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       

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

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.