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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. If you want encouragement in your running read more here (click).  Or keep in touch on Facebook.

On Tuesdays at 7pm at the upper Leisure Centre car park on Tuesdays you can join a speedwork session for anyone wanting to run repeats between 200m and one kilometre.

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. And a new beginners group is starting on 8th August. If you can run a few hundred metres (yes, even slowly!), you can try it. The course will run 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 the new Thornbury Park Run . All ages welcome but athletes under 18 much be accompanied by a running adult. Please tell your friends and family

The club organises three races a year:-

The Oldbury Power 10 miler race (click for more details) is on Sunday 3rd September.  This popular flat race is now FULL. See here for the entry list.

Thanks to everyone who came to run or support the Thornbury 10k race on Thursday 13th July.  Click here for results. We had a great time and hope you did too.

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!

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.

7th August 2017 – Results as reported this week

A team of 3 Thornbury runners joined over 600 runners at the Westonbirt House Summer 10k on Friday evening. The course winds around the grounds of Westonbirt estate, over gravel tracks and fields, before using up the last reserves of the competitor’s energy to scale up the steps in front of Westonbirt House to the finish line.

Nick Langridge put on another dominating performance in the V60 age category and probably had time to admire the famous trees around the course, such was his winning margin. His time of 43:52 was almost 3 minutes faster than the next V60 runner and 45th overall. Sean Underwood was next to scale the steps to the finish in a time of 44:44 in 57th place, followed by Janet Gaze in 427th overall and 211th female in 1:03:14.

There were only 3 Thornbury parkrunners this weekend and all at Chipping Sodbury. Kevin Wood was back for his second run in successive weekends and improved on his last outing to record a time of 22:43 and 55th place. Malcolm Carr was next in 25:25 and Karen was only 2 seconds outside her best performance in 25:50. Their finishing positions were 103rd and 110th / 23rd female, respectively.

That’s all this week.

TRC Club Night 03/08/17

This Week will be the third week of trying out the new organization of the Thursday night runs. Run with your Groups tonight. Mixed on road / off road. Four Groups – 11,9,8 & 7

Group Average
Pace Distance Leaders
11 11 min +/ mile 4 – 5 miles Suzie Cundy
Cathy Watkins

9 9 – 10 min / mile 5 – 6 miles Pete Mainstone
Kevin Cundy
Arthur Renshaw

8 8 – 9 min / mile 7 miles Ros Rowland
Kevin Wood

7 7 min / mile 8 – 9 miles David Beard
Rob Watkins

Please give us your feedback 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.
• We are reducing the announcements and the warm up so we are out running more promptly – target to be out on our run by 19.15 latest.
• Four separate run groups based on speed and capability with Leaders who know the routes.
• All Groups will 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 will start & finish in the top car park.

As we are reducing the Announcements on Club Night you will have to visit the Website more frequently and check on the TRC Facebook page to find out what’s going on.

We are 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 Marshall the 10 miler. – see John Watt or Justin Taylor for more info. This race is already SOLD OUT with 400 entered!

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
Race 5 of 5 – Two Tunnels 10k – Bath 20/08/17

Let’s have a god Club turnout for the Old Down 10k as it is very local and only £14 to enter on-line.

31st July 2017- Results as reported this week

The Magor 10k has a reputation for quick times, thanks in large part to its pancake flat course and a highly competitive field of club runners. Angela Bushell, Jim Godden and Nick Williams made the short crossing to Wales on Saturday in search of PBs.

Nick finished in 14th place overall, dipping under 38 mins for the second time this year in a time of 37:47. Jim spent the early part of the season nursing several injuries, but has been making up for lost time in recent weeks. Jim won the V55 age category and was 21st overall in 39:05 mins.

Angela capped a good day for the Thornbury trio by finishing in the top 3 of the V45 age category and 17th lady in 49:26.

Moray Sloan was 19th at Chipping Sodbury parkrun and was only 6 seconds adrift of his best time in 20:09. Kevin Wood was a first timer on the same course and finished 70th in 22:44. Malcolm and Karen Carr have over 120 appearance between them on the Chipping Sodbury course and posted times of 25:54 (142nd) and 26:07 (149th / 29th lady), respectively. Elizabeth Dix crossed the line in 157th / 33rd lady in 26:25.

Paul Thomas has been taking his son down to the Yate athletics track for years and decided it is never too late to join in. Paul threw himself into the deep end by taking on the 1500m at an Avon League Match on Sunday. In a field of 8 runners Paul finished in 3rd place in 5:14. If that wasn’t enough for one day, Paul ran the blue riband 100m event in 14.0 in 5th place.

The Oldbury Fun Run – Have we seen the last one?

The Oldbury Fun Run had its 30th Anniversary this year and over the years it must have raised well over £150,000 for Clic Sargent and countless funds for the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) and a host of other local charities in the area. Thornbury Running Club has been helping organise the Oldbury Fun Run for many years and it is always a great day out.

However due to dwindling interest in organising the Fun Run, particularly from within the Village, it looks like this year we may of seen the last of the Oldbury Fun Run possibly for ever.

The Oldbury Fun Run Committee is making an appeal for people to come forward to keep the Fun Run going. We need to know by October if we have enough interest and a definite decision will be made at the AGM on October 24th.

If any TRC Members are seriously interested in helping to make sure we have an Oldbury Fun Run in the future then please contact Arthur Renshaw [email protected]

Thank you.

TRC Club Night 27/07/17

This Week will be the second week of trying out the new organization of the Thursday night runs. Thanks to Pete for last Thursday’s mixed efforts.

. Please give us your feedback 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 are reducing the announcements and the warm up so we are out running more promptly. – target to be out on our run by 19.15 latest.
• From this week we will be offering 4 separate run groups based on speed and capability with Leaders who know the routes.
• All Groups will 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 will start & finish in the top car park.

As we are reducing the Annoucements on Club Night you will have to visit the Website more frequently and check on the TRC Facebook page to find out what’s going on.

The next few weeks we will be bedding in our new Thursday night organization so come prepared for runs that will be a mix of off-road & on road.

We are 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
Race 5 of 5 – Two Tunnels 10k – Bath 20/08/17

That’s all for now.