Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The Week Ahead 27 December 2010

Back to plan now the ice and snow have gone. Tuesday sees us over in Tutshill for the Severn Avenue session. This is a fairly flat 400ish metres quiet road with a nice downhill jog recovery.


The Leisure Centre is closed, but we’ll still be meeting by the steps for a prompt 7 o’clock leave. Or if it suits you, go straight to the Sedbury Lane/Severn Avenue junction. It’s the last turning on the right coming from the mini roundabout on Beachley Road.


On Thursday we’re doing our Tour of the Town run – now our traditional Christmas/New Year run.


On Sunday there’s a new local off-road run that some Harriers are doing.



Looks good and proceeds to charity.


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Training Tonight - Thurs 23 Dec

Leis Ctre closes about 9 tonight.


Bring torch for run across the fields on crunchy snow.


Drink in Coach & Horses after

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Training Tonight - Tues 21 Dec

Just spoken to the Leis Ctre Duty Manager, and he will probably close the Centre some time after 8pm, partly depending on how many turn up for swimming. 

That gives us time for a training session on the field or a not-too-long off-road run and a quick shower.

If you do drive down it may be wise to leave your kit in the car rather than a locker.

The bar won't be open, but Tom Gibbs has already suggested that we adjourn to the Bellhanger afterwards.

CLUB CHAMPS 2011 - Provisional info

 A snowy final race for 2010

 2010 has almost been and gone, we've just had the final race of the 2010 series, and the results are being calculated.   Meanwhile.... the club champs team of Vanessa, Sue and now joined by Steve Harris have been hard at work coming up with the programme of events for next year.

Without further ado, please find attached pdf with 'provisional info for 2011.

Chepstow Harriers Club Champs 2011 - provisional race programme

The exact dates will be confirmed in due course, and information will be added to the website.

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Week Ahead 20 December 2010

Well the Week Ahead is rather uncertain for we Harriers. A combination of icy roads and the possibility of the Leisure Centre closing early when conditions are bad (it closed at 6pm today, Monday, and may well do for the rest of the week if the weather doesn’t improve drastically) may cause us to implement Plan B.


A likely alternative to Tuesday’s advertised Hayesgate Fartlek could be a 2 mins fast/1 min slow session on the Leis Ctre field. You may remember that we did this very successfully last Winter in similar circumstances.


Continuing slippery tarmac on Thursday may also force a rejig that evening.


So please watch this Blog for the latest news.


PS Please contact Dick for any bright ideas you may have for safe training.  

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Update on Xmas Tree race tomorrow

Spoke to the organiser this morning. They have had about as much snow as Chepstow i.e. 1 or 2in max, so at the moment the race should go ahead.  Check the Forest of Dean running club website for further info though.  www.fodac.org.uk

I have been on a lovely long run this morning and conditions are lovely if a little slower than usual.  Bear in mind that there may be a frost so underfoot may be icier tomorrow.  Also snow may hide all sorts of icy sections, so just be careful! 

My personal suggestions are:

  • allow more time to travel to Elwood

  • wear the grippiest shoes you have - if I was running I would wear fell shoes, otherwise trail shoes.  There is a bit of tarmac I think, so spikes not a good idea. 

See you there!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Xmas Tree race on Sunday - update

The organisers are making a decision tomorrow morning whether to go ahead with Sunday's race, depending on the amount of snow we get overnight.

I will put a post on the blog as soon as I hear anything, likewise if anyone else hears anything please let me know!

Fingers xxxxx!!


Monday, 13 December 2010

The Week Ahead 13 Dec 2010

Well it’s coming on apace and in a sennight’s time it’ll be the Winter Solstice (does that sound suitably folksy and philosophical enough for ya?).


This Tuesday we’re having a go at Steep Street for the first time this winter. It’ll be six long and six short hills alternately. Pace yourself with the longs, and go flat out for the shorts.


Thursday holds the double delights of the Sedbury run and the pre-xmas visit to the Mughal Spice for the all-you-can-eat curry. Please tell Niki if you’re going.


And you’ll doubtless have seen (on the Blog before this one) Vanessa’s plug for Sunday’s Christmas Tree Club Champs race. Finish the year on a high with a bash at this great seasonal event.



Christmas Tree race, Sunday 19th December

Sunday is the final race in the 2010 Club Championship!!  It's a lovely 5-6mile off road route from Ellwood football club in the Forest of Dean.  There are plenty of places if you want to enter on the day.  Tinsel optional but it will add to the festive atmosphere!

Entry form below:


Friday, 10 December 2010

Xmas Hash Today

Tintern’s Paul Christie, Dave Andrews and Rob Barker have again kindly organised a Xmas Hash that was such a lovely event last year.

Meet at the Wireworks Car Park Tintern at 11.00 a.m. tomorrow to be led to a secret location for the start of Chepstow Harriers Xmas Hash.  The run is approximately six miles – fancy dress is encouraged – free drink and food at a pub for all finishers.

Wireworks car park -  From Chepstow turn left at Royal George and the car park is 400m on right. 

Prizes for best Xmas decorated runners.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

AGM Highlights

The 53 Harriers present applauded Eric Bailey as he received the Meritorious Award from Welsh Athletics President, John Penny. As well as his long service with Chepstow  as coach, juniors leader and committee member, Eric has served on many WA and East Wales committees, has been a representative team selector and manager, was permit officer for many years and has generally devoted long hours to the cause.


As an addendum to his report, Chair Andy Ost said that there might be a potential clash in June between our annual participation in the Welsh Castles Relay and a suggested 2011 overseas trip to the Normandy landing races.


Treasurer Bram Fisher presented a healthy cash statement, but warned that our financial wellbeing was very dependent on income from our open races. The motion to increase membership fees was passed (please see AGM notice for details).


All uncontested Committee nominations were agreed, and Mark Harvey was voted Men’s Team Captain. James Blore was invited to join the Committee in a role to be agreed.


The motion to award a gift to members of winning LCL teams was accepted. The qualifying  criterion was changed to running or helping in any six of the ten races.


The motion to go for ClubMark certification was also passed with Gerry Ashton approved as manager.


The first four 2011 Club Championship races were announced as the Lliswerry 8 on 30 Jan; the LCL XC at Parc Bryn Bach on 20 Feb; the Hogweed Half Marathon on 20 Mar; and the Sugar Loaf Fell Race on 9 April.

Monday, 6 December 2010

The Week Ahead 6 Dec 2010

All happening this week – lots of eating & lots of running!



Tuesday 6.30 Danes Loop run/7.30 buffet in Community Room downstairs/7.55 presentation to Eric Bailey of WA Meritorious Award (immense honour!)/8.00 our AGM.


Thursday Shirenewton Runs (note change), or a jolly off-road run, then Curry Night!


Then on Saturday our annual pre-Christmas Hash Run at Tintern hosted by Dave, Paul and Rob, followed by hot food and drinks at a mystery venue!



Thursday, 2 December 2010

Gwent League XC at Blaise Castle

Meeting time for Saturday's cross country near Bristol is 11.00 a.m. at our leisure centre.

Senior Female race 12.35

Senior Male race 2.00

Just bring your vest - well and maybe something warm for after.

See you there.

Monday, 29 November 2010

The Week Ahead 29 November 2010



If the weather’s kind, it’s down to the Severn Bridge on Tuesday for our monthly 5k time trial. It may well be a little cool and bracing but conducive to a good performance.


A sloppy piece of work by the Chief Coach has the Thursday run advertised as the Beachley jaunt, but those with sharp memories may recall that we trod those lanes last week. So we’re going to do the ever-popular Tour of the Town instead. That’s better, eh dear Reader?


And of course the Off-Road crew will be enjoying snow-covered trails in the moonlight with a little help from head torches.


A busy weekend beckons with Gwent League cross-countrying on Saturday at Bristol’s Blaise Castle just over the Second Severn Crossing – the old Bridge being closed heading east into England. Our Club Captains will be posting travel times later in the week, and also ask you to register your intention to run on the Bulletin Board.


A double treat on Sunday with that perennial December Shropshire treat – yes, the Cardington Cracker is waiting to be pulled




Then on your way back you are cordially invited to Ashton Towers at 4pm for Sue & Gerry’s Fell Race Series Presentation and bun struggle. This annual institution offers scrummy food and glittering company at Sue and Gerry’s Prospect House, Monmouth. Contact one or the other to tell them you will of course be coming



Sunday, 28 November 2010

Awards Dinner and Ceilidh

Here is the menu for the dinner on saturday 5 February at Chepstow Athletic Club

Please let Vanessa, Lou or Niki have your completed choices and cheques as soon as possible!!! See you there!!!!


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

December Social Whirl!!!

You’ll be hearing about some exciting events in the December WotsOn.


Our Tintern chapter (Dave Andrews, Paul Christie and Rob Barker) are putting on another Hash Run on Saturday 11th, with hot food and drinks at the end.


And on the Monday after Christmas, the Mighty Stotties invite you to a Hewelsfield and Brockweir Treasure Hunt.


And I hear there’ll be a pre-Christmas night out on Thursday 16th.


Watch The Week Ahead in the Blog for times and meeting details.


And do you consult the Club Calendar regularly? All important races and social events can be found there. Just press on the tab on the Home Page, Row 2, Button 3.

Monday, 22 November 2010

The Week Ahead 22 November 2010

It’s down on the Severn Bridge on Tuesday for a two minutes fast, one minute recovery session. Do 8 or 10 according to taste.


On Thursday it’s down to Beachley and back via the Wyebank estate.


And there’s always the off-road run on Thursday, and remember to bring your headtorch and grippy shoes.


Finally, on Sunday it’s the next LCL cross-country at Pontllanfraith near Blackwood. Meet at Leis Ctre at 9.30 to share cars. 

Sunday, 21 November 2010

East Wales Road Champs Winners

Congratulations to all East Wales athletes on the podium after the final race in the series, the Elan Valley 10, on Saturday 20 November.


Senior Men: Gold – Mark Harvey, Chepstow. No qualifiers for Silver or Bronze (competitors must complete at least three of the four races).


Senior Women:  No qualifiers for any medal.


F35-44: Gold - Lou Summers, Chepstow. Silver – Vanessa Lawson, Chepstow.


M40-49: No qualifiers.


F45-54: Gold – Lorna Shaw, Chepstow.


M50-59: Gold – Laurie Carter, Chepstow. Silver – Paul Day, Lliswerry. Bronze – Paul Dursley, Lliswerry.


F55+: Gold – Brenda Avery, Chepstow.


M60+: Gold - David Smout, Parc Bryn Bach. Silver – Dick Finch, Chepstow. 


All prizewinners received a £25 voucher from our Sponsors, Run & Become, Wood St, Cardiff. Many thanks for their continuing support.




Wednesday, 17 November 2010

London Marathon Draw

The following club members were awarded places in the 2011 London Marathon in last night's draw-


Phil Scrivens, Dave Somersall, Andy Blackmore and Colin Parry.


Club places can be substituted with another runner in the event of injury etc., provided we advise the London Marathon organisers by 11th Feb 2011. To allow for this we also drew reserve places in this order –


 Brett Regulski, Paul Lidgett, Mike Smith and Steve Harris.  If any of the lucky four runners should find themselves unable to run before the deadline date the first reserve (Brett) should be offered their place.


If you have a London place either from the ballot or the club and wish to travel up with the Chepstow party by coach see Syd for details.


Monday, 15 November 2010

The Week Ahead 15 November 2010

First time this season, on Tuesday we’re returning to one of the new sessions that Ivan introduced last year – the Beech Grove Hills. It’s a gentle slope leading away from the Athletic Club in Bulwark.


40 seconds up, then 80 seconds down, four times each set. Do either three or four sets according to taste.


On Thursday the Hayesgate runs take their turn. Follow the link on the Training page to have a look at the map.


The Club Championship is nearing its finale with the Elan Valley10 on Saturday. Plenty of ups and downs along country lanes, it’s also the last race in the East Wales Road Championships for 2010.


We’re meeting at the Leisure Centre at 10am – be there for a fine race that starts with a long downhill from the top of the dam. 

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Cross Country Runners Wanted for E Wales Team

Good cross-country runners of all ages are invited to give me their name now if they’d like to be included in the East Wales squad for the Inter-Regional Champs at Builth Wells on the afternoon of Sunday 12 December.


The categories are Senior Men, M40, M50; & Senior Women, F35, F45.


Then for both sexes U20, U17, U15, U13.


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Sunday’s Gwent League Cancelled

Just had a message that Sunday’s Gwent League at Bath has been cancelled for “Safety Reasons” A decision whether to reschedule will be made ASAP.


No further explanation given.

Monday, 8 November 2010

The Week Ahead 8 Nov 2010

Well, The Week Behind was a good one I thought, with a hard session on the Tuesday, a good choice of distances on the Thursday run, and a great team effort on Sunday with a well-organised cross-country, and a marvellously hosted LCL presentation with Chepstow’s now famous home-made cakes for all who packed out the bar to see the Summer League and Combined Seasons trophies handed out.

This week ahead will have to be really good to match all that I’m thinking…How about four clockwise laps of the Danes Loop for Tuesday? Then the Shirehampton Runs on Thursday, followed by the monthly fun of Curry Night?

Alas this Sunday's Gwent Lg xc has now been cancelled, so at present no race in view for the weekend.


Sunday, 7 November 2010

LCL Prizegiving and Cross-Country

Congrats to all the runners and teams who won trophies at the presentation after the first LCL cross-country at Chepstow today.


Thanks to Martyn and Jeanette for all their work throughout the season, and for organizing the trophies and the prize-giving.


And thanks to all the Chepstow home-bakers who provided the delicious range of cakes and cookies.


The race itself was well attended and many runners commended the excellent course round Piercefield Park. Well done to James Blore and his assistants, Vanessa and Lou, for a demanding and well-marked course.  

And a special thanks to John Thomas, Jane and Geoff Bayliss for helping check the course this morning, even though they weren’t running themselves. And thanks to Andy and Sue Ost in charge of the crèche.


Syd did a brilliant job at the finish with Martyn, and there seemed to be a record number of supporters cheering us round.   



Friday, 5 November 2010

Chepstow Leisure Centre League Cross Country in Piercefield Park

This Sunday is the first cross country in the LCL this season, hosted by Chepstow Harriers.The course will be in Piercefield Park – 7.2 k for women, 9.5 for men – designed this year by James.

The prize presentation for the LCL road race series and the combined cross country and road will be in Chepstow LC bar after the race.

We would like to invite runners from all the LCL clubs to join us in the bar after the race ( and a shower ) for a drink and some homemade cakes.

Please can I ask Chepstow runners to make a cake or cookies.  Please  bring them to the bar after the race where Polly and Ceri ( my girls ) will be setting them out. 

Any runners, supporters who would like to meet to jog to the race start from the leisure centre please meet by reception at 10.15 am.

It would also be great to have a photographer – a photo of the race start for a press article plus a new homepage photo would be good.  So if anyone is not running please bring your camera.

We are setting out the course on Saturday which will be checked by Dick on Sunday so help is mainly needed in taking down the course.  After you have run please take some tape and stakes back to Dick’s car – maroon Mitsubishi which will be in the top car park.  Thanks. 

See you Sunday – forecast is good!

Monday, 1 November 2010

The Week Ahead 2 Nov 2010

We’re well into the autumn routine now, and it’s down to Thornwell again for the popular Loop on Tuesday. Four loops with 90 secs recovery.Some may drive down to save the two mile jog there, but make sure you run a loop to warm up while you’re waiting for the rest to arrive.On Thursday we’re doing the Boughspring runs anti-clockwise, so it’s down past the Sedbury shops, left along Sedbury Lane, across the A48, then make-your-mind-up time at the Bishton Lane junction, and again at Netherhope Lane. See the map at http://www.chepstowharriers.org.uk/maps/boughspring8.pdfAnd then on Sunday we host the first Leisure Ctre League cross-country of the new season. It’s in Piercefield Park at 11, and runners will be jogging over from the LC at 10.15. Don’t forget your LCL number. First-timers can get a number from Syd on Tuesday or Thursday, or Sunday morning at a pinch if you warn Syd in advance and give him your date of birth.All Harriers are asked to help with setting up or taking down the course. We meet at 9am in the top car park to help set up, which saves you having to go round the course after the race. Otherwise please help pick up the sticks and tape straight after the race.The Summer League Presentation takes place in the bar after the race – details in the Club email just sent out to all members.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

LCL Road Series results

Results from the last race (chepstow) and the series now uploaded onto the website.


Apologies for the delay.

And don't forget - the first race of the LCL XC series is coming up. Nov 7th, just over in Piercefield park.  Why not come along and run instead of your normal sunday run - you can always run home afterwards to increase the distance ;-)

Monday, 25 October 2010

The Week Ahead 25 Oct 2010



The final week of Ivan’s month, and we’re on the Severn Bridge for 8 or 10 lots of 400 metres with 200 metres recovery. So 4 or 5 sets of 400 out, then turn and do the same number back.


You might want to drive down to Homebase if the 2+ miles jog there and back are a bit too much. If you do, don’t forget to do a good warm-up while you’re waiting for the rest of the runners.


Thursday it’s the Shirenewton runs, with a turn-round when you reach the main road where the Spar shop used to be. Or turn by the Tredegar Arms, or the full deal is to run round the church. Or bring your headtorch and have a tarmac-free run with the off-roaders.


Word of warning – we have had a problem with one of the dogs at the farm just past the top of Ticken Hill, but we are led to believe that this has been dealt with. If you ever do have a confrontation with dogs on any run (Club night or not) please tell Welfare Officer Chris Rees, or any of the coaches.


The ever-popular Sugar Loaf on Saturday at 2pm is the next race in our fell series. This is the winter version based at the Crown Inn at Pantigelli, a mile or so north of Abergavenny on the old Hereford Road. 5 miles of mostly runnable friendly terrain - enter on the day, only £2.50.


Good luck to those who’ll miss the Sugar Loaf doing the Original Mountain Marathon down in Dartmoor.  

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Week Ahead 18 Oct 2010

Spoilt for choice on Tuesday you lucky people! Either the Severn Avenue speed session up in Tutshill that proved very popular last year OR the well regarded Hospital Hill.


The Severn Ave speed bit is about 480 metres with 280 metres recovery. Choose 8-10 circuits. It’s a fair trot to Tutshill so you might want to consider driving up (not if you’re one of the luvly ladeez living round the corner!)


Likewise 8-10 H Hill ups with a timed climb rather than a set distance. Great for leg strength this one – essential for good running.


Thursday gives you another chance to set a 5k PB or even Club Record! Our new officially measured course starts in the usual place but turns round 24 metres further along the Bridge. Good thinking those of you who’ve been putting in the weekly long runs – that extra endurance will surely pay off…



Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Well Done Tom Gibbs at World Champs

Thanks for the support folks,Back from a long hard race in Spain. We didn't manage to retain our title, but did finish a solid 6th. Race took 114 hrs with not a lot of sleep. I seem to have also lost nearly 3 kg's in weight at the same time !Highlights were the fantastic mountain ranges up to 2500m with big rocky spires and a cracking in-line skate up an 11km, 700m of ascent road climb.Roll on curry night - methinks a deluxe curry should do as a starter......tom

Monday, 11 October 2010

The Week Ahead 11 Oct 2010


Down to Thornwell for Tuesday’s session, and it’s four loops with 90 secs recovery. There’ll be drills and warm-up down the Link Road, but I know some runners find it a long way down to Thornwell and back. So it might be a good idea to arrange a car-share with others of like mind. You could use the Comments box below for that purpose.


On Thursday, the Hayesgate runs offer routes of varying lengths. The full route is right up Ticken Hill at Mounton roundabout, but one short cut is to take the left road. Further on you could miss out Mathern village and return via the A48 with a pavement all the way up Pwllmeyric.


Whichever route you choose – make sure you get back in time for CURRY NIGHT!!! I’m delighted to report that last month’s brilliant wheeze of pre-ordering before the run worked marvellously. By the time I’d paid and got my pint the curry had beaten me to the table!


So take your pick from http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/static/pdfs/curry-club-menu.pdf  and put it on the list in our bar before you go off on your run.


The Mimsy on Sunday. See Vanessa’s blog for meeting time and post-race pub. Have a good race!  

Next championship race: Mimsy Muggle run, Saturday 16th October

The race starts at 9.30am.  Post code GL9 1BB

I suggest meet at LC at 8am to share transport and leave promptly asap after that i.e. leave by 8.05am.  32mins drive per AA website, then 15mins walk from HQ to start, and HQ looks about 10mins walk from car park.

Niki has suggested a pub for afterwards, no doubt she can remind/direct us when we get there!

 Any questions, let me know! Pre-entries closed now but you can enter on the day.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

11.30 a.m. New Meeting Time Tomorrow

Please note we will now meet at the slightly later time of 11.30 am at the leisure centre steps for the Gwent League cross country in Bridgend tomorrow.


Friday, 8 October 2010

Cycling Training Time Trial

Saturday 9th, meet at top car park of LC at 8.15am.  First rider off at 8.30am.

Please note this ride will be self-timed so either bring your cycle computer or your watch.

Apologies for the short notice, but this sort of thing is very weather dependent.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Cross Country Championships 2010

Hi All,

Just a follow on from Dick's earlier posting regarding East Wales qualification.

Today , I bumped into the East Wales Athletics officer at a regional school cross-country meeting, and he asked me to convey the following info.

Selection for East Wales qualification will be made from the Gwent league meeting at Bridgend this coming Sunday. Entry is £1 and forms can be obtained from team captains Lou & Mark, or collected on the day from the East Wales tent. East Wales will select teams in the U13 to senior age groups to represent the region in two matches;

Welsh Inter Regional Championships (Builth Wells, 12th December 2010)

UK Inter Counties Championships (Birmingham, 5th March 2011)

Selection will be made using the following criteria:

Welsh Inter Regional Championships;

All age groups = 15 to run. The first 6 from the East Wales Champs will gain automatic selection. All other selections will be made by studying current form in schools and club league matches etc.

UK Inter Counties Championships;

Based on last year, Junior age groups are 12 pre-entries, 8 to run. The first 5 from the Welsh Inter Regional Championships will gain automatic selection. For Senior men and Senior women, 15 pre entries, 9 to run. The first 4 from the Welsh Inter Regional Championships will gain automatic selection.

There are no masters races so masters will be considered for senior selection.

So if you're a Junior, Senior or Master, and fancy representing East Wales, come along to the Gwent League cross-country meeting this Sunday at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend.



Monday, 4 October 2010

The Week Ahead 4 Oct 2010

A new month and a new coach in charge – for October it’s Ivan.


First a reminder that we all need to wear a reflective top so that you can be seen by traffic, and if it helps you, a head torch.


On Tuesday we’re out on the roads, though Ivan’s keeping the route a secret. It’s a fartlek session, so a run round with bursts of speed. Sounds good eh?After the run, John’s bringing in the latest Club kit, so bring in some money and splash out on some new stuff.


Back to the winter routes on Thursday, starting with the Boughspring routes, any one of three depending on how long a run you want  - six. seven or eight miles.


And you can bring all this training to fruition by doing the first cross-country of the season in the Gwent League at Bridgend on Sunday. All the best runners enjoy the benefits of the xc races – good hard races for the training effect and race experience; soft ground which is easier on the body and makes you work hard; uneven ground that works and strengthens your core muscles, tendons and ligaments; no entry fees; the opportunity to score points for Chepstow and yourself in your age category; and the fun of being in the team and sharing tasty cakes! What’s not to like?


Some of the Gwent Leagues are a bit of a drive, but we always meet to share cars, and the Leisure Centre Leagues are much nearer to home. We’ll be posting the leaving time for Sunday later in the week. Have a look at the course and start times on the GL website linked from our Club only Events page.


The Club Captains would like to know if you’re planning to run, so enter your name on the Bulletin Board on



Club Kit Night tomorrow!!

Hi All, just a reminder tomorrow night is club kit night in the LC bar after training - bring lots of money ;-)


Friday, 1 October 2010

East Wales Cross Country Champs Next Sunday!

As usual the first Gwent League XC at Bridgend on Sunday 10 October will be the East Wales championships.


You just come along and run for Chepstow as usual which is free entry, but to count for the EW champs you fill in a short form before the race and pay £1.


Have a look at our cross-country page on the Club only Events tab, and follow the link to the Gwent League website for course information and start times.


The women’s race starts at 1.20 and the men’s at 3.


We’ll be meeting at our Leisure Ctre to share cars. Watch this space for leaving times.


If you do well at Bridgend you will also have a good chance of being selected to represent E Wales in the Inter-Regional Champs at Builth Wells on 12 Dec. We had at least ten Chepstow runners selected for the senior, masters  and junior teams last year.

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Week Ahead 27 Sept 2010

Cnut couldn’t keep the tide back, but Chepstow Harriers are doing their best to keep time at bay!


A week after the Autumn Equinox, so we do have 12 hours of daylight on Tuesday - honest. Go straight on to the field and start warming up for a prompt start and enough time for four sets of small, medium and large laps.


Likewise some off-road stuff on Thursday, but the 6.45 gang (can you make it this week Karen?) last Thursday were well on their way before the 7 o’c pack had got to the top of the steps.


Over to Tutshill (just right for Jackie & Sharon) for the Gloucestershire Way, and see how long you can follow it till you have to resort to the tarmac. 

Thursday, 23 September 2010

LCL Cross Country Calendar

Sunday 7 Nov - Chepstow, Piercefield Park followed by Summer League prizegiving and cakes.


Sunday 28 Nov – Islwyn, Pontllanfraith nr Blackwood.


Sunday 9 Jan – Fairwater, Pontypool Park.


Sunday 20 Feb – Parc Bryn Bach, nr Tredegar.


Sunday 6 Mar – Lliswerry & Caerleon jointly, Rogerstone School.


All races start 11am. Free entry. Don’t forget your race number, same one as previous LCL races. Ask Syd if you’ve never had one.


Gwent League cross-country dates are on Club only Events page.




Monday, 20 September 2010

The Week Ahead 20 Sept 2010

We’re still pushing our luck with the nights closing in, so we’d better get organized Tuesday and head straight over to Piercefield Park for the 1 minute up/1 minute down session.


It’s two separate sets of six lots of up and down with a nice break between sets.


On Thursday let’s meet on the steps and get running on the stroke of 7 and beat Mr Dark! Or you can really cheat that dusky gent by setting off earlier. Arrange a 6.45 meet with your chums.


Through Barnets Woods and Cockshoot Wood, then across the fields to the left of Fryth Wood to Rogerstone Grange and back via the roads via St Arvans.


Time to dig out that reflective top. I’ve ordered some more for sale soon.  

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Crop Tops


I've managed to find a replacement supplier for crop vests. The colouring and font design is very similiar to the original one, however, two styles are available - these being a standard "full" back and a T-back. Also you'll be pleased to hear they're of equal quality (Lycra) to the original, but considerably cheaper at £13:80.

I presently have a sample available if you want to try before you buy. The ordering will be slightly different from conventional methods, in as much as you'll be required to complete an order form (which will be made available asap via a link off the club kit page) and post off along with your cheque.

Have a look for yourself at the link below, but please dont order just yet as the account set up is not yet finalised.


Please feel free to contact me if you require any further info.



Club Kit


Last three club championship races

Cumulative results post Chippenham will be published shortly. The championship is hotting up!!!
If you have done at least 4 races so far you could complete the championship by doing the next 3, and the organisers will most probably target you individually to encourage you to do so ;-)

A reminder that the October to December champs races are:

October - Mimsy Muggle race, 10.9 miles, saturday 16 October. See website for details etc.


November - Elan Valley 10, also East Wales champs race, saturday 20 November. See website for details, entry form is now available!!!


December - Forest of Dean AC Christmas Run - the date is sunday 19 December. Here’s the entry form:


Good luck!!!

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Week Ahead 13 Sept 2010

A quiet week in view following the effort on Sunday in Wiltshire. If you’re in recovery mode, then take Tuesday’s pyramid session at a steadier pace than usual. Sue has scheduled it as 400/800/1200/1600/1200/800/400 with one lap jog recovery between each. But she suggests that you miss out the 1600 if the full 6,400 metres is more than you want to do at present.


Then on Thursday take advantage of the last few weeks of evening light with the season’s last Sea Wall run.


And finally, there’s a rumour going round that Vanessa is arranging another road bike time trial on Saturday morning. Watch this space for details!

Friday, 10 September 2010

Chippenham half marathon

A meeting/departure time of 7.45am at the Leisure Centre was announced Tuesday for those who want to share transport to Chippenham.  It's about 45mins away and the race starts at 9.30am.

I'll be going straight to Chippenham with a car full of noisy boys, so if you'd like a lift/share transport can you post a reply here or let someone else know, to make sure that there is someone at the LC to go with. 

Do read the instructions that were sent in the post a couple of weeks ago for directions etc, so you know where you are going in any case.

We are planning a pub visit after the race.  Not sure where yet.

Any questions let me know.

See you there!  If I don't see you, have a good run!


Club Kit Night

Hi Everyone,

I'm planning a Club Kit night for Tuesday 5th October, in the LC bar after training. This will be your chance to purchase items of remaining surplus stock, as well as new style vests.

Below is a list of kit, along with the price and sizes available.

Vests (old style) £10 each.

3x38" 4x40" Slim Fit **

1x44" 2x46" Loose Fit

**Cut tighter to the neck and arms.

Training Tops Short Sleeve £13:50 each.

1x Extra Small. 2x Small. 1x Extra Large (42-44").

Training Tops Long Sleeve £16:00 each.

1x Extra Large.

Fleece Jackets £17 each.

2x Extra Small (Blue - Full Zip)

1x Small (Blue - Quarter Zip)

1x Large (Red - Full Zip)

NB. Sizes are quite generous.

Hats £5 each.

2x Beanie

1x Baseball cap

All items can be seen on the website - club kit page. (Click on link below)


If you require any further info, or if you want to purchase sooner, please contact me via the email link on the club kit page, alternatively call or text my mobile.



Monday, 6 September 2010

The Week Ahead 6 September


This month’s Coach Sue Ashton has arranged a nice fartlek session over Piercefield Park on Tuesday. In teams of five you take turns leading for five minutes each, running wherever the fancy takes you. The leader calls out “Fast” “Trot” “Jog” as they choose, but the “fast” should be within 30 secs to 3 mins. Should be a nice change.


Or you might fancy a track session of eight lots of 800 metres with an easy 400 metre jog recovery. Eight might seem a long session for some, so please do six if you prefer.


On Thursday the run takes us along the Wye Valley Walk, up to Porthcasseg Farm and back via St Arvans.


Be quick to get back before darkness falls, and to get ready for the fun of Curry Night! To save delays waiting for your meal, the Bellhanger manager has suggested that we ring through our food order at 7, and it will be ready soon after we arrive. The menu will be on the table for your selection at 6.50.


And finally good luck to all at the Chippenham Half on Sunday!


Sunday, 5 September 2010

White Horse Wins

Great news! Our Mixed team came first in their category today.


Our other team were in the Open section which was won by a Chippenham team, but we had one stage winner and some seconds.


It was a very enjoyable event and we’re hoping to enter again next year if this inaugural event is put on again.

Friday, 3 September 2010

White Horse Relay sunday 5th

Hi all

you may/may not know that this Club relay is taking place on Sunday, starting at 9am and finishing 4/5pm in Wiltshire, around Devizes and Marlborough.

If you are in the area or fancy a trip out to support then the runners will be delighted to see you.

For details have a look at


or ask Dick/Vanessa

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Run the Railway Path - Your Help Needed

Many members will remember the campaign a couple of years ago to convert part of the old Wye Valley Railway line into a safe path for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs, horseriders and so on. The support and funding are in place, and a new planning application has been submitted to Monmouthshire and FoD councils.


Our committee agreed then to support the plans, and the time has now come to put all our weights behind the application.


You can help hugely by registering yourself on the campaign website




So far 996 local people have done so, and reaching the magic 1,000+ mark will show the planning authorities the amount of support behind this terrific opportunity.  


Then if you could follow the guidelines and write to your council, you will have done such a lot towards making this marvellous idea a reality for all Harriers and their families.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Part Week Ahead

Sorry dear Reader, I could have sworn it was Sunday yesterday, and thus I thought I still had a day to post the Week Ahead.


Anyway I can report that tonight’s (Tuesday’s) session of 40 minutes of tempo running round the field was very popular and hugely enjoyed by all. Well everyone looked happy when it was over… Great to see some of Monday’s Machen Mountain runners having the energy to run on Tuesday as well.


So just Thursday to tell you about, and that starts off with the Three Woods, followed by Rogerstone Grange, up the fields to Pen-y-Parc on the St Arvans/Devauden road, across the fields towards Gaer Hill Farm, and then down the hill to St Arvans and back. Or cut it short by turning right onto the road at Pen-y-Parc and running back via St Arvans.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Machen Mountain 10k

A reminder of Monday's 10k which is also the August club championship race and the last counter in the South Wales fell series. (the latter interests fewer than 10 runners in the club so don't worry if you don't have a clue what it means. Just come and run anyway)

Starts at 3pm in Machen, near Caerphilly.  Meet at LC at 1.30 to share cars.

If you want to make your own way then the postcode I believe is CF83 8QD - well, this is the postcode of the organiser who lives in Machen.  It's not a big place so no doubt it will be fairly clear where to go once you get to Machen village.  26miles from Chepstow per the AA website, 35 mins drive.  Below is a link showing the start on a map.


Can enter on the day at £7.50.

Re footwear, don't ask coz I don't know.  I guess off road shoes but I don't know if fell shoes are an advantage or whether road shoes are a disadvantage.  If in doubt take several pairs and see what everyone else is wearing when you get there.  That's what I'll be doing.

See you there!!!! Weather looks good too - bonus!!!!!

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Week Ahead 23 August 2010

Members from the Tutshill area – no need to run over to the Leisure Ctre on Tuesday! We’re doing Ivan’s Windmill Hill session in the field over the road from the Castleton Home.


And Vanessa invites everyone to take their mountain bike to Chepstow Park Wood on Wednesday at 7pm for a timed ride round most of the paths we ran round a couple of weeks ago. The route has been improved by substituting an easier section for the rather technical last descent we finished on in the recce.


On Thursday we’re running the freshly cleaned-up Nun’s Walk route. If you did Mark’s Hash recently, it’s almost the same route in reverse, but without the Piercefield Inn. It goes round Barnets Woods, out along the dead-end lane that forks off right part-way up Ticken Hill, through the tunnel at Wellhead Lodge under the Usk Road, along the cleared Long Orchard, through Howick Farm round towards Rogerstone Grange, and back.


Finally a reminder that it’s the August Club Champs race next Monday the 30th. The Machen Mountain 10k does go up and down the mountain, but it’s all runnable, and there’s a tasty buffet afterwards.


http://www.machenwelfare.com/run/run.htm tells you all you need to know.

Mountain bike training ride

A reminder that Wednesday is the next event in the cycling 'training series', the off road training ride.  Meet at 7pm at the Handicap car park in Chepstow Park Woods.  The course is not suitable for hybrids/cyclocross bikes, but there is nothing to stop you bringing them and just riding on the fire trails avoiding the technical bits. Bring mountain biking friends if you like!

It will be a mass start rather than split times.  The hills will soon spread people out.

Adjourn to local pub afterwards for a swift half (or whatever).

Any questions please ask.

Leisure Ctre League - Final Results


Another good LCL season and combined cross-country/road year, and may we thank the LCL Organising Committee for a very successful and popular competition, and all the clubs for their friendly rivalry and hospitality.


Congrats to all team and individual winners.


Follow the links to the results of the last race and the final standings





Wednesday, 18 August 2010

White Horse Relay Sun 5 Sept

It’s time to get serious about our two teams for this new venture. It’s a new relay that takes in all the ancient white horses carved across the Wiltshire chalk hillsides. The ancient trackways are full of history and there’s some beautiful countryside: http://www.whitehorserelay.org/


We need 7 – 10 runners for each team. Each team runs 14 stages in total, so atleast four members of each team run two legs, which range from 1.9 miles to ten.


So far we’ve got Lou, Gill, Vanessa, Berta, Becky C, Sue, Gerry, Mark, Dick, Colin, Andy O, James, Andy S and Laurie down, so a few more needed, especially women.


Only 2 ½ weeks to go so ring Dick (01291 627569) or Lou (01291 625073 – back from hols on Sat 21st) ASAP!


Bike time trial

24 Chepstow Harriers and friends took part in the second evening timed ride last night.  Results as follows:


Tom was quickest again, albeit a little slower than the previous ride, in a time of 34.23.  Esther was quickest woman in 39.22.  Good to see so many who had also raced the previous evening in the LCL, obviously good recovery training.  Also great to see a few faces who hadn't been seen for a while.

My thanks to Syd for marking out the course, Colin Parry and James for timing duties, Tom for starting everyone and overtaking all but one rider - you could almost have done the finish as well as the start! And thanks to everyone who came and supported!!

As there is clearly a lot of interest in cycling (as a cross-training method, an alternative way of racing or simply as an excuse to eat cakes) I will be planning some more rides over the autumn/winter, although the next ones will have to be on a weekend due to falling light levels.  There will be longer rides too (2 hours ish).  Look at the blog for details. 

Also next Wednesday 25th there will be an off road ride in Chepstow Park Woods - meet at the Handicap car park to start at 7pm - please be on time as light is limited this time of year and by 8pm it is getting dark, particularly in the woods.  If in doubt bring a torch.  This will not be a time trial, just a mass start.  The course will be floured.  Off to a pub after - exact location to be clarified.  Please note, it is a course for mountain bikes, not cyclocross or hybrids.

LCL - Simply The Best!

A big thanks to all the marshals, finish officials, water suppliers, course markers and supporters who made tonight’s LCL race such a success.


And thanks to Martyn and Jeanette Jenkins of Fairwater who organize the series and produce the results so miraculously swiftly. I had the provisional results before midnight, and they show that Chepstow managed to just clinch top spot in both women’s and men’s results. Griffithstown ran them close in both, while Parc Bryn Bach and Islwyn were third.


The LCL has been going winter and summer for what must be well over 20 years now, and is I think the most important event that we take part in. The races provide such good regular competition for all levels of athlete, but equally importantly are marvellous social occasions and a chance to get to know and make friends with runners from the other clubs.


Long may they continue!  

Monday, 16 August 2010

The Week Ahead 16 August 2010

Tuesday brings the final LCL race of the summer series here at home in Chepstow. Jog up to the hospital crossroads and turn right into Mounton Road where we do our Hospital Hill sessions. Get your race number from Syd if it’s your first ever LCL Race – summer or winter.


On Thursday Berta has arranged an away run at Yorkley in the Forest of Dean. It starts and finishes at the Nag’s Head pub, and is easy to find by heading north up the A48, and turning left at the top of the hill that leads down into Blakeney. You pass through Viney Hill and look for the pub at a left turn. Postcode is GL15 4RX. See the map via this link http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=GL154RX&spn=0.0005,0.12&hl=en


Share cars at Leis Ctre up to 7pm.


Then on Sunday at 10.30 is the next race in the East Wales Champs series – the Campus2Campus race from Allt yr Yn uni campus to Caerleon Campus. Advance entry is recommended, but you can enter on the day. Details including the bus transfer on: http://www3.newport.ac.uk/docstore/r/njones06/Runners%20Information%20'10.pdf


You may have heard my plea for runners and MARSHALS for this event. We’re desperately looking for at least one more marshal (goody bag and transport laid on) to help this important race to be viable. Please contact Dick if you can help.

Club Kit

Hi All,

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the price of club vests has increased to £18. There are still some sizes available of old stock which we're selling at £10. If you're interested in either just drop me an email - the link can be found on the website, club kit page.



Sunday, 15 August 2010

Cycle training ride Wed 18th August

A reminder of the cycle timed ride this Wednesday 18th. 

I need one helper to assist with timing the finish, please let me know by posting a reply below.

Meet at top car park of Leisure Centre at 6.45pm, first riders will be set off at 7pm.  Mountain bike riders to go first.

There will be cakes in the LC bar again so donations of cakes will be gratefully accepted.  We can then adjourn to a local hosterly afterwards, depending on what people wish to do.

Any questions let me know!!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Club championship races October-December

A reminder that the October to December champs races are:

October - Mimsy Muggle race, 10.9  miles, 17 October.  See website for details etc.


November - Elan Valley 10, also East Wales champs race, 20 November.  See website for details, entry form does not yet seem to be available.  If anyone finds one please let me know!!!


December - Forest of Dean AC Christmas Run - per the leaflets at the Rose Inn the date is 19 December. Here's the entry form:


Good luck!!!

Rose Inn Results 10.08.10

Rose Inn results from 10.08.10


Tuesday, 10 August 2010

LCL Road Race 17th Aug. Chepstow

The last in the series of leisure centre league road races is next Tuesday – hosted by Chepstow.

By running it helps the team plus it would be great to have a good turnout at our own race.

Many will know the course but for those who don’t it’s a reasonably hilly 10k route similar to the Hayesgate run.

The race will start just beyond the junction of St. Lawrence road and Mounton Road, along Mounton Road but we will meet at Chepstow Leisure centre from 6.45 pm to jog to the start.

Also if you are injured or can't run for some other reason your help as a marshal would be appreciated - please let us know.  Email Dick dickfinch@talktalk.net or me summers363@btinternet.com  ( before Sunday ) or reply on the bulletin board http://chepstowharriers.org.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=995&sid=065ccc3835a36a8ee6730124d6414520 .


Monday, 9 August 2010

The Week Ahead 9 Aug 2010

The final Rose Inn on Tuesday so we’re putting on a speed session on Thursday as well as a run. It’ll be 3 sets of 4X300 metres.


The Thursday run will be round Chepstow Park Wood, but a very different run to the usual Handicap route. Vanessa has devised a run that we’ll be testing out for a possible mountain bike route to be cycled on maybe Wed 25 August. It’ll be a roughly 5 mile up-and-down run, and we’ll make sure no-one gets left behind.


Meet at Leis Centre 6.50 to share cars.


And finally – the next fell race in our Club series, the Sugar Loaf on Saturday, 11am from Abergavenny Leis Ctre. This really is a non-technical 7 miler with just a couple of rocky bits around the summit. Enter on the day, only £3, hot showers, refreshments. Meet Chep LC at 9.   

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Change to August Changes!!!

You won’t believe this and I do most humbly apologise, but I forgot to include the highlight of this month’s programme  - the ‘Away’ run that Berta is putting on from the Nag’s Head in Yorkley on Thursday 19th August.


It’s about five miles of prime forest trails, and many Harriers will remember the Yorkley Gallop race that was based on the Nag’s Head.


I’ve corrected the Training page, and will be reminding everybody on The Week Ahead.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Changes to August Training!!!

Chris has added some more sessions on a couple of Thursdays to make up for the lack of speedwork over the last two months.


We’ve also re-jigged some of the Thursday runs, and included a run round Chepstow Park which may well be used for a mountain bike course on a Wed eve soon.


So if you’ve stuck on your wall the schedule printed in WotsOn, it needs replacing by the new one on the Training page:-




Monday, 2 August 2010

The Week Ahead 2 August 2010


Chris Rees starts his reign as Coach of the Month with a new Tuesday session of 600 metres (1 ½ laps) at 5k pace, followed after a 600 metre jog with 1,000 metres (2 ½ laps) at 10k pace. We do this three times in all.


And following diligent study of the tide tables, Chris invites us to run the Fossil Beach on Thursday. We haven’t done this one for a few years and it’s a fascinating run. The beach part beneath Sedbury Cliffs can be slippery, so we’ll take this bit very steadily.


And on Saturday you’re welcome to travel to Llanthony in the Black Mountains for the short hill race that features in this small country show. Organised by our Head Coach it’s free to all showgoers and starts at 12.15 – or whenever the route through the showground becomes clear.


There are plenty of other things for a family to do in the show including novelty races in the arena and - for adults only - the notorious beer race! Lots of food and drink and all the fun of the fair await you. People start arriving about 10am.  

Sunday, 1 August 2010

August club championship race

The August club championship race is Machen Mountain on 30 August, bank holiday Monday, at 3pm. Hilly 10k route.

Entry form below.


It's £7.50 and you can enter on the day, but if you enter in advance you also get a T-shirt.

Any questions ask Vanessa or Sue

Thursday, 29 July 2010

EW champs series, Campus2Campus, 22nd Aug

The next Championship race in the East Wales series is coming up on Sunday 22 August. The Campus2Campus 7-miler follows an innovative route between the two colleges of the University of Wales in Newport, via the old Monmouthshire & Brecon canal and the closed-off historic Malthouse Lane.

The University Sports Centre has asked Chepstow Harriers and the Caerleon runners to provide race expertise and support. You can do your bit by entering the race via http://sports-centre.newport.ac/campus2campus       

or by marshalling, or by helping at the finish. There will be a nice goody bag for all helpers.

Please contact Dick Finch for details.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

LCL Caerleon - results

Results now online from the Caerleon LCL road race (Llanhennock).  Well done to all.

Women's team are looking good for the road series win and overall series win as well as individual honours.  Keep it up.

Men's team, after finishing 4th in the XC league the team have put in strong performances in the Road league and are currently leading the road league by 4 points.  In the overall combined league this strong performance has brought the team into equal 1st place with Fairwater (both on 50 points)..... so it's all down to the last race.

Final race of the series is Tuesday 17th August, venue is on our home turf.

Good luck all - keep it up.

For results so far, go to:


Tonight’s bike ride

Please note that a trip to a pub in town is being included in tonight's itinerary after the cycle ride.

You might therefore want to bring:

change of clothing

bike lock

cycle lights

There will be one or two cars available for storage of kit and CAKES (don't forget them!!!)

Monday, 26 July 2010

The Week Ahead 26 July 2010

Wow – a Tuesday without a race and a chance to get some training in. It’s the last week of Mark Harvey’s reign as Coach of the Month, and he wants us to do some sharp 400’s. 12 in total in three sets.


Then on Thursday Mark has set up a Hash Run, leaving from the Piercefield Hotel just after 7. Free drink and food to everyone who gets to the mystery destination.  It’s about 5 miles and fairly flat so there’s a good chance of getting there before nightfall. So, pretty boring after the last one Mark (and Lou) put on…


The next race in Sue’s Fell Race series is a classic horseshoe run – yes it’s all runnable unlike that precipitous thing that the Chief Coach put on in April. Waun Fach is about 7 miles with some delightful ridge running in the second half and a short sharp finish up to a wee castle.


Starts at 2pm at Pengenffordd between Crickhowell and Talgarth (same as Mynydd Troed) only £2.50, entry on day, and organized by Sue herself (aided by Gerry). It’s an A/Medium race so you do need to wear/carry a windproof top and bottoms, map, compass and whistle, but we’re all getting used to that now. It’s an hour and a quarter’s journey so we need to leave Chepstow by noon.


And then on Sunday it’s one of Chepstow Harriers’ renowned races, the Magor Marsh 10k, organized by Bill Bewg and his team. By now you’ll be signed up to run and/or help. Good luck and fine weather to all!  

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Chocolate Brownie Bike Ride

Details for Wednesday's timed training bike ride are below:

Sign up on start list at top car park of Leisure Centre from 6.45pm.  First rider off at 7.15pm. Others to follow at 30 second intervals.

The start is just over the Racecourse roundabout on the Itton road so once you have signed up for a start time you can head to the grass patch by the Racecourse gates to meet Tom Gibbs who will be timing the start.

The route will be marked by two left hand signs only, one just before Devauden the other on the Usk road after the descent from Devauden.  The finish will be by the entrance to Barnett Woods.  Start and finish will be marked by flour lines.

Please bring your helmet and some cake to be shared after the ride (the cake, not the helmet).  Also ensure you are self-sufficient regarding puncture repair kit and other mechanical matters.

It's 12.9 miles as measured on my bike computer: 4 miles up and 8.9 miles down.  Some of the descent is fast so please take care. The roads will not be closed.

No drafting please.

Any questions please let me know.  After the ride we can adjourn to a local bike friendly hostelry (suggestions welcome)

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Kilimanjaro Sat 12th to Mon 21st Feb 2011

Please find below something from one of our club members:

Kilimanjaro Sat 12th to Mon 21st Feb 2011

Time to put your running shoes to one side and put your walking boots on?

Wanted: intrepid people to trek The Big K.  An exciting adventure to look forward to and to tell stories about after.

We have nine definites so far (deposits paid) and a couple of slots available.  This is a self funded event and raising money for charity is not essential but most of the group do intend raising funds for charity on an individual basis.

So if you want to get off the couch and inspire yourself please contact Derek Gibbens (this information has also been posted on the bulletin board, and contact details can be found there).

Thank you, Derek

PS. Last year, we completed the 24 Peaks Challenge with our sister company to raise money for The Mitchemp Trust, a children's charity.  To view photos click on http://www.justgiving.com/ELCC-24PeaksChallenge/

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

All About Thursday’s Run

To satisfy the curiosity being shown in Thursday’s run from Redbrook - it's 5.5 miles and described in the book as a lovely walk by a stream and ponds, along an old valley, through woods and fields, and a visit to Newlands with its magnificent 'Cathedral of the Forest.'


There’s one hill at the start and one about halfway. The second half is downhill.


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Thanks Caerleon For Great LCL Race

Thanks to Caerleon for another well-organised race on the scenic Llanhennock course. Fairwater’s Mark Jennings won, with our own Lou Summers winning the women’s.


The provisional results have Chepstow as winners for both sexes on the night. Well done all the runners who turned out and ran their hardest on a hilly course.


Let’s hope we get another good turnout for the last race in the series at Chepstow on 17 August.

Monday, 19 July 2010

The Week Ahead 19 July 2010

Ooh look, it’s the Leisure Ctre League again on Tuesday! Don’t they come round quick? This one’s just north of Caerleon at Llanhennock. Meet at the LC at 6.30.


Following some marvellous performances at the Rose Inn, our ex-Improvers will be joining the team. They’re a fine bunch the 2010 Class!


A new away run on Thursday based on Redbrook with a drink after. Be at the LC ready to roll by 7.


And finally, on Sunday at Monmouth is the 2nd race in the East Wales Champs – the Kymin Dash (doesn’t matter if you missed the first one at Brecon, as it’s best 3 out of 4). Starts at 1.50 to fit in with the Carnival. You can enter on the day, or pre-enter via


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Chippenham Half Marathon 12 September

This is the September club championship race. 

Andy Creber has just pointed out on the bulletin board that this race is almost full.  If you haven't entered it and you want to run it then I suggest you enter online ASAP at


Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The Week Ahead 12 July 2010

The third Rose Inn on Tuesday. Come and run or offer your help to Andy M-W.


On Thursday our long run is the Sea Wall, a nice long ramble and not hilly.


Then our second Club Training Weekend at Merthyr Mawr starts on Friday evening. People who went last year all enjoyed it, and it seems most are going again this time. You just pitch up with your tent when you like, bring along whatever food and drink you’ll need for your stay, and enjoy!


The camp site is set in the dunes not far from the sea, with a clean toilet/shower block, and it’s all paid for by the Club. Andy C has arranged a full programme of sporting and social activities suitable for all the family. You can read all about it and find directions on the Bulletin Board



Sunday, 11 July 2010

Frampton 10k

Meeting time at the Leisure Centre is 6.15pm on Monday 12th.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

E Wales Teams for Welsh IR Championships

This is being circulated to all clubs in the region. Alas it clashes with our Club Champs race, the Chippenham Half:


“East Wales Region


Welsh Inter Regional 10k Road Running Champs 2010


HSBC Cardiff 10k Sunday 12 September


East Wales clubs are invited to nominate members to represent E Wales at this year’s IR Champs held within the Cardiff 10k. East Wales qualification is by birth, parentage or nine months’ continuous residence.


We’re looking for six Senior Men and six Senior Women, and four Masters (35+) of each sex. Good Masters are eligible for the Senior teams, but obviously can’t score for the Masters as well. All runners must be current WA members.


Team members will need to enter the race as individuals.


Please circulate this among your members, and forward your nominations to me. We need an indication of current form like recent race times or league positions. If you have a good runner who hasn’t raced recently, give me their name anyway and we’ll think about them finding a race soon.


Dick Finch


01291 627569”




Friday, 9 July 2010

Spare entry for Frampton 10k

I have a spare entry for Monday's Frampton 10k Club Champs race.

Now gone to Berna


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Training weekend at Merthyr Mawr

Coming up very soon (17th 18th July) - there's still time to get your name down.  More information on the bulletin board: 


For those who don't know, Merthyr Mawr is a sand dune area near bridgend, with europes second highest sand dune.  It is an are that has been regular used over the years by some of britains top athletes!!  Your chance to follow in thier footsteps... 

Either put your name down on the bulletin board, or let Andy Creber know.

Sundayshill 10k

Tomorrow's race starts at 7.30pm and it's over the river in Thornbury.  Meet at Leisure Centre ready to leave at 6.45pm to share cars.

Monday, 5 July 2010

The Week Ahead 5 July 2010

At last arrives the Tuesday we’ve been waiting for all year – the Chepstow Harriers Grand Annual Track Extravaganza!!! Organised by Coach of the Month, Mark, it will be a bonanza of runs, jumps and throws for all to revel in and show the watching world that we’re not just saddo long distance plodders (tho’ some of us might fit that description).


Then off on Thursday to our friends at Thornbury to race their Sundays Hill 10k (enter on the night if you like). This is the alternative July Club Champs for those who were too late for the Frampton 10k the following Monday.


On Sunday Jane will be organising another Magor Marsh 10k run as described in the recent email.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Cotswold Way Relay 2010 - Report by Lou

Thanks to Dick and Mark for helping with all the organisation, to Dick for taking people for reccys, doing the whole day and knowing all the routes of the Legs and roads.

Thanks to everyone who supported - on such a hot day it was much appreciated. Vanessa, Gill, Andy + Matt, Est + Steve, Andy Bray - Marianne and Matt and James were there all day, Berta, Gareth Jones and everyone else.

By the time we arrived at Seven Springs Colin, Andy, Julie and James had run Leg 1 – James coming 4th, Andy 23rd and Julie 2nd woman – a great start. On Leg 2 Rob G had been 2nd and 3.42 mins off the 10 yr course record. Star of the women’s team Marianne had come 11th and 1st Female. Paul L. ran well for the A team coming 17th. Dan Holland also ran well for the B team.

Even after the road works and few wrong turns :roll: Mark and I were still at the end of Leg 3 well before the first runners, and in plenty of time to cheer Nick, Sam, Gerry and Dave off on their start of a hot Leg 4.

Then we had a message from Dick saying Esther was injured :( , out of the race and he was looking for her :shock: . I felt so bad for Est knowing she would be beating herself up for being out.

But good news at the finish of Leg 3 Ivan was 3rd in 8) and looking strong, happy but disappointed not to be second! I think third is pretty fantastic Iv :D . Next Chepstow runner in was a hot looking Gill reporting on the Esther situation almost before she had finished – ever the team player – thanks Gill. We just had time to say ‘well done’ before we needed to be off to find the Air Balloon for the promised road crossing assistance.

Nick came through soon after we arrived looking relaxed and thanking us. Sam was the first woman we saw; she looked determined, hot and glad of the water and sponge. As Dick was still on mission find Est we thought we would stay at the Air Balloon to give water to Gerry and Dave. It was so hot – Gerry said he was feeling it although he was doing well – so was Dave I think he did a pb for the course.

Finding Cranham should have been fairly straightforward but was a little strange – kept seeing signs saying Cranham 3 miles but getting no closer. Finally at the Royal William Nick had just finished in 2nd place - fantastic. We had missed the start of Leg 5 but luckily Marianne had collected Rich’s keys – thank you.

Dick met us here and estimated we would have time to see Sam finish before supporting on Leg 5. Nearly gave up on this ambition when a runner came in shouting to Steve ‘Sam’s lost’ but luckily although she missed out on first place Sam wasn’t too lost and came in seconds later 2nd Woman. Well done Sam :D .

Rich’s car was nice – liked the CD and loved the air con. Dick led a little convoy of our three cars through windy lanes, people’s gardens, across golf courses, through streams to be very shortly at the car park with the ice cream van on Leg 5.

Iv was here too – even more delirious and confused than me but good to see you though Iv. Rich soon passed looking good, next was Laura looking happy as ever, thanking us and saying she was staying to support after. Laura was closely followed by Niki looking focused and hot – pleased with the water and sponge. Now we had a dilemma - to see the finish or wait for Andy – we found a solution in Mark waiting while Dick and I drove back along the Leg to find a very hot Andy. After lots of water and abuse from Dick we were on our way.

At Ebley Mill Rich had already finished in 11th place and was sitting in the sunshine. Directed by Dick we followed the course to guide runners to the finish to our surprise Niki was finishing we hadn’t seen any other women so thought she must be first!! She was :D . Well done Niki – more champagne. Not far behind was Laura coming 4th Female after going wrong at the Three Bears Woods – poor Goldilocks – still smiling though and working out how to get to the drinks station on Leg 9 to help Niki and Syd. Thanks Laura.

Now Andy Stott was with us and eager to see Matt finish so we left Dick to see Andy in and set off for Dursely and the end of Leg 6. We couldn’t catch Matt who had finished 3rd – although not too happy as he had gone wrong and could have been second – still a good position though Matt! Dave Austin got a good 15th place for the A team. Helen had gone wrong too – as Tosh was there it was obviously his fault – still 3rd woman though – fantastic – does make you think what we could do if we all knew the routes! Dick was due to see Jan in so we dashed off to support on Leg 7.

When I say ‘dash’ that was after I was nearly reported for joy riding! Berta had kindly passed on Luke’s ‘key’ – credit car type? Was struggling to unlock Luke’s car when some non runner blokes came over
‘is this your car?’
‘no I think it’s the right one but I just can’t get it to open’
‘is it your key’
‘no never used one like this before’
‘it’s for a Laguna’
‘oh’ ( still trying to unlock said car)
‘this is a Volkswagen’
‘so it’s the wrong car?’
‘is there a Laguna here?’
(as one bloke started using his mobile)
‘yes there’s one over there – are you going to steal it – did you just find that key?’
– they were very nice and showed me how to use it! Luckily Luke had left me nearly enough petrol to get to Wotton without freewheeling too far which was quite tricky with the credit card system!

In North Nibley we bumped into Bram – At this point Vanessa was first female – fantastic – sorry I had to question you about you about bringing the boys! Saw Becky too who had not gone wrong even without a recce! Left Bram with water for Brenda and went on to the finish just in time to see Vanessa flying down into Wotton asking ‘which way?’ so that was good timing? Luke had finished 13th and Vanessa 1st Woman and 17th overall – more champagne and more great results! Becky and Brenda both had good runs too – well done.

After handing over the stolen car I needed to get Dick to his start. So sadly we missed seeing Stevie C. Come in 3rd, Heather 2nd Woman (22nd overall), Martin 23rd and John Thomas feeling the heat. But was sending you good vibes – good running + congratulations. Thanks too to Gill, Matt, Vanessa and Est for supporting on Leg 8.

Dropped Dick off in Old Sodbury to finally race Leg 9 that would complete the set. Spotted Andy C. warming up then headed to Cold Ashton for our start. Thanks Vanessa for supporting Leg 9. Another leg of tragedy for Nathan – after battling for 2nd place till a mile from the finish the heat hit him and he collapsed. Poor Nathan – it feels really bad when it’s a team thing – luckily Niki and Andy found him and took him home.

Andy C. Got another great position for the A team – 17th, Lorna was 2nd Female, 21st overall. Dick got the highest position for the B team – 27th – under 3 mins behind Lorna.

In Cold Ashton it wasn’t – it was hot too hot. Even so thought I would warm up and check out the opposition on the little hill up to Leg 9 finish. This was a little daunting – as I slowly jogged up two fast girls bounced by. Lots of Harriers seem to arrive at our start which was nice. Then we were off – until the first climb all went well – after that it felt like running through hot syrup – weird and slow! But support was great and kept us going thanks Dick, Gill, Matt, Vanessa, Est and Steve. When finally all the up was over I felt better and started to enjoy it!

Poor Mark had suffered in the heat and wasn’t doing well at the finish – seemed better after a pint though. Andy Stott was 21st for the A team and Ian 37th for the B.

It was good to have finished and great to have a shower and a pint. There was a good crowd of Harriers at Bath RC sitting in the sunshine. It was a lovely surprise that our women’s team had won! I obviously suppressed my excitement in order to look cool – not – well done team – brilliant. Think the loudest cheering though was for the ‘King of the Cotswolds’ – congratulations Dick.

The Men’s team were 4th, A Mixed were 5th ( just 28 seconds behind 4th ) and B mixed 24th from 34 mixed teams. So pretty good results all round.

It was a great day - looking forward to next year :D .

Friday, 2 July 2010

Parc Penallta Performances

Thanks Islwyn for a great new LCL course, well organized and marshalled.


Well done to all the Chepstow runners taking part, some of them recovering from heat-affected runs in the Cotswolds on Saturday, and thanks to Syd and team for registering us, cheering us on and recording our performances.


The women’s finishing order was Chepstow, Griff, Bryn Bach, and the men’s Islwyn, Chepstow, Fairwater.


Individually, Brenda and Lou are leading their categories, while Vanessa, James, Mark, Laurie and Dick are in the top three. In the combined xc and road series Lou, Vanessa and Mark are in top three positions.


Next up is Caerleon’s nice up-and-down course at Llanhennock on 20th July.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Week Ahead 29 June 2010

Bit late this week dear Reader – hope you’ll forgive me.


By now you’ll have either run, or missed, the LCL at the new venue of Penallta Park. I heard some very complimentary comments at the end, and I certainly thought it was a nice run. Mainly cinders and gravel with a wicked little hill on each of the laps, and well away from roads and traffic. Thanks Islwyn for a good course and effective, friendly marshalling.


Away again on Thursday with the annual ritual of the always popular Tintern Trot. Geoff Cram organizes following in the footsteps of Gareth Jones and founder Ian Wade.


Want to try a shortish, friendly hill race? The Guto Nyth Bran starts at 6pm Saturday in the pleasant town of Bedwas on the way to Caerphilly. Enter on the night, only a fiver, and a Tshirt & goodie bag! 

Tintern Trot 1st July - CHANGES


The Tintern Trot 2010


Thursday July 1st: Start 7.30pm 

Sponsored by Chepstow Physiotherapy Clinic 

Once again Chepstow Harriers will be organising the ever-popular Tintern Trot.  This is a scenic 6mile (approx) multi-terrain race.  The route description can be found below.


There are prizes for the first 3 Ladies, the first 3 Men and age category prizes from V35 to V60 for men and V35 to V55 for ladies.  Every runner gets a free pint or special soft drink of their choice.


Entries are on the night only at race headquarters in Tintern village hall.  Cars can be parked in the abbey visitors’ car park adjacent to the river, or the abbey overflow car park immediately opposite the abbey.  Further parking is available 300m up the road next to the Royal George, who once again are providing the drinks.


The entry fees are £6 and £8 respectively.


For general enquiries contact TinternTrot@chepstowharriers.org.uk




The race will be very similar to recent years but with a change to the start and finish point.  The race will start at the Tintern end of the old railway bridge, next to the Abbey Mill (NP16 6SE).  The race crosses the bridge and then follows the river for about a mile, along the course of the old railway line.  It then climbs up through the woods (about 600ft!) to reach Offa’s Dyke path, going north along the path for a mile or so.  At the 3 way post the route goes down past HAPPA, and then turns left back along the lane to rejoin the outward route and back to finish at the same point as the start.

Link to route map on mapmyrun.com


Monday, 28 June 2010

Saunders Mountain Marathon

Important message from Tom Gibbs:


Many Harriers are entered for the SLMM this weekend.  Thinking about the environment (and our pockets) can we organise some lift shares.  I have started a thread in the Fell Running section of the bulletin board or you can email me at thomas.gibbs@airbus.com during the day


Friday, 25 June 2010

Cotswold Way Relay - Today!

All our runners would appreciate your support somewhere along the Cotswold Way Relay today


Would be great to see as many as possible runners/supporters at the presentation and celebrations at Bath Rugby Club (BA2 4BQ) You can park at the RC and walk to the finish of Leg 10.

Getting to the Rugby Club is easy.  Coming down the A46 from Cold Ashton, take the A4 (London Rd) towards Bath.  At the major traffic lights after about a mile, turn left along Bathwick Street, right into Sydney Place, 2nd right into Great Pulteney St,  2nd left into William St, right at the bottom and park by the pitch.

Walk past the Rugby Clubhouse, turn right along by the river, up the steps and across Pulteney Bridge. Turn left along the opposite bank of the river, curve round and cross the road to the back of Bath Abbey.  Cross the square in front of the Abbey,  and Leg 10 finishes by the colonnade at the far end of the square.

When all the runners have come in we’ll walk back to the Rugby Club for a drink and the prize presentations. The organisers have promised that the World Cup football will be showing on the big screen.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

CWR numbers

Please could anyone who doesn't yet have their race number for the CWR please collect it from the leisure centre at 6.50 pm tonight ( Thursday ) or arrange for someone else doing the same leg to collect it.

Those running should all have recieved an email to this effect including full team listings.

Monday, 21 June 2010

The Week Ahead 21 June 2010

Rich Matthews’ popular ‘Up the Clock’ session on Tuesday. See if you can reach the target of two seconds for each extra 10 metres – what fun!


Or you might fancy having a go at the Beacon Batch fell race over in Somerset up in the Mendips. It’s the next run in the Chepstow Harroers Fell Race series. Points at stake, and you know what points mean? No? Oh dear…


Thursday  brings us the first Hash Run of the season. Neil has organized this one and will take us round brake and briar to a mystery destination where drink and food await those who follow the flour arrows aright.


Be ready to leave the Leis Ctre at 7 or make your own way to Mathern village hall (in the centre of the village on the right coming from the A48).


If you’re not running the Cottswold Way Relay on Saturday, why not come over and support our teams. Details on http://www.cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/  

Friday, 18 June 2010

LCL & Club Champs results

Further to Dick's post earlier, LCL results now uploaded

Club champs results have also been processed by Gerry and are now uploaded


Well done all - great stuff, and sorry i failed to join you on the night.

Next Lesure Centre League - Tue 29th June.  A location map is now available on the LCL page    http://www.chepstowharriers.org.uk/LCLroad.htm

LCL Fairwater Results

Another enjoyable race in the LCL Summer series on Tuesday was well organized as always by Fairwater Runners who also gave Chepstow a close run in the men’s competition.


In the end Chepstow just shaded it by a few points with Griffithstown third, while our women came out ahead of Caerleon and Parc Bryn Bach.


Well done to all who ran and thanks to Syd, Jane R, Colin P and Geoff C for all their help.


And thanks Fairwater for a good race and great marshalling.


Ivan will have the full results up shortly. 

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Mallards Pike 5 Mile Race Tonight

This is a Multi Terrain Event & Family Fun Run around the lake with the
start and finish at Mallards Pike

5 Mile Event: £6.00/£8.00 (attached/unattached)
Minimum age of 15 (on race day) for 5 mile event

Fun run around the lake - £2.00 for kids - £6.00/£8.00 adults
Young runners will need to be accompanied by an adult please.
Adults accompanying their children pay no entry fee

7.00pm - Fun run - 1 lap
(U9 race will start 10m forward of the fun run)

7.15pm - U11 race - 1 lap

7.30pm - 5 Mile Event

7.35pm - U13/ U15 race - 2 laps

8.30pm - Prize giving ceremony
Enquiries to Pete Compton 07889189523 or email: pete.compton@hotmail.co.uk 

After the race Colin Parry is celebrating his birthday at the Rising Sun – come for a drink.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Situations Vacant: Page & Peasants Wanted…

… and Anglo-Saxon royal regalia!


On 1 July before the start of the Tintern Trot we’re holding a photo-shoot to publicise Offa’s Orror. Bill Bewg has gallantly volunteered to dress up as the 8th century king of Mercia, and is looking for a crown and a suitable costume.


We’re looking for some other brave souls to be Bill’s attendants.


So if you’ve got the odd crown, sword, cloak up in the loft, can you please lend them to Race Director, Colin Prosser. who promises to look after them and return them unharmed. Indeed I believe he’s just purchased a new tin of gold polish and a patent sword sharpener for the occasion…


And Col will also be delighted to hear from anyone who fancies dressing up as a soldier, page or peasant, and/or who has some suitable clothing in their dressing-up chest. I understand that any actors will be rewarded with a large tankard of Anglo-Saxon ale!!!

Monday, 14 June 2010

The Week Ahead 14 June 2010


Tuesday brings us the second LCL road race of the season based at Cwmbran Stadium. It’s also the June Club Champs, recently switched from the third LCL at  Parc Penallta on 29 June. So come along and score for your Club and yourself in one swell foop (as Mr Spooner would have it).


Meet at Leis Ctre at 6.30 to share cars.


A very special event on Thursday – our first away run of the Summer. Niki has produced an interesting run around the Catbrook area. We’ll be driving up there from the Leis Ctre, with our Improvers joining us for what promises to be a great Club evening, with drinks and eats to round it off. Not to be missed!

Monday, 7 June 2010

The Week Ahead 7th June

 The 2nd Rose Inn  of 4 is on Tuesday so there is still chance to complete the series – 3 to count.

The Rose Inn is a flat, 4 mile road race, entry on the night £6 ( £ 8 unattached ) starting at 7.30 pm in Redwick , near Magor for directions and more details -


Thursday is either the Bayfield run or  Track Session; 8 x 600m ( 200 jog recoveries )

It is also Curry Night so see you at the Bell Hanger after 9pm.

The weekend is the Castles Relay so the best of luck to all involved – otherwise get reccying your Cotswold Way Stage (please).

Lou – standing in for Dick who is in Poland back Wed. Night.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Thanks to Chepstow Physiotherapy’s Vanessa and Richard Coates

From the feedback this evening people found the talk on injury prevention and treatment very useful.  The most important point I have found is to get an injury diagnosed early so that you can take the right course of action to get your running form back as soon as possible.

Vanessa and Richard have offered to give another session to give more advice on specific injuries.  So if there is a particular problem you would like advice on eg - IT band, achillies  then put your suggestion forward.

Either on the bulletin board http://chepstowharriers.org.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=932&sid=26c50358ebc35c147fbe699e63c8229a  or here.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Running Injury Prevention and Treatment - free advice

Tonight after training ( 3rd June )- or just come for the talk - 8.30 p.m. Community Rooms downstairs at the Leisure Centre for,  as Dick said

''what promises to be a very interesting and beneficial talk by Chepstow Physiotherapy on the prevention and treatment of injuries – with free refreshments! You lucky people! Extra slice of cake for first correct identification of the comedian whose catchphrase that was… ''