TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 25th October

• Please wear a Hi-Viz top for your safety when running around the streets.
• Head torches are recommended when running away from well light areas.
• Before the Thursday run you can meet inside the Leisure Centre in the Fitness Suite if you wish or go straight to your Groups in the car park for the 19:00 run start. The Fitness Suite room will also be open after the run for tea and biscuits.

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Mark West
• 8 min – Ashleigh
• 9 min – Chris Pritchard
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 min(5k) – Amel
• Walking – Val James

Tea Rota
28/10 – Pete Mainstone
04/11 – Nick Langridge

Many club members value the opportunity for tea & biscuits and a chat after the run on a Thursday. This only works if we have somebody willing to make the tea and we have had very few volunteers since we resumed meeting inside. To solve this we propose to go back to publishing a ‘Tea Rota’. This is an opportunity to give something back to the club. If it is your week to be on tea duty and you cannot make it then you are responsible for finding a replacement. The initial Tea Rota will be sent out separately to all Members by e-mail.
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1. EA Run Coaching Programme – Session #2 The Marathon
If you missed last Monday’s EA Run Coaching session on the Marathon or if you want to listen again then a recording of the Kerry Newell led session can be found here… use Passcode Passcode: L1L5Vw#$
https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/lcU-VfukB4qo1N0R8nnJdHhFyq0y8iWwjw4P1ja18M_TbS64ESDfGpHMKP72CfeZ.82BwyHurkpw5OZ04

2. Cross Country – Gloucester League Saturday 30th October.
First cross country event of the Gloucester league is on Saturday 30th October at Cirencester. See details of all the Glos League events here: https://www.athletics4u.co.uk/cross-country/
There will be no on-the-day entries this year and entries close 5 days before the race ie tomorrow Monday 25th. Everyone needs to individually enter using the link below. You have to register with Entry Central first and enter your name & address, dob and Club (Thornbury Running Club) and then register for the race once your profile has been set-up: https://entrycentral.com/glos-xc-league
For full details and arrangements for the day you need to be on the TRC Cross Country WhatsApp group. If you need adding to the Group contact the XC-Captains Hannah Hamilton or Jim Godden.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge
Two events to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge.
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• 27th Feb – Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k (Pete’s personal pick!)
Full results to date can be found on the TRC website:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/

4. parkrun of the Month – 6th November.
The parkrun of the month for November 6th will be Berkeley Green. Please wear Club colours.
Sat 13th November is Thornbury parkrun’s 100th birthday. Time to celebrate!

5. Discounted Offers to TRC Members

Sports Massage: Jason has been used by several Club Members and until the end of November he is offering 50% off to TRC members. Jason provides a mobile service and can be contacted on 0797 4181049

Running Gait Analysis at Thornbury Clinic: Thornbury Clinic at the Leisure Centre now offer a full running gait analysis service. Get rid of those niggles and improve your run technique. For more information check the link below and don’t forget TRC Members get a 10% discount. https://thethornburyclinic.co.uk/our-therapies/running-gait-analys/

6. Club Nights
Please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms please see:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

24/10/21

CHASING POLDARK: JO AND ROS’ CORNISH ADVENTURE

By Joanne Plumbley

As September is for me the official start of Winter, and Cornish cliff running decidedly too cold for comfort, I wonder how Ros ever talked me into entering the 80 mile 3 day Atlantic Coast Challenge? However, she did, and efficiently ordered in some late summer sun and some stunning scenery to make for a magical trio of trail marathons from Padstow to Lands End.

On day 1, a panoramic Padstow to Perranporth path was bathed in sunshine and there was no rain in the forecast to endanger Ros’ immaculate make-up efforts. So after about 20 minutes delay whilst I turned embarrassingly and frustratingly in ever decreasing circles under the unattainable aspiration of calibrating my watch compass, we got going. Adopting a sensible (honest!) pace from the start, we set about the 42 kilometre route along the coastal path. Despite the chastisement of silent seal watchers who were less than impressed with our exuberant exclamations of delight, we successfully progressed along the cliffs and beaches thoroughly enjoying stunning sunshine and seascapes along the way.

Day 2 – Perranporth to St Ives was destined to be a mere 41Km but unwilling to accept such absence of challenge we opted to sand-ski through the dunes adding sufficient adventurous ascents to ensure acceptable levels of finish line exhaustion. Another beautiful day to showcase an exquisite coastline in all its finery.

Starting out in St Ives on day 3 we arrived at a blustery Lands End after 7 hours of boulders, beaches and breath-taking vistas and were welcomed to an amazing ocean sunset and the nation’s shortest lived Cornish pasties. Thank you Ros for another amazing adventure – now we just need Natalie to have serious words with a non cooperative hamstring so we can all hit the trails together again soon.

Congratulations to Ros and Jo on another amazing feat of endurance; don’t know how you do it! Hope Natalie is restored to racing fitness very soon too.

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 18th October

• Please wear a Hi-Viz top for your safety when running around the streets.
• Head torches are recommended when running away from well light areas.
• This week meet up in your Groups outside in the car park before the run. Please be in the car park for a 19:00 run start.
• As we have no volunteer to do tea this Thursday the inside room will not be open and there will be no tea!

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Rob Watkins
• 8 min – Lizzie Williams
• 9 min – Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min – Arthur Renshaw
• 12 min(5k) – Jim Williams
• Walking – Val James

Tea Rota
21/10 – No volunteer, no tea.
28/10 – tba (volunteer required)

If we are to carry on offering Tea & Biscuits after Thursday night’s run we need volunteers for the Tea Rota – please see Arthur Renshaw

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1. EA Run Coaching Programme – Session #2 The Marathon Monday 18th October (by Zoom)
Kerry Newell will be leading a discussion on Monday 18th October 7:00 – 8:30pm about marathon – pacing, nutrition, time goal setting etc. If you are planning to run or thinking of running a half or full marathon then please join the call. Kerry’s current roles include England Masters Marathon Team Coach. Please join at 6:55 for 7:00 prompt start:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049057236?pwd=cnIzY2MwQVpuRFVpRkMrV3JzYktSQT09
Meeting ID: 890 4905 7236 Passcode: 871943

2. Cross Country – Gloucester League Saturday 30th October.
First cross country event of the Gloucester league is on Saturday 30th October at Cirencester. See details of all the Glos League events here: https://www.athletics4u.co.uk/cross-country/
There will be no on-the-day entries this year and entries close 5 days before the race ie Monday 25th. Everyone needs to individually enter using the link below. You have to register with Entry Central first and enter your name & address, dob and Club (Thornbury Running Club) and then register for the race once your profile has been set-up: https://entrycentral.com/glos-xc-league
For full details and arrangements for the day you need to be on the TRC Cross Country WhatsApp group. If you need adding to the Group contact the XC-Captains Hannah Hamilton or Jim Godden.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge
Two events to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge.
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• 27th Feb – Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k (Pete’s personal pick!)
Full results to date can be found on the TRC website:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/

4. parkrun of the Month – 6th November.
The parkrun of the month for November 6th will be Berkeley Green. Please wear Club colours.
Sat 13th November is Thornbury parkrun’s 100th birthday. Time to celebrate!

5. Runners Who Lunch – 20th December
‘Runners Who Lunch’ are planning a Christmas lunch on Monday 20th December. Dining at about 1:00 pm at ‘The Anchor Morton’ followed by beverages at ‘The Butchers Hook’ all welcome. Before booking Richard Illingworth is looking to collect names of those who are interested in coming along. Please contact Richard directly richard.illingworth1000@gmail.com

6. Discounted Offers to TRC Members
Sports Massage: Jason has been used by several Club Members and until the end of November he is offering 50% off to TRC members. Jason provides a mobile service and can be contacted on 0797 4181049
Running Gait Analysis at Thornbury Clinic: Thornbury Clinic at the Leisure Centre now offer a full running gait analysis service. Get rid of those niggles and improve your run technique. For more information check the link below and don’t forget TRC Members get a 10% discount. https://thethornburyclinic.co.uk/our-therapies/running-gait-analys/

7. Club Nights
Please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms please see:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

16/10/21

AWESOME ORNAS CONQUER EDEN – race report w/e 10th October

TRC has notched up a few parkrun ‘first finishers’ in recent weeks.   Last Saturday saw a hat-trick of sorts on a single day.

Mallards Pike is a single-lap course through the Forest of Dean that attracts some serious cani-cross runners – of both two and four-legged varieties.  Bristol and West’s Ben Robinson holds the course record in 12:34.   Clearly he is some athlete, as you have to have incredible leg-speed to avoid face-planting into the dirt at 4-min mile pace, but after recording that time you’d think the dog would get a name-check too.

On Saturday, TRC’s Taryn Roberts was first across the line in a brilliant 20:08.  The results page says she was ‘assisted’ and while it is possible she stopped on the way to ask for directions, we can presume that she too strapped herself in behind her canine companion and set off into the woods like Boudicea astride her chariot. Taryn has set the mark: any other TRC member fancy competing for the unofficial club cani-cross record?!

At the Mundy playing fields Sean Leadbetter continued TRC’s excellent showing at our home parkrun, winning in an impressive 18:46.   The grass, hills and sharp turns mean Thornbury is not a fast course, so any male time under 19 minutes is seriously good.

Severn Bridge, by contrast, is a fast course, although running from the bottom of the bridge to the apex into a headwind is deceptively tough.   18 year old James Harrod prudently paced his effort to the half-way point, and then used the slope back to base to good effect, finishing with a sub 5-min mile, to record 16:09, the fastest time by a junior and the ninth quickest in the history of the event.

Behind our three race winners there were some other noteworthy performances.   Ashleigh Ferris missed her Thornbury parkrun PB by a handful of seconds, and ran just over 25 minutes.  Melinda Evans ran a 30:56 PB in the same race.  At Severn Bridge, Paul Harrod was still in England while son James was scanning his barcode in Wales, but still finished 6th in 18:30.   Roger Glew is in a rich vein of form at the moment, seemingly knocking off parkrun PBs each week for fun.   He’s increasingly resembling a Michelangelo sculpture that is coming into sharper relief as the marble is chiselled away.  Another 23:27 PB to add to the collection.  Catherine Dack (24:24) and Ann Green (28:06) also ran their respective Severn Bridge PBs and both comfortably exceeded a 70% age-grade score.  Congratulations too to Naomi Hibbard, for her ‘post baby PB’ of 29:44! Finally, at Cheltenham, Clare Watt ran 24:20, and recorded yet another highly impressive age-grade score of 77% plus.

Phil Blackburn joined TRC during lockdown, and has been wowing the 7-min group with the dizzying rate at which he has been improving.   Phil came from a background in football, and so for the first few weeks needed help tying his shoelaces, and had to be carried off with cramp after the first couple of miles [citation needed].   Since then he has been posting fast times at races from 5k to half-marathon.   On Sunday, he ran his debut marathon in Manchester and finished in a wonderful time of 3hrs and 5 mins.   He was on for a sub-3 until about mile 23 when he just couldn’t quite maintain the 6 min 50 mile pace he had been hitting on average right up to that point.   Old hands at the club know it takes years to build an endurance base.   Phil has achieved a phenomenal amount in 12 months, and if he can maintain his obvious enthusiasm for training, then allied with his natural talent and raw speed, he could knock 20 mins plus off that time during the next few years.

The Eden Project marathon in Cornwall sounded like a fell run that happened to be on tarmac.  The site itself is full of sharp ‘switchback’ paths that sap the hamstrings on the way up, and the quads on the way down.   Plus the rest of the route on local roads is undulating to put it mildly.  So forget the times, and focus on the finishing positions.   Ben Bohane cranked up that internal diesel engine of his and finished in a fantastic 7th position overall, in a time of 3hrs 33 mins.  A quite brilliant run for someone who hasn’t had the time to train seriously for a marathon, even if he has been ripping up the 10ks.   

Laura and Henry Orna were raising money for MIND – a fine charity, and a cause very dear to their hearts.   Laura was the 5th lady, and finished within the margin of error of 4 hours.  Husband Henry’s relentless training sessions up and down Olveston’s Vicarage Lane were put to good effect as he finished in a shade over 3hrs 50.   Henry and Laura are NHS heroes who somehow seem to combine bringing up their two lovely children, with incredibly demanding and stressful jobs, and yet still find time to train and race at a high level.  Inspirational stuff, and all your club mates salute you!

*Next race report will be w/e 30th October, covering round one of the Glos cross country league.

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 11th October

• Please wear a Hi-Viz top for your safety as it is now dark for the run.
• Head torches are recommended when running away from well light areas.
• You have the option of meeting inside TLC (Fitness Studio) or outside in the car park before the run. Please be in the car park for a 7:00 run start.
• Tea is available in the Fitness Studio after the run.

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Nick Williams
• 8 min – Kevin Cundy
• 9 min – Jerry Clothier
• 10 min – Emma Pritchard
• 12 min(5k) – Jim Williams tbc
• Walking – Val James

Tea Rota
14/10 – Carol Mosses
21/10 – tba (volunteer required)

If we are to carry on offering Tea & Biscuits after Thursday night’s run we need volunteers for the Tea Rota – please see Arthur Renshaw

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1. EA Run Coaching Programme – Session #2 The Marathon Monday 18th October (by Zoom)
Kerry Newell will be leading a discussion on Monday 18th October 7:00 – 8:30pm about marathon – pacing, nutrition, time goal setting etc. Kerry’s current roles include England Masters Marathon Team Coach. Please join at 6:55 for 7:00 prompt start, thank you:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049057236?pwd=cnIzY2MwQVpuRFVpRkMrV3JzYktSQT09
Meeting ID: 890 4905 7236 Passcode: 871943

2. Monday 11th October. Free Runners Pilates Taster Session – with Nicola Crocker from Phoenix Therapies
Do you struggle with niggles and injuries? Would you like to improve your speed or endurance? I can help you to unlock your potential by improving your balance, posture, and core strength which can help you get back from injuries quicker or reduce them in the first place. I am offering a FREE 30-minute virtual Run Stronger Pilates taster session on Monday 11th October at 7:00pm
https://ukri.zoom.us/j/97244259138?from=addon Meeting ID: 972 4425 9138
I am already offering both virtual and face to face classes. If you would like more information, please contact me directly on: 07894 293345 or nicola@phoenix-therapies.co.uk

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge – Series Finale Announced
With three events to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge Jonathon Hall is closing in on Nick Langridge at the top of the Men’s table and is only two points behind. Meanwhile Jo Plumbley has a comfortable lead over Hannah Hamilton in the Ladies table.
• 27th November Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse) – EVENT CANCELLED
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• NEW 27th Feb – Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k (Pete’s personal pick!)

Full results for the Berkeley 10k can be found on the TRC website:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/

4. parkrun of the Month – 6th November.
The parkrun of the month for November 6th will be Berkeley Green. Sat 13th November is Thornbury parkrun’s 100th birthday. Time to celebrate!

5. Runners Who Lunch – 20th December
‘Runners Who Lunch’ are planning a Christmas lunch on Monday 20th December. Dining at about 1:00 pm at ‘The Anchor’ followed by beverages at ‘The Butchers Hook’ all welcome. Before booking Richard Illingworth is looking to collect names of those who are interested in coming along. Please contact Richard directly richard.illingworth1000@gmail.com

6. Sports Massage – 50% off. A message from Kevin
As part of my final taper for London I treated myself to a sports massage from Jason. I know a few others have also met with Jason. I can really recommend his work and until the end of November he is offering 50% off to TRC members. Jason provides a mobile service and can be contacted on 0797 4181049

7. Running Gait Analysis at Thornbury Clinic
Thornbury Clinic at the Leisure Centre now offer a full running gait analysis service. Get rid of those niggles and improve your run technique. For more information check the link below and don’t forget TRC Members get a 10% discount. https://thethornburyclinic.co.uk/our-therapies/running-gait-analys/

8. Club Nights
Please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms please see: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

Finally, this weekend our intrepid pair of Ultra runners, Ros Rowland & Jo Emerson, are running 78.6 miles in 3 days along the Cornish coastal path from Padstow to Land’s End in The Atlantic Coast Challenge – watch out for the reports of their adventures next week.

10/10/21

GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MARATHON, race report w/e 3rd October

Unless you’re a runner, you don’t really appreciate what a supreme effort it is to complete a marathon. It demands months of focused training, and even then it is almost impossible to prepare the body to keep moving forward at speed when glycogen reserves in muscle fibres are exhausted. There is a reason why marathon aficionados say that 20 miles is the real half-way point. At the end of the race you know you’re going to be walking like John Wayne for the next fortnight, and won’t be able to run at any serious pace for at least a month.

However, if you’re going to put yourself through it, then our capital city must be the place to do so. Congratulations to all the TRC runners for racing the London marathon: without exception you did yourselves and your club proud.

Yet special mention must go to debutant George Evans who smashed Rob Watkins’ all-time club record for the London marathon. George took part to raise money to help refurbish the netball courts at his daughters’ school. After his stunning 2hr 52 and 33 second effort they ought to name them after him. George’s progress in recent months has been staggering – and it was no surprise to see him record such a marvellous time, some 23 minutes inside the ‘good for age’ benchmark that London marathon organisers set as a target time for the very best runners in the UK to aim for. Dad of three, environmental consultant, champion runner, community fundraiser, Boden catalogue model…is there nothing George can not do? If he can find the enthusiasm to stick to this training routine over the next 12 months, is Nick Langridge’s all-time club marathon record of 2hr 43 under threat?

Hard to think anyone could better George’s effort, but Chris Foley came very close. He finished 43rd overall in his age category (which for a race the size of the London marathon is amazing) in a time of 4hrs 16 mins. He beat his own ‘good for age’ target by an even greater percentage than George did, which is in indication of how good Chris’ run was, and it is remarkable how consistently he performs across the distances.

Club captain Kevin Wood had prepared meticulously for the event, and more importantly raised thousands of pounds to support the Young Lives against Cancer charity. However his race-day began when the fire alarm was set off at the hotel and he was pitched out onto the street at 1am. Will these die-hard supporters of Chepstow Harriers stop at nothing? Bleary-eyed and weary before he started, Kevin still managed to produce an excellent run of 4hrs 12 mins. Not far behind him, Paul Reeves finished in 4hrs 25, Sarah Newnes in 4hrs and 28 and Sonya Bryson in 4 hrs 32. Mike Bennewitz ran a fine 5hrs 51.

Sunday also saw the rescheduled running of the Berkeley 10k, which was also the latest instalment of the Pete Mainstone challenge. It is a brilliant race, meticulously organised by our friends at Dursley running club. It starts and ends at Berkeley Green College (site of the old power station) and features two loops of the picturesque town, the highlight being the run over the bridge where fatigued runners can glance up at the Castle and see the window where the anxious King Edward II watched the 1327 edition of the race. It is a pretty flat and fast course, and TRC members took advantage to produce some excellent finishing times.

Nick Williams followed up his Bristol half-marathon PB with another stellar performance to finish in second place overall in a time of 34:57. From an already high base, Nick is still improving, and now mixing it with the very top runners in our region. Ben Bohane has a marathon next week, but still gave this race the Spinal Tap treatment, ratcheting it up to 11, and finishing in 38:05. Simon Pinnington also smashed the 40 min barrier, finishing in 39:15, and a clear winner in the MV50 category. Congratulations.

Phil Blackburn also has a marathon next week, and therefore soft-pedalled a little, but still pushed a big enough gear to finish in 40:14. He pipped Paul Thomas to the post by just one second. Jim Godden continued his strong recent form with 40:44. Paul Saville said his ‘lungs felt like old hoover bags’ but they still got him around the course in 44 mins. Nick Langridge consolidated his lead in the overall Challenge standings, and his 45:09 was the highest age-adjusted score of the day. Jonathan Hall finished in 45:50; Chris Pritchard ran under 55 mins; Richard Illingworth and Mel Lloyd took just over an hour.

The TRC ladies team also produced some fantastic results. Hannah Hamilton wasn’t very well, but was still the first TRC women home in 45 mins. 10km is really just a warm-up stride for Jo Plumbley, but this endurance specialist is still rapid over the shorter distances. She was the second TRC woman, in a shade under 47 mins. Emma Barnes was third women for TRC, in 48:49 and a brilliant second place overall in her age category. Clare Watt ran 49 mins, and would have been very high up indeed in her age category. Selina Slater completed a very strong set of results for the ladies team with a run of 52:39.

Despite all these outstanding results, the only TRC member to win a race this weekend was Chris Worrell, who was first finisher at the Minehead Parkrun in 18:51. Our cross-country team seems to get stronger by the week.

Conditions at the Mundy playing fields are probably now no better than good to soft, so any PBs from now on are all down to improved running performance. So ‘chapeau’ to 14 yr old Thomas Darton (19:49), Michael Owen (24:07) and Roger Glew (24:22) for setting new course PBs.

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 4th October

• Please wear a Hi-Viz top for your safety as it is now dark for the run.
• Head torches are recommended when running away from well light areas.
• You have the option of meeting inside TLC (Fitness Studio) or outside in the car park before the run. Please be in the car park for a 7:00 run start.
• Tea is available in the Fitness Studio after the run.

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Jim Godden
• 8 min – Hannah Hamilton
• 9 min – Hugh McPherson
• 10 min – Jon Welsh
• 12 min(5k) – Steve Dimond
• Walking – Val James

Tea Rota
07/10 – tba (volunteer required)
14/10 – tba (volunteer required)

If we are to carry on offering Tea & Biscuits after Thursday night’s run we need volunteers for the Tea Rota – please see Arthur Renshaw

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1. EA Run Coaching Programme – Session #2 Monday 18th October (by Zoom)
Kerry Newell will be leading a discussion on Monday 18th October 7:00 – 8:30pm about marathon – pacing, nutrition, time goal setting etc. Kerry’s current roles include England Masters Marathon Team Coach. Please join at 6:55 for 7:00 prompt start, thank you:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049057236?pwd=cnIzY2MwQVpuRFVpRkMrV3JzYktSQT09
Meeting ID: 890 4905 7236 Passcode: 871943

2. Free Runners Pilates Taster Session – Message from Nicola Crocker – Phoenix Therapies
Do you struggle with niggles and injuries? Would you like to improve your speed or endurance? I can help you to unlock your potential by improving your balance, posture, and core strength which can help you get back from injuries quicker or reduce them in the first place. I am offering a FREE 30-minute virtual Run Stronger Pilates taster session on Monday 11th October at 7:00pm
https://ukri.zoom.us/j/97244259138?from=addon Meeting ID: 972 4425 9138
If you can’t wait that long I am already offering both virtual and face to face classes. If you would like more information, please contact me directly on: 07894 293345 or nicola@phoenix-therapies.co.uk

3. Mob Match #2 – December -> Spring
Bitton would like to move the date of the mob match, as the provisional December date is too close to the Sodbury Slog to organise another event. With both club’s having full race diaries we are now moving this to the spring. Date and more info to follow.

4. Pete Mainstone Challenge – Series Finale Announced
Five events completed and 3 to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge.
• 3rd October Berkeley 10k
• 27th November Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road) – EVENT CANCELLED
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• NEW 27th Feb – Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k (Pete’s personal pick!)

5. parkrun of the Month – 6th November.
The parkrun of the month for November 6th will be Berkeley Green

6. Runners Who Lunch – 20th December
‘Runners Who Lunch’ are planning a Christmas lunch on Monday 20th December. Dining at about 1:00 pm at ‘The Anchor’ followed by beverages at ‘The Butchers Hook’ all welcome. Before booking Richard (Illingworth) is looking to collect names of those who are interested in coming along. Please contact Richard directly richard.illingworth1000@gmail.com

7. Club Nights
Please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms please see:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

02/10/21

Calm before the (London) storm. Race report, w/e 26th Sept.

There are positives and negatives when the wind does not blow. On the down-side it means less renewable energy production, leading to greater reliance on natural gas, which in turn leads to a price surge, with knock-on effects for the energy market, which could exacerbate an inflationary spiral with huge consequences for the cost of living, household finances and the global economy.

But on the plus side, light wind makes for perfect Parkrun PB conditions.

At the Mundy playing fields Jim proved that he has still Godden-it! Our men’s cross-country captain ran a 20 minute-flat PB, finishing fourth overall. As Jim competes in a category reserved for those with high levels of accumulated wisdom, this translated to an age-grade score a smidgen under 80% – a ranking Parkrun UK says is national standard. A fantastic run by Jim, and hopefully this level of performance will mean he will challenge for his age-group title in the forthcoming Glos Cross Country League races.

Not far behind Jim, Tom Usherwood also ran an excellent PB, finishing in 8th place in 21:53. Emma Pritchard was fourth female finisher, and just missed out on her course PB, running 28:05. Melinda Evans also missed her PB by a handful of seconds. She ran 32:08.

To judge from his Strava feed, Dylan Roberts has spent the past two years, off-grid, living wild in the Forest of Dean, surviving on berries and wild boar. Or possibly he and his family moved to Lydney – I ought to check. Either way, this naturally-gifted athlete has been throwing out some stunning park-run times recently. He was second place at Mallards Pike in 18:22, but has previously run 17:44. Hopefully Dylan can be tempted back over the Bridge to bolster our men’s cross-country team.

Six days after a full-on half-marathon effort most people are still re-fuelling on pies and vin rouge, but Paul Thomas joined Dylan at Mallards Pike in a very respectable 6th place/19:25/78% age-grade. Over at Stonehouse, Nick Langridge ran 21:54, which also gave him a 79% age-grade score. I realise I go on about these quite a lot, but it is worth noting that a 25-year old male runner would need to record something like 15:45 to get a comparable score to those recorded this week by Jim, Nick and Paul.

I understand that Nikki Foss ran the Nottingham half-marathon on Sunday. She finished in 2hrs 17mins which is an excellent effort, especially considering she’s only recently started to train consistently after giving birth.

Finally, just a week out from London, not many people would choose to warm up with a trail half-marathon. However George Evans continued his highly impressive run of form with an outstanding 15th position out of 527 runners at the Forest of Dean Half, in a time just over 1hr 28 mins. This route wouldn’t be comparable to a road run, so this tune-up suggests a sub-three hour run could be on the cards next Sunday in London. Good luck, and have fun, to all the TRC runners heading to the capital next week!

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 27th September

Please wear a Hi-Viz top for your safety as it is getting dark by the time we get back. Head torches are optional

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 in – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Ashleigh Ferris
• 9 min – Mike B?
• 10 min – Arthur Renshaw
• 12 min(5k) – Hugh McPherson
• Walking – Val James

Tea Rota
30/09 – Paul Reeves
07/10 – tba (volunteer required)

If we are to carry on offering Tea & Biscuits after Thursday night’s run we need volunteers for the Tea Rota – please see Arthur Renshaw

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1. Mental Health Champions update: Run & Talk & Rehydrate.
Thank you to our Mental Health Champions (Carol, Emma, Hugh and Laura) for organising the #RunandTalk and Rehydrate event on Thursday at Rockhampton. Another fantastic turnout and thank you to the Leaders too for finding new routes.

2. Club Dinner Dance – Poll Result
Thank you to all those who responded to the poll about the date for our annual dinner dance. We had 26 replies with 1 person preferring early Jan; 6 people being equally happy with early Jan or March / April and 19 people preferring March / April. A very clear mandate for a March / April event. We are now looking for a couple of volunteers to help organise the event please, thanks.

3. Gloucester Cross Country League
Delighted to announce that the Club Cross Country captains. Ladies captain is Hannah Hamilton and the Men’s is Jim Godden. With 28 people wanting to run ‘as many events as possible’ plus 20 ‘once or twice’ is should be a great season. There is now a TRC Cross Country WhatsApp group to facilitate updates, lift sharing, cake recipe exchange etc … if you think you should be on it please let one of the Captains know. Most communications about Cross Country will now move to that group with results being sent out in the Race Reports. First race Sat 30th October – Cirencester.

4. London Marathon
Good luck to the eight TRC members running London Marathon on 3rd October. In alphabetic order with bib number to track on the TCS app (at the time of publishing this bulletin the app was not yet available on the VLM site) – Ali tba, Chris F 2891, George 8697, Kevin W 33203, Mike 21863, Paul 48568, Sarah 8151 and Sonya 20634. Everyone has their start wave and time now. Keep an eye on the BBC to see if Chris can make another appearance! Charities:

• George Evans – Friends of Marlwood School (FOMS) https://tinyurl.com/George-Soilfix-17
• Chris Foley – Pancreatic Cancer UK https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisFoley2
• Kevin Wood – Young Lives vs Cancer https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevinjwood

5. Pete Mainstone Challenge
Five events completed and 3 to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge.
• 3rd October Berkeley 10k
• 27th November Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road) – EVENT CANCELLED
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• Jan/Feb Final Event – COMING SOON

Nick Langridge is just ahead of Jonathan Hall in the men’s outright table and Jo Emerson has a commanding lead in the ladies. For all the latest positions please see: https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021

6. parkrun of the Month – 2nd October
Chipping Sodbury next Saturday (2nd Oct) for the club parkrun of the month (first Saturday of the month). Some of the graduates from the last beginners course, which finished this Wednesday, will be running their first 5k at this parkrun, please lend your support. Thank you.

7. parkrun Awards
We have 5 parkrun awards that will run until the end of the club year (31st March 2022). The awards will be handed out at the club annual dinner. After eight events so far the latest results, thanks to Mel Lloyd, are as shown below:
• Male fastest outright time – Nick Williams, 17:53 at Thornbury 4th September
• Female fastest outright time – Hannah Hamilton, 21:07 at Chipping Sodbury 21st August
• Male fastest age adjusted time – Nick Langridge, 80.83% at Stonehouse 7th August
• Female fastest age adjusted time – Clare Watt, 78.56% at Thornbury 24th July
• Most completed – Chris Lee and Roger Glew with seven each, then Ashleigh Ferris with six

8. EA Run Coaching Programme – Session #2 Monday 18th October (by Zoom)
Monday 18th October 7:00 – 8:30pm. Please join at 6:55 for 7:00 prompt start, thank you:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049057236?pwd=cnIzY2MwQVpuRFVpRkMrV3JzYktSQT09
Meeting ID: 890 4905 7236 Passcode: 871943

9. STOP PRESS / HOLD YOU DIARY – Mob Match #2
Following the success of the recent mob match vs Chepstow, I have challenged Bitton Road Runners to a mob match. Provisional date Sunday 5th December route tba but currently considering Bristol to Bath cycle path (needs few marshals). More details to follow. Block the date in your diary, cancel wedding anniversaries, birthdays etc as we need as many runners as possible please.

10. Club Nights
So please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms please see:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

25/09/21

WILLIAMS, WILSON AND THOMAS IN BRISTOL HALF-MARATHON SUCCESS

The streets of Bristol came to life on Sunday for the rescheduled running of the half-marathon and 10k events. After the 18 months we’ve all had it was a particular joy to race around, marvelling at the generosity of spirit of enthusiastic residents cheering on those of us fortunate enough to participate.

The Great Run organisers did a fantastic job – (except for the paucity of porcelain which led to huge pre-race toilet queues) – and devised a wonderful route that showcased Bristol at her best. The half-marathon route did the usual loop up and down the Champs El’Portway, but then joined the 10k course that weft and waved its way along the docks, over Bristol Bridge, across Queens Square, past St Mary Redcliffe (beautiful church, shame they built it on a roundabout), alongside Castle Park, and then through the Centre and old part of the City to the finish on Anchor Road. There were several sharp turns, cobble segments, and a handful of steep sections, so probably not a PB course, but the variety of the vista more than made up for it.

Lucie Wilson ran a beautifully paced effort to finish inside 1hr 30 mins: 16th place overall in the women’s race. Considering the Bristol half-marathon attracts international runners at the very front of the field this is a marvellous achievement. Nick Williams smashed his PB with a stunning time of 1hr 16 mins and 47 seconds – an average pace of 5:47 per mile. Nick was 5th in his age category, and an incredible 28th overall, in a race won overall by multiple-Olympian Chris Thompson.

Phil Blackburn and Paul Harrod recorded exactly the same time – 1 hr 25mins and 59 seconds, but did so running 30 minutes apart in separate waves of the race. Paul Thomas – whose mileage volume makes Forest Gump look like a HIIT trainer – ran yet another amazing race. He matched Nick in finishing 5th overall in his age category, which is a considerable accomplishment in a race of this size and quality, and finished in 1hr 28 mins and 28 seconds. Can’t wait to see how Paul will do in his upcoming marathon.

Andy Wilson set off like he’d remembered he’d left the iron on at home, and his 10k split would have placed him high up in that separate race. He had to slow towards the end of the run but still finished in 1hr 29 mins and 27 seconds. His raw pace should make him a linchpin of our senior men’s cross-country team, and if he adopts his wife’s pacing strategy then he is more than capable of knocking lumps of time off that mark when he next does a half-marathon! Roger Glew continued his own rapid rise in fitness and running performance with a fine finish in 1 hr 47mins flat; Ashleigh Ferris ducked inside 1hr 50 mins to complete a highly successful day out for the TRC half-marathon massif.

The 10k runners had to wait until later in the morning for their race to start, and as such had warmer weather to cope with. TRC members still produced some excellent performances. Mitch Ford ran 41:24, despite electing to front-load his effort, a.k.a going off like a lunatic! Paul Reeves is tuning up nicely for the London Marathon and his 54:54 time bodes well for that event. Simon Groves ran 1hr 4 mins, with Sam Findlay in 1hr 7, and Rachel Smith in 1hr 15 mins.

Sunday was also the day for the Wotton-under-Edge 10k race, held on a new multi-terrain route. Paul Saville ran 46:04 to finish in a very strong 12th place overall. Judy Mills ran an excellent 1hr and 9 mins despite, or perhaps benefitting from, running the length of the Anglesey coastal path the previous week.

On Saturday Hannah Hamilton ran the Badminton trail marathon. Her Strava feed records the race as 28.3 miles long, so I presume it was an over-distance event, unless Hannah over-did the social distancing etiquette when overtaking people on the later laps. She finished in four and a half hours, and her actual marathon time would have been close to 4 hours. A fantastic performance for an off-road event of that distance.

Finally to the parkruns. Congratulations to Simon Pinnington for coming third overall at Thornbury, running 20:15 and with a very impressive 73% age-grade score. Tom Usherwood ran a 22:12 PB. Well done also to Kathy Willott who made her debut at Severn Bridge and finished in 33 mins and 19 seconds. This translated to a highly competitive age-graded score of 68%.

For runners of all standards