TRC Club Night 18/01/18

Normal Groups tonight

• Sun 14th Jan The Riverbank Rollick. See elsewhere on the website for a report on the Race and a big Thank You to all the 70 people who helped out. The feedback is that all the Competitors thought it was a great event! (again)

• Sat 20th Jan. Thornbury parkrun is back this weekend. Please have a look at the current roster: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/futureroster . Volunteer for a job by e-mailing: thornburyhelpers@parkrun.com We need more Volunteers!!

• Thursday 25th January. TRC AGM at Thornbury Leisure Centre. (after a short run)
We have filled the Nomination form for places on the Committee for 2018 but if anyone else is keen please speak to Angela Bushell before the AGM. We want as many TRC Members as possible to turn up for the AGM – it’s your Club!
At the AGM it will be proposed that we review and revise the structure of the membership fees and weekly subscription by removing the weekly fee and changing the annual membership fee. If you would like hear the proposal, to express your views and join in the discussion please come along to the AGM.

• TRC Race Championships 2018
1. Minchinhampton 10k 11 March
2. Bluebell Blunder 10k-ish. Thursday 26 April – we think this may have been cancelled?
3. Berkeley 10k Monday 14th May
4. Bradley Stoke 10k Sunday in June
5. Woodchester Park 10k Sunday in Sept.

• John Grimsey has collated the race times for TRC Members and posted them on the website for a long time now but he lives miles away in Weston and rarely is able to make a Thursday night. He is finding it increasingly difficult to find times as he doesn’t know what races are being entered and very few people send him results.

First of all if you want to have your race results recorded on the TRC Website and to be in the local paper please send your results on the Sunday night to…. John.grimsey@sky.com & to mattjohnstone@hotmail.com

Secondly John is looking for someone to take over the job of recording TRC Members results and posting them on the Website. If you are interested and want to know more please contact John Grimsey on John.grimsey@sky.com

That’s all this week folks.

TRC’s Riverbank Rollick – Sun 14th Jan 2018

A big vote of thanks to all 70 of you who helped on Sunday.

You all made the organisers job fairly easy and we put on a great event that was enjoyed by (nearly) all the runners.

There are lots of very positive comments and some great photos out there on Social Media if you look. The weather was kind and the Marshals out around the course did a great job with their fancy dress – you all get a lot of mentions particularly Mr Blobby who joined us at the Finish and posed for lots of photos.

We ‘sailed a bit close to the wind’ on a few issues this year – the gate just after the usual start was still locked at 10.55 so we had to move the start at the last minute! The gate off Kington Lane into the fields after 1 mile was sorted by Ros and Kevin Cundy with a spanner with only 10 minutes to spare! The kissing gates on the new diverted section caused big tailbacks but most of the runners were patient and accepting that we couldn’t do much about it after the Farmer refused us permission to use the original route through his farm. The broken bridge at around 6.5 miles was sorted Saturday afternoon and we put on another Marshal but some runners still diced with danger by trying to cross the ditch balancing on the logs! Closer to the Finish the last field gate had recently been well and truly fixed in the closed position with barbed wire but Gary Dunsford, a man experienced in sorting out such problems, fixed the gate open in time for the leading runners. Back at the MPF the electrics kept tripping out so the Catering Team had to make do with only one urn to boil water so there was bit of queuing. Finally due to sickness we lost a few Marshals and even Severn Ambulance were down to one vehicle.

An early start by Race Director Jo Emerson and Dave Beard’s Tents Team by 8am meant that the tent village was up by 9.30. Sufficient portable toilets and good work by Judy’s Entries Team and Helen’s Baggage Team meant we were clear of all the queues 20 minutes before the start time!

Particular thanks to all the Marshals and their Section Leaders out around the course for entering into the spirit of things with your fancy dress and giving the runners a smile. Frogman Jim Godden also added some ‘Grizzly-like’ funny signs along the course this year. According to FaceBook our Marshals are particularly professional and encouraging. We had one competitor drop out at about 6 miles and she was well looked after by the nearby Marshal and we arranged transport back (courtesy of Sonya and Paul Bryson) to be checked over by the Medics . There were no other incidents that we are aware of and Steve Dimond’s advance notices along the bridlepaths and Richard Illingworth delivering letters to the local stables meant we didn’t have any ‘horse’ incidents this year.

This year we allowed entries to be transferred so despite having about410 confirmed entries before the day only 352 finished – one less than last year! This surprised us all as we were expecting closer to 400 to finish. We had excellent support from Dursley RC who fielded 54 finishers, 21 from Weston AC and 21 from Ogmore – not too bad considering our date clashed with the Gloucester Half Marathon, Marathon & 50k and they had over 500 finishers there as well.

First across the line in a spectacular 57.25 was Marcus Mumford (no not that Marcus Mumford, despite the large beard) from Evesham Vale. First Lady was Bristol & West’s Annabelle Grainger in 10th place in 1.01.36
The Last Runners finally came across the line in 2.13.56 – some 26 minutes earlier than the last runner in 2016. This meant John Grimsey & Nancy as the ‘Last Runners’ actually had to run this year!

Thornbury’s Rob Cowlard put in a tremendous effort to stay in front of the much younger Nick Williams to be in 5th position in 58.19 with Nick only 5 seconds behind. Thornbury had 10 runners which included some of our Ladies who had already worked on the Entries Team earlier – Maite Roche, Cathy Watkins, Suzy Cundy & Magda Johnson all came through the Finish with big smiles on their faces!

Once the runners returned they all got their fancy Medal from Craig Carscadden MBE and his helper Janet Constable and then headed off for hot drinks and cakes looked after by Val, Sue, Sylvia and their Team. I believe we managed to raise a provisional total of nearly £500 from the cakes for Brain Tumour Support.

Again thanks to all who helped to clear up afterwards and take the equipment back to the various storage locations. I think we left the Course in general, and the Mundy PF in particular, in a clean and tidy state and we didn’t really cut-up the ground too much.

Most of the runners said they will be back next year so lets look forward to January 2019 to do it all over again!

PS. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement in 2019 then please send them to Jo Emerson or me.

Regards
Arthur Renshaw
Visit www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

TRC 2018 Road Race Championships

The first of the 2018 TRC Club Championship races is on the 11th March – the Minchinhampton 10k
Entries are filling up fast. The cost is £21.00 but don’t forget if you do 3 of the 5 you can claim the money back for the 3.

Minchinhampton 10K

Details on the other 4 races in 2018 will be announced as soon as Pete remembers which they are!

TRC Club Night 11/01/18

Normal Groups tonight but you may have different Leaders. It is also Committee night so some of the runs maybe a bit shorter.

• It certainly looked like everyone enjoyed the Post-Xmas party last week. Thanks again to Suzy Cundy for organizing. The Main Prize of diner for two at Thornbury Castle was won by Clare Watt. The Hamper Winners were Magda Johnson, Rachel Murphy, Pete Mainstone, Richard Illingworth and Sonya Bryson. At the party we also presented our former Chairman Craig Carscadden MBE with Honorary Membership.

• Sat 13th Jan. There is no Thornbury parkrun this weekend due to our race on Sunday using the Mundy PF. It will be back on Sat 20th Jan. Please have a look at the current roster: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/futureroster . Volunteer for a job by e-mailing: thornburyhelpers@parkrun.com

• Sun 14th Jan The Riverbank Rollick – we checked out the Course on Sunday and everything is all set for a good race. Some of the Marshals will be sporting fancy dress again this year so if you see Mr Blobby or a monkey in the area on Sunday don’t be surprised! We just about have enough helpers provided we don’t get any further cry-offs but we do seem to be in a period where the risk of colds & flu is very high. All the volunteers should have had full instructions and know what they are doing. Any extra volunteers would be welcome. We will be down in the Mundy Playing fields from 08.00 on Sunday morning. See Jo Plumbley or Arthur Renshaw in the first instance if you can still help. Entries are closed – we have over 400 entries and are full!

• Date for AGM. Thursday 25th January at Thornbury Leisure Centre.
We are still looking for TRC Members to join the Committee and particularly we are looking for some of our newer Members to put their names forward. The Club seems to be in a good place at the moment but we want to push on in 2018 with more new ideas.

• John Grimsey has collated the race times for TRC Members and posted them on the website for a long time now but he lives miles away in Weston and rarely is able to make a Thursday night. He is finding it increasingly difficult to find times as he doesn’t know what races are being entered and very few people send him results.

First of all if you want to have your race results recorded on the TRC Website and to be in the local paper please send your results on the Sunday night to…. John.grimsey@sky.com & to mattjohnstone@hotmail.com

Secondly John is looking for someone to take over the job of recording TRC Members results and posting them on the Website. If you are interested and want to know more please contact John Grimsey on John.grimsey@sky.com

Everyone stay healthy and keep the colds & flu away!

9th January 2018 – Results as reported this week

The Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships took place in cold conditions at Old Down Country Park on Saturday and the Thornbury team was well represented with 18 runners. Several of the team were feeling the after effects of the club’s Christmas party the night before, but dutifully made it for the afternoon start times.

The Old Down course was an uncompromising one, with plenty of climbs, tight turns and sticky mud, which rarely allowed the runners to settle into a rhythm. The women’s race was contested over 2 and a half laps and the early pace was set by Lizzie Williams and Colette Jackson, with the experienced Joanne Emerson looming a little way back. Joanne used all her cross country nous and hill climbing ability to move through the field in the second lap and finished in 29:47 mins in 19th place and 2nd in the LV40 age category. Lizzie Williams ran 30:34 mins in 23rd place, followed by Colette Jackson one place behind in 31:08 mins and 3rd LV40. Clare Watt and Angela Bushell both had consistent races, Clare finished in 32:45 mins and was 2nd LV55 and 28th overall while Angela ran 33:58 mins in 31st place.

The races started in front of the bird enclosure and the ducks and geese raucously greeted the 102 men to the start line, clearly expecting an exciting race. The Thornbury men were out in force with 13 runners tackling the 4 lap course. Nick Williams’ night of dancing at the Christmas party did little to hamper him, and he set off near the top of the field and was the first Thornbury runner in a time of 36:52 mins in 21st place overall. Matt Johnstone narrowly held off the fast finishing Rob Watkins, Matt ran 37:42 mins in 27th to Rob’s 37:46 mins in 29th and 2nd in MV45 age category. Martyn Green made a cross country comeback and finished in 38:49 mins in 40th place. Team Captain Jim Godden continued his rehabiliation after a frustrating foot injury and was happy with his time of 40:58 mins in 54th place and 3rd in the MV55 age category. Moray Sloan tracked Nick Langridge throughout the race and had a little more in reserve for a faster finish in a time of 44:35 mins 71st place to Nick’s 44:41 mins 73rd and 3rd MV65. Other results on the day included Sean Underwood 45:33 mins 78th, Kevin Arnold 45:48 mins 80th, Ian Evans 46:07 mins 83rd and Martin Coyle 46:08 mins 84th. Mike Bennewitz and Anthony Yates enjoyed a competitive tussle until Mike pulled clear in the final lap. Mike’s time was 52:18 mins and 95th place and Anthony ran 54:41 mins in 99th.

Thornbury runners were at 3 different parkruns on Saturday morning. Kevin Wood was running at Ashton Court for the first time and ran 25:16 mins, while Liam Symonds-Barry ran 26:32 mins at Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester. On Mundy Playing Fields course Paul Thomas was 11th finisher in 24:11 mins. Behind Paul, the other results were Jonathan Greenwood 26:23 mins, John Mann 26:41 mins, Karen Carr 31:17 mins, Jane Leslie in 31:23 mins and Anne Palmer ran her 98th parkrun in a time of 34:44 mins.

Matt

TRC’s Riverbank Rollick – Sun 14th Jan (again)

All instructions for the helpers were sent out by e-mail Saturday night but some people say they never received it. Please check your junk mail box. I have just sent it again anyway.

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If you think you have volunteered and have NOT got an e-mail from me then please contact me as soon as possible. 07810 300025

If you HAVE received an e-mail from me and for whatever reason cannot now help then also please contact me asap 07810 300025

If you are a Marshal out on the course then many of you are in the same position as last year but please contact your Team Leader and confirm you know where you are going and what you are doing.

Thanks
Arthur Renshaw

TRC’s Riverbank Rollick – Sunday 14th January

The full List of helpers and their jobs on the Rollick has been sent out tonight by e-mail to everyone involved.

If you think you have volunteered and have NOT got an e-mail from me tonight then please contact me as soon as possible. 07810 300025

If you HAVE received an e-mail from me and for whatever reason cannot now help then also please contact me asap 07810 300025

If you are a Marshal out on the course then many of you are in the same position as last year but please contact your Team Leader and confirm you know where you are going and what you are doing.

Team Leaders – everything is neatly stored at the farm. I will send you a list of what equipment you need to set-up your section.

We are doing the letter drop and checking out the course Sunday 7th Jan starting from the Scout Hut at 08.30. All welcome to join us for 9 muddy miles!

Arthur Renshaw

TRC Club Night 04/01/18

A Happy & Healthy New Year to all our Members.

Back to normal Groups for the first Club Night of 2018.

Many congratulations to our recent Chairman Craig Carscadden who was awarded an MBE for services to disabled sport in the New Year’s Honours list. Craig has stepped down from Chairman in order to concentrate on developing a new format for disabled track racing and get it accepted for Paralympic competition.

We hope you all enjoyed the pre-Xmas party and thanks to Ros for doing the food. It was also announced that he Club London Marathon place for 2018 was being awarded to Kevin Cundy. Well-deserved and good luck with your training Kev!

• Friday 5th Jan – TRC Xmas Party Night at Thornbury Golf Club. Thanks due to Suzy Cundy for organising the ‘do’. There will be some great prizes on the night! Arrive around 19.00 for sit down at 19.30. Bar closes at 00.30 and Carriages at 01.00. Dress Code: Smart casual.

• Sat 6th Jan – Gloucester Cross Country Champs at Old Down Country Park. Ladies 6k at 13.45, Mens 9k at 14.20. Meet there. See Jim Godden

• Sun 7th Jan – Riverbank Rollick Letter Drop. All welcome. Meet 08.30 Scout Hut. Prepare for nine miles and to get a bit muddy! See Arthur Renshaw

• Thurs 11th Jan. Normal Club Night with Groups but some of the runs may be shorter as it is a Committee Meet night.

• Sun 14th Jan The Riverbank Rollick – we are still looking for volunteers to help on the day. We expect those who helped last year to do so again but any new volunteers would be very welcome. See Jo Plumbley or Arthur Renshaw in the first instance if you can help. Entries are now closed – we have 400 entries and are full!

• Date for AGM. Thursday 25th January at Thornbury Leisure Centre.
We are looking for some new TRC Members to join the Committee and particularly we are looking for some of our newer Members to put their names forward.

• Thornbury parkrun. There will be no parkrun on Sat 13th Jan due to the use of the Mundy PF on the Sunday. We had about120 finishers for the 7th parkrun last Saturday and overall we have had over 1,000 individual parkruns on the Thornbury course.. There are Thornbury parkruns scheduled for (nearly) every Saturday and we need more volunteers.. Please have a look at the current roster: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/futureroster . Volunteer for a job by e-mailing: thornburyhelpers@parkrun.com

That’s all for now folks, have fun at the party!.

2nd January 2018 – Results as reported this wek

Thornbury RC Chairman and Head Coach, Craig Carscadden, was delighted and shocked to be awarded an MBE in the end of year honours list, in recognition of his services to athletes with disabilities and to the Paralympics. Craig was an accomplished runner and represented Great Britain at the 1996 Paralympics in the 5000m. After hanging up his spikes, he threw himself into helping other Paralympians and was a coach at 2000 and 2004 Paralympics.

As well as his work with the Paralympic movement and coaching local runners, Craig has volunteered his time and expertise in a variety of roles over the last 25 years to promote and help athletes with cerebal palsy and other disabilities. Everyone at Thornbury RC is very proud of Craig and would like to congratulate him for this richly deserved honour.

The Christmas and New Year period is a busy one for runners, many of whom are eager to use the mince pies and trimmings as extra fuel for some winter training and a final race for 2017.

On the last Saturday before Christmas, 13 TRC athletes were at 4 different parkruns. Andrew Darton ran 23:33 mins in Yeovil, Kevin Wood ran 22:42 mins in Chipping Sodbury and Kevin Arnold was at Old Deer Park in Richmond and ran 22:42 mins.

At the local parkrun on Mundy playing fields, Dylan Roberts was 3rd overall and ran very close to his previous best in 20.21 mins. He was joined by Paul Thomas 23:54 mins, John Mann 25:05 mins, Mike Bennewitz 26:12 mins, Malcolm Carr 28:14 mins, David Palmer 28:16 mins, Arthur Renshaw 31:30 mins, Anne Palmer 33:44 mins, Rachel Murphy 33:46 mins and Jo Williams 34:38 mins.

Due to wet weather earlier in December, the Westonbirt 10k was rescheduled to 30th December. Jay Bartley was the first Thornbury runner in 162nd place in a time of 54:31 mins, followed by Peter Coombs 283rd 1 hour 1:35 mins and Arthur Renshaw 313th 1 hour 2:41 mins.

On Saturday, Rob Watkins and Rob Hopkins were back for more punishment at the ‘Immortal Sinner’. The ‘Immortal’ is a 14 mile off-road race through Gloucestershire countryside, over 14 hills and some treacherous river crossings. Rob Watkins was looking to make amends after taking a wrong turn on the same course in 2016, but there were no such mishaps this time as he finished in a very good 4th place and 1st Male Vet in 2 hours 12:16 mins. Rob Hopkins finished in 20th place in 2 hours 30:35 mins.

At Thornbury parkrun on Saturday, Paul Thomas finished in 16th place in 24:29 mins. Other results on the day were Andrew Darton 24:58 mins, Angela Bushell 28:49 mins, Karen Carr 32:29 mins and Rachel Murphy 36:39 mins.

The final results of 2017 were at the inaugural 5-mile ‘Wye Wander’ on New Year’s Eve. The race set off next to Chepstow racecourse, before heading along a succession of muddy trails in Wye Valley and splashing through one very large puddle. Matt Johnstone was 9th overall and 3rd MV40 in 36:20 mins, followed by Maite Roche 123rd 55:06 mins, Cathy Watkins 195th 1 hour 9:11 mins, Suzy Cundy 206th 1 hour 11:51 mins, Rachel Murphy 237th 1 hour 21:10 mins, Ellyn Pyne 243rd 1 hour 24:59 mins and Magda Johnson 244th 1 hour 24:59 mins.

Matt

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