Welcome

We are a friendly local club catering for runners of all ages and abilities.  We meet for our main club session every Thursday at 7 pm at Thornbury Leisure Centre in the Filnore Suite.  If you are new just introduce yourself at our welcome desk outside the room.  We also meet on Tuesdays at 7pm in the Thornbury Leisure Centre upper car park for a beginners course as well as coached efforts.  On Sunday mornings a group also meets for longer runs.  See full details of the sessions. You can also see our latest activities or keep in touch on Facebook.

Our Races
We organise three races each year, all of which filled up in 2017 and now include the much sought after interlocking set of medals which you can collect from each race so make sure that you register early.

The next race is the Riverbank Rollick multi-terrain on 14th January, 2018. Thank you everyone. The race has sold out in less than a week but you can join the waiting list or swap if injured.

Thornbury 10 K Road Race will be on 10th July 2018, entries open on 1st March

Oldbury Power 10 Miler Road Race will be on 9th September 2018, entries open date TBA

TRC Club Night 23/11/17

Thurs 23rd Nov – Under Pete’s leadership we are all going out in one Group tonight for a change.

• Bicton Blister this Sunday 26th Nov. There is one spare place on the coach if anyone else wants to go on the trip – please contact Pete asap. Meet at 08.00 at the Leisure Centre. If anyone can’t go or is going to be late please contact Pete on 07890 403 328. Don’t forget – no showers!

• January 5th Party – please give your Menu choices & the balance of £23 per person to Suzy Cundy by Thursday 30th Nov.(Suzy has the Menu choices slips)

• Thornbury parkrun. We had 337 finishers for the inaugural parkrun last Saturday. I’ve been and had a look at the Mundy PF and the ground stood up to the test quite well – not too cut-up!. Don’t forget that there will be a Thornbury parkrun every Saturday at 09.00 from now on. Give it a go and try and better David Awde’s course record of 17.49!
The parkrun schedule over Xmas and the New Year will be published soon but check out how you can volunteer to be a parkrun helper over the Festive period.

• The Riverbank Rollick is approaching (Sun 14th January) and we are looking for volunteers to help on the day. We expect those who helped last year to do so again but any new volunteers would be welcomed. See Jo Plumbley in the first instance if you can help. Entries are now closed – we have 400 entries and are full!

• Just so you all know – The Oldbury Fun Run will NOT take place in 2018. This due to lack of local volunteers to organize it.

• Club London Marathon place. If you have received a NO to your London Marathon application you can apply for the Club place. Just e-mail the Secretary by 29 November notifying her that you wish to be considered (this has to be by e-mail so we have a trail) angelabushell01@yahoo.com
London Marathon place Rules: Preference shall be given to a person:
1. who is a fully paid up member of the Club for at least 2 years prior to application;
2. whose application through the normal channels was rejected;
3. who has not previously competed in the London Marathon;
4. who has not been the recipient of a Club place;
5. who is a regular active member of the Club (attending Club Nights etc.);
6. who is considered to have made the greater contribution to Club activities (athletic, social or organisational), preferably within the preceding Club year;
7. if any remaining applicants have previously participated in the London Marathon) who has competed least recently.
8. If the above stages fail to differentiate between applicants, any remaining places shall be allocated by drawing lots (see Note 2).

Notes
1.All applications will be scrutinised by a Sub-Committee consisting of three Committee members, including the Club Captain, Race Director and one other, but excluding any member who has a direct personal or family interest in the allocation of entries.
2. At Stage 8 (above), the remaining applicants may, if they all agree, choose to use any mutually acceptable method of selection.

That’s all for now, happy & safe running!

21st November – Results as reported this week

From its humble beginnings in 2004 when 13 people went for a timed 5k run in a London park, the free to all parkrun phenomenon has now spread across the world with millions now taking part. As well as Thornbury’s first race on Saturday, Eastville Park in the centre of Bristol had its first parkrun and both new events attracted over 1000 runners in total with a large number doing their first parkrun.

Thornbury Running Club were out in force to celebrate their local event and there were 22 club members amongst the 337 finishers as well as many volunteers, helping to make the first event a great success.

Thornbury Mayor and keen endurance athlete, Helen Harrison, set the runners on their way before completing the run herself. The runners of varying ages and abilities quickly spread out across the challenging Mundy Playing Fields course like one long hi-vis conga.

Thornbury RC’s Nick Williams could have been forgiven for missing it after competing in a 35 mile race the previous weekend. However, he was up with the fastest runners from the start and was the 3rd finisher in a very impressive 18:38 mins. Lizzie Ormerod matched her husband’s achievement by finishing 3rd female and 36th overall in 22:50 mins.

More Thornbury RC results from the day were Dylan Roberts 10th finisher in 20:18 mins, Andrew Darton 13th 20:36 mins and Rob Watkins 18th 21:18 mins. Jim Godden was back from injury in 26th 22:07 mins, Richard Philips 33rd 22:46 mins, Joanne Emerson 39th / 4th female 23:19 mins, Ross Phillips 42nd 23:41 mins and Stephen Hales 47th and 23:54 mins.

Hugh McPherson 87th 25:37 mins, Chris Foley 90th 25:50 mins, Colette Jackson 122nd 27:33 mins, Anthony Yates 125th 27:46 mins, David Palmer 134th 28:14 mins, Karen Carr 159th 29:03 mins, Richard Jackson 196th 31:55 mins, Nigel Hale 201st 32:19 mins, Richard Illingworth 225th 33:23 mins, Anne Palmer 236th 34:06 mins, Shona Howell 243rd 34:37 mins and Peter Blenkiron 268th 36:38 mins.

Kevin Arnold was just over the Severn Bridge for the Rogiet parkrun in Monmouthshire, which he completed in 23:48 mins.

Matt

TRC Club Night 16/11/17

TRC Club Night 16/11/17

**** The first Thornbury parkrun is this Saturday 18th Nov, Mundy PF at 09.00am ****

As from Sat 18th November the Thornbury parkrun will be every Saturday at 09.00. The parkrun schedule over Xmas and the New Year will be published soon but check out how you can volunteer to be a parkrun helper over the Festive period.

Thurs16th Nov – Pete is back. Usual Groups. Suzy Cundy has published her Group’s route on the TRC Facebook page – 5.5 miles & bring headtorches

Over the next few weeks we have…

• Sun 26th Nov TRC Awayday trip to The Bicton Blister.
• Sun 17th Dec. Christmas Cracker 10k at Weston. Usually lots of TRC entries.
• Thurs 21st Dec. TRC pre-Xmas party at Thornbury Cricket Club.
• Sun 24th Dec. The annual Wotton run and apparently people want to do even though it is Xmas Eve!

The Riverbank Rollick is approaching (Sun 14th January) and we are looking for volunteers to help on the day. We expect those who helped last year to do so again but any new volunteers would be welcomed. See Jo Plumbley in the first instance if you can help. Entries are now closed – we have 400 entries and are full!

The Website has a full Diary of events down the right hand side and if you know of any events that may be of interest to TRC Members then e-mail Arthur Renshaw with the details. Event Name, Date & time, Location and Web link if you know it.

That’s all for now, happy & safe running!

14th November 2017 – Results as reported this week

To gain a place in the most prestigious trail racing event in Europe, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), an athlete must first accumulate enough points in qualifying races. With this in mind, Nick Williams headed to the Welsh coast on Saturday to take part in Endurancelife Gower Ultra race, where 3 UTMB points were on offer. Nick has set himself the target of racing at UTMB in French Alps in 2018 and wanted a podium place in this hilly 35-mile race, which started and finished in Rhossili. In very windy conditions, Nick achieved his goal by finishing in an excellent 3rd place in 5 hours 40:38 mins.

A group of 28 runners and 14 volunteers came together at Mundy Playing Fields in Thornbury on Saturday for the Thornbury parkrun test event. With the inaugural Thornbury parkrun due to take place this Saturday 18th November, this was a chance for Event Director, Ian Shepherd, and his team of volunteers to test the course with a smaller group of runners. In damp conditions, the first finisher was Thornbury Running Club’s Robert Cowlard in 20:25 mins. Robert Hopkins from Thornbury RC is happier running longer distances, so decided to up the ante by running with a 25 kilo backpack and finishing in 39:43 mins. There promises to be many more than 28 runners when the first Thornbury parkrun starts at 09:00 on Saturday. Details of how to enter this free event can be found on the event website – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/

Andrew Darton was in Oxfordshire for Abingdon parkrun, which he finished in 23:37 mins. Experienced parkrunners, David and Anne Palmer, were at Forest of Dean event which they completed in 28:17 mins and 33:39 mins, respectively.

Regularly selling out in a matter of hours and attracting almost 1200 runners, The Sodbuy Slog in Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding countryside is one of the most popular local races. 3 Thornbury runners joined the masses over the 10-mile off-road course, which includes several muddy obstacles and leg sapping climbs. Maite Roche was the first finisher for the club in 1 hour 47:09 mins in 422nd place and 89th female. Sean Underwood was next in 1 hour 56:38 mins and Liam Symonds-Barry in 1 hour 58:01 mins in 578th place.

Matt

TRC Club Night 09/11/17

****The first Thornbury parkrun is on Saturday 18th November, Mundy PF at 09.00am****

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/news/2017/11/01/thornbury-parkrun-is-here/

Thurs 9th Nov – Pete is still away so usual Groups but 9 min Group will be led by Kevin Cundy.

This Saturday 11th Nov is the Thornbury parkrun TEST event at 09.00 Mundy PF. This is to test the set-up for the real first parkrun next Saturday. TRC Members are welcome to run. We have a full roster of people to help but see Ian Shepherd if you want to know more. Ian is the Thornbury parkrun Event Director.

As from Sat 18th November the Thornbury parkrun will be every Saturday at 09.00. The parkrun schedule over Xmas and the New Year will be published soon but check out how you can volunteer to be a parkrun helper over the Festive period.

Over the next few weeks we have…

• Tues 14th Nov. Pete is still away so the main group is with the Kevins (Cundy & Wood)
• Thurs16th Nov – Pete is back. Usual Groups.
• Sat 18th November – The first Thornbury parkrun – started by our own TRC Member, Helen Harrison, The Mayor of Thornbury
• Sun 26th Nov TRC Awayday trip to The Bicton Blister.
• Sun 17th Dec. Christmas Cracker 10k at Weston. Usually lots of TRC entries.
• Thurs 21st Dec. TRC pre-Xmas party at Thornbury Cricket Club.
• Sun 24th Dec. The annual Wotton run and apparently people want to do even though it is Xmas Eve!

The Riverbank Rollick is approaching (Sun 14th January) and we are looking for volunteers to help on the day. We expect those who helped last year to do so again but any new volunteers would be welcomed. See Jo Plumbley in the first instance if you can help. Entries are now closed – we have 400 entries and are full!

The Website has a full Diary of events down the right hand side and if you know of any events that may be of interest to TRC Members then e-mail Arthur Renshaw with the details. Event Name, Date & time, Location and Web link if you know it.

That’s all for now, happy & safe running!

7th November 2017 – Results as reported this week.

The second race in the Gloucestershire cross country league took place on Saturday at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury. Those lucky enough to enjoy the balmy weather in the first race at Blackbridge in early October were greeted by more familiar conditions this time, with an exposed wind swept park, water logged fields and slippery hills covered in mud. It was definitely a course for the purist.

Some of the early season enthusiasm and the numbers of Thornbury runners from the first race had ebbed away slightly. However, Cross-Country Captain Jim Godden was undeterred and managed to call in some favours to field a full men’s and women’s team.

The women’s team was a small, but experienced outfit of 4 runners who took part in a 6.4K race. In the early stages Clare Watt took the initiative and was closely followed by Jo Emerson. Jo acclimatised to the conditions in the first of the two-lap race, before winding up the pace and passing many of her tiring competitors in the second half. Jo was Thornbury’s first finisher in a very good 58th place out of 184 runners in 32:55 mins.

Clare was next and in 3rd place in the LV55 age category, a great achievement when racing amongst some of the strongest club runners in the area. Clare was 84th overall in 34:55 mins.

Angela Bushell is never one to shirk a challenge and as others grimly plodded to the finish, she waved to her team mates as she sped down the finishing straight, overtaking a couple of runners in the process. Angela was 111th in 36:36 mins. Judy Mills completed the quartet in 163rd place in 42:22 mins and was 4th in the LV60 age category.

The men’s 9.6K race was an extra lap around the heavily churned up course and 9.6K in total. Amongst the stalwarts, there were a couple of fresh faces to help boost the team up to 7 runners. Matt Johnstone made a cross country comeback after a 2-year hiatus and was the first finisher for the club in 82nd place in 42:12 mins.

Only 1 week after doing Beachy Head Marathon, Rob Watkins ran strongly to finish in 91st place in 43:00 mins. He was followed by Nick Langridge in 156th in 48:40 mins.

Robert Hopkins is slowly rediscovering his form after completing a Triple Ironman in September, even producing a closing sprint to overtake 2 runners at the end to finish 166th in 50:29 mins. Kevin Arnold managed to finish the course in normal road trainers without falling over, which was an achievement in itself. He skated around in 173rd place in 51:32 mins.

Anthony Yates and Jerry Clothier were locked in their own youth versus experience battle. In the end, this was a course for the more seasoned racer and Jerry had a little more in reserve to finish 1 place ahead in 196th in 59:10 mins to Anthony’s 59:47 mins.

Kevin Arnold warmed up for the cross country in the afternoon by taking part in the local parkrun in Swindon in the morning, which he completed in 22:48 mins.

Kevin Wood and Hugh McPherson were at Chipping Sodbury parkrun and finished in 23:30 mins and 24:14 mins. Mike Bennewitz ran Pomphrey Hill parkrun in 27:17 mins.

Matt

TRC Club Night 02/11/17

**** The first Thornbury parkrun kicks off on Saturday 18th November, Mundy PF at 09.00am ****

www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/news/2017/11/01/thornbury-parkrun-is-here/

Normal Groups at the Leisure Centre tonight but Pete is away for a couple of weeks so you may have different Group Leaders over that period.

Your Committee wants to remind everyone to take care now we are running in the dark. Please listen to your Run Leaders instructions and don’t, wherever possible, run in the road.
Also don’t forget your Hi-Viz tops – if you need a new one I think the Club has some to sell.

For those of you who like cake it is the last Hill Teas of the year on Sunday (2-5pm)

Over the next few weeks we have…

• Thurs 2nd Nov – Pete is away so usual Groups but 9 min Group will be led by Kevin Cundy & 11 min Group by Mike Bennewitz & Angela Bushell
• Sat 4th Nov. Cross Country 2 – Malmesbury (see Jim Godden)
• Tues 7th Nov. Craig & Pete are away so Beginners with Suzy Cundy & Cathy Watkins & main group with the Kevins (Cundy & Wood)
• Thurs 9th Nov – Pete is away so usual Groups but 9 min Group will be led by Kevin Cundy.
• Sat 11th Nov – The Thornbury parkrun test event at 09.00 Mundy PF. TRC Members welcome to help and/or run.
• Tues 14th Nov. Pete is still away so the main group is with the Kevins (Cundy & Wood)
• Thurs16th Nov – Pete is back. Usual Groups.
• Sun 26th Nov TRC Awayday trip to The Bicton Blister.
• Sun 17th Dec. Christmas Cracker 10k at Weston. Usually lots of TRC entries.
• Thurs 21st Dec. TRC pre-Xmas party at Thornbury Cricket Club.
• Sun 24th Dec. The annual Wotton run and apparently people want to do even though it is Xmas Eve!

The Riverbank Rollick is approaching (Sun 14th January) and we are looking for volunteers to help on the day. We expect those who helped last year to do so again but any new volunteers would be welcomed. See Jo Plumbley in the first instance if you can help. Entries are now closed – we have 400 entries and are full!

The Website has a full Diary of events down the right hand side and if you know of any events that may be of interest to TRC Members then e-mail Arthur Renshaw with the details. Event Name, Date & time, Location and Web link if you know it.

That’s all for now, happy & safe running!

Gloucester Cross Country League Event 2

The last Gloucester Cross Country event was very well attended (thank you – we had a great time), but we know that a few people are unavailable for this next event, so we need YOUR help.

Saturday November 4th is the second Gloucester Cross Country League event at Charlton Park near Malmesbury. Details of the event are available here .  The ladies race is 6.4k and starts at 13:40, the men’s is 9.6km and starts at 14:30.  It would be great if we can increase our number at the race (last time 14 TRC members attended).

The men are currently 14th in the league, the women are 10th – it would be great to get both teams in the top 10 – men take note !

If you wish to meet and share transport, meet at  the Thornbury Scout Group car park near Castle School at 12:00 (Google maps state it takes approx 50 mins to get there).

If you go on your own, register and then find the TRC banner where I will refund your entry fee.  I may even bake some cakes again and hopefully will bring my camera.

I would suggest you do need off road trainers and wear your TRC running vest or T shirt.

I look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Jim

For runners of all standards