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 

Well done those that ran the Riverbank Rollick. For results and photos look here, or on Facebook, or FullonSport (for your 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. We think they look terrific and those who complete the Rollick can start their collection!

Next races: Thornbury 10k on 13th July and Oldbury Power 10 miler on 3rd September.


TRC Teams in the Swimathon Sunday 5th March 2017

Confirmed we have two lanes at 19.15 for an hour on Sunday 5th March at the Leisure Centre   Just need two teams of 6 – names to Arthur Renshaw please.

All proceeds for the Rotary Club charities St Peter’s Hospice & Incredible Kids – aiming to raise £20,000

[email protected] or 07810 300025.

TRC Club Night 19/01/17 cont…

  1. No idea what’s happening on Thursday night. Hopefully Pete will be there and he might know!
  2. Press Reports. Our intrepid reporter Judy Mills has now stepped down from doing the Race results in the local paper. Thanks Judy you did a great job. From now on if you want to see your race results reported in the Gazette and on the Club website then please send your results to Matt Johnstone and John Grimsey before Monday eve. [email protected] / [email protected]
  3. Next Week.  Don’t forget that next Thursday 26th Jan we will NOT have use of the Leisure Centre – please come changed and meet in the upper car park at the usual time (19.00)
  4. Riverbank Rollick . Judy has done a full report in this week’s Gazette. Below is reproduced a note I sent to all the helpers to say thanks…
    A big vote of thanks to all of you who helped yesterday.
    You all made the organisers job fairly easy and we put on a great event that was enjoyed by all the runners.
    I’m sure that many of you will have seen the comments on Facebook – if you haven’t go and have a look under ‘Thornbury Running Club’
    There are lots of great photos out there and a few videos of the Start if you do a search.
    An early start by Race Director Jo Emerson and Dave Beard’s Tents Team before 8am meant that despite having to figure out how everything fitted together we had the Tents all up by about 9am. We bought an extra gazebo at the last minute and we can use this for any future events – it’s stored in Ros’s Garage apparently.
    Sufficient portaloos and good work by Judy’s Entries Team and Helen’s Baggage Team meant we were clear of all the queues 15 minutes before the start time!
    Particular thanks to all the Marshals and their Section Leaders out around the course for entering into the spirit of things with your fancy dress and giving the runners a smile.
    Mr Blobby on the Riverbank gets a lot of ‘likes’!
    had about 410 entries before the day and 353 finished – nice to have full chip timing this year done by Full On sport as sorted out by John Watt.
    First across the line in a spectacular 57.52 was Scott Campbell from Westbury Harriers and Westbury had a clean sweep with a 1-2-3.
    The Last Runners finally came across the line in 2.40.07
    In my view probably the performance of the day was from Lynette Porter from Bitton who was first lady and 21st overall in 68.24 (just about 7 min/mile) and Lynette is in the FV50-55 category! Jim Godden’s 12th place overall as a MV50 in 66.08 wasn’t bad either.
    On the runners return they all got water from Carole and Graham and their fancy Medal from our Chairman and then headed off for hot drinks and cakes looked after by Val, Sue and their Team. We managed to raise a provisional total of nearly £450 from the cakes.
    Most of the runners said they will be back next year so lets look forward to January 2018 to do it all over again! (Before that we have the Thornbury 10k on 13th July and the Oldbury Power Station 10 miles on 3 Sept where we will need help to organise in order to keep up our reputation!)
    PS. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement in 2018 then please send them to me. (Arthur Renshaw. [email protected])
  5. Other Results.   There were few opportunities to run on Sunday, when all hands and legs were needed for marshalling the Rollick.Wotton’s course was mostly still frozen, allowing for quicker runs from both Gary Slater who was 2nd to finish in 20.53minutes and Judy Mills, first in the LV60-64 age group in 28.23minutes. Slater’s time was faster than those Chipping Sodbury runners who had a firm surface on which to run: Richard Jackson finished in 21.30minutes, Kevin Arnold in 21.43minutes and Chris Dawes in 21.57minutes. David Palmer in 28.11minutes and wife Anne Palmer in 33.07 were both first in their age categories.

NB. Pete is going to New Zealand in February for a few weeks so we will need some extra helpers on a Tuesday & Thursday nights while he is away – any volunteers?

Have Fun!

Arthur Renshaw

TRC Club Night 19/01/17

Date Activity
Thurs 26 Jan TRC Club Night . Leisure Centre out of use. Come changed – meet Car Park
Thurs 2 Feb TRC Club Night . Short run then AGM 20.30 at the Leisure Centre
Sun 12 Feb Gwent League XC – Glebelands Newport
Sat 18 Feb Glos League XC – Pitville Park, Cheltenham
Sat 4 March Gwent League XC – Pembrey Park nr Llanelli
Sun 5 Mar TRC Team(s) in the ‘Swimathon’ at the Leisure Centre
Thurs 13 July TRC’s Thornbury 10k
Sun 3 Sept TRC’s Oldbury Power Station 10 Miles

TRC Club Night 12/01/17 cont….

Pete’s usual run tonight with help from Emma (London Marathon training)

Best XC turnout for a long time was at the Glos County Champs at Old Down last Saturday..  See Nicks Report on this website and Judy’s report in the Gazette Thursday.

Tonight Pete will be announcing which TRC Team won the XC Challenge at Old down.

Last minute preparations for the Riverbank Rollick on Sunday  – most TRC Members are helping out in some capacity so thank you and let’s hope the weather is kind! The Race is sold out and we will have almost 420 starters  on Sunday.

The new fancy medals will be the prize on Sunday and people are already clamouring to enter our other two events in July and Sept in order to get the medal set!  Have a look at Thornbury Running Club on Facebook.

That’s all folks, have fun.




TRC Club Night 12/01/17

Coming up…

Date Activity
Thurs 12 Jan TRC Club Night – final instructions re the Riverbabnk Rollick
Sun 15 Jan TRC’s Riverbank Rolick (with new Medals!)
Thurs 26 Jan TRC Club Night . Leisure Centre out of use. Come changed – meet Car Park 7pm
Thurs 2 Feb TRC Club Night . Short run then AGM 20.30 at the Leisure Centre
Sun 12 Feb Gwent League XC – Glebelands Newport
Sat 18 Feb Glos League XC – Pitville Park, Cheltenham
Sat 4 March Gwent League XC – Pembrey Park nr Llanelli
Sun 5 Mar TRC Team(s) in the ‘Swimathon’ at the Leisure Centre

TRC Club Night 05/01/17

All back to normal after the festive period!

Date Activity
Tues 3 Jan Usual Tuesday night run & efforts (Leisure Centre Car Park)
Thurs 5 Jan Back to normal Club Night. Leisure Centre  19.00
Sat 7 Jan Team XC event – Old Down (see Pete M)
Thurs 12 Jan TRC Club Night – final instructions re the Riverbabnk Rollick
Sun 15 Jan TRC’s Riverbank Rolick (with new Medals!)
Thurs 26 Jan TRC Club Night . Leisure Centre out of use. Come changed – meet Car Park
Thurs 2 Feb TRC Club Night . Short run then AGM 20.30 at the Leisure Centre
Sun 5 Mar TRC Team(s) in the ‘Swimathon’ at the Leisure Centre

2016 – TRC Review of the Year

A Happy New Year to all TRC Members past and present.

Judy Mills reports on what’s happened over the Holiday period plus a special report on TRC’s year 2016 prepared for the The Thornbury Gazette

Funny lot, runners. While most people spend Boxing Day, not to mention Christmas and New Year’s Day, at home with the family, runners go out in the cold for a race. Often they also choose the muddiest, wettest option available as well, while those who don’t understand their mentality can only look on assuming that they will say ‘it’s nice when it stops’. But no, honestly, they do it because they want to

The two Thornbury Running Club members pounding the streets of Clevedon on Boxing Day were Andrew Darton and Janet Gaze. With almost a thousand competitors, Darton ran well to finish in 32nd place, 4th MV40 completing the 4-mile course in 23.03minutes. Janet Gaze, running in the FV60 age group also did well, coming home in 37.19minutes in 698th place, and 9th in category.

Final outing of the year was the weekly parkrun. The Wotton course was as muddy as ever and saw Kevin Arnold complete the 5k in 24.17minutes and Judy Mills in 28.49minutes. Chris Ashworth finished in 26.20minutes.

Liam Symonds-Barry took on the easier Kingsway course, finishing in 26.45, much below his best, which suggests he was running with a friend or family member.

At Chipping Sodbury it was good to see Rebecca Dunsford back in her trainers after too long a break, and she must have been happy to finish, even in 39.08minutes. Keeping her company were Becky Griffin (30.10minutes)and Suzanne Cundy (30.28minutes). The men were a little higher up the field, though Christmas seems to have added more than a few seconds to all the Thornbury times: Paul Thomas (23.11minutes) and Kevin Cundy (23.14minutes).

New Year’s Day is an opportunity for runners to bag not one but two parkruns, and this is what Kevin Arnold and Neil Roff did. Arnold was at Lydney for 8.30am running the 5k in 23.39minutes then buzzing to the Forest of Dean event where he ran for a further 24.03minutes. Roff was closer to home with a good time of 22.18minutes at Chipping Sodbury then a more pedestrian 37.20minutes at Pomphrey Hill. Angela Bushell also ran at Sodbury in a time of 25.04minutes.

The Hangover 10k is the first local race of the New Year, always popular with Ros Rowland even on a wet day. She started 2017 well, finishing 47th in 46.07minutes and winning the FV50 category.

It has been another successful year for Thornbury Running Club with some remarkable achievements from members. All too often people are wont to say that they would love to be able to run but they can’t. ‘Can’t’ is not in the Club’s vocabulary, and several of those who may have said this previously would have to agree. The regular Tuesday evening sessions have produced a number of runners who have in 2016 gone on to complete 10k and even half marathon races.

 New to the longer distances this year was Magda Johnson who was recently awarded the Club’s Helen Ralphs Award, presented annually to a newcomer who has both made great progress and has supported other newer members. Cathy Watkins has watched husband Rob racing and has now proved she too can do it, albeit slightly more slowly, and Suzy Cundy has been regularly running 5k parkruns and now has over a hundred to her name completed the Cardiff half-marathon. Meanwhile her husband, Kevin Cundy, also upped his racing mileage to 26.2 miles of a marathon, choosing no soft option but the hilly and tough Beachy Head marathon. Other Club members kept him company and kept him going when the free sausage rolls at a checkpoint threatened to become too much of a temptation.

Yet again it is impossible to write a report of the year without the name Rosina Rowland coming to the fore. Advising and encouraging the new runners, she sets a hard-to-follow example, competing more frequently than any other Club member. Amongst her (at least!) 25 appearances in 2016 were the Cotswold Way relay where, along with Mark Curtis she has achieved the accolade Queen of the Cotswolds (yes, all right, Curtis is a King) for having now raced each of the ten Stages. Her frequent attendance at the winter cross country races, where she is Ladies Captain saw her win the Club Championship as well as take 2nd place in the V50 category in the Gloucester League. In July she again took on an organisational role, as joint Race Director of the increaingly popular Thornbury 10k. She is our own in-house caterer wearing her day-job colours as Rosina Catering, serving up a delicious curry and chilli at the Club Christmas party.

But for Rowland, the running highlight of 2016 will be her success at the Cotswold Way Century in October. Alongside Rob Hopkins and Dave Beard she completed the full 102-mile Cotswold Way, running overnight, non-stop, in a time of twenty-nine hours and 31minutes.

Thankfully, Thornbury Running Club has a number of members who will go the extra mile to encourage other runners and to ensure that Club events run smoothly. Club Chairman Craig Carscadden is a fully qualified coach with a wealth of experience in all aspects of athletics, including disability sport, and he is always happy to prepare training schedules for members with a goal in sight. The Club would struggle to function without ongoing support from Arthur Renshaw, Pete Maintone and John Grimsey, all themselves very experienced runners though not as fast as they were forty years ago.

Race Directors Jo Emerson, Ros Rowland, Emma Barnes, Justin Taylor and John Watt are responsible for ensuring that the three Club open races run smoothly. January’s Riverbank Rollick is again a sell-out, and entries have increased at both the Thornbury 10k (July) and the Oldbury Power 10-miler (September). For the first time in 2017 all three races have chip-timing and all who complete the course will be awarded a medal. The three race medals clip together making an impressive piece of running bling.

Members Roger Denton and Arthur Renshaw both qualified for international events, with Renshaw competing at the European duathlon championships and Denton at the Ironman world Championships, while brother-and-sister duo, Taryn and Dylan Roberts have had great success at triathlon, Taryn finishing 1st in her age group at the Taunton triathlon and 9th at Ironman UK; over the full distance of 2.4miles of swimming; 112 miles of cycling and a full 26.2mile marathon.  At the same event Denton was 3rd and Dylan Roberts 63rd in their age groups.

Keeping the Club name in print, both Kevin Arnold and Garry Slater enjoy a weekly parkrun, whenever commitments allow, while Rob Hopkins’ and Jo Emerson’s names appear high-up the results page of many tough, some would say wacky and obscure races.

Add to those with their names in lights a number of dedicated men and women who love to run, socially or competetively, and it is clear why Thornbury is such a thriving Running Club. New members, whatever their ability, are always welcome, and details of Club runs and activities can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well as on the Club website thornburyrunningclub.co.uk


TRC Club Night 22/12/16 cont…

Thursday 22nd is the TRC Xmas Party starting about 20.30  at Thornbury Cricket Club. Meet at the Cricket Club at the usual 7pm and we will have a shortish run around Alveston – changing & showers available. Ros is doing the usual catering so I hope you have all put your names down for food so Ros knows how many to cater for.

Also at the party Chairman Craig will announce who has won the Helen Ralphs trophy for 2016 and who has got the 2017 London Marathon Club place.

  • See the Events page for what’s going on over Xmas & the New Year.
  • Sat 7th Jan Pete is looking to form 2 TRC Teams to do the Glos XC Champs in Old Down Country Park to compete against each other for a prize. He also is looking for Marshals to help on the day.
  • Riverbank Rollick Sun 15th Jan. The Race is now full – entries closed at 401. We are still appealing for helpers. Please give your name to Arthur Renshaw (07810 300025)
  • AGM Thursday 26th January after Club Night 20.30 at the Chantry.
  • Swimathon TRC Team Sunday 5th March – names to Arthur Renshaw (07810 300025)
  • Results from races this weekend. Full Cross Country Results reported elsewhere on the website and in the Gazette this week. One specific mention – Steve Allen’s daughter Rosie won the U16 Girls race at the Wotton Gloucester League XC. Kevin Arnold also did the Parkrun at Chip Sod in 21.18 before doing XC in the afternoon and then 12 miles on Sunday morning!. Other Parkruns…Wotton: Gary Slater 21.27. Chip Sod: Chris Dawes 22.02, Dave Palmer 27.12

Enjoy the party & Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all TRC Members. We wish you all success and maybe some PB’s in 2017!


TRC Club Night 22/12/16

Date Activity
Tues 20 Dec Usual Tuesday night run & efforts (Leisure Centre Car Park)
Thurs 22 Dec TRC Xmas Party (& London Marathon place) – Thornbury CC
Sun 25 Dec A day off running for most (maybe except for Ros!)
Tues 27 Dec Usual Tuesday night run & efforts (Leisure Centre Car Park)
Thurs 29 Dec We will be running – Leisure Centre Car Park 19.00
Sun 1st Jan Club Run at 10.30 then drinks & food at The Watt’s house after
Sat 7 Jan Team XC event – Old Down (see Pete M)
Sun 15 Jan TRC’s Riverbank Rolick (with new Medals!)
Thurs 26 Jan TRC Club Night . Short run then AGM 20.30 The Chantry.
Sun 5 Mar TRC Team(s) in the ‘Swimathon’ at the Leisure Centre