Five Valleys walk/run this Sunday 30th

5-Valleys Walk/Run/Jog for Meningitis Now is this Sunday, 30 September. Tickets can be booked in advance at https://www.meningitisnow.org/…/five-valleys-walk-2018-boo…/

We will be leaving from the Nailsworth checkpoint at 8.30am (there is no longer a checkpoint at Wycliffe where we used to begin), and there is free parking as shown on the map: if you park next to Tesco I think you need to use the upper car park.  (Map below.)

We will travel at the speed of the slowest person so no-one will be left behind. The full distance is 21 miles but there are buses to return people to the start if they have had enough.

And the weather forecast is good!

Judy Mills

PS Posted by Steve Dimond for Judy, and I can confirm that the scenery is glorious on the five valleys, and the company will be good.

 

Five valleys walk/run, this Sunday, 30th.

5-Valleys Walk/Run/Jog for Meningitis Now is this Sunday, 30 September. Tickets can be booked in advance at https://www.meningitisnow.org/…/five-valleys-walk-2018-boo…/

We will be leaving from the Nailsworth checkpoint at 8.30am (there is no longer a checkpoint at Wycliffe where we used to begin), and there is free parking as shown on the map: if you park next to Tesco I think you need to use the upper car park.  (Map below.)

We will travel at the speed of the slowest person so no-one will be left behind. The full distance is 21 miles but there are buses to return people to the start if they have had enough.

And the weather forecast is good!

Judy Mills

PS Posted by Steve Dimond for Judy, and I can confirm that the scenery is glorious on the five valleys, and the company will be good.

 

TRC September Club News

As we glide past a total membership of over 200 I thought it might be interesting to share the analysis of the ‘1st timer’ forms completed. This is based on the last 40 forms:

  • Ladies win the day – 63% female and 38% male
  • Friends best source of new members – Nearly 60% heard about us from friends, 18% through the website and 10% through Facebook
  • Fitness first – ‘Get Fitter’ was #1 goal, followed by ‘Get Faster and ‘Go Further’. ‘Compete for Club’ was in last place.

Small print – A few notes about analysis:

  1. Not all 1st timers complete a form
  2. Not all 1st timers join the club (high%)
  3. Not all forms were fully completed
  4. Some people put > 1 answer to the question ‘How did you hear about the club?

Kind regards,

Kevin Wood

TRC Club Night 20 September 2018

Normal Groups Thursday….all Groups will be partly off-road to start with whilst it is still light.

HI-VIZ tops are required.

In a few weeks once it gets dark then if you are going with the off-road Groups then you will need off-road shoes and a head torch. The Group leader will check and may refuse to let you join the Group unless you have off road shoes & a head torch.

  • 7 min Group as normal
  • 8 min Group with Kevin Cundy
  • 9-10 min Group with Steve Dimond
  • 11+ min Group with Cathy Watkins
  • 5k Group with Rebecca
  • The Walking Group

Even though we don’t ask you for money on a Club night we still need you to sign in – just so we know how many people we have and as a check if we think we have lost anyone! PLEASE SIGN IN ON A THURSDAY.

  • Sun Nov 25th: We are doing a repeat of last year’s successful day out to the ‘Bicton Blister’. Pete has organised a coach & lunch again. The coach is now sold out. Pete needs to know if there are any drop-outs as there is a waiting list. Also Pete needs to know if you have any dietary requirements,. Note you will need to enter the Bicton Blister (10 miles) & the Bicton Light (4.5 miles) yourself directly.

 

  • Sun 13th January 2019. The date of the next TRC Riverbank Rollick. We will be changing the Event HQ to the Castle School Sports Hall and we will be increasing the Entry Limit to 450. We will be opening entries for this Event in the next few weeks and we expect to be sold out very quickly. In due course we will be looking for volunteers to help so please keep the date free and be prepared to join our Team to make this one of the best organised Races on the Calendar.

 

  • Sun 19th May 2019.   How do you fancy running the Gothenberg Half Marathon with 60,000 others? It is possible that TRC may organise a trip out to Gothenberg to see Angela & Brian next May. If you are interested please make yourself known to Karen Carr. If we get enough interest we will see what we can do to arrange a Club trip!   https://worldsmarathons.com/marathon/goteborgs-varvet-half-marathon

Please send any results for publication to Matt mattjohnstone@hotmail.com

18th September 2018 – Results as reported this week

Most people would be happy to complete 1 marathon per year, but Rosina Rowland made her third trip of 2018 to the North York Moors and Cleveland Hills for the Hardmoors series of off-road ultra-marathons. Rosina had already dealt with freezing conditions and blizzards in March for the Hardmoors 55 (miles race), which was a mere prelude to a 110-mile race in May. On Sunday, she ran the 62-mile Hardmoors 60, along the coast from Guisborough to the seaside resort in Filey and finished in 124th place in 16 hours 31:10 mins.

As well as another impressive feat of endurance running from Rosina at the weekend, she conquered the ‘Triple Ring Challenge’ which is awarded to the very few who complete 3 Hardmoors races in a calendar year.

Thornbury RC’s Chris Foley was in Germany at the weekend for Berlin Marathon. The flat Berlin course is a favourite with elite runners and the men’s marathon world record was smashed by over a minute by Olympic Champion, Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya. Like Kipchoge, Chris ran in the sweltering conditions in London in April. Chris was doing both marathons to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and has raised almost £2,400 for his chosen charity. Chris’ finishing time in Berlin at the weekend was 4 hours 13:13 mins, which placed him 98th in the M65 age category. His overall position was 18,238th.

On Saturday, Jim Godden and Matt Johnstone were at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. The Race Director and volunteers were decked out in their best pirate fancy dress costumes to celebrate ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’, and they cheered the 350 runners around with their best mock Pirates of the Caribbean accents. Matt ran 19:54 mins and Jim finished in 21:21 mins.

Malcolm and Karen Carr were at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun and ran 26:29 mins and 27:12 mins. Henry Orna ran the quickest parkrun time of any TRC runner at the weekend in Chipping Sodbury in 19:13 mins.

At Thornbury parkrun, there were 7 TRC results including 2 personal best times. Moray Sloan ran 22:56 mins, followed by Ian Shepherd 23:17 mins, Hugh McPherson ran a new PB in 24:05 mins, Chris Lee 27:47 mins, Duncan Pauly 31:57 mins, Lynne Turner 35:23 mins and Carol Mosses ran a new PB in 42:12 mins.

Matt

 

Olveston Fun Run, Sun 7th October

Olveston School are organising a fun run on Sunday 7th October, with help from Thornbury Running Club. If you have young children this could be a good family 1km event for you. Or have a go at the 5km fun run.

There is a 1km run for younger children (Key Stage 1 and younger) around the school grounds and a single lap off-road course of approximately 5km along footpaths and bridleways of Olveston. Both start at Olveston School, one entry fee to join both.

  • 1km start at 10:00
  • 5km start at 10:30
  • Registration from 09:00 at Olveston School

An Entry Fee and Signed Form is required for each runner including team entries. It is hoped that every runner will raise at least £5 in sponsorship for their chosen charity. You can set up a Justgiving page or sponsorship forms are available from the School Office or Charlotte Witherbed (07780886342).

Click here for the Olveston Fun Run Entry Form and more information.

Regards,

Arthur and Steve D.

 

 

11th September 2018 – Results as reported this week

On Sunday, the picturesque town of Tenby, on the Pembrokeshire coastline, is transformed once a year into an endurance sport mecca, as it plays host to 2500 triathletes competing in Ironman Wales. The town reaps the rewards as huge crowds are attracted to the carnival atmosphere it creates as the athletes tackle the 2.4 mile swim in Carmathen Bay, 112 mile bike ride in Pembrokeshire and 26.2 mile marathon in Tenby. Even by the daunting standards of Ironman triathlons, the course is regarded as one of the hardest on the global circuit in large part to the hilly bike and run course.

Thornbury RC’s Ironman and woman siblings, Dylan and Taryn Roberts, knew what to expect after competing in last year’s race and had pushed themselves in training to make a much bigger impact on the leaderboard in 2018. Taryn had finished 3rd in her age category in 2017 and if she won it this time, she would automatically book her place to the Ironman World Championships on the Island of Hawaii in 2019.

Dylan opened with a 1 hour 5 min swim leg and Taryn followed 2 mins later. After upgrading to time trial bikes for this year’s race and focussing more energy on this discipline, they made huge gains and moved through the field. Taryn’s bike split of 6 hours 34:20 mins was the quickest in her age category and she started the run ahead of her rivals in the 25-29 age category. Dylan was 35 mins quicker on the bike than the previous year as he completed the 112 miles in 6 hours 17:19 mins.

Both produced outstanding runs on a very challenging course. Taryn’s 3 hour 39:02 mins marathon was the fastest of all 200 age woman group athletes competing and, remarkably, was only bettered by 5 professional athletes on the day. Her overall time was 11 hours 36:39 mins and she earned the right to compete in the Ironman World Champs in 2019 by comprehensively winning the 25-29 age category by almost 1 hour and finishing 13th in the women’s field.

Dylan’s marathon split was 3 hours 46:38 mins and his overall time was 11 hours 22:24 min, over an hour quicker than his 2017 time. He was 22nd in the 25-29 age category and 162nd out of 2,200 male athletes who were competing on the day.

Paul Thomas and Chris Pritchard had travelled to Wales on 1st September to run in the Cardiff 10k road race. Paul was 361st in 42:53 mins and Chris was 2862nd in 58:05 mins.

Kevin Wood was back for the Sri Chinmoy Go Tri Duathlon in Tockington on Sunday, a 2km run on the fields outside Tockington Manor School, followed by 12km bike ride and back to the field for a 2km run. Kevin finished in 24th place in 50:44 mins.

Thornbury runners were at 5 different parkruns on Saturday. Laura Orna was the first woman to finish at Severn Bridge in 21:09 mins with Pamela Macleod next in 35 mins.

Steve Dimond was in SE London in Crystal Palace and ran 25:30 mins. Tom Usherwood ran 20:54 mins in Stonehouse and Rachel Murphy ran 29:24 mins in Exmouth.

At Thornbury parkrun, Paul Thomas was the 4th finisher and ran 20:42 mins, followed by Jonathan Greenwood 22:50 mins, Brian Godsman 23:43 mins, Kevin Arnold 23:58 mins, Mike Bennewitz 25:00 mins, Rebecca Dunsford 29:06 mins, Karen Carr 29:48 mins, Nigel Hale 29:52 mins and Richard Illingworth 33:18 mins.

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Meanwhile on Sunday…
 

Thornbury Running Club’s calendar of races for 2018 finished on Sunday with The Oldbury 10 Miler, which starts and finishes at Oldbury Power Station. It was another sold out event for the club, and anyone who completed all 3 of TRC’s races was the lucky recipient of the much sought after 3-piece medal.

The race was contested in warm and windy conditions with local Judoka and Olympic bronze medallist, Sally Conway, sounding the horn to get the 300 plus runners on their way down the long straight from Oldbury Power Station and on to the flat and fast course. The race also serves as the Avon Champs 10-mile road race championships, so regularly attracts some of the quickest local runners.

The race started at a frenetic pace and it soon became obvious that there would be a runaway leader in the men’s race. Bristol and West’s Kurt Taylor was a class apart and won by almost 3 minutes from last year’s winner, Kieron Summers from Weston AC. Taylor’s finishing time of 54:35 mins was the quickest for several years and earned him the Avon 10 mile title for 2018. Summers’ time was 57:16 mins and Lee Stopford from Stroud and District AC soon followed in 3rd in 57:37 mins.

In the women’s race Helena Youde from Almost Athletes won impressively in 1 hour 4:59 mins. Susan Duncan from Weston AC and Samantha Harris from Forest of Dean AC were only separated by 10 seconds in 2nd and 3rd place,  Duncan won their race within the race in 1 hour 6:47 mins.

In the women’s field, 4th placed Fiona Blackmore from Bitton Road Runners was the top placed runner who was eligible for the Avon Champs title. Her time was 1 hour 7:37 mins.

Amongst the small army of Thornbury RC volunteers who made the race possible there were 7 home runners taking part. Matt Johnstone was 35th in 1 hour 7:32 mins. He was followed by the trio of Martin Coyle 65th, Ben Foss 69th and Jay Mosley 74th who pushed each around the course in 1 hour 13:25 mins, 1 hour 14:49 mins and 1 hour 15:11 mins, respectively. Jay Bartley was looking for a 90 min time and paced his effort expertly to finish 176th in 1 hour 29:45 mins, followed by Shelley Honey 226th in 1 hour 37:44 mins and Magda Johnson 289th , who completed her set of 3 TRC medals for 2018 with 1 hour 53:28 mins.

Matt.

 

 

TRC Club Night 13/09/18

Normal Groups Thursday….partly off-road

We do like to encourage people to move up a Group occasionally to try out going a bit faster. You won’t be left behind if you do have a go.

  • 7 min Group as normal
  • 8 min Group off-road with Lizzie
  • 9-10 min Group partly off-road with Hugh
  • 11+ min Group partly off-road with Rachel
  • 5k Group on road with Rebecca
  • The Walking Group

HI-VIZ tops are required.

Even though we don’t ask you for money on a Club night we still need you to sign in – just so we know how many people we have and as a check if we think we have lost anyone! PLEASE SIGN IN ON A THURSDAY.

Thanks to everyone who helped on last Sundays OPS 10 Mile race.

  • Sun Sept 16th. The Steve Jones 10 mile. A closed club handicap event using the Oldbury 10 course – for those who have to work on the OPS10 and would like to run the course the week after the race itself. Start at 09.00 from the Power Station. Age adjusted Handicap system in place. – take your own times. Course is marked out.

 

  • Sun Sept 23rd. The Bristol Half Marathon. I don’t think we managed to get the requisite number of people to get a discounted Club entry so you are on your own to enter. (you will need to take out a Bank loan or extend your mortgage in order to pay the entry fees though!)

 

  • Sun Nov 25th: We are doing a repeat of last year’s successful day out to the ‘Bicton Blister’. Pete has organised a coach & lunch again. The coach is now sold out. Pete needs to know if there are any drop-outs as there is a waiting list. Also Pete needs to know if you have any dietary requirements,. Note you will need to enter the Bicton Blister (10 miles) & the Bicton Light (4.5 miles) yourself directly.

Please send any results for publication to Matt mattjohnstone@hotmail.com

4th September 2018 – Results as reported this week

Dave Beard became the first Thornbury RC runner to compete in the prestigious Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) at the weekend, which started in the early hours of Friday evening in the French ski resort of Chamonix, amongst huge crowds of supporters and a rock concert atmosphere.

Dave joined over 2,500 runners who had qualified for the UTMB by earning points for completing several ultra-marathons in the years leading up the race. Their prize was the right to race over 171k on the trails through the mountain peaks and valleys in France, Italy, Switzerland and looping back to the start in Chamonix, with more vertical ascent than Mt. Everest in the process. It’s little surprise that almost 800 highly experienced runners, including many of the professional runners, had to drop out at varying stages along the route.

As well as the gruelling mountain terrain, the competitors received an alert on the morning of the race that temperatures were expected to plummet to minus 10 degrees at some of the highest points with strong winds.

Most of the runners in the UTMB have a small team to help at the aid stations dotted along the course. Team Beard included Dave’s wife, Helen, his 2 children, Mum and friends, who helped to replenish him, make a makeshift bed after 80k at an Italian mountain stop and provide much needed encouragement to get him through some of the more difficult moments.

After 2 days and 2 nights on the trail Dave made his way down the final bone-jarring descent into Chamonix on Sunday afternoon in scenes reminiscent of the Tour de France, with streets lined with cheering supporters. Dave’s final position was 1455th place in a time of 44 hours 59:24 mins.

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Thornbury RC’s final stage of their road race championship for 2018 was on Sunday at Woodchester Park over a 10k course along hilly trails. Nick Williams and Jo Plumbley impressed on the day with a 3rd place finish overall for Nick in 52:36 mins and Jo was the next TRC finisher, 2nd woman and 19th overall in 1 hour 1:36 mins. Other results on the day included Nick Langridge 36th and 3rd V65 runner 1 hour 5:37 mins, Lizzie Williams 63rd 1 hour 12:28 mins, Mike Bennewitz 68th 1 hour 14:59 mins, Hugh McPherson 84th 1 hour 19:13 mins and Anthony Yates 99th 1 hour 27:32 mins.

Despite some eye-catching performances from Nick Williams and Dylan Roberts, they only finished 2 races in this year’s series so missed out on the overall prize for 2018, which requires 3 completed championship races. This left the door open for some of Thornbury’s elder statesmen, whose consistency across the whole series was ultimately rewarded. Nick Langridge’s name already features heavily on the trophy from his glory days and he took top honours again in 2018. Mike Bennewitz and Hugh McPherson took the other podium places after successful seasons. In the women’s field, Jo Plumbley was the first TRC finisher in all the races she entered but was pushed hard by Colette Jackson and Clare Watt who collected the 2nd and 3rd spots.

Thornbury runners featured in 5 different parkruns on Saturday, including 1 in Scandinavia. Henry Orna ran 19:24 mins at Eastville park and was followed by Kevin Arnold 23:49 mins and Chris Lee 28:07 mins. Tom Usherwood ran 21:22 mins at Stonehouse parkrun.

Kevin Cundy ran 22:31 mins at Severn Bridge parkrun, followed by Jodie Haines 27:19 mins, Samantha Prescott 27:46 mins, Suzanne Cundy 28:37 mins, Rachel Murphy 29:30 mins and Pamela McCleod 34:13 mins.

At Mundy Playing Fields in Thornbury, Dylan Roberts ran a personal best of 19:19 mins, Richard Jackson ran a PB time of 22:19 mins, Jonathan Greenwood 22:36 mins, Karen Carr 29:22 mins, Nigel Hale 30:28 mins, Richard Illingworth 31:57 mins and Sylvia Fox 36:06 mins.

Brian Godsman was furthest afield at Skatas parkrun in Sweden and ran 24:06 mins on a hilly course.

Matt

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