Members honoured at awards night

 

Caroline Bull and Oli Beale were chosen as our new club captains

Coombe Dingle pavilion was standing room only on Monday evening for the annual awards night. Club secretary Geraint compered in his best black tie, with former olympian Andy Graffin presenting medals, cups and plates to members to celebrate the year's successes.

The event kicked off with a number of medals presented to young members. A truly inspiring atmosphere, with the next generation of athletes collecting their medals for the recent Gwent Cross-Country league. Senior members weren't left out, with a number of awards for performance, sportsmanship and contribution to the club.  A number of team successes were recognised at all ages and levels. Whilst a number of our athletes stood out for representing their country, others were equally rewarded for doing their bit to make the club tick-over.

Members enjoyed cake, chocolates and drinks as the proceedings gathered pace. A happy atmosphere of celebration and inspiration for all. The photos on the club website tell the real story in all their colour.

 

Photos from the 2016 Westbury Harriers Club Awards

Upcoming Masters / Vets Events

UPCOMING MASTERS / VETS EVENTS 2016

Monday 16th May      7.00 p.m.   Avon 10k Championships (part of Hogweed Trot)     Yate

Includes Vet 40  Vet 50  Vet 60   - gold, silver and bronze medals. Good event if you’re not running the Bristol 10k the day before - or if you're fit enough to do both.  (Westbury Champions 2015  - Vet 40 Robin Phillips     Vet 50 David George ). Entries online - see Hogweed Trotters website.

Sunday 19th June                      British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF)  5k Championships       Horwich (Bolton)

Sunday 19th June                      BMAF Pentahlon Championships   Horspath    (Oxford)

Sunday 26th June                       BMAF 30k Multi terrain Championships             Gravesend

Sunday 14th August                    BMAF Marathon Championships  Ramsey, Isle of Man

Sat 17 / Sun 18 September        BMAF   Open Track and Field Champs  Birmingham

Sunday 9th October                    BMAF   Half Marathon Championships    Glasgow

The club help with transport costs and entry fees for championship events.

For further details look on BMAF website and let Mike Mewse know if you want to enter.

London Marathon results

Some cracking results from members today at the London Marathon:

Simon Huckett 2:51 (940th overall)

Robin Phillips 2:56

Ed Gould 2:58

Colin Johnson3:12

Warren Pickles 3:20

Helen Sawyer 3:25

Christian Willis 3:30

Margaret Goodwin 3:38

Richard Hughes 3:42

Clive Attwood 3:47

Kelly Winstone 3:48

Stephanie Francis 3:57

Paul Moffatt 4:01

Helen Kershaw 4:34 (29th in age category)

Julian Pyrke 5:26

Rob Hawkins 5:28

Well done everyone who ran, and enjoy a well deserved rest!

New Vets Manager

Hi, I’m Mike Mewse and I’ve recently taken on the job of Veterans Team Manager.

I’m a relatively new runner. Previously I played football and basketball before going on to coach and manage teams. I have also helped with Gloucestershire Schools AA as a team manager.

I’ve enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of running with Westbury Harriers and hope I can support veterans / masters men both individually and as team members.

Many of you are extremely experienced runners and I hope we can work together to share information on training and racing - and enjoy competing as Westbury Harriers teams. For those less experienced or new to the sport I will pass on information about veterans competitions.

I would also like to publicise the success of our runners - e.g Well done to Anthony Glover (former Vets manager) who won the Horton Bull Run (7k) on Sunday whilst new Vet 60 Dave George picked up yet another Vet 60 prize at the Eastnor Castle 7 mile event. Let me know about your success. I’m normally at training on Mondays with group 3.

Masters Athletics

As well as age group categories (part of most races) there are a number of organisations that provide competitions specifically for veterans or masters racers. The main one is the British Masters Athletic Federation. It’s worth having a look at their website. Veteran / masters categories start from age 35+ and extend through to 100 +. There are area, national and international competitions. We have some really good masters men and women in the club – not least Pat Gallagher who has recently won the European Indoor Masters Championships at 3,000 metres and 1500 metres for 70+ ladies.

Our own Westbury Harriers ladies cross country team were amazingly successful at the BMAF Cross Country championships held on 13th February in Bath. They won team gold in two age categories and were runners up in another. It would be great to emulate their success on the men’s side.

With the summer season underway it’s a busy time with races close together. The British Masters relays are to be held on Saturday 14th May in Birmingham with separate age group races. The Bristol 10k is on the 15th and the Avon 10k championships is on Monday 16th at Yate. The British Masters 5k championships will be held on 19th June in Horwich.

Provisional entries to the BMAF relays need to be in by the 22nd April. Age groups are 35+ (6 stages of 5k) 45+ (4 stages) 55+ (3 stages) 65+ (3 stages) and 75+ (3 stages). If you would like to run this event and any other masters event please let me know. It would be great to have Team Captains for each age group.

Looking forward to a successful summer season

Mike

Bristol 10K – marshals and pace makers required

The Bristol 10K is looking for marshals to make sure that the roads are clear for the runners and to keep spectators on the pavement.

They are also looking for pacemakers.  They should be able to run the 10k between 50-70 minutes carrying a backpack with a flag attached.

The pacemakers would have free entry or their entry fee refunded.  The club would receive a donation from the organisers for the marshals’ help.

Anyone interested should contact club chairman Jim Murphy on 07790834216 or email chairman@westburyharriers.co.uk.

Veterans / Masters Men

Hi, I’m Mike Mewse and I’ve recently taken on the job of Veterans Team Manager.

I’m a relatively new runner. Previously I spent time as a football and basketball player before going on to coach and manage football teams. I have also helped with Gloucestershire Schools AA as a team manager.

I’ve enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of running with Westbury and hope I can support veterans or masters (as it is often referred to) men both individually and as team members.

Many of you are extremely experienced runners and I hope we can work together to share information on training and racing - and enjoy competing as Westbury Harriers teams.

For those less experienced or new to the sport I will pass on information on masters / veterans competition.

I’m normally at training on Mondays with group 3.

Masters Athletics

As well as age group categories (part of most races) there are a number of organisations that provide competition for veterans or masters racers. The main one is the British Masters Athletic Federation. It’s worth having a look at their website. Surprisingly veteran / masters categories start from age 35+ and extend through to 100 + ! There are area, national and international competitions. We have some really good masters men and women in the club – not least Pat Gallagher who has recently won the European Indoor Masters Championships at 3,000 m and 1500 m for 70+ ladies.

Our own Westbury Harriers ladies cross country team were amazingly successful at the BMAF Cross Country championships held on 13th February in Bath. They were gold medallists in two age categories and runners up in another. It would be great to emulate their success on the men’s side.

I would like to publicise the success of the Vet men whenever possible - for example Anthony Glover (previous Vet manager) had a great race today winning the Horton Bull Run whilst Dave George picked up his seventh Vet 60 prize of the year in the Eastnor Castle 7.

With the summer season underway it’s a busy time with races close together. The British Masters relays are to be held on Saturday 14th May in Birmingham with separate age group races. The Bristol 10k is on the 15th and the Avon 10k championships is on Monday 16th at Yate. The British Masters 5k championships will be held on 19th June in Horwich.

Provisional entries to the BMAF relays need to be in by the 22nd April. Age groups are 35+ (6 stages of 5k) 45+ (4 stages) 55+ (3 stages) 65+ (3 stages) and 75+ (3 stages).

If you would like to run this event and any other masters event please let me know. It would be great to have Team Captains for each age group.

Looking forward to a successful summer season

Mike

Success at Windsor – Hobbs qualifies for Europeans

A trio of young westbury harriers notched up excellent results at the recent British Duathlon Championship at Windsor. Hannah Hobbs was 2nd in the junior race (5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run), with Ellie Hobbs and Rosie Allen at 5th and 6th in the youth race (2.5k run, 10k bike, 1.25k run).

As a result of coming in the top two, Hannah Hobbs has qualified to represent Great Britain at the European Duathlon Championships in Kalkan, Germany on Saturday 16th April 2016. Hobbs’ success comes soon-after an impressive cross-country running season where she won the Avon Schools' title, came runner-up in the South West Championships, took silver at the Midland Championships and won three Gwent League races.

Congratulations to all three - and good luck to Hannah at the European Championships!

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Member of the month

Your members of the month are:

Pat Gallagher - at the point of voting, Pat had broken the British record for 800M at the British Masters WV70 with a time of 3:16.89 and was also 1st in the 1500M with a time of 6:47.79. Pat went to the European Masters Indoor Championships and got a gold in the 1500M (7:12.42) and 3000M (15:04.74) with a silver in the 800M (3:26.90).

Olivia Eskell - with absences for various reasons at the final Gwent League fixture at Brecon, the club needed to secure some points to make sure that the club won the Under 20s Women's trophy. Olivia displayed true Westbury spirit by racing and bringing home the gold to the club.

Richard Bloss Personality of the Year 2016 – voting open

The Richard Bloss Personality of the Year voting for 2015 is now open an will close on Saturday, April 16th at 23.59.

You can access the vote below.

The winner will be presented with the award at our annual awards presentation on Monday, April 24th.

Who's your Richard Bloss Personality of the Year for 2016?

  • Richard Hughes (45%, 5 Votes)
  • Sandra Bailey-Gard (27%, 3 Votes)
  • Colin Johnson (9%, 1 Votes)
  • Eithne Noonan (9%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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