Gwent League round 1: Llandaff Fields, Cardiff 14th October 2017




The 207-18 Gwent League got off to an excellent start at Llandaff Fields in Cardiff last Saturday, with some great runs from Westbury Harriers across all age groups. The race was combined with round 1 of the UK Cross Challenge, resulting in several elite athletes taking part. Some of the U15 girls even got women's race winner and international star Jess Judd to autograph their race numbers! There was also a running commentary over the PA system, and a very large turnout on a mild day, generating a great atmosphere.

The women's team fielded a hugely impressive 26 runners. From team manager Tamsin:

"A wonderful start to the cross country season for the Westbury ladies. On a mild day, the course was flat and fast. The event included the Cardiff Cross challenge so had a very quality field. With a record number of ladies taking part well over 300.
Floren led the ladies home in a fabulous 5th place. wonderful to see Catherine back after having her first child. Jeni had her best Gwent run to date and in such a large field made her result even more impressive. A warm welcome to Steph who ran as a senior for the first time in a fabulous 55th place and to Becca and Nicola who also joined us for the first time. Everyone ran really strongly great team effort ladies. well done. Linda Phillips also took part but is currently missing from the results, to be resolved!
Floren Villanueva Scrafton 5th, Catherine Treble 14th, Katie Hughes 30th, Kirstie Hamilton-James 47th, Jennifer Stevenson 52nd, Stephanie Cummins 55th, Trish Robson 65th, Jayne Pemble 73rd, Emma Woodworth 82nd, Tamsin Elson Chick 85th, Becca Huckett 100th, Alison Osborne 126th, Clare Eskell 139th, Sarah Thorne 143rd, Emma Bradbrook 152nd, Anneke Bull 166th, Shirley Hume 167th, Helen Sawyer 175th, Sandra Sforza 180th, Marilyn Palmer 219th, Carol Fee 237th, Sarah Gould 244th, Eithne Noonan 249th, Nicola Derrick 283rd, Victoria Sloan 295th"

Special further individual mentions for:

- Shirley Hume, who was 1st VF65 home
- Trish Robson, who ran superbly and finished 2nd VF55 despite having the same time as the winner!
At the team level, the Westbury Women 'A' are in a fantastic 4th place (out of 81 teams) after the first round, with the 'B' team not far behind in 11th.
The V35 team are in 1st place by 30 points after the great runs of Catherine, Katie, Kirsty, Jeni and Trish. The V55s and V65s also lead the way, with the V45s in 4th.

On the men's side, the turnout was a little lower, but there were still some great runs over 3 laps of the course (just under 9K), in a very strong and congested field of 444 runners.

First Westbury man in was Oli Beale (36th, 31:15), closely followed by Alex Hamblin (45th, 31:33). Robin Phillips (91st, 33:38), Richard Noble (149th, 35:19) and Ewan Paton (152nd, 35:34) were the next three scorers, leaving the men's senior team in a very creditable 13th place out of 113 teams after the first round.

Other runners and times:
Ken Ham (185th; 36:40); Ian Ruck (203rd, 37:00); Andrew Yuill (256th; 38:32); Matt Lavis (324th; 40:52); Geraint Torrington (338th; 41:40); Julian Bailey Gard senior (368th; 42:55); Mike Harris (380th; 43:39) and a last-minute appearance from Richard Hughes (407th; 45:59)

On the junior side, special individual mentions for:

- Dalis Jones, who continued where she left off last season and was 1st U15 girl (finishing 5th overall in the UK Cross Challenge).

- Seamus Robinson, who was 1st U13 boy by a margin of some 19 seconds

- Abdi Hasan, who was narrowly pipped by 4s but finished 2nd U17 boy.

The junior teams showed Westbury Harriers' considerable strength in depth. The U17 boys' 'A' team lead the way, with Abdi ably supported by Aidan Noble, Greg Hayward and Ben Rawlins, respectively 11th, 12th and 14th out of a field of 60. Well run also to Hugh Tarren and Adam Kilgour for the 'B's.

The U15 boys lie in 4th place after strong runs from James Harrod (10th out of 90), Johan Hobbs (20th), Josh Morland (27th), Alexander Wilson (41st), Alex Hayward (61st) and Ceredig Jones (63rd).

The U13 boys are in 9th place: in addition to Seamus's victory, well done also to George Peacock (24th), Soloman Scott (53rd) and Finn Goodhew (69th).

Boy novices (U11) were slightly thinner on the ground than the girls, but very well done to the two who did turn up and run so well: Finley White (37th out of 118) and Alex Auton-Green (48th).

The girls' team had a good turnout in most age categories, and there were again some great runs.

Special mention must go to the ten (!) girl U11 novices who took part, some for the first time. There was a Westbury Harriers "2-3" in a field of 124, with Laura Chance (2nd) and Elen Ruck (3rd) running superbly for 'podium finishes' and large points scores. Not too far behind them were Jessica Hollingbey (17th), Zoe Bradbrook (26th), Steph Hamilton-James (31st), Felicity Lowe (33rd), Isabelle Hugill (74th), Sophie White (79th), Amelie Maycock (93rd) and Isabelle Lee (95th). Great and enthusiastic running by all - the future looks strong. The novices 'A' team lie narrowly in 2nd place after this round.

The U13 girls also had a good turnout of 7 in a field of 80. Very well done to Clemmie Lee (14th), Abigail Woodworth (36th), Erin Pemble (37th, same time as Abi!), Meghan Porteous (48th), Hannah Rowe (58th), Rosa Hugill (69th) and Jessica Lee (70th). The 'A' team lie in 5th place overall.

The U15 girls' team had a small but highly placed group of 4 runners in the field of 88, whose collective performances were enough to put them in 1st place overall. In addition to Dalis's 1st place, there were very strong runs from Rosie Hamilton-James (10th), Rhiannon Paton (16th) and Lottie Livesey (27th).

Finally, well done to Ellie Hobbs, the sole U17 girl, who ran well for 11th place out of 53.

Thanks to all coaches, members, parents and families who contributed to such an enjoyable and successful day, and especially to Neil for wrestling with the results in addition to his club duties!

See you all (or at least several of you) at Brecon on 11th November!

October Members of the Month

Congratulations to our October member of the months.
senior - Ann Lovell who is collecting a large stack of age group prizes for fantastic runs in recent events (Bristol 10km, Oldbury, Blaise Blazer to name a few)
Stephanie Cummins - for her super impressive performances at the recent European and World biathlon championships, the support she has given the juniors in helping out over the summer and the great team atmosphere she created with the Westbury 'war paint' at the Avon road relays.
If you have someone you would like to nominate please email




Monday Night Training – WEATHER WATCH

With Hurricane Ophelia passing over Ireland and the West of Scotland tomorrow, the Met Office is forecasting strong winds with gusts to 42 mph in the Bristol area.  At the moment, we've decided that club training will go ahead, but will keep an eye on the forecast and if it worsens further we may have to cancel.  Please WATCH THIS SPACE, and if we decide to cancel will post a notice around 5pm tomorrow afternoon.

Westbury Harriers Ultras at the Lakes


Congratulations and huge kudos to Nick Bennett and Colin Johnson for their phenomenal effort in completing the Lakes in a Day ultra run on Saturday 7th October. They both ran, walked and climbed the 50 mile route from Caldbeck to Cartmel in just over 16 hours, passing through stunning scenery with over 3700m of climbs, enduring high winds and rain, before finishing together in pitch darkness at Cartmel just after midnight.

Well done both - anyone else fancy it next year?! (entries open soon)

#runandtalk event

Thanks to everyone for supporting our clubs first #runandtalk event on Monday night. Coffee and cake was enjoyed afterwards, along with the kit sale. We raised £40 in donations which will be given to Mind the charity that is linked to this England Athletic programme supporting people's mental health through running.

Weekly Reminders

  • Only new £1 coins please from now onwards on club nights.
  • Monday 9th October - #run and talk event - social run with coffee and cake in the bar upstairs (volunatary £1 donation) afterwards including a kit sale.  #runandtalk is an England Athletics campaign to improve mental wellbeing through running by
  • Saturday 14th October 1st Gwent league fixture Cardiff - let your team manager know if you are running. Suitable for all.

Reminder – Westbury Harriers Club Kit Sale TOMORROW

Don't forget that we are holding a sale of CLUB KIT upstairs at Coombe Dingle 6:30 - 7pm and 8 - 8:30pm tomorrow (in conjunction with the Mental Health Awareness event).  We will be selling off new Westbury Harriers kit at cost price.  With club kit now available online we no longer hold stocks of kit at Up and Running.  Kit for sale is as follows:

  • Club Colours Vests (£13): All sizes male, female and children's (and women's crop top)
  • Club Colours Short Sleeve (£15) and Long Sleeve T Shirt (£17): Sizes XS to XL, male and female cuts
  • Blue Jacket with Club Crest (£20/£25): All sizes children's and adult
  • Blue Fleece with Club Crest (£17): Sizes 30/32”, 13 and M only
  • Blue Hoody with Club Crest (£15): Children and small adult sizes

Please remember that once stock is gone it's gone, and that it takes 4 weeks to order kit online.  Club colours short and long sleeve T shirts (white with blue band and crest) are not available online.

We also have a limited number of second hand spikes which will be on sale on the night.  Although we have lots of other second hand kit available, we won't have the space on this occasion.  Donations of spikes and second hand kit would be appreciated.


National Road Relay Results

Well done to everyone who competed for the club at the National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday.  Felix McGrath came home a very impressive 8th on the first leg of the men's relay (19th fastest time - a national event remember), and Floren Scraton came home 12th on the first leg of the women's relay.  In the end, the senior men came 58th (yes, it's a big event) and our U17 men finished 21st.  See Facebook for further results and lots of photos.

Results (ii): Harriers success and good times in Cardiff Half and Masters Mile last weekend

Congratulations to Ken Ham, who finished 2nd in the V55 category of the British Masters 1 mile Road Championships in Cardiff last Saturday, in a swift season's best of 5:37.

Very well done also to the five Westbury Harriers who took part along with an elite field in the televised Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday:

Colin Pemble - 1:27:49 - 19th  MV45

Sophie Voller - 1:27:58 - 4th FV35

Katie Hughes - 1:28:28 - 2nd FV40
Clare Eskell - 1:41:11 - 15th FV50
Judy Knights - 1:45:51 - 27th VF50

Results (i) – Harriers success on world stage in Spain


For those who didn't see their Facebook posts, many congratulations to mother and daughter members Jeni Stevenson and Steph Cummins for their outstanding success at the World Biathle Championships in Viveiro, Spain, between 20th and 24th September.

Biathle is a branch of modern pentathlon involving a "run-swim-run" sequence with continuous transitions.

Steph competed in the U19 Mixed Relay (with Ollie Jones), which consisted of 1600m run - 200m swim-1600m run, and they finished in a close second for a superb silver medal. Steph also finished an admirable 7th in the individual U19 event.

Jeni brought home a remarkable 'full house' of medals in the 40+ category (1200m run - 100m swim- 1200m run): gold for the UK in the Ladies Team Event, Silver (and top Briton) in the Individual, and Bronze in the Mixed Relay.

Medals, action scenes and podium joy reproduced above from Facebook posts, with thanks.

Well done both.