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