 and five U17 girls placing in the top 20.

Meanwhile, though slightly down on usual numbers, the Senior Ladies still managed to field their strongest V45 and V55 squads, with Maria Eriksson Hobbs, third Westbury scorer, leading the V45 team home with one of her strongest cross-country runs to date.

The next fixture will be held in Cardiff on Sunday 8 November – please put the date in your diaries now, and look out for more details soon. If you’re interested in taking part in cross country, we’d love to hear from you - make sure you read our quick guide  and contact your team manager (details below) for more information.

Team Manager: Neil (

1 Seamus Robinson

20 Johan Hobbs

1 Abdifataah Hasan
2 Aidan Noble
8 Ben Rawlins
52 Freddie Livesey

30 Adam Wilson (Under 20)
34 Joe Connors (Under 20)
35 Ben Whitaker
37 Peter Barnes (Under 20)
54 Josh Smith

Team Manager: Simon (

1 Ruby Saunders
2 Amelia Honor
16 Meghan Porteous
23 Abigail Woodwoth
24 Tanaya Ghosh

2 Kate Howard
7 Rosie Hamilton-James
20 Charlotte Livesey
23 Lalana Ghosh
56 Molly Acton

5 Ellie Hobbs
24 Isabel Smart
29 Anne Jones
36 Eve Varney
41 Phoebe Gould
45 Charlotte Howard
50 Isobel Parry

1 Hannah Hobbs
4 Ellie Leather
10 Sophie Reed
11 Emma Taylor (Under 20)
16 Ella Brimble
19 Emma Tomes
23 Sophie Nash (Under 20)
29 Georgia Taylor
34 Olivia Eskell (Under 20)

Team Manager: Tamsin (

32 Katie Elliott
38 Kelly Winstone
60 Maria Eriksson Hobbs
70 Trish Robson
104 Tamsin Elson Chick
134 Anneke Bull
142 Shirley Hume
161 Sandra Sforza
171 Sarah Tucker
176 Svetlana Jones
180 Smita Ghosh
204 Carol Fee
205 Eithne Noonan
212 Victoria Sloan

Team Manager: Robin (

54 Nick Smart
126 Robin Phillips
160 Rick Wallis
164 Richard Noble
167 Robin Nash
192 Tim Whitaker
253 Nick Elliot
268 James O’Halloran (guest)
311 Julian Bailey-Gard (Snr)
322 Mike Harris
349 Ian Smith
357 James Winstone

Blaise Blazer - August 2013

The future of the Blaise Blazer

Many thanks to everybody who stayed behind after training on Monday to discuss the future of the Blaise Blazer.

The decision taken was to revert the races to Monday night’s with them taking place on the first Monday of June, July and August. For 2016 the dates are 6th June, 4th July and 1st August.

The course will be altered so that it starts and finishes close to the clubhouse. The finish at the castle was good, but presented some logistical difficulties as well as people disbursing from the finish area quickly after the race.

The club would also like more people to volunteer to help at the races. It tends to be the same people over and over again volunteering whilst others run all three races. The organisation both in advance and on the day does not simply happen by magic; a lot of work goes into making the races run smoothly. We are a big club and should not be reliant on the same core group every single time. We will be looking at ways to make it beneficial to be a volunteer for the races.

Monday, October 12th 2015 – cake sale, club championship presentation,Blaise Blazer discussion

On Monday, October 12th after training there will be:

  • A cake sale in aid of Macmillan
  • A presentation of the 2015 club championship awards
  • A discussion on the future of the Blaise Blazer. This year the races were held on a Thursday after many people said that by having them on a Monday meant that we missed quite a few Monday training sessions up at Blaise. After this year many members expressed their opinions and we’d like to know what you, as members of the club, would like to see happen in the future. The race brings in some money to the club, raises its profile and allows us as a club to give something back to the local running community.
    The options for the race that will be discussed are:

    1. Go back to first Monday of June, July and August
    2. Remain as this year with Thursday but look at avoiding other races
    3. Single race on Monday or Thursday
    4. Do not organise the race at all
      If you cannot make the meeting but would like pass your opinion on, please send an email with your opinion to club secretary Geraint Torrington.