Thanks to the Junior parkrun volunteers

The Kingsweston Junior Parkrun organisers would like to say a huge thanks to their regular Westbury Harriers volunteers who turn out week in week out to marshall and help out at this event. The junior parkrun has grown in numbers since it started and these dedicated volunteers make this event happen. Kay Ridgwell apparently you snuck off before the photo was taken!

If you are interested in volunteering on a regular or ad hoc basis, the organisers would welcome more volunteers. The Junior parkrun is at 10am every Sunday at Kingsweston House. Please speak to club members Emma Bradbook or Tim Carr.

Westbury Harriers Charity Club Hash

Well done to everyone who found their way around the hills and valleys of Blaise Castle in Monday's charity club hash.  And a big thank you goes to all for donating and buying cakes afterwards.  Together with the gate money, we made just under £250 for the Children's Hospice South West.

Don't forget that their is no Monday training next (Bank Holiday) Monday, and that Monday training moves back to Coombe Dingle on 4th September.

Weekly Reminders

Dates

  • Monday 21st August - the annual Westbury charity run. This year the run is the in the form of a hash. See instructions below. Children's hospice South West is our chosen charity. All to wear club kit. Gate money and donations from the cake sale will all go to our nominated charity. Please bake and bring along cakes. You MUST sign in and out so we know everyone is back.
  • Monday 28th August - no training as bank holiday
  • Monday 4th September training on a Monday returns to Coombe Dingle

Other

  • Kit sale will not be taking place at the charity run. This will take place later in the year when we are back at Coombe Dingle.
  • Saturday 23rd September - Midland road relays - juniors and seniors. Please let you team manger know if you can run.
  • Upcoming club championship events Sunday 3rd Sep Oldbury 10 miles, Sunday 17th Sep Bristol half marathon, Sunday 24th Sep Portishead multi terrain 10km

 

The Westbury Harriers Hash – A Short Guide

‘Hashing’ is an organised run, where nobody knows where the route goes! The object is to get everyone around the course as quickly as possible, without losing anyone. But there are lots of false trails, which will slow the faster runners down, and allow the pack to keep up (hopefully). To do this, the course setters use sawdust markers. Symbols vary slightly between hashes, but we’re using these ones: → (an arrow): You’re on the right path – carry on and shout (see below) T : You’re on the wrong path – Turn back! O (a circle, always at junction of paths): Check all the paths to find the right one ° ° ° (blobs, usually in threes): After a circle, there will be blobs along possible paths. This path might be right (eventually you’ll see an arrow), or it might be wrong (it ends in a T). So what happens? Starting from the club house, you’ll be told where to head for the first O. From there, between you, check all the adjoining paths, following ° ° ° blobs, until someone finds a → (and shouts) Of course, most of the paths will end in a T, telling you it’s a false trail. False trails can be up to 100m long! Some parts of the route will involve lots of checking, but there are also some long runs without false routes. The whole course is within the Blaise Castle Estate. It doesn’t cross or run along any road or golf course, but it might cross a stream, and it might go up a steep slope! Shouting ‘Communication’ is very important. Whenever you see a →, shout ‘ON ON’ (very loudly). This is most important, because it means everyone else can abandon their false trails and follow you. Lots of Circles Sometimes, one of the paths from a O, will quickly lead to another O (without any arrows), and that may even lead to a third nearby O. All the paths need to be checked, so shout back to get more help! Finding The Cake Baton There’s a new ending this year. Because it is getting dark, and markers are hard to see, towards the end of the hash you’ll all arrive at a large open area. A marshal in a fluorescent bib will tell you when you get to this place what the boundaries of the area are. Someone else (we’ll tell you who at the briefing) will be hidden somewhere in the area, with the cake baton. The cake sale can’t start without the cake baton. Your job is to find the person with the baton, and then get the baton back to the club house as quickly as possible. Once the baton has been found, everyone can run back to the club house. And Finally … If You Think You’re Lost ... it’s because (a) the leaders aren’t shouting loudly enough; or (b) you’re not listening and looking hard enough!

Best wishes to Ellie and Ellie

This weekend we say goodbye and a massive good luck to two of our runners, Ellie Leather and Ellie Wallace who both fly off to America to start their Scholarships.

Its not often we get runners going off to the US on scholarships, so to have two in the same year is impressive.

Ellie Leather has been at the club since she was a bottom age Novice and Ellie Wallace for the last 3 years (she was at North Somerset before that). They have been racing each other since thier Novice days, and through the ups and downs have stuck at the sport to go through all the age groups (which isnt easy), where many other talented runners have drifted away.

These girls are a special talent and we wish them all best on their new venture and next chapter of their running career.

The 2017 Westbury Harriers Hash

Monday week, 21st August, is our last night at Blaise Castle before moving back to Coombe Dingle for the Autumn.  As is traditional, we're having a club run which this year is in the form of a 'Hash'.  A hash is an unknown route marked with sawdust, with lots of false trails and dead ends, and we want to get everyone round as quickly as possible.  If you didn't do this last year, it is worth reading our short guide so you know what to do: WHH_Instructions
Because it gets dark and the sawdust markers get difficult to spot, this year we're ending the hash with a hunt for the CAKE BATON.  Towards the end of the hash you’ll arrive at a large open area, where a marshal in a fluorescent bib will tell you what the boundaries of the area are.  Someone else (we’ll tell you who at the briefing) will be hidden somewhere in the area, holding the cake batonThe cake sale can’t start without the cake baton. 
Your job is to find the person with the baton, and then get the baton back to the club house as quickly as possible.  Once the baton has been found, everyone can run back to the club house.
Also, can anyone help mark to course and/or act as 'marshals' for this?

Avon 5km Road Relay information

AVON 5K RELAY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday 27th August, Cleeve.
We will be entering teams in the club relay championships - details below.
Good event for Westbury last year  with wins in LV45 (Maria Hobbs, Jeni Stevenson and Caroline Scapens), LV55 (Marilyn Palmer, Eithne Noonan and Izzy Povey) and MV60 (David George, Mike Mewse, Nigel Gates).
Last year the Westbury teams were sponsored by Lindt chocolates - free chocolate !
This year it is likely to be United Biscuits - free biscuits !
It's an enjoyable day out and entries fees are paid for by the club.
What could be better than a free race and free biscuits ?
(OK .... free champagne would be nice as well !)
See your Team manager to enter (we can enter more than one team in each category).
DETAILS BELOW
VENUE: Cleeve Cricket Club, Main Road, Cleeve, BS49 4PP
DATE: SUNDAY 27th AUGUST 2017
START: 11am
TEAMS: 4 Legs per Men’s Team / 3 Legs per Ladies Team (3 Legs for: MV50, MV60)
CATEGORIES: Seniors, MV40, FV35, MV50, FV45, MV60, FV55
DISTANCE: Accurately Measured 5km route
PRIZES: Avon AAA County Medals.

The event will again start in the flat and beautifully managed Cleeve sports and playing fields and is run on quiet country roads and footpaths in the Claverham and Cleeve area on a predominately flat course with one small climb.
FREE parking, toilets, and access to the Sinclair Pavilion (Cricket Club). Plus, there is a bar which we expect to stay open well into the late afternoon, as it is Bank Holiday weekend! There will also be Tea, Coffee, Squash, Cakes and Sandwiches etc on offer.

Weekly reminders

Dates

  • Monday 21st August - the annual Westbury charity run. Children's hospice South West is our chosen charity. All to wear club kit. Gate money and donations from the cake sale afterwards will all go the charity (we need people to bake!) We will also be having a kit sale that evening with our old stock of club kit.
  • Monday 28th August - no training as bank holiday
  • Monday 4th September training on a Monday returns to Coombe Dingle

Other

  • Sunday 27th August - Avon 5km road relays. Suitable for all. A fun, local road relays. Looking for men/women's teams in all age groups. Please let you team Manager know if you are available. The club pays the entry fee.
  • Saturday 23rd September - Midland road relays - juniors and seniors. Please let you team manger know if you can run.
  • Upcoming club championship events Friday 18th August Towpath 10km, Sunday 3rd Sep Oldbury 10 miles, Sunday 17th Sep Bristol half marathon, Sunday 24th Sep Portishead multi terrain 10km