parkrun of the month for June – and Bradley Stoke 10k race reports

Thornbury Running Club finally provided definitive proof to the age-old question that has divided the long-distance athletics community for years: does eating pizza washed down by a couple of pints of lager fewer than 36 hours before a big race improve performance?

And we can say, with confident assurance – yes it does.

That’s the only plausible explanation for the flurry of PBs that TRC members recorded at the ‘parkrun’ of the month’, which took place on Saturday at Chipping Sodbury, not long after our very enjoyable club night at the Olveston social club.  To those who say that Domino’s and San Miguel might not be the optimal nutritional strategy for a flat out 5K, I just say ‘follow the science’.

Paul Thomas had at least nine slices of pizza, (‘OK, this is getting into libel territory now’ Ed.) and that, rather than his consistent and focused training mileage, was the direct cause of his stunning new course PB of 19:14, for 11th place overall, and an age-graded score just under the magic 80%.   Hannah Hamilton had also been partaking of the pepperoni and she was rewarded by essentially equalling her PB, to finish second women overall – which is a fantastic achievement – and running 20:45.  Nathan Darkin had a pizza the action as well, and smashed his PB , (21:32), while Chris Foley was only a handful of seconds outside of his best which was set more than three years ago.

This month’s parkrun coincided with the graduation of the most recent cohort of the ‘couch to 5k’ beginners.   Congratulations to all of them, and thank you to the TRC coaches for continuing to run these excellent sessions.    Melinda Evans and Sam Glew were among the TRC members to run Chipping Sodbury parkrun for the first time.

Elsewhere last Saturday, other thin-crust crusaders included Ben Bohane winning Thornbury parkrun for the 12th time in 18:26; Phil Blackburn running his fastest parkrun time at any venue, coming third at Burgess parkrun in a brilliant 17:15, while Simon Pinnington ran 20:01 to come first at Wotton for the fifth time.   More observant readers might point out that Simon didn’t make it to the beer and pizza night, and thus our ground-breaking dietary study is undermined, but I can assure you that Simon had at least three Thatchers’ and a Papa John’s the night before, so the evidence base is further strengthened.

A handful of TRC members also turned out for the Bradley Stoke 10k, which was held on Sunday 5th June.  This is an extremely popular event organised by another thriving local club the (hey sisters) Sole Sisters.   Tom Usherwood was first TRC runner in 44:27, finishing in an excellent 5th place in his age category, which is as venerable as Joe Root’s test match batting average.  Paul Saville wasn’t far behind in 46:41, while Chris Pritchard (51:37) and Paul Reeves (58:01) made up our male team for this event.   Carol Mosses was the sole TRC sister this time around, and finished in 1hr 18 mins.

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TRC Bulletin for w/c 13th June 2022

Thursday Club Night Leaders

7min: Rob / 8min: Mel  / 9min: Chris P  / 10min: Suzy / 12 min (5k): Caron / Walking: tba

Tea Rota                                                      

 16th June Romeo Maddalena / 23rd June  Tom Witherbed / 30th June Kevin Arnold

What’s On …

  1. Mob Match

Only 11 people so far, but plenty of time. Mob match vs Chepstow Thursday 11th August. A home match starting from The Anchor and going out to the Power Station. 5k run starts at 7:30. Details here. Please enter here. Run followed by (free) cakes and a (not free) beer at The Anchor, what’s not to like!

2. Cotswold Way Relay

Team captains Rob Watkins (vets), Mike Bennewitz (mixed) & Kev Cundy (mixed) are looking for a few more team members + reserves. Please Enter here. We have now opened to non-TRC members at £20 per head (no charge to TRC members).

3. Thornbury 10k – Thurs 14th July

We seem to have stalled at 32 people who have kindly volunteered.  We had 55 at Pizza night and funds from races help support these activities, so we should get at least 55 volunteers! Please Volunteer here, thank you. Thursday 14th July, race starting at 19:30.

4. Ticks

As we are running off road at the moment please be aware of ticks, especially when running through long grass

5. Thursday Tea Rota

This week’s appeal for volunteers which went out to all 150 Members resulted in just 2 people joining the Tea Rota! We need more people to volunteer. Reply to this e-mail or text 07810 300025

12/06/22

TRC Thursday Night Tea Rota – short of people!

We are very short of people who are prepared to do Tea on a Thursday night.

All you need to do is turn up in the downstairs room at 18.50 with a litre of milk and look after any kit bags left whilst people are out running.

Val will have done the set-up so your job is to make tea/coffee/squash for the returning Groups.

If you can volunteer to do Tea one night that would be appreciated. Reply to this e-mail or send a text to 07810 300025

We need volunteers for Thursday 30 June onwards.

Thanks       Arthur Renshaw

Pizza & Beer

TRC Bulletin for w/c 6th June 2022

Thursday Club Night Leaders

We are meeting at Old Down Cricket Club to run on Thursday. 7min: Paul / 8min: Lizzie  / 9min: Hugh  / 10min: Ellen / 12 min (5k): Jim W / Walking: Val

Tea Rota                                                      

 9th June Run & Rehydrate / 16th June Romeo Maddalena / 23rd June  Tom Witherbed

What’s On …

  1. Run & Rehydrate 9th June

1st drink on the club plus pizza! No sign up needed, please just turn up. Normal run groups from Old Down Cricket Club starting at 7:00pm. Meat, veggie and vegan options available.

  1. Mob Match

Mob match vs Chepstow Thursday 11th August. A home match starting from The Anchor and going out to the Power Station. 5k run starts at 7:30. Details here. Please enter here. Run followed by (free) cakes and a (not free) beer at The Anchor, what’s not to like!

  1. Cotswold Way Relay

Team captains Rob Watkins (vets), Mike Bennewitz (mixed) & Kev Cundy (mixed) are looking for a few more team members + reserves. Please Enter here.

  1. Thornbury 10k – Thurs 14th July

Thank you to the 27 who have now volunteered to marshal. We need 60 marshals, please Volunteer here, thank you. The event is on Thursday 14th July, race starting at 19:30. We need more entries, If you have friends or work colleagues that run please direct them to entries. If you have a notice board at work where you can display a poster please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for a copy. Full results from the Club Road Race Championships over the Thornbury 10k course are now on the website: https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/running/running-results-2022/

  1. parkrun of the month 11 June

Next parkrun of the month, also “graduation” run for beginners group that has just finished, @ Chipping Sodbury 11/6.

  1. Track News

Next track date 14th June. We then only have one date, 28th June, before the track closes on 4th July, reopening late Sept/early Oct. They are resurfacing the track and changing the infield. Whilst this is disappointing we will have the track back in time for winter and in the meantime will use the summer evening to explore other venues. More Kenyan Diagonals @ Chantry Fields and Kenyan Hills coming soon

05/06/22

Hogweed Trot – Pete Mainstone Challenge, race 2

Round 2 of this year’s Pete Mainstone Challenge took place in Yate – the only town in South Gloucestershire that simultaneously rhymes with ‘great’ and ‘party’ depending on how posh your accent is.

The Hogweed Trot is another impeccably organised local event that doubles as the Avon County 10k road Championships, and attracts a commensurately high-calibre roster of runners.

The organisers again claim it is a ‘pan-flat’ course – (is there a conspiracy amongst the race directors?) – but the roads are as rolling as the stir-fry wok at a hall of residence’s communal kitchen. However it takes place on quiet country roads on the edge of the town, with the final mile a gentle downhill to the finish on a cyclepath.

Andy Wilson is TRC’s Jason Kenny – no matter how fantastic his own performance is, all anyone wants to talk about is how amazing his wife is! I’ll come to Andy’s run in a moment, but first we must acknowledge Lucie Wilson, who ran a course record 40:20, to win her race and take the coveted county champion crown. Lucie is only an occasional runner with TRC – as she competes at a high level at netball – but after this stunning run we hope she might nail her colours firmly to TRC’s mast, and come and win a lot more races with us cheering her on. Mainly from some distance behind!

Hannah Hamilton also had a wonderful race, and finished in 5th place in 43:39. Strava suggests this was a 10k PB, but whatever it was, Hannah is racing well, with consistency, and is hopefully taking a lot of encouragement from that.

We had a strong turnout from Thornbury’s male runners. Phil Blackburn paced his effort to perfection, holding back slightly over the first 5k before marauding through the field to clinch a 10th place finish in a new PB of 36:51. The exciting thing for Phil, and for the club, is that he’s still going to get faster for at least a few more years, assuming he can maintain his obvious enthusiasm for, and dedication to, his training.

Andy Wilson set off as usual like a Diamond League pace-maker on a caffeine buzz. If his run last Sunday at the TRC championships was mesmeric, this effort was merely sensational. It’s possible the effort of six days earlier caught up with him a fraction, as he couldn’t hold off Phil on this occasion, but he still finished in 12th place overall in 37:09.

Paul Harrod was the next TRC male runner in 37:54, in 16th place, even though his chip-timer didn’t register. DB Max aren’t accepting his proffered explanation that his sprint-finish exceeded the maximum conceivable speed, so it is possible that the 10p metal chip was just a dud. Simon Pinnington had another marvellous run, and went inside 39 minutes with an excellent 38:46. The age-graded scores still need to be fed into Mel Lloyd’s SuperComputer, but it seems probable that Simon will score very highly in the overall PMC competition.

George Evans just missed out, yet again, on a sub 40 min 10k; clearly his in-demand work as a Samba and Salsa instructor might be taking the edge off his finishing speed. But he still produced another fine performance to finish in 40:14. George was just ahead of Asten Haynes in 40:21. Asten is another runner who is going to go under 40 minutes very soon, and he has another opportunity in the Bradley Stoke 10k later this week.

Tom Usherwood was next home in 44:29. I have a hunch that is a 10k PB for Tom, but either way he is running extremely well at the moment. Nick Langridge, who is as ever-green as the perkiest pine, ran 44:38, to take his inevitable, if still well-earned, victory in the V70 category. Chris Foley was second V70, and just missed out on a sub-50 run, with a highly creditible 50:43. Arthur Renshaw completed the TRC septuagenarian champagne trio, with 56:14. Paul Saville ran 46:43 and David Flemington 65:42 to complete this strong team performance from TRC’s men.

Thornbury 10k & Track News

TRC Bulletin for w/c 30th May 2022

Thursday Club Night Leaders

7min: Nick / 8min: Ros  / 9min: Kev C  / 10min: Arthur  / 12 min (5k): Carol / Walking: Val

Tea Rota                                                      

 2nd June Tom Witherbed / 9th June Run & Rehydrate / 16th June Romeo Maddalena / 23rd June  tba

 

What’s On …

  1. Run & Rehydrate 9th June

1st drink on the club plus pizza! No sign up needed, please just turn up. Normal run groups from Old Down Cricket Club starting at 7:00pm. Meat, veggie and vegan options available.

  1. Cotswold Way Relay

Team captains Rob Watkins (vets), Mike Bennewitz (mixed) & Kev Cundy (mixed) are looking for a few more team members + reserves. Please Enter here.

  1. Thornbury 10k – Thurs 14th July

Thank you to the 18 who have volunteered to marshal so far. Please Volunteer here. Thank you. To deliver this event successfully and safely we need 60 marshals. The Thornbury 10k is on Thursday 14th July 2020, race starting at 19:30. We also need more entries If you have friends or work colleagues that run please direct them to entries. If you have a notice board at work where you can put up a poster please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for a copy.

  1. Club Road Race Champs 2022

Congratulation to Nick Williams for winning the Club Champs 10k in 35:44, the best 10k time by a TRC male runner in nearly a decade. Also to Ali Vaz who ran a brilliant race and completed the tough course in 42:15. Thank you to everyone who took part as a runner or marshal and for making the event a great success. See Paul Harrod’s Race Repot for more details, full race results coming soon to the website.   

  1. Mob Match -11/8

Mob match vs Chepstow Thursday 11th August. A home match starting from The Anchor and going out to the Power Station. 5k run starts at 7:30. Details here. Please enter here. Run followed by (free) cakes and a (not free) beer at The Anchor, what’s not to like!

  1. Track News

Unfortunately the WISE track will be closed from 4th July to change the infield to an American Football marked pitch and for the track to be resurfaced/re-laid. The plan is to reopen late Sept/ early Oct (tbc) with a sparkly track minus the infield. Whilst this is disappointing, we will have the track back in time for winter and in the meantime can use the summer evening to explore other venues. More Kenyan Diagonals @ Chantry Fields and Kenyan Hills coming soon!

  1. Park run of the month 11/6

Next parkrun of the month, also “graduation” run for beginners group that has just finished @ Chipping Sodbury 11/6.

  1. Club Charity Update

You will hopefully recall we recently voted to adopt Bristol Bone Marrow as our Club charity for 2022-23. Bristol Marrow is in fact a group of volunteers at Bristol University who raise money for Anthony Nolan but are not a registered charity in themselves. Any money we raise with them will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust.

28/05/22

TRC 10k championships – and recent race round-up

If Arthur Renshaw ever invites you for dinner on Shrove Tuesday, you might want to think twice before accepting.

At the pre-race briefing for the Club 10k championships, Arthur assured us that most of the course was “pan flat” – which makes you question how much heat his kitchen utensils would transfer to the pancake batter!

In fact, the course did get flatter as it went on – and in my view Arthur and the TRC committee have found a fantastic route to relaunch the Thornbury 10k in July.    It begins with seriously steep climbs and descents out of Oldbury; on into the tiny hamlet of Cowhill (although I bet the estate agents still call it Oldbury-on-Severn); followed by bumpy bits in and around Kington, before a final two-mile loop on the outskirts of Oldbury that takes you back into the heart of the village for the finish.  It is a test of race strategy, as well as endurance, and it should certainly be possible to run a negative split if you can avoid the temptation to run too hard on those opening climbs.

A huge thank you to the volunteer marshals who made sure the event ran smoothly, and will help refine the plan ahead of the race later in the summer when we expect up to 200 runners to take part.

It was a warm and sunny Sunday morning, even by 8.30am when the first runners arrived at the Anchor Inn, where the race would start and finish.   You don’t normally see that many scantily-clad people congregating at a pub so early in the morning unless you’re about to board a flight to Malaga.   The Anchor management kindly let us use the outdoor toilets, and given the high percentage of middle-aged men taking part that was a mercy.

Jack and Rory Williams were there to check out the course on which they intend to win the 2038 edition of the race.   They enthusiastically rang their cow bells as we set off, and were still shaking them with undimmed enthusiasm an hour or so later when the final runner came home.  It gave the opening climb something of an Alpe D’Huez vibe, but fortunately their mum, Lizzie, had confiscated the orange smoke flares.

Rory and Jack already knew their dad was awesome, but Nick reminded the rest of the club of that fact, with a stunning run in 35:44, which I am told is the best 10k time by a TRC male runner in nearly a decade.  Nick could go at least a minute quicker on a properly flat course!

Nick led from the gun, and had already put about 10 seconds on the second place runner by the time we passed Oldbury parish church.   Before the start, I predicted the finishing order of the runners would be the same as at the top of that first climb.  But like driving to the very edge of Almondsbury village, it ain’t Over till it’s Over. 

Andy Wilson was second up the hill, motoring to his usual fast start, but showed how much his endurance levels have improved to hold on to that position, despite the quality of the runners behind him, and finish in 37:07.  Andy’s best run in TRC colours so far I’d suggest.

Phil Blackburn deployed a different strategy and was much more circumspect up the opening hills, and he was the only runner to come through the field, moving from 5th to 3rd, to record an excellent time of 37:22.   Sean Leadbetter did struggle slightly in the closing miles, but that’s all relative.   He was still fourth in 38 mins flat.   Ben Bohane continued his remarkable run of results with 38:11 in fifth place, although like Paul Harrod (39:02; 6th), is possibly at his best on the flatter road routes, and/or evening events.  Both were notably down on their Berkeley 10k PBs.

George Evans has the most elegant and efficient upright running style – honed by bounding hurdles topped with champagne coupes set out by his butler at his Kington estate.  George pulled away from Asten Haynes in the final mile to finish in 40:25, with Asten a mere 19 seconds behind.   Paul Thomas (42:11) and Pete Cable (44:05) completed the male top 10.

Ali Vaz was an equally emphatic winner of the women’s race, and also finished inside the overall top 10.   Ali ran a brilliant race and completed the tough course in 42:15.   Jo Plumbley – just a week after finishing another gruelling ultra – managed to outsprint Hannah Hamilton, and pip her by 44:50 to 44:54.   

Nikki Foss ran her overall 10k PB, which is a magnificent achievement.  She ran 51:54, and I am sure there is much more to come, as she has fractionally more time to devote to training now the demands of motherhood are merely relentless as opposed to all-consuming!  Congratulations to junior runner Abbey Bonnet for coming in 5th place in the women’s race in a fabulous time of 53:40, and for making sure her dad, Danny, didn’t get lost or get into mischief on the way round.

As the TRC committee decided that this would be a straight shoot-out for the club championship, there isn’t space to list all the results.  However please check out the website to see the full standings.  Many of the other performances were just as impressive on an age-graded basis, but we weren’t recording those on this occasion.

Finally, a brief roundup of some of highlights during the previous fortnight.

Ros, Jo and Natalie – the 3 Amigas – ran the 40 mile Stroud Ultra together.  Literally, ran it together, as they paced each other round to finish at the same time, in 9 hours and 54 minutes.   All very civilised, and each of them got medals in their age categories; in Ros and Jo’s cases it was gold!

Ben Bohane ran his first ever ultra, in Pembrokeshire – a race that attracted a high quality field from across the UK, and he only went and finished 6th!   Stunning run, for a guy I’m running out of superlatives for.  Well, I ran out of them a while ago, but just hope you’ll forgive the etymological recycling.

Mark West ran one of the best marathon races in recent TRC history, with an excellent 3hrs and 8 mins.   At the other end of the scale, Phil Blackburn was the first TRC member to race in a county 1500m track championship for quite some time.  In his first attempt at the distance since he was school, Phil bravely tracked the leaders for the first few laps, and while he inevitably had to descend into the pain cave over the last 400m, he still finished in a brilliant 4 mins and 33 seconds.   I am sure he can improve on that, and I’d also like to challenge Andy Wilson to try one too!

Highlights from the parkruns include, 14th May, a first place at Lydney for Dylan Roberts in 18:08, (followed by a second at Berkeley Green the following week). and a 19:06 PB at Severn Bridge for Simon Pinnington. 

On the 21st May, Jo Webster ran her 104th parkrun – which is a great achievement – and completed the Thornbury run in 26:34.    Catherine Dack was fourth women at Wotton (sounds like a Shakespeare play) in a new PB of 26:29, while at Severn Bridge, Richard Jackson equalled his course PB of 21:31, but given the windy conditions I estimate that to be a real terms decrease of 15 seconds.

Mob Match

TRC Bulletin for w/c 23rd May 2022

Thursday Club Night Leaders

7min: Mark / 8min: Lizzie  / 9min: Mike B  / 10min: Arthur  / 12 min (5k): Nigel / Walking: Val

Tea Rota                                                      

 26th Chris Studley / 2nd June Tom Witherbed / 9th June Run & Rehydrate / 16th June Romeo Maddalena

What’s On …

    1. Special Mention

    A few outstanding results of recent that we should recognise:

  • Ben Bohane finishing 6th in his first ultra at the 34.7 mile Pembroke Ultra, having never run beyond 26 miles before. Along with Paul Thomas finishing 23rd in a warm up to his 100km run.
  • Phil Blackburn clocking 4:33:00 in the Avon county 1500m championships
  • Mark West running 3:08:30 in the Copenhagen Marathon
  1. Run & Rehydrate 9th June

1st drink on the club plus pizza. No sign up needed, please just turn up. Normal run groups from Old Down Cricket Club starting at 7:00pm.

  1. Cotswold Way Relay

This is a fantastic event and a firm club favourite. More team members needed please. We now have 19 entries for the 30 places, plus 4 yet to pay their £10 deposit, so entries not secured. All those who run on the day receive a refund, so entry costs you £0. Please Enter here. We have entered 3 teams, a vets team of our ten fastest over 40 female or male runners and two mixed teams with at least 4 female runners per team. 

  1. Thornbury 10k – Thurs 14th July

To deliver this event successfully and safely we need a lot of club members to step forward to marshal (60+ in total), so far we have 4. Please Volunteer here. Thank you. The Thornbury 10k is on Thursday 14th July 2020, race starting at 19:30. The Club organises three events each year with a percentage of profits going to our adopted charity, Bristol Bone Marrow, and to support Club activities. This enables the Club to fund ‘Run & Rehydrate’, EA membership subsidy, pay individuals cross country entry fees, subsidies Annual Party ticket cost, % on T-shirts etc. Your help makes all this possible. We also need more entries so If you have friends or work colleagues that run please direct them to entries. If you have a notice board at work where you can put up a poster please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for a copy.

  1. Mob Match

Mob matches have proven popular with the club and it is our turn to host Chepstow on Thursday 11th August. 5k run starts at 7:30. Details here. Please enter here. Run followed by cakes and a beer at The Anchor, what’s not to like.

  1. iPad?

The club is just about to buy a second hand iPad for use by the Club coaches for runner video analysis when coaching. If you have a spare iPad you are willing to donate, or know somebody who does, please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk Thank you.

22/05/22

Coaching Changes & Pizza Night

TRC Bulletin for w/c 16th May 2022

Thursday Club Night Leaders

7min: Rob / 8min: Hannah  / 9min: Chris P  / 10min: Suzy  / 12 min (5k): Amel  / Walking: Val

Tea Rota                                                      

 19th Nick Langridge / 26th Chris Studley / 2nd June Tom Witherbed / 9th June Run & Rehydrate / 16th June Romeo Maddalena

If you are on tea please remember to bring a litre of milk and get there for 18.50

What’s On …

  1. Club Championships / 10K Route Tester

The Club Road Race Championship is on Sunday 22nd May over the new Thornbury 10k course and is a straight shoot out head to head with trophies for 1st female and male runners. Starting @ 9:00 by The Anchor in Oldbury. We would like as many people running as possible to make the Club Championship meaningful. This event is also a tester for the course being used for the Thornbury 10k in July (see below). Parking is limited in Oldbury, please share transport. Thank you to all those who have already volunteered to help Marshal.

  1. Thornbury 10k

The Thornbury 10k is on Thursday 14th July 2022, race starting at 19:30. The Club organises three events each year with profits going to our adopted charity, Bristol Bone Marrow, and to Club activities This enables the Club to fund ‘Run & Rehydrate’, EA membership subsidy, pay individuals cross country entry fees, subsidies Annual Party ticket cost, % on T-shirts etc. Your help makes all this possible. To deliver these events successfully and safely we need a lot of club members to step forward to marshal (60+ in total). Please Volunteer here. Thank you. We also need your help to get more entries. We have 138 so far and need 165 to break even. We will be targeting all local clubs and community Facebook pages. If you have friends or work colleagues that run please direct them to entries. If you have a notice board at work where you can put up a poster please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for a copy.

  1. Cotswold Way Relay

More team members needed please. We now have 18 entries for the 30 places in the CWR. Plus 3 yet to pay their £10 deposit, so entries not secured. Please Enter here. We have entered 3 teams, a vets team of our ten fastest over 40 female or male runners and two mixed teams with at least 4 female runners per team. 

  1. Run & Rehydrate 9th June

Normal run groups from Old Down Cricket Club starting at 7:00pm. After the run 1st drink on the club + pizza!

  1. Coaching Update

It has been decided by the coaching team (Hannah, Nick W & Kevin W) to combine the two coaching groups, Aztec + TLC. The power of a bigger group working together will be good for everyone and also give the coaches a chance to be coached, observe and have holidays! We will meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month at WISE track @ 7:30 and the other Tuesday’s at local venue, tbc each week, also at 7:30.

  1. Pete Mainstone Challenge (PMC)

The 8 events eligible for this 2022-23 Pete Mainstone Challenge and the rules can be found here. Select 3 events from a list of 8 over the Club year. Results from the Berkeley 10k. Event #2 is Hogweed Trot on 30th May.

14/05/22

Berkeley 10k and parkrun of the month race report

On Sunday, several TRC members had the privilege of improving their running technique under the expert eye of coach Shane Benzie.   However the early proof of that pudding was to be tasted the following evening, as they lined up for the Berkeley 10k, the first event in this year’s Pete Mainstone Challenge.

During the warm-up there were admiring glances from other club members as we arched our backs and locked our eyes on the horizon, like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic; or cycled our legs under our centre of mass like Roadrunner; or placed our forefingers on our thumbs and drove our elbows back, like a Yoga Master bisecting logs with a tiny saw.

Sorry, maybe you had to be there on Sunday!

Anyway, Shane’s input has already borne fruit, as several members ran their course, or even all-time, 10k PBs.

It’s particularly hard to single out any individual in such an impressive, collective, set of results.  I’m tempted to award it to Hannah Hamilton who ran a fantastic 43.56, and finished 12th in the women’s race – the best overall result by any TRC member.

Yet how can we not applaud Ben Bohane, who, just nine days after racing a ludicrous 34 miles along the Pembrokeshire Coast, pitched up at Berkeley and knocked a full minute of last year’s time to finish in 21st place in 37.05?  That’s 21st in a race that attracts runners from across the region and was won by an outstanding senior athlete who was a former silver medallist in the English schools 3000m.  Yet again one wonders how fast Ben could run if he ever actually tapered for a race!  

So Hannah and Ben were the two stars of the evening, but they were by no means the only ones to produce an outstanding performance.

Not far behind Ben was Phil Blackburn, who will represent the club in the Avon county 1500m championships on Sunday.  Phil proved once again that his endurance level is starting to approach that of his jaw-dropping raw pace, and finished a mere 4 seconds further back in 22nd place.   Paul Harrod ran his 10k PB and finished in 37.22, 27th overall, and third VM45.

When I wrote last week that I felt Simon Pinnington’s form was so good that he could get under 40 minutes at Berkeley, I was intending to pay him a compliment!   This was a rough extrapolation from his recent parkrun performances.  However it shows how bad my maths is, because Simon himself was aiming to go more than a full minute faster!  Hopefully he doesn’t read these reports…  In the end, Simon ran a wonderful PB of 39.02, but such is the measure of his recent improvement, that he was a little disappointed.   He was fifth VM50, and 44th overall.

Asten Haynes narrowly missed out on running sub 40, but only by 10 seconds.  That was a very notable run, and Asten is another club member who is naturally quick, and is now building an aerobic base that means he can be highly competitive in the longer distances.  The same is true of Tom Usherwood who is racing regularly, and with great consistency, and should be delighted with his time of 44.17.

I’ve written this before, but it bears repeating: a quick scan of the results might mean you overlook Nick Langridge’s performance.  He finished in 45.11, and for most of the race looked like he might get under 45 minutes.   That is still a fine run, but to do so while now competing in the VM70 age-grade is truly exceptional.  It goes without saying Nick won his age category race.

Paul Saville finished in 47.33, and sneaked into the top 100 of the men’s race by finishing 99th.  Kevin Wood had a busy weekend – running at the parkrun of the month, and attending Shane’s workshop.  Yet he once again produced a stellar performance to finish in 49.42 and fifth in age category.   Lizzie Williams was just  seconds outside the 50 minute barrier and a highly creditable 30th place overall in the women’s race.  Some of the club’s loyal and long-standing legends completed our line up.  Hugh McPherson 55.44; Arthur Renshaw in 57.10 and Mel Lloyd in 1hr 10.   In all cases they ran strong races and finished inside the top 10 in their age categories, so their results are entirely comparable with many of their younger teammates further up the standings.

The amazing members of Dursley running club put on another wonderful event.   I’m biased – I don’t think anyone organises races better than we do – but Dursley runs us close!  Once again, the good burghers of Berkeley were out on the streets to offer their support.   I’m always amazed how few cars are out and about – it really does feel like it is a closed road event, even though it isn’t!

Last Saturday was ‘parkrun of the month’ and we were back at Severn Bridge.   Sixteen members took part, which is a good number, especially as lots of us wanted to save our legs for Berkeley just two days later.

Andrew Darton was first TRC member, running a course PB of 20.28.   Chris Pritchard is improving noticeably and came home in his PB of 25.01 – so close to a 24 minute something time.   Jonathan Hall, 22.34 and Ashleigh Ferris, 26.26 ran the event for the first time.   

Congratulations to Kev Cundy for completing his 50th parkrun.   Hope he got a cheer from the Chepstownian locals for that achievement, followed by a chorus of boos when it was revealed he came from ‘that Thornbury’.   Kev ran with wife Suzie and let her finish 1 second ahead of him in 29.12.   Who says chivalry is dead?  Finally, the PB machine that is Carol Mosses – the Birkenhead Dibaba – raced to another personal landmark, finishing in 36.56.

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