Hope everyone has had a good Christmas and you've managed to fit in some exercise between the food and drink.
December has been a busy month for the club with many of the vets in action on the road and in cross country races. Great to see so many turn out at Weston and on Boxing Day at Clevedon.
The Tri Counties (Avon, Wiltshire and Somerset) Cross Country Championships were held at Bath University on Sunday 11th December. Good conditions meant some fast races and good performances from Westbury runners in every age group.
Well done to Scott Campbell (7th overall) , Alex Hamblin (20th), Ben Osborne (23rd), James Shorney (27th), David Hobbs (36th) and Alan Uren (40th) who picked up silver medals in the team event.
There were seven individual Westbury winners in the Avon Championships and 5 were overall Tri Counties winners.
I think we can claim a clean sweep of the Age Group categories with wins for Anthony Glover ( Annadale Striders / former Westbury Vet Manager) in MV40, Ken Ham in MV50 and Mike Mewse in MV60.
David Hobbs MV40 added the individual bronze medal to his team silver and there were fine runs from Richard Noble and Jullian Bailey-Gard in the MV40 category.
Full results are on the Avon AAA website http://s250914043.websitehome.co.uk/avon/Results/Tri2016Avon.pdf
Weston Prom 5 Mile Race Thursday 22nd December
A good turn out again for Westbury Harriers with some fine running and a good meal out afterwards. Thank You to Sandra Bailey-Gard for all her hard work in organizing the meal.
Full results are on the website http://www.westonac.co.uk/results/2016/34th_Prom_Dec_Prov_Result.pdf
Must pick out some results from the male vets. Jullian (jnr) (29.11) was in good form leading home the men, with Robin Phillips (30.07) having a brilliant run (first snowman home !! – yes he ran in a snowman onesie !). Also impressive runs from Ewan Paton (31.50) and Terry Jewel-Davies (32.02).
Clevedon Boxing Day 4 Mile Race & Junior 3k (sponsored by Up and Running) The races took place on a pleasant sunny morning and again we saw some good Westbury performances. Ben Rawlins started the day off well with an emphatic win for Westbury in the Junior 3k race.
Full results for Westbury Harriers can be found on the website http://techtrons.neptron.se/#/clevedonboxingday2016/?sortOrder=Place&raceId=99&search=Westbury&page=0&pageSize=25 - but worth highlighting Jullian jnr and Robin’s performances in the tough MV40 category. Also father and son Clive and Jake Attwood – only surpassed by father and son Jullian jnr and snr. (Both Jullians in top form – must be due to Christmas day discipline !). Good to see Chris Beck and Mike Hopkins back in action after injury and well done to Tim Carr, Phil Plant, James Fox and Chris Hume.
Races coming up - SW Cross Country Championships - Exeter Sunday 8th January. Cardiff Cross Challenge - Cardiff Sunday 22nd January.
Looking forward to an enjoyable and successful year of running in 2017.
Happy New Year