Autumn / Winter Races


Autumn / Winter 2016 – 2017

Well done to all of you vets who did the Bristol Half Marathon – some fine running with impressive times. Hope all those running in the Cardiff Half Marathon have a good race.

There are still some good half marathon and road races coming up and the cross country season is just around the corner.

I hope you will join us at the Gwent Cross Country League fixtures. The first event is a classic cross country course at Bridgend on Sunday 16th October. Races take place for a range of age groups for men and women. The men’s events are normally around 10k and it’s best to use spikes. There are individual and team competitions in veterans age groups : 35+ 45+ 55+ and 65+. Entries are on the day.   Other dates : Saturday 12th November – Brecon.   Saturday 3rd December is our home fixture at Blaise.  Other events are  on 11/12 February 2017  and  4/5 March 2017  Venues to be announced later.

I will forward race times as soon as possible.

The Gloucestershire Cross Country League is another series of races. Fixtures start on 15th October at Little Rissington. You can sign up to run the series.  Full details are on the website:

The Tri Counties (Somerset, Avon and Wiltshire) Cross Country Championships will take place on Sunday 11th December at Bath University. The South West Cross Country Championships will follow - date and times to follow.

The British Masters Cross Country Championships is in Liverpool on 18th March 2017.

The British Masters Athletics Federation have a number of events (See BMAF website).

I am putting together a list of road and multi terrain races where we, as vets, can compete for individual and team prizes.

If you know of any events where we can take teams or groups of individuals please let me know.

Mike Mewse  Vets Team Manager

Dress To Be Seen

As you might have noticed, the nights are drawing in, and the sun officially sets tonight before training starts.  If you've not done so already, its time to dig out your white tops and reflective bibs, and wear them along to training.

Don't forget that the 'reflectiveness' of a bib can get worse with washing, so do check whether you need to invest in a new one.

Don't also forget that 'fluorescent' colours, while easily seen in evening twilight, are useless once it is completely dark.  The 'fluorescence' gets its vivid colour from ambient ultraviolet light, relatively plentiful in murky light, but completely absent at night time (unless you're standing near a fluorescent bulb).

So you really do need to wear white, the brightest 'colour' at night, and/or a reflective bib.

Results from the Midlands Road Relays

Well done to everyone who competed for the club at the Midlands Road Relay championships on Saturday.  The U15 boys were 3rd - a fantastic result from Greg Hayward 13:39, Abdi Hasan 12:57 (4th fastest time of the day) and Johan Hobbs 14:45.  The U15 girls (Emily Whitaker 15:40, Izzy Smart 16:12 and Rhiannon Paton 15:35) finished 5th, while the U17 women finished 12th; Rosie Allen posted the 10th fastest time of the day on first leg (15:01), backed up by Steph Cummins 15:49 and Phoebe Gould 17:47.  In the U13 girls we had 2 teams out, with Katie Howard15:41, Amelia Honor 17:30 and Ruby Saunders 16:34 finishing 13th, while Molly Acton 16:26, Abigail Woodworth 17:38 and Megham Porteus 17:49 came home in 25th place.

Our senior men had a virtual (all bar one) U23 team; Adam Wilson led the team out in 20:36, followed by team captain Scott Campbell in 19:59.  Joe Connors (20:39), Elliot Chard (23:05), Chris O'Donovan (22:10) and Alex Hamblin (21:08) brought the team home in 37th place, out of more than 125 team.

Some photos from the event are posted on the website; unfortunately, with multiple races running simultaneously, I missed many of the girls.


More Senior and reception leaders needed

Our wonderful club runs with the support of many good people who give up their time to help out in various roles. We are currently running on a a small but reliable bunch of group leaders on a Monday night (thank-you all). We have quite a few regular leaders out of action at the moment for various reasons and we really could do with some more leaders and assistants to help out. Especially in groups 2, 3 and 4. To become a leader it is a one day Leadership in Running and Fitness (LiRF) course which the club pays for. Assistants are equally vital as leaders, helping to keep the group together, speaking with new joiners, helping the group cross the road safely and there for any emergency. So if you may be able to help or are even thinking of helping please get in touch with the coaching co-ordinatorsVictoria Sloan and Lizzy Smith ( for more information or a chat.

The reception group is also in vital need of more leaders and helpers to assist in the admin, registers and organsation on the night. Please get in touch with Jayne Pemble or Warren Pickles ( if you can help.


House of Commons Survey on the Use of Parks

A nationwide survey of park users is underway by a House of Commons select committee.  It appears that Local Authorities have no statutory duty to maintain local parks, and in these days of cutbacks they are looking at other ways of funding their upkeep (e.g. by charging).  This is an important matter for us (as for all park users).  If you have the time, please follow this link to look at what's going on, and participate in the survey (link for the survey is in the bottom right hand corner, not very obvious).


Blaise Blazer 2017

Following a review of the 2016 Blaise Blazer series the committee has decided that there will be one race instead of the usual three in 2017.

We want to organise one race (probably the first Monday in June, so the 5th) and make it bigger and better than we’ve managed over the past few years.

To enable this to happen we need help from many people at the club and an array skills from those people. One area we always lack is communicating and promoting the race to the running community – is this something you can help with?

An organising committee was set-up for this year’s races which helped spread the load and we’re looking for more people to join the group. If you’d like to help out please get in touch with club secretary Geraint Torrington.

Help needed for the reception group

The Reception Group starts up again on Monday 5th September at Coombe Dingle and the club needs your help.

There are 3 sub-groups and in order for them to run safely a Group Leader and at least 2 helpers per group are needed. One of our long standing Leaders has stepped down and we therefore have a shortage of Group Leaders. We are also often short of helpers. We are putting out a call to Group Leaders and others who could help with the training or the signing in/out of the youngsters to come forward.

We will be setting up a rota so people won't be expected to help out every week. The Group relies on volunteers and without your help, the Reception Group will not be able to cater for the numbers who want to run.

Training for new Group Leaders can take place for those interested, the cost of training reimbursed by the club.

If you are interested please come along on Monday and make yourself known to Warren Pickles or Jayne Pemble.