Thornbury RC’s Joanne Plumbley, Dylan Roberts and Taryn Roberts took part in The Butcombe Trail on Saturday, a daunting 50-mile race through the Mendip hills and surrounding villages. All 3 athletes have competed in multiple Ironman triathlons between them and are used to taking on big challenges like Saturday’s race. They acquitted themselves very well in the wet and windy conditions to finish in equal 35th place in a time of 10 hours 38:42 mins.
Saturday morning’s parkrun featured a first female result for Laura Orna in Thornbury and 9th overall in a new personal best of 23:27 mins. In the same event, Peter Blenkiron knocked more than 3 minutes off his best time in 29:54 mins and Leighton Prescott ran 36:28 mins.
Chris Dawes ran at Eastville parkrun for the first time and finished in 22:03 mins. Jim Godden blew off the cobwebs with a 19:49 mins run at Chipping Sodbury parkrun, followed by Kevin Wood 22:12 mins and Clare Evans 28:21 mins.
Janet Gaze ran 30:44 mins at Weymouth parkrun, John Grimsey finished in 31:39 mins in Burnham and Highbridge parkrun and Carol Mosses ran 41:05 mins in Birkenhead.
Newport Marathon hosted its first Marathon in cold conditions on Sunday morning, as almost 3500 runners took part in the Marathon and a further 2500 entered a 10k event and family mile.
There were a few early hiccups in its inaugural year and the race was pushed back by 30 minutes, leading the runners to seek warmer refuge in the surrounding buildings next to the start line. The course was billed as a quick one and aside from a few bridges, it was flat, and the local people came out in force along the route to cheer the runners along.
Matt Johnstone was the lone Thornbury RC entrant on the day. After a more cautious start, he tried to increase the pace in the second half of the race and started to overtake more runners. However, this increased optimism came face to face with the infamous ‘marathon wall’ at the 24-mile mark and the final 2 miles was a painful experience. Matt finished in 203rd place in 3 hours 15:40 mins.