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.

Matt.

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.

TRC Club Night 26/10/17

Normal Groups at the Leisure Centre tonight but as it is The Curry Night Pete has asked all Groups to be back by 20.15. (note we are not running from the Cricket Club this time)
Hopefully you have all put your names down for the Curry so Ros knows how many to cater for but there will probably be a few spare places for those who haven’t put their name down yet – Thornbury Cricket Club from 20.45 onwards.

Your Committee wants to remind everyone to take care now we are running in the dark. Please listen to your Run Leaders instructions and don’t, wherever possible, run in the road.
Also don’t forget your Hi-Viz tops – if you need a new one I think the Club has some to sell.

Most people have paid their deposits for the Xmas party but there are still a few outstanding and Suzy Cundy really needs your £10 pp deposit today.

Over the next few weeks we have…

• Thurs 2nd Nov – Pete is away so usual Groups but 9 min Group will be led by Kevin Cundy & 11 min Group by Mike Bennewitz & Angela Bushell
• Sat 4th Nov. Cross Country 2 – Malmesbury (see Jim Godden)
• Sat 4th Nov. park run training session – Pomphrey Hill park run (If you have put your name forward you should know what you are down for)
• Tues 7th Nov. Craig & Pete are away so Beginners with Suzy Cundy & Cathy Watkins & main group with the Kevins (Cundy & Wood)
• Thurs 9th Nov – Pete is away so usual Groups but 9 min Group will be led by Kevin Cundy.
• Sat 11th Nov – likely to be the Thornbury park run test event at 09.00 Mundy PF. TRC Members welcome.
• Tues 14th Nov. Pete is still away so the main group is with the Kevins (Cundy & Wood)
• Thurs16th Nov – Pete is back. Usual Groups.
• Sun 26th Nov TRC Awayday trip to The Bicton Blister. Pete wants to remind those going to make sure they have entered and don’t leave it to on-the-day. Note there are NO showers. Lunch booked for 14.15 at a nearby pub and it is main course roast or veggy only (no starters or puddings available)
• Sun 17th Dec. Christmas Crcker 10k at Weston. Usually lots of TRC entries.
• Thurs 21st Dec. TRC pre-Xmas party at Thornbury Cricket Club.
• Sun 24th Dec. It should be the annual Wotton run – is there an appetite to do it on Xmas Eve?

The Riverbank Rollick is approaching (Sun 14th January) and we are starting to look 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 only opened this week and last time I looked we were half full.

The Website has a full Diary of events down the right hand side and if you know of any events that may be of interest to TRC Members then e-mail Arthur Renshaw with the details. Event Name, Date & time, Location and Web link if you know it.

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

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.

https://fullonsport.com/event/riverbank-rollick-2018/profile

Matt.

TRC Club Night 19/10/17

This week it’s the usual Groups although as it is a Committee Meeting night the runs may be a little shorter.
Ros’s Group is going off-road and being led for the first time by Lizzie – if you intend going off-road you will need a head torch and off-road shoes.

Your Committee wants to remind everyone to take care now we are running in the dark. Please listen to your Run Leaders instructions and don’t, wherever possible, run in the road.
Also don’t forget your Hi-Viz tops – if you need a new one I think the Club has some to sell.

A great turnout for the first Cross Country of the season last Saturday – well done to both Teams and particularly to those first timers who all were well up the placings.

Pete’s list of the 10k’s he is putting forward for the Club Championships for 2018
• Minchinhampton 11/3/2018
• Bluebell Blunder /5/2018 date not yet out
• Berkeley. /5/2018
• Bradley Stoke. /6/2018
• Woodchester Park. /8/2018

A reminder that by this Friday Suzy Cundy needs your £10 pp deposit to secure your place for the TRC Xmas do at the Golf Club on Friday 5th January.

Over the next few weeks we have…

• Fri/Sat 20-21 Oct Christ The King Beer Festival, Castle St.
• Thurs 26th Oct. Curry Night after Club run. (don’t forget your put your name down on the list)
• Sat 4th Nov. Cross Country 2 – Malmesbury
• Sat 4th Nov. park run training session – Pomphrey Hill park run
• Sun 26 Nov TRC Away trip to The Bicton Blister
• Thurs 21st Dec. TRC pre-Xmas party at Thornbury Cricket Club.

The Website has a full Diary of events down the right hand side and if you know of any events that may be of interest to TRC Members then e-mail Arthur Renshaw with the details. Event Name, Date & time, Location and Web link if you know it.

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

16th October 2017 – Results as reported this week

The new cross-country season kick started to life at the weekend with the first race in the Gloucester League. There was a sense of optimism and enthusiasm in the air at Blackbridge amongst Thornbury’s runners, as the recent memory of barely being able to field a full complement of men’s and ladies’ teams was not in evidence on Saturday.

After all the children’s event had finished, the ladies approached the line to contest a 6.4K race. The Blackbridge course is a gentle reintroduction to the season, as it is largely flat with the odd short hill thrown in for good measure.

Following her recent Ironman success in Tenby, Taryn Roberts set off at a fast pace and maintained a good position throughout to finish Thornbury’s top placed runner in an excellent 24th place in 25:17 mins. Jo Emerson is one of a select group who regularly turned out for the club during the leaner years and she showed her experience by over hauling Colette Jackson and Lizzie Williams in the second half of the race. It was still close-run, Jo’s time was 27:10 mins in 57th place, Colette was 65th in 27:37 mins and Lizzie 66th in 27:43 mins. Both Colette and Lizzie were making their cross-country debuts for the club, so can be very pleased with their runs.

The over 65 men can compete in the ladies’ race or the longer men’s race and Club Captain, Pete Mainstone, chose the former this weekend, finishing in 146th in 33:47 mins. This was Judy Mills’ first race since returning from injury and she rounded off a great team performance in 159th place in 36:36 mins.

Nick Williams has been racking up an impressive series of races this season, but was still shocked at the early pace set by the top local club runners. However, he soon established a good rhythm in his first cross-country race for the club and was a clear winner amongst Thornbury’s runners in a very good 39th place in 32:01 mins in the men’s 9K race. The next 3 Thornbury runners were very closely matched and swapped positions throughout. In his first race since Ironman Wales, Dylan Roberts had just enough leg speed left to hold off a determined Rob Watkins. Dylan finished in 34:14 mins in 81st place, Rob was 86th in 34:34 mins and Andy Darton was only a short distance behind in 89th in 34:39 mins.
Moray Sloan and Nick Langridge were next in 37:47 mins in 147th and 38:41 mins in 161st place. In his second race of the day, Kevin Arnold was 180th in 41:30 mins and Anthony Yates finished 202nd in 48:20 mins.

The ladies team finished in a very good 10th place out of 39 and the men’s team found the going a little tougher in 13th out of 21 teams. Fortunes were reversed in the vets competition for the over 40s, the men were 5th out of 14 and the ladies were 17th out of 26 teams.

On 7th October, Kevin Arnold was in South Wales at the Caldicot parkrun and was 36th in 24:56 mins. Experienced parkrun travellers David and Anne Palmer were running in the North West at Haigh Woodland. David was 89th in 28:05 mins and Anne was 143rd in 34:22 mins. On 14th October, Kevin Arnold warmed up for the cross country later that afternoon with a quick blast around Gloucester North parkrun in 23:07 mins in 22nd place. 5 Thornbury runners joined a very busy Chipping Sodbury parkrun. Kevin Wood ran 22:46 mins, Malcolm and Karen Carr both ran 25:59 mins, while Suzy Cundy outsprinted her husband by 3 seconds in 30:31 mins.

Matt

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
Disco

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.

Suzy

Cross Country

Just a reminder Saturday 14th Oct is the first Gloucester Cross Country League event at Blackbridge, Gloucester. Details are here. Women’s race (6k) is at 13:55, mens (10k) at 14:45.

If you want to share lifts, we are meeting at 1st Thornbury Scout Group car park at 12:30 (not 12:45 as previously stated).

Hope to see you there – look out for the Thornbury banner in the club tent area.

For runners of all standards