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TRC Club Night 23/11/17

Thurs 23rd Nov – Under Pete’s leadership we are all going out in one Group tonight for a change.

• Bicton Blister this Sunday 26th Nov. There is one spare place on the coach if anyone else wants to go on the trip – please contact Pete asap. Meet at 08.00 at the Leisure Centre. If anyone can’t go or is going to be late please contact Pete on 07890 403 328. Don’t forget – no showers!

• January 5th Party – please give your Menu choices & the balance of £23 per person to Suzy Cundy by Thursday 30th Nov.(Suzy has the Menu choices slips)

• Thornbury parkrun. We had 337 finishers for the inaugural parkrun last Saturday. I’ve been and had a look at the Mundy PF and the ground stood up to the test quite well – not too cut-up!. Don’t forget that there will be a Thornbury parkrun every Saturday at 09.00 from now on. Give it a go and try and better David Awde’s course record of 17.49!
The parkrun schedule over Xmas and the New Year will be published soon but check out how you can volunteer to be a parkrun helper over the Festive period.

• The Riverbank Rollick is approaching (Sun 14th January) and we are 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 welcomed. See Jo Plumbley in the first instance if you can help. Entries are now closed – we have 400 entries and are full!

• Just so you all know – The Oldbury Fun Run will NOT take place in 2018. This due to lack of local volunteers to organize it.

• Club London Marathon place. If you have received a NO to your London Marathon application you can apply for the Club place. Just e-mail the Secretary by 29 November notifying her that you wish to be considered (this has to be by e-mail so we have a trail)
London Marathon place Rules: Preference shall be given to a person:
1. who is a fully paid up member of the Club for at least 2 years prior to application;
2. whose application through the normal channels was rejected;
3. who has not previously competed in the London Marathon;
4. who has not been the recipient of a Club place;
5. who is a regular active member of the Club (attending Club Nights etc.);
6. who is considered to have made the greater contribution to Club activities (athletic, social or organisational), preferably within the preceding Club year;
7. if any remaining applicants have previously participated in the London Marathon) who has competed least recently.
8. If the above stages fail to differentiate between applicants, any remaining places shall be allocated by drawing lots (see Note 2).

1.All applications will be scrutinised by a Sub-Committee consisting of three Committee members, including the Club Captain, Race Director and one other, but excluding any member who has a direct personal or family interest in the allocation of entries.
2. At Stage 8 (above), the remaining applicants may, if they all agree, choose to use any mutually acceptable method of selection.

That’s all for now, happy & safe running!

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21st November – Results as reported this week

From its humble beginnings in 2004 when 13 people went for a timed 5k run in a London park, the free to all parkrun phenomenon has now spread across the world with millions now taking part. As well as Thornbury’s first race on Saturday, Eastville Park in the centre of Bristol had its first parkrun and both new events attracted over 1000 runners in total with a large number doing their first parkrun.

Thornbury Running Club were out in force to celebrate their local event and there were 22 club members amongst the 337 finishers as well as many volunteers, helping to make the first event a great success.

Thornbury Mayor and keen endurance athlete, Helen Harrison, set the runners on their way before completing the run herself. The runners of varying ages and abilities quickly spread out across the challenging Mundy Playing Fields course like one long hi-vis conga.

Thornbury RC’s Nick Williams could have been forgiven for missing it after competing in a 35 mile race the previous weekend. However, he was up with the fastest runners from the start and was the 3rd finisher in a very impressive 18:38 mins. Lizzie Ormerod matched her husband’s achievement by finishing 3rd female and 36th overall in 22:50 mins.

More Thornbury RC results from the day were Dylan Roberts 10th finisher in 20:18 mins, Andrew Darton 13th 20:36 mins and Rob Watkins 18th 21:18 mins. Jim Godden was back from injury in 26th 22:07 mins, Richard Philips 33rd 22:46 mins, Joanne Emerson 39th / 4th female 23:19 mins, Ross Phillips 42nd 23:41 mins and Stephen Hales 47th and 23:54 mins.

Hugh McPherson 87th 25:37 mins, Chris Foley 90th 25:50 mins, Colette Jackson 122nd 27:33 mins, Anthony Yates 125th 27:46 mins, David Palmer 134th 28:14 mins, Karen Carr 159th 29:03 mins, Richard Jackson 196th 31:55 mins, Nigel Hale 201st 32:19 mins, Richard Illingworth 225th 33:23 mins, Anne Palmer 236th 34:06 mins, Shona Howell 243rd 34:37 mins and Peter Blenkiron 268th 36:38 mins.

Kevin Arnold was just over the Severn Bridge for the Rogiet parkrun in Monmouthshire, which he completed in 23:48 mins.


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31st October 2017 – Results as reported this week.

Rob Watkins joined over 2000 runners on Saturday at the notoriously difficult Beachy Head Marathon near Eastbourne. The course traces along the trails and pathways of the chalky cliffs of South Downs National Park, and is an uninterrupted sequence of climbs, culminating in the Seven Sisters hills in the final quarter of the race. Thornbury RC has a proud tradition at the Beachy Head Marathon, with car loads of its runners travelling to the East Sussex coast in previous years. However, Rob was the lone Thornbury participant this year, and cheered on by his family ran 3 hours 59:35 mins in 148th place.

Rob Watkins is the current Thornbury record holder at the London Marathon when he set a time of 2 hours 56:15 mins in 2015, narrowly beating the mark previously held by Richard Illingworth for over 20 years. Richard has been a club member for many years and was recently awarded with a present at a club night in recognition of his 70th birthday. On Saturday, Richard joined 6 other Thornbury runners at Chipping Sodbury parkrun and he ran 32:01 mins. Kevin Wood was the first runner for the club in 74th place in 23:25 mins. Karen Carr won the club’s Summer handicap competition and continued her run of good form to set a new PB in 25:40 mins in 115th place and 18th female. Karen’s husband, Malcolm, was next in 26:53 mins, Kevin Cundy ran 30:25 min and Leighton Prescott was next in 36:42 mins. The fast improving Sean Underwood had a gentle stroll around the 3 lap course in 39:02 mins.

David and Anne Palmer were at Bath Skyline parkrun and finished in 28:21 mins and 33:51 mins, respectively.


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Club news about trained leaders and growth.

To facilitate the growth of the club we now have a total of 16 qualified British Athletics Leaders. This means we are able to have multiple groups on both Tuesday and Thursday nights to cater for all abilities. The Leaders had their first group meeting last week to make sure we are all working together to make the runs safe, the right speed & distance and enjoyable. Remember if you want to try a faster group give it a go!

The club is growing! We set ourselves a goal of expanding the club and attracting new younger members, and we have been very successful. Since January we have attracted 28 new members and more guests will be joining shortly. Thank you for making them feel so welcome, this has been an important part of them wanting to join.

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24th October 2017 – Results as reported this week

As a resident of Olveston, Nick Williams was keen to establish local bragging rights at the Olveston Fun Run on 15th October. The 3 mile course is contested mostly off road on the footpaths and bridleways surrounding the village. The young Westbury athlete, James Harrod, impressed earlier in the season at Rockhampton Fun Run and gave Nick an early scare in the first mile. However, Nick’s experience began to tell as the race progressed and he pulled clear to win in a very respectable time of 17:21 mins.

At Chipping Sodbury parkrun on Saturday, Kevin Cundy paced his son Spencer to a new personal best time. Spencer finished in 29:34 mins with Kevin 3 seconds behind.

Richard Jackson was the first Thornbury runner at the 36th edition of the Stroud Half Marathon on Sunday in 331st place in a good time of 1 hour 39:32 mins. The Stroud course is deceptively difficult, with several long gradients and the windy conditions would not have helped the runners. Kevin Arnold was next in 372nd in 1 hour 41:01 mins, with Ian Evans in 480th in 1 hour 45:24 mins. Sarah Newnes was the lone Thornbury female runner in the race and ran a very good time of 1:51:40 mins.

The first Thornbury Running Club race of 2018 is now available to enter. The Riverbank Rollick on 14th January is 9 miles long and mostly off-road. Mud and a varied off-road course are the main ingredients of this enduring event, which is challenging and very rewarding for those that complete it. There is the added bonus of a delicious array of cakes on offer for all the finishers too. There are approx. 400 places in the race and after only a few days the Rollick is almost half full, so don’t delay entering.


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Please wear club shirts this week for Tuesday and Thursday photos

This week we want to take some group photos of the club for a new poster in the Leisure Centre. Mike Bennewitz will bring his camera along, so please wear your club vests or shirts on Tuesday and Thursday for 7pm.

If you don’t have a TRC shirt then please do come but push the people in the club shirts to the front!  You can contact Kevin Cundy about buying a shirt.



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TRC Christmas Party – Friday Jan 5th 2018 ***£10 deposit required by 20th October***

TRC Christmas Party – 5th January 2018 – Thornbury Golf Club – £33 per person

3 course meal
Quizes, casino, games to win wine, photo booth, Christmas jumper competition

Partners welcome

Discounted rate for B&B should anyone need it.

£10 deposit to secure your place.

The date has been provisionally booked but I need to secure it with deposits and numbers so would like to do this by 20th October,
I know this is short notice so apologies. If there are instances where this is not possible but you still want to go please speak to me at club on a Tuesday or Thursday and I’m sure we can accommodate.

Would love to see as many as possible there as think it will be great fun.


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3rd October 2017 – Results as reported this week

There was a trio of half marathon results for Thornbury’s runners over the last 2 weekends. Ian Evans took part in the undulating Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon on 24th September and finished in 1 hour 49:52 mins in 218th place.
Nick Langridge competed in the Cricklade Half Marathon on Sunday and found himself in a fierce race for age group top honours. Nick passed his main rival after 11 miles and attempted to pull clear, but his opponent doggedly clung on. Within touching distance of the finishing line, the Belgrave Harrier suddenly appeared on Nick’s shoulder, pushing Nick down one place overall to 59th and 2nd place in 60+ age category. Nick’s finishing time was still a very good 1 hour 36:31 mins.
Andrew Darton has had an injury interrupted season, but managed to get to the start line of Cardiff Marathon on Sunday. Andrew’s time of 1 hour 33:20 mins is 10 mins below his racing peak, but in the context of his preparation was a good effort.
Moray Sloan has been chasing a sub 20 min parkrun time and came close on several occasions over the last 2 years. He arrived at the start line on Saturday at Gloucester’s Kingsway course not expecting a quick time, but surprised himself by recording a new personal best of 19:55 mins in 8th place.
The only other parkrun result last weekend came from Mark Grimsey, who ran 30:17 mins at Burnham and Highbridge.
Amongst the mayhem of the Catalan Independence Referendum at the weekend, Richard Phillips travelled to Spain for Ironman Barcelona. Richard is used to finishing amongst the strongest swimmers and completed the 3.9k sea swim in a very quick 58:08 mins. The bike section along the Catalan coastline is relatively flat and Richard took good advantage, riding the 180k bike section in 5 hours 4:33 mins. An Ironman finishes with a marathon, which Richard ran in 4 hours 41:47 mins for an overall time of 10 hours 55:07 mins. He finished in 58th place in the 50-55 age category.


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26th Sept 2017 – Results as reported this week

Thornbury Running Club continues to go from strength to strength, attracting 28 new members since the turn of the year. Several people have joined since starting the beginner’s courses, which are run on a regular basis and there has also been an encouraging trend of more younger runners signing up.
Several of the new starters came to the club after taking part in one of the many local parkrun events; which are all 5k in distance, free, and open to all ages and abilities.

There were 3 Thornbury parkrunners taking part at Chipping Sodbury’s 3 lap course at the weekend. First among them was Richard Jackson in 21:36 mins in 39th place. Malcolm and Karen Carr are parkrun regulars and completed their runs in 25:40 mins and 26:37 mins, respectively.

Perhaps the most iconic running event of all is the marathon and it still represents the ultimate challenge in most people’s eyes. On Sunday, 4 Thornbury runners took to the Nottingham streets on an Indian summer’s day for the Robin Hood Marathon. Kevin Cundy and Sonya Bryson were credited with the same time of 4 hours 23:21 mins in 542nd and 543rd position. Hugh McPherson just ducked under 5 hours in 4 hours 59:55 mins. John Grimsey who has run in marathons across the world, including Boston, completed the 26.2 miles on Sunday in 5 hours 13:34 mins and was 6th in the 70+ age category.

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The Bicton Blister (a message from Pete Mainstone)

On Sunday 26th November I have booked a 35 seater coach for the above event leaving Thornbury Leisure Centre at 08:00 and returning approx 18:00. If members want to run there is a choice of the 10 mile trail race or the 4.5 mile trail race. I have arranged with a nearby pub to have either a Sunday Roast or Vegetarian option.

If people wish to be on the coach they need to let me know quickly as 21 places have already been taken. The club are paying for the coach. Also people need to get on and enter one of the races either on line Full On Sport – or with an entry form. I do have some and will bring them Tuesday and Thursday.


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