Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Week Ahead 13 November 2017

On Tuesday meet at the Leisure Centre and jog down to Steep Street for 25 min or 6 reps of long and short hill efforts. If you are worried that this may be too much just do the short  rep. and/or reduce the time to 20 min, says Geoff.
After training on Tuesday, the Coaches are holding an open meeting to discuss, among other things: new Coaches and potential Coaches; how to integrate C25K graduates; how best to use the help offered by Club members who don’t at this stage want to become qualified Coaches. We’ll be in the bar from 8.15.
It’s the monthly 5k time trial on the Severn Bridge on Thursday, starting at 7.30. We need  helpers - to man the finish and to act as the turnaround bollard. None of the roles are demanding and will earn the never-ending gratitude of the runners. Previous helpers have enjoyed grateful hugs and the occasional drink - well it could happen. Please enter your name in the Comments box below, or tell your favourite coach and claim your hug or drink.
And finally - the next Leisure Centre League cross-country on Sunday, at 11 at Rogerstone School, High Cross, just North of J27, M4. 
There will be races for junior runners before the main race starts. They don’t have to be members of our Junior Section. All our daughters and sons are welcome. Please see the flyer.


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Best Ever Chepstow Harriers XC Performance!

Kath Matthews was 2nd in the Gwent League at Brecon today. Best ever placing, male or female, in the 25+ years we’ve taken part. Astounding performance!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Social Night Away Run



             When:      Thursday 30th Nov. 2017 @ 19:00

            Where:     Around Lydney

              From:     Lydney Brew Coffee Shop, Lydney,

          Parking:     Lydney Leisure Centre, GL15 5DZ

        Distance:     4 miles(approx), easy course

                  Kit:     Road shoes, head torch, reflective tops

Refreshments:    Drink(none alcoholic), beef&pork chilli, butternut squash&pumpkin soup,
                           bread rolls, cake(limited availability)

        Allergies:     Let me know if you have any

Please can you let Mike or Denise know if you are hoping to come along, and your probable food choice, you can do this in the comments below, or FB.

The Week Ahead 6 Nov 2017

We’re down at the Beachley Track on Tuesday for one of Kevin’s Relays - teams of three doing 300 metres and 100 metre efforts. Meet you on the track ready to start at 7.
Kev would appreciate some help from any kind souls who aren’t planning to do the session. If you can, please tell us in the Comments box below, or just turn up at 6.50ish. We should be putting out the lights about then.
And if you haven’t had enough of Beachley, Thursday’s Run is down to the SARA HQ under the Bridge via the Wyebank estate.
The 45 minute gang will also be setting off for another stay-together run at 7 sharp. Please be ready to   start running on time.
And finally - a very important Gwent League at Brecon LC on Saturday. It’s the East Wales Championships and the main selection event for the Welsh Inter Regional Champs on Sat 9 December. I know it sounds very grand, but loads of Chepstow runners have run for the Region in recent years. There are 10-year age categories up to age 55 and above, male and female, and we can enter 15 runners in each age group. So any reasonably good for age cross-country runner stands a good chance of wearing the renowned purple vest. And the women’s and men’s selectors happen to be Chepstow Harriers.
To enter the E Wales Champs you need to seek out the EW tent, fill out a short form and pay your £1. PLEASE NOTE: All this applies to Junior Age Groups too. We usually have Harriers Juniors Running for East Wales.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Week Ahead 30 Oct 2017

Jog down to the top of the Severn Bridge cycle track on Tuesday where Coach Jane will be, ready for a 7.20 start for the Severn Bridge Hills.
2 x 15 minutes of 600 metre laps of continuous running with 3 minutes recovery back at the start. Each lap includes a long and short hill. 10k effort up the long hill and 5k effort up the short one. Use the downhills to recover. Practice pace judgement and aim for consistent lap times. Practice your running form.
On Thursday we have the November Club Champs, a night race in Great Barnetts and adjoining woodland.
Please report to the LC bar first to pick up your number and chip (it’ll be the one you were given for this year’s Handicap). Then drive to the main car park on the left hand side of the Usk Road, about half a mile along from the turn at the Budgens shop. Andy Creber the Organiser says aim to arrive at the car park for 7.

The 45 minute run starts at 7 led by Jackie 


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Message from Chair, Fairwater Runners


Dear East Wales Running Clubs,

as you may have heard, Fairwater are not running the Bog and Bryn this year, principally because of the large amount of work required before it (4 weekends for a work team with chainsaws, cutters etc.) We are however looking into running a similar, somewhat shorter but still tough event in future years that sticks to better maintained paths.

In preparation for this we will be leading a friendly run on Sunday 5th November, leaving Risca Leisure Centre at 10 am which includes an excursion to the top of Twmbarlwm. It is about 7 miles and covers road, track, path, grass and woodland. This is not a race, there are no prizes, no charge, it is not marshalled and sparsely if at all marked. We would however like to invite up to two runners from each club to join us for the run, after which showers and a room have been organised to socialise afterwards. We will have runners of various speeds leading groups, so no-one will be left behind (but runners should be used to hills and fell) although faster runners may have to wait for us as our fastest gents don't know the course either! All we ask is that those who attend complete a short questionnaire afterwards to help us in our planning for next year.

Please reply to me with an indication as to whether one, two or no runners will attend. If more than two would like to, please feel free to ask and provided numbers are reasonable we may be able to accommodate extras. (n.b. because this is not marshalled and includes road sections we need to limit numbers for safety).

I hope to see some of you on the 5th, and to hear your opinions afterwards,

Kind Regards

Rob u
(Chair, Fairwater Runners Cwmbran)

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Week Ahead 23 Oct 2017

Tuesday’s session is a 2 for the price of 1. School Hill and the Underpass Steps, 15 minutes on each.

And Thursday’s Run takes us over the Severn Bridge. It’s a good 10 miles if you accept the challenge of running all the way into England and back on the opposite side, but you can choose the distance that suits you by turning round at, say, one of the towers.

The Week Ahead team would like to hear in the Comments box from any members who do complete the challenge. Let us know how long it took you.

Meanwhile the 45 Minuters will be doing their usual all-stay-together run. Here again, the Weaker Head team will be delighted to hear how long that run took.