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

Special offer if running Cardiff Half Marathon

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All you need to do is pop along to either store and present proof of your membership and run entry and you receive a race pack to help you get the most out of your run. Race pack to contain the following:

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  • Mixing Bottle

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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.