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.