Road Race Championship Race 2 Results and Standings

Last night, 15th May, saw the 2nd of this season’s Road Race Championships at the Berkeley 10K.  17 Thornbury runners took part with Nick Williams leading home the men and Clare Watt the women.  Paul Thomas now has the lead in the men’s championship with Clare Watt leading the women’s.  Full results and standings on the Road Race championship page

15 May 2017 – Results as reported this week


On 6th May over 13,000 runners and 20,000 spectators ran and lined the city centre streets for the ever-popular Bristol 10k.  Dylan Roberts found himself at the front of the field on the starting line and got sucked into the fast early pace with the top runners, before settling down in to a steadier rhythm. His time of 39:11 mins in 234th place was especially good considering this was his first ever road 10k.

Kevin Wood was next in 46:03 mins in 1441st place and was well placed in the competitive MV60 age category, narrowly missing out on a top 10 position.

Liam Jones is running himself back into form and finished in 2796th place in 50:19 mins, not far ahead of Jon Welsh in 2880th place in 50:36 mins. Helen Tayler was next in in a time of  1 hr 1:13 mins in 7244th place.

On Sunday, the annual Almondsbury fun run was hosted by the local Primary School and there were a range of distances to cater for all levels of running and experience including 1k, 5k and 10k.

Ros Rowland was first lady in the 10k and came away impressed with the overall organisation and the challenging multi-terrain course, her winning time was 47:04 mins. Moray Sloan was 6th overall in 46:22 mins and Hugh McPherson 15th in 52:49 mins. In the 5k run, Dave Beard jogged round with his son James who both completed the course in 35:54 mins.

Perennial parkrun travellers, David and Anne Palmer, joined 1300 other runners at Bushy Park in SW London. David’s time of 27:34 mins put him in 715th place and Anne followed in 1059th / 340th female in 32:49 mins.

Moray Sloan was our fastest parkrunner of the week when finishing 31st in 20:45 mins on the Gloucester Kingsway course. Liam Symonds-Barry ran another PB in 22:04 mins in 54th place.

Andrew Darton paced his son Thomas around the Pomphrey Hill course for the first time. They finished in 78th and 79th place in 22:29 and 23:30 mins.

Road Race Championships Race 1 Results and Standings

A keen group of Thornbury runners turned out for the first of this year’s club championship races.  The ladies were particularly successful with Jo finishing 3rd lady and 1st FV40 and Ros picking up the 1st FV50 prize and with Claire Watt the three together won the ladies’ team prize.  Kevin Cundy turned his ankle a mile from the finish but still hobbled to the end with the help of Hugh to record a time.  Such spirit.

Full results here –

Scoring rules here –

2016 – TRC Review of the Year

A Happy New Year to all TRC Members past and present.

Judy Mills reports on what’s happened over the Holiday period plus a special report on TRC’s year 2016 prepared for the The Thornbury Gazette

Funny lot, runners. While most people spend Boxing Day, not to mention Christmas and New Year’s Day, at home with the family, runners go out in the cold for a race. Often they also choose the muddiest, wettest option available as well, while those who don’t understand their mentality can only look on assuming that they will say ‘it’s nice when it stops’. But no, honestly, they do it because they want to

The two Thornbury Running Club members pounding the streets of Clevedon on Boxing Day were Andrew Darton and Janet Gaze. With almost a thousand competitors, Darton ran well to finish in 32nd place, 4th MV40 completing the 4-mile course in 23.03minutes. Janet Gaze, running in the FV60 age group also did well, coming home in 37.19minutes in 698th place, and 9th in category.

Final outing of the year was the weekly parkrun. The Wotton course was as muddy as ever and saw Kevin Arnold complete the 5k in 24.17minutes and Judy Mills in 28.49minutes. Chris Ashworth finished in 26.20minutes.

Liam Symonds-Barry took on the easier Kingsway course, finishing in 26.45, much below his best, which suggests he was running with a friend or family member.

At Chipping Sodbury it was good to see Rebecca Dunsford back in her trainers after too long a break, and she must have been happy to finish, even in 39.08minutes. Keeping her company were Becky Griffin (30.10minutes)and Suzanne Cundy (30.28minutes). The men were a little higher up the field, though Christmas seems to have added more than a few seconds to all the Thornbury times: Paul Thomas (23.11minutes) and Kevin Cundy (23.14minutes).

New Year’s Day is an opportunity for runners to bag not one but two parkruns, and this is what Kevin Arnold and Neil Roff did. Arnold was at Lydney for 8.30am running the 5k in 23.39minutes then buzzing to the Forest of Dean event where he ran for a further 24.03minutes. Roff was closer to home with a good time of 22.18minutes at Chipping Sodbury then a more pedestrian 37.20minutes at Pomphrey Hill. Angela Bushell also ran at Sodbury in a time of 25.04minutes.

The Hangover 10k is the first local race of the New Year, always popular with Ros Rowland even on a wet day. She started 2017 well, finishing 47th in 46.07minutes and winning the FV50 category.

It has been another successful year for Thornbury Running Club with some remarkable achievements from members. All too often people are wont to say that they would love to be able to run but they can’t. ‘Can’t’ is not in the Club’s vocabulary, and several of those who may have said this previously would have to agree. The regular Tuesday evening sessions have produced a number of runners who have in 2016 gone on to complete 10k and even half marathon races.

 New to the longer distances this year was Magda Johnson who was recently awarded the Club’s Helen Ralphs Award, presented annually to a newcomer who has both made great progress and has supported other newer members. Cathy Watkins has watched husband Rob racing and has now proved she too can do it, albeit slightly more slowly, and Suzy Cundy has been regularly running 5k parkruns and now has over a hundred to her name completed the Cardiff half-marathon. Meanwhile her husband, Kevin Cundy, also upped his racing mileage to 26.2 miles of a marathon, choosing no soft option but the hilly and tough Beachy Head marathon. Other Club members kept him company and kept him going when the free sausage rolls at a checkpoint threatened to become too much of a temptation.

Yet again it is impossible to write a report of the year without the name Rosina Rowland coming to the fore. Advising and encouraging the new runners, she sets a hard-to-follow example, competing more frequently than any other Club member. Amongst her (at least!) 25 appearances in 2016 were the Cotswold Way relay where, along with Mark Curtis she has achieved the accolade Queen of the Cotswolds (yes, all right, Curtis is a King) for having now raced each of the ten Stages. Her frequent attendance at the winter cross country races, where she is Ladies Captain saw her win the Club Championship as well as take 2nd place in the V50 category in the Gloucester League. In July she again took on an organisational role, as joint Race Director of the increaingly popular Thornbury 10k. She is our own in-house caterer wearing her day-job colours as Rosina Catering, serving up a delicious curry and chilli at the Club Christmas party.

But for Rowland, the running highlight of 2016 will be her success at the Cotswold Way Century in October. Alongside Rob Hopkins and Dave Beard she completed the full 102-mile Cotswold Way, running overnight, non-stop, in a time of twenty-nine hours and 31minutes.

Thankfully, Thornbury Running Club has a number of members who will go the extra mile to encourage other runners and to ensure that Club events run smoothly. Club Chairman Craig Carscadden is a fully qualified coach with a wealth of experience in all aspects of athletics, including disability sport, and he is always happy to prepare training schedules for members with a goal in sight. The Club would struggle to function without ongoing support from Arthur Renshaw, Pete Maintone and John Grimsey, all themselves very experienced runners though not as fast as they were forty years ago.

Race Directors Jo Emerson, Ros Rowland, Emma Barnes, Justin Taylor and John Watt are responsible for ensuring that the three Club open races run smoothly. January’s Riverbank Rollick is again a sell-out, and entries have increased at both the Thornbury 10k (July) and the Oldbury Power 10-miler (September). For the first time in 2017 all three races have chip-timing and all who complete the course will be awarded a medal. The three race medals clip together making an impressive piece of running bling.

Members Roger Denton and Arthur Renshaw both qualified for international events, with Renshaw competing at the European duathlon championships and Denton at the Ironman world Championships, while brother-and-sister duo, Taryn and Dylan Roberts have had great success at triathlon, Taryn finishing 1st in her age group at the Taunton triathlon and 9th at Ironman UK; over the full distance of 2.4miles of swimming; 112 miles of cycling and a full 26.2mile marathon.  At the same event Denton was 3rd and Dylan Roberts 63rd in their age groups.

Keeping the Club name in print, both Kevin Arnold and Garry Slater enjoy a weekly parkrun, whenever commitments allow, while Rob Hopkins’ and Jo Emerson’s names appear high-up the results page of many tough, some would say wacky and obscure races.

Add to those with their names in lights a number of dedicated men and women who love to run, socially or competetively, and it is clear why Thornbury is such a thriving Running Club. New members, whatever their ability, are always welcome, and details of Club runs and activities can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well as on the Club website


Club Night 3/11/16

We will be having a shorter run tonight but still under Pete’s new regime. After the run everyone is invited up to Thornbury Cricket Club for a Curry. – Ros’s best plus there will be a Vegy option.  It’s free to TRC Members and their friends.

If you tried to get into the 2017 London Marathon but failed and you are still keen to get a place then keep your eyes and ears peeled as TRC has a Club place available. You will need to jump through  few hoops to get the place and the details will be out in a few days. Who has got the place will be announced at the Pre-Xmas party on Thurs 15th Dec.

If you are on Facebook you will know that entries to the Riverbank Rollick on Sun 15th Jan are now open. However to keep up our great organisational reputation we will be needing lots of Marshals so please volunteer – names to Arthur Renshaw please.

Suzanne Cundy will be doing her 100th Park Run this Saturday at Chipping Sodbury. Everyone is invited to help her celebrate  – be there 9.00 Saturday.

Finally 10 of us went down to Sussex for the Beachy Head Marathon last Saturday. There were perfect running conditions over the 26 mile off road course with 3,500 ft of ascent. Jo Plumbley drove there from Tytherington on the Saturday morning , had a quick run round in 4.23 then went on her way to South Korea as you do. Nancy was next in at 4.29 and we then had to wait for 5 TRC runners who all came in together at 5.15 (Kevin Cundy [1st Marathon], Angela Bushell, Steve Dimond, Chris Foley, Hugh McPherson). Judy Mills followed 10 mins later then John Grimsey a further 10 minutes back. I managed to register a DNS due to the lasting effects of the Man-Flu!

Enjoy your Curry!




TRC results service

If any TRC Members wish to see their race results on the Club Website and published in the Gazette then please send them by 10.30am on Monday morning to [email protected] and to [email protected]    Don’t worry about any ParkRun results as they will be picked up but if you have results for any other events please send them on otherwise there is no guarantee they will be seen.

The TRC Website Results are here via this link….

Arthur Renshaw

Harding sleighs the Christmas Cracker

Thursday Night is at the Leisure centre- Thursday 17/12 we are at Thornbury Cricket Club

Efforts session now in Thornbury 19.00 Tuesday at the Leisure centre Car Park

 Well done to the 17 TRC members who ran the Cracker, full results on the results page, special mention to Nancy Harding 1st back for the club in 49.20, Jo Williams was 2nd home for the club in 51.32, Carol Bishop was 2nd in her age category

Park Run results

At Little Stoke Park Run Kevin Arnold was 15th in 20.58 and Kevin Cundy was 80th in 28.29 escorting his son Spencer,

Rob Hopkins came 14th in the Might Contain Nuts trail series. It took him 8.10.21 so I think it was a bit further than a Park Run

 We will be having a Christmas run and drink at the Thornbury Cricket Club on Thursday 17/12/2015. Food is free for members as a thank you for helping to organize/marshal races, lead groups , take the warm up or make the tea.

There will be a list on Thursday or email me please. If you are bringing a non member partner there will be a small charge of £5

  Dates going thro XMAS

Thursday 17th Dec -Xmas do with food by Roz? Thornbury Cricket Club

Sunday 20th –  Wotton Under Edge Xmas Run – Arthur organizing- see below

Sunday 20th Xmas Cycle Group ride- Richard Illingworth

Thursday 24th Dec – Leisure Centre Closed – No CLUB NIGHT

Thursday 31st Dec – Leisure Centre closes 16.00 PM No Club night

Thursday 7th Jan 2016 – all back to normal.-Arthur will lead as Captain

Hi All

We shall be doing the usual run from Wotton Under Edge on the Sunday before Xmas and I’m organising. At the moment there is likely to be 4 or 5 Groups, starting at different times but all planning to be back at the Chippings Car Park for hot drinks & mince pies by 11.00. Always a nice start to the festive season and the weather is usually kind (lots of snow once) Everyone is invited – all TRC Members and former Members are invited and we usually pick up a few Members from other local Clubs as well. If you have any colleagues in other local Clubs or you see former Members then please invite them along but let me know which Group they want to go in.


All Groups meet at the Chippings Car Park., off Symn Lane GL12 7BD. Car Share if you can as the Car Park does get busy.

A.The ‘Fast & Furious’ Group. Starting early at 08.00 going long & fast for 3 hours! Led by Rob Watkins and Ros

B.The ‘Traditional Route’ Group. Not so fast or furious. Starting at 08.30  About 12.5 miles but hilly and picturesque. Led by Arthur Renshaw

C. The ‘Hilly & Muddy’ Group. Starting at 09.15. Will be hilly & probably will find some mud but only about 7.5 miles. Led by Pete Mainstone.

D.The ‘I want a Nice Steady Run’ Group. Starting at 09.45 and going not too hilly or muddy for an hour-ish. Will make it up on the day but probably towards North Nibley Monument and may drive up and start by the woods to avoid the initial climb out of Wotton. To be led by ?

E.. The ‘Slightly More Leisurely’ Group. Starting at 09.30. Probably a Walking Group up over towards North Nibley Monument & back. Also may drive up to start by the woods. To be Led Graham ?

If you are interested in joining any of these Groups please reply to me at [email protected] or leave a message for me on one of my phones. If you have never joined in on the Wotton run before please ask around at Clubnight and people will enthusiastically tell you all about them – the Wotton run is a highlight of the TRC calendar!

Regards   Arthur Renshaw 

Don’t forget Steve Dimond will need plenty of volunteers to help him organize your club’s next event. There are circa 330 entries already for the Rollick so please keep your diary’s free on the Sunday 17th Jan

Reminder Nigel and I are stepping down at the AGM as Captain and Secretary. Nigel’s role has a description if you wanted to take a look . For mine it is doing the update, choosing a route, (I will document all we have through the OS web-site early 2016 ) quick update Thursday night and out the door

  If you have Facebook, read Thornbury Running Club public group.

>The page enables you to stay in touch and share training runs and lifts. For those that don’t have Facebook, we will also try and share these in Club News weekly in this email and at the club night. We’d like to encourage the camaraderie and lift sharing, so let us know what is happening. 

We received a message from N. Somerset council asking us not to distribute lealets on car windows on their land. Without going into detail at the moment and until we clarify the position going froward for any events we promote please can you avoid Council land

26 Year Old London Marathon Time Broken

A special late mention is required to congratulate Rob Watkins on his superb run in last Sunday’s London Marathon. Rob finished in 2.56.13 breaking Richard Illingworth’s 26 yr record by 1.18 minutes. Rob’s average mile per min was circa 6.45.

Congratulations Rob and just to cap it off this Sunday is Hill Cream Tea’s and I hope Rob will be 1st in the queue