Paul Clark is concentrating more on triathlon than running this season and competed in the Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon last weekend. This race is contested over the traditional half ironman discipline of 1.9k swim, 90k bike and half marathon run (21.1k). Paul started with a solid 33:53 min swim then let loose with a 2hr 28 mins bike split, an average speed of 23 mph. Paul kept enough energy in reserve to complete the run in 1hr 38 mins and finish the race in 111th out of 901 competitors in 4hrs 45:56 mins.
With the lighter evenings, there is more opportunity to fit in some midweek races. One of the local favourites is the Blaise Blazer, an off road 4-mile race around the Blaise Castle grounds. Clare Watt was the lone Thornbury runner and blazed her way around the course to win the FV45 age category and 50th overall in 30:50 mins.
Serial marathon runner Neil Roff registered his first in 2017 at Yeovil on Sunday and finished in 4hrs 23:14 mins in 132nd place.
The Bradley Stoke 10k is a surprisingly testing event; with a variety of steady inclines, short steep hills and a mix of different terrains. Thornbury were well represented at this popular event on Sunday with 11 runners and they were all keen to show off the stunning new kit design. Matt Johnstone was 9th overall and 1st in VM40 age category in 39:09 mins. Paul Thomas and Chris Dawes were next for the club in 22nd and 34th place in 41:37 mins and 43:34 mins, both finishing 4th in their respective age groups. Neil Jackson was 40th in 44:26 mins.
This time last year Sean Underwood was carrying 7 extra stones, which makes his time of 45:26 mins and 55th place all the more impressive. Kevin Wood was 4th in the VM60 age category and 78th overall in 46:59 mins, followed by Liam Jones in 50:24 mins for 139th place.
Kevin Cundy was making a comeback from a ligament injury and finished in 56:43 mins in 275th place. Suzy Cundy was in hot pursuit and so close to breaking the 1 hr barrier again in 1 hr 9 seconds and Magda Johnson finished in 1hr 09:14 mins.
John Walsh manages Bradley Stoke FC’s 1st team, so was eager to perform well in front of his adoring fans. Before the start, he reflected on his team’s narrow miss to win promotion this season as akin to “doing a Theresa”, after his team were well placed to go up with only a handful of games left. Hopefully John’s stellar track record at the helm of Bradley Stoke FC and his time of 52:41 mins and 179th place will ward off any leadership challenges.
Paul Thomas started another busy weekend for him by running 20:11 mins to finish 5th place at Wotton parkrun. The racing Carrs, Malcolm and Karen, completed the Chipping Sodbury parkrun in the same time of 26:40 mins and Tom Usherwood was 10th in Stonehouse parkrun in 21:15 mins.