TRC Club Night 17/01/19

Normal-ish groups this week. (subject to change because of the second Running Techniques course on tonight)

The Leisure Centre have asked us to remind everyone that after your run please remove your dirty trainers before coming back into the Centre. We don’t want to make our new room dirty! Thanks for your co-operation on this.

• 7 min Group with Dave Beard
• 8 min on road Group with Kevin C
• 9-10 min Group with Angela
• 11+ min Group with Liz Dix
• 5k Group with Ros
• The Walking Group
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• Tea Rota This week : Mick & Jo Stirrup
• Tea Rota Next Week: Steve Evans
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• Welcome Desk this week : Rob Watkins

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.

Tonight Thurs 17th Jan is the second of the Running Techniques sessions – those of you whom expressed an interest in this will have been e-mailed individually by Jim Godden. We will start in the Thornbury Leisure Centre Filnore Suite at 7.30pm after the others have gone out. There will be a short theory session after which we will then go to the top car park for the workshop. It will end with a mop up session including stretching back in the Filnore Suite (or another room) finishing at 9.30pm. Please wear normal running kit including a warm top as you may be standing around outside for short periods. The club is paying per person for the event so please don’t waste your allocated place.

The Riverbank Rollick was on Sunday. A great job was done by all and we have had lots of good feedback from the 450 runners. If you still have any signs, bibs etc please bring them to Club on a Thursday night and give to Arthur Renshaw. Jo Plumbley has a lot of leftover kit from Sunday – if anyone is looking for kit then see Jo P. A big thank you to all our helpers. If you didn’t help on this one I’m sure you will volunteer for our next Club event – The Thornbury 10k in July.

Upcoming Events:
• Sat 9th February. Gwent League XC-4 – Pontypool

• Sun 17th February. Gloucester League XC-4 – Pittville Park Cheltenham

• Sat 2nd March. Gwent League XC-5. Blaise Castle final Gwent League

• Sun 3rd March It is the Swimathon again at the Leisure Centre – TRC usually puts in two teams of 6 in the relay to help raise money for the nominated Charities. Interested swimmers please see Arthur Renshaw or Mike Bennewitz

2019 TRC 10k Race Championships :
The races for 2019 are as for 2018. This gives everybody plenty of time to enter.
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Results as reported 15th January 2019

Thornbury Running Club hosted the Riverbank Rollick on Sunday, which is their first race of 3 for 2019. The race HQ was based at Castle School for the first time, which allowed for an expanded field of runners and all 500 entries were booked in record time, a testament to TRC’s reputation for organising friendly and well-run events.

The course length was increased to almost 10 miles, but still retained the original and much-loved route. There was the usual assortment of wet trails, slippery slopes, stream crossing and the arduous slog along the bank of the River Severn, where strong headwinds are guaranteed.

Ever since one of the Rollick Marshals randomly came dressed as Rupert the Bear a few years ago, the growing number of fancy dress outfits worn by Race Marshals reached epic proportions this year. Mr Blobby’s status as ‘King of the Riverbank’ came under threat from, among others, Banana Man, Big Bird, Elvis and a Sumo Wrestler. Even the helpers who were dressed in more sober attire enthusiastically encouraged all the runners around the course.

Weston AC’s Kieron Summers was a clear winner in the men’s race and was able to coast home in the last mile, his winning time was 1 hour 3:06 mins. Chepstow Harriers’ Paul Murrin and Jon Carter enjoyed their day over the other side of the bridge, taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively, which helped secure Chepstow the men’s team prize.

The women’s race was much more competitive and the top 3 were separated by less than a minute. Vicky Tester from Westbury Harriers was able to pull away in the final stages to win in 1 hour 10:57 mins from Weston’s Susan Duncan in 2nd and Chepstow’s Niki Morgan in 3rd. As well as the individual top prize, Westbury’s women won the team prize.

First Thornbury runner to cross the finish line was Hannah Kinloch, who was 7th women overall in an excellent time of 1 hour 16:47 mins and capped her day by winning the 18-39 age category. Other TRC results on the day included Richard Phillips 100th place in 1 hour 22:55 mins, Ian Shepherd 127th 1 hour 25:21 mins, Sean Underwood 233rd 1 hour 36:23 mins, Judy Mills 288th 1 hour 42:19 mins, Christopher Pritchard 1 hour 44:56 mins and Rebecca Twyman 421st 2 hours 5:25 mins.

At the end of the race there was plenty of fantastic cake and refreshments (including some bonus fudge kindly donated by Cakey McCakeface) which was very much appreciated by the runners and raised over £500 for the TRC charity for this year – PHASE – a local teenage mental health charity.

In other results, Brian Godsman was at Skatas parkrun in Sweden on Saturday and ran 23:42 mins. Laura Orna and Clare Evans ran personal bests at Severn Bridge parkrun in 20:37 mins and 30:25 mins. Pamela MacLeod completed the same course in 33:08 mins.

After appearing in the recent BBC documentary about Castle School Trust, Paul Harrod’s star continues to rise as he set a new personal best in an impressive time of 19:41 mins at Thornbury parkrun. Moray Sloan was the next TRC runner in 22:59 mins, Kevin Arnold 23:01 mins, Kevin Cundy new PB 23:42 mins, Martin Smith 24:54 mins, Ian Shepherd 25:40 mins, Arthur Renshaw 28:36 mins, Chris Lee 28:44 mins, David Palmer 29:23 mins, Richard Illingworth 31:31 mins and Anne Palmer 34:30 mins.

Brendan Griffiths donned his head torch again for another Welsh night race, this time a 5-mile off-road route through the Forest of Dean in Beechenhurst on 10th January. Brendan finished in 20th place in 37:27 mins.

Matt

Club news – membership update.

When we conducted the ‘Club Survey’ in 2017 the largest age group was 51-55 (we did not ask for specific ages). With many older members we were concerned that we were an aging club and not attracting younger members. Fast forward …. Analysing the ages of all recent joiners, who have an average age of 39, this brings the overall average down to 47.

Also in 2017 the gender balance was 42% ladies and 55% men (with 3% not providing info). The split is now almost exactly 50% 50%.

Happy running,

Kevin Wood.

TRC Club Night 10/01/19

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the party last Saturday? Thanks to Suzy Cundy for organizing.

Normal-ish groups this week. (subject to change because of the Running Techniques course on tonight)

The Leisure Centre have asked us to remind everyone that after your run please remove your dirty trainers before coming back into the Centre. We don’t want to make our new room dirty! Thanks for your co-operation on this.

• 7 min Group combined with the 8 min Group on road with Rob Watkins
• 9-10 min Group with Steve Dimond
• 11+ min Group with Rachel Murphy
• 5k Group with Pete Mainstone
• The Walking Group
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• Tea Rota This week : Liz Dix
• Tea Rota Next Week: Mick & Jo Stirrup
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• Welcome Desk this week : Dave Beard

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.

Tonight Thurs 10th Jan is the first of the Running Techniques sessions – those of you whom expressed an interest in this will have been e-mailed individually by Jim Godden. We will start in the Thornbury Leisure Centre Filnore Suite at 7.30pm. There will be a short theory session after which we will then go to the car park for the workshop. It will end with a short mop up session back in the Filnore Suite, finishing at 9.30pm. Please wear normal running kit including a warm top as you may be standing around outside for short periods. If you cannot attend on the 10th I may be able to swop you with someone on the 17th, so please email me back if that is the case. The club is paying per person for the event so please don’t waste your allocated place.

The Riverbank Rollick is on Sunday. Pick up your Marshall bibs, Instructions and refuse sacks from your Section Leaders tonight . Opportunity to ask any questions particularly if you don’t know your allocated position or what you have to do or at what time. Please check your e-mail in box as info has been sent out this week to all of you who have volunteered. Fancy Dress for the Marshals is preferred but not compulsory! Let’s make sure the 500 runners have a great event and they all want to come back next year. Finally please use the refuse sacksgiven to you and clear the course of any litter, tape & signs and please come back back to the Castle School Sports Centre for you tea and cakes!

Upcoming Events:

• Sun 13th January 2019. The date of TRC’s Riverbank Rollick.! We have changed the Event HQ to the Castle School Sports Hall and we have changed the course – now 9.6 miles. Thanks to those that have volunteered and we just about have enough people now but a few more to cover cry-offs would be helpful.. Please speak to Jo Emerson or Arthur Renshaw as soon as possible. You should all have details of what you are doing on the day, where and at what time.

•Thurs 17th January – The second of the Running Techniques sessions. See Jim Godden.

•Sat 9th February. Gwent League XC-4 – Pontypool

•Sun 17th February. Gloucester League XC-4 – Pittville Park Cheltenham

•Sat 2nd March. Gwent League XC-5. Blaise Castle final Gwent League

•Sun 3rd March It is the Swimathon again at the Leisure Centre – TRC usually puts in two teams of 6 in the relay to help raise money for the nominated Charities. Interested swimmers please see Arthur Renshaw or Mike Bennewitz – that includes you Kevin C!

•2019 TRC 10k Race Championships : The races for 2019 are as for 2018. This gives everybody plenty of time to enter.
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Results as reported 7th January 2019

The Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships were held at Rencomb College near Cirencester on Saturday and a smaller team of 8 Thornbury runners headed across to compete. The 3 women and 5 men were rewarded for their efforts with a demanding, yet scenic course through the undulating grounds of Rencomb College, with several stream crossings and a chilly detour across River Churn.

Laura Orna and Hannah Kinloch-Haken led the TRC team out amongst the top 20 runners. Laura extended her advantage on the second lap and finished in 15th place overall in 30:15 mins, the highest position of any of the female or male TRC runners this season. After forgetting her off-road trainers and having a spare pair provided on the start line by a team mate, Hannah did well to finish in 20th place in 31:01 mins. Judy Mills had her best result of the season, finishing in 60th overall and 2nd in the FV60 age category in 39:56 mins, which meant the ladies finished 8th out of 15 teams.

Nick Williams maintained his recent form and ran in good company to finish in 26th place in 39:13 mins. Will Hamilton made a quick return to the fray after making his cross-country debut in December in Wotton and fared well in 55th position in 43:32 mins. Martyn Green’s last appearance for the team was in the same fixture in 2018, so after a year out and a knee operation in between he should be very happy with his performance of 58th in 43:39 mins.

TRC cross-country Captain, Jim Godden, took one for the team, gamely completing the race while nursing a calf injury. Jim crossed the line in some discomfort in 98th place in 50:35 mins. Kevin Arnold did his now customary parkrun – cross-country double, completing the Cirencester parkrun in the morning in 24:04 mins and completing the cross country in the afternoon in 106th in 52:44 mins. The men’s team were 1 man short of registering a result in the overall team competition but finished 13th out of 15 in the vets team competition.

Rosina Rowland spent New Year’s Day running 30 miles along the North East coast in the Hardmoors 30. The route was circular between Robin’s Hoods Bay and Whitby before heading southwards along the Cleveland Way. Rosina’s latest ultra-marathon exploit was completed in 7 hours 33:52 mins and she finished in 155th place.

At Thornbury parkrun there were 10 TRC results, including Paul Thomas 20:59 mins, Richard Jackson in a new PB 22:14 mins, Ian Shepherd 23:02 mins, Martin Smith new PB 24:38 mins, Chris Foley 25:02 mins, David Palmer 26:43 mins, Josie Cole new PB 28:08 mins, Chris Lee 28:56 mins, Pamela MacLeod 33:35 mins and Anne Palmer 33:49 mins.

There were some quick times at Severn Bridge parkrun, Henry Orna and Kevin Wood set new PBs of 18:49 mins and 21:46 mins. Christopher Pritchard ran 26:22 mins and Clare Evans finished in 31:02 mins. At Chipping Sodbury parkrun, Paul Newnes ran 30:03 mins.

Matt

Gloucester Cross Country Championships

The new year saw 8 thornbury runners go to the Gloucester Cross Country Championships ar Redcomb College on the 5th Jan. The results are now out and can be found here . On our thornbury webpage (here) is the report from the race together with the overall and age graded league standings. We also have some photos from the race here .

After 4 races (with best 4 placings to count), Nick has a lead in the mens overall competition but has yet to complete 4 races. In the age graded competition it is still all to play for, with only one point separating Nick and Jim with both so far having completed 3 races. 

In the Ladies competition, Laura Orna is leading both the overall and age gradings leagues and is unlikely to be caught. Only Judy and Laura have completed all 4 races to date.

The next and final Gloucester Cross Country race is on Sunday Feb 17th at Pittville Park, Cheltenham where I hope more of you will be able to race.  I also hope many of you will be able to come to Blaise Castle on the 2nd March for the final Gwent League race. 

See you out running

Jim

 

TRC Club Night 03/01/19

Happy New Year to all our readers.

Thursday 3rd Jan we are back to normal at the Leisure Centre at 7pm. By ‘normal’ this means our NEW ROOM at the top of the stairs now called the Filnore Suite! Thanks for all your patience with having to meet in the snooker room. Kevin Wood on the Welcome Desk and Carol Mosses on Tea.

Please remember to take off your muddy shoes before entering our pristine new meeting room.

Firstly…. congratulations to Ros for becoming a Grandma on Christmas Eve.

Upcoming Events:

• Sat 5th January. Glos XC Championships. Rendcomb College near Cirencester See Jim Godden. Work up an appetite for the Party! Scout Hut meet at 12.25 (Ladies) 13.00 (Men) – 50 mins drive.

• Sat 5th January. TRC Xmas party Thornbury Golf Club 19.00 for 19.30 sit down. Dress Code: party dresses & jackets (whatever that means) Finish at 01.00. Let’s all say “Thank You” to Suzy for organising, what would we do without you!

• Sun 6th January. South West XC Championships. Aldon Hill Yeovil. – a tough call straight after the Party! See Jim Godden.

• Also on Sun 6th January it is the Riverbank Rollick Letter drop. We need as many people as possible for this – it makes it so much easier if we have 10+ people. Check meeting time – probably 10.00 at the Scout Hut, Park road.

• Sun 13th January 2019. The date of TRC’s Riverbank Rollick.! We have changed the Event HQ to the Castle School Sports Hall and we have changed the course – now 9.6 miles. Thanks to those that have volunteered so far but we still need a few more people. Names to Jo Emerson or Arthur Renshaw as soon as possible please.. We need about 10 more volunteers please. Details of what you are doing on the day will be out this week.

• Sat 9th February. Gwent League XC-4 – Pontypool

• Sun 17th February. Gloucester League XC-4 – Pittville Park Cheltenham

• Sunday 3rd March It is the Swimathon again at the Leisure Centre – TRC usually puts in two teams of 6 in the relay to help raise money for the nominated Charities. Interested swimmers please see Arthur Renshaw. – that includes you Kevin C!

• 2019 TRC 10k Race Championships : The races for 2019 are as for 2018. This gives everybody plenty of time to enter.
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Results as reported 1st January 2019

Amongst all the festive celebrations Thornbury’s runners were very busy burning off the calories during the end of year racing calendar. There were parkrun results galore with Race Directors and their teams generously volunteering their time to hold events on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Special mention to Henry Orna, Pamela Macleod, Paul Clark and Kevin Wood who all did a parkrun double on New Year’s Day. Henry and Kevin ran Chipping Sodbury in 19:10 mins and 22:22 mins while Paul ran 22:02 mins in Ashton Court. They all dashed across to Eastville Park for the later start time and Henry ran 20:21 mins, Paul 20:51 mins and Kevin finished in 23:13 mins. Pamela took advantage of the removal of the Severn Crossing toll to start her new year at Newport parkrun, which she ran in 33:51 mins, before heading across to the Riverfront parkrun in a quicker effort of 33:13 mins.

On Boxing Day, Ian Shepherd ran in the multi-terrain ‘Chester Round the Walls Race’. The race has been going since 1972 and starts and finishes on Roodee racecourse, with a lap of the narrow city walls in the middle and several flights of steps to contend with. Ian completed the 4.25-mile course in 99th place in 33:08 mins.

Closer to home there were TRC runners at the 4-mile Clevedon Boxing Day race, another long-standing fixture during the festive season. Richard Philips was the first Thornbury runner to finish in 303rd place in 30:15 mins, followed by Joanne Williams 362nd 31:14 mins, Mark Williams 501st 33:31 mins and Janet Gaze 859th 39:14 mins.

Rob Watkins and his canine companion, Poppy, travelled to Forest of Dean for Seven Sins Canicross on 29th December. The name of the race stems from the 7 hills the runners and their dogs must negotiate on this 7 mile off-road trail race. This was Rob and Poppy’s first race together, and they set a high bar for future races by earning a podium finish with 3rd place in 57:31 mins.

The final race of 2018 was the Wye Wander and 5 Thornbury runners were out on the Wye Valley trails and lush fields alongside the Chepstow racecourse for this 5-mile race. Conditions were much drier than 12 months previously, which made the narrow sections along the valley less precarious and the deep-water hazard more of a puddle. Nick Williams jostled with the leaders and was in third place for much of the race, before a strong finishing Chepstow runner came through the field. Nick still finished in an excellent 4th place overall in 31:24 mins. Matt Johnstone was in the next group of runners and finished in 7th place and 2nd MV40 in 33:05 mins. Laura Orna had another strong run and finished in 26th place overall and 4th woman in 37:14 mins. Hannah Kinloch Haken was not far behind and finished one place behind in the women’s standings and 31st overall in 38:03 mins. Paul Thomas was next in 38th place in 38:54 mins.

Happy New Year from Matt.

Gloucester Cross Country Championships – Sat 5th Jan near Cirencester

I am sure you are now looking at races for the new year – well, first on your list could be the Gloucester Cross Country Championships on Saturday 5th Jan. It’s also the same day as the Club Party, so an ideal way to get fit before then ruining it all ! Details are here . Women (and men over 65) start is at 14:05, Men start at 15:00.  As usual, turn up, come and get £4 from me at the club banner, register, wait around and chat, race, compare muddy legs, eat cake and go home !  Please note that we do run as guests in this championships, so even if you win your age group you can’t be selected for the National championships.

I suggest that if people want to lift share, they meet at the Park Road car park next to the scout hut at 12:15 for the women and 13:00 for the men. Travel time up the M5 is 50 minutes. 

I hope to see many of you there, we need to keep up this years tradition of over 20 at every XC race.   This will be the 4th race that many people will have done and it’s all still to play for in the TRC XC standings which are here . 

Jim

Sunday 13th January – A further appeal for Marshals & Helpers

Our main Event the Riverbank Rollick is only just over 2 weeks away and we still need a lot more Marshals & Helpers on the day to make our event go smoothly. We are looking for about another 30 people to help sometime between 10.00 & 14.00

For those who have volunteered so far a big thank you – we will be getting back to you with your jobs & positions in the next few days.

For those of you who have yet to volunteer, and I think you know who you are, if you could get back to me or Jo in the next week that would be very helpful. If you can, please send me an e-mail with your availability.
trc@rensh.idps.co.uk

Thanks
Jo Emerson & Arthur Renshaw

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