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.