Our aim 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 coaching and Sunday for long runs.
Thursday Night – Club Night
We meet at 7 p.m. at Thornbury Leisure Centre (See also “where we meet“.) Runs are arranged in groups by pace of varying speed from 7 mins / mile, 8 mins / mile, 9 mins / mile, 10 mins / mile to a 5k+ (12 mins / mile).
the runs typically take 60-70 mins so the distance covered varies by pace group.
In winter the runs are around Thornbury on lit streets and further afield for some groups on unlit roads and lanes where the use of head torches is required. On lighter evenings during summer we tend to run off road on the footpaths and fields around Thornbury.
We have an active walking group on a Thursday evening for those who prefer walking or who are perhaps coming back from injury.
Afterward the run 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 Weekly Bulletin.
Tuesday Night – Coaching Night
We meet in two groups for coaching and interval / efforts sessions. One at Aztec West (7:30 pm), for runners who run 5km sub 25 mins, and a second group at Thornbury Leisure Centre car park (7:00 pm) for those who run over 25 mins for 5km.
We also use a local track on a regular basis for both of the above groups.
There is also the option for a 5km steady run from the Leisure centre.
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.
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.