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Welcome to Thornbury Running Club. We meet on Thursday, 7 pm, in Thornbury Leisure Centre and runners of all types are welcome, from walking speed upwards to quick racers and ultras. You can read more here (click).  Or keep in touch on Facebook.

There are coaching sessions from the upper Leisure Centre car park on Tuesdays at 7pm. And a new beginners group is starting on 9th May. If you can run a few hundred metres (yes, even slowly!), you can try it.

The club organises three races a year:-

The Thornbury 10k race (click for more details) on Thursday 13th July. Sorry but this is now FULL. See here for entries.

The Oldbury Power 10 miler race (click for more details) is on Sunday 3rd September and is now OPEN – click for entries.

Well done to those that ran the Riverbank Rollick in January. For results and photos look here, or on Facebook, or FullonSport .

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. We think they look terrific and those who complete the Rollick can start their collection!

 

 

TRC Club Night 29/06/17

This Thurs 29th June will be a short run as we have the TRC Members Workshop at 20.00 straight after the run.

• Next week Thursday 6th July is an Away Day . The Rockhampton Fun Run .Get there early to register. The Start is scheduled for 7pm.

• The Summer Social is on Saturday 8th July in The Watkins garden. Any last minute attendees see Sonya or Selina.

• An alternative to Glos 10k for the TRC Race Champs – Pete has added Cotswold 10k Sun 30 July 09.00 Chavenage House, Tetbury

• Note the Tuesday night ‘Beginners’ sessions are going to continue every Tuesday with Craig & Pete.

Report on the Cotswold Way Relay 24/06/17

There were some highly impressive individual and team performances at the 25th running of the Cotswold Way Relay on Saturday. Mike Bennewitz and Judy Mills had marshalled the troops expertly, reminded everyone to do their recces and managed to get everyone’s race bibs to them on time. All that was required now was the race itself and 103 miles to complete.

The Male Vets Team aka ‘Thornbury Quality Street’ were aiming to shed their bride’s maid tag, as Rob Watkins memorably remarked, and become the bride. Confused? You should be!

The day started well for the Vets with early trump cards Roger Denton and Rob Cowlard setting a good pace in legs 1 and 2. Rob took another club leg record in the process and now holds 4, erasing Roger’s previous record by 4 seconds.

At the halfway mark Jim Godden, Martyn Green and Rob Hopkins handed over in 1st place. Could the others hang on with the hosts, Bath AC Vets, breathing down their necks? The short answer is no, but it was still a glorious effort by all concerned. A combined time of 13:14:36 was slightly faster than last year’s performance and left the Vets within 3 minutes of Bath in 2nd place again.

Paul Clarke and Rob Cowlard were the highest placed finishers of the team – both taking 6th place in a packed field of quality runners.

The 2 Mixed Teams, ‘Thornbury Dolly Mixtures’ and ‘Thornbury All Sorts’ were a perfect blend of youth and experience. The 2 teams featured 3 Kings and Queens of the Cotswolds (Arthur Renshaw, Ros Rowland and John Grimsey), awards given to runners who have completed all 10 legs.

The winning team were the Dolly Mixtures who completed the course in 16:53:19 in 39th place out of 61 teams.

We think the provisional result of 13th for the All Sorts was incorrect as it omits the time of one of the team members. The combined time of 17:13:52 places them in about 48th place.

Taryn Roberts’ set a second club record, this time on leg 4 in only her second outing. She finished 28th overall and 2nd lady in a time of 1:44:00, which beat the previous mark set in 2009 by over 7 minutes!

3 new Kings and Queens of Cotswolds were crowned. Nick Langridge, Martyn Green and Judy Mills joined the ranks, which now totals 9 runners.

Summer Handicap Final Results

Good to see increasing numbers taking part in the handicaps and enjoying it. The late decision of the race organiser to change the course to a shorter route did mean the handicaps then favoured those with smaller handicaps and the overall results favoured those who did take part in the last race but it was either that or be trampled by cows.
So, the results for the 3rd of the Summer Handicaps, held last night, 22nd June and the final standings with the best 2 of 3 to count are now available here – http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=17386.
Any issues with race or timings to the race organiser, any issues with mis-spellings, typing errors or names to me for correction.

Summer Party Sat 8th July – another message from Karen

Don’t forget it’s not too late to join us for the running club’s big summer event on 8th July. Music to dance the night away from ex Rubettes singer Paul da Vinci and food from Calypso Kitchen in Wapping Wharf, Bristol all for £10 per person.

Over 60 of your running mates are already coming so don’t miss your chance to join them.

I have to give final numbers for the food next week so let me know soon

Thank you
Karen Carr [email protected]

TRC Club Night 22/06/17

This Thurs 22nd June is another of Pete’s surprise runs – mixed on road / off road and it will be shorter as we have a Committee Meeting later.
Please bring some money with you Tuesday or Thursday as a group of Thornbury Mums from St Marys School are hoping to run 1,000km in June and raise money for ‘Jigsaw’ & ‘Ezzy’s Wish to Walk’ and a number of our Members are helping them get donations.

• Cotswold Way Relay – Sat 24th June. For any changes please contact Mike Bennewitz 0779 – 0491304. Full details & Teams on the TRC Website under ‘Racing – Teams’

• Cotswold Relay Afterparty & BBQ hosted by John & Claire Watt From 7pm – £5 for food contribution & BYO drink then share your CWR war stories! Please let Judy Mills know if you are intending to be there this week. [email protected]

• Oldbury Fun Run Sun 25th June. This is managed by TRC and we usually raise about £10,000 for Clic Sargent each year. If you are intending running then enter in advance at the Anchor bar to save money – £3 extra on the day.

• A further reminder about the workshop on Thursday 29th, immediately after Club in the room where we meet for our run. It will have a narrower focus than the recent survey – which was about the future of the Club – as we will concentrate on generating ideas to get more new members, and keep them. Everyone welcome, especially newer and younger members!

• The Summer Social is on Saturday 8th July in The Watkins garden. Any last minute attendees see Karen this week and please make sure you pay and have chosen your food before Friday 23rd as Karen is going away next week.

• An alternative to Glos 10k for the TRC Race Champs – Pete has added Cotswold 10k Sun 30 July 09.00 Chavenage House, Tetbury

• Note the Tuesday night ‘Beginners’ sessions are going to continue every Tuesday with Craig & Pete.

That’s all for now folks.

Summer Party Sat 8th July – message from Karen

We are going on holiday next week so I need to provide numbers for the chef for what everyone would like to eat before we go. I also need to ensure we have enough money to pay for it!!

Could I please ask you to pay the £10 per person to ‘Thornbury Running Club’ direct to the club bank account (details can be found on the bottom of the membership form) or I will be at club on Tuesday and Thursday night this week to collect any money from you.

I also need to know what you would like to eat. These are your options:

* Jerk Chicken – chicken on the bone marinated for 48 hours and blackened on the grill with rice n peas and carib slaw

* No fire Jerk Chicken – jerk seasoned chicken with all the flavour and no fire served with rice n peas and carib slaw

* Vegan Gumbo – chickpea, aubergine and caramelised sweet potato gumbo with rice n peas and carib slaw

Thank you
Karen

19th June 2017 – Results as reported this week

After requiring oxygen following last year’s Midsummer Clevedon 10k, Paul Thomas returned undeterred to tackle this highly competitive midweek race. Paul was Thornbury’s first finisher in 44:16 mins in 154th place, followed by the fast improving Sean Underwood in 44:44 mins in 164th place.

Ros Rowland continued her fine run of form in 10k road racing with 3rd place in the VF50 age category in a highly respectable 45:35 mins (186th overall) and recent recruit, Colette Jackson, had a great race to finish 5th in the VF40 age category (191st overall) in 45:58 mins.

Nick Langridge was Thornbury’s lone representative at Dursley Peaks Challenge on 31st May, which takes in some of the most challenging and hilly terrain in the local area. This is Nick’s kind of race and it showed as he was the 1st VM60 runner by a margin of 3 minutes and 77th overall in 45:03 mins.

Nick used the Peaks Challenge as a warm up for the Tour of Tameside. The Tour is a series of races on consecutive days set in Greater Manchester and was originally launched by running legend Ron Hill. In its current form of 4 races from Thursday – Sunday last week, it includes a variety of road and off-road races.

The first stage was X-Trail 10k, followed by the 6 mile ‘Hell on the Fell’. The ‘Hell on the Fell’ starts with a fast drop down for a mile, before 2 miles of climb and a perilous descent on a rocky path to the end. Nick finished in 78th position in 49:12 mins and at the Tour’s half way point had already racked up 2 wins in the VM65 age category.

Only 14 hours later was Hero Half Marathon. Nick is a seasoned competitor who still holds the club marathon record, but found the going exceptionally tough. Hot and humid conditions, combined with weary legs and an undulating trail course took their toll. His time of 1:47:01 was 8 mins slower than last year but he was 3 mins clear of his next VM65 competitor.

By now, Nick’s competitors must have been hoping he wouldn’t turn up for the final event on Sunday – the Dr Ron Hyde 7 mile. Of course, they would be disappointed as Nick battled the 27 degree conditions and completed a flush of victories in VM65 age category in 54:35 mins. His overall time of 4:15:51 was good enough for 58th overall and 11 mins clear of his closest age group rival.

Ros Rowland and Rob Hopkins travelled into central Wales on Sunday for Offa’s Dyke 15. This off-road race starts in Hay-On-Wye and follows the hilly Offa’s Dyke path towards Kington. Rob was 40th in 2:27:07 and Ros used some of that 10k speed to finish 4th in her age category and 59th overall in 2:39:19.

Malcom and Karen Carr ran well in the heat to set new personal bests at the Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun to finish 99th and 114th overall (11th female) in 25:27 mins and 26:15 mins, respectively.

Chris Dawes was 56th at Pomphrey Hill in 23:26 mins and Liam Symonds-Barry was 136th in Gloucester in 27:29 mins. David and Anne Palmer were 191st and 264th (87th female) in 28:57 mins and 33:39 mins, respectively.

TRC Club Night 15/06/17

This Thurs 15th June is Pete’s surprise run – mixed on road / off road.

That’s all for now folks. I’m off to watch Elbow at Westonbirt Aboretum while you are out running!

TRC Summer Party – Sat July 8th

A note to all you partygoers!

Everything is organised and we’re ready to go on the 8th July.

The choice of meal is as follows.  I hope you like the options:

Jerk Chicken – chicken on the bone marinated for 48 hours and blackened on the grill with rice n peas and carib slaw 

No fire Jerk Chicken – jerk seasoned chicken with all the flavour and no fire served with rice n peas and carib slaw

Vegan Gumbo – chickpea, aubergine and caramelised sweet potato gumbo with rice n peas and carib slaw

We’ve tried them all and they are delicious. 

Can you please let me know your food preference ([email protected]) and then all we need is £10 each (if you haven’t already paid).  The money can be paid direct to the Running Club bank account (details can be found at http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=5242 if that is easier for you.  If you pay this way can you please let Hugh know you have done so as he will be checking the bank account)  

Thank you

Karen