Bristol’s greatest long-distance runner, Nick Rose, sounded the horn to start this year’s Thornbury 10k on 12th July, which was another sold out race from the organisers at Thornbury Running Club. The undulating course along country lanes features the testing climb over Sundayshill Lane at the mid-way point, before heading back to the finish at Thornbury Rugby Club through Rockhampton village.
Maciej Bialogonski maintained Bristol & West AC’s stranglehold on the men’s race by winning in a time of 34:02 mins with a winning margin of almost 4 mins. The women’s race was won by Westbury Harrier’s Sophie Voller in 40:48 mins.
Thornbury’s Dylan Roberts continued his run of good form by finishing 4th overall in a field of 316 runners in 38:40 mins. Taryn Roberts (Dylan’s sister) was also near the top of the race, finishing in 3rd place in the women’s field and 19th overall. Laura Orna was one place behind Taryn in 4th place and 29th overall in 44:47 mins.
The team prize was awarded to the top 4 men and the top 3 women from each club. Thornbury’s first four men across the line were Dylan Roberts, Paul Harrod (12th in 41:19 mins ), Ben Foss (28th in 44:46 mins), and Martin Coyle (34th in 45:07 mins) and they swept all before them in taking 1st place. Thornbury’s women also had great success in finishing 2nd overall, alongside Taryn and Laura there was Sarah Newnes who was 135th in 54:10 mins.
Other Thornbury results on the day included Digby Lees 50th 46:41 mins, Sean Underwood 74th 49:47 mins, Martin Smith 105th 52:42 mins, Anthony Yates 128th 54:02 mins, Nicky Hale 157th 55:42 mins, Samantha Prescott 186th 58:00 mins, Katie Franks 198th 59:09 mins, Shelley Honey 201st 59:14 mins, Leighton Prescott 220th 1 hour 1:20 mins, Clare Evans 229th 1 hour 2:45 mins, Elizabeth Dix 1 hour 3:59 mins, Kathy Willott 1st V65 243rd overall 1 hour 4:53 mins, Katie Dent 1 hour 5:44 mins, Shona Howell 266th 1 hour 9:20 mins, Rebecca Dunsford 273rd 1 hour 10:18 mins and Carol Mosses 315th 1 hour 24:03 mins.
Thornbury’s runners hit the hills at the weekend to take part in some gruelling races across the UK.
Rosina Rowland and Andrew Darton travelled to Wales to take part in Snowdonia Trail Ultra Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday in hot and breezy conditions. The Ultra event was over a 60km course, which included 2133m of climbing with an ascent of Mt Snowdon at the end. Rosina finished in 9 hours 35:44 mins and was 23rd amongst the women and 90th overall. The half marathon also finished at the top of Snowdon and Andrew crested the peak in 397th position in a time of 3 hours 19:04 mins .
Rob Watkins was also racing in Wales in Brecon Beacons National Park. Rob has been coming back to race in the 10 Peaks races for the last 3 years, which is named after the relentless series of 10 climbs which the race includes. The ‘short course’ has 3000m of climbing over 58km to negotiate, compared to the longer event over 89kms and 4800m which Rob competed in last year. Rob had prepared well, with training runs around sections of the course and it paid dividends as he flew round the 58kms on Saturday, completing it an hour quicker than he managed in 2016 in 4th place in 7 hours 29:50 mins.
Nick Williams travelled to Lake District to take part in the Scafell Sky Race on Sunday, which had an elite field of fell and mountain runners running on their home turf. The race took in some of the highest fells in the Lakes including Scafell Pike, Broad Crag and the wonderfully named Harrison Stickle. It was a real test of leg strength as it squeezed in 3000m over 40kms, along single trails and some rocky sections shrouded in mist. Considering the level of competition, Nick fared very well to finish in 31st place in 6 hours 37:22 mins.
Henry Orna beat his personal best at the Thornbury parkrun and was second finisher in a time of 19:25 mins. A further 7 Thornbury runners beat their personal bests on the same course including Colette Jackson 22:00 mins and 2nd female, Mike Bennewitz 24:36 mins, Angela Bushell 25:22 mins, Chris Foley 25:34 mins, Arthur Renshaw 27:41 mins, Suzanne Cundy 29:29 mins, Sylvia Fox 36:15 mins and Brian Godsman 40:27 mins.
Chris Lee ran 28:56 mins at Chipping Sodbury parkrun, Moray Sloan ran 22:58 mins at Penrhyn parkrun, and David and Anne Palmer were at Haigh Woodland parkrun and finished in times of 28:00 mins and 34:04 mins.