Thursday, 29 December 2011

Final Parkrun opportunity

Final Parkrun of 2011 on Saturday 31st December, 9am from Lakers School, Berry Hill.  About 30mins drive from Chepstow.

The Forest of Dean Parkrun is the only one to count towards club championship points so if you have only done 6 events then now is your chance to complete the 2011 championship!!

There is also a 2k Junior Parkrun at 10am.


Monday, 26 December 2011

27th Dec Treasure Hunt

The Tintern Treasure Hunt is on 27th December starting from Tintern Wireworks car park at 11:00am (from Chepstow turn left at Royal George and then 400m on right). This is how it works: You can either run individually or in pairs (or triplets if you want to). You will get a map of Tintern and the surrounding area (Scale 1:15000) and a question sheet. There are 19 questions at points marked on the map. The time limit is 90 minutes and there are penalty points if you are late back. Prizes for the best performances. Bring a pen and plastic bag for question/answer sheet if it is wet. The map is waterproof.
Free drink and food at the Abbey Mill, 5 minutes walk from car park.

(Just noticed it wasn't advertised here and wanted to spread the word.)

Friday, 23 December 2011

Xmas Eve Park Run 8 am Meet

If you want to share a lift to the FoD park run tomorrow I believe there is a meeting time of 8.00 at the leisure centre.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Week Ahead 19 December 2011

A fun-packed Weaker Head is a-coming!

All the joys of Steep Street on Tuesday. In the olden days this ancient thoroughfare was the site of at least four public houses. Alas none remain, but nowadays you can get intoxicated with the pleasure of skipping up this fine gradient.

And even more fun and games on Thursday, you lucky people! Our annual Christmas Relays down at the Loop Road, Beachley.

 It’s important that everyone joins in – our teams must contain runners of all speeds to make it all work. So there’ll be Juniors, Strivers, ancient men like the Club President and Head Coach, as well as quick sleek men and fast racy women.

Prizes for best fancy dress (as judged by Life President), and for winning teams of course, and for any exceptional performances (not necessarily running!). You’ll have to be pretty boring to come away empty-handed!

Then it’s off to Wetherspoons for our Christmas drink. Hurrah!!!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Xmas Tree Race - lift

We are leaving at 9:00 am if anyone needs a lift to the race - atm there is no meeting time - people are generally making their own way there.

If you need a lift phone and leave a message.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

5k Thanks Anne, Dick + Mark

For helping with the 5k TT on the bridge last night - it was quite a night out there!  Well done to everyone who braved the race too.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Tuesday’s session is the 5k Time Trial on the Severn Bridge starting at 7.30. May be a bit breezy but if it’s in your face one way it’ll be in your bottom going the other way.

On Thursday you can choose between the Itton 8 and a special 6 mile run if you’re one of our dear Strivers. Then there’s the usual alternative speed session of 10 x 400 on the Bridge. All wanting to do the Bridge session should post their name in the Comment box below to be sure of some other runners.

Whichever you choose, don’t forget it’s the Christmas meal at the Shangri La.

And finally the last Club Champs monthly race is the Christmas Tree race at Ellwood in the Forest. You can enter on the day and enjoy a scenic off-road 5 miler.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Harriers Star for East Wales

Credit to all Harriers who represented East Wales today in the Inter Regional Champs at Builth Wales.

Paul Murrin and Mark Harvey – Snr Men.

Vanessa Lawson and Helen Duffield – Masters  Women.

Pete Ward, Stuart Penny, Paul Lidgett, Mark English, Laurie Carter, Neil Grant – Masters Men.

They all ran well, and we believe the 35-44 women and the 40-49 men’s team won gold!

Monday, 5 December 2011

The Week Ahead 5 December 2011

Well, Bulletin Board reader/s will know that the coaching team has responded to popular demand by putting on Thornwell Loop for the second week running.

There’ll be a difference of course: last week’s version was scheduled by November’s Coach of the Month, Andy Meek-Welsh, and capably managed by Dave Somersall; while this Tuesday’s has been scheduled by December’s C of M Lou Summers. You lucky people!

On Thursday the Boughspring Runs will suit all elements of our membership, with the shortest route being just perfect for the Strivers.

I hear there is a demand for the Thursday speed session on the Bridge, but potential participants are advised to post their intent in the Comments box below this Blog. If people know there are others meeting at the Larkfield roundabout layby or down on the Bridge they know it’s worth the journey.

And finally – being the second Thursday in the month it’s CURRY NIGHT. See you there.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Club Champs & SB5kTT

Sorry for the delay folks - James did his part very diligently and promptly - i have been very slack.... - sorry.....

Champs results follow 'sospan' are now on the champs page

Recent 5k severn bridge time trial results on training page

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Swansea Gwent League Cross Country Sunday

Women's race 1:40, Men's 2:50

We are now meeting at the leisure centre at 11:00

So far we have - 

Rob T

Jane ( possibly )
Berta ( possibly )

So we need more !:

Friday, 2 December 2011

Sunday Cycle Ride

Will be doing a taster type ride this week, around 20 miles, very steady. Heading for Thornbury with a coffee stop, 9.00am meet at St Lawrence Roundabout - back in Chepstow by 12.00.

Going forward:

The taster ride will be the last thing I organise before Christmas. Will resume after the festive period with the focus on longer steady state group rides with a bit of a training bias. Will provide you with some details during December. A few of us are meeting in December to have a look at how we take things forward and whether there is a desire to develop the group approach into a club. Will let you know how this goes.

Best wishes


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Cwmbran Track 3k Meeting Time

Neil, Dick and I are leaving our LC at 5:45 to drive to Cwmbran - want to get there in time for a good warm up!

If you can make  5:45 and fancy joining us meet on the steps - otherwise I guess people will be meeting at 6:00.

See you there.

Injured? Try Aqua Running!

Injured? Coming back from injury? Got a niggle that gets worse with too much running?

Then the answer to your prayers might be Aqua Running, a brilliant weight-bearing cardio-vascular work-out that exercises all the muscles, tendons and ligaments you use in running.

You get as much training effect from aqua running that you do from a run without the injury risk.

Where and when? Chepstow Leisure Centre every Tuesday at 8.15; Caldicot LC every Monday & Wednesday at 7.30.

Cost? Free if you’re a gym member, or £3.50 per session.

Want more info? Ask our Jane Horler who swears by it!




Monday, 28 November 2011

The Week Ahead 28 November 2011

It’s Thornwell Loop on Tuesday. We put this session on most months as it’s considered good, hard, effective training, and a valuable guide to what shape you’re in.

We’re spoilt for choice Thursday. The ‘Club 10’ (St Arvans/Devauden/Itton) is perhaps for the stronger runners.

We’re putting on a shorter run for our new slower runners group, henceforth to be known as the ‘Strivers’ (Cotswold Way Relay runners will recognise the name). Every Thursday will feature a Strivers alternative run of about 5-6 miles.

Then there’s the now perennial Thursday speed session on the Severn Bridge. It will usually be 10 X 400 metres with 200 metres jog recovery. Meet at the big layby (no parking restrictions in the evening) by Larkfield roundabout at 7.05 to jog down the Link Road to the Bridge. Or go straight to the ‘gate’ at the start of the bridge on the ‘upside’ – the side we do the 5k on.

And the fourth choice is rather special. Many Harriers will know Mark Fry of Fairwater Runners – he’s the ‘stocky’, well-nourished  one who often introduces the LCL race. Mark is moving to Scotland and there will be a farewell run (3k on the track) and celebration party at Cwmbran Stadium on Thursday at 6.45. All LCL clubs are invited, and we’re hoping for a sizable contingent from Chepstow.

Please enter your name in Comments below ASAP as Fairwater would like to know how many to cater for. I think we’ll need to leave from the LC at 6.   

Friday will be another fun evening as Sue and Gerry are putting on a Club Quiz in the LC at 7pm. Come along and make up a team. There will be a few  questions on a hill/mountain theme, but only because at a quiet moment during the evening, the winners of the Fell series will be receiving their award. Don’t let this put you off!

And finally on Sunday is the third Gwent League at Singleton Park, Swansea. This is an interesting course with lots of variety, and any Harrier would enjoy it. Women’s race at 1.40, men’s at 2.50. I wonder if 11.30 would be a good time to meet.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Week Ahead 21 November 2011

It seems like months and months since we last did Elm Road. I think that’s probably because it is months and months. Anyway it’s a good effective session with its down and up bits to increase your cadence and strength, not to mention your general running fitness.  

It seems like the best part of a year since the last AGM, and that’s probably ... Starts at 8 in the LC Bar, with a buffet available well before, but enough for all - including those who want to get their training in first and arrive red-faced at 7.59.

So training starts early at 6.30 for the Talk of the Town run, and the gun for the Severn Bridge 5k will fire at 6.45. Might be worth sharing cars down there to save time.

This year’s AGM promises to be a lot shorter than some, with just the new Club Constitution to be discussed. An important subject though, and one that all Club members should have a say about.


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sospan 10, Sunday 20th November

The November club championship race is this Sunday at Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli.

The AA website says 1hr 42mins travel so with an 11am start and the fact that people need to pick up numbers etc, I suggest meet at LC being ready to go at 8am.

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Week Ahead 14 November 2011

On Tuesday it’s the first Danes Loop of the season. A valuable session combining uphill strength with downhill cadence.

And it’s the Sedbury 7 on Thursday.

We’re also offering a regular Thursday speed session on the Severn Bridge as we did last winter. This will be 10 X 400 metres with 200 metres jog recovery based on the first 600 metre section of the bridge. The session will start as soon as we get to the bridge after the jog down, and will be largely self supervised in the usual speed groups.

Finally the November Club Champs race is the Sospan 10 at Pembrey Park on Sunday. Watch for the meeting time in this spot later in the week.   

Friday, 11 November 2011

Friend of Harriers Dies

A message from Syd:

We have just received the sad news that Alan Thomas of Les Croupiers died last week.

Alan was for many years a stalwart in the organisation of the Welsh Castles Relay.

He was a most helpful and friendly person whom many of us and in particular our race organisers will recall. He often offered his help at our races, particularly the Rose Inn.

I have written to his widow, Jean, to offer the condolences of all at Chepstow Harriers.



Monday, 7 November 2011

The Week Ahead 7 November 2011

Our new Link Road ‘downhill’ session has become so popular that we’re repeating it this Tuesday. It’s a mixture of long runs (1,600 metres) and short ones (400 m) with the only ‘uphill’ bits being the 800m recovery jogs. A great opportunity to improve your leg cadence and basic speed.

On Thursday it’s the Shirenewton run that can be as much as 10 miles if you do the full circuit down to Crick and through Mathern. Or as short as six if you do the out-and-back.

Get round as quick as you can and get down to ‘Spoons for Curry Night!

And finally ... the 2nd Gwent League cross country on Claverton Down by Bath University. Nothing like as hilly as Pontypool Park: more a fast course to test your improvement after Tuesday’s quick leg work. Come along and help us get more points.


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Sunday Bike Rides

Our cycling friend Paul James is organising some more rides:


Sunday 6 Nov
Alongside the "advanced style" group ride that meets at 8.30 at St Lawrence roundabout, I'm also proposing (if there's enough interest) to run an "intermediate" style ride also departing at 8.30 from the same location. This will be around 30 - 35 miles in length run at a similar pace to the ride we did to Usk a few weeks ago (remember that beautiful sunny morning?). Looking at a route around Pilning and Thornbury, hopefully with a coffee stop. May be one or two climbs but the major part of the route is flat, aiming to be back in Chepstow 12 - 12.30

Sunday 13 Nov

Two group rides "advanced" and "intermediate", both leaving at 8.30 from St Lawrence roundabout. Full details to follow.

Taster Rides
Hoping to run one more taster ride before the year end, probably in early December and hopefully with some kind of festive theme. Full details to follow.



Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Join the Fast Squad!

Some of our quicker runners may be interested in an invitation to join a group doing speedwork every Tuesday evening at Cwmbran Stadium. Top runners in the Leisure Ctre League have recently started to get together at 6.30 pm on Tuesdays for a warm-up before getting down to business at 7.

 Experienced Fairwater runner Matt Collins is leading the session and is keen to increase the small squad. So far only one woman has joined in and more are welcome. It’s hoped that the squad will form the core of the East Wales regional team.

Anyone interested can find out more from Dick Finch.


Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Week Ahead 31 October 2011

On Tuesday Andy Meek-Welsh starts his stint as Coach of the Month with a return to Hospital Hill. Sunday’s cross-country at Pontypool Park will suit runners who have a good hill session under their belt.

Thursday’s run is to Beachley and back including the diversion round the Wyebank estate to make it a good long workout.

Yes it’s the second LCL XC on Sunday at Ponty Park. Meet at the LC at 9.45 for 11.00 start. See Syd if you haven’t got a number.


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Calling All Brains

Our Leisure Centre has invited the Harriers to enter a team in a quiz they are organising for all the clubs and societies that use the Centre.

So if you think you know a few things – one of the rounds has a Christmas theme – and you’re free on the evening of Saturday 12 November, give Dick your name now. Adding  a comment below is a good way of doing that.

While we’re on the subject, don’t forget the Club quiz on Friday 2 December, which will incorporate the Fell Race series prize-giving during the half-time break. Further details will follow a little nearer the date.

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Week Ahead 24 October 2011

The new season’s first Thornwell Loop on Tuesday. Four loops for A-C groups and three for D-F groups are recommended. Go at 5k pace and take 90 secs recovery.

Choose on Thursday the Itton 8 - or if you prefer quieter roads -  Shirenewton and back. Either way don’t forget your reflective top. A headtorch is also recommended for added safety.  

Friday, 21 October 2011

Stroud Half Marathon sunday 23rd

Sunday is the October club champs race, the Stroud Half Marathon.

Entries have closed now but if you are not running you are welcome to come and cheer! Postcode GL5 4HE

Race start is 10am and it is a bit of a way from the car park to the start so I would suggest leaving Chepstow at 8am to get there in plenty of time.  It's quite a big race so the roads get very busy and parking has been tricky in the past...If people want to meet at the LC then please post below, but I know several are making their own way there.

After the race we can go for a drink at The Woolpack in Slad, 3miles from Stroud.  The pub is a traditional Cotswold pub with good food and beer and it is famous for its connection with Laurie Lee of 'Cider with Rosie'.  Thanks Dick for the suggestion.

They advise booking for Sunday lunch so if you think you may want to then their contact details are: GL6 7QA, 01452 813429.  Sunday food served until 3pm.

Jane, Lou and Stuart for Wales!

Congratulations to Jane Horler, Lou Summers and Stuart Penny for being selected to run for Wales in the Home Country’s Masters Cross Country in Glasgow on 20 November.

Stuart has run for Wales in previous years, as has Sue Ashton and Syd Wheeler.

This a great honour for them and the Club and we wish them well.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Fell Series & 5k Time Trial Results

Final Fell series results uploaded following the Black mountains race

Time trial results from Tuesday 18th now available on the training page

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Week Ahead 17 October 2011

Autumn draws on Mrs (no it wasn’t funny first time either) and that means we’re back on the old Severn Bridge on Tuesday for the ever popular 5k Time Trial. Starts at 7.30 on the upstream side as usual, and the warm-up jog down from the Leisure Ctre leaves at 7.

The eagerly-awaited Night Hash finally rolls round on Thursday. A change of timing since WotsOn, we’re leaving the Leis Ctre at 7 for the Rising Sun, Moseley Green for a 7.30 start.

Don’t forget your torch – head or hand.

And of course on Sunday it’s the next round in the Club Championship - The Stroud Half. If you haven’t entered yet, I’m told there’s a spare entry on the Bulletin Board.

Our Club Champs team will be posting a meeting time for car sharing later in the week.





Friday, 14 October 2011

Chepstow Cycle Group News

There is no organised ride this coming Sunday. I have suggested a set meeting time of 8.30 for the regulars starting this week. I'm not around this Sunday so can't give any guarantee about the pace or distance.

Will plan some more rides over the weekend for the end of Oct/beginning of Nov and will let you have details of these as soon as I have them

October - December is traditionally the close season for cycling and rides tend to be steadier and lower in distance especially this side of December with the emphasis on social/group riding. I will reflect this in the rides that I set up but will include some longer ones from time to time. Distance then builds gradually from December onwards in preparation of the start of a new season towards the begining of March.

Happy for anyone to contact me if they need some more details.

Paul James

01291 629688

07899 788 531


Thursday, 13 October 2011

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Monday, 10 October 2011

The Week Ahead 10 October 2011

Tuesday’s speed session is based at the Beachley Loop, and consists of 5 spells of 4 minutes with jog recoveries. It’s a fair trot down to there, so you may like to drive down or hitch a lift.

It’s the Talk of the Town is our Tour of the Town on Thursday.

Followed by a Night on the Town. Well Curry Night anyway.

What a wonderful week ahead!


Thursday, 6 October 2011

AGM and other important dates!

Advance warning – this year’s Club AGM will be on Thursday 24 November.  A full written invitation to all members will follow in due course.

Other important dates:

2 Dec (Friday) 7-10 pm Club Quiz, including the Club Fell Race Champs prize giving. All members welcome, but there will be a ‘mountain’ theme to the quiz.  

15 Dec (Thursday) 8.45pm, annual Christmas meal in Shangri La restaurant, Chepstow, £15. Limited places so book with Niki Morgan now.

28 Jan (Saturday) Annual Club Dinner, Ceilidh and Prize Giving. Further details to follow.




Monday, 3 October 2011

The Week Ahead 3 October 2011

Dave Somersall’s turn as Coach of the Month and he’s giving us a new interesting variation on the Link Road on Tuesday. It’s right down the whole length of the Link Road, then a recovery jog back up of 800 metres. Then fast down for 400 metres followed by another 800 metre recovery back up. Then another 400 metres fast down with the last 800 metre jog back bringing us back to the top of the track.

Then we do it all again. Sounds good eh? with all the speed bits downhill.

Thursday’s route is the Boughspring runs – about six, seven or eight miles according to choice. Don’t forget your reflective top. We have a couple for sale with more on the way.

And finally it’s the first Gwent League cross-country on Sunday at Bridgend. Watch this space for further details and meeting time.



Phew What a Cross-country Scorcher!

A cross-country in Piercefield Park with a water hazard – but no frozen feet. Runners stopping under trees to cool down in October. What’s happening?

The first LCL of the 2011/12 season saw 112 runners racing round Paul and Joc Dodds’ marvellous course.

Well done to Matt Collins (Fairwater), Sean Taylor (Griffithstown) and Mark Jennings (Fairwater) – first three men; and Jane Horler (Chepstow), Jenna Roberts (Fairwater) and Angela Jones (Islwyn) as first three women.

Provisional results have Chepstow as first men’s team ahead of Fairwater and Lliswerry; and Chepstow as first women’s team followed by Islwyn and Griffithstown.

In the Leisure Ctre afterwards the recent LCL road series trophies were presented. Many thanks to Martyn and Jeanette Jenkins for processing the results so promptly after every race, and for organising the prizes.

Another marvellous series and a new one just begun. Next LCL cross-country in Pontypool Park on 6 November. If you can’t wait till then, the first Gwent League is at Bridgend next Sunday 9 October. It’s also the East Wales Champs and the selection event for representing the Region at the Inter-Regional on 11 December at Builth Wells.


Monday, 26 September 2011

The Week Ahead 26 September 2011

Autumn draws on dear ladies – and gentlemen – and as well as the change in underwear we have the darkening evenings to contend with.

On Tuesday we’re going to try to race that wicked Mr Dusk with a 20/20 session on the field. The plan is to get on the field and incorporate the warm-up in the first 5 of the 20 mins out. That means all the fast people staying behind the safety car until he/she blows the whistle whereupon we let slip the dogs of war for the final 15 minutes. The whistle is blown again and we all turn round and run lickety-split for 20 minutes in the opposite direction. Can we do it? The Hell we can! Yes we can, I hear you say.

Likewise on Thursday. We’ll run over to Tutshill and make a start on the Gloucestershire Way, but when we hit the road again near Netherhope, we’ll give Mr Dusk his due and finish on the Boughspring Runs routes. But bring a headtorch and you can do it all off-road eh?

Either way it behoves us all to wear our reflective tops from now on. We’re getting a new supply for sale at cost price to those needing one.

And finally, dust off your cross-country shoes for Sunday over Piercefield Park, the first LCL of the new season. We’re putting it on under Paul Dodd’s direction, so you can choose between helping to set up the course at 9am – meet at the LC  top car park by the field; OR help to take it down after the race. Either way it’s just a few sticks and bits of tape.

Then haste to the LC bar for drinks and cakes and the LCL Summer League prizegiving. We’ll wait for you if you’re helping to dismantle the course.   


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sunday Cycle Rides

Dates for organised rides in October below. I have given some outline details of the style of ride and will confirm these nearer the dates for entry on your blog.

02.10.11 - Intermediate style ride around 35 miles at a steady pace, possible down to Usk via Shirenewton and back up over Llangwm. Usk would be a good re-grouping point and a half way staging point if any riders wanted to go on and get some extra miles in, I will take participants back to Chepstow from Usk. This would be a similar ride in style to the one that we did around Newport, Redwick and Bishton in August but with more challenging terrain.

Proposing to meet at 9.00 at St Lawrence, back in Chepstow around 12.30 - 13.00

09.10.11 (provisional date at this stage) - Group ride, looking to head out to Frampton on Severn with a coffee stop somewhere on route. Looking to use the Sustrans routes around Oldbury to get out to Frampton. This would be edging towards the 50 mile mark in terms of distance again with a steady pace.

Proposing to meet at 8.30 at St Lawrence

October - December is traditionally the close season for cycling and rides tend to be steadier and lower in distance especially this side of December with the emphasis on social/group riding. I will reflect this in the rides that I set up but will include some longer ones from time to time. Distance then builds gradually from December onwards in preparation of the start of a new season towards the begining of March.

Happy for anyone to contact me if they need some more details.

Paul James

01291 629688

07899 788 531

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Upton Bishop Big Dipper Sunday 25th

The September club championship race is next Sunday, 25th September, at Upton Bishop village, near Ross on Wye.

Senior race starts 11am, children's races from 10.30am.

Meet at LC at 9am to share transport. Takes about 1 hour to get there according to the AA website.

Please note that pre-entry is £6 but entry on the day is £10 so it's worth entering in advance.  If you enter today you should get in (I hope).  May be worth getting in touch with the organiser (all details on

And afterwards I have been recommended a pub with a lovely name, The Moody Cow, to go and have a post race drink.  This is in the village as well.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Results St. Arvans MT 10


Thanks to everyone who helped and/ or ran yesterday.

Congratulations to Griffithstown whose good turnout of quality runners won them the team prize with Sean Taylor ( 1:07:09), Steve Davies (1:10:28), Gerard Gormley (1:16:32), Dimitri Vorres (1:16:45) and Mark Sutton (1:28:39).

Race winner, Matthew Wells of Bridgend ( 1:06:19), managed a strong lead after eight miles although Sean Taylor (2nd )was close from the start.

Fukashi Maeno (1:08:37) came in third with Steve Davies 4th and John Morgan of Bridgend 5th.

Congratulations to Chepstow's - Kath Matthews ( 1:16:56), Niki Morgan ( 1:17:44), Helen Duffield ( 1:25:13) and Berta Havers (1:44:01) who won first female team.

Kath was lst Female, Niki 2nd, with Griffithstown's Julie Davies 3rd( 1:21:37) and Annemarie Harris 4th (1:23:42, Parc Bryn Bach).

Results can be found on

 Links to photos to be added shortly.

The Week Ahead 19 September 2011

Our Tuesday session is 5 bursts of 4 minutes each with a recovery of 2 minutes jog between bursts. Aim for 5k race pace (not the jog!).

On Thursday we’ll start again at the top of the steps and run straight onto the Wye Valley path. See how far you can get before dusk defeats you and you have to take to the tarmac.

Ride the Big Dipper on Sunday in September’s Club Champs race at Upton Bishop near Ross. Our Champs team will be posting a meeting time later in the week.

Friday, 16 September 2011

St. Arvans MT 10.

Sunday 18th September at 10:30 a.m. is the first St. Arvans MT 10 – farm tracks, woodland trails, country lanes and fantastic views.

Challenging climbs, fast downhills, lots of prizes plus homemade cake, tea, coffee for every finisher.

Karen is making chocolate cake, Vanessa her famous raspberry and chocolate muffins plus Polly, Ceri I will be baking all day tomorrow so come and run and eat cake!

Entry on the day at Race HQ, St. Arvans Village Hall

Registration will be open from 9:00 – 10:20. 

The race start is five minutes walk from the hall.

Road or trail shoes will be fine.

Team prizes – men’s team 5 to score, women’s team 4 to score.

RACE H.Q. St. Arvans Village Hall NP16 6ES
Directions: from Chepstow take the A466 towards Tintern/ Monmouth, past the Racecourse, into St. Arvans. The village hall is on the right of the A466 after it bends round to the right just past the Piercefield Pub.

Proceeds from the event will go to Chepstow Harriers Junior Athletics.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

25th Anniversary Celebration Ball

Just a reminder of our Chepstow Harrier's 25th Anniversary Ball at St Pierre Golf and Country Club on Friday 21st October. The cost will be £30 per person for 3 course dinner, coffee and mints with live local band 'Ellie Mae and The Hurriances' playing a range of covers from 70's to present, and a Disco.

You’ll be getting an email from Bram with the menu attached.

Suzie will be at Harriers this Thursday 15th September and next Tuesday 20th September with menu sheets and to collect any payments.

Monday, 12 September 2011

The Week Ahead 12 September 2011

It’ll be the last 3k this season down at Beachley track on Tuesday: we’ll be back on the Severn Bridge for the 5k come October.  Jog down early or drive down for a warm-up at 7.15.


The Sea Wall run on Thursday. Enjoy running under the Bridge and take advantage of one of the last few off-road evening runs before the clocks change. To beat Mr Twilight’s efforts to spoil our fun we’ll meet at the top of the steps and leave bang on 7!


And finally... a very important event on Sunday – our first running of our magnificent St Arvans MT 10. We’re ok for helpers, but we need all the runners we can get on to the start line at 10.30. Come along to St Arvans village hall at 10 to register. It’s a marvellously varied course around the trails, lanes and woods with a few ups and downs. You’ll love it, and there’s tea and home-made cakes after.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

This Sunday’s Bike Ride

Paul Allen, the organiser of the bike rides that some of our members have started to join in, has sent us details of this Sunday’s ride:

The plan is to go over the Tumble from the Abergavenny side.

Meeting at St Lawrence Rd (the pull in near the main round a bout) at 8.30 am. It's about a 60 mile round trip, wouldn't anticipate that we will be back much before 1.00pm especially if we allow time for a cafe stop.

The climb of the Tumble features in Simon Warren's book "100 Greatest Cycling Climbs - A Road Cyclists Guide to Britain's Hills". He scores it 7/10 and describes it as "One of the most feared and frequently raced climbs in Wales. The Tumble offers an excellent challenge to any rider". He gives some stats for each climb, the Tumble has a height gain of 399m and is 5100m in length.

Please give me a call or drop me an email if you need any additional information.

Paul James

01291 629688

07899 788 531

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The Week Ahead 5 Sept 2011

We originally advertised a Leisure Centre field session for Tuesday, but it seems like the new Rose Inn Relays have really captured the imagination. Even the Head Coach has been lured into a relay team, but now regretfully announces that he hasn’t so far managed to find a member of his coaching team who’s free to manage the LC session (slap on wrist for Head Coach!)

The session is a time-based pyramid and isn’t rocket science, so can we make a plea to those who want to do it to have a go without a qualified coach present?

Very simply, you run at pace for increasing periods of time starting with one minute, then increasing by one minute increments to a peak of 7 minutes. You then count back down to one minute and that’s it. Spelt out it’s:

Run 1 minute at sustainable pace/1 min recovery/2 mins pace/1 min rec/3 mins pace/2 mins rec/4 mins pace/2 mins rec/5 mins pace/2 mins rec/6 mins pace/3 mins rec/7 mins pace/3 mins rec/6 mins pace/3 mins rec/5 mins pace/2mins rec/4 mins pace/2 mins rec/3mins pace/2 mins rec/2 mins pace/1 min rec/1 min all out. Got that?


The run on Thursday is the Three Woods starting with Barnetts Wood.


And then... being the second Thursday in the month it’s Curry Night down at ‘Spoons!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Olympics Tickets Draw

Today is the closing day for applying to join the ballot for the Club allocation of four pairs of Olympics athletics. So if you haven’t yet sent me your name for inclusion in the draw, please do so before midnight tonight.

We originally thought we’d do the draw tomorrow but as a lot of members are doing the Rose Inn relay, we’ll do it on Thursday before the Three Woods run.

Most applicants have applied for all four sessions, but we expect  that some people have a preference. So you are advised to come along on Thursday to have the chance to maybe arrange a swap with someone.

We’ll also be drawing some reserve names in the event that one or more of the four original winners of these Club tickets find that they can’t get to the games.




Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Week Ahead 30th August 2011

Tonight's speed session is a 3k time trail at Beachley Track.  Cars will leave the leisure centre after announcements by Niki.  Us wanting to jog over will leave promptly to arrive after the track warm up for the 3k.

Thursday's run is a shortened version of the St. Arvans MT 10 - through the Piecefield Park, Porthcasseg Farm, Fedw Woods, Chep Park Woods, down the hill into St. Arvans and back.

Gill and Dick are still looking for more runners for the White Horse Relay this Sunday - legs are between 5 - 10 miles - drive about 45 mins.

If you are available please let either Gill or Dick know - ideally you would recce your leg but otherwise there is a virtual route available

Dick can be contacted on 627569,  07828102680 or or reply on the bulletin board or leave a message here.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Iron Mountain 7 mile trail run

Bank Holiday Monday Run?

Sorry if this is up somewhere else - just back from the Gower and this looks good for tomorrow - an email from Chris Vorres


A few of us are going to do the Iron Mountain Trail on Monday as there is no Machen run.

The name refers to the industry in the area – Blaenafon – not the challenge!

We will meet at Midday, at the Keepers Pond, Blaenafon, and then afterwards pop into the Lamb and Fox for a drink.

It’s a stunning trail, very runnable. Some climb, but at a diagonal so not too steep.

Must stress, this is not an official race – I have not applied for insurance etc….

Please forward this to anyone you think may enjoy the run – I will go out earlier in the day and put out some flour blobs to mark it, but it isn’t really necessary as it’s a well-marked trail. The map attached contains lots of info about it.



Chris. "

The run is 7 miles - Drive there about 30 - 45 mins from Chepstow

Friday, 26 August 2011

Sunday Cycle Rides

Some of our members have been joining in a steady friendly bike ride on Sunday mornings. The organiser Paul James has asked us to post the following info:

Sunday 28.08.11

Propose a group ride towards Newport, heading back home along the flat quiet roads around Redwick, Bishton and Magor. The terrain is predominantly flat with only a couple of steepish hills (Parkwall and Pewllmyrick).

Distance around 35 – 40 miles. This will be a steady/moderate paced (not fast) ride suitable for a reasonably conditioned rider with a good endurance base or who undertakes a mix of running/cycling

Should any riders wish to get in some “additional miles” there are good options on reaching Caldicot on the return leg. From this point the hills around Shirenewton and Devauden are easily accessible.

There are also plenty of points along the route where riders could turn back should they not wish to complete the full ride.

Meeting point and time: Telephone kiosk on St Lawrence Road, located just off St Lawrence Round-a bout. Aim to meet at 9.00am departure by 9.10.

Sunday 04.09.11

A shorter taster type ride similar to the one that we ran to Thornbury recently. This ride would be good for novice riders, riders who are perhaps returning to cycling and possibly still building conditioning or existing cyclists who would like to try a group ride for the first time.

This will be a nice steady ride, probably with a coffee stop. Terrain will be predominately flat, distance between 20 – 30 miles

Meeting time 9.30, location as Sunday the 28th.

Sunday 11.09.11

A hilly challenging ride, 50 - 60 miles in duration heading out towards Abergavenny and taking in either the Abergavenny to Roockfield Road or the Llanfoist road and heading to Bleanavon via the Tumble. I would describe the terrain on both routes as very challenging especially the Tumble Hill which is 3 miles in length and very steep in places. Both routes are more suited to a well-conditioned and experienced rider.

Meeting time 8.30, same location as Sunday the 28th.



Ian Hutchinson and myself have discussed options for running a second group on a Sunday so that we can offer a shorter steadier paced ride each week for new comers and novice cyclists and something of a longer faster paced ride for more established cyclists. It’s possible that we will be able to get this up and running alongside the rides on the 4th and 11th. As soon as Ian is back from his French trip we’ll put our heads together.

Paul James

01291 629688

07899 788 531



Thursday, 25 August 2011

Web updates - Club champs & Fell Series

Stats man James has been busy and there are a bunch of new results for the Club champs & Fell series are now uploaded.  Also a few updates to the Ladies records.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

25th Anniversary Celebration Ball

We will be continuing Chepstow Harrier's 25th Anniversary celebrations with an Anniversary Ball at St Pierre Golf and Country Club on Friday 21st October. The cost will be £30 per person for 3 course dinner, coffee and mints with live local band 'Ellie Mae and The Hurriances' playing a range of covers from 70's to present and a Disco. Menu to follow next week.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Week Ahead 22 August 2011

A nice normal week for a change! On Tuesday we jog over to Tutshill for another session on Windmill Hill. So good for leg strength and general endurance.


Then along the Wye Valley Walk to Porthcasseg and Gaer Hill on Thursday. Lovely off-road stuff while the summer light lasts.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Offa’s Dyke Relay

Well, here we are at the start of Day 2. Gareth has just set off (a few minutes past 8:00) South of Oswestry with all going to a slightly amended plan.

Day 1 went very well. Gerry & Laurie set out from the sea-front at Prestatyn at 9:00 with a run through the town. Laurie and Dave kicking off the first longer leg. With good runs from the above and Andy & Gill S, Paul & Joc, Judith & Allan, Gareth and Sue.

Allan managed to get support to swap his crack of dawn Saturday start for an evening run. This meant a late finnish but more relaxed Saturday.

Amazingly the timing was spot on, being only a few minutes out after about 60 miles. No panics or disasters. Fingers crossed for the next 2 days.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Offa’s Dyke Relay

All systems go for the 25th Anniversary escapade along Offa's Dyke from Prestatyn to Chepstow.

We have a good number signed up and although a bit damp this evening (Thursday) the weather looks likely to improve for 3 days of the event.

I will try to keep the Blog up to date with the event but please, if you want to join us then you are very welcome. Sunday sees us travelling from Hay on Wy, over the Black Mountains then via Whitecastle to Monmouth, over the Kymin and down the Wye Valley to Sedbury Cliffs.

To find out where to join in have a look at the following link Offa Spreadsheet  Please join us at the finish.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

LCL Summer and Combined Final Results

Many thanks to Martyn and Jeanette Jenkins of Fairwater Runners for administering this summer’s LCL road series. The continuing and long-lasting success of the League is very much due to the hard work and judicious guidance of Martyn, Jeanette and the committee members from each club.

Congrats to Fairwater and Chepstow for providing the Men’s and Women’s Team Champions. Our webmaster Ivan will be posting the full results very soon, but may I pick out the individual Chepstow age category winners?

Vanessa Lawson, Jane Green (Horler as was), Brenda Avery, Neal Grant and Dick Finch were first placers.

Esther Barrett, Lou Summers, Sue Ashton won silver, and Paul Lidgett, Gerry Ashton, Syd Wheeler bronze.

Joc Dodd, Jane Bayliss ,Gill Stott, Karen Elvers, Berta Havers, Andy Stott, Matthew Lawson and Steve Caldwell were top five placers.

Now for the Combined Winter and Summer Series. Chepstow provided the Team Winners (triggering a souvenir gift for all who ran or took part in at least six of the ten races  - that right Lou?)

Lou Summers not only worked tirelessly as Women’s Team Captain but has also won the Women’s Combined Individual Trophy, ahead of Vanessa Lawson in 2nd place and Sue Ashton in 10th. And well done to Steve Harris, our only man in the top ten.

Congrats to Sean Taylor of Griffithstown for winning the Men’s Combined Trophy.

Trophies are expected to be presented after the first cross-country event.


Monday, 15 August 2011

The Week Ahead 15 August 2011

The week starts with the final LCL race at Parc Bryn Bach just off the Heads of the Valley road, by Tredegar. Our men’s team are currently in second place, but a final supreme effort could bring them up to the top. So a good turn-out is called for. The race starts at 7.30, so a 5.45 meeting at the Leisure Centre.


On Thursday, Coach of the Month Geoff Bayliss is offering a nice choice. A long steady run along the Gloucestershire Way, or a pyramd session on the grass on the Leisure Ctre field.


And then one of the highlights of our 25th Anniversary celebrations: the Offa’s Dyke Relay, masterminded by Sue & Gerry, and backed up by admin and logistics chiefs, Judith & Allan. This will be a non-competitive fun event starting Friday morning up in North Wales and working its way down the Offa’s Dyke trail to Sedbury Cliffs by Sunday afternoon - as you can see on the spreadsheet linked from the Bulletin Board on our website.

On most stages members will run in pairs, but the final glory leg from Tutshill to Sedbury will be a mass Club run. Come along and join in, starting at 3.40 on Sunday afternoon.


And then to round it off sweetly, Vanessa and Matthew invite all Club members to a celebratory garden party at their house at Sedbury View Villa, Gloucester Road, Tutshill. Bring along some food and drink and enjoy the fun, any time from about 5 onwards.


Saturday, 13 August 2011

Standish Woodland Chase Meeting Time

August's Club Champs race - Standish Woodland Chase - 10 mile MT

You can enter on the day.

About 30 mins drive.

Race starts at 11:00 a.m.

Meet at the Leisure Centre steps ready to leave at 9:45

Friday, 12 August 2011

Rose Inn 2011, Race 4 results

Results from the last race in the series can be found online

(Apologies for the short delay - new baby to deal with...)  The overall series results should be added soon.

And for those who have enjoyed this short flat road race but now fancy something different - take a look at a new race we are putting on this year in september

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

St. Arvans MT 10 recce.


Thursday we are meeting at St. Arvans village hall at 7:00 p.m.


The hall is on the right of the main road past the garage and Piercefield pub and just round the right hand corner.

Those who want to meet first at the leisure centre to share cars meet by the steps at 6:50 p.m.

The 10 mile race route will be marked for anyone who wants to race the course.  For those  who want a sociable run we will set off in several pace groups.

I will also mark a short cut route back to St. Arvans from Chepstow Park Woods –  Dick will meet you to direct you  - this route is 5 – 6 miles.

There will be refreshments at the hall after.

See you there


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The Week Ahead 8 August 2011

We’re away from home all this week. It’s the final Rose Inn race on Tuesday. Helpers and runners all welcome.


A very special run on Thursday. You may have heard that our Lou has created a new Club race, a 10 mile multi-terrain event starting and finishing in St Arvans. All members  - and the members of the LCL clubs – are invited to do the first trial run of this scenic, varied and interesting course. Be at St Arvans Village Hall (just round the bend from the Piercefield Hotel) ready to run at 7pm. We will be running in groups according to speed, and there will be a nice short-cut option if  you’re not up to 10 miles at present.


There will be free  refreshments after in the village hall – a nice replacement for Curry Night. The race itself is scheduled for Sunday 18 September, and entry forms are already available on our website.


Finally it’s the August Club Champs race on Sunday at Stonehouse near Stroud, Glos. The Standish Woodland Chase starts at 11 and we’ll be publicising a meeting time on the Blog here later in the week. The entry form and details were attached to the WatsOn email you received a couple of weeks ago. It’s a nice mainly off-road race based on the Cotswold Way Path.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Llanthony Show and Fell Race - Saturday 6th August

Llanthony Show Saturday 6th August

Dick’s fell race starts from the showground 12.15 (ish)

3.5 miles 1100ft ascent.

Quite a few Chepstow runners should be there - come and run.

There is a junior fell race which is the same route but they start about a mile up the hill – it’s still a tough race and really for children who are used to running up mountains or just a bit tough!  There are lots of other races for children at the showground too.

Race entry is in the show entry/parking which was £5 last year

Show formally opens at 1pm – great show lots of children’s races – plus sack races for adults and children, 4 in a bag race for all, beer race for ‘adults’, a mile race, stalls and a rodeo.

Beautiful backdrop.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Berta’s Hash Run tonight

A reminder of tonight's away run, which is a hash run organised by Berta.

Starts 7.30pm from Mallards Pike car park, meet at LC 6.45pm to share transport.

I understand it's a free drink and chips at the secret destination.

From the A48 at Blakeney take the Nibley to Parkend road. Mallards Pike is signposted on the right hand side after approximately three miles.

OS Grid Reference: SO 637093

Monday, 25 July 2011

The Week Ahead 25 July 2011

This Tuesday’s session is a popular one that Rich Matthews’ dad introduced to us some time ago. Up The Clock takes us round the track at speed to a set point on the far side, followed by a jog recovery back to the start. We then run at speed again to a point 10 metres further than the first point, followed by a 10 metre shorter recovery. And so on, with an extra 10 metres each time and 10 metres less recovery. Sounds tough but it works very well. 

On Thursday it’s across Piercefield Park, up to Wyndcliff, along the Wye Valley Walk to Porthcasseg, and then up to Gaer Hill, and back home. 

The Magor Marsh race director, Rob Brown would still be delighted to hear from anyone who can help on Sunday. Please add a Comment below this Blog if you can help in any way.

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Week Ahead 18 July 2011

The next Leisure Centre League race is on Tuesday starting from Caerleon College campus. You’ll have seen the recent Club email with all the details. Have a good run.


On Thursday Ivan is putting on the Piercefield Park Loop session that was so popular a couple of weeks ago. This is a new session that takes into account the range of abilities, and ensures that we all start and finish at the same time. Ivan has scheduled the Nuns’ Walk run as an alternative, but the P Park Loop is highly recommended.


And a quick word about the Waun Fach fell race on Saturday. As Sue and Gerry the organisers say, it’s one of the best races in South Wales. Race HQ is the Castle Inn at Pengenfford, on the road to Talgarth, just along from Crickhowell. Starts at 2pm, just £2.50, and 7 miles of fantastic views. Or to get a taste for fell running, why not contact Sue and volunteer to marshal? That way you can do a gentle walk, and enjoy the hills without exerting yourself too much!

Friday, 15 July 2011

IMPORTANT: Caerleon LCL Race Tuesday 19th July

The Caerleon race is now a new route -  parking is in the University grounds where we need to be for 7.15 pm ready to walk to the start at St. Cadoc's Hospital

Meeting time at Chepstow Leisure Centre - 6.20 p.m. 

A summary of the rules for this race - please read!

Caerleon Running Club Leisure League Race Route – 19th July 2011

4 Main Rules:

University of Wales (Newport), Caerleon Campus – Only park vehicles in the designated bays on the campus.

St Cadoc’s Hospital – Race start. No one must deviate from the roads we are using for the run, and certainly no one should relieve themselves in the bushes or take any other liberties.

The Highway –any runner who strays from the pavement on Lodge Road or Pillmawr Road WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Both areas will be marshalled. Follow any instructions from these marshals.

The Cyclepath & Pillmawr Road – Runners will be passing each other in opposite directions so all competitors to stay on the left side of the path when approaching runners coming in the opposite direction.

Runners are welcome to use the changing and shower facilities in the Sports Centre, and the Students Union Bar has been opened especially for the evening, so we would be glad if members of other clubs would care to join us for a post-run beverage!

A description of the route here caerleon-lcl-route.doc

Full rules here  caerleon-lcl-rules.doc

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Neil’s Hash Tonight

Meet at the Leisure Centre 6.45 to share lifts to his house - or meet there for 7.00 pm.

Along A48 to Newport, through Pwllmeyric, past the garden centre, next right to Hayes Gate - first house on the right.

There will be a BBQ and drinks after D 

About 5 miles 40 / 60 on road off road

Monday, 11 July 2011

The Week Ahead 11 July 2011

Rose Inn on Tuesday. Come along and race, and/or if you can help talk to Andy Meek-Welsh on 01291 424423. 

On Thursday Neil Grant is putting on another Hash Run - from his house this time, and ending at a secret destination (not too far from his house where a BBQ and drinks await!). 

It’s a 7 o’clock start, so please be at the Leisure Ctre at 6.45 to share cars. Neil lives at Hayesgate, the next right after the garden centre on the A48 just before the motorway bridge by St Pierre. 

And finally on Sunday, the next race in our fell race series is the famed Fan y Big from Llanfrynach just south of Brecon – the village we run through half way round the Brecon 10. All you need to know on: 

Watch the Blog and Bulletin Board for travel share details. 

REMEMBER – meet at 6.45 THURSDAY for Neil’s Hash!!! 




















Monday, 4 July 2011

The Week Ahead 4 July 2011

A chance to get in some valuable training this Tuesday and Thursday – tho’ there is the distraction of an E Wales Championship race in between!

 July’s Coach of the Month, Ivan Teed (not Chris Rees as I stupidly posted originally), has devised a new session for Piercefield Park on Tuesday. There are four different length loops to choose from – they are roughly: 900 metres, 8oo mtrs, 600 mtrs or 500 mtrs. You have 5 minutes to both run your loop and recover before the whistle blows for the next effort.  

The E Wales Champs race on Wednesday evening is the Cwmcarn Drive 7 mile race just the other side of Risca. It’s 7 miles on a traffic-free half uphill/half downhill road circuit within the Cwmcarn Country Park. Entry on the night: meet at the LC at 5.30.  Thursday’s run is over the 3 Woods circuit starting with Great Barnetts Wood.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

LCL - Provisional Results

A good evening for a nice race – thanks to Griff for organising.

First three women’s teams were Chepstow,  Parc Bryn Bach, Islwyn.

Fairwater won the men’s before Griffithstown and Chepstow.

Well done to all competitors, and thanks to the helpful, encouraging marshals.


Monday, 27 June 2011

The Week Ahead 27 June 2011

Round 3 of the LCL series on Tuesday at what we still lovingly call the Oasis Club on the borders of Cwmbran and Croesyceiliog. Be ready to leave our LC at 6.30 prompt. 

A very special race on Thursday – our Tintern Trot organised by Geoff Cram who says:“As usual this race provides entry-on-the-day only. The cost is £7 per runner.
Entry is at
Tintern Village Hall (Grid Ref: SO 531 001) from 6pm onwards.
Let’s hope we can beat 2010’s record entry of 176. Race starts at 7.30.

And finally on Saturday our annual trip to the seaside beckons – Charmouth, its race and fun run, the barbecue and drinks, and the beach games. Not too late to put your name down. Only £10, £5 for youngsters. All you can eat and drink and fun for all ages. Coach leaves 9.30.  

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Great Day on the Cotswolds

Once again the Cotswold Way Relay, brilliantly organised by TeamBath,  was a great experience.

Chepstow provided four of the 75 teams and a drink station/road crossing. Our Women’s team gained second place to TeamBath in their category. I don’t have the men’s winners to hand, but we think that our men were fourth. 

Congrats to Vanessa Lawson who won a bottle of bubbly for first woman on stage 6, and Rob Gordon was second on stage 2 for the second year running.

Well done all the first-timers for Chepstow, and a big thanks to the team captains and the helpers on the drink station.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Tintern Trot & misc!

The Tintern Trot is fast approaching and the webpage has just been updated with some information from the race director.

On another front - results of the last 3 3km time trials have now been added to the Training page - apologies for the delay.

& finally...  LCL road race results have been finalised after race 2 and series results for road series and overall series are now available on the LCL road page

Monday, 20 June 2011

The Week Ahead 20 June 2011

Time Trial time on Tueday. Be at the Beachley track and warmed up by 7.25. We’ll be meeting at the top of the LC steps at 7  to share cars, tho’ some may be meeting earlier to jog down. 

A choice on Thursday. The Sea Wall run or 400 metre reps if sufficient demand. 

Have a good week. 


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Week Ahead 13 June 2011

The second Rose Inn on Tuesday, incorporating the first of the four East Wales Championship races. If you’re running any of the Rose Inn series, don’t forget to offer your help to Andy Meek-Welsh for at least one of the races. If we don’t get help there’ll be no races to take part in.

The Gloucestershire Way is Thursday’s run, followed by CURRY NIGHT down ‘Spoons.

And our friends at Thornbury RC will be delighted to see any Harriers at Sunday’s Oldbury Fun Run, a charity race for a good cause. 11am start over at the Anchor, Oldbury-on-Severn, where we had our Mob Match last week.


Sunday, 12 June 2011

Web updates & AVR races

Few updates on the website:

Ladies club records :

Club champs - results following race 6 (penalta LCL) now on the champs page :

Leisure Centre League - Provisional results from the event on the LCL road page - combined tables not yet updated, as results currently provisional :

And finally - had an email from Avon Valley Runners with some info on this years events :

Saturday 9th July – The Avon Valley Relay (18-miles in four stages from Melksham to Winsley).

Saturday 16th July – Melksham Carnival 5K (Certified measured 5K & 3K Fun Run through Melksham town centre before the carnival procession gets underway, followed by Party in the Park).

Sunday 13th November – Over the Hills (12K multi-terrain race starting in Bradford on Avon).

More information including route maps and entry details can be found on the Avon Valley Runners website at

LCL Parc Penallta Prov Results

Martyn Jenkins is back from holiday and has rushed out the provisional results.

In the men’s competition, Chepstow, Fairwater and Islwyn were the leaders.

Chepstow, Islwyn and Parc Bryn Bach led the women’s competition.

Thanks Islwyn for putting on a good race.



Saturday, 11 June 2011

Monday, 6 June 2011

The Week Ahead 6 June 2011

Another away week beckons to us travelling Harriers.

Come to the delightful Parc Penallta on Tuesday for the second LCL race. Meet at the LC at 5.45, or find your way to CF82 7GN. It’s near Ystrad Mynach and Hengoed. There’s a link to the Google Map on the ‘Club Only Events/LCL Road’ page.

And the long-awaited Mob Match v Thornbury will be upon us on Thursday. Come a bit early – 6.30 – to the LC for the drive across to Oldbury-on-Severn. You’ll have seen the Club email with more details. The post-race refreshments sound really good...


Runners Needed for Cotswold Way Relay

Will urgently need  1 more woman for the Cotswold Way Relay – Saturday 25th June - plus some reserves would be great! don’t need to be fast or experienced just prepared to have a go!Please email me summers363@btinternet.comThanks

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Handicap 4 - results!

Here are the results for last Thursday evening's run:


And here are the overall results for the series:


Provisional results were announced on the night, and there were a few changes to those. My apologies to those who thought were in 2nd and 3rd place as they are actually a couple of places lower. oops...

Syd is still the overall winner, but he is joint with Niki, with 126 points.  Gerry is 3rd with 124.  Well done all!!  The top 8 finished within 7 point of each other, so it was very close.

Here is a list of everyone's best times, for extra interest:


My thanks to James for doing the sums, to Brenda for marking out every race, and to all the people who helped and supported at each event. I could not have done it without you!!  Also thank you to the 72 Harriers and friends who came and ran at least one of the races. 

Look forward to 2012 already!

Vanessa xxx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Harriers Star at Orienteering

Our very own Dave Andrews shot round the hills, lanes and tracks of Hewelsfield today to snatch the super vet prize at the end of season North Gloucestershire Orienteering Event.  Well done Dave!  Mark Harvey was proud to punch 11 controls in one hour, dispelling the myth of ‘Sat Nav’ and Steve Harris ran so fast he didn’t have time to stop and punch some of them.   Coachy took to the map with ease and enjoyed a saunter round with a friend whilst Lou allowed herself to be led up a few garden paths by a well known local Harrier who assured her he knew every nook and cranny in the district…  

Highest scorer of the day was a local who nobody knew – an M50 sporting an OMM top who arrived late then cleared the board. Must encourage him to join the Harriers – we could do with some more fast M50s. 

Matthew L managed to get an often empty push chair round an obstacle course whilst Reuben and Seth ran ahead  faster when they learned of a possible prize, which they won.  After the race Coachy led the way in the cake eating contest, winning hands down (or full).  Many thanks to Lou, Rob and Vanessa for helping to clear up afterwards. 

Gill & Andy Stott, Organisers

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Handicap 2011 - Final event

Last handicap of the series - the big showdown, 16 possible outcomes (mathematically possible) - who will win?.....


Monday, 30 May 2011

The Week Ahead 30 May 2011


A nice choice on Tuesday – either a Windmill Hill session over in Tutshill, or the 3k Time Trial at the Beachley track.

On Thursday the final Club Handicap in Chep Park Wood – first off at 7.15. Any one of 16 people can still win overall, so if you’ve done at least two already, better come along. Or Vanessa is still looking for a couple of helpers, so that’s a fun option. Please contact her if you can help.

Have you some time on Friday eve to attend the East Wales Region AGM? I’ll be going and can give a lift to four more. It would be good to have a few Harriers there to support the region and represent endurance runners.

A special event on Saturday. Andy and Gill Stott are organising another Treasure Hunt from Brockweir. Orienteering made simple for runners. This time with electronic punching (no stupid clues).  You can choose either 60 or 90 minutes to score as many points as possible. All on footpaths, tracks and lanes.  Registration from 11.15 am at Mackenzie Hall, Mill Hill, Brockweir.  £3 entry includes printed map and hire of 'dibber'. Suitable also for accompanied kids and mountain bikes! Everyone welcome (car share if possible -limited parking). 




Saturday, 28 May 2011

Dick’s Severn Bridge Fun Run

Sunday 29th May   

Registration at Chepstow Rugby Club from 9 a.m.Race start 10 a.m. - a five - ten min jog from the Rugby Club.The race goes under the tunnel, up the footpath onto the downstream side of the bridge, over the footbridge towards the services, back down our usual side of the bridge - it's about 4.5 miles.Suitable for all ages and abilities

Adults £5

Under 18’s £4

Under 12’s £3

Prizes for the first M / F in each category

Toddlers, Mums and Dads short course £2

Come and support this race with all proceeds to Action for Medical Research.

Monday, 23 May 2011

The Week Ahead 23 May 2011

An adventurous week away from base, with Tuesday taking us south of Bristol to the grounds of Tyntesfield mansion. With stunning views over the Yeo valley, the race promises to be rather special. We understand there’s a fair chance of entering on the day.

Meet at LC at 5.45 to share cars.

And on Thursday, Vanessa has organised the first hash of 2011.              Leave LC at 7pm to go to the start, or meet directly at 7.15pm in the layby on the right hand side of the B4228 (Tutshill to Coleford Road) about 1mile after Madgetts Farm and before the Hewelsfield crossroads, grid reference SO564008.  Anyone coming from the Tutshill/Brockweir/Gloucestershire area would save time going straight to the start. 

And on Sunday there’s a charity fun run in aid of Action Medical Research. Register at Chepstow Rugby Club from 9am, start on the Bridge at 10. 4+miles for the full run across one side of the bridge and back on the other. A shorter race for younger children, mums and dads. Choccie bar and certificate for all finishers. Bring your family and friends. 

Yes there will be experienced runners racing it, but if you know anyone who jogs for fitness but is nervous about doing a race, please encourage them to have a go. The marshalls will be friendly and encouraging, and they can take as long as they like.  


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Where to Support the Rack Raid this Sunday

Guide to Supporting our runners in this year’s Rack Raid.

Link to full Stage List on Bulletin Board to come.

Local stages

Usk to Tintern stage  - Matthew, Pete and Jan  – you can cheer them on at Cobblers Plain where the race crosses  the Monmouth Road – about a mile north of Devauden from about 2.30 pm for the faster runners.

Tintern to Chepstow Stage– Steve Harris, Lou, Col - Devauden Green from 3.20 ish.

Chepstow to Caldicot  - Steve C. Niki and Chris - race start and previous race finish can be watched from  the park gates at the top of the Dell in Welsh St. at about 4.00 p.m.

Runners should be turning left before the Indian Empire – can park behind IE on the old Portskewett Rd. – at about 4.20 p.m. 

Calidcot Castle to The Groes Wen just past Penhow on the A48 -  Andy Ost, Ian and Beckie There is another big event at Caldicot Castle so the best place to watch could be Caerwent Church from 4.50 p.m. or Wentwood Inn on A48 from 5.00 p.m.  

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Week Ahead 16 May 2011

Down to that nice Beachley track Tuesday for a pyramid session. We start with one lap (400 metres) then two, three, four, three, two and back to one, with slight variations according to which group you’re in.

We leave the LC at 7, warm up at 7.10, drills at 7.20, start pyramid at 7.30.

If you’re jogging down, be there at 7.20 to join in the drills.

Thursday’s run is mainly the Wye Valley Walk to Eagles Nest and back via St Arvans.

Those doing the Rack Raid on Sunday will know which leg they’re doing. We’ve only got just enough runners, so anyone volunteering to be available to stand in at the last moment will be welcomed with open arms. Please tell Lou if you’re prepared to be called on.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Llandogo Fun Run Sunday 15th May

Register before 10.50 am in the School

At Llandogo School: A twisty turny circuit, mostly on grass, of just less than 1km around the school and village hall grounds.

Adults - 4 laps

Seniors (age 11-16) - 3 laps

Juniors (years 3 to 6 - generally up to 11 years old) - 2 laps

Races for Infants (playgroup, reception, years 1 and 2 - generally up to 7years old) - 1 Lap

£3.50 infants/juniors, £4.50 seniors/adults (£5.50 if adults want a medal!?)

Proceeds go towards the school and playgroup.Lots of other activities going on  eg bouncy castle, and there willbe drinks and cakes etc

Rose Inn 2011, Race 1 results update

A few corrections have been made to the results -

If you can see any omissions please email

Friday, 13 May 2011

Handicap Race 3 - Results

Results for the 3rd Handicap race (12th May) now online, points tables also online

Last race June 2nd.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Handicap 3 start list

is here:


First runner off at 7.15pm.  Curry night now moved to the Fountain after the handicap, I believe, although don't quote me on it.  We'll certainly go for a drink.

Monday, 9 May 2011

The Week Ahead 9 May 2011

Very simple week this one, dear Week Ahead reader. Or dare I hope there’s more than one? Unlikely...

Rose Inn Tuesday.

Handicap Thursday – start 7.15.

Good luck if you’re doing either. Thanks if you’re helping.



Rack Raid Teams

Friday we will be allocating Rack Raid teams and legs.

For A and B team runners - please make sure we have a recent race result for you - this week- Rose Inn Tuesday, Handicap Thursday.

We now have 43 available runners which should allow for the inevitable last minute drop outs.

Please check the bulletin board to confirm your name is down if you are available.



Friday, 6 May 2011

LCL road 1 & Handicap 2

LCL results (provisional) from the first road race are on the LCL road page

And if you haven't already found them, the Handicap results from the second race last week are also online on the handicap page

Thursday, 5 May 2011

LCL - Provisional Places

Thanks to Judith and all the willing helpers who made our LCL race and the presentation evening  such a success.

We’ve just received the provisional results that have our Women’s team in first place ahead of Parc Bryn Bach and Griffithstown.

Fairwater were first Men, followed by Chepstow and Griff.

I’ve passed on the results to Ivan for posting as usual.


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

East Wales Road Champs 2011

The East Wales Road Race Championships 2011 are up on the East Wales Region website: 

The four races this year are:Rose Inn 4 on Tuesday 14 June 7.30pm;Cwmcarn Scenic 7 on Wednesday 6 July 7pm;Magor Marsh 10k on Sun 31 July;Brecon 10 on Sun 7 August. 

Best 3 results to count. Gold, silver and bronze medals in all age categories

Monday, 2 May 2011

The Week Ahead 2 May 2011

Spring has sprung and it’s Leisure Centre League time. Chepstow are hosting the first race, and after in the bar we’ll be enjoying the presentation of the prizes from the cross-country season. Come and run or cheer, and then bring along some cakes for the party after.

For the first few weeks after the clocks change we tend to use the 3 woods route a lot till the evenings get longer and we can venture further afield. And to introduce more of a training effect, Coach of the Month Sue Ashton will be leading some fartlek surges at points round the woods.

And finally, many members will have fond, or not as the case maybe, memories of the Mynydd Troed fell race in the beautiful Black Mountains. It’s on again this Sunday at 1pm at Pengenffordd on the A40 to Talgarth road. 7 miles/2,700 foot climb and described as ‘flat and fast’ by one of the inmates of the Talgarth Mental Inst. At £3 enter on the day you’d be a loony not to have a run round this scenic course with views of Llangors and the Brecon Beacons.  

Friday, 29 April 2011

Calling All Harriers!

It’s the first Leisure Centre League road race next Tuesday at 7:30pm, and we’re hosting it. Lou and Mark will be recruiting all the runners, so if you’re fit and able please get to the start at the top of Mounton Hill (Hospital Hill) in your Club top and LCL number. If it’s your first ever LCL race you won’t have a number, so get one from Syd. He needs your name and date of birth.

The start/finish have moved about 200m down the lane – slightly further away from the main road  - than previously, to allow more space around the start and finish zones and help minimize any traffic issues. So you’ll need to add a minute or two extra to jog to the start.

Judith is busy organising the actual race. She has just enough marshals to get by, but extra help would be very welcome! If you can’t get there in time for the start of the race, please do come and support/take photos at the finish line or help to man the post-race drink station.  As anyone who’s run an LCL race knows, a bit of extra support around the course really can make the race much more exciting and enjoyable, so please do get out on the route on Tuesday evening even if you can’t commit to running or marshalling. Let’s make it a great start to the LCL road season - come one, come all!

And to continue our reputation as good hosts, please get baking and bring some tasty cakes for the party afterwards. It’s the presentation evening for the cross-country season, in the Leisure Centre Bar.

If you’re available to help Judith and you haven’t told her yet, please put a Comment below or send a message via the Bulletin Board. See you there!