Midland Counties AA Road Relays, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield – Saturday 23rd September


Well done to the 38 Westbury Harriers (12 men, 8 women, 9 girls and 9 boys) who ran in a total of 11 teams in the Midland Relays at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.


There were some excellent team and individual performances, and all those in Westbury vests ran their hearts out on a tricky and undulating course, against some very high quality competition.

From Women's Team Manager Tamsin:

"A thrilling day at the Midland 4 stage road relays for the senior ladies. Our A team pulled out a fantastic performance to finish 4th, only 7 seconds off a bronze medal. This is the best position the team has finished since I have been the team manager (which is a long time!). It was the largest ladies field in years with 100 complete teams which makes the runs of Hannah Hobbs -  14.49 clocking the 2nd fastest of the day - and Floren Villanueva-Scrafton 15.02, 5th fastest time of the day - even more super impressive.

Our B team were 47th and 9th B team. Strong first leg by Kirstie and great to see Sarah and Linda back in action. Well done ladies.

A team: Floren Villanueva-Scrafton 15.02, Lizzy Smith 17.33, Katie Hughes 17.02, Hannah Hobbs 14.49

B team: Kirstie Hamilton-James 17.41, Tamsin Elson Chick 19.17, Sarah Thorne 19.37, Linda Phillips 22.15"

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The men had a good day too, with the Seniors Team (Adam Wilson, Oli Beale, Joe Connors, Alan Uren, Chris O'Donovan and Alex Hamblin) finishing 17th (out of 118 teams) and qualifying for the Nationals. Oli, Alex and Alan all ran PBs, with Oli's lightning 19:14 (over a 5.88 km course) the 10th fastest time for his leg, moving his 3 year old daughter to respond (as Geraint noted) "can we go to the pub now please?"

There was a male Masters (V35 and over) team for the first time in a while, and they exceeded expectations with a very respectable 12th place out of 28 teams, with strong and consistent running and times from all members (Ewan Paton, Nick Smart, Robin Phillips, Geraint Torrington, Chris Palmer and Richard Noble).

In the "Young Athletes 3 stage" events for U13s, U15s and U17s there were also great runs.

Individual highlight of the day was the medal for fastest time in the U15 girls from Dalis Jones (14:02 over 3.88km), en route to the team (Dalis, Rosie Hamilton-James and Rhiannon Paton) narrowly missing a podium place but finishing an excellent 4th out of 42 teams.

The U13 girls (Ruby Saunders, Abbie Woodworth and Megan Porteous) ran consistently well to retain 14th place over all three legs in a field of 36 teams. The U17 girls (Ellie Hobbs, Isobel Smart and Phoebe Gould) finished 11th out of 28 teams, with Ellie Hobbs running the 4th fastest overall individual leg in 14:39.

The U13 boys  (Soloman Scott, Seamus Robinson and Finn Goodhew) also secured a 'top half' finish, 19th out of 39 teams, with Seamus also running the 4th fastest individual leg (an impressive 13:52). The U17 boys' 'A' team' (Aidan Noble, Greg Hayward, Abdi Hasan) finished in a brilliant 6th place in a field of the highest quality - less than a minute overall behind the winners Notts AC. Great credit and thanks also to Ben Rawlins and Adam Kilgour (in the U17s) and to Johan Hobbs (U15) for turning up to represent the club and run so well in incomplete teams - a solo effort in Johan's case, running a brisk 14:06 for 16th out of 45 in the first leg.


Thanks to all coaches, team captains and parents for all their organisation, support and transport, on a long but highly enjoyable and successful day.

Weekly Reminders

  • Monday 9th October - #run and talk event - social run with coffee and cake in the bar upstairs afterwards including a kit sale.#runandtalk is an England Athletics campaign supported by Mind, the Mental Health charity, to improve mental wellbeing through running by: getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma, raising awareness of mental health problems
  • Saturday 14th October 1st Gwent league fixture Cardiff
  • Ladies 90th dinner celebration at Kingsweston House Saturday 7th April 2018
  • dont forget to collect, fill out and wear your emergency shoe tag. Can be collected from Nicholas Howden on Mondays or Tamsin Chick on Thursdays
  • if you want to also be entered in the Cardiff Cross Challenge which is the incorporated in the Gwent league at Cardiff you need to enter online by 6th Oct. Usual entry to the Gwent league applies as well. Please be aware that because of this the first Gwent will be chip timed and you will be wearing numbers. Please ensure you arrive in good time to allow your team managers time to do the entries and give out numbers/chips.

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Bristol Half Marathon Sunday 17th September 2017

Well done to the 50(?) Westbury Harriers in the field of just under 7500 who completed the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday. There were several first timers, and lots of PBs on a beautiful Autumn day perfect for running.

First Westbury man home was Oli Beale, finishing in 26th place with a time of 1:15:38. Lizzie Smith was first Westbury woman in 1:27:48. Very well done also to Chris O'Donovan, breaking 1:20 in his first ever HM, Jeni Stevenson who was 3rd VF45, and Clare Eskell who was 3rd VF50. And a superb run from Joshua Smith, with a massive PB of 1:30:26, only just turned 18 and finishing as the 2nd place U20 runner overall.

If I've missed you (or any other achievements) out, email results@westburyharriers.co.uk and I'll add you in. And check out the Facebook page for Mike's excellent photos!


Full results so far as known:


Name               Pos       Time

Oli Beale          26        01:15:38

James Shorney 71        01:19:30

Chris O'Donovan75     01:19:52

Robin Phillips  83        01:20:35

Nick Smart       105      01:22:11

Daniel Ewing   133      01:23:27

Edward Gould 208      01:26:09

Lizzie Smith     263      01:27:47

Ewan Paton      269      01:27:55

Joshua Smith   416      01:30:26

Colin Johnson  420      01:30:30

Andrew Yuill   463      01:31:15

Jeni Stevenson 522      01:32:11

Rick Watts       583      01:33:11

Nick Lloyd      850      01:36:48

Michael O'Connell1035   01:38:45

Shaun Howie   1054    01:38:56

Mark Andrews 1069    01:39:03

Clare Eskell       1118    01:39:35

Clive Attwood     1177    01:39:57

Sandra Williams  1191    01:40:11

George Jamison    1207    01:40:19

Sarah Andrews       1247    01:40:40

Alison Rogers         1312    01:41:15

Trevor Fitsall          1492    01:42:52

Jon Butters              1543    01:43:11

Jonathan Taylor      1602    01:43:36

Helen Sawyer            1653    01:44:03

Sandy Masters           1674    01:44:13

Mike Howie                1757    01:44:51

Matt Swaine                1854    01:45:37

Richard Hughes          2193    01:48:16

Peter Norman              2307    01:49:01

Ken Lovell                   2422    01:49:47

Patrice Flageul             2729    01:52:08

Helen Hornby              2751    01:52:16

Trudi Johnson              2776    01:52:24

Paul Collins                 2814    01:52:40

Jane Broadhurst          2817    01:52:41

Sherif Wilson               2869    01:53:09

Michelle Bower            2944    01:53:45

Svetlana Jones             3088    01:54:44

Rachel Harris               3264    01:55:50

Paul Bailey                  3592    01:57:47

Paul Gladding              3593    01:57:47

Neil Metcalfe               3963    01:59:57

Tony Rudd                  3972    01:59:58

Caroline Scapens       5382    02:12:25

Ann Lovell                  6362    02:24:55

Sharon Grainger        6943    02:37:44

Oldbury Power 10 Miler 3/9/17 results

Some excellent running by a strong Westbury Harriers contingent in this popular event (with 337 runners) last Sunday.

Congratulations in particular to Robin Phillips (9th overall, 1st MV40 & 1st MV40 Avon), Clare Eskell (3rd FV50), Ken Lovell (2nd MV65) and Ann Lovell (2nd FV65), but well done to all those who took part on a damp and windy day.

Full results:

1:00:52 Robin Phillips 1st v40, 1st v40 Avon (9th overall)
1:04:05 Nick Bennett (17th)

1:09:55 Rick Watts (41st)

1:14:19 Trevor Fitsall (67th)
1:14:29 Clare Eskell 3rd v50 (69th)
1:24:00 Ken Lovell 2nd V65 (136th)
1:25:18 Tim Carr (145th)
1:26:44 Rachel Harris (167th)
1:30:17 Carol Fee (190th)
1:30:18 Tony Rudd (191st)
1:31:00 Hannah Carr (199th)
1:39:40 Thomas Pawley (253rd)
1:40:39 Caroline Scapens (256th)
1:41:02 Nicola Derrick (258th)
1:45:16 Ann Lovell 2nd V65 (279th)

Club Secretary Wanted

With Geraint stepping down at April's AGM, we are still without a club secretary.  This is an important role in the club, as it is our principal formal contact point for England Athletics and other clubs, but is not in fact that onerous (Geraint did a lot, but much was bolt-ons, for example awards night, which he continues to do).

If you feel that you might be able to help the club out in this role, please discuss with me (Neil: vice.chairman@westburyharriers.co.uk) or another committee member.

Women’s 90th Anniversary – Save the Date

Next year sees the 90th anniversary of the founding of the women's section of Westbury Harriers, in April 1928.  To celebrate the event we are holding a banquet at Kings Weston House on Saturday, 7th April.  Tickets and further details will be available in due course, but in the meanwhile please save the date, and if you know any 'old timers' please let them know.

One of the women's founding members, Hetty Pearce, went on to win the Fry's Challenge Bowl outright in 1929 after three successive wins.  This magnificent trophy went on to become the Westbury Harriers Team of the Year trophy, and is still seen annually at the club awards night.