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 wrong😉.

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 up😁.

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 races😞.

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.