Summer Party Sat 8th July – another message from Karen

Don’t forget it’s not too late to join us for the running club’s big summer event on 8th July. Music to dance the night away from ex Rubettes singer Paul da Vinci and food from Calypso Kitchen in Wapping Wharf, Bristol all for £10 per person.

Over 60 of your running mates are already coming so don’t miss your chance to join them.

I have to give final numbers for the food next week so let me know soon

Thank you
Karen Carr [email protected]

Summer Party Sat 8th July – message from Karen

We are going on holiday next week so I need to provide numbers for the chef for what everyone would like to eat before we go. I also need to ensure we have enough money to pay for it!!

Could I please ask you to pay the £10 per person to ‘Thornbury Running Club’ direct to the club bank account (details can be found on the bottom of the membership form) or I will be at club on Tuesday and Thursday night this week to collect any money from you.

I also need to know what you would like to eat. These are your options:

* Jerk Chicken – chicken on the bone marinated for 48 hours and blackened on the grill with rice n peas and carib slaw

* No fire Jerk Chicken – jerk seasoned chicken with all the flavour and no fire served with rice n peas and carib slaw

* Vegan Gumbo – chickpea, aubergine and caramelised sweet potato gumbo with rice n peas and carib slaw

Thank you

TRC Summer Party – Sat July 8th

A note to all you partygoers!

Everything is organised and we’re ready to go on the 8th July.

The choice of meal is as follows.  I hope you like the options:

Jerk Chicken – chicken on the bone marinated for 48 hours and blackened on the grill with rice n peas and carib slaw 

No fire Jerk Chicken – jerk seasoned chicken with all the flavour and no fire served with rice n peas and carib slaw

Vegan Gumbo – chickpea, aubergine and caramelised sweet potato gumbo with rice n peas and carib slaw

We’ve tried them all and they are delicious. 

Can you please let me know your food preference ([email protected]) and then all we need is £10 each (if you haven’t already paid).  The money can be paid direct to the Running Club bank account (details can be found at if that is easier for you.  If you pay this way can you please let Hugh know you have done so as he will be checking the bank account)  

Thank you


12 June 2017 – Results as reported this week.

Paul Clark is concentrating more on triathlon than running this season and competed in the Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon last weekend. This race is contested over the traditional half ironman discipline of 1.9k swim, 90k bike and half marathon run (21.1k). Paul started with a solid 33:53 min swim then let loose with a 2hr 28 mins bike split, an average speed of 23 mph.  Paul kept enough energy in reserve to complete the run in 1hr 38 mins and finish the race in 111th out of 901 competitors in 4hrs 45:56 mins.

With the lighter evenings, there is more opportunity to fit in some midweek races. One of the local favourites is the Blaise Blazer, an off road 4-mile race around the Blaise Castle grounds. Clare Watt was the lone Thornbury runner and blazed her way around the course to win the FV45 age category and 50th overall in 30:50 mins.

Serial marathon runner Neil Roff registered his first in 2017 at Yeovil on Sunday and finished in 4hrs 23:14 mins in 132nd place.

The Bradley Stoke 10k is a surprisingly testing event; with a variety of steady inclines, short steep hills and a mix of different terrains. Thornbury were well represented at this popular event on Sunday with 11 runners and they were all keen to show off the stunning new kit design. Matt Johnstone was 9th overall and 1st in VM40 age category in 39:09 mins. Paul Thomas and Chris Dawes were next for the club in 22nd and 34th place in 41:37 mins and 43:34 mins, both finishing 4th in their respective age groups. Neil Jackson was 40th in 44:26 mins.

This time last year Sean Underwood was carrying 7 extra stones, which makes his time of 45:26 mins and 55th place all the more impressive. Kevin Wood was 4th in the VM60 age category and 78th overall in 46:59 mins, followed by Liam Jones in 50:24 mins for 139th place.

Kevin Cundy was making a comeback from a ligament injury and finished in 56:43 mins in 275th place. Suzy Cundy was in hot pursuit and so close to breaking the 1 hr barrier again in 1 hr 9 seconds and Magda Johnson finished in 1hr 09:14 mins.

John Walsh manages Bradley Stoke FC’s 1st team, so was eager to perform well in front of his adoring fans. Before the start, he reflected on his team’s narrow miss to win promotion this season as akin to “doing a Theresa”, after his team were well placed to go up with only a handful of games left. Hopefully John’s stellar track record at the helm of Bradley Stoke FC and his time of 52:41 mins and 179th place will ward off any leadership challenges.

Paul Thomas started another busy weekend for him by running 20:11 mins to finish 5th place at Wotton parkrun. The racing Carrs, Malcolm and Karen, completed the Chipping Sodbury parkrun in the same time of 26:40 mins and Tom Usherwood was 10th in Stonehouse parkrun in 21:15 mins.

TRC Membership Survey results

Membership survey results are in. If you would like a copy of the full report please e-mail [email protected] . We had a fantastic response of nearly  50% of members and the results are interesting, informative and insightful. Thank you very much to all of you who took the time to respond to the survey.

TRC Club Night 01/06/17

As from next week this list of activities will stop being directly posted onto the Events page of the TRC Website. Instead all the activities will be listed in the proper calendar on the right hand side of the Website pages.

Date Activity
Thurs 1 June Normal Club Night – off road run. Leisure Centre 19.00
Tues 6 June The Beginners Group – Last Week 5.
Thurs 8 June TRC Away Day – Thornbury Rugby Club (Leisure Centre Closed – Election)
Fri 9 June TRC Quiz Night – Wheatsheaf Thornbury 7pm (Pete, Nick & Arthur)
Sun 11 June TRC Champs Race 3 of 5 ; Bradley Stoke Festival 10k 09.30 (Road) – FULL
Sat 24 June Cotswold Way Relay (3 TRC Teams)
Sat 24 June Cotswold Way Afterparty & BBQ . Wattys £5 & BYO booze. 7pm
Thurs 22 June TRC Committee Meeting re Members Survey
Sun 25 June Oldbury Fun Run. Organised with help from TRC.
Thurs 29 June TRC Members Workshop on TRC Future – all Members welcome
Thurs 6 July TRC Away Day – Rockhampton Fun Run
Sat 8 July TRC Summer Social – details on Website & facebook
Sun 9 July TRC Champs Race 4 of 5 ; Gloucester 10k 09.00 (Road/paths)
Thurs 13 July TRC’s Thornbury 10k
Sun 30 July TRC Champs alt Race 4 of 5 . Cotswold 10k , Chavenage House Tetbury 09.00
Sun 20 Aug TRC Champs Race 5 of 5 ; Two Tunnels10k Bath (tarmac paths)
Sun 27 Aug Severn Bridge Half
Sun 3 Sept TRC’s Oldbury Power Station 10 Miles
Sun 17 Sept Bristol Half (TRC Group Entry – Steve Dimond)
Sun 14 Jan 2018 TRC’s Riverbank Rollick


TRC Survey – the results are in!

A message on behalf of Kevin Wood who compiled the survey of members. He will take a couple of minutes this evening (Thursday 1st June) at the club to give very brief summary.

“Thank you very much to all of you who took the time to respond to the survey. We had a fantastic response of nearly  50% of members and the results are interesting, informative and insightful. If you would like a copy of the full report please e-mail [email protected] and I will send you a copy.

Kind regards


TRC Quiz Night MENU – pre-order please.

Here is the FUNCTION MENU (click) for the Quiz Night at The Wheatsheaf on Friday 9th June, 7pm in the pub skittle alley and food served at 8pm.

Please can you send your orders to Cathy via email at [email protected] by Monday 5th June.

Thank you

On behalf of Selina

Tell us what you think and enter a prize draw

Hi Everyone,

Kevin Wood has asked me to post this message

Hi Everyone,

Apologies if you have already received and replied, we are having e-mail problems. We want to make sure they everyone is getting the most from their TRC membership and would really appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey.

Everyone who responds by Thursday 25th May will have their name entered into a prize draw for club kit!

Your voice, your opinion and your ideas are important. We are keen to grow the club membership and want to understand from existing members what you like and dislike, and the type of club you want to be part of in the future.

There are 3 ways to complete the survey to make it easy for everyone:

Option #1: Follow the following link to complete on-line:

Option #2: Complete the attached Word document and return [email protected], or print and hand to Kevin Wood

Option #3: Hard copies will be available on Thursday night Thornbury Running Club Survey

If you don’t speak up, you cannot be heard! Thank you for taking the time.

Kind regards Kevin

TRC Club Night 27/04/17 cont….

  • Tonight’s run with Mike & Arthur will be up the fields behind the Leisure Centre to the A38 then across and back through fields/tracks/roads around Thornbury.
  • Congratulations to our 5 London Marathon runners – see report below.
  • Beginners Group to start Tuesday 9th May – spread the word.
  • Cotswold Way Relay – Sat 24th Mike Bennewitz is organizing the 3 Teams so see Mike or scroll down for full details.
  • TRC 2017 Race Series – Pete has now added two further events so we now have 5 in the Diary. All are open for entries except Bradley Stoke 10k which is sold out.
  • The Bristol Half marathon on Sunday 17th Sept is offering discounted entries again this year. We need to get 20 entries and we have 15 so far – just 5 more to get. Cost £31.20 instead of £39.00. Please contact Steve Dimond.


Rob Hopkins has been trying to crack the 3 hour barrier for the Marathon in recent years and came closest of all in 2016 in an excellent time of 3.06. His strategy this year was to set a a more conservative pace in the first half of the race and he crossed the mid-way point over Tower Bridge in a good position. Rob finished in a time of 3.12.59 and will no doubt be back next year to solve his Marathon puzzle. Rob finished in 3409th place and 742nd in the 40-44 MV age group

Joanne Plumbley was the next to reach The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and after setting a blistering pace in the first half she held on to finish in a great time of 3:33:12. This placed Joanne just outside the top 1000 female runners in 1019th ( 6865th overall ) and inside the top 10% of the 40-44 FV age group in 197th place.

Emma Barnes gauged her effort around the 26.2 miles with metronomic precision. The second half of the race was only 1 minute slower and she even saved her fastest kilometre with the finishing line in sight. Her time of 3:49:54 was a fantastic run, placing her 2209th female ( 10446th overall ) and 1215th in 18-39 age group.

Chris Foley used all his experience to hang on for a sub 4 hour time in 3:59:14 in another measured performance of well-paced distance running. Chris finished in 13121st place and an excellent 59th in 65-69 age group.

Judy Mills set out aggressively and paid the price for her ‘no guts, no glory’ tactics as the race wore on. The second half of the race was harder going, as the clouds disappeared and the sun started taking a toll. Judy held on to complete the course in 4:48:41, 7881st female ( 25268th overall ) and 111th in 60-64 age group.

John Grimsey was back on Weston Prom on Thursday evening, aiming to banish the memories of his last race there. John was back on form this time and completed the 5 mile course in 47:30, almost 3 minutes quicker than in March.

Kevin Cundy was our quickest parkrunner of the weekend, finishing 55th at Chipping Sodbury in 22:44. He was followed by Malcolm and Karen Carr, who both set new PBs in 25:10 s (116th place) and 26:19 (151st overall, 25th female), respectively.

As well as being one of Thornbury’s most prolific racers, Kevin Arnold likes nothing better than venturing to different parkrun courses. Newport Riverfront is a recent addition to the parkrun family and Kevin’s maiden run on this course was completed in 23 mins exactly (40th place).

Rachel Terrett finished Wotton parkrun in 28:45 (61th place, 27th female) and Liam Symonds-Barry set another PB on the Gloucester Parkway parkrun in 23:07 (38th place).

That’s your lot this week

Have Fun!