The club has decided to provide a CRAMtag free of charge to each member should they
want one. A CRAMtag is an identification tag that is placed on your trainer that
provides your id and emergency contact information should you have an accident whilst
out running. Hopefully it’s something that will never be used.If you would like one
send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the CRAMtag see www.coco.org.uk/index.php?p=cramtag.
To enable the club to communicate with it's members more easily, it would be useful
to get as many member's e-mail addresses as possible. They would normally be used
for sending newsletters or subscription reminders which would otherwise be sent by
post. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com, cc to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you spare a little time
to help out with tasks which are vital to the smooth operation of the Club, such
Running with or helping organise youngsters on training evenings
Introducing newcomers to the right people.
Entering teams for Gwent League events (5 per year, take place on Saturday or Sunday).
In addition, we need someone who is retired from running or an interested non-runner.
He/she would be able to turn up at Coombe Dingle from September onwards on some Thursday
evenings, with a view to assisting in the running of competitive events for members.
Speak to Neil Miller (0117 9514097) or any of our coaches about any of the above.
Are You qualified in First Aid - or interested in a course?
It would help the club if members and interested parents who are certificated First
Aiders would contact me so that I can make a register of their names. If you need
to update your skills or are interested in becoming a First Aider we will try to
arrange a suitable course.
Contact: Contact Jim Murphy (0117 9085464) or mobile: 07790 834216, or e-mail
Training Evenings - Personal Alarms
There are a small number of personal alarms available for loan on Mondays and Thursdays.
These are kept by Sandra Baily-Gard, and may also be ordered if you wish to purchase
one at a discount.
Sports Injury Clinic
Club Chairman Jim Murphy has a Sports Injury and Rehabilitation clinic, which is
always available for members needing treatment. Contact Jim for details on 0117 9085464
or mobile: 07790 834216, or e-mail
Child Protection Course
All club members in contact with young athletes need to be in touch with Child Protection
issues. Courses are thin on the ground (and the governing bodies have yet to come
up with policy templates), but we could arrange one if a minimum of 12 sign up. If
you are interested, please contact Jim Murphy on 0117 9085 464.
Over the years, we have lost track of some of our club trophies. Do you happen to
have one on your mantelpiece, or hidden in a cupboard? If so, please do get in touch
Membership forms are available on-line - see the Information page
Obituary - Syd Pow
A tribute by our president Peter Griffin, and photos - click here.
Obituary - Eddy Cawley
Our president Peter Griffin has received the sad news that Life Member Eddy Cawley
passed away in November at the age of 89. Read more.
A Challenge from Chris Bloor of TACH
The Green Man Challenge
Are you mad enough to run or walk 45 miles?
Are you fit enough to do it inside 24 hours?
Then you could be a 'woodwose'. Further details can be found at
Check out www.runningforfun.co.uk/home.htm Much of the information is aimed at newcomers,
but it has a lot of interesting information on all aspects of running.
Westbury Bristol Yate Composite Team
Gone West! A brief history.......Although ultimately torpedoed, some very useful
discussions took place between Bristol Athletic Club (now Bristol & West AC), Westbury
Harriers and Yate & District Athletic Club, on the possibilities of forming composite
teams. Much common ground was established, there was great enthusiasm from athletes
and general backing from committees, and we went all the way to preparing for a formal
ballot before internal politics forced one of the key players out of the equation
Club kit - vests, jackets etc. are available from Up & Running, North View, Westbury
Park. The prices for these items are fixed and include a club subsidy. Up & Running
offer a 10% discount on anything else with your Membership card. For all details
of local stores stocking running shoes and clothing see the Club Benefits page.
Find Club Kit photos and details HERE
Peter at a Westbury Harriers awards evening at Blaise
It is with great sadness that we announce that our President, Peter Griffin, passed
away on the morning of February 12th 2010 at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. For most
of us, he was Westbury Harriers.
Peter was a member of Westbury Harriers for over 60 years and served the club with
distinction, both as an athlete and club official, being chairman for 23 years and
president since 1999. He was also President of Avon Athletics from 1999.
As an athlete he represented Wales at 440 yds and 880 yds with personal bests of
50.0 at 440yds and 1:53.6 at 880yds. How many of us would like to run that pace today
on modern tracks with modern equipment? He was Gloucestershire Track and Field champion
for seven consecutive years at 440yds.
Thanks to all who turned up to do the run to Bath on Saturday 6 February, and especially
Roger Long, who took bags for people in his car. Two groups of runners left Bristol
(one group being led by Jane Thornton from Temple Meads and the other by Jullian
Bailey-Gard junior from St James Barton Roundabout in Bristol). Again the weather
had been kind to us - it was a slightly chilly morning, but no rain! The first group
had left from TM at 10:45am and the main group from SJBR at 11:00am. About 30-40
people had turned up through out the day.
The plan as with every year was to run along the cycle track, through Bitton train
station, alongside the river and meet outside Bath train station. Once in Bath to
go for a few beers (and possibly a curry if people were game). All the runners arrived
in Bath within 20 minutes of each other. Some would have arrived in Bath a bit sooner
had they not stopped for Tea & cakes en route (Mr Bloss & Mr Attwood)! Terry Jewell-Davis
assisted Roger with the Bag carry, and joined in the run from Bitton train station.
Whist Roger waited at Bitton train station to see the runners come through, cheer
them on, and drink more tea.
It was nice to see Life Member and former popular group leader John Canning along
the route, who took some photos. He joined us for a drink afterwards and showed
us the fruits of his superb photography skills. Also to mention a few people who
came on their bikes Andy Gordon, Dean Thornton, Steve McDonnald and Vanessa Smith
(and possibly one or two others).
Now as everyone knows a runners body is a temple, and after a long run you would
expect the priority would be making sure we stretch our muscles correctly, drink
lots of water, and putting on some warm clothes. Not this lot! Someone (who shall
remain nameless) was in such a rush to get to the pub that they forgot their bag.
We all headed off to the pub and Roger being the good samaritan had stayed at the
train station with the bag. Little did he know the runner was already at the pub.
Roger has not been seen since....rumour has it he's still outside Bath train station
The social activities started with a trip to the Salamander pub, at the top of Bath
high street. A favourite from past years due to its selection of Bath Ales. Various
people came and went throughout the afternoon (some to watch the international rugby),
or to get home on their bikes (before it got too dark). Once back in Bristol about
20 people headed for a curry on Gloucester road, where some who had earlier left,
had come back for a bite to eat (and some more beer).
Thanks to all for a good day out and see you next year.
BRISTOL TO BATH TRAINING RUN - SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2010
The last Monday of each month (year round) will be new members' night, as well as
a normal training session. This is aimed at welcoming newcomers to the club and organising
them into an appropriate training group.