- 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.
Congratulations to our Septembers member of the months Alan Uren for 2nd at the Towpath 5k and fastest Westbury time at the Avon Road Relays and Carol Fee for all her work organising the volunteers for our events.
If you would like to nominate a club member or volunteer for member of the month please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
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: email@example.com) or another committee member.
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.
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.
The club championship spot prizes for June go to Alan Uren and Clare Eskell, and those for July go to Evita Gonzalez and Ken Lovell. Judy Knights has a bottle of wine for each of you.
Remember to keep entering your club championship results on the website to be included in the draw.
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.
- 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
- 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!