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.

There are coaching sessions from the Leisure Centre car park on Tuesdays at 7pm and a beginners group started in April.

The club organises three races annually.The next club race is the Thornbury 10K on Thursday 14 th July 2016, now with chip timing. Enter here, or see race information. Teams of 5 can enter for the price of 4, with 3 finishers counting towards the team championship.

The Oldbury Power 10-miler is in October and the Riverbank Rollick is in January.

See the public Facebook Group and share training or lifts to races etc.


Don’t forget, our friends at Dursley are presenting the second running of their Dursley Peaks Race next Wednesday evening 1st June 7:30 p.m. starting at the Peaks Academy School, Drake Lane, Dursley GL11 5HD.

If you enjoy the Dursley Dozen or just like a challenge or countryside run with a bit of effort, then give it a go.  It’s not far to travel and a good outing.

Entry and details can be found at https://www.fullonsport.com/event/70085/profile

Club Night News 24/5/16

This Thursdays training run route is here
Please feel free to adapt as required

Well done to Ros and Jo who completed the West Country 50 and were 1st ladies home (6th overall) in 12:33.

Jim, Rob, Rob and Rob (!) had a great time in the Lake District completing most of the Bob Graham Round as a training weekend. Lots of hills, good weather and great banter made for a very enjoyable weekend. Some photos are on the TRC facebook page.

Don’t forget it is the Bradley Stoke 10k on the 5th June – our next TRC focused 10k. If you haven’t got an entry, how about doing the Blaise Blazer on Monday 6th June instead !


Club Night News 18/5/16

This Thursday you can either use this route here or decide to run your own. One or two of the group leaders will be missing this week, so if you are willing to stand in, please let me know.

Well done to Garry Slater for his 100th Parkrun. We were hoping to celebrate with him, but he went and completed his 100th at Kingsway, so we missed it !

Well done to Angela Bushell for coming 12th in her category at the Bristol 10k in 49:06. Liam Jones also finished in 46:37 and Ian Peacock in 51:13.

Also well done to the 5 TRC members who completed the Hogweed Trot 10k …..

Nick Langridge 43:13 and 3rd V60
Jo Plumbley 43:51 and 1st V40
Liam Jones 46:00
Clare Watt 46:21 and 2nd V50
David Flemington 55:36

I am not sure whether you followed Nicky Spinks running her DOUBLE Bob Graham Round in the Lake District last weekend. She became only the 4th person ever to complete the double, and smashed the previous record by 1 hour. She is 49 years old and a farmer – something to be said for the outdoor life ! A few TRC people are going to the Lakes this weekend to complete a BGR training weekend, running the 66 miles and 27000ft of climb across 2 days, thankfully with a sleep in between. Hopefully it may the lead to a future BGR attempt (24 hours) by one or more of them – Rob Cowlard, Rob Watkins, Rob Hopkins and Adrian Savery. I am only supporting the others, but expect will do my own ‘training’.

I also gather that Ros and Jo are competing in a 50 mile hilly ultra this weekend, all the best to them.


Club Night News 10/5/16


As a trial, I would like this Thursday for all of the group leaders to decide on their own route. This can either be the normal method of planning the route beforehand, or running it as the fast group do – make it up as you go along ! Don’t feel you must go off road – if your group wants a road session then that’s fine. Please make sure you have a mobile phone between you in your group, and I would like each group leader to text me before you go, so I have all the relevant numbers. You can text me whenever you like, 07966 229018.

Some excellent results were seen at the Berkeley 10k Monday evening, even though it was rather damp. Photos are on the running club facebook page. Well done to Rob Cowlard who came 3rd overall in 36:15, outside of his pb by a few seconds. Rosina Rowland came 2nd in her age group in 45:18, Angela Bushell 1st in her age group in 49:21 and Janet Gaze 1st in her age group in 55:11. Well done to all 14 TRC runners, we were certainly well represented as a club. Let me know if you did a PB please.

I will be organising some away days for the summer, so will let you know about them soon, together with other special Thursdays. If anyone would like to organise a Thursday away from Thornbury evening, let me know.


Wilf and Jan Burke

At the bowls evening we presented Wilf and Jan Burke with a gift to thank them for their contribution to the club over the years. Wilf asked me to pass on his thanks ages ago and I have only got round to it – John W.

Chers amis,

It was a surprise at the quiz last week when John Watt got up to make a short speech – not because John was talking, of course, but because he started to talk about Jan and me. We were touched when he gave us a card signed by many TRC friends with good wishes for our trip to France and even more surprised to find a gift card inside.

It was a very kind gesture particularly when I know many of you have given so much more to the club and often over many more years.

Jan may have been a more regular member but when I look back it seems that my attendance at the club revolved around two things, the handicap and food. On the first I have an admission to make. I think I only ever ran in the handicap once and that on my very first Thursday clubnight! So there is a tip for anyone who does not like it – If you organise the handicap you don’t have to run.

The food link started even before I became a member because Jan went on a Mainstone Holidays weekend in Rhayader and, though some of Pete’s scams would rival the mis-selling of endowment mortgages and PPI, this one turned out to be rather good. She hardly mentioned any running when she came back but could not stop talking about the food. The next year I joined in and the food was indeed very good and in between meals there were cakes. Since then I have run before Christmas meals, at mob matches before refreshments, and had cake at the Rollick when I did not even run.

Given the above it is highly appropriate that we have used the gift card to buy some new cutlery to take with us to France. One of the attractions of the move is that we have always liked the food in France and so mealtimes will be an enjoyable time to be reminded of our TRC friends. We will remember you all and thank you every day.

If any of you are running, or even not running, in the new French region, Hauts de France, in the next 12-18 months you could come and try the cutlery for yourself if you look us up.

Thank you once again for your generosity and also for the friendship and support we have enjoyed over the past ten years.

Au revoir,

Wilf and Jan




Club Night News 4/5/16

This weeks route is nearly all off road and is here

Don’t forget it is a Committee meeting after club night at the Chantry at 9pm.

Well done to those people who completed the Bluebell Blunder at the weekend, especially Emma and Clare who both came 2nd in their categories and Nancy who came 3rd.

Next Monday is our first TRC focus 10k at Berkeley, so hope to see you there, so far we have 16 TRC entered, lets see if we can make it 20+ !


The importance of rest in your training

At one stage during my running career I went 120 days without having a day off. If you looked at my training diary the closest I had to a rest day was “6 miles steady”. In that period I had average over 60 miles a week and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t improving. On reflection the answer is simple, my body was knackered and I needed a break.
As runners we all get paranoid about getting the miles or missing sessions but no matter what level we are at we should build in a rest day to our schedule, By rest day I don’t mean cross training, but putting your feet up and doing nothing. By doing this you will give your body time to recover and prevent injuries.

There is general consensus amongst coaches that it takes a day for every mile you have raced.This is something I adhered to when I was competing and it worked. So for all those of you who have done the marathon get your calculators out and mark on the calendar when you should start serious training again.

A final point on rest. It is often said that we go on holiday to recharge our batteries. A break from the pressures of work!! However I bet the majority of you will insist on squeezing your running shows into your suitcase. Would you ever consider recharging your batteries from running. Whether during your two weeks in the sun or a break at home,take to weeks off running. Trust me it will help. You wan’t lose much in fitness if anything and you will be amazed how reinvigorated you will feel.
If you wish any personal coaching advice please contact me a [email protected]

Craig Carscadden
Thornbury Running Club Head Coach

Club Night News 27/4/16

This Thursdays route is here. It is part of the route the fast group did last week, keep an eye out for the steps just after going through Tytherington.

NOTE – we are meeting this week down in the old gym room. Easiest access will be by the back door.

A MASSIVE well done to all of our racers this last weekend – we had 21 people racing ! There are too many to list of all them in detail – see the members results online for details. However, to highlight some …

Our four entrants in the London marathon excelled themselves as follows ….

Rob Hopkins 3:06:33
Andrew Darton 3:13:03
Rob Watkins 3:28:48
Chris Foley 3:57:21

We think Chris’ time was a TRC record for his age group – 65-69, and gives him a good for age rating. He also managed a negative split, which is pretty difficult for a marathon !

Rob Cowlard had a superb run at the Offa’s orror 20k, coming 4th overall and 1st Vet40.

Don’t forget our first TRC focus 10k – Berkeley 10k on Monday 9th May at 7.30pm  – details here. 14 TRC members have already signed up.