Weekly Reminders

  • Senior training resumes Thursday 4th January
  • Reception group returns Monday 8th Jan
  • Friday 2nd February RunFest event. Michelle Hurst, group leader, is organising a event raising money for a Scout adventure. It looks to be a fabulous evening with lots of guest speakers and interesting things related to running. Tickets are £5 in advance see Facebook.
  • If you want to be entered in the Midland XC Champs on Sat 27th Jan in Nottingham please speak to your relevantl team manager ASAP.
  • if you would like to nominate someone for January member of the month please email member.of.the.month@westburyharriers.co.uk


Club Championship Dates

The club championships supports local clubs races and encourages club members to try different races whilst knowing there will always be other WH members there. It is not too late to get involved in the 2017/18 season. Always good to have some aims in January. Upcoming  races below and all listed on Facebook.

Please note the the Rhayader Round the Lakes 30km has been removed as it clashed with the Blaise Gwent and has been replaced with Gloucester 20 on 25th March.

please remember you need to enter your own results on the website. Instruction are on the ‘races/add races’ tab and ‘race entry instructions’

  • Monday January 1st Hangover 10km
  • Thursday 1st February The Burnham Esplanade 5km
  • Sunday 11th February 4th Gwent League Fixture Pontpool
  • Sunday 18th February Two Tunnels 5km
  • Sunday 25th February Two Bays tough 10 challenge
  • Saturday 3rd March final Gwent league fixture Blaise Castle
  • Sunday 11th March The Rodway Easy Runner 10km
  • Sunday 18th March Forest of Dean trail half marathon
  • Sunday 25th March Gloucester 20
  • Sunday 1st April Hanham Horror 10km
  • Sunday 22nd Horton Bull

Club Championship Update

The Club Championship spot prizes for September go to Trevor Fitsall and Ken Lovell and those for October go to Geraint Torrington and Clare Eskell.

Remember to keep entering your club championship results on the website to be included in the draw.

Upcoming club championship races are

  • Tuesday 26th Dec - Clevedon Boxing Day 4 mile
  • Monday January 1st Hangover 10km
  • Thursday 1st February The Burnham Esplanade 5km
  • Sunday 11th February 4th Gwent League Fixture Pontpool
  • Sunday 18th February Two Tunnels 5km
  • Sunday 25th February Two Bays tough 10 challenge
  • Saturday 3rd March final Gwent league fixture Blaise Castle


Weekly Reminders


  • South West Cross Country Championships entries close on Wednesday 20th December - event is being held near Yeovil on Sunday 7th Janauay. Please speak to your team manger for entries details
  • Senior training being held as usual this weeek. Then breaking for Christmas and returning on Thursday 6th January.
  • Shirley Hume (treasurer) needs any outstanding expenses to be with her by the end of this week.
  • Fourth Gwent league fixture confirmed as Sunday 11th Feb at Pontpool.
  • Well done to those who got a club place for the London Marathin - Linda Philllips, Mike Howie, Mark Andrews and Tony Rudd.

Club News

Westbury donated the gate money, which was over £100, from last Mondays Christmas lights run to Brailsford lights who raise money for Wallace and Gromits Grand appeal.

Also at last Monday nights training tubs of chocolate and huge thank-you’s were given out to all the people that help out giving their time to help run and support the club. So I’m sure you will all join me in saying thank-you to all our coaches, group leaders, committee members, parent helpers, pavilion committee, club championship committee, Blaise Blazer committee, Westbury Wipeout committee, money collectors and volunteers. As without you their would be no Westbury and all your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.
If not collected already Geraint has something for you and will be there tonight.

Weekly Reminders

◾Monday 11th Dec Christmas lights run - training with a festive feel. Please come along festively dressed. Drinks afterwards in the Prince of Wales pub, Stoke Lane - all welcome. If you have been off running injured or anything do come along and catch up with people at the pub from 8.30pm.
◾14th Dec - Christmas dinner social after Weston Prom - please see separate post and FB for menu. Please give your menu choices and money to Sandra Bailey-Gard
◾Ladies 90th anniversary dinner - to be held at Kingsweston House on 7th April 2017
◾Friday 2nd February RunFest event. Michelle Hurst, group leader, is organising a event raising money for a Scout adventure. It looks to be a fabulous evening with lots of guest speakers and interesting things related to running. Tickets are £5 in advance see Facebook.
◾Sunday 11th February 4th Gwent league fixture at Pontypool
◾Saturday 3rd March - final Gwent league fixture at Blaise Castle - in addition to lots of runners we need lots of volunteers to help host this event.

◾We are looking for someone to organise a New Year social - if you would be able to do this please get in touch
◾If anyone has any outstanding expenses please ensure Shirley Hume has them ASAP


Gwent League Round 3 – Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire

With unseasonally mild weather, firm sandy turf and trails, and a nice view across to the Gower once you'd scrambled up the sand dunes onto the ridge, Pembrey Park was almost the perfect venue for the third of five Gwent League rounds. It may have taken 2 hours plus to get there, and a further half hour to get in and parked, but a large contingent of Westbury Harriers young and old made the trip. It was well worth it. Everyone who ran seemed to enjoy themselves, many teams consolidated their leading or strong category positions, and the day was capped by multiple individual successes. The name of Westbury Harriers rang out constantly on the PA race commentaries, with some athletes even interviewed post-race. Spirits in the Harriers tent remained high all day, assisted by Geraint's now customary lovely spread of drinks, cakes and flapjacks, impeccably presented on a folding table.


First mention and pride of place must go to Hannah Hobbs. In her first ever senior women's race, she paced it perfectly before overhauling her main Swansea rival, crossing the line nearly 30 seconds ahead for a stunning victory. Not too far behind her, the women's team generally put in a great effort to remain in 3rd place overall. In a strong field of 273 runners, Katie Hughes had an excellent and very quick run to finish in 11th place, while behind her were several clusters of Westbury women who enjoyed some great battles with each other around the scenic course.


Hannah and other Westbury women at the start

Full results: Hannah Hobbs...1st!, Katie Hughes 11th, Sophie Voller 28th, Evita Gonzalez Szamocki 29th, Kirstie Hamilton-James 32rd, Jayne Pemble 48th, Trish Robson 49th, Emma Woodworth 54th, Tamsin Elson Chick 56th, Maria Eriksson Hobbs 104th, Clare Eskell 112th, Sandra Sforza 138th, Anneke Bull 142nd, Shirley Hume 148th, Marilyn Palmer 186th, Eithne Noonan 221st, Victoria Sloan 243rd.


In the women's team standings, as well as the 3rd place overall, Westbury are dominating the age categories, with the V35s, V55s and V65s all leading the way, and the V45s in 4th.


The men's team saw a welcome return to competitive action for team captain Scott Campbell after a long spell out with injury. Scott had a great run to finish 32nd in another very strong field of 392 starters, just behind top finisher Oli Beale (22nd).


Alex and Scott in the men's race

Rich Noble in action

Full individual results:

Oli Beale 22nd, Scott Campbell 32nd, Anthony Glover 41st, Alex Hamblin 42nd, Richard Noble 98th, Ewan Paton 127th, Ken Ham 131st, Paul Harrod 160th, David George 231st, Mike Mewse 261st, Geraint Torrington 264th, Mike Harris 337th, Julian Bailey-Gard 343rd.


The team finished in a very creditable 6th place overall on the day, and remain on course to retain their position in Division 1. In the "vet" categories there is everything to play for in the final two fixtures, with the V35s, 45s and 55s in 6th, 4th and 4th respectively.


Junior participation was slightly uneven across the boys' and girls' age groups, with some categories very well supported but others less so. Every junior who travelled all the way there and ran deserved great credit (as did their parents and drivers), and also deserved the very generous club treat of a post-race toboggan ride!

Laura Chance wins the novice race


In the girls' races, the novices (U11s) continued their pattern of great numbers and even greater success. A strong group of 8 (nearly a tenth of the 90 starters overall) was led home by Laura Chance, who pipped a couple of Carmarthen Harriers to win the race by 5 seconds. Not far behind her were Elen Ruck in 5th and Zoe Bradbrook in 11th. Great running also from Steph Hamilton-James, Isabelle Hugill, Maeve Robinson, Felicity Lowe and Sophie White. The team are in first place overall out of 48 teams, and such is the strength in depth that the "B" team are in 8th.


The U13s were slightly depleted in numbers but Clemmie Lee, Meghan Porteous and Erin Pemble all represented the club with distinction, and even with a team of just 3 in this round they remain narrowly in 7th place overall. A full turnout in the last two fixtures will give them a good chance of a top 3 finish.


The U15 girls are dominating this year's league, with Dalis Jones unbeatable and all set for another full house of race wins. Close behind her were the rest of an exceptionally strong team. Rosie Hamilton-James continued her very impressive form of this season to grab another 2nd place with a perfectly timed late surge. Kate Howard (5th), Rhiannon Paton (9th) and Emily Whitaker (17th) completed the picture, to leave the team just the 171 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Dalis, Rosie and Rhiannon also lie 1st, 2nd and 7th in the overall standings after 3 races.


The U15 girls

Another win for Dalis








We need more boy novices running, but very well done to solo Westbury Harrier Henry Watson, for an excellent run to finish 17th in a field of 102. Hopefully he will have some team mates to support him at Pontypool and Blaise!

Another win for Seamus!

Seamus Robinson won the U13s race at what seemed like a canter, but in fact moving extremely quickly to ease home a full 15s ahead of 2nd place. Like Henry, Seamus could do with more team mates, but credit to Finn Goodhew for making the journey and running well.


The U15s were another small but select team, with James Harrod and Johan Hobbs finishing 7th and 13th in a strong field of 60. James remains in close contention for the overall individual title, with only 7 points separating 1st from 4th place


The U17 boys have numbers and talent, with the team leading the way overall on the back of more fine runs. In a race combined with the U20s, Abdi Hasan was the first U17 boy home, followed by Aidan Noble (9th) Greg Hayward (12th) Fred Stewart (20th) Ben Rawlins (25th) and Hugh Tarren (28th). Well done also to solo U20 runner Ben Whitaker, 6th in that category.


The next race will also be in Wales, but not quite so far away this time - Pontypool on 11th February. The final race will be even closer to home, at Blaise Castle on 3rd March. If you, or your child, haven't run in the Gwent League before, why not give it a try? Everyone is welcome, and every runner who completes the course scores points. Adults can enter on the day by giving £4 to their team captain. Juniors of all abilities and speeds are very much encouraged to enter - we only require that they let Neil (boys) or Simon (girls) know in advance, and it costs them even less. And the cakes are provided free. What are you waiting for?

Photographs courtesy of Geraint and Paul Stillman Photos/Les Stills (Flickr) [all his albums are available for non-commercial use with acknowledgment]


December Member of the Months

Well done to our December member of the months
Victoria Sloan - for organising group leaders on a Monday, sorting out the group muster points, the signing in and out sheets, and generally providing a cohesive club feel to Monday nights.
James Harrod - for his best Gwent league position finishing 2nd at Brecon and finishing 2nd in the inaugural Thornburay Parkrun

Vet Men’s Report

Westbury Harriers Veterans / Masters Men

Some very good running from our veteran men in a range of races during November.

Ken Ham (V55), (pictured)  the reigning Avon County V50 cross country champion, continues to produce consistently high level performances. He represented South West Vets in the English Inter Area Cross Country Challenge in Bournemouth on 25th November. Ken was 2nd V55 with an excellent run of 28.13 and was part of the winning area team.

Gwent League       Ewan Paton has previously posted details of the Gwent League results and the full results are now available on the Gwent League website, including Masters men categories from M35 to M65  https://www.gwent-league.org.uk/2017/res172.htm

Ewan himself has been in good form and followed his fine run in Brecon with a 29.44 PB in the Weston Prom race. With Ewan Kilgour, another Vet 40 also running well, the Westbury V45 team is in 5th place in the Gwent League and close to the leading teams. Richard Noble, another of the V45s, is a regular racer with a stream of good results in road and cross country races. His hard training paid off at the Castle Combe 10k on 19th November with 3rd V40 in an impressive 38.13 ( not that far behind speedy son Aidan who recorded a fine 35.03).

David George (V60) is in good form, racing mainly in multi terrain races. He had a particularly good result in the Avebury 8 (actually a 9.2 mile race !) on 26th November  – 1st V60 and 19th overall in a time of 1.09.46.

Ken Lovell (39.41) and Jullian Bailey-Gard (38.14), both MV65, ran well in the Weston Prom 5 battling hard in the conditions – mainly to stay ahead of their wives Ann and Sandra who also produced good runs. Ann picked up yet another 1st FV60 prize with a time of 48.38. Another in action on the Prom was  Trevor Fitsall MV40 - making a 36.12 clocking look very easy.

I was pleased to return to action after a long break, sneaking under 36 minutes at Weston with a 35.57 clocking. Great to see so many Westbury Harriers out on a miserable evening.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Gwent League in Pembrey on Sunday 3rd.

COME ALONG … it’s a day at the seaside with a nice relaxing Sunday run !

Mike Mewse