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Welcome to Thornbury Running Club. We meet every Thursday at 7 pm in Thornbury Leisure Centre  Our members are from a wide age range (from 20’s through to 70’s) and runners of all types are welcome, from walking speed upwards to committed runners competitive in all types of races.If you want encouragement in your running read more here (click).  Or keep in touch on Facebook.

On Tuesdays we meet at 7pm from the Thornbury Leisure Centre upper car park. We then go to Mundy Playing Fields to take part in speedwork sessions for anyone wanting to run repeats between 200m and one kilometre.  You are welcome to just turn up on the night.

There is also an ongoing beginners group on Tuesdays for anyone wanting to improve their fitness and perhaps then be able to join the main groups. A new beginners group started on 8th August. If you can run a few hundred metres (yes, even slowly), you can try it. The course runs (!) until end of September and you can join any time during the first 4 weeks of the course. By the end of the course we hope that you will be able to run/walk 5km and if you may wish take part in races including the new Thornbury Parkrun . All ages welcome but athletes under 18 much be accompanied by a running adult. Please tell your friends and family – this has been a very successful group enabling people to either just become fitter or end up committed runners.

Results from our three races this year:-

The Oldbury Power 10 miler race on Sunday 3rd September.  Click for results.

The Thornbury 10k on Thursday 13th July. Click for results.

The Riverbank Rollick on Sunday 15th January Click for results.

This year we have introduced a very special set of medals for runners who complete any of the three races that the club organises. All three form a set.

The Bicton Blister (a message from Pete Mainstone)

On Sunday 26th November I have booked a 35 seater coach for the above event leaving Thornbury Leisure Centre at 08:00 and returning approx 18:00. If members want to run there is a choice of the 10 mile trail race or the 4.5 mile trail race. I have arranged with a nearby pub to have either a Sunday Roast or Vegetarian option.

If people wish to be on the coach they need to let me know quickly as 21 places have already been taken. The club are paying for the coach. Also people need to get on and enter one of the races either on line Full On Sport – https://fullonsport.com/event/bicton-blister/profile or with an entry form. I do have some and will bring them Tuesday and Thursday.

Pete

Sponsorship for Jo’s bike ride – thanks.

Dear All,

Firstly a massive thank you to everyone who supported me on my London Edinburgh London bike ride in August. For those who have not been able to catch me at club night any outstanding sponsorship monies can also be given directly on line through my justgiving page  – www.justgiving.com/josLELcycle. If you use this site I will get a message and can cross you off the list. One month on I am still recovering and utterly grateful to everyone who kept me going with their encouragement and inspiration. Especially grateful to all those who donated to our chosen TRC charity  – the Great Western Air Ambulance which provides a very special and invaluable service for our community.  Once again I thank everyone at TRC for their generosity and promise I will try and avoid getting carried away with any more ridiculous challenges for at least a few weeks.

Jo

Our Cross Country Team Needs You !

Following a committee meeting discussion, we are changing how we organise our teams for cross country races.   The following now apply to the 2017-2018 season …..

  1. You have new cross country team managers ! Jim Godden will be the men’s team manager and Jo Plumbley the women’s team manager.
  2. We will be focussing on the Gloucester League, which comprises of a total of 5 events, including the Gloucester Champs. It will still be possible to enter the Gwent League events, but this will be organised more on an individual basis. We hope that this will allow members to commit their valuable time to mainly one league, making sure we have a full team at each Glos event.
  3. We need at least 6 men and 6 women at EVERY Glos League event to count as a team. There are also age category competitions at each event, together with overall best 3 events entered in the year.
  4. The club will pay for all entries to both Gloucestershire and Gwent league events, though for Gloucester League you will have to pay your own entry and then get refunded on the day (we can’t enter directly as one team).
  5. The TRC XC competition will now be based on the best 4 scores regardless of the league. There are two competitions for both men and women, overall best scores and age graded scores. Look on the website for details of last years competition.

I do hope YOU are willing to support this new club approach. Many people have said that the Gwent League is too far away, so now you have no excuse !  It is worth noting that if you haven’t competed in a cross country before, the Glos League is very low key yet competitive. Distances are around 6k for women and 10k for men, and start times normally in the afternoon. Terrain is fairly easy – the Old Down course is fairly typical – a few hills, bit of mud and grass etc.  Please note that if you worried about your ability – DON’T BE ! To give you an idea of the ability range of people who enter, last years Blackbridge men’s event was won in 28:33 and the final man came in at 51:39, with 226 runners entered.

So, to the all important dates :

Sat Oct 14th   Gloucester (Blackbridge)
Sat Nov 4th    Malmesbury (Charlton Park)
Sun Dec 10th Wotton Under Edge
Sat Jan 6th    Glos Champs at Old Down Country Park
Sat Feb 17th   Cheltenham

(The dates and venues after Gloucester are provisional at present)

For details, click here

I will update you with travel details, start times etc. when they are made available, but in the meantime, PLEASE think about whether you can run for YOUR club at these events. It would be great if we can make it a real TRC event and in the process, rise up the league tables.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Jo.
I look forward to seeing you on the 14th.

Jim Godden

Reminder to wear fluorescent vests, plus Bicton Blister

As the days shorten, this is a reminder from Pete to wear fluorescent reflective vests when running in the evenings from now on. In the darker evenings we run round the roads with lighting, though some may go off road with head torches. The bright vests allow any traffic to see us more easily.

See you soon!

Thanks to all who helped on Sunday at the OP10 which went very well. There were 337 finishers including 10 club members. (See the photo on the Facebook Club page.) I’m sure John Watt will want to thank you more on Thursday.

Pete is proposing we take a coach to the Bicton Blister on Sunday 26th November. It starts and finishes on road, with the main running on the pebbled heaths of Bicton & Woodbury common, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Blister is 10 miles or the Lite is 4.5 miles. Personally, I’ve decided that sounds much better than going to the Mall for Christmas shopping.

Steve

 

 

Steve Jones Memorial Handicap on Sunday 8th October

The 2017 Steve Jones Memorial Handicap is taking place on Sunday 8th October. Medals will be given to all participants. We will be using the open and fair ‘world age grading system’, as used in Parkrun, for the handicapping to determine the best 3 age gradings. We will also recognise the first overall lady and overall man. The event is to be run over the Oldbury 10 mile course, allowing those who marshal the club event a chance to run the course. Please join in this fun event which is only open to club members.

Road Race Championships – Final Race and Standings

The final race of the series at The Two Tunnels 10 K took place today with 4 runners enjoying a rather unique experience of racing through tunnels.  Very well organised, nice venue and definitely one to do if you want something different.  Just one major change to men’s age adjusted in the final standings.  Well done the winners and those who came close or just had a go.

John Watt was reported in the results as finishing 35th in 41:31 and 1st V50.  However, this was due to him starting in the wrong wave 20 minutes sooner than he should have done.  Times and positions have been adjusted for our scores.  We decided not to go back and claim his prize!

But Claire was awarded best cake maker of the series.  Full results and final standings  – http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=17461

14th August 2017 – Results as reported this week

There was double age group success at the Old Down 10k on Sunday. The fields and undulating trails through the woods around Old Down Country Park are familiar to many of Thornbury’s runners and they used this local knowledge to great effect. Matt Johnstone was the first Thornbury runner in 5th place overall and was 1st VM40 runner in 45:39. The conditions were heating up on the second and final lap and even Moray Sloan’s trademark bandana was removed by the time he reached the finishing line in 51:17 in 13th place overall and 3rd VM40 runner.

Clare Watt paced herself around the tricky course well and was 1st VF50 and 36th overall in 56:58, a massive 13 minutes ahead of the next lady in her age group. After finishing, Clare was called into further action and used her medical training to help another runner who was overcome by the exertions of her race.

Recent recruit, Libby Pengelly, was next over the line in 45th place in 1:02:05, closely followed by Malcolm Carr in 1:02:11 in 47th place and 2nd MV60. Rachel Terrett was 78th overall in 1:09:09, Pippa Maidment 79th in 1:10:11 and Alice Porter 84th in 1:11:48.

John Watt was running in the one lap 5k race and finished in 23rd place in 37:38.

Ros Rowland clearly has an affinity for Wales as she often finds herself competing there. This weekend was the Port Talbot Half Marathon and Ros finished 90th overall and 10th female in 1:44:39. She also scooped top honours in the VF50 age category.

Thornbury runners took part in 5 different parkruns on Saturday. Andrew Darton was furthest afield at the Trelissick parkrun in Cornwall and must have been in a relaxed mood as he ambled around in 23:45 in 29th place, many minutes below his usual times.

Kevin Wood sliced a further 18 seconds off his best time in Chipping Sodbury to record a new personal best of 22:25 in 44th place. Kevin Arnold was 64th at Pomphrey Hill in 23:44.

John Grimsey was assisting some beginner runners near his home in Weston and finished in 302nd position at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun in a time of 42:27. David Palmer was at Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester this week in 100th position in 27:15.

In the Standish Woodland Chase Angela Bushell finished 4 mins faster than last year in 1:28:47 and Mike Bennewitz 1:32:38

That’s all for now. I’m away for a couple of weeks so unless someone else does the results the next report will be in 3 weeks time.

TRC Club Night 17/08/17

New Groups again this week – mixed on/off road.

. We are now 5 weeks in to the revised organization on a Thursday night – please give your feedback (to any Committee Member) so we know if the changes are working.

• We have changed the room layout to make it better for first timers and to improve the flow into the room.
• We have a “New Members Welcome Desk” outside the room.
• We have reduced the announcements and the warm up so we are out running more promptly. – target to be out on our run by 19.15 latest.
• We are offering 4 separate run groups based on speed and capability with Leaders who know the routes.
• All Groups now start from the top car park after a short dynamic warm up.
• Finally we have introduced a ‘cool down’ to your run by finishing short of the Leisure Centre, jogging back to the top car park and then stretching.
• So each week all Groups start & finish in the top car park.

Thanks to all who have volunteered for the Oldbury 10 mile on Sun 3rd Sept which is only two weeks away. We just need a few more people to complete the list – please contact John Watt or Justin Taylor if you can help.

The final race in the TRC Race Championships is on Sun 20th Aug: Race 5 of 5 – Two Tunnels10k Bath

We are also in the process of sorting out the TRC Website and Facebook and Twitter Accounts. In the meantime if you know of any events that may be of interest to TRC Members then e-mail me (or Dave Beard in my absence) with the details. Event Name, Date & time, Location and Web link if you know it.

That’s all for now and I away for a few weeks. See you in mid September. If there is anything for the Website please send to Nick Langridge, Steve Dimond or Dave Beard.

Road Race Championships Race 5 Results

Race 5 of the Club ‘Road Race’ Championships took place last Sunday at Old Down and brought changes in the men’s leader board including a new leader.  Should have been there myself but was laid low by a nasty bug that chose me to zero in on. However, despite Pete’s jibes I’m pleased to report that my motivational speaking must have worked as we now have 3 men who already have more points than I can possibly muster.  One race to go next week at Two Tunnels 10 K to move up the rankings (places are still open).  Full results and standings on Road Race page – http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=17461

TRC Club night 10/08/17

New Groups again this week – mixed on/off road.

We are now 4 weeks in to the revised organization on a Thursday night – please give your feedback (to any Committee Member) so we know if the changes are working.
• We have changed the room layout to make it better for first timers and to improve the flow into the room.
• We have reduced the announcements and the warm up so we are out running more promptly. – target to be out on our run by 19.15 latest.
• We are offering 4 separate run groups based on speed and capability with Leaders who know the routes.
• All Groups now start from the top car park after a short dynamic warm up.
• Finally we have introduced a ‘cool down’ to your run by finishing short of the Leisure Centre, jogging back to the top car park and then stretching.
• So each week all Groups start & finish in the top car park.

We are still looking for volunteers to help on the Oldbury Power Station 10 Mile to be held on Sunday 3rd September – if you ran in the 10k then please help Marshal the 10 miler. – see John Watt or Justin Taylor for more info.

The final two races in the TRC Race Championships are now…

Race alternative 4 of 5 – Old Down Country Park 10k Sun 13/08/17 – this weekend!
Race 5 of 5 – Two Tunnels 10k – Bath 20/08/17

That’s all for now.