Sporting dinner

March 27 2018

To mark the 90th anniversary of their ladies section, Westbury Harriers will be holding a dinner on Saturday April 7 at Kings Weston House.

 Any present and past members, wishing to attend, may obtain tickets and further details from James Murphy on 0117 908 5464 or jhvmurphy@gmail.com

 Westbury Harriers was founded in 1924 and a ladies section was added soon after in April 1928. Their first mayor triumph came two years later when the club became the English National Cross-Country Senior Women’s Team Champions in 1930.

 Among many notable team achievements, Westbury Harriers won the Under 17 Women’s English National Cross-Country Team Champions 1968, have won the Midland Counties Senior Women’s Cross-Country Team Champions five times and the Midland Counties Senior Women’s 6 Stage Road Relay Champions 2012.

 Two Olympians have trained with the club. Lesley Morton represented her adopted country of New Zealand in the 10,000 metres at the 1992 games in Barcelona. Marian Sutton represented Great Britain in the marathon at the 2000 games in Sydney.   

Pat Gallagher joined the club as a fifteen year old and is still competing today in her seventies. After a successful cross-country career, in which she represented Wales, Pat “retired” from the sport in her mid twenties. After a spell away she returned, and embarked on a remarkable career in Veterans/Masters athletics, which has seen her win numerous British, European and World titles, mainly in middle distance track events and recording several world best times in the process.

 In her younger days Marilyn Palmer won both the Midland Counties Under 17 Women (1967) and Senior Women’s (1976) cross-country titles. Now in her mid sixties she still competes in the Gwent Cross-Country League, winning the over 65’s title in 2016-17.

 Today Westbury Harriers has two talented young ladies who have the potential to make it to the very top of their sport.

 In only her second appearance in an England vest Hannah Hobbs won the Under 20 Women’s race at the prestigious “Easykit”  Belgium Cross Cup event.

 Dalis Jones won the Under 13 Girls individual silver medal at the 2017 English National Cross-Country Championships. This year she has stepped up an age group to the Under 15s and has found life a bit tougher. But that is not uncommon for young athletes – just ask Paula Radcliffe!