14th August 2017 – Results as reported this week

There was double age group success at the Old Down 10k on Sunday. The fields and undulating trails through the woods around Old Down Country Park are familiar to many of Thornbury’s runners and they used this local knowledge to great effect. Matt Johnstone was the first Thornbury runner in 5th place overall and was 1st VM40 runner in 45:39. The conditions were heating up on the second and final lap and even Moray Sloan’s trademark bandana was removed by the time he reached the finishing line in 51:17 in 13th place overall and 3rd VM40 runner.

Clare Watt paced herself around the tricky course well and was 1st VF50 and 36th overall in 56:58, a massive 13 minutes ahead of the next lady in her age group. After finishing, Clare was called into further action and used her medical training to help another runner who was overcome by the exertions of her race.

Recent recruit, Libby Pengelly, was next over the line in 45th place in 1:02:05, closely followed by Malcolm Carr in 1:02:11 in 47th place and 2nd MV60. Rachel Terrett was 78th overall in 1:09:09, Pippa Maidment 79th in 1:10:11 and Alice Porter 84th in 1:11:48.

John Watt was running in the one lap 5k race and finished in 23rd place in 37:38.

Ros Rowland clearly has an affinity for Wales as she often finds herself competing there. This weekend was the Port Talbot Half Marathon and Ros finished 90th overall and 10th female in 1:44:39. She also scooped top honours in the VF50 age category.

Thornbury runners took part in 5 different parkruns on Saturday. Andrew Darton was furthest afield at the Trelissick parkrun in Cornwall and must have been in a relaxed mood as he ambled around in 23:45 in 29th place, many minutes below his usual times.

Kevin Wood sliced a further 18 seconds off his best time in Chipping Sodbury to record a new personal best of 22:25 in 44th place. Kevin Arnold was 64th at Pomphrey Hill in 23:44.

John Grimsey was assisting some beginner runners near his home in Weston and finished in 302nd position at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun in a time of 42:27. David Palmer was at Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester this week in 100th position in 27:15.

In the Standish Woodland Chase Angela Bushell finished 4 mins faster than last year in 1:28:47 and Mike Bennewitz 1:32:38

That’s all for now. I’m away for a couple of weeks so unless someone else does the results the next report will be in 3 weeks time.

Road Race Championships Race 5 Results

Race 5 of the Club ‘Road Race’ Championships took place last Sunday at Old Down and brought changes in the men’s leader board including a new leader.  Should have been there myself but was laid low by a nasty bug that chose me to zero in on. However, despite Pete’s jibes I’m pleased to report that my motivational speaking must have worked as we now have 3 men who already have more points than I can possibly muster.  One race to go next week at Two Tunnels 10 K to move up the rankings (places are still open).  Full results and standings on Road Race page – http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=17461

31st July 2017- Results as reported this week

The Magor 10k has a reputation for quick times, thanks in large part to its pancake flat course and a highly competitive field of club runners. Angela Bushell, Jim Godden and Nick Williams made the short crossing to Wales on Saturday in search of PBs.

Nick finished in 14th place overall, dipping under 38 mins for the second time this year in a time of 37:47. Jim spent the early part of the season nursing several injuries, but has been making up for lost time in recent weeks. Jim won the V55 age category and was 21st overall in 39:05 mins.

Angela capped a good day for the Thornbury trio by finishing in the top 3 of the V45 age category and 17th lady in 49:26.

Moray Sloan was 19th at Chipping Sodbury parkrun and was only 6 seconds adrift of his best time in 20:09. Kevin Wood was a first timer on the same course and finished 70th in 22:44. Malcolm and Karen Carr have over 120 appearance between them on the Chipping Sodbury course and posted times of 25:54 (142nd) and 26:07 (149th / 29th lady), respectively. Elizabeth Dix crossed the line in 157th / 33rd lady in 26:25.

Paul Thomas has been taking his son down to the Yate athletics track for years and decided it is never too late to join in. Paul threw himself into the deep end by taking on the 1500m at an Avon League Match on Sunday. In a field of 8 runners Paul finished in 3rd place in 5:14. If that wasn’t enough for one day, Paul ran the blue riband 100m event in 14.0 in 5th place.

24th July 2017- Results as reported this week

Ros Rowland headed to Wales on Sunday for the third Snowdonia Trail Marathon. After a steady procession of stamina sapping hills and technical trails, the race culminates with a long climb up Wales’ highest peak. Ros’ finishing time was 6:12:02, which placed her 227nd overall and a very respectable 2nd in the F50-54 age category.

Jim Godden is building up for the Bristol Half Marathon in September and as part of his preparation travelled to The Bath Running Festival on Sunday. With a range of races from 5k up to the Marathon distance, Jim competed in the 10k event on a hilly course around the University grounds. Jim had a great race, finishing 2nd out of 222 runners in 44:38 and was 1st in the 50-59 age category.

Chipping Sodbury parkrun proved to be the most popular with Thornbury’s runners again. Angela Bushell was top performer on Saturday, breaking her personal best on this course in 23:54 in 77th place and 10th female. David Palmer was 146th in 27:12, Karen Carr was just 1 place behind in 27:15 and was followed by Anne Palmer in 266th in 31:52.

Liam Symonds Barry was back at the Gloucester North parkrun for a second week in a row. His time of 24:35 placed him in 41st position.

Sean Underwood and Rob Hopkins braved the waters near Canary Wharf at the world’s largest triathlon event on Saturday, the AJ Bell London Triathlon.

Sean has been a man on a mission this year, racing frequently and recently turning his attention to triathlon. Sean was competing in his first Olympic distance triathlon, a 1.5k swim, followed by a 37.5k bike and 9.9k run. Sean finished the course in 2:43:22 ( 36:06 swim, 1:10:09 bike and 47:11 run ) in 1156th place and 198th in M35-39 age category.

Rob Hopkins has years of triathlon experience behind him and is a multiple Ironman finisher in different countries. Later this year, Rob will tackle a triathlon three times longer than the Ironman distance over 420 miles in North Wales. This weekend, Rob took on the more straight forward ‘Olympic Plus’ distance in London. Rob was in a field of 265 competitors and after a solid 1.5k swim of 27:31, set off on an elongated 80k bike section and completed it in 2:13:22, an average speed of 36km/h. He rounded off his day with a 43:29 10k run, to finish 20th overall and 2nd in the M40-44 age category.

That’s all this week.

Thornbury 10k – Thursday 13th July 2017

The Mayor of Thornbury Helen Harrison, the 2 Race Directors (Ros Rowland and Kevin Cundy) and a small army of volunteers from the running club ensured the 2017 Thornbury 10k was another successful event with some high-quality racing.

No doubt adding to the appeal for the 309 runners who completed the race was the opportunity to win the second piece of the highly sought after 3 piece medal, which is awarded after each of Thornbury Running Club’s 3 main races.

Ciaran McQuade from Bristol & West was back to defend his crown and make it 3 in a row. In the end, this was probably the easiest of his 3 wins as he was over 3 minutes ahead of the next runner in a time of 35:41 mins. His fellow Bristol & West colleague, Naomi Aylwin, won the ladies race and finished 10th overall in 42:11 mins.

First Thornbury runner was Nick Williams in 39:12 mins in a highly creditable 3rd place overall. He was followed by Chris Gage who also dipped under 40 mins in 39:46 mins in 7th place

Nick Langridge was 1st in the MV65 age category and 21st overall in 43:23 mins, over 9 minutes ahead of his next competitor.

Clare Watt won the FV50 age category and finished 56th overall in 47:48 mins. Along with Clare, Lizzie Ormerod ( 58th overall, 47:55 mins) and Alison Dyson (108th overall, 51:49 mins) won the ladies team prize.

Other Thornbury results included Sean Underwood 32nd overall 45:31 mins, Maite Roche 123rd 52:53 mins, Cathy Watkins 222nd 1:00:37 mins, Suzy Cundy 224th 1:00:44 and Magda Johnson 274th 1:06:27.

Entries are filling fast for the next Thornbury Open race, the Oldbury Power 10-miler on Sunday 3rd September. This would be a great warm up for anyone taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon 3 weeks later.

17th July 2017 – Results as reported this week

A field of 89 runners assembled for the annual Rockhampton Fun Run on 6th July, a flat 4.1 mile multi terrain course around the local country roads. This evening race is a firm favourite for all the family, with a post-race BBQ on offer and generated £477 for the local church.

Thornbury runner Rob Cowlard had won the previous 3 years and was looking to make it four in a row, setting off at a blistering pace.

14 year old Westbury runner James Harrod tracked Rob closely for the first mile, followed by the fast improving Nick Williams. Rob’s recent speed training on the track paid dividends, as he extended his lead to cross the line in 23:44 mins. Nick ran an even pace to finish in second in 24:40 mins. Former international gymnast and local resident, Chris Child, finished third in 25:01 mins.

After winning the Clevedon Triathlon earlier in the week, Taryn Roberts continued her run of good results by taking top spot in the ladies field by almost 3 minutes in 10th place overall in a time of 27:32 mins. Finola Watkins was 2nd in 30.15 mins, followed by Lizzie Williams in 30:58 mins.

Other notable performances from Thornbury runners included Nick Langridge (1st MV60, 29 mins), Claire Watt (1st FV40, 31:41 mins) and Janet Gaze (1st FV60, 41:26 mins)

Man Vs Lakes is a marathon event which combines an off road marathon with a devilish array of obstacles. It includes slides, jumps, rope swings, a floating assault course and a swim in Lake Windemere. If that doesn’t seem hard enough there is 1000m of climbing up the local fells to contend with.

Moray Sloan took up the Man Vs Lakes challenge, describing the experience as “awesome”. Moray finished in 5:38:27 in 62nd place overall out of 629 finishers and 15th out of 155 in the Vet age category.

Jim Godden took part in the highly competitive Bitton 5k series on Wednesday night. Jim celebrated his 55th birthday by finishing in 10th place overall and 2nd MV 50 in a speedy 18:38 mins.

David Palmer and Anne Palmer were out at Pomphrey Hill parkrun on Saturday, finishing in 29:15 mins (183rd) and 34:35 mins ( 289th and 100th female). Liam Symonds-Barry ran the Gloucester North parkrun for the first time in 23:54 mins.

Have Fun & check out my Thornbury 10k report elsewhere.

10th July 2017 – Results as reported this week

There are many experienced triathletes and several budding multi-sports athletes in Thornbury Running Club.

Paul Clark set himself an ambitious schedule at the start of July, with a race in Edinburgh and a 3 stage event in Wales on consecutive weekends. The Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 triathlon was contested over a 950m swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. The swim was shortened on safety grounds from the traditional 1.9 mile distance due to very choppy swimming conditions. Anyone familiar with the terrain in Edinburgh would expect a hilly course and Paul commented it was the hardest race he’d taken part in. He still fared much better than most, finishing 188th out of 1572 competitors and 22nd from 255 in the VM45 age category. His finishing time was 5:23:23 (25:26 swim, 3:00:10 bike and 1:47:06 run).

Last weekend, Paul ventured to West Wales in beautiful Tenby for the ‘Long Course Weekend’. This swim, bike and run event splits up the Ironman distance disciplines, with 550 people competing over 3 days. Paul completed the 2.4 mile swim on Friday in 1:11:19 (213th), the 112 mile hilly bike section on Saturday in 6:37:31 (87th) and on tired legs on Sunday saved the best for last, a marathon run of 3:36:00 (50th place). His overall time was 11:24:50 in 64th place.

The Long Course Weekend is held on the same route as ‘Ironman Wales’ in September. Thornbury brother and sister, Dylan and Taryn Roberts are deep in training for Ironman Wales and kicked off the cobwebs by racing Clevedon Triathlon 2 weeks ago. It started with a 400m lap of the refurbished Clevedon Marine Lake before a 20k bike and 5k run to the finish. Dylan and Taryn raced the course together, Dylan finishing in 1:15:23 in 24th place with Taryn 1 place behind in the overall rankings. Taryn was engaged in a fierce battle at the head of the ladies’ field and at the end the top 3 competitors were only separated by 7 seconds with Taryn taking the top prize in 1:15:31.

Kevin Wood took part in Tockington Duathlon on Sunday and finished 19th overall out of 48 competitors in 48:40 mins. Maite Roche was runner up in the women’s field and 23rd overall in 49:31 mins and Angelica Fackrell was 36th in 57:32 mins.

The ever popular ‘Summer Chilly Duathlon Series’ around the Castle Coombe racing track was back on Wednesday evening. The 2 mile run, followed by 10 mile bike ride and another 2 mile run to finish is a fast and furious event. Ros Rowland and Ray Sunnicks were racing as a relay team with Ros doing the 2 runs and Ray the bike section. They came 2nd overall team in a time of 54:59 mins, which placed them 52nd overall. Arthur Renshaw was 115th overall and 8th in the Super Vet 60+ age category in 1:06:07.
Hugh McPherson was in prolific form last week, toeing the racing line on 3 separate occasions. His first race was on Monday at the Frampton 10k. Hugh finished in 272nd place and 12th V60 in 54:20 mins. Hugh’s second race, the Rockhampton Fun Run on Thursday is yet to publish the results and his last race was the Gloucester 10k on Sunday. Hugh finished in 54:43 in 255th place and 5th V60. Hugh was joined by Richard Jackson who was the club’s first finisher in 45:56 mins in 73rd place and Liam Symonds-Barry in 250th place in 54:50 mins.

3 Thornbury runners travelled to London on Monday for the Newham 10k, which saw over 10,000 people taking part. Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey sounded the starter’s horn before the runners looped around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before finishing in the Olympic Stadium. Jo Williams was 1,418th in 52:03 mins, followed by husband Mark Williams in 52:04 in 1,420th place. Jon Welsh found the hot conditions very challenging, as he was several minutes behind his normal standard in 59:54 mins in 3,037th place.

Kevin Arnold produced one of his fastest runs for several months at Riverfront parkrun in Newport in 27th place in 21:53 mins.

5 runners made it to Chipping Sodbury on Saturday morning for the parkrun. Andy Darton was back in action and came 6th in 18:50 mins. This was Jim Godden’s first run on this course and he was 11th in 19:54 mins. Malcolm Carr ran 25:44 mins (90th), Karen Carr 26:11 mins (99th and 10th lady) and Anne Palmer finished 211th and 69th lady in 33:17 mins.

No results from the Rockhampton Fun Run as yet but there was a great turn out by club members and a lot of photos are on the TRC FaceBook page. If you can’t access that and want to see them, contact Steve Dimond.
If you want to make sure your results are reported (in the Thornbury Gazette) and put on the TRC Website please make sure you send the details to Matt Johnstone & John Grimsey preferably on the Sunday after.
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Report on the Cotswold Way Relay 24/06/17

There were some highly impressive individual and team performances at the 25th running of the Cotswold Way Relay on Saturday. Mike Bennewitz and Judy Mills had marshalled the troops expertly, reminded everyone to do their recces and managed to get everyone’s race bibs to them on time. All that was required now was the race itself and 103 miles to complete.

The Male Vets Team aka ‘Thornbury Quality Street’ were aiming to shed their bride’s maid tag, as Rob Watkins memorably remarked, and become the bride. Confused? You should be!

The day started well for the Vets with early trump cards Roger Denton and Rob Cowlard setting a good pace in legs 1 and 2. Rob took another club leg record in the process and now holds 4, erasing Roger’s previous record by 4 seconds.

At the halfway mark Jim Godden, Martyn Green and Rob Hopkins handed over in 1st place. Could the others hang on with the hosts, Bath AC Vets, breathing down their necks? The short answer is no, but it was still a glorious effort by all concerned. A combined time of 13:14:36 was slightly faster than last year’s performance and left the Vets within 3 minutes of Bath in 2nd place again.

Paul Clarke and Rob Cowlard were the highest placed finishers of the team – both taking 6th place in a packed field of quality runners.

The 2 Mixed Teams, ‘Thornbury Dolly Mixtures’ and ‘Thornbury All Sorts’ were a perfect blend of youth and experience. The 2 teams featured 3 Kings and Queens of the Cotswolds (Arthur Renshaw, Ros Rowland and John Grimsey), awards given to runners who have completed all 10 legs.

The winning team were the Dolly Mixtures who completed the course in 16:53:19 in 39th place out of 61 teams.

We think the provisional result of 13th for the All Sorts was incorrect as it omits the time of one of the team members. The combined time of 17:13:52 places them in about 48th place.

Taryn Roberts’ set a second club record, this time on leg 4 in only her second outing. She finished 28th overall and 2nd lady in a time of 1:44:00, which beat the previous mark set in 2009 by over 7 minutes!

3 new Kings and Queens of Cotswolds were crowned. Nick Langridge, Martyn Green and Judy Mills joined the ranks, which now totals 9 runners.

Summer Handicap Final Results

Good to see increasing numbers taking part in the handicaps and enjoying it. The late decision of the race organiser to change the course to a shorter route did mean the handicaps then favoured those with smaller handicaps and the overall results favoured those who did take part in the last race but it was either that or be trampled by cows.
So, the results for the 3rd of the Summer Handicaps, held last night, 22nd June and the final standings with the best 2 of 3 to count are now available here – http://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/?page_id=17386.
Any issues with race or timings to the race organiser, any issues with mis-spellings, typing errors or names to me for correction.