Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Week Ahead 1 October 2012

A choice on Tuesday. Steep Street Hills OR a Running Form session: as a refresher for those who've already done a session; or equally for those who didn't get to one of the sessions last month and would like to learn what all the fuss is about.

And more choice on Thursday. 5, 6 or 7 miles on the Boughspring runs. And don't forget your reflective top.

Then on Sunday morning the first of the season's Leisure Centre League cross-country races at Pontypool Park. The same deal as usual: just turn up in your club gear, no entry fee or forms, 11.00 start.

BUT if it's your first ever LCL race - road or cross-country - you must give your name and date of birth to Syd. He'll allocate you a unique number, but here's the difference from now on: you don't have to wear your number on your vest. Instead you'll be given a ticket with your position on it as you cross the finish line. This has to be handed to your Team Captain who'll record your position on the finish sheet.

Meet at 9.45 by the LC steps to share cars.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Fell Race Series 2013

A message from our new Fell Race Championship Boss, Niki:
I have great pleasure in announcing the 7 races in the Chepstow Harriers Fell Series next year:

1. Kymin - Sat 12 Jan 2013. 3.9 miles, 1150 ft ascent

2. Blaenbran Blast, Sat 23 Feb 2013. 3.6 miles, 935 ft ascent

3. Cribyn, April (usually!). 5.5 miles, 3100 ft ascent

4. Steam Bunny Stomp, May (date TBC). 7 miles

5. Beacon Batch, June (evening race). 5 miles, 1000 ft ascent

6. Guto Nyth Bran, July (evening race). 6 miles, 1300ft ascent

7. Llanthony Show, August. 3.5 miles, 1100 ft ascent

Best 3 of 7 to count - so you only need complete (not just start!) 3 races. Your score will be a percentage based on the first Chepstow Harrier runner. Most fell races have a scoring system based on the average of the first 5 runners - as you can see this will be a radical departure! The slower the first Chepstow Harrier runner, the better your score will be! However, we want to encourage as many runners both fast and slow - so we'd still very much like to see the likes of Paul Murrin and Pete Ward turning up.

There will be lots of prizes, and anyone just completing 3 races will get something for their efforts.

We will endeavour to have a recce of the races which are not marshalled (such as Cribyn) a week or so before each race so that everyone can familiarise themselves with the route, and gain some confidence, and hopefully competence!

I will give more information about each race - including the date(!) nearer the time.


I have tried to make this list as inclusive as possible and encourage as many newcomers, especially women to participate. Therefore, the observant amongst you will notice that there is an absence of long, very tough races such as the Brecon Beacons or Black Mountains. Those seeking to challenge themselves in a wider range of fell races including very challenging ones, have the South Wales Winter and Summer Hill Series and also Welsh (and even British) championships to target and enjoy.

Look forward to seeing you all on the hills next year!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

"All The Best Cooks Are Men"

Sue Ashton has suggested this potentially explosive post-Guy Fawkes event.

Members who follow the rantings on the Website Bulletin Board may have spotted a recent discussion on whether we should put on a women-only event like Race for Life.
Continuing with the segregated sex theme, our soon-to-retire Social Secretary has taken up a  suggestion to have a Men Only Cake Baking event. The men can have the whole of the weekend before the event in which to design, mix, bake, and decorate their inspired creations, and they will submit their efforts after training at the Leisure Centre bar on Tuesday 6 November.

The judges will be Lou, Vanessa and Dick – as they are all famous for making and/or eating lots of cake.

Wives &/girlfriends of cake-baking men please note – you are only allowed a purely advisable role – you are not permitted to bake the whole thing for them.

We will be combining this with a kit night so you can admire John Wright modelling all the latest alluring Chepstow Harriers’ club kit.

A feast for the soul and senses.

Disclaimer – anyone eating the men-made cake does so at their own risk. The Social Secretary cannot be held liable for any dodgy tummies that may ensue – especially as it wasn’t even her idea, and she’ll almost have relinquished her position by then.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Hope Valley Run

This Sunday 30th is the Hope Valley Run, a multi-terrain 8 miler in lovely Hereford countryside.  It's our October Club Championship race.  Race proceeds in aid of British Red Cross.

you can enter on the day. £13 on the day.

Directions from Chepstow:

Go to Ross on Wye (whichever way you like but I guess via Monmouth is sensible)
From Ross travelling easterly on the A449 towards the junction of the M50 carry on the A449 North Easterly. Taking a left onto the B4224 sign posted Fownhope, carrying on westerly on the B4224 towards Fownhope. When in the village take a right turn opposite the Tan B&B sign posted Woolhope. Carry on along this road until you reach the village of Woolhope take left before the Crown Inn. carry on through to Woolhope village hall.

The AA website estimates 1hr7mins from Chepstow

Race starts 11am.

Suggested meeting time at LC to share transport 9am.

For more info:

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Week Ahead 24 Sept 2012

The S Bridge 5k Time Trial on Tuesday at 7.30 (carried over from last week).

Thursday's run is to Shirenewton, down towards Crick, along to Hayesgate and back.Or turn round at Shirenewton and retrace your steps for a shorter route.

And finally, the Club Champs race on Sunday is the Hope Valley 8, an interesting off-road run at Woolhope in Herefordshire, less than 20 miles from Monmouth: 

Enter now on line, or on the day according to the website.

By the way, did you know you can see the whole month's training on our Training and Coaching page? Click on the ABOUT US label and it;s third on the scroll down list.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

St Arvans MT10 Race Report!

Thanks so much to all helpers at St. Arvans MT 10 today - everyone did a great job!

My Day

At 5.30 the alarm went off - as soon as it was light I was out putting up signs from High Beech to the hall - back home to collect Joe, Jake and Ceri to set up the tables, chairs and carry in all the prizes, signs and paraphernalia.

Back to collect Polly, Issy and 5 bread trays of cakes, coffee, tea, tea-towels and stuff!  

As usual Andy car park commandant was first on the scene bright, early and efficient - thanks Andy - also saw you slowing traffic on the Devauden road :) and taking charge of the clear up mission - not leaving until the hall was completely spic and span - winning the award for most constructively helpful person of the day. 

Niki and Bram were next to arrive with their lovely calm, positive organisation.  Stuart and Linda joined Niki to complete our friendly efficient registration team. 

Vanessa appeared sometime magically making tea and coffee for us all.

Bill was helping with car parking before joining Dick and Colin on their marshaling team.

Other marshaling teams started to arrive - Kev had unwittingly taken responsibility of C Team and was looking for Dave and Mark and lost signs flour and tape - thanks Kev - it all seemed to go well :)

Gill, Rob Brown and Tosh our A team were fully ready and eager to leave - went off without our Chairman Gerry who soon arrived and caught them up - thanks A team you did a great job.

Gill Ellis and Anne were our sweepers - I hope it went well - Dave said you made it to the Fedw car park at 1 min to the shortcut deadline - bet you were thrilled?!  Well done :)

The boys and Rob were marshalling through Porthcasseg - Rob said he was concerned that no one was at the next junction so went down on his bike to find that Dick had just arrived  - he didn't know of the master-plan! 

I arrived at Penterry lane in time to see Niki just passing with Helen, Vanessa, Neil and Luke coming up the hill.  I couldn't drive on to see Joc and Paul but I knew they would be there - thanks both :)

Found Dave in position in the Fedw and also poor Rob who had wanted to run but has been suffering with a bad back and kindly came to take photos - so glad you did Rob they are fantastic  - thanks.

Found Mark H Sen at Cot junction and stayed a while to see the first runners through - was surprised to see Kath had Emma on her shoulder - Emma Wookey is a very good runner just didn't see her enter!

The Devauden Road team looked very professional - this is the most dodgy crossing in the race and not an easy job - thanks Andy MW, Den, Dimitri, Andy C and Bev.

I didn't get to see the Chep Park Woods water station - poor Jackie was worried she might be doing this alone but Pete turned up and took the pressure off - thanks to you and the boys Pete and Jackie.

Was funny when I drove round the corner in Itton to find Gerry and Rob standing to attention saying 'quick it's the boss' - I was just hoping I'd made it in time!

I had.  Our Chepstow Park Woods marshals Phil, Jane and Sue had done a perfect job in marking out and there were no problems.  Thanks all especially Jane and Sue who had reccied the course to make sure they knew it!

At this point I got to see quite a few of the runners coming through and was pleased to see that Kath had pulled away from Emma in a now strong first place, Niki was 3rd F with Helen close behind and Luke keeping them in sight. Saw Neil and Vanessa before getting on to Jane + girls water station.

Jane was traffic calming and the girls handing out water.

On to the finish!

Arrived just in time to see the Huw Evans - first man into the finish (58:40). Wow sub 6 min miles on that course!!   

Matt Hurford was amazing too in  61:27 smiling all the way and thanked us as soon as he’d finished! Great to see Chris Harrhy in 3rd (63:27)  and the inimitable Steve Davies in  4th (65:05)

Our Kath was first woman in 65:43 - 6:30 min miles for 10 miles on a v hilly course - wow!  Niki was 3rd F in 69:44 - sub 7 min miles!  Helen had a great run today too - 71:08 - Neil  looking determined was out run by a getting  fitter Phil Miles ( 71:41) tho he wasn't far behind with a course pb of 72:49 - likewise Vanessa.

Virginia won first local runner - whay yeah!!

Well done to all who ran today.

Thanks to Syd and John for inventively constructing a finish and doing a great job with the results.

Matthew, Ruben and Seth had set up the finish water table and Seth was delighting in handing out water - just needed a little advice to wait until the runners had crossed the line!

The Devauden Road team, Jackie + Pete were here as well as C Team so there was lots of help and cheering at the finish.

Jake was running results on his bike back at our house and Bram patiently taking them at the door!  Thanks Bram!!  I wrote out the results - this is not because Bram couldn't print them for me just that's the way I like to do it!

Congratulations to Le Croups on the team prize – Huw, Matt, Alun Jones, Howard Kent, Simon Hazel. Chep had won the women's team prize - Kath, Niki, Helen + Vanessa.


Thanks to everyone who helped with the tea, cakes clearing up after especially Niki,Andy, Vanessa, Neil, Clare, Dick and of course Polly, Issy Ceri and Jake.

Thanks for taking all the signs, tape bibs tables and everything back to the garage Dick and for all your help.

I think it all went really well although any suggestions for improvements are welcome.



Monday, 17 September 2012

The Week Ahead 17 Sept 2012

A change of plan on Tuesday. We did have a 5k Time Trial on the Bridge planned but we’ve swapped it for next week’s scheduled Danes Loop to give more time for a committee meeting. So coach Andy MW will be welcoming you to a rejigged session round the Danes. Sounds good.

Then Thursday’s run will be the Mathern 7 which can be reduced to 5 miles by missing out the bit along to Hayesgate and instead cutting straight across to Mathern by the New Inn. A good honest week of training.

For people having problems accessing race results (Google Docs)

Hi all. Seems we're still having a few issues with one or two people being unable to see race results on the website that have been uploaded to our new Google Docs system. 

Firstly, this is almost certainly a cache issue at your (the user's) end, even if it may not seem so! Rest assured that in 99% of cases the documents have been marked as 'public' meaning there should be *no* sign-in needed to view.

This page is handy for letting you know how to clear the cache for your particular browser - am confident that it most cases it should sort any lingering issues.
Fingers crossed.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

St.Arvans MT 10 Sunday 16th Sept

Registration will be open from 9 a.m. .

Entry on the day £12

Race HQ is at St.Arvans village hall - the hall will be signed from High Beech roundabout, Chepstow.

The old Severn Bridge is closed tomorrow so if coming from Bristol please allow extra 20 mins.

Been busy baking so there will be cakes for everyone after the race.

The course is pretty dry so road shoes should be fine.

Race start is 5 - 10 mins from the hall so make sure you register in plenty of time.

Just bought loads of prizes :)

See you there :)

Good luck 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Reminder: Curry Night toms!!

After training at the Bell Hanger, natch. Hope to see as many of you there as possible, more the merrier :)

(Hint: don't order the Vindaloo like I did last week. OUCH!!!!)

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Week Ahead 10 Sept 2012

Your last chance on Tuesday to improve your running form under Jane and Geoff's tutelage.
If you've already taken advantage of this offer, Coach of the Month Andy Meek-Welsh will be leading an alternative Kenyan Hills session on the LC field.
Thursday's run is along the Wye Valley and across to Gaer Hill masts with fantastic views over the Severn.
And finally on Sunday you can take part in the second running of the Club's own St Arvans MT 10. Organised by Lou and marshalled by the Club's finest, there will be room for entries on the day. Loads of prizes and free home-made cakes and tea/coffee for all entrants. Excellent value for £10 if you enter now, or £12 if you leave it till Sunday.

Beer and Skittles - What Life is All About!

An exciting evening of ball throwing, buffet munching and beer swilling in the exceptionally pleasant company of your fellow Harriers. What more can you ask for? Well, as it happens the ‘sticker-upper’ for the night is that infamous love or hate figure Grubby – so you can try to target him with your over-sized ball if he doesn’t get out of the way quick enough.

The date: Friday 19 October

The venue: Royal Oak, Whitecroft -

The time: Meet at Royal Oak at 7pm, ready for 7.30 Skittles kick off

The munchies: Hot and cold buffet including 2 dessert choices will be
provided at 8.30. Vegetarians (and meat eaters) will be well
catered for. More skittles to follow after the food.

The skittles: Colin Parry is our very own Skittles expert and he will be
in attendance to tell us what to do with those big balls and
how to score (no Grubby, not with women – no chance there,
even as a ‘sticker-upper’)

The booze:
We will have our own exclusive room, with exclusive bar and
an exclusive barman/woman, and exclusive toilets

The dosh: The evening including the buffet will cost £10 per person,
(I’ll collect the money on the night).
Obviously this does not include drinks which you’ll pay for
separately at the bar.
A small donation (some scraps from the buffet perhaps, a functioning knee
and/or achillies or a quid) to the ‘sticker-upper’ will be very gratefully accepted I’m sure.

Let me know: as soon as possible if you’re coming – so I can give numbers to the Royal Oak
staff for catering purposes. Please email me at, or make a Comment here.

See you there lovelies!


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Monmouth Races Next Sat 15 Sept

Our friends at the Spirit of Monmouth club have asked us to mention that they're organising a set of races on Saturday 15 Sept:

"Venue: Monmouth Show Ground, Redbrook Road, Monmouth, NP25 4LG

Runs: 2km (fun run) mainly aimed children & families (pushchairs can be used on the route) Starts 2pm

6km & 10km run Starts 2.30pm

Entry fees are £4/£5 children and £8/£10 .

Medals for every finisher

The run is organised in conjunction with Monmouth Show and the charities for this year are The Victoria Eye Hospital in Hereford and the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth.

Entry forms and details can be found on our website and entries can be accepted on the day

Monday, 3 September 2012

The Week Ahead 3 Sept 2012

Eager WotsOn readers (that's everyone I suppose) will have spotted that this Tuesday (as well as Thursday and next Tuesday) gives us all the opportunity for a tutorial on how to improve our running form. Choose your preferred date and there's an alternative session or run on the other two dates.

This Tuesday's alternative is the hilly loop session over in Piercefield Park.

And Thursday's run is that old favourite the Three Woods. What larks!