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!

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Week Ahead 25 April 2011

An excellent opportunity on Tuesday to improve your leg strength and speed, and your hill technique in races. We’re over in Tutshill to do the Windmill Hill sessions.

It’s the usual one minute up/one minute down format: but here’s the special bit – you run the first 30 secs with high knees and arms, and then the coach’s whistle will signal you to change your style to shorter, more economical strides in a way that, as in a racing, gets you to the top of a hill with the least effort and in the best shape to push on.

So the session gives you a combination of the hard driving style that will benefit your leg and body strength, and the economic race style that will improve your race efficiency.

Then on Thursday come to Chepstow Park Wood for Round 2 of the Club Handicap Series. See if you can improve your Round 1 time, and impress the Rack Raid selectors who can be mighty influenced by a good Handicap performance. Start at 7 this time as the evenings get longer.

Then come on down to the Fountain Inn just a mile away in Trellech Grange for a post-race drink and bite. Last time they had a quiz on as well.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Easter Sunday Fun Runs at Chepstow School

The 4k 'Runners' Challenge' starts at 1.15pm


The course follows an interesting route through the school grounds finishing on the field.


Entry on the day only - £4 adults £2.50 under 18’s.


Children’s races begin at 9.30 a.m. with a toddlers race, followed by a race for each school year, a Mum’s 2k and Dad’s 2k from 12.45 p.m,.

Come and have a go at the high jump, long jump hurdles, throwing or Niki’s Space Hopper time trial!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Special Park Run Easter Saturday!

Would you believe it’s been a whole year since the first Forest of Dean Park Run? It’s been getting more and more popular as the weeks fly by.

So this Saturday will be a special occasion! In addition to the usual 9am 5k there’ll be a Junior 2k at 10.00am, as well as a Bouncy castle, Bacon Butties & an Easter Egg hunt!  What fun! 

If it’s your first time remember you have to register in by 6pm on Friday at

Then head for the Five Acres Campus just the other side of Coleford ready for a 9am start.

And for another family sporting day out, go to Chepstow School on Sunday morning for the Chepstow Harriers Fun Runs. First race 9.30 for toddlers, then races for each school year leading up to Mums’ and Dads’ 2k runs, and finally the 4k Adult (16+) race at 1.15.

And field events throughout the morning – long jump, high jump, throws, hurdles, space-hopper competition. Wow!

Offa’s Orror - Directors report, corrected results & photos

There have been a few corrections / additions to the Offa's Orror results - these can be found on the webpage (link below).

Furthermore our race Director has written his report of the days proceedings.

We've recieved a link of some photo's of the event - these are now linked from the web page.  Thanks to Debbie for some great start and finish shots.

And last but not least - we've had a fair few ratings on the Runners world website (24 so far) and would much appreciate your comments and stories of your experience - without them we cannot look to improve for the future.  A link for the rating page can be found just below the results.

For all this go to

Calling handicap helpers

Hi all
Handicap number 2 next Thursday (28th).
I need helpers please to do the start and the finish. So, if you've run London/anything else and don't feel like a hard race so soon after, please come and help me!!!!!I need about 4 people...
Thank you

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Exclusive Offa’s Orror Technical Tshirt

Last chance to get the limited edition OO Tshirt! High quality Climalite technical featuring Chepstow Harriers badge and Offa’s Orror profile.

Colin is bringing the remaining shirts to the Club Thurs eve.

A few of each colour (blue or maroon) left, but only in medium and small.

Bring along your £12 or cheque book.


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Fun Runs - Easter Sunday (24th April)

This sunday it's the fun runs at Chepstow Comprehensive, see attached poster:


The Epic Tri - for Cancer Research

For those who enjoy the outdoor life, and/or reading about challenges.  You might find this interesting. 

The Epic TriAnt Emmet & Bruce Duncan have started out on a fund raising challenge and are currently in the first stage of their challenge:Stage 1 - Run    Bob Graham Round (
Lake District)
            65 miles, 42 Mountain Tops, 27,000 ft climb within 24 hours.Stage 2 - CycleJohn O Groats to Lands End            874 miles, 60 Hours (continuous)Stage 3 – Kayak            Devises to
Westminster Kayak Race
            125 mile, 77 portages, 24 Hours 

They started Stage 1 (Bob Graham Round) Yesterday (Monday April 18th) – and will be non-stop (barring vehical transfers) to get to the start line for the D2W Kayak race on the Easter weekend (23/24th April) !! 

Website : : : 

They are doing this to raise money for cancer research.  Please pass on and spread the word.

Monday, 18 April 2011

The Week Ahead 18 April 2011

A choice of two sessions on Tuesday. You can join in the fartlek fun in Piercefield Park, and take your turn in leading a group of five in some speed play all round the park.

Or you can come down to the Beachley track for a 3k time trial. Lifts there and back on offer.

Thursday’s run is the popular early season run round the three woods, but this time in reverse with a run across Piercefield Park to start. Reflective tops still needed for the run back along the road.

And on Sunday you and all your family and friends can take part in our Easter Sunday Fun Runs at the Chepstow School/Leisure Centre field – all proceeds to our Junior Section.

Races for all ages from the tiniest toddler to people as old as your President and Head Coach, with medals for all and loads of trophies and prizes. First race at 9.30. 4k adult race (16+) at 1.15.

And you can also have a go at some field events: Long Jump, High Jump, Javelin and Hurdles.

Many thanks to the generous sponsors: Chepstow Physiotherapy, Mabey Bridge, Curves Fitness, Himalayan Kingdoms.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Offa’s Orror

Offa's Orror tomorrow Sunday 17th April.

Good luck to everyone running.

Anyone not helping come and run - start 10.30 -  entries on the day.

It's going to be a lovely weather and I've been making cakes all day!

See you there.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

A Marathon weekend

Some members may have already read on the bulletin board that a number of marathon runners were in action last weekend.

Milan - Luke, Gareth and Ian, 3.30.49, 4.31.32 and 4.07.00 respectively

Gareth reports....    Milan .... Well 26 degrees was 'orrible. Just getting around was an ordeal. All three of us agreed 'We didn't enjoy a single minute of the race :oops: ! '

Rotterdamn - Judith and Allan, they did 3.58.04 and 3.55.53 respectively

Judith....  It felt like something of an exercise in survival, even though it was "only" 24 for us in Rotterdam.

At last but by no means least, Nick Battersby completed Marathon Des Sables!!  165th / 811 finishers !!  Impressive.

Details at : competitor 673
6 Days of running. On the go for 37 hours. Serious stuff.

 We are hoping for some reports of exploits for the next club magazine.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bridge Inn Summer 5k Series

Please find below information on the bridge inn 5k series put on by out friends over the water.

Make sure to check our club calendar for any clashes (LCL races, RoseInn etc)

Bridge Inn Summer 5K Series 2011

Enjoy a drink afterwards in congenial surroundings



Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm


Tuesdays 26 April, 31 May, 28 June (Avon AA mob match, 20/club to count min), 26 July


Registration from 6:30 pm UKA Permit No 2011-101595



At least 6 Spot prizes to be drawn so stay for prize giving at approx 8:40 pm


Course - out-and-back on traffic-free footpaths , well marshalled, lead bike, mop up runner to accompany person at rear of field.


Race HQ - The Bridge Inn, Shortwood, Bristol, BS16 9NG. (leave Avon Ring Road at The Dramway Roundabout, head for Pucklechurch, follow sign sharp right to Shortwood)


Entries on night only One race £7 unaffiliated, £5 affiliated

4 Race Series £23 unaffiliated, £16 affiliated


Prizes each race - SM, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, U17M; SW, F35, F45, F55, U17W

Cup for winning team in mob match June 28th


Series awards - best 3 accumulated times. Easy runner prize (1 pair running shoes) best male and female accumulated 4 times– prizes presented at first

race in next Winter series (28th September).


Medical Cover Level 1



Bristol & West AC

Monday, 11 April 2011

The Week Ahead 11 April 2011

Don’t these weeks come round quick? Back up on the LC field for the first time for six months, and we’re doing some new drills that Jane and Geoff brought back from their training camp in Portugal.

Then it’s 10 minutes out and back like we do across the Bridge. Get your breath back for the second part of the show – a chase round the field with a team of three trying to catch the rest. Prizes for the last caught!

On Thursday we’ll run as far up the Wye Valley Walk as we can before Mr Dusk overtakes us. Then back along the new wide path past the racecourse. And, being the second Thursday in the month, it’s Curry Night!

If you’re not running Offa’s Orror on Sunday or doing some long race in London, can you help at the Offa’S finish, or sweeping at the back of the race please?

And good luck to all in the Marathon!  


Thursday, 7 April 2011

Leisure Centre League Road Series

LCL Road Series 2011


3 MayChepstow‘Hosp Hill’
7 JuneIslwynParc Penallta
28 JuneGriffithstownOasis Club
19 JulyCaerleonLlanhennock
16 AugustParc Bryn BachParc Bryn Bach


Monday, 4 April 2011

The Week Ahead 4 April 2011

A chance to be part of Chepstow Harriers history on Tuesday! Well be training on the Beachley army camp track for what we hope will be the first of many occasions.

But please don’t expect too much. It’s an old-fashioned shale track without lane markings, but I reckon it’s an improvement on our bumpy, holey grass field.

The session is a time pyramid where we run hard for a minute, slowly jog back to the start for a minute, then run hard for two minutes and recover again. Then increase the effort and recovery times a minute at a time till we get to 7 minutes. Then we go back down the ladder to a final one minute. The coach will have a watch and whistle, so you just have to run!

We’ll share cars down to the Camp – so please be at the top of the Leis Ctre steps in time for a 7 o’clock departure. Go straight there for 7.15 if you prefer. It’s the last right turn before you reach the Ferry Inn. Follow the road under the Bridge, the road bends left and you reach the Welfare Office buildings and park tidily nearby.

On Thursday our first off-road venture of the season. The 3 woods till it’s too dark, then back along the road. Still need your reflective jacket, and a torch is recommended.

Finally on Saturday we have the April Club Champs. The Sugar Loaf Race is the most friendly, non-hazardous fell race you could imagine. Quite a bit of road with a good bit of flat running on springy turf. Enter on the day, only £3.

Do this race and you’ll also have points for the Club Fell Series, and for the South Wales Fell Series. Wow! Three lots of points for running just one race!

Race HQ is Abergavenny Leis Ctre starting at 11. A 9.30 start should get us there by 10.15 latest. How does that sound for meeting time?