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Hi Everyone,

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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!

TRC Club Night 13/04/17 Cont 2…

  • Bristol Half Sun 17th Sept – TRC reduced price entries see Steve Dimond
  • Cotswold Way Relay Sat 24 June – 3 TRC Teams see Mike Bennewitz.
  • Results: Frenchay 10k celebrated its 37th anniversary on Sunday and 3 Thornbury runners made the short trip. Sean Underwood finished in a time of 48:48 and placed 144th out of 527 runners. Liam Jones is familiar with this course and was next in 52:27, followed by Kevin Davis in 64:22.Paul Thomas slashed 18 seconds off his PB at Chipping Sodbury parkrun, finishing in 19:27 and 15th position. Chris Dawes was next in 22:13.In the same race Karen Carr dipped under the 27 min barrier for the first time and knocked off a whopping 24 seconds from her PB in 26:46. Anne Palmer was in the thick of the action once again and stopped the clock in 31:53.

TRC Club Night 13/04/17 Cont….

Tonight is Jim’s ‘Bag a Pub’ treasure hunt run … full details below

Jim’s Pub Run (crawl) Treasure Hunt – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

You need to think about teams of 3-5 people – we will help make teams on the night, they need a team name and need to bring something like a camera phone to take pictures on the night to show they have been to each pub.

In teams of 3 or 4 or 5, you choose your own routes to get to as many pubs as possible to pick up points.  Prizes will be given for the following categories

  • Team with most points in total
  • Most points Under 35s team (at least 2 people under 35 to be eligible – Male or Female or Mixed teams)
  • Most points 35-50s teams (at least 2 people aged 35-50 to be eligible – Male or Female or Mixed teams)
  • Most points 50plus (at least 2 people over 50 to be eligible – Male or Female or Mixed teams)
  • Most points Walking group (so it would be good to have more than one group so you can challenge each other)

So chat with your friends and think about your teams and team names.  We will no doubt have to form teams on the night too, and if people are new and don’t know lots of people to be in a team with, I’ll make sure you get in a team with people who know the area and are suitably paced for you.

I’ve allotted 75 minutes for the treasure hunt from 7:15 to 8:30. 


The aim is to get as many points in the time allowed. You can run on road or off road if you think that will help.

You must take a photo of all of your team outside each pub for verification purposes (selfies or one can hold the camera), so you need to have one camera phone (or camera – preferably not print or slide) per team.

Walking group get 2 points for each town centre pub.

You might want to make sure at least one person in your group has a head torch.

Entries returning to the club meeting room after 8:30 will not count.

No running down Thornbury Hill.  You can walk but this will take more time.  I will be checking this section regularly, so if you are caught running down hill, you will be disqualified.

Pubs and points.

Town Centre pubs, each worth 1 point (2 for walking groups) – Swan; White Lion; Wheatsheaf; Malthouse; Hawkes House; Royal George.

2 point pubs – Black Horse (Gillingstool Road); Ship Inn (Alveston – top of Thornbury Hill); Cross Hands (Alveston – Down Road).

3 Point pubs – The Anchor (Gloucester Road, Morton); Mason’s Arms (Up on A38 towards Bristol)

4 Point pubs – The Fox Inn (The Inner Down, Old Down)

5 Point pubs – The White Horse (Buckover – Also on A38 but towards Gloucester)

Hints and tips

There are a maximum of 28 points on offer, for which you would need to run 10 miles in 75 minutes (7:30 min/mile pace).  Totally achievable if you have extra fast legs, although you need to factor in some photo time.

But, get the timing wrong and over shoot trying to get one too many high value pub and come in late, and it will all be for nothing.  

TRC Club Night 06/04/17 …cont2

  • Report on last weeks Strava run with Jim.
  • Hi all – I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who took part in the Strava run last week.
    I thought it went really well and lots of people picked up PBs on the segments we ran, or medals of one kind of another.
    We started the night with all but one segment held by Paul Thomas, and Taryn managed to knock Paul off the leaderboard on the second segment, the short sprint on Church Road, and came agonisingly close (just 8 seconds) from claiming his Midland Way Slog crown in the first segment, running her fastest mile in the process.

    Other fastest miles were claimed by Suzanne Cundy, and Pippa, one of our two new runners out that night.

    Other runners to mention include Kevin Cundy (who now stands 5th in the club for the midland way slog), Steve Dimond, Sarah Newnes, Ian Evans, and Rach, all of whom claimed PRs all over the shot.

    Sorry if I haven’t included your efforts there, these were just the great runs I noticed looking at Strava that night. And I have no idea what everyone no on Strava did, but as they say in Strava-land, “if its not on Strava……”

    I do know that on some of the segments people stopped a little short, so apologies for my poor directions, or for dodgy GPS signals.

    I hope you all will go out and challenge your times now on your own runs, just as Paul Thomas has done again (having missed out on the club night), reclaiming his lost crowns and adding a few more, including the downhill sprint from the Roundabout to Oakleaze from Jim Godden.

    Happy running everyone.

  • Results:
  • After several weeks of hectic action, last week was a more gentle schedule of racing for Thornbury’s finest.

    Anthony Yates ventured back to Pomphrey Hill parkrun for the second week in a row. After recceing the course last week he completed the course over 2 minutes faster on Saturday in 25:41 .

    Malcolm Carr set a new PB at the Chipping Sodbury parkrun in 25:31  followed by Karen Carr in 27:28 . In her 75th parkrun Anne Palmer finished in 32:32

    While Anne can be viewed as a parkun veteran, Rachel Terrett and Pippa Maidment launched their parkrun careers in Wotton and posted times of 28:26 (13th female) and 28:41  (15th female).

    As the temperature gauge rises Thornbury’s legion of Duathletes and Triathletes reappear from their winter training. Kevin Wood was out on Sunday at the Sri Chinmoy GO TRI Duathlon at Tockington Manor School. The race started with a 2 kms run then onto a 15 kms bike ride followed by a second 2kms run. Kevin crossed the line in 19th place in a time of 52:38




Strava Segments

Hi everyone. I thought we might mix it up next week with a run designed to target a few Strava Segments. If you don’t know anything about Strava, don’t worry, it will be just like a normal Thursday evening run, with a number of sections and re-groups, with the aim of running a bit faster on those sections which are Strava sections. We will run as one group, but there are chances for people to cut short if they want lower mileage, and if you aren’t that keen on fast pace, then we won’t leave you behind, I promise.

If you are into Strava, we will be hitting 6 segments, most of which Paul Thomas is currently the fastest club runner on. Will we knock him off top spot on any of them? Only time will tell. Will he be there to defend his sections? Let’s hope so. But this isn’t just about top spot (since let’s be honest, most of are not going to beat Paul!). So this is really a chance for you to run with others also pushing hard on these sections to improve your own times, and perhaps gain a few places on the leader boards.

If you are new to Strava, are not sure what I am talking about but would like to get involved, then this is your chance. Go to on your computer and create an account, or download the app to your smart phone. Then if you have a smart watch / garmin / fitbit etc, you can link it to your Strava account, or bring your phone for the run and log the run directly into Strava. If none of this makes sense, look at the ‘how it works’ page on Strava (, and if that still doesn’t help, go to our club facebook page and ask your tech savvy club colleagues for help. And without trying to sound too patronising, why not try and get it sorted this weekend, and go and try it out so you know how it works before Thursday, as asking for me for help setting it up at 7:05pm on Thursday is going to be too late!

To see your results on the night once we’ve run, if you bring your phones to club we can all stand around looking at them and see how we’ve done. To be able to compare your results with other club members also on Strava, you need to join the Thornbury Running Club Strava club. This is easy. On your computer (once you have logged in) there is a menu along the top – in the explore tab select ‘clubs’, search for Thornbury Running Club and join. On your phone app, you can find us in the Explore section at the bottom.

Think that is it. If anyone wants to also head to Hawkes afterwards for a quick drink and further staring at phones and segments rather than talking to each other, that might be fun too.

And as I mentioned at club, i’ve also got a treasure hunt / bag-a-pub run planned for the 13th April too. More details to follow.

Jim Williams

TRC Club Night 23/03/17 Cont….

Please renew your TRC Membership before 31st March. Annual subscriptions have been fixed yet again at £15 for a standard Member. If you want to add England Athletics Membership it is another £8 (£5 subsidised by the Club as the EA Fees are now £13/yr) Check here for the 2017 Member form that needs to be completed by everyone. (both new & returning Members)

You can pay online but please make sure you get your completed form to Angela Bushell so we can keep track of who has joined/re-joined.

All joining/rejoining Members before 31st March can buy a new design Club T Shirt for just £5 (a saving of about £15)


  • Forest of Dean’s Spring Trails Half Marathon proved a favourite for the club with 7 runners tackling this scenic course. Richard Jackson was our fastest finisher in 1hr 42:06. Moray Sloan was not far behind in 1hr 43:45 , Sonja Bryson next and our first lady in 1hr 57:54, Angela Bushell 2hrs 00:05, Cathy Watkins in her first half marathon race in 2hrs 26:48, Suzy Cundy 2hrs 26:55 and Magda Johnson 2hrs 39:42.
  • Paul Thomas was the fastest over the 13.1 mile distance this weekend in a great time of 1hr 29:44 which was good enough for 297th position overall at Wilmsow Half Marathon.
  • Romeo Maddalena was racing in Reading Half Marathon and completed the course in the home of Reading FC, the Madejski Stadium, in a  2hrs 00:56 .
  • The Gloucester 20 mile road race is now in its 31st year and 3 hardy souls took to the streets to test themselves. Emma Barnes had a fine race and was 68th lady in 2hrs 56:48 and 1 second ahead of Jim Williams. Chris Foley’s London Marathon preparations are going well as he improved on his time last year in the same race and was 3rd in the MV65 age category in 3hrs 01:01.
  • Our sole parkrun competitor was Andy Darton who ran around the Chipping Sodbury course in a fairly sedate pace for him in 20:28 mins.

TRC Club Night 09/03/17

Date Activity
Thus 9 Mar TRC Club Night. Back to normal run with Mike & Emma
Thus 16 Mar TRC Club Night. Normal run with Mike & Emma / TRC Committee Night.Chantry 9pm
Tuesdays latr April New Beginners Group Couch to 5k starts in late April – watch this space!
Sun 7 May TRC Champs Race 1 of 5 ; Bluebell Blunder 10kish   11.00 (Off Road)
Mon 15 May TRC Champs Race 2 of 5 ; Berkeley 10k 19.30 (Road)
Sun 11 June TRC Champs Race 3 of 5 ; Bradley Stoke Festival 10k 09.30 (Road)
Sun 25 June Oldbury Fun Run. Organised with help from TRC.
Thurs 13 July TRC’s Thornbury 10k
Sun 3 Sept TRC’s Oldbury Power Station 10 Miles

Club Night News 9th Feb

Ros has been going looooong again! Thames Trot 50 this time, in 10h12min. Most importantly 1st in her age group!!

4 women from TRC braved ‘Lions, Tigers and Bears’ to run the Longleat 10km. Jo Williams 52:33, Cathy Watkins 1:00:35, Suzy Cundy 1:04:28 and Magda Johnson 1:09:35.

The usual suspects were Park Running last weekend. Two results need a mention. Moray Sloan (20:03) and Mick Stirrup (25:07) both ran P.B.s!!

If you want to see your Race results on the TRC Website and in the Thornbury Gazette then please send them in by Sunday night to Matt Johnstone ([email protected]) AND to John Grimsey (john.[email protected])

If you are interested in qualifying to lead one of TRC’s Groups on a Tuesday or a Thursday please make yourself known to Craig, Captain Pete or Arthur who will provide further information.