22 May 2017 – Results as reported this week

RESULTS

A mighty throng of Thornbury runners assembled on what was a drizzly Monday evening to take part in the Berkeley 10k. The relatively flat Berkeley course is a firm favourite for faster times and there were PBs galore among the team of 18 runners.

Nick Williams set off at a furious pace in his first ever road 10k and reached the half way point in 16th place out of 404 runners. He showed he has good stamina to go with blurring leg speed and overtook a couple more runners to finish 14th overall in a rapid 37:17 mins.

Clare Watt was first lady for the club and was the highest placed of all in her respective age category, finishing in 46:31 mins and 2nd in VF50 group. Clare was 133rd overall and 24th female.

Paul Thomas was the second Thornbury runner to cross the line in 40:46 mins and 54th overall. Moray Sloan produced a good display of even pacing to finish in 83rd in 42:51 mins. Nick Langridge was 4th in V65 age category in a time of 43:30 mins and 88th overall.

Richard Jackson was next and measured his effort well to cross the line in 102nd in 44:29 mins and Sean Underwood was 143rd in 47:10 mins.

Lizzie Ormerod had never beaten 50 mins for the 10k before and set off on a mission to smash it, which she duly did by over 2 mins in 47:39 mins, 161th overall and 33rd female. Alison Dyson was not far behind Lizzie, claiming a top 5 spot in the VF40 age category in 48:39 mins, 180th overall and 39th female.

Chris Foley finished 181st in 48:37 mins and Mike Bennewitz was 195th in 49:25 mins. Angela Bushell dipped under 50 mins in a time of 49:47 mins in 202nd place and 50th female. Jon Welsh was 219th in 51:10 mins and Hugh McPherson was close by in 51:36 mins in 229th.

After coming close to breaking the 1 hour barrier earlier in the year on a hilly 10k course, Cathy Watkins demolished her personal best in 56:56 mins, 291st overall and 102nd female.

John Watt finished 317th in 58:54 mins and was followed by Suzy Cundy who finished in 1hr and 5 seconds. Arthur Renshaw was Thornbury’s final runner with a time of 1hr 12 seconds.

There were relatively few runners out and about on Saturday morning on the parkrun circuit. Liam Symonds-Barry is a regular fixture now at the Kingsway run in Gloucester. After several PB performances in recent weeks, he took it easier this time around to finish in 25 mins exactly in 66th place.

Malcom and Karen Carr were back in action in Chipping Sodbury. Karen was 12th female and 159th overall in a time of 26:58 mins and Malcolm was 112th overall in a time of 25:22 mins.

TRC Club night 18/05/17 cont…

 

  • If you are looking for your results please be aware that TRC Members results are now being published on the web site separately from the News section (but still in this section for the moment). These results are directly from Matt’s report to the Gazette each week.

TRC Club Ni8ght 11/05/17 Cont…

  • No idea what’s happening on Thursday night as I’m doing this early this week because I’m away for a couple of days.
  • Please complete and return your Membership Questionnaire – we want your views!
  • Beginners Group led by Craig started Tuesday 9th – week 1 of 5
  • Ros is still looking for more people to help on our sold out 10k – Thursday 13th
  • Cotswold Way Relay – Sat 24th Contact Mike Bennewitz 0779 – 0491304. More updates on the TRC Facebook page. We have still 3+ places available for the TRC Mixed Team entry for the Cotswold Way Relay.

Results:

Thornbury Running Club runners arrived en masse to tackle the ‘Bluebell Blunder’, an off-road circa 10k race set in the glorious Wye Valley. The route snakes up and down the steep forest trail, including a short section along the Offa’s Dyke Path. The last mile features beautiful fields of bluebells, followed by a quick dash down to the finish while trying to avoid the hazardous roots, which are very easy to trip over.The highlight of the day belonged to the women’s team who won first prize in the team competition. The first 3 ladies over the line were Joanne Plumbley, Rosina Rowland and Clare Watt.

Jo carried over her London Marathon form and was 3rd female and 33rd overall in 54:53. Ros and Clare had a ding dong battle throughout the race with Ros prevailing in 59:46 mins, only 6 seconds ahead of Clare. Ros and Clare finished 2nd and 3rd in the FV50 age category and 54th and 55th overall, respectively.

Michelle Turner completed the undulating course in 1hr 8:22 in 96th place & 28th female.

While the men could not match the women’s domination, they did manage to make the podium in third place in the team competition. First finisher for the club was Matt Johnstone who finished 10th in a time of 49:31. Paul Thomas was next in 53:53 in 28th place, followed by Moray Sloan in 54:48 in 32nd place.

Nick Langridge ran a well-paced race, picking off several runners in the final third of the race. His time of 56:30 was good enough for 2nd MV60, 45th overall and was 3 minutes quicker than his time in the same race in 2016.

Kevin Cundy highlighted the perils of off-road racing when he turned his ankle with 1 mile to go and was forced to walk to the end. Hugh McPherson finished together with Kevin in 1:11:23 and 1:11:25. Fortunately, St John’s Ambulance were on hand to help Kevin at the finish and thanks should always go to them and the army of volunteers who make these races possible.

Nigel Hale continued the Welsh theme to this week’s racing by taking part in the Porthcawl parkrun on Saturday and finished in 35:24.

Paul Thomas and Chris Dawes joined the field of 333 runners at Chipping Sodbury in windy conditions. Paul’s time of 19:40 placed him 11th overall. Chris finished in 37th place in 21:48 .

Paul Thomas and Moray Sloan were out racing on multiple occasions over the weekend. Moray’s first outing was a 20:33 performance in Kingsway Gloucester parkrun in 15th place. Most people tend to slice seconds off their personal best times but Liam Symonds-Barry has made a habit of bringing his best time down in 1 minute increments. His latest personal best on the Kingsway course was 22:12 in 31st place.

Kevin Arnold finished the Pomphrey Hill parkrun in 23:00.

Have Fun!

TRC Club Night 04/05/17. cont…

  • Tonight’s run with Mike & Kevin will be over to the Mundy’s then across the fields to Mumbleys Lane and the bridle path then back along the Rollick route.
  • Beginners Group led by Craig to start next Tuesday 9th May – 7pm on the Leisure Centre top car park.
  • 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.
  • London Marathon 2018 – Ballot Entries open until tomorrow Friday 5th.
  • Cotswold Way Relay – Sat 24th Contact Mike Bennewitz 0779 – 0491304. More updates on the TRC Facebook page

We have still 3+ places available for the TRC Mixed Team entry for the Cotswold Way Relay. For those that have entered – thank you, and for those that have not yet decided please consider and let Mike Bennewitz know, either by email, text or Facebook Messenger. The organisers have asked each team to submit runner names quite soon, even though the race is not until 24th June so we shouldn’t wait too long. And finally the race is actually FULL already, which shows the level of support and reputation enjoyed by the race. So please join us – it’s a great day out in some of the most beautiful countryside we enjoy in the South West and the club pay for your entry!!

Results:

Martyn Green is more likely to be found on his cyclocross bike these days, but he donned his running shoes once again on Tuesday for the Aztec West Fast 5k.  He showed he has not lost much of his leg speed with a swift 18:19 in a race which featured heavy rainfall. Martyn finished 48th overall and 2nd in the MV40 age category. Jonathan Greenwood was back racing at Aztec West and he made the top 3 of his age category again (125th overall, 3rd MV60 ) in 21.55.

There were 10 Thornbury runners in 5 different parkruns on Saturday. Kevin Arnold was the first of 6 of our runners at Chipping Sodbury and finished in 22:02 in 52nd place. Hugh McPherson was next in 23:26 in 88th place. Malcolm and Karen Carr are in a rich vein of form and for the second week in a row broke their PBs on the Chipping Sodbury course. Both Malcolm and Karen have reduced their PBs by 2 minutes in the last year and Malcom dipped under 25 mins for the first time in 24:52 in 129th place. Not to be outdone, Karen broke through the 26 mins barrier with an excellent time of 25:48 for 158th place and 29th female. David and Anne Palmer were next over the line in times of 27:50 (226th place) and 32:30 (331st place and 116th female). Liam Symonds-Barry has been a regular at Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester in recent weeks and completed the course this week in 23:11 in 37th place. Paul Thomas impressed again by finishing in 4th place at Wotton parkrun in 19:48. Chris Dawes ran in his 70th parkrun this week. He ventured down to Southampton and joined a huge field of 1032 runners. Chris finished in 146th place in 21:28. Janet Gaze was another racing further afield in Aylesbury’s parkrun and had a great run with a time of 28:40 in 95th place, 23rd female.

Helen Tayler and Ros Rowland both competed in 10k races over the weekend. Ros headed south for the Round the Tor 10k in Glastonbury, which is run over an undulating course with a challenging hill just before the finish line. Ros was 8th in the VF45 age category and 173rd in 46:52.Helen stayed closer to home and raced in the 30th edition of Pensford 10k. Helen finished in 1hr 07:04 , 10th in FV50 age category and 199th overall.

Have Fun!

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.

Results:

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 20/04/17 Cont….

  • Thanks to Jim Williams for organizing last Thursday’s ‘Bag a Pub’ run – it was the hardest I’ve run on a Thursday for some time!
  • Cotswold Way Relay – Sat 24th Mike Bennewitz is organizing the 3 Teams so see Mike or scroll down to last week 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 new Club Kit has now been ordered although there will be a bit of a wait before we get delivery.
  • The Bristol Half marathon on Sunday 17th Sept is offering discounted entries again this year. If we can fill 20 club places it will cost £31.20 instead of £39.00.  If you are interested please let Steve Dimond know..

 

Results: all ParkRuns this week!

  • Clare Watt produced a stellar performance while running in West Midlands at the weekend. She finished 9th female and 115th overall at Coventry parkrun in 23:52 which was also a personal best on this course. John Watt completed the same run in 30:45
  • Liam Symonds-Barry limbered up for a few Easter eggs with a new personal best on the Gloucester Parkway course in 24:41
  • Tom Usherwood was in his familiar stomping ground of Stonehouse parkrun. He was first in the VM45-49 age group and 12th overall in 20:21.
  • Hugh McPherson completes the parkrun round up this week with a very good run at Chipping Sodbury in 23:37
  • Thornbury old boy, Benjamin Toomer, now running under the Hercules Wimbledon AC colours has gone from strength to strength since reloacting to London. He blazed around the Chipping Sodbury Parkrun in a rapid 15:25!, unsurprisingly claiming 1st place and a new course record.

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 30/03/17 cont….

Please renew your TRC Membership before next week. 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)

 http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=5242

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)

  • Jim Williams & Strava Segments tonight – see website below for more info.
  • Two weeks left to order your new Club Kit – see the order form or see Kevin Cundy on Club Night.
  • The Bristol Half marathon on Sunday 17th Sept is offering discounted entries again this year. If we can fill 20 club places it will cost £31.20 instead of £39.00.  If you are interested please let Steve Dimond know.

Results:

  • The ‘Frampton Globe Trot’ last Saturday joined an already busy schedule of local races through the countryside and more challenging terrain. The first running of this 8-mile course through the fields around Frampton Cotterell sold out in a little over 24 hours and 3 Thornbury runners were lucky enough to seal a spot. Paul Thomas had a barnstorming performance near the top of the field, finishing in 8th place out of 169 runners in 1hr 02:25 . Kevin Cundy and Sonya Bryson kept each other company, Kevin crossed the line 1 second and 1 place ahead of Sonya in 1hr 21:00  and 60th
  • Kevin Arnold was racing in the colours of the Army last weekend in the Army Half Marathon Championships in Fleet. In true fighting style he battled back from a skiing injury incurred only 3 weeks before to make the start line. This alpine mishap may have hampered his preparation, but his dogged spirit saw him through the race in 1hr 49:19.
  • John Grimsey was out on the Weston-super-Mare sea front in windy conditions last Thursday, taking part in the popular Weston Prom Run series. John was quick to concede that his 50:11  time over the 5-mile distance was not his finest performance, but will bounce back in the next edition in April.
  • Park Runs: Anthony Yates ran the undulating Pomphrey Hill in 27:44. Moray Sloan joined the less crowded field of runners at Wotton and completed it in 22:25  for 6th place overall. Malcom and Karen Carr took the opportunity to do the Bournemouth parkrun and finished in times of 25:52 and 28:43, respectively.

Have Fun!

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)

 http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=5242

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)

Results:

  • 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.