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 Oldbury Power 10-miler is on Sunday 11th September and entries are now open

The Riverbank Rollick cross country is in January.

The Thornbury 10K was just completed on Thursday 14th July 2016,  and you can get results here  thanks to  chip timing by Full on Sport. Race entries were full and we would like to congratulate the runners on their efforts, and the club marshals for their help and good humour.  See also race information here. 

See the public Facebook Group for events.

Club Night News 10/8/16

Normal training night this Thursday at the Leisure Centre, so a 7pm start in the normal room.

I will not be able to make the next two weeks, so Arthur will make the announcements at the beginning.

I notified the committee meeting last week of my intention to stand down as Club Captain. I said right at the beginning of the year that I didn’t know whether it was feasible for me to take on the post due to work commitments. I work in Swindon, so do long days during the week and therefore quite often Thursdays are a real rush. I feel that the role needs someone local with perhaps more time to devote to the club.

Therefore, if you are interested in becoming Club Captain, please discuss this with Craig. I would like to step down as soon as possible, so please feel free to step forward sooner rather than later !


Cheers for now.




Summer Handicap

This year the Summer 10k Handicap will be a one off race and will take place on 25th August with a 7.30pm start. The race will start at Mund’s playing field but we will meet as normal at the leisure centre at 7pm and jog down to the start on mass.

If you can help with the Marshalling please contact me on [email protected]

Craig Carscadden



Club Night News 1/8/16

Just a very quick note to say that normal training resumes this Thursday, so it’s back to the Leisure Centre for a 7pm start.  Would group leaders sort out their own route, I will have  a backup one if required.

A massive WELL DONE to Rob Hopkins who completed  the Mastricht Ironman in 10:27. He completed the 180 km bike in 5:30, that’ s 32.5km/hr !!!! He then finished with a 3:38 marathon.

Well done to the 6 members who completed a very wet Blaise Blazer tonight (Monday). They have devised a new finish which is much better than the old one – make it a date next year ? I think that’s the most people we have ever had at a Blaise Blazer – thanks Pete for geeing up interest.



Extra news !

The Oldbury 10 is on the 11/09. I am away that weekend and Rob Watkins will be standing in for me

Please can you let Rob or Justin know your availability to Marshall soonest. Entries are open on Full On Sport and we are circa 65 which isn’t bad 6 weeks out

Date is  Sunday 11/09, 2 weeks before the Bristol half,

We have a running technique course held by Suzanne Baker based on the principles of the Alexander Technique on Thursday  28/07 at 19.00 in the big hall at the back of the leisure centre. The names  I have are Kevin & Suzy Cundy, Taryn & Dylan Roberts, Mike B., Dave Beard , Elana Atlantare, Amanda Thompson, Pete Mainstone, Craig, Hugh, Karen Carr, Steve Dimond, Chris Ashworth, Jo Plumley, Clare Watt and Ros may bring her Tuesday ladies. I will be in reception at 18.45 to meet Suzanne

Lastly to ease the pressure on the Captains’ role we are looking for some-one to help place all our mapping routes on the Ordinance mapping System so they are clearer to understand and confirm we are actually using public rights of way . This can be done over 2 stages,

Stage 1 the first is to pull every-route documented on our web-site  from Jan 2014 plus a few I have as hard copy onto a word doc splitting them between winter and summer routes etc

Stage 2 is obtaining a licence for the Ordinance mapping ( which  the club would pay for)  and plotting them on their system

If we get no  volunteers by 31/07 we will look to pay some-one to do this for the club, if some-one from the club will do it the club will pay an entry fee to a race (within reason) So complete stage 1 and one entry fee will be free, do both and we will pay 2, or I guess payment in lieu can be flowers/wine etc. Please let me know if you are interested and can complete this say by end of August

Club Night News 24/7/16


A reminder that this week our room is not available at the Leisure Centre, so we will meet at Mundy playing fields at 7pm near the top car park. I suggest group leaders decide on their own route, and I will provide a backup just in case.

Also, a reminder that it is the Alexandra Technique course on the same night at the Leisure Centre.

Congratulations to all those who have raced over the last few weeks. A special mention to ….

Rob Cowlard, who came 4th at the Tintern Trot (and 1st MV40), and then came 1st and broke his previous record in the Rockhampton Fun Run last week. Looks like running 5 days a week with 2 days break suits him pretty well !

Taryn and Dylan Roberts had a fantastic race in their debut Ironman in Bolton.  Hopefully this will just be the start of something great ! They finished in 13:04 and 12:57 respectively. However, top marks go to Roger Denton, who finished in 10:35 and 3rd in his category, so will now get an entry for the Ironman World Championships in Kona in September. There is life in the old boy yet !!!

Dave Beard and Nancy Harding completed a 100km ultra in 16:39 at the Race to the Stones event.  They have so far raised £1455 for Brain Tumour Support – an excellent achievement on both fronts.

That’s all for this week.

Enjoy the sunshine, and enjoy the rain even more !






Club Night News 28/6/16

This Thursday we are back at the Leisure Centre, 7pm as normal. Can group leaders please organise their own routes again this week – you can pick from those on our website.

A BIG WELL DONE to all those who competed in the Cotswold Way Relay teams. Our two mixed teams came 29th and 30th out of 52 teams. Our Vets team came 2nd (again), beaten by a strong team from Chepstow Harriers. Five of our vets team got a top 10 place, with all running well, and without getting lost ! Ros, Mark and Arthur also received awards for now having completed all 10 stages. You can pick up your T shirt and medal on Thursday – it would be great if as many of you as possible can attend.

Rob Hopkins went further afield to compete in the Triathlon X – allegedly the ‘World’s Toughest Ultra’. He came 22nd overall, having swam 2.4 miles in Lake Windermere, rode 120 miles with 3,700m of ascent, and then finished with a 26 mile run over Scafell Pike – the highest peak in England ! I think he deserves a rest (though knowing Rob, not for long !)

Don’t forget that for most of July, we hope that most Thornbury members will attend the three Thursday races ….

7th July – Tintern Trot at 7pm, details here

14th July – Our own Thornbury 10k, even if you aren’t running or helping, come along to cheer !

21st July – Rockhampton Fun Run

Also, on Monday 5th July is the Frampton 10k, when 18 of our club will be running.

Good running





Club Night News 22/6/16


Tomorrow evening we do not have use of our normal room due to the EU referendum counting at the Leisure Centre – this was only announced last week ! Therefore, we will meet at the top car park where we normally warm up. This means there will be no refreshments or anywhere to keep your gear whilst you run.

Please make sure you pick up your Cotswold Way relay number on Thursday, or arrange to pick it up from other TRC members at your CWR start. Best of luck to all who have entered – 3 teams from TRC is excellent.

For tomorrow night, can group leaders please plan their own route. I may not be present due to work comittments, so hopefully someone will step forward and take charge !

Thanks to the few who went to Blaise Castle last week, I am sure they all had a good run.  Some said they didn’t realise how hilly it was ! The numbers did show however that people aren’t interested in away days, so we will only have away days when there is a Thursday race.   Races coming up on Thursdays are ….

7th July – Tintern Trot

14th July – Our own Thornbury 10k

21st July – Rockhampton Fun Run

Well done to Nick Langridge who competed in the Tour of Tameside series of races last weekend and came first in his age category.

Have a good one


Club Night News 13/6/16

Don’t forget, this Thursday is an away evening at Blaise Castle. Please meet at 7pm at the Kings Weston Road car park (the main one). We will meet at the far end. Simon has organised some routes for you, up to 70 mins long.

Simon Young did the Blaise Blazer last Monday, finishing 19th in 27:13.

Jo Plumbley did the Yeovil Marathon, finishing in 3:35, 5th lady and 1st V35.

Karen Carr got a PB at Chipping Sodbury parkrun in 27:24. Malcolm Carr was only 9 seconds off his PB


Tomorrow night (Tuesday) is the Clevedon 10k. There are places available on the night, start at 7.30pm. Probably one of the fastest 10k’s around, so a PB potential if you have trained right !

We have now have 223 entries in the Thornbury 10k which is fantastic – keep advertising the race to all friends and family !

Finally, all Cotswold way relay participants, don’t forget to recce your stage, as some stages are better signposted than others ! It also enables you to see which hills are runnable, and perhaps make a selection of which shoes to run in – I have changed my mind since checking my stage as it is quite slippery in places.





Club Night News 8/6/16


This weeks route is here

Well done to the 12 Thornbury runners who took part in the Bradley Stoke 10k. Not exactly a fast course with slight hills, some off road, tight corners and rather warm weather, but all competed well. See the results page for who went. Notable performers were Ros Rowland – 1st V50, Steve Allen 2nd V45, and PB’s from Dave Beard and Steve Dimond.

Our next TRC focussed 10k is at Frampton on 4th July. We have 19 TRC people who have entered. Please remember if you can’t run you can give someone else your entry if you tell the organisers one week in advance.

We still need ONE runner for the ladies Cotswold Way Relay Team. It’s for Stage 8, Wotton to Old Sodbury: the date is Saturday 25 June and the start time is 3pm. Contact Judy Mills or Pete Mainstone if you are interested.

Next Thursday’s club meeting will be at Blaise Castle – more details to follow.


Cotswoldway (25th June) Relay Teams

LEG ‘Allsorts’ ‘Jelly Babies’ ‘Quality Street’
1 Paul Thomas  Kevin Cundy Steve Allen
2 Jo Plumbley Moray Sloan Roger Denton
3 Dylan Roberts Taryn Roberts Martyn Green
4 Mo Newton Pete Mainstone Rob Cowlard
5 Steve Dimond Angela Bushell Rob Watkins
6 Selina Slater Mike Bennewitz Jim Godden
7 Jim Williams Emma Barnes Andy Darton
8 Kevin Arnold Hugh McPherson Dave Beard
9 Nick Langridge Judy Mills Garry Slater
10 Ros Rowland Arthur Renshaw Mark Curtis