TRC Club Night 10/07/18

It’s Summer Handicap night you will all be pleased to know!

We are back at the Leisure Centre tonight after our 2 weeks away. After a very busy few weeks for many of our Members racing locally and around the UK check out Matt’s Race Reports on this website or printed in the Gazette this week.

As indicated in the newsletter last week Thursday will be the next round of the Summer Handicap. We will all be running together on a course being decided by Pete – it will be somewhere between 5k & 4 miles!

Thanks to everyone who helped Kevin & Ros organize another superb Thornbury 10k last Thursday. We have had lots of nice comments from the runners and even Nick Rose our local former Olympian & World Half Marathon record holder said he really enjoyed being asked to start the race & give out prizes. Even a road closure due to a large hole in the road near the 6k point that appeared on Thursday afternoon and some idiots driving too fast along the lanes didn’t stop us from organizing a great event. Well done everyone.

A reminder…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.

Only one future event to look forward to…

  • TRC Race Championships 2018
  • 5. Woodchester Park 10k   Sun 2nd Sept. Entries open £8

 

If you have any news or events that need reporting please e-mail me the details.       arthur@arenshaw.co.uk

Finally good luck to Suzy Cundy who is representing the UK in the Allianz Insurance Group Games this weekend in Munich  – Suzy is running the half marathon

That’s your lot this week.!

 

17th July 2018 – Results as reported this week

Thornbury 10k

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.

Other Races

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.

Matt.

Handicap

Following the rumour that the second handicap will be held next week your handicap times are available on the race page.  You will be able to see what your handicap time is and how much you have to catch up / hold off your rivals near you.  Of course this only works accurately if the same course or distance is used as they are based on the first race but who knows with Pete – anything could happen.

TRC Club Night 12/07/18

DON’T GO TO THE LEISURE CENTRE THIS THURSDAY – THERE WILL BE NOBODY THERE !

On Thursday it is the Thornbury 10k based at Thornbury Rugby Club. I’m sure you all know what you are doing on the night but if unsure speak to Ros or Kevin Cundy. If you still would like to help I’m sure Ros can find you a job if you turn up on the night at the Rugby Club at 18.45.

Next normal Club Night back at the Leisure Centre will be Thursday 19th July and Pete says we will all be doing the Summer Handicap (about 4 miles)

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Tuesday Nights

We want to be a running club open to all standards and to allow beginners to improve and integrate into the club. Hence on a Tuesday we now typically have two  groups of different pace and distance, 5k steady (more regroups, slower pace) and 5K+ (less regroups, faster pace and increasing distance). We also have a 5k group (11 min / mile + pace) most Thursdays. So if you know somebody who is put off coming along and joining because they feel we go too far and or too fast … tell them to come along and try these session. Try before you join.

The New Runners’ 6 week course started last Tuesday 3rd July

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Other News…

Sun 15th July. Crossways Schools Fun Run

1km race starts at 10:30am, 5km race starts at 11:00am.Enter on the day before 9:45am.   Route map available on the above website.

5km trophies for 1st Female, Male, Youth, Junior and Infant.

 Pre-register- entry form below  http://www.crosswaysschools.co.uk/cjs/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/01/Crossways-School-fun-run-entry-form-2018.pdf

 

TRC Race Championships 2018 – one event remaining

 Woodchester Park 10k   Sun 2nd Sept. Entries open £8

That’s all folks.

TRC Club Night 05/07/18

DON’T GO TO THE LEISURE CENTRE TONIGHT OR NEXT THURSDAY – THERE WILL BE NOBODY THERE !

Tonight we are having an ‘Away Day’ at the Rockhampton Fun Run (4 miles approx.) at Rockhampton Cricket Club (on the road past Thornbury Rugby Club). Get there early for the start at 7pm. Bring some money as the bar will be open and there is a BBQ after.   Walkers & kids on bikes welcome as well as the runners.

Next Thursday it is the Thornbury 10k based at Thornbury Rugby Club. I’m sure you all know what you are doing on the night but if unsure speak to Ros or Kevin Cundy. If you still would like to help I’m sure Ros can find you a job if you turn up on the night at the Rugby Club at 18.45.

Next normal Club Night back at the Leisure Centre will be Thursday 19th July.

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Tuesday Nights

We want to be a running club open to all standards and to allow beginners to improve and integrate into the club. Hence on a Tuesday we now typically have two  groups of different pace and distance, 5k steady (more regroups, slower pace) and 5K+ (less regroups, faster pace and increasing distance). We also have a 5k group (11 min / mile + pace) most Thursdays. So if you know somebody who is put off coming along and joining because they feel we go too far and or too fast … tell them to come along and try these session. Try before you join.

The New Runners’ 6 week course started last Tuesday 3rd July

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Other News…

See Matt’s write up on the Cotswold Way Relay which is on the Website. Well done to everyone who took part or supported – a big thanks to Jim Williams for following the whole route and providing water to all our Team Members.  Thanks also to Mike Bennewitz and Judy Mills who organized the 4 Teams and followed the race all day.

  • Sat 7th July. No parkrun this week due to the Thornbury Carnival.

 

  • Sun 15th July. Crossways Schools Fun Run

1km race starts at 10:30am, 5km race starts at 11:00am. Pre-register- entry form below http://www.crosswaysschools.co.uk/cjs/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/01/Crossways-School-fun-run-entry-form-2018.pdf

Enter on the day before 9:45am 5km trophies for 1st Female, Male, Youth, Junior and Infant. Route map available on the above website

 

  • TRC Race Championships 2018 – one event remaining Woodchester Park 10k   Sun 2nd Sept. Entries open £8

That’s all folks.

Good news – more new runners

Tuesday night saw a terrific turn out for the second ‘Introductory Course for New Runners’ this year. 19 people had pre-registered 13 of whom turned up on the night and 2 send apologies. We also had 3 arrive on the night to register. So we had a grand total of 16 beginners for Craig to train. This should swell to 18 when the others join next week.

See you at the Rockhampton Fun Run tonight (Thursday 5th) with BBQ afterwards at the old Cricket Field, Rockhampton. Get there early as the race will be starting at 19.00. There is a small fee.

 

2nd July 2018 – Results as reported this week

Matt’s report for the Gazette which is mainly about the Cotswold Way Relay….

It was the 26th running of the Cotswold Way Relay on Saturday and Thornbury Running Club were aiming to build on past successes in this event with 4 teams of 10 runners competing. For the past few years the Veterans Team have finished in 2nd place. Rob Watkins, Vets Team Captain, was given the pick of the available old(er) men. Sadly injuries and weddings reduced the pool across the board, but it was a pretty fast selection that wore Bib Number 1 on the day for the Vets Team.

The overall aim of the race is for teams of 10 runners to complete the 10 Stages of the 102-mile long Cotswold Way from Chipping Camden to Bath Abbey. The winning team is the team with the lowest cumulative time. 

Putting together the teams and doing pre-race recces of the routes with the runners required military-like precision by Judy Mills and Mike Bennewitz, who organised Thornbury RC’s effort. They were also aided on the day by Jim Williams, who was present on most of the stages with extra water and encouragement for the team.

Each Stage is a race within a race. Although it is a relay, the stages have mass starts rather than a handover from the previous runner and with 118 Teams taking part in 2018 there was plenty of competition.

Added to the undulating profile of the Cotswold Way, there was the added dimension of the heatwave to contend with this year with the mercury levels rising very high in the afternoon.

The race started in fine drizzle at 7am in Chipping Camden church and Rob Hopkins was the first TRC runner in 61st place. The Stage finish at Stanway House was in sunshine, and by now Stage 2 runners were already on their way with Nick Williams the fastest for the Club in Team 2 in an excellent 6th place.

Stage 3 saw a battered and bruised Sonya Bryson, who took a heavy tumble before getting back on her feet and carrying-on regardless. Paul Thomas was the fastest TRC runner in 56th place.

In Stage 4 Henry Orna put in a great performance in 19th place. Jo Emerson perhaps the only runner in the whole event who really enjoyed the extreme heat was 6th female and 51st overall.

Stage 5 saw the ladies again excelling; Taryn in 22nd place overall and 5th female.

Stage 6 saw Dylan Roberts in 8th place overall, while on Stage 7 Rob Watkins put in a Captain’s performance, 6th finisher and 1st Veteran. Also on that Stage came Brian Godsman who has only very recently decided he is capable of anything over 5k, nearly 18 minutes ahead of the cut-off time.

Laura Orna took Stage 8 by storm to finish in 35th place overall and 6th female. Jim Godden epitomised the team spirit by filling in for an injured runner with 1 days’ notice on leg 9 and was our fastest runner in 38th place.

And so to Stage 10 where Magda Johnson and Rebecca Dunsford were witnessed singing and dancing their way down the hill to Weston before the run in to Bath. Andy Darton was the fastest in the final leg in 37th place.

The Vets team came a creditable 8th and the faster mixed Team 2 were 12th in that category. The other 2 mixed teams were 37th and 64th

There were some parkrun results on Saturday too. On the Mundy Playing Field’s course in Thornbury Peter Blenkiron ran 26:35 mins, followed by Malcolm Carr 27:23 mins, Karen Carr 27:49 mins, Nigel Hale 29:36 mins and Terry Robinson 44:56 mins. At Chipping Sodbury Leighton Prescott ran 29:07 mins and in Birkenhead Carol Mosses ran 38:22 mins.

Matt

TRC Club Night Tomorrow Thursday 28th June

Please Note this message that was on the Club Facebook page .

Due to the football clashing with Club Night tomorrow it has been suggested that If you don’t think you can make it at 7pm some of us are going for a shorter 5k run at 6pm. You’re more than welcome to join us. We will meet at the top of the leisure centre car park – where we meet on a Tuesday evening or where we warm up if that’s too busy.

(This is in addition to the usual club night starting at 7).

Cotswold Way Relay message from Mike Bennewitz…

The final Team line-ups  as at Wed 27th is here on the website (scroll down) plus it is on Facebook.

I will be at Club tomorrow night hoping to give out as many numbers as possible. If you are going and can pick up the numbers for the others on your leg that would be helpful. Otherwise contact me on Friday  if you don’t know what’s happening.

The 30th is drawing closer and I know fellow runners have been doing their final Recce’s. The weather looks fair (no rain!) but make sure you have plenty of water as the weather will be hot! The list of Thornbury Runners and the various legs have changed between the original version we posted on the Website and now, but hopefully by tonight that table will have been updated so you can check all is ok.

The Full Team list should confirm what you already know and by now you should have sorted your transport out of how you are going to get to the start and be collected from the finish. If you haven’t now is the time to do it!!

Please also let your Team Leads have your mobile numbers for H&S purposes – we want to make sure you are all back safe and sound and it’s the Team Leads responsibility to check you are!!  I know Judy has asked but we are still missing some numbers. Mine and Judy’s number is on the website and Kevin’s/Rob’s  numbers you should have already.

And finally as Judy says ‘you are not to get injured between now and the 30th’!

Even more importantly, enjoy the day and especially the party afterwards which Arthur, Kathy and Suzy are organising!

 

 

26th June 2018 – Results as reported this week..it’s Rob again!

Thornbury RC’s Rob Hopkins was back in the Lake District only 4 weeks after completing a 190-mile coast to coast ultra-marathon. He would have been forgiven for a gentle reintroduction, but true to form chose to compete in a triathlon voted the world’s toughest Ironman.

The Triathlon X has almost 17,000 ft of ascent over the 140 miles of punishing Lake District terrain. The 2.4 mile swim in Lake Windemere was the calm before the storm; a wet and windy 112 mile bike ride over some of the highest peaks in England. After drying himself down, Rob had the small matter of a marathon to complete which featured a run to the top of Scafell Pike and back.  Rob added another impressive feat of endurance to his growing list, finishing in 17 hours 39:18 mins in 62nd place.

Nick Williams was almost a minute ahead of the 2nd finisher at Thornbury Parkrun in a new personal best time of 18:28 mins, also the fastest time by a Thornbury runner on the home course. Paul Harrod was next in 20:13 mins. Laura Orna set a new personal best time of 22:50 mins, which is also the fastest time on this course by a TRC woman. She was followed by Lizzie Williams 23:24 mins, Peter Blenkiron new PB 26:41 mins, Chris Lee 28:24 mins, Clare Evans new PB 30:06 mins, Nigel Hale new PB 30:07 mins, Richard Illingworth 31:47 mins and Terry Robinson 47:12 mins.

At Chipping Sodbury parkrun Kevin Wood set a new personal best of 22:03 mins, followed by Jay Bartley 24:50 mins, David Palmer 25:57 mins, Christopher Pritchard 28:10 mins and Anne Palmer in 32:10 mins. Kevin Arnold ran 23:02 mins at Exeter Riverside parkrun.

For runners of all standards