Oldbury Power 10 Miler

The  next Oldbury Power 10-miler is on Sunday 3rd September 2017 at 10:30, two weeks before the Bristol Half Marathon. Click here for entries. The plans are to follow the same route as 2016 but please note the arrangements around team entries have changed – see below.

The Teams will be handled slightly differently this year.  There is no discount for team entries and there is no need to formally enter as a team.  Instead, the results will be based on runners representing the same running club.  The first four men or three women, from a particular club, to cross the line will be picked out and awarded the respective prizes.

The Oldbury Power 10-miler was last run on 11/09/2016

This is a fast flat road race and we’re doing what we can to help you to put down a fast time with chip timing. It starts and finishes at Oldbury Power Station.

It’s also a great warm up for the  Bristol Half Marathon, 2 weeks later.

Race incorporates 10-mile Avon Road Race Championship for eligible runners

Team competition

10 miles is an ideal distance if you’ve done your first 10k and want to do your first 1/2 Marathon at some time. …..As 10-milers go, it’s an easy course, and not a hill in sight! Thornbury Running Club welcomes runners who run for enjoyment

It all happens on Sunday 11/09/2016 at 10.30am from Oldbury Power Station.

Or here for the postal entry form

Click for results and here is a short video of the start:-

2015 Race Report by Judy Mills.

Early fog gave way to a warm autumn day as over 120 runners set out on the flat figure-of-eight course around Oldbury and Shepperdine. First back was Ciaran McQuade in 55.27mins, the Bristol & West AC runner over two minutes clear of Kieron Summers of Weston AC who was also the first Vet40 to cross the line in 57.29mins. Alex Crossland in 57.40mins was third, and the first of a successful Clevedon AC contingent.

Kate Hulls of Bristol & West AC raced home to take the £100 prize kindly donated by sponsors X-Press Legal Services®  for beating the target time. Kate’s time of 59.37mins was over three minutes faster than her 2014 time and put her in 9th place overall, several minutes ahead of second lady, Westbury Harriers’ Elizabeth Smith in 65.59mins with Jodie Withyman for Clevedon third in 67.34mins.

Thornbury’s Jim Godden finished car parking duties in time to put on his racing shoes: he was 19th in 63.22mins and third in the Vet50 category. Dave Beard, the only other Thornbury member running, was 46th in 71.55mins. It was good to see former member Colin Bell returning to the race field, to finish 73rd in 81.15mins, and there was a huge cheer for Weston AC’s Shaleen Summers, using the 100 minute pacer to cross the line one second inside her target in 99.59mins.

The Declared Team event was won by Clevedon Ladies: Jodie Withyman, Laura Meech and Donna Davies.

The race incorporated the Avon 10-mile Championships with awards in so many categories that Weston AC needed a box to carry all theirs home. Avon Championship winners were as follows,

Category         Name                   Position    Club

Senior Men          Ciaran McQuade   1st            Bristol & West

Senior Men          Alex Crossland      2nd           Clevedon AC

Senior Men         Nick Benchley         3rd          Bristol & West


Avon-MV40         Kieran Summers   1st            Weston AC

Avon-MV40         Jason Bidwell        2nd          Frampton Cotterell Harriers

Avon-MV40         Marcus Kropacsy   3rd           Great Western Runners



Avon-MV45         Nick Faye                              Westbury Harriers

Avon-MV50         Jim Godden                           Thornbury Running Club

Avon-MV60         John Hinchcliffe                     Weston AC

Avon-MV65         Christopher Taylort                Great Western Runners


Category          Name                   Position    Club

Senior Women   Elizabeth Smith       1st            Westbury Harriers

Senior  Women  Jodie Withyman      2nd           Clevedon AC

Senior  Women  Laura Meech          3rd            Clevedon AC


Avon-LV40          Louise Jewell-Hillyer   1st       Fitquest

Avon- LV 40         Michelle Picken        2nd      Frampton Cotterell Harriers

Avon- LV 40         Julie Bryant              3rd       Frampton Cotterell Harriers


Avon-LV45           Geraldine Hope                   Weston AC

Avon-LV50          Jo Webb                               Bitton Road Runners

The Club was pleased to welcome back some of those who ran for the first time with us at the Thornbury 10k in July, and was also happy to be joined by some local runners keen to maintain their fitness after completing a half marathon. Ten miles races might not be as popular as they once were, but it is still clearly a worthwhile racing distance.


Other information from 2015 is left below for reference, though links to entries are disabled.

The course is 2-mile clockwise loop, then a 6-mile anti-clockwise loop with 1 mile out and back, along quiet country lanes just a few miles from Thornbury.

Course Map (click) showing water stops :> Mileage Route 2011

      or GMap version (mileage is not exact)


Race HQ is at Oldbury Power Station (Satnav BS35 1RQ) itself, where you will find ample car parking and bag storage.

Out on the course you will be well looked after by Thornbury Running Club’s marshals who have a great reputation for their friendliness and encouragement!

The race starts at 10.30am

 Entry fees
In advance:         £8 Affiliated     £10 Unaffiliated
On the day:         £10 Affiliated   £12 Unaffiliated

Entries available online or by post, and all race numbers to be collected on the day.

online entry at Fabian4     or here for postal entry form  (links disabled)

The Race is sponsored this year by X-Press legal Services.

Fast Time, Big Cash Prizes

1. Course records

There will be cash prizes of £100 for the first man and first woman to break the existing course records, which are:

Men – 50min.19sec Michael Johnson, Cardiff AC (2010)
Women – 57min.09sec Kim Fawke, Telford AC (2008)

BUT, we recognize that these long held records are challenging and we want someone to actually win the prize! So we have relaxed the target a little this year, as follows:

Men – First man in under 52min 51sec
Women – First woman in under 60min 01sec (what a great target!)

Both these times are the second best winning times for this race over the past 10 years, and if you did all that training for the Bristol Half, these will be within your sights.

Thornbury Running Club are also offering cash prizes to the winners in all major categories.

2. New PB
OPS10 is a fast, flat course, and 10 miles isn’t a distance that’s run that often. ‘Fast and flat’ are the perfect ingredients for you to set a new PB – or if you haven’t tried the distance or this race before, to set one up for next year.

OPS10 is also a great warm-up/sharpener for the Great South Run (also 10 miles) or even perhaps the Bristol to Bath Marathon, both 3 weeks later.

To help you along, Thornbury Running Club will supply pacemakers for 6- (the magic hour!), 7-, 8-, and 9-minute mile pace.

3. Race Licences
This year your performance will count towards your UK ranking if you are affiliated to UKA. The race has UKA licence number 2015-20354.

The race also has an ARC Race permit, and will be run subject to ARC rules

4. Avon Road Race Championships
This race is the third in a series of races in 2015 that together make up the Avon Road Race Championships (others being Hogweed 10k in May and Road Relay Championships in August).

Provided you are eligible (click here)  and have confirmed you are eligible when you apply, you will have the chance to become Avon Champion over 10 miles!

Medals are awarded in the following categories:

Senior; Vet40; Vet50 (1st/2nd/3rd Male and Female) and 1st Vet60 (M&F)

Click here for online entry at Fabian4     or Click here for postal entry form

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Team competition                                                                 
New in 2015, Thornbury Running Club has introduced prestigious trophies for which teams may compete.

Teams may comprise of work colleagues; sports clubs; other running clubs…or just a group of friends who want to run together.

Trophies will be awarded to the first all-male and all-female teams (though mixed teams may still enter).

A team may consist of up to five nominated individuals, with three counting towards the Team Championship. Lowest score wins!

Teams must apply by post before the race, using the Team Application form. Online entry for teams is not available. No team entries will be allowed on race day.

Click here for Team application form.  Where 5 runners form a team, one runner can enter free of charge.

Running for enjoyment
Running isn’t just about course records and PBs…..and Thornbury as a Club has always encouraged runners of all abilities

If you’ve caught the running bug this year – perhaps you’ve completed your first 10k – you’re now probably thinking about doing a half-marathon at some time. Oldbury Power 10-miler is the perfect stepping stone distance, and added to that, the course is relaxed and flat……and not a hill to be seen!

There’ll be a group of Thornbury runners running at the back (in the Tour de France, it’s called the ‘Autobus’!) at something like 10-minute mile-pace to help you ‘round, so if you think you can run for 100 minutes (or close to it, with a bit of walking) why not give OPS10 a try? There is no cut-off time for the event.

Click here for online entry at Fabian4     or Click here for postal entry form

The last race was run on Sunday 14 September 2014, starting at 10:30 am and click here for results.
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