Our vision is to provide a local club that offers a friendly and social environment open to all running abilities. We believe in running for fun, fitness and competition. And for those who wish to improve their running we can support you through coaching and by providing you with opportunities to compete for the club.
The Club has over 200 members with a wide age range .
Thursday evening is the official Club Night. See more on the Club Night page. We also meet on Tuesday for more specific coaching and Sunday.
Thursday Night – Club Night
We meet at 7 p.m. at Thornbury Leisure Centre in the Filnore Suite (See also “where we meet“.) Runs are usually arranged in groups by ability from walkers up to competitive runners. Afterwards there are hot and cold refreshments, with ample facilities for showers. Every now and then we meet at venues outside Thornbury for a run over different terrain. Details of these ‘away-days’ are given in advance on Club Nights.
Walkers- We have an active walking group on a Thursday evening for those who prefer walking or who are perhaps coming back from injury.
Beginners – Thursday evening we have a 5k run at about 11 min / mile pace for beginners and improvers (nobody gets left behind!).
Runners – There are several groups of runners on a Thursday evening running at different paces (from 7 mins / mile to 11 mins / mile) typically covering 3 miles to 10 miles. In winter this will be around Thornbury on lit streets and further afield for some groups on unlit roads and lanes where the use of head torches is recommended. On lighter evenings during summer we also run off road on the playing fields and footpaths in the fields around Thornbury.
Those who want to become more competitive can run with the faster runners, often off road and across the local countryside. Club runners regularly compete in local races and some much further afield. We have even had some compete for Team GB in duathlon and triathlon age groups.
We meet at the Thornbury Leisure Centre rear car park at 7pm for a coaching session and also at Aztec West for the faster runners. You can choose a 5km run group, steady run, interval training or there is a beginners group from time to time. See here for the coaching page , and more about introductory courses for beginners here.
The main group meets in the small car park by the Scout Hut opposite Castle and Manorbrook Schools in Thornbury at 8.30 a.m., for a long run – anything from 10 to 20 miles, often off-road in the summer. See here for the latest. This is typically “steady” and social, rather than fast, to build up endurance. Routes are circular so there are always short cuts back for those who like the company but not the full distance. Alternatively, some runners from the group may choose to continue further. This is an excellent way of building up mileage for anyone entering a half marathon or marathon. There may also be a number of informal groups going out on a Sunday – these are announced on Club Night.
There is also a series of swimming & cycling activities promoted by the Club’s Triathlon athletes – just ask around at Club Night or visit our website to see what’s going on.
The Club organises a summer series and a winter series of (‘closed’) handicap races for its members, with plenty of prizes to be won. We also organise the following three ‘open’ races which attract runners from far and wide:
- the Riverbank Rollick 9 miles multi-terrain race in January
- the Thornbury 10k in July
- the Oldbury Power Station 10 miles in Sept / Oct
The Club relies on members to help organise and marshal these events, so please be ready to volunteer help!
The Club enters teams in the winter in the Gloucester cross-country League. Anyone can take part, no matter what standard.
As a Club we may also organise informal members’ trips to other clubs or events like the ‘Grizzly’ in March or the ‘Bicton Blister’ in November.
Discounts: Various sports shops in the area offer a 10% discount to Thornbury Running Club members. You may need to show your membership card.
Club kit: If you compete as a member of Thornbury Running Club you will be expected to run in Club colours: sky blue and red. Club kit is on sale most Thursdays. Stock includes vests in Club colours, and hoodies with the Club logo.
Press reports: Most weeks the Thornbury Gazette prints our members’ race results.
Social events: The Club has a lively social life – including a Club dinner and a Christmas and Summer Party.
Website: Check out www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for all Thornbury Running Club activities. The Upcoming Events section you will find there includes details of our own and other races in the area. You can simply browse through to see if there’s anything you fancy entering. Most races give a £2 discount to runners affiliated to a club like ours, so don’t forget to claim the lower entry fee if it’s on offer.
Joining the Club: Fill in an application form, available from the website’s Membership section. Click here for the form. The completed form and payment should be emailed or posted to the Secretary at the address on the form, or given to him on Club Night.
We want you to try out the Club before you join, so we invite you to run with us as a Guest on a Thursday night, free of charge, for up to four weeks.