Riverbank Rollick report and other results

Thornbury Running Club’s opening race for the year, The Riverbank Rollick, was another roaring success with a record field of 458 runners taking part on a cold Sunday morning. After several years of mild conditions and dry weather, the true nature of the course revealed itself on Sunday with very heavy mud adding to the difficulty of this 9.6-mile multi-terrain course.

Despite the early rain on Sunday morning, it didn’t dampen the mood of the excellent support generated by Thornbury RC’s marshals and the runner’s families and friends which lined the course to cheer on the athletes. Once again, several of the marshals were decked out in a fine array of fancy costumes, including Mr Blobby greeting the runners onto the riverbank, an Elvis, a ripped Batman, a mud-splattered pirate and several more giving a well-timed morale boost as the runners started to flag. The runners were welcomed at the finishing area in Castle School with hot drinks and an assortment of home-baked cakes and cookies from TRC club members, with all proceeds going to the club’s nominated charity for the year.

There were some excellent performances in the men’s and women’s race and some great results for Thornbury’s own runners. At the top of the race, Weston AC’s Chris McMillan and Stroud AC’s Alastair Cambell exited the long drag along the riverbank running neck and neck, closely trailed by Westbury’s Alex Hamblin. McMillan made a big push in the second half of the race and opened up a commanding lead to cross the finishing line in the school playing fields in an exceptional time of 59:52 mins, Cambell was 2nd in 1 hour 3:21 mins and Hamblin was third place in 1 hour 5:24 mins.

If odds had been offered in the women’s race, Bristol and West AC’s Annabel Granger would have been a heavy favourite and she took top honours again in a time of 1 hour 12:20 mins and 11th overall. Thornbury RC’s Taryn Roberts and Chepstow Harriers’ Niki Morgan were locked in a battle for 2nd and 3rd place along the riverbank and by the time the racers descended to the Mundy Playing fields at the 9-mile mark, it was the Chepstow runner who had built up a small advantage which she kept to the finish to take 2nd place in 1 hour 15:09 mins (19th overall) from Taryn in 3rd place in 1 hour 16:03 mins (22nd place overall). Taryn was also 1st in her age group – F18-39.

Dylan Roberts was the fastest Thornbury runner on the day and finished in the top 10 overall in 8th place in an excellent time of 1 hour 11:21 mins. Rob Cowlard is not back to his racing best but still had enough in reserve to win the M45-49 age group and 14th place overall in 1 hour 14:13 mins. There was more age-group success from TRC runners from Clare Watt in 125th place and 2nd F55-59 in 1hour 32:01 mins, Judy Mills 4th F60-64 and 222nd in 1 hour 47:33 mins and Chris Lee 5th M60-64 and 331st in 2 hours 6:52 mins.

Other Thornbury results included Richard Jackson 75th 1 hour 27:12 mins, Ross Philips 128th 1 hour 32:51 mins, Sophie Mcphillips 177th 1 hour 39:21 mins, Sarah Newnes 208th 1 hour 46:29 mins, Tom Witherbed 272nd 1 hour 55:34 mins, James Turton 326th 2 hours 5:57 mins, Sarah Martin 373rd 2 hours 13:28 mins and Valerie Knight 413th2 hours 24:35 mins.

Mitch Ford ran in the evening Bath Skyline 10k race on 11th January on an undulating 2-lap course covering open fields and woodland trails. Mitch had a very good run and was 5th overall in 49:03 mins.

Thornbury RC’s parkrun results on Saturday featured some wild extremes. Henry Orna took part in the Finsbury parkrun in London with 968 other runners, finishing in 19:57 mins. On the other end of the scale, Kevin Cundy took part in the Mountain Goat Trail parkrun in Tennessee with his 2 brothers and the Cundy family accounted for half of the field. Kevin was the first finisher in 25:20 mins.

Other TRC parkrun results included Roger Glew in Ashton Court in 26:36 mins, Mark West in Tamar Trails in 25:44 mins, Mel Lloyd in Wotton in 33:00 mins, Matt Johnstone in Pomphrey Hill in 21:15 mins, Brian Godsman in Skatas in 25:43 mins, and Chris Foley in Tetbury Goods Shed in 25:45 mins. In Chipping Sodbury, Garry Slater ran 20:26 mins, Mike Poad ran 21:32 mins, and Christopher Pritchard 28:30 mins. Adam Frontczak ran 20:26 mins on Severn Bridge, followed by Ross Phillips 22:45 mins and Kevin Broadbent 35:32 mins.

Taryn going head-to-head with Chepstow’s Niki Morgan
Dylan making a splash in 8th place overall
Chris McMillan (Men’s Winner) on the left looking far too fresh after the riverbank
Annabel Granger notching up another win in a local trail race
Riverbank Rollick Cakes at the finish

TRC Club Night 16/01/20

Please ensure you wear Hi-Viz tops and you are welcome to bring head torches

A big thanks to everyone that helped wth the Riverbank Rollick last Sunday. Despite the mud and the wind all the runners were very complimentary about the wonderful Marshals and the race organization. We upheld our reputation for staging really good events and all being well we will be doing it all again same time, same place next year! (If you have any remaining race equipment, signs, bibs etc please bring along to Club Night)

Groups for 16th Jan:
• 7 min Group with Dave Beard
• 8 min Group with Ian Evans
• 9-10 min Group with Mike Bennewitz
• 10+ min Group with Steve Dimond
• 5k Group with Pete Mainstone/Rebecca Twyman
• The Walking Group
• Tea Rota This week : Emma Barnes
• Tea Rota Next Week: Judy Mills
• Welcome Desk this week : Rob Watkins

Upcoming Events

• Sunday 16th February – Glos League XC 5 Cheltenham

• Sunday 15th March – Bath Half. We have access to some free Charity places for the Bath Half . You would be running for “Off the record” Charity and need to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship (they would like £200) . T shirt included that you will have to wear. www.offtherecord-banes.co.uk/ Contact Pete Mainstone if interested.

• Friday 10th April – Westonbirt House 10k & Half Marathon. We have arranged a 10% discount with DB Max for the Westonbirt House 10k both at Easter and summer. Only the Easter 10k at Westonbirt counts to the club championship. It also includes the half at Westonbirt House at Easter as well. Thornbury RC should be put into the entry discount section.

• Sunday 26th April – London Marathon

• Wednesday 24th June – Chippenham Longest Day 10k . We have arranged a 10% discount with DB Max for the Chippenham 10k. Thornbury RC should be put into the entry discount section.

Thursday 9th July – Thornbury 10k. The Club’s next event.

New TRC Committee for 2020. If you would like to get involved in running TRC then let any Committee Member know before the end of January. We would welcome any new and younger Members joining us on the Committee. It would be really good to have some fresh ideas!.

2020 TRC Race Championships
– any 3 from 6 to count.
1. Westonbirt House 10k Good Friday 10th April
2. Berkeley 10k May Monday
3. Hogweed. 10k. May
4. Chippenham 10k Wednesday 24th June
5. Magor 10k. August Saturday
6. Woodchester September

Results reporting – If you want to see your results on the TRC website and in the Gazette please make sure you enter any races as “Thornbury RC”. This also applies to your parkrun profile. If you are not down as Thornbury RC we cannot guarantee your results will be picked up

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

The Leisure Centre have asked us to remind everyone that after your off-road run please remove your muddy trainers before coming back into the Centre. Thanks for your co-operation on this.

Riverbank Rollick – Sunday 12th January 2020

A message from the Rollick Race Director to everyone that helped make it a great event again.

To all the pink unicorns, overgrown penguins, resurrected rock gods and every other marshal, baggage handler, coffee maker, baker, cake seller, car parker, medal giver, water provider, number allocater, letter dropper, heavy lifter, clearer upper, publicity publisher, website manager and absolutely anyone else who helped out on Sunday, a massive THANK YOU for your contribution to another fabulous TRC riverbank rollick.

We had 459 runners out on Sunday and the feedback has been exceptional with massive amounts of praise for the TRC team – particularly the marshals and their excellent support. Without the willingness of the TRC volunteers there would be no event and the cheeriness of everyone helping out, especially those stuck out in the cold ,was really appreciated by everyone who took part. As well as some really positive on the day feedback we have also received numerous e mails and reviews from runners who were very keen to let all the marshals and organisers know how much they enjoyed themselves and how highly they rated the rollick.

We can let you know some of the facts and figures as they emerge but again just a very big thank you for giving your time and energy to support our club


Cross Country and Other Results from 4/5 January

The South West Cross-Country Championships and Gloucestershire Cross-Country Championships were both held on the weekend of 4th – 5th January and there were Thornbury runners competing in both races.

Hannah Kinloch Haken qualified for the SW Championships after a fine performance in December at the Tri-Counties Cross Country event. After already winning Thornbury’s cross-country championships for 2019/2020, Hannah stepped up to the next level of competition and was representing the Avon Team on a tough course at Aldon Hill, Yeovil against the best regional runners. In what was a great learning experience, Hannah finished 49th overall in 26:07 mins.

Thornbury RC enjoyed a very lively Christmas party on Friday 3rd January, which then explained the reduced numbers who travelled to Rencomb College near Cirencester the following afternoon for the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships. Despite leaving it all on the dancefloor until 2 am on the day of the race, Jim Godden put in a Captain’s shift and was the only Thornbury man to make the start line. Jim finished 58th overall and was 3rd in the MV55 age category in 46:51 mins. By virtue of being the only Thornbury man to compete, Jim picked up maximum points in the club championships and is in pole position going into the final round in Cheltenham in February.

Thornbury’s women showed they are built from much sterner stuff and had 3 finishers. Clare Watt and Rosina Rowland ran an incredibly close race and were only separated by 2 seconds at the finish. Clare was the first of the Thornbury women home in 39th place in 34:58 mins and Rosina was 1 place behind. There was more age-group success for the club, Clare finished 2nd FV55 and Rosina was 3rd FV55. Judy Mills was the third Thornbury woman in 60th place overall in 39:44 mins.

In the team competition, Thornbury’s women were 9th place in the overall competition out of 12 teams and for runners above 35yo, Thornbury’s vets finished 5th out of 8 teams.

A result which was missed in the previous week’s write-up was the final Thornbury performance of the year. Rob Watkins and his dog, Poppy, took part in the Canicross Seven Sins trail race on 30th December. The Seven Sins in this race relates to the seven climbs over seven miles through the Forest of Dean. Rob has previous form over the equivalent race without canine assistance and used his experience and Poppy’s boundless enthusiasm to win the men’s race in 59:52 mins and was 2nd overall.

Thornbury’s parkrun results on 4th January included a 23:12 mins run from Paul Saville at Ashton Court. If ever Paul’s dedication to the cause was in question after completing 290 parkruns, this run, only hours after the Christmas Party, demonstrated near super-human willpower. Garry Slater was the first TRC finisher at Chipping Sodbury in 20:40 mins, followed by Roger Glew 24:02 mins, David Palmer 27:31 mins, Christopher Pritchard 28:08 mins and Mel Lloyd 29:33 mins.

Kevin Arnold ran 23:53 mins in Lydney and Brian Godsman ran 25:30 mins in Skatas. On Severn Bridge, Adam Frontczak ran 20:22 mins, followed by Mike Poad 21:12 mins, Duncan Pauly 25:47 mins and Claire Evans 34:27 mins.

Cakes for the Race on Sunday morning

A message from Jo Emerson, Riverbank Rollick Race Director

Hi all,

As you know we provide tea and cakes at the rollick in aid of our nominated charity for the year. To help maximise the profits we can give to this years charity it would be great if any club members could supplement the cake and biscuit offerings with some of their own bakes. If you will be at the rollick HQ on Sunday morning please bring anything you can along then. If you are not planning to be there please contact Jo on 078606 23312 and she can pick up. Please let Jo know if you are able to help as this affects how many cakes need to be bought – any type or size of cake will help our charity profits greatly

Many thanks
Jo (jo.plumbley@gmail.com)

Riverbank Rollick – Latest Organisation Schedule V3

Hi Everyone,

Please see the latest Rollick Organisation Schedule V3 attached here.

Most of you are helping in some way so this has gone to all Club Members

Also attached a course map with Marshall positions plus Marshal’s Notes and a copy of the residents’ letter that has gone out to everyone who lives on the course.

  • Everyone on the Schedule should be confirmed to help but please check the Schedule carefully as we have had to move some people around or double up their jobs. If you have to cry off for any reason please do your best to find a replacement yourself.
  • If your name is in blue we still need you to confirm – please confirm to Arthur Renshaw arthur@arenshaw.co.uk
  • As you can see we still need a few more people – volunteers to Jo Emerson jo.plumbley@gmail.com
  • Please note for those at the Start/Finish you may be down for multiple jobs – pls read the Schedule carefully.
  • The Team Leaders of each section should have been out and set up the course before you get into position unless they have made other arrangements.
  • If you are Marshalling out on the course please get in touch with your Team Leader, particularly if you haven’t Marshalled at that point before. The Map shows all the Marshalling points plus the Marshal’s Notes are attached.(please read)
  • Ideally, please let your Team Leader know when you are in position on the course. The Letter & map attached show approx times when the first & last runners should be at key points around the course.
  • After the sweep runners pass your position (John Grimsey & Nancy) please bring back as much signage etc as you can carry and/or arrange with your Team Leader where to pick up the signs etc.

Any questions please see your Team Leader or Jo Emerson or Arthur Renshaw.

We will be down at the School from about 08.30 on Sunday morning for the 11am start.

Thanks & Regards

Arthur Renshaw
01454 415904 / 07810 300025

Rollick Race Day Org 2020 v3 (002) pdf

Full course 2020 with marshall positions:

Marshalls Notes 2020

Rollick 2020 Residents LetterSDb

Results between Xmas and New Year’s Day

All the new trainers, clothes and running gadgets Thornbury’s runners were given received their first airing in a busy schedule of races and parkruns between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Boxing Day race in Clevedon attracts a stellar field of local runners to this 4-mile road race. There were 3 Thornbury runners and the first to finish was Jo Williams who finished in 353rd place overall out of just under 1,000 runners in 31:54 mins, followed by Mark William in 443rd in 33:38 mins and Janet Gaze in 684th in 38:40 mins.

The Wye Wander on 29th December was the last race in 2019 featuring Thornbury runners. Starting from next to Chepstow Racecourse, before heading into the woods and along the narrow and treacherous Wye Valley paths perched high above the river, this 5.5-mile off-road race is a good test of stamina and avoiding the many roots and rocks which are scattered along the route. Matt Johnstone was 8th out of 193 runners and 3rd MV40 in 35:04 mins and David Palmer was 103rd and 1st in the MV70 age category in 51:01 mins.

There is no rest for the many heroic parkrun volunteers who ensure the events run on Christmas and New Year Day. On Christmas Day, Clare Watt and John Watt ran 24:55 mins and 32:39 mins, respectively, in a field of 793 runners in Coventry and Roger Glew finished Clair in West Sussex in 25:39 mins. In Chipping Sodbury, Kevin Wood ran 22:55 mins, Paul Saville 24:52 mins and Christopher Pritchard 28:04 mins. On Severn Bridge, Kevin Arnold was the first Thornbury finisher in  22:29 mins, Chris Lee was next in 27:13 mins and Tom Witherbed ran 28:28 mins.

On 28th December, Hannah Hamilton set her fastest time on a parkrun course, and one of the fastest 5k times from a Thornbury lady, at Eastbourne in 20:34 mins. Nick Langridge ran Kingsway in Gloucester in 22:31 mins, Tom Witherbed finished Coventry in 27:38 mins, Paul Saville finished Whitstable in 20:28 mins, Mel Lloyd ran Wotton in 33:54 mins, David Palmer ran 27:57 mins in Chipping Sodbury, followed by Anne Palmer in 35:47 mins. In Lyme Park, Moray Sloan finished in 24:51 mins, John Grimsey ran Burnham and Highbridge in 34:40 mins and Brian Godsman finished Skatas in 25:06 mins. On Severn Bridge, Nick Williams finished in a pacey 17:34 mins, followed by Kevin Wood in 22:44 mins, Roger Glew 23:45 mins and Christopher Pritchard 27:11 mins.

On New Year’s Day, there is the rare opportunity to double-up, as some of the local parkruns have staggered start times which allows people to do both. This year, Kevin Arnold, Thornbury’s most prolific parkrunner in 2019, Tom Witherbed and Roger Glew did 2 parkruns. Roger and Tom ran Stonehouse in 24:57 mins and 27:23 mins and Pomphrey Hill in 27:36 mins and 30:58 mins, respectively. Kevin finished Stratford Park in Stroud in 25:53 mins and King George V Playing Field in 24:13 mins.

Gemma Turnbull ran Bath Skyline in 29:38 mins. Dylan Roberts ran Eastville Park in 18:44 mins, followed by Paul Clark 22:23 mins and Kevin Wood 24:36 mins. Tom Witherbed ran Stonehouse in 27:23 mins and Paul Saville ran Margate in 21:17 mins.


Pre-Christmas Results Write Up

While many of us were rushing around the shops looking for last minute presents on the last Saturday before Christmas, Thornbury RC’s Rosina Rowland and Jo Plumbley had better ideas. They decided to run 32 miles through the Welsh hills on the Coed Morgannwg way in the ‘Celtic Ultra’, an off-road ultra marathon race through the Afan Forest and surrounding countryside from Margam to Dare Valley Park. In a field of over 80 runners, Rosina was 50th in 7 hours 31:59 mins and Jo was 51st in 7 hours 32:03 mins.

Paul Harrod was the lone TRC runner at the Weston Prom on 19th December. There was a deep field of quality runners taking part with a contingent of Bristol and West AC setting a blistering pace at the front. Paul ran the fastest time from a Thornbury runner on this 5-mile course in quite a while in 50th place in 30:36 mins and will no doubt aim to clock a sub 30 min time in the new year.

Thornbury’s pre-Christmas parkrun results included Moray Sloan in Forest of Dean in 23:21 mins, Henry Orna ran Eastville Park in 20:21 mins, Nick Langridge ran Stonehouse in 22:50 mins, Mel Lloyd ran Rogiet in 30:24 mins and Roger Glew finished Severn Bridge in 24:35 mins. In Chipping Sodbury, Garry Slater was the the first Thornbury finisher in 20:51 mins, followed by Kevin Wood in 23:13 mins, David Palmer 27:12 mins, Chris Lee 28:01 mins and Anne Palmer 36:43 mins. In Mallards Pike, Kevin Arnold ran 23:28 mins in a parkrun which featured Bristol and West’s Ben Robinson running an incredible 13:35 mins with some canine assistance.

Aside from the races, Thornbury’s runners enjoyed several pre-Christmas social events with group runs around Thornbury and Alveston admiring the Christmas lights, including one outstanding house in Eastland Avenue. There was also a club social event at Thornbury Cricket club and the presentation of a £1,200 cheque to this year’s nominated club charity, Phase Thornbury. Every year the club adopts a local charity and uses some of the proceeds from the 3 races the club organises. PHASE supports local families with teens and offers mentoring and support with mental health issues.




Now that Christmas is over, an ideal way of getting back to normal is this Saturday’s Cross Country Champs at Rendcomb College near Cirencester. Details are here. Last year’s course was pretty good though they have changed it this year as the ‘stream’ is too high ! 

Womens and Men over 65 race is at 13:40, Mens is at 14:30. 

This is a one off championship race but does count towards the TRC league.

Please register and pay on the day and we will refund your £4.

Hope to see you there.



Results as reported on 16th December 2019

Here is the belated posting of last week’s write up including the very slippy Old Down cross country race. Hannah has scooped the first prize of the year – lifting the women’s XC title for 2019/20 in an incredibly efficient and ruthless manner – 3 wins from 3 races.  

The second round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League rolled into Old Down Country Park on Saturday and there were 15 Thornbury RC runners amongst the field of men and women who were taking part. The previous race in November was called off due to heavy rain and despite a heavy downpour on Saturday morning, the afternoon’s contests were in chilly but dry conditions. That said, the ground was exceptionally heavy going and there were several examples of runners skidding to an ignominious heap as they lost their footing on the sharp corners and bends on this hilly and technical course.

The women and men over 65 years old ran in the 3 laps 7k race. For the third cross country race in a row, Hannah Hamilton was the first Thornbury women to cross the line, her final position was 29th in 35:10 mins, which has impressively already secured her the club cross championships for the season. Melanie Wilson continues to make big improvements and was only a short distance behind in 32nd place in 35:43 mins and 3rd in the LV35 age category, followed by a resurgent Joanne Plumbley in 55th in 38:08 mins, who was positively enjoying the hard conditions. Thornbury’s top-performing age group runner was Clare Watt, who was the second LV55 to finish in 39:34 mins. Chris Foley was the first of the 2 Thornbury men in the MV65 age category to finish in 79th place in 41:28 mins, followed by Mike Bennewitz in 98th in 43:39 mins. Judy Mills was not far behind in 102nd place in 44:27 mins.

The men’s 10k race followed shortly after the final women crossed the line and due to a later than advertised start time, the temperature levels had dropped, and the light was starting to dim in the woods.

There was the usual rush at the start of the race as the field of 161 men jockeyed for early positions. Nick Williams set off at a very fast pace and held his position as the first Thornbury runner to record a very good first race of the cross-country season in 47th place in 44:43 mins. Martyn Green and Matt Johnstone ran the first lap relatively close together before Martyn started moving away over the rest of the race and finished in 74th place in 47:00 mins. Matt soon felt the effects of an overly ambitious first mile and toiled away thereafter to finish in 81st place in 47:44 mins. Henry Orna gauged his effort well after a more cautious opening and ran through the field in the second half of the race in 89th place in 48:35 mins, followed by Will Hamilton in 94th in 49:42 mins and George Evans in his first race for the club in 97th in 49:44 mins. Jim Godden was 116th in 49:44 mins, Moray Sloan made a welcome return in 136th in 55:46 mins and Duncan Pauly finished 159th place in 1 hour 5:57 mins. Duncan made his debut in the same race last year and showed a huge improvement by knocking off 5 mins from his 2018 time in much harder conditions.

In the team competition, the Thornbury women were 10th out of 29 teams and the Lady Vets Team (35 years and older) were 7th out of 19 teams. Thornbury’s men were one place better in 9th place, albeit there were only 14 teams and their Vets team (40 years and older) were 7th out of 10 teams.

The Westonbirt House Christmas 10k on Sunday featured 3 Thornbury runners in a bumper field. Shelley Honey ran an exceptionally well-paced race, her first 5k and second 5k ran were exactly the same time. Shelley was the 20th woman and 100th overall in 48:44 mins. Arthur Renshaw was 428th in 1 hour 3:27 mins, followed by Emma Abrahams in 732nd place in 1 hour 25:01 mins.

As many of the Thornbury runners were occupied in the cross country in the afternoon, there were less taking part in the parkruns on Saturday morning. Garry Slater ran 23:04 mins in Wotton, John Grimsey ran 43:21 mins in Burnham and Highbridge, Brian Godsman finished Skatas in 26:38 mins and Ann Green did the out and back on Severn Bridge in 31:09 mins. In Chipping Sodbury, David Palmer ran 29:11 mins and Mel Lloyd in 29:44 mins.

For runners of all standards