Jo Plumbley is cycling from London to Edinburgh AND BACK in one go!

On July 30th I will be attempting to cycle 900 miles from London to Edinburgh and back in aid of Great Western Air ambulance, the Thornbury Running Club Charity for this year.

I have just over 100 hours to complete the challenge so will need to average over 200 miles a day for 4 days.

If I make it I promise to try and return with some celebratory shortbread or similar Scottish fare

Any contributions would be very gratefully accepted. Just e mail me, sign up on the sponsorship form that will be at club night on Thursday, throw some change in the air ambulance collection tin that will also be there or use my Just Giving page where you can donate directly to the charity.

Thank you so much for your support.

jo plumbley

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.

TRC Club Night 20/07/17

It seems like an age since we last had a TRC Club Night at the Leisure Centre and things are changing….

Listening to the feedback from the survey and workshop we would like to try a few things starting this Thursday 20th July. Please give us your feedback so we know if the changes are working.
• We are changing the room layout to make it better for first timers and to improve the flow into the room.
• We are reducing the announcements and the warm up so we are out running more promptly. – target to be out on our run by 19.15 latest.
• We will be offering 4 separate run groups based on speed and capability with Leaders who know the routes each week plus a walking Group – although we may not start the Groups this week until everyone knows what to expect and the Leaders are ready and primed with their routes..
• Finally we are going to introduce a cool down, by finishing short of the leisure centre, jogging back and then stretching.

As we are reducing the Announcements on Club Night you will have to visit the Website more frequently and check on the TRC Facebook page to find out what’s going on.

The next few weeks we will be bedding in our new Thursday night organization so come prepared for runs that will be a mix of off-road & on road.

Now the Thornbury 10k is out of the way we are looking for volunteers to help on the Oldbury Power Station 10 Mile to be held on Sunday 3rd September – if you ran in the 10k then please help Marshal the 10 miler. – see John Watt or Justin Taylor for more info.

The final two races in the TRC Race Championships are…

Race alternative 4 of 5 – Cotswold 10k Chavenage House, Tetbury 30/07/17
Race 5 of 5 – Two Tunnels 10k – Bath 20/08/17

That’s all for now.

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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TRC Summer Party Sat 8th July – final instructions

Hi All
Saturday is fast approaching – and the weather is still glorious. Good enough for a great party outdoors! Don’t worry – if it should rain we have a marquee to keep you dry – complete with chandelier (very posh!!)

Just thought I would remind everyone of the time that the food will be served as it’s quite early. Please arrive at Cathy and Rob’s garden soon after 6.30pm as the food will be served from 7pm. If anyone doesn’t know where that is please email me.

Another reminder to please bring your own drink and if you have a plastic cup or glass could you bring that too. (We do have some glasses so you won’t have to drink out of the bottle – unless you want to!).

Music and dancing will begin soon after 7.30pm with an interval a bit later.

So keep your fingers crossed that the weather men have got it right and look forward to a great evening with old and new friends.


See you on Saturday

TRC Club Night 06/07/17

The next 2 weeks are ‘Away-Days’ so NO meeting at the Leisure Centre. The next Club night at the Leisure Centre will be on Thurs 20th July.

• Thursday 6th July is The Rockhampton Fun Run. Get there early to register. The Start is scheduled for 7pm. 4 and a bit mile route on quiet roads and gravel track. Bar, BBQ and proper village atmosphere.
Age groups: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-39, 40+ vet and new this year 60+ vet

• The following Thursday 13th July is our Thornbury 10k. See Ros if you are unsure about what you are doing to help organise a fantastic event. It is sold out with 400 entries so no entries on the night. We may be looking at a Women’s Course Record on the night this year – currently stands at 36.00 by Marion Sutton in 2002 who was on her way to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

• The TRC Summer Social is on Saturday 8th July in The Watkins garden. Any last minute attendees see Sonya or Selina.

• An alternative to the Glos 10k for the TRC Race Champs – Pete has added Cotswold 10k Sun 30 July 09.00 Chavenage House, Tetbury.

• Note the Tuesday night ‘Beginners’ sessions are going to continue every Tuesday with Craig & Pete.

• Following on from last week’s ‘Workshop’…. a note below
The ‘output’ from the New Member Workshop last Thursday – thanks to all those who attended – is shown in a posting somewhere else on the website – go to the TRC Home page –> Membership –> Membership Notes then click on the pdf report link. The Committee will now discuss this and the Survey and turn discussion into action.

Have Fun!

3rd July 2017 – Results as reported this week

A short report this week…

Tom Usherwood was back at Stonehouse parkrun on Saturday and finished in 20:52 mins in 13th place. His best run on the same course is 19:32 mins set in December of last year.

Liam Symonds Barry completed another Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester, crossing the line in 58th place in 23:55 mins.

Elizabeth Dix ran her 2nd ever parkrun at Chipping Sodbury and was 3 minutes quicker than the first time. Elizabeth ran the 5k course in 26 mins exactly, in 112th place and 19th female.

Jonny Welsh also ran in the Great Newham 10k in London finishing in the Olympic stadium in 59.54

That’s it.