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   http://www.whitehorserelay.org/

Dick can be contacted on 627569,  07828102680 or dickfinch@talktalk.net 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