Joanne Emmerson travelled the short distance to the Old Severn Bridge on Saturday to take part in Dragon Seeker 60k, which was contested in sweltering conditions. Unusually for a Welsh race it was a flat course, starting on the English side of Severn Crossing and along a sun-baked route all the way to Millennium Stadium in centre of Cardiff. Joanne slayed the Dragon Seeker course and the rest of the opposition to come first overall, beating all the male and female competition. Her finishing time was 6 hours 51 mins.
The Orna family had a highly successful weekend of racing with 2 wins from 2 races. Married couple, Henry and Laura Orna, swept all before them with 2 great performances. On Saturday, Henry posted a new personal best at Thornbury parkrun in finishing first in 19:50 mins. Laura was first female and 9th overall at the Run the River race on Sunday, which was set in the Avon Valley over a 15k multi-terrain course. Laura was minutes ahead of the other women on the day in a time of 1 hour 15:18 mins.
Nick Langridge and Judy Mills were the only Thornbury RC runners brave enough to compete at the Dursley Peaks race on Wednesday night. A little over 10k and including 318m of ascent, the course is a non-stop roller coaster of steep hills and rapid descents. Both Nick and Judy had solid performances to finish 2nd in their age categories, M65-70 and F60-65 respectively, in times of 1 hour 1:03 mins and 1 hour 15:48 mins.
Nick was still feeling the after-effects of Dursley Peaks in his legs when he travelled to Fairford 10k near Cirencester on Sunday. Nick was 77th overall and 3rd V60 in 45:18 mins and was full of praise for the event and the Fairford Festival which the race was a part of.
Jon Greenwood was the lone Thornbury runner at the 5k Filton Flyer on Tuesday night. Jon finished in 33rd position and 3rd V60 in 23:03 mins.
Malcolm Carr ran 27:35 mins at Thornbury parkrun, followed by Peter Blenkiron 28:32 mins and Karen Carr 29:06 mins. Jay Bartley ran 26:48 mins at Ashton Court parkrun.