Monday, 24 April 2017

Handicap Update #5

Times for Thursday the 27th April 2017 Handicap race are now available, they can be found at the usual place.
Please arrive early to collect you Handicap number, and be aware of previous requests concerning parking.

See you all there.

The Handicapper.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Week Ahead 24 April 2017

The popular LC Track fartlek on Tuesday. Remember to jog round and warmup while you're waiting for the MC to do their turn.
And finally, the second Handicap on Thursday. The times are up on the website right now.

Offa's 'Orror 2017 Results

Offa's 'Orror 2017 Results:
 Today we used our new Chip Timing system and are pleased to announce that the Offa's 'Orror results now contain 'chip to chip' times for you all. This is for personal information only as officially all race positions and prizes must be based on 'gun to chip' times.
  Here are the updated results:

 2017 Results with chip times

 The team results and Winners list is on the website on the Offa's 'Orror page.

 Some photos too here from Gerry Ashton:

 Gerry's Photos from near finish

 Gerry's photos at first drink station

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Handicap Update #4

The handicap times for the second Handicap race on Thursday 27th April 2017 should be available Monday evening, they will be found from the link on the Handicap page of the Harriers. They will take into account Harriers runners times from Lydney Parkrun on Saturday 22nd, but not the Harriers runners times from the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd๐Ÿ˜‰.

So far I've received offers of help from the following, along with the jobs I've allocated them, if I'm mistaken, please let me know.

Geoff Cram - results & start
Syd - start & finish
Dick - start & finish
Barry - timing keypad
Andy Creber - parking
Gareth - course marking

HELP - I still need two bakers, each to bake around 25 small pieces of cake. Let me know if you can help.

Please arrive early to pick up your Handicap race number.

Share cars were ever possible to help with parking, as space will be limited. There is some parking just off the road to The Cot, and at Fedw Woods. We will be double parking cars, so if you can't stay until the end of the evening, please don't park in the car park, or at least speak to the person doing the parking duties.

This races SPOT PRIZE will be awarded to the runner who wears the silliest socks(on their feet), as judged by me.

Hope to see you all there.

The Handicapper.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Week Ahead 17 April 2017

 Tuesday on our track, and take your partner for a Paarlauf.

We're at Brockweir/Hewelsfield on Thursday for an away run on part of the Offa's Orror course. If you haven't booked your post-run food & drink, do so now on this website's Bulletin Board or on the Harriers' Facebook page. If Mackenzie Hall car park is full, you'll find space at the village shop just up the road where we'll do the eating & drinking. Either way the run starts at the Hall at 7.

On Saturday you can run the legendary Cribyn, the next in the Club's Fell Race Series. Details on the website Competitions page.

And finally, it's the actual Offa's Orror on Sunday. If you'd not helping or running, you might well be up Lunnon running or watching the Marathon. Whichever, have a good time ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Club BB

The webmaster does know about the problems with the BB.
These things have a habit of resolving themselves.... so I'll wait till tomorrow before investigating further.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Week Ahead 10 April 2017

At last the waiting's over! Mr Evans's first Handicap of 2017 starts at 6.45 on Tuesday in Chepstow Park Wood. Parking is even tighter than ever this year now those nice Forestry folk have built a bank round the edges of the parking area. So please share cars and be prepared to park in Fedw Wood, on the right coming from Chep before you reach the Cot turnoff.
Your Handicap time should be listed on the Handicap page, but may not be there if you haven't renewed your membership.
There's a track session on the LC field Thursday followed by some frolics from the Social Sistas lol.
Also on Thursday Geoff Bayliss will lead a guided 45 min out and back easy run for those interested. It will be at the pace of the slowest. Meet on the LC field at 7:00.
Remember this week gives you two opportunities to garner Club Champs points: the Tuesday Handicap is one, and Saturday's Lydney park run is the other. Oh it's all too much...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tuesday 11th April 2017 Race 1 Handicap Times

Handicap times for the first Handicap race on Tuesday 11th April 2017, are now ready. They can be accessed from the link on the Handicap page, which can be reached from the Competition tab on the website.

Please arrive early to pick up your Handicap race number.

Share cars were ever possible to help with parking, as space will be limited. There is some parking just off the road to The Cot, and at Fedw Woods.

Hope to see you all there.

The Handicapper.

Thursday's Running

 Just to clarify the options.

The 2 Woods Run. Great Barnetts Wood, Cockshoot Wood, then across the fields to the left of Fryth Wood to St Arvans. Through the village and if the light's good enough back across the fields the far side of the racecourse to Piercefield Park. If it's getting gloomy, run back along the footpath of the A466.

For those wanting a less hectic run Jen Danger is leading a gentler 45 minute out and back road-based run.

The third choice will continue the recent Thursday speed sessions but will not be at Beachley this time, but on the Leisure Centre track which has been cut and marked. Dick won't be there, but the regulars know what to do.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Handicap Update #2

Due to some late payments of membership fees, resulting in the need to rework the handicap times for the first handicap race, the times will now unfortunately not be available until tomorrow evening.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Handicapper.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Week Ahead 3 April 2017

Be up on the Leisure Centre track Tuesday for a Pyramid Session led by Rich Milliken.

All track sessions will be in three parts (like Gaul I hear) - warmup/drills; the running bit; and the warm down with your group.

Thursday's run is the 2 woods. You still need your hi-viz top remember for a couple more weeks as you will prob have to emerge on to the road before you finish your run.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Handicap Update #1

Hopefully I'll get the handicap times for the first race on Tuesday 11th April, published a week before the race, this will give you all a full 7 days to moan to me that your times are wrong๐Ÿ˜‰.

I've based the handicap times on the following:-
Fastest Lydney Parkrun time of 2017 (not including Saturday 8th April) plus a fiddle factor.
If you haven't done one of these Parkruns, it's based on a comparison of your fastest 2017 Severn Bridge Time Trial time, with someone who has done the Parkrun, and whose fastest Time Trial time is as closely matched as yours, plus the fiddle factor.
If neither of the above is possible, it's based on a 2017 Club Champs race time comparison, plus the fiddle factor (if needed).
And finally if a time still isn't possible, I made it up๐Ÿ˜.

An explanation on the Handicap rules and regulations can be found from the link at the bottom of the Handicap page, which can be reached from the Competition tab of the Harriers website.

Please be aware that if you haven't joined the Club, and your name isn't on the Members list, you want be allocated a Handicap race number, and no number, means you can't run the Handicap races๐Ÿ˜ž.

I'm still looking for help for the first race:-
2 parking attendants
3 start/finish helpers
If you can help please let me know.

And finally, I'll be organising the Handicap series for the rest of 2017, and again for 2018. I will then stand down, and hand over to someone else to organise them from 2019. If you would like to be that person, please see me for more information on what's required in its organisation.

Your Handicapper.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Week Ahead 27 March 2017

Hie yourself down to Thornwell for the ever popular loops on Tuesday. Be at the LC for 6.50 for all the news etc before jogging down. We'll be starting by Thornwell shops at 7.25.

Choose your length of route for Thursday's runs to Boughspring. Or come down to Beachley for the 7pm track session. It'll be nice and light now Spring has arrived.

And finally, April's Club Champs is the Lydney parkrun on any of the 5 Saturdays, starting this Saturday. If you're new to parkrun, get your unique barcode on

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Week Ahead 20 March 2017

Another new session on Tuesday from Coach Kevin - the Piggies Hill special. Piggies Hill is opposite the Catholic school in Bulwark Road and is also reached from the Leisure Ctre by taking the underpass opposite the bottom of Steep Street, and taking the first right, Rockwood Road.

Good luck to those doing the Club Champs race, the Weston Prom run.

Or have a go at the usual Thursday Beachley track session. Starts as usual at 7pm.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Week Ahead 13 March 2017

School Hill and the nearby subway steps are the venue for Tuesday's training. Coach Mike introduced this 50/50 session a few weeks ago.

Hie down to the Severn Bridge on Thursday for the monthly 5k Time Trial. Kevin will welcome any volunteers to help with finish recording and turnround bollard.

The usual faithful few will be joining in the Beachley track session of 400s and 200s 

And finally, on Saturday at 2pm, the next in the Club Fell Series is Tor y Foel, the distinctive bare hill next to the Talybont dam. 4.6 miles/1,150 ft of climb, it's simple to find your way and only £5 entry on the day.

Friday, 10 March 2017

2017 Handicap Series

This years Handicap races are coming up, please see the Handicap tab of our website for more details. Please follow the link at the bottom of the Handicap page, to go to the explanation of the Handicap Series, as there some changes this year.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Week Ahead 6 March 2017

Coach Kevin takes over on Tuesday with a new session on the Beachley Track called the Joker in the Pack Relay. It's based on 100 and 300 metre bursts, but with a 400 metre twist in the tail.

Go straight to Beachley for 6.50 and be prepared to listen carefully to Kev's instructions. Our new Disciplinary Panel are eager to start on their second case!

We've got extra lighting this week to save people wearing head torches which tend to dazzle other runners in a relay. Some runners prefer to use trail shoes especially when the track is wet.

Thursday's run is the Hayesgate/Mathern route.

And as usual as a Thursday alternative  there'll be the regular Beachley Track session. This week we're doing 3 sets of 400/400/200 metres.

And finally - the cross country season ends on Sunday with the final GLCL race over Piercefield Park. Al and Tom will be looking for help in setting up and clearing up the course.

However you contribute - make sure you run. The race starts at 11.

Monday, 27 February 2017

The Week Ahead 27 February 2017

Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day and you can join in the pancake relays at Beachley track, put in a good speed session too and then have a pancake and a hot drink in the pavilion afterwards.

We'll also be doing our regular Thursday speedwork at Beachley as an alternativeto the Shirenewton run.

And finally, the last Gwent League on Saturday at Pembrey Park. Women's race at 1.45, Men's at 3.10.

Watch out for Captain's message for meeting times.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Week Ahead 20 February 2017

We're doing the Danes Loop on Tuesday. Make sure you push on at the top of Kingsmark Ave. No slacking off till you get to the end of the lap part way down Kingsmark Lane.
Paul Dodd is looking for a dozen runners to wear a bib number during the session in a trial for the new chip timing system.

And we're running down to Beachley and back Thursday -

Or meet at Beachley Track at 7 for a speed session.

And finally - good luck to all entered for the Feb Club Champs race, The Terminator, Wiltshire's tough trail race is not one to wilt on...

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Week Ahead 13 February 2017

It's the S Bridge 5k Time Trial 7.30 Tuesday.

Coach Rich Milliken is after helps at the finish and the turn=round. Please put your name in the Comments box below or contact Rich directly.

On Thursday we have the Boughspring runs OR come down to the Beachley track for a speed session.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Week Ahead 6 February 2017

Tuesday's session is the paarlauf at Beech Grove - just opposite the Athletic Club in Bulwark.

Sort yourself out a partner of similar speed

You'll have read about the Sista's tour of Chepstow pubs on Thursday. Be at the LC at the normal time.

I'll be down at the Beachley track at 7 for any of the juniors (and grownups) looking for a speed session.

And finally - you should have seen the Captains' communication about the Gwent Lg XC at the Glebelands, Newport. Come and run and make history..

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Week Ahead 30 January 2017

It''s the jolly hills of Steep Street on Tuesday. 6 long hills alternating with 6 short. Starting at Merricks the chemist.

The Hayesgate run on Thursday OR come down to the Beachley track for a speed session starting at 7. Some runners wear trail shoes especially if it's been raining.

And finally - on Sunday the next Leisure Centre League at Usk College, just out of Usk town on the road to Little Mill/Pontypool.

Starts at 11. Meet at our Leisure Ctre to leave at 9.30..

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Week Ahead 23 January 2017

Down to the Link Road Tuesday for five 800s, with 400 jog recoveries.

And on Thursday the January edition of the Severn Bridge 5k Time Trial. Jog down from the LC ready for the 7.30 start.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Week Ahead 16 January 2017

We haven't done Tuesday's challenge for a while. We run from the top of the Link Road to the bottom, and then onto the Severn Bridge cycle track. When you've run for 20 minutes you turn round and run back. The challenge is to get back to the top of the Link Road after the turn-round in 20 minutes.

And Thursday's session is an 'Away Run' doing the Rogue Runs Night Race at Chepstow Race Course. Entry free for Harriers. Entry forms are in the Leisure Ctre bar (in our cabinet).

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Week Ahead 9 January 2017

Hie yourself down to Thornwell on Tuesday for the fabled Loop. Be there warmed up and ready to run at 7.20.
And finally, the Boughspring runs beckon on Thursday.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Week Ahead 2 January 2017

Come to Elm Road, Tutshill Tuesday for your first session of the new Year.
And further training in Gloucestershire on Thursday with the run to Beachley and back, via Wyebank.
And finally, the next Leisure Ctre XC on Sunday at the Humble By Nature farm at Penallt. Parking will be tight there so meet at the LC to share cars at 9.30.