TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 17th May

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Pete Mainstone Challenge KO!
• Your Club Needs You! – Cotswold Way Relay Update
• EA Nutrition Session update
• All the Gear
• Coming up next week…

As from Monday 17th May the limit on Groups of 6 meeting outdoors will be increased to 30. We will still meet and run in Groups based on pace times but we can have larger Groups as from Monday. Note we have a Committee Meeting on Monday evening to discuss what TRC is doing in response to the latest Government & EA Updates.

We still need everyone to continue to register with Track & Trace on a Tuesday & Thursday. We are following the EA ‘Return to Activity & Competition Roadmap and hope that when we reach Stage 4, no earlier than June 21st, we can stop using Track & trace
Thursday T&T Thursday Tuesday T&T Tuesday

Through the summer months all Groups will be going off road for all or part of the Thursday night runs – please wear appropriate footwear. eg. Trail Shoes. Any questions about the route please contact the leader via the Group Whats App.

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1. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Tuesday Coaching Night:
• 7:00 TLC – to join the WhatsApp group contact Kevin Wood 0796 6634237.
• 7:30 Aztec – to join the WhatsApp group contact Nick Williams 07745 133524

Thursday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Thursday Club Night:
There are WhatsApp groups for each of the run groups below. From time to time the group leaders would like to start their group run from a different location. By having everyone in a WhatsApp group it means this can be quickly and easily communicated to everyone. To join please send your name and which group you would like to be added to by contacting Kevin Wood 07966 634237.

• 7 min Nick Williams
• 8 min Kevin Wood
• 9 min Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min Arthur Renshaw
• 12 (5k/11) Steve Dimond
• Walking Val James

Sunday Morning Runs:
• 8:30 Scout hut car park near Manorbrook School. Mainly off-road, 2 hours plus. To join the WhatsApp group contact Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304

2. Pete Mainstone Challenge KO!
We have 2 volunteers to help Pete with officiating the event on Thurs 27th May. To kick off the ‘2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge’ we need as many runners as possible please.
The route, ready to recce, https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7581782 For those who prefer written instructions TRC 10k Club Challenge route Please remember there will be no marshals.
Minimum £5 payment voluntary contribution please to Thornbury Rotary Club charity evet. We have set up a Virgin Money Giving page to make this easy: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/ThornburyRunningClub Any questions please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

3. Your Club needs You! – Cotswold Way Relay Update
We have three teams entered in this year’s Cotswold Way Relay on Sat 3rd July meaning we need 30 runners + reserves + 3 volunteers. The good news is so far we have 25 runners, 0 reserves and 2 volunteers. So we are looking for 5 more runners, a few reserves and 1 volunteer for this much loved club event. If you would like to apply to join a team, or volunteer, please contact Judy Mills judy.mills@live.co.uk. Please note this note event is only open to club members. For those of you who are new to the club the Cotswold Way Relay is a 103 miles, 10 stages race off road race through beautiful Cotswold landscape from Chipping Campden to Bath. https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/

4. EA Nutrition Session Update
Thank you to all those who submitted questions for the EA Nutrition session which have now been sent to EA. They are now talking to a couple of other clubs and will get back to us with a date and time. Watch this space!

5. All the Gear
With events starting to take place and our planned mob meet at parkrun on 5th June now is a good time to upgrade your club kit. Kev C has a stock of T-shirts and vests for sale. Please let Kev know what you would like and when you are available to collect it.

Coming Up Next Week
• Club 10k Challenge Route Final Countdown

15/05/21

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 10th May

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Club 10k Challenge Route Instructions
• Pete Needs Help
• Mental Health Champions update Mental Health Awareness Week
• Your Club Needs You! – Cotswold Way Relay
• London Virtual Marathon
• Club Coaching Tuesday
• Coming up next week…

As from next Monday 17th May the limit on Groups of 6 meeting outdoors will be increased to 30. We will still meet and run in Groups based on pace times but we can have larger Groups from next week.

We still need everyone to continue to register with Track & Trace on a Tuesday & Thursday Thursday T&T Tuesday T&T

Through the summer months all Groups will be going off road for all or part of the Thursday night runs – please wear appropriate footwear. eg. Trail Shoes.

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1. Weekly Diary
Tuesday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Tuesday Coaching Night:
• 7:00 TLC – to join the WhatsApp group contact Kevin Wood 0796 6634237.
• 7:30 Aztec – to join the WhatsApp group contact Nick Williams 07745 133524

Thursday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Thursday Club Night:
There are WhatsApp groups for each of the run groups below. From time to time the group leaders would like to start their group run from a different location. By having everyone in a WhatsApp group it means this can be quickly and easily communicated to everyone. To join please send your name and which group you would like to be added to by contacting Kevin Wood 07966 634237.
• 7 min Mark West
• 8 min Alan Gatling
• 9 min Jerry Clothier
• 10 min Mike Bennewitz
• 12 (5k/11) Rachel Murphy
• Walking Val James

Sunday Morning Runs:
• 8:30 Scout hut car park near Manorbrook School. Mainly off-road, 2 hours plus. To join the WhatsApp group contact Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304

2. Club 10k Challenge Route – Kevin W
Last week I announced the Club 10k, the first event in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge, being held on Thursday 27th May. Here is the route: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7581782 For those who prefer written instructions and/or want to recce beforehand see the route detailed in this link.TRC 10k Club Challenge route

3. Pete Needs Help
Please could we have a volunteer (or two) to help Pete at the finish of the 10k on Thursday 27th May. He will need help to capture everyone’s time and distance (participants are self-timing). Anyone injured and unable to run or running another day and free to help would be appreciated. Thank you. Please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

4. Mental Health Champions update – Mental Health Awareness Week
10th – 16th May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is “Connect With Nature.”
The 2 aims of the week are to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways and to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and quality of nature is a mental health and social justice issue as well as an environmental one. Many of our runners have often commented on how much they value the mental health benefits of running. Following on from the recent Run and Talk, we are encouraging those running or walking to pay particular attention to the nature around them sometime during the week, especially at TRC club runs on Thursday 13th May.
We would like people to share photos, videos or sound recordings on Strava and the TRC Facebook pages using the hashtags #ConnectwithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

5. Cotswold Way Relay – Judy Mills (also see separate e-mail sent on Friday)
We have three teams entered in this year’s Cotswold Way Relay on 3rd July. For those of you who are new to the club the event is a 103 miles, 10 stages race off road race through beautiful Cotswold landscape from Chipping Campden to Bath. We need 30 runners, plus a couple of reserves. If you would like to apply to join a team please contact Judy Mills directly by e-mail judy.mills@live.co.uk Please let Judy know if you have a preference for which stage you run, or if there are any you are unable to run. This event is only open to club members
We will also need 3 volunteers who may be asked to deal with a road crossing or a water station please.
Check out the website https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/

6. London Virtual Marathon
The Brightwell, a charity based in Bradley Stoke that supports people living with neurological conditions, have 3 places available to take part in the London Virtual Marathon. Do you know anyone who may be interested? The fundraising target is £150/person. We would love to fill these places and if you could share this with members of the Thornbury Running Club that would be fab. If interested e-mail: Claire Wingate. claire.wingate@thebrightwell.org.uk

7. Coaching Tuesday – Kevin W & Nick W
Rather than reporting details in the weekly newsletter and posting on Facebook each week in future all coaching updates will only appear in the relevant coaching WhatsApp group. To join a coaching WhatsApp group please contact: Aztec / Nick Williams 07745 133524 or TLC / Kevin Wood 0796 6634237.

Coming up next week ….
• EA Nutrition Session Update

9/05/21

Cotswold Way Relay – Saturday 3rd July 2021

A message from Judy Mills to all TRC Members
judy.mills@live.co.uk

We have three Teams entered in this event, so now we need 30 runners (plus a couple of reserves).
We will be entering one Vets Team and probably two mixed Teams depending on the number of female runners who wish to take part.

Please look at the webpage https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/ and check you are ok with the rules (this year you will need to download an App and self-time) Let me know by e-mail (address above) if you wish to take part and whether you have a preference for which Stage you run, or if there are any you are unable to run.

We will also need 3 volunteers who may be asked to deal with a road crossing or a water station.

The sooner we can sort out who is running what, the sooner you can sort out a recce of your Stage. They are much better marked than they used to be but somehow someone always manages to get it wrong!

Note the Club will be paying the Entry fees for TRC Members but if you are not an England Athletics Member there will be a surcharge applied by the organisers.

7/05/21 (This message is also on the TRC Members Facebook page

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 3rd May

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Club 10k Challenge Route
• Club Coaching Tuesday
• We Are Growing
• Race Reports – Wonderful Wilson Smashes Marathon PB
• You’ve Got Sole
• London Virtual Marathon
• Coming up next week ….

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1. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Tuesday Coaching Night:
• 7:00 TLC – to join the WhatsApp group contact Kevin Wood 0796 6634237.
• 7:30 Aztec – to join the WhatsApp group contact Nick Williams 07745 133524

Thursday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Thursday Club Night
With the light nights and recent good weather most routes will include an amount of off road for the next few months. If you have a question about the route, please contact the Leader below:
• 7 min Paul Harrod
• 8 min Kevin Cundy
• 9 min Hugh McPherson
• 10 min Mike Bennewitz
• 12 (5k/11) Rachel Murphy
• Walking Val James

Sunday Morning Runs:
• 8:30 Scout hut car park near Manorbrook School. Mainly off-road, 2 hours plus. To join the WhatsApp group contact Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304

2. Club 10k Challenge Route – Kevin W
Last week I announced the Club 10k, the first event in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge, being held on Thursday 27th May. Now, thanks to the great work of Steve Dimond, here is the route: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7581782 (Next week I will publish Steve’s route instructions for those who prefer written instructions)

As there are no marshals, we have made the route easy to follow. The route has been fully tested by the new 10 min group. Please meet in the car park, where there is more space, before moving to the top of Coopers Road for your start time. It is on the Routes page now too:

Club Running Routes

Staggered start time in pace groups to avoid overcrowding (just start in groups, not run in groups) was published last week and will be republished closer to the event.

If you cannot run on Thursday 27th May you can complete the same course anytime during the 2 week period 24 May – 6th June and submitting your results (time & distance) to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
We suggest each participant makes a minimum £5 payment voluntary contribution. We have set up a Virgin Money Giving page to make this easy: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/ThornburyRunningClub

PS Please could we have a volunteer to help Pete at the finish capture everyone’s time and distance (participants are self-timing)? Please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
Thank you.

3. Coaching Tuesday – Kevin W & Nick W
For those who want to try this week’s coached efforts at home:

* TLC – 6 x 800m / R 3 min. Efforts run to an individual target time based on 5k time.
* Aztec – 3 x 1 mile at just under 5k pace, with 3 minute recovery (or the time it takes to get back to holding an easy conversation)

Rather than reporting details in the weekly newsletter and posting on Facebook each week in future all coaching updates will only appear in the relevant coaching WhatsApp group. To join a coaching WhatsApp group please contact: Aztec / Nick Williams 07745 133524 or TLC / Kevin Wood 0796 6634237.

4. We Are Growing – Emma & Chris Pritchard
Since we restarted the club a few week ago we already have 7 new members and 8 people trying the club out before deciding if they would like to join. If you know somebody who would like to come along and try the club out, please ask them to e-mail membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk before they attend. It really helps us if they get in contact first, so we can get the paperwork out of the way.

5. Race Reports – Wonderful Wilson Smashes Marathon PB – Paul Harrod

Lockdown has been easier on runners than for participants in other sports. The daily permitted exercise allowance had a novelty value in the spring of 2020. Yet a year on, many of us are itching to get back to the challenge and camaraderie of an actual race. There is only so much joy to derive from a Strava crown, or becoming the “Local Legend of the bin store to A38 traffic lights”.

Thankfully, even with social distancing restrictions in place, the likes of Rogue Runs and DB Max have organised time-trial races where runners go off in groups of six, and chip-timed results ensure that there is a full roster of finishers at the end.

Garry Slater ran the recent Severn Bridge 5 mile race, and as anyone who has ever run the parkrun there knows, you are pretty much guaranteed a headwind in one direction or another. Despite this, Garry stormed to an 11th place finish in a time of 32 mins and 29 secs. Not only that, he was second MV50.

On Sunday 25th April, a few intrepid TRC members set off for the banks of the Severn, for the Shepperdine half and full marathon races. The sun shone, there was not a cloud in the sky, and a rare east wind provided both a cooling breeze and a stiff headwind to contend with on large sections of the course.
The half-marathon race attracted some of the best club runners from across the region. Therefore, recent TRC recruit, Sean Leadbetter, should be very proud of his 44th place finish, in a shade over 1 hour and 20 minutes. To put that in perspective that is an average per-mile pace of about 6 mins and 9 seconds. A very impressive performance indeed.
146 runners also lined up for the full marathon. Thornbury’s Ashleigh Ferris ran a clear PB to cross the line in 3 hours, 50 minutes and 6 seconds. That placed her as the sixth senior woman. Ashleigh has recently been honing her speed at Phil Lucker and Nick William’s Tuesday night training sessions, so look out for her when she goes PB-hunting in the shorter races! Jonathan Hall was 41st senior man in a very creditable 4 hrs and 13 mins.

If a road marathon is a daunting prospect, how about 50 miles on the vertiginous trails of the South Down Way? On the 17th April, 400 of the UK’s leading ultra-runners competed in the arduous race from Worthing to Eastbourne, featuring 5700 feet of elevation along the way. It took over half of the field more than 10 hours to complete the race; some taking over twelve. However, TRC’s Nick Williams clinched a 10th place finish in a total time of 7 hours and 16 minutes. That is an average speed, over the entire, undulating, 50 miles, including fuel-station stops, of 8 mins, 44 secs per mile. An astonishing performance from Thornbury’s premier male runner.

However even Nick will agree that the stand-out performance of recent weeks has to go to new TRC member Lucie Wilson. Lucie was due to run in the Richmond marathon, but when it got postponed, decided to make it a timed run around the roads of Rockhampton and Hill. Lucie’s time is therefore not an official record, but, as Strava will attest, she finished the 26.2 miles in a time of 3 hours, 7mins and 50 seconds.
Had Lucie run that in 2019 (pre-pandemic, and with a full programme of marathon races) it would have easily put her inside the top 50 women across the whole of the UK, including professional athletes. Let’s hope Lucie will be spearheading TRC’s women’s team in the upcoming road and cross-country races, as they have the potential to achieve something special.

If you have run results you would like to see reported please contact Paul via reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

6. You’ve Got Sole – Kevin Wood
I noticed an article in this week’s EA ‘Athletics and Running for everyone’ and thought I would bring it to your attention.
Over 300 million pairs of shoes and insoles end up in landfill every year. In the first initiative of its kind, Enertor® has started a scheme to recycle insoles. Your old insoles will be used for making anything from athletics tracks to playgrounds, recycled into recovery slippers or donated to Forgotten Feet, a charity providing foot care services to the homeless. Get involved today, reduce your carbon footprint, and help support our planet. Insole recycling.

7. London Virtual Marathon

The Brightwell, a charity based in Bradley Stoke that supports people living with neurological conditions, have 3 places available to take part in the London Virtual Marathon. Do you know anyone who may be interested? The fundraising target is £150/person. We would love to fill these places and if you could share this with members of the Thornbury Running Club that would be fab. If interested e-mail: Claire Wingate. claire.wingate@thebrightwell.org.uk

Coming up next week ….
• Mental Health Awareness Week
• Club 10k Challenge Route – Route Instructions

2/05/21

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 26th April

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Club 10k Challenge
• Nutrition Questions
• Week #3 of Club Coaching Tuesday
• 10 min Group Week #1
• The Sunday Long Run is back
• Lost it!
• Weekly Diary
• Coming up next week ….

1. Club 10k Challenge
The first event in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge is a Club 10k event on Thursday 27th May. It would be fantastic to see everyone running this event to kick of the challenge off in style. We will be supporting the Thornbury Rotary Club Walkathon, although we will be running! The club has a long history of supporting the Swimathon, which has been replaced by the Walkathon in 2021.

• Date: Thursday 27th May Club Night. If, however, cannot run on Thursday 27th May you can complete the same course anytime during the 2 week period 24 May – 6th June and submitting your results (time & distance) to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
• Start time: Staggered start time in pace groups to avoid overcrowding (just start in groups, not run in groups):
6:45 – Walking group
6:55 – “11 min + 5K” (running @ 12 min pace)
7:00 – 10 min pace group
7: 05 – 9 min pace group
7:10 – 8 min pace group
7:15 – 7 min pace group

• Timing: You will be responsible for self-timing and be asked for your time and distance run at the finish. Pete will be collecting your details at the finish.
• Route: Meet at the TLC top car park as usual, event starts from Coopers Road. Please meet in the car park, where there is more space, before moving to the top of Coopers Road for your start time. The route will be published next week. It will not be marshalled, so you are responsible for checking the course before the day.
• Cost: Like the Swimathon, the Walkathon is a charity event, and it is raising funds for JIGSAW Thornbury https://www.jigsawthornbury.org.uk/. We suggest each participant makes a minimum £5 payment voluntary contribution. We have set up a Virgin Money Giving page to make this easy: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/ThornburyRunningClub

2. Nutrition Questions – Kevin Wood
I have already received some great questions for the EA nutrition session. Just a reminder, we have been given an opportunity by EA to take part in pilot Zoom session with a nutritionist, along with only 1 or 2 other clubs. EA have asked me to submit some sample questions in order to plan the session content and gauge the level of interest amongst our club members. Please send your questions to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk so I can get back to EA. Thanks.

3. Week #3 of Club Coaching Tuesday – Kevin Wood
Details of last Tuesday’s coached sessions for anyone unable to attend and who would like to recreate the sessions:
* Aztec – 4 x 1200m / R 400. Run at projected 5k pace
* TLC – 12 x 400m + 1 x 200m (i.e. 5k) / R 2 mins. Please keep a note of total run time for repeat of this session and benchmarking other runs.
Please join a coaching WhatsApp group by contacting for Aztec / Nick (Williams) 07745 133524 or TLC / Kevin (Wood) 0796 6634237.

4. 10 minute Group Week #1 – Kevin Wood
To meet everyone’s needs we have rearranged the groups and now have 7, 8 , 9, 10 and 5k/11 minute groups. Looking at Strava the 5k/11 min group is at a 12min pace and the 10 min group was quite spread. Do we need an 11 min group?

5. The Sunday Long Run is back – Steve Dimond
The first long Sunday run took place on Sunday 25th April. If you would like to join the run(s) start at the scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School at 8:30 am. No-one will get left behind and there are usually ways of cutting back for a shorter run. COVID group numbers apply. To be kept up to date on plans and routes please join the ‘Sunday Long Run’ WhatsApp group by contacting Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304.

6. Lost it!
The links for both the Tuesday and Thursday track & trace are now on the club website home page if you need them www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

7. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Tuesday Coaching sessions at Aztec West & TLC
• 7:00 TLC – to join the WhatsApp group contact Kevin Wood 0796 6634237.
• 7:30 Aztec – to join the WhatsApp group contact Nick Williams 07745 133524

Thursday Lunchtime session with Ros Rowland.
• 12.00 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contac Ros on 07743 257838

Thursday Club Night
• 7 min Rob Watkins
• 8 min Lizzie Williams
• 9 min Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min Arthur Renshaw
• 12 (5k/11) Carol Mosses
• Walking Val James

Sunday Long run
• 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School – to join the WhatsApp group contact Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304

Coming up next week ….
• Club 10k Challenge Route

TRC from Monday 19th April

In this week’s e-mail we have:
• Referring a friend
• It’s Working!
• Good News
• Report of week #2 of Club Coaching Tuesday
• Nutrition Questions
• New 10 min Group!
• Sunday morning runs are back
• Announcing ‘The Pete Mainstone Challenge’ 2021 – 22
• Parkrun of the week – Update
• Something to Report
• Who’s leading this week?

1. Referring a Friend – Emma & Chris Pritchard
One of our biggest sources of new members is family and friends, which is great! If you know somebody who would like to come along and try the club out please ask them to e-mail membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk before they attend. It really helps us if they get in contact first, so we can get the paperwork out of the way.
We have had 12 people come along for the first time in the past 2 weeks which is brilliant and we hope to keep it up.

2. It’ Working! – Kevin Wood
Thank you all for continuing to use the track & trace system. Looking at the number of people in the photos and the number registered it looks good! There were a couple missing from Aztec on Tuesday please. Remember this is for your safety.

3. Good News – Kevin Wood
Last week we reported that there were 70 people who had yet to responded. Delighted to report that we are now down to 36 yet to respond. Also, good news that we have 7 new joiners to the club since we started back 3 weeks ago.
One person who has moved away, so is not renewing, said “I do want to say thank you though to the club for making me feel so welcome in my year of running with you. I have been to a lot of the clubs in Bristol and I think this was definitely the friendliest I’ve been to!”

4. Report of week #2 of Club Coaching Tuesday – Kevin Wood
Another great turnout both at TLC and Aztec for Coaching Tuesday. The efforts session details are published in the WhatsApp groups and on Facebook for those who want to do it virtually. So if you are not on Facebook or in a WhatsApp groups, please join a WhatsApp group by contacting for Aztec / Nick (Williams) 07745 133524 or TLC / Kevin (Wood) 0796 6634237.
Please come and join one of the sessions next week, and remember you can move between groups.

5. Nutrition Questions – Kevin Wood
When we did the recent Coaching Survey there was interest expressed in a session on nutrition. So I have spoken to a number of nutrition professionals and also England Athletic to see who can help us.
We have been given an opportunity by EA to take part in pilot sessions with a nutritionist, along with only 1 or 2 other clubs. This would probably be a Zoom session.
EA have asked me to submit some sample questions in order to plan the session content and gauge the level of interest amongst our club members. Please send your questions to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk so I can get back to EA. Thanks.

6. New 10 minute Group! – Kevin Wood
We’ve been looking at the Group’s for the past weeks and noticed that, based on Strava data, the 11 min and 5k group are running at a similar pace and over a similar distance. We are also getting a number people interested in joining the club looking for 10:00 – 11:00 pace group, a group we don’t currently have. So there is a gap at the moment in our current pace groupings.

So we have decided from 22nd April to make the following changes to groups:
1. Combining the ‘5k + 11’ into one group, running typically at 12 min currently
2. Introducing a 10 minute group (i.e. 10:00 – 10:30 pace).
All other groups remain unchanged.

7. Sunday morning runs are back – Steve Dimond
The Sunday morning Run is back. After a long gap Sunday morning runs are back next Sunday 25th April. As usual starting at the Scout Hut (car park) near Manorbrook School at 8:30. This coming weekend Ros will be leading a 15+ mile off road, and Steve Dimond, a 6 mile run at a steady pace. As usual, no-one will get left behind, there are usually ways of cutting back shorter, and covid group numbers etc will still apply. To be kept up to date on plans and routes there is ‘Sunday Long Run’ WhatsApp group – you can get added to this Group by contacting Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304

8. Announcing ‘The Pete Mainstone Challenge’ 2021/22 – Kevin Wood.
To recognise Pete Mainstone’s tremendous contribution to the club we voted to rename the Club’s ‘Captain’s Challenge’ the ‘Pete Mainstone Challenge’. Pete, Nick Langridge and I have revised the rules to make it competitive, inclusive and to encourage participation.
Simply select and enter events from the list below. We may need to change the events if any get cancelled! Please bear with us. Scoring uses a points system based on number of races run and finish position, the rules and an example of how it works is shown below. Nick has kindly volunteered to keep score.
There will be an overall female and male winner based on highest points. There will also be 5 category winners, combined female and male, based on the TRC pace groups.

The six events are:
• 27th May (Club Night) Club 10k Challenge (More info on this event to follow next week)
• 13th June Forest of Dean 10k
• 23rd June Chippenham 10k
• 29th August Severn Bridge 10k
• 5th September Woodchester
• 3rd October Berkeley 10k

Rules
• The challenge has 6 events. Each event is worth 5 points for simply entering and running (DNS = 0 points, DNF = 5 points). Enter as many as you like. You could score 30 points just by entering and running all 6 events.
• Your top 3 places count towards your final position points score. (This is in addition to the entry points for all the other events you enter from the 6 listed.)
• To calculate your position your finish time for an event is age adjusted. We are using positions and points, not times, as the events are of different distances and terrain.
• Your finish position versus the other TRC entrants is then determined, split by gender.
• First place, for each gender, gets 25 points, second 24 down to 1 point for 25th. If there are more than 25 female or male TRC runners they score 0 position points.
• There will be an overall female and male winner based on highest points.
• There will also be 5, combined female and male, category winners based on the 5 TRC Thursday Club Night pace groups.
• Any questions to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
• Final decision on any ruling Pete & Nick
• Events listed may change

For example:
• Betty enters all 6 events, but only runs 5 of them due to an injury. Her entry points for the 5 events run, based on 5 points each event = 25points
• In the 5 events, after her times are age adjusted, Betty has the following finish positions versus other female TRC participants: 10th, 15th, 20th, 12th and 8th.
• Betty’s best 3 finish positions are 10th, 12th and 8th. Points for these finish positions are 16 + 14 + 18 = 48 points
• Adding Betty’s entry points of 25 to her position points of 48 gives Betty an overall score of 73 points.

9. Parkrun of the week 5th June – Kevin Wood
All parkruns resume 5th June. It would be great if as many members as possible could turn up at Thornbury parkrun on 5th in club shirts and let everyone know we are back! We have spoken to Thornbury parkrun are expecting us. If you cannot run, please can you marshal at Thornbury on 5th June, wearing your club shirt of course.
Let’s make parkrun a club event each week and every week we will nominate a ‘parkrun of the week’ where we can muster and wear the club vest. Location list for future parkruns to be published nearer the time. Get your club shirt out again, or even buy a new one!

10. Something to report?
Matt Johnson, who has been reporting club runs and results very effectively to the local press for several years, has retired from running due to a long term back problem. We have written to thank Matt for his great work and service to the club. I am pleased to announce that Paul Harrod will be taking over the role and reporting will begin when parkrun restarts (5th June). If you have run results you would like to see reported please contact Paul via reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

11. Who is leading this week?
7 min Nick Williams
8 min Kevin Wood & Alan
9 min Jerry Clothier
10 min (new group) Steve Dimond
11/12 min (5k) Caron Hale
Walking Val James

Coming up next week ….
• 27th May (Club Night) Club 10k Challenge

19/04/21

TRC from Monday 12th April

At last, the shops are open and you can go to the gym or the pub for a drink (outside) but we still need to keep to groups of six for another 5 weeks and observe social distancing at all times.

From 17th May the size of Groups meeting in the car park at the Leisure Centre can be increased to 30 – although we may decide to continue to split into smaller Groups.

From 21st June all restrictions are removed and we could go back to meeting indoors at the Leisure Centre if we want to. We still have access to our old room on a Thursday night if we want to use it. We will run another check on what Members want to do before we decide to go back indoors.

Tuesdays

– Aztec West at 19.30 for anyone with a typical 5k time under 25 mins.

– Thornbury Leisure Centre (top car park) at 19.00 for anyone with a typical 5k time over 25 mins or anyone who cannot get to or doesn’t want to go to Aztec.

Tuesday Track & Trace Tuesday T&T Form

Tuesday & Thursday lunchtime sessions – 12.00 from top car park at the Leisure Centre. A regular session, typically a 5k run supervised by Ros Rowland for those that can’t make the evening sessions but still want a run with others. Particularly if you haven’t run for ages and want to get back to it. If you would like to join this group please contact Ros on 07743 257838. QR Code registration required.

Thursdays
Meet top car park at 19.00 in your respective Groups. Have your Group photo taken then off you go in groups of up to 6.

Group Leaders 15 April
o 7 min Paul Harrod
o 8 min Kevin Cundy
o 9 min Emma Pritchard
o 10/11 Nigel Hale
o 5k tba
o Walk Val James

The top car park at the Leisure Centre is marked out with Groups – 7 min, 8 min, 9 min , 10/11 min, 5k & Walkers. The Leisure Centre building reopened on Monday 12 April so toilets are available. Also be aware that the top car park is also a part time Covid Testing Centre but it will usually be clear when our groups meet.

Thursday Track & Trace Thursday T&T Form

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1. Report of week #1 of Club Coaching Tuesday
The 1st Tuesday of Club Coaching for club members on 6th April was highly successful. 12 people went to Aztec for a 5km baseline timed run and introduction to form and technique. Two people got PBs! Whilst 10 people went to TLC for an efforts session on Mundy Playing Fields.
Please come and join one of the sessions this week, and remember you can move between groups. Get added to the WhatsApp groups to receive last minute messages about the group, or you may turn up and they are not there! Aztec / Nick (Williams) 07745 133524 or TLC / Kevin (Wood) 0796 6634237.

2. Cotswold Way Relay 3rd July
We hope to enter 3 Teams of 10 runners this year, plus we need 1 volunteer helper per team. Put this date in your Diary and look out for more details over the next few weeks. NB. Only TRC paid up members can be in a TRC Team for the Cotswold Way Relay. If you are a club member and interested in being in a team contact Judy Mills via captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
It is probably going to be oversubscribed so we will work out teams and let you know.

3. Parkrun of the week 5th June
All parkruns resume 5th June. Let’s make this a club event and as many members as possible turn up at Thornbury parkrun in club shirts and let everyone know we are back! Each week we will nominate a ‘parkrun of the week’ where we can muster and wear the club vest. Location list to be published nearer the time.

4. Things to Know About Club Track & Trace
1. We are doing this for your safety.
2. As an ‘organised outdoor sport’ we are required to be COVID secure by Government and EA
3. It only takes 10-15 seconds to complete
4. You need to do it for every session you attend
5. The date question is “Date of the Session”, not Date of birth and is in the format DD/MM/YYYY not MM/DD/YYYY
6. Please do it on the day, not weeks in advance. It asks about “prior 14 days”
7. If you forget (and I have done it too) please do it when you get home after the session
8. As soon as we are allowed to we will stop using it!

Coming up next week ….
• Referring a friend
• Running for Weight Loss
• Pete Mainstone Challenge

Update on TRC Membership renewals

Update on Membership – Please read this article

We need your help please. We have 126 people renewed, but there are still nearly 70 people who have not renewed or responded. The rate of renewals is slowing down with only 2 this week. Membership costs 48p per week:
• If you intend to renew, and continue to enjoy the benefits of club membership, please can you complete the form and make payment by end April latest. It only takes a couple of minutes.
On-line TRC Membership Form : TRC Membership Form 2021/2
• If you want to re-join / join but have been furloughed, or effected financially by COVID, please complete the form and you will see we are willing to help financially in this situation.
• If you have not completed the form, because you think you already paid last year, please contact membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk We have already contacted the people to whom this applies. If you have not been contacted you are not one of that small group. Everyone needs to complete the form to agree to the new T&Cs.
• If you no longer wish to be part of the club please let us know and we can remove you from our list of members. If we do not hear from you by end April, we will assume this is the situation and remove you from this distribution list to save you receiving unnecessary e-mails from us.

How Much Does it Cost?

At the AGM we go through the club accounts, which remain healthy. But we thought it might be interesting to share some specific items with you so you can see where your membership fee goes.
We continue to incur costs, even when we don’t use the Leisure Centre. A few examples:
• We spend the equivalent of 20 memberships each year on Leader & Coach training, without which we could not run together in Groups.
• We spent the equivalent of 12 memberships on virtual sessions during lock down, not including the Zoom licence cost.
• We spend the equivalent of 12 memberships on subsidising EA membership each year.
• Cotswold Ways Relay entry fee for several TRC teams is the equivalent of 27 memberships
• The fully subsidised Pizza night, we hope to run again in December, is equivalent to 21 memberships

Thank You.
Kevin Wood Captain.

TRC from Monday 5th April

Tuesday 6th April will be the first week back with Coached sessions.
Tuesday’s sessions will be split between the Leisure Centre top car park and Aztec West. If you want to join either group please make sure you complete the Track & Trace on-line form beforehand, preferably on the day.

Tuesday Tuesday T&T Form

NB. The form asks for ‘Date of Session’ not ‘Date of Birth’ as interpreted by a few people!

o Aztec West at 19.30 for anyone with a typical 5k time under 25 mins. Coached by Phil Lucker & Nick Williams. Park and meet at the main Business Centre in the centre of the business park (BS32 4TD). People will need to park in ‘blue’ spaces and, as you face the Business Centre from the A38, meet around the back by the main entrance: (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.542401,-2.5725497,3a,90y,49.01h,92.36t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sL-kVb4-_ipUCG4KHGIpF9g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en-GB).

o Thornbury Leisure Centre (top car park) at 19.00 for anyone with a typical 5k time over 25 mins or anyone who cannot get to or doesn’t want to go to Aztec. Efforts or an alternative steady 5k run Coached by Kevin Wood.

Keeping Updated – To keep in contact with the groups and so we can update people quickly if the location changes etc. we are going to set up two WhatsApp groups:
o Anybody wishing to on the ‘Aztec Coaching WhatsApp Group’ please contact Nick (Williams) 07745 133524 to be added to the group chat.
o Anybody wishing to on the ‘TLC Coaching WhatsApp Group’ please contact Kevin (Wood) 07966 634237 to be added to the group chat.
o If you want to be on both please message both Nick & Kevin.

Wednesday 7th April will be the first night of the new fully booked Beginner’s sessions – top car park Leisure Centre. If you have helped with the Beginners courses in the past then Captain Kevin will have been in touch.

Tuesday & Thursday lunchtime sessions – 12.00 from top car park at the Leisure Centre. A regular session, typically a 5k run supervised by Ros Rowland for those that can’t make the evening sessions but still want a run with others. Particularly if you haven’t run for ages and want to get back to it. If you would like to join this group please contact Ros on 07743 257838. QR Code registration required.

Thursday 8th April. Meet top car park at 19.00 in your respective Groups. Have your Group photo taken then off you go in groups of up to 6 – remember to adhere to social distancing and to our Covid Running Code.
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/TRC-CoVID-Running-Code_V1.0.pdf

Group Leaders:
o 7 min Rob Watkins
o 8 min Kevin Wood
o 9 min Chris Pritchard
o 10/11 Steve Dimond
o 5k Hugh McPherson
o Walk Val James

The top car park at the Leisure Centre is freshly marked out with Groups – 7 min, 8 min, 9 min , 10/11 min, 5k & Walkers. The Leisure Centre building doesn’t reopen until Monday 12 April so no toilets are available until then. Also be aware that the top car park is also a part time Covid Testing Centre but it will usually be clear when our groups meet.

If the Police are there again , as they were last Thursday, please remember to maintain social distancing, no groups more than 6 people and do not congregate in larger groups – we don’t wish to give the police any reason to think we are not following the Covid rules.

The new Track & Trace system will be in operation for all who turn up to a TRC organised session – see separate e-mail specifically on the T&T system. You will need to complete an on-line confirmation before you turn up. Registration using your phone and the QR code will also be available.

Thursday Thursday T&T Form

From 12th April the Gym & Swimming Pool at the Leisure Centre will re-open. The groups of 6 meeting outside is still applicable.

From 17th May the size of Groups meeting in the car park at the Leisure Centre can be increased to 30 – although we may decide to continue to split into smaller Groups.

From 21st June all restrictions are removed and we could go back to meeting indoors at the Leisure Centre if we want to. We still have access to our old room on a Thursday night if we want to use it. We will run another check on what Members want to do before we decide to go back indoors.

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1. TRC Membership Renewal 2021/22 (1st April)
120 Members have now renewed. Still waiting to hear from 74 Members regarding their renewals. If you do not wish to renew your membership please can you e-mail membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk and we will remove you from the e-mail list and not chase you further for renewal and payment of fees.

On-line TRC Membership Form : TRC Membership Form 2021/2

All Members, including additional family members, need to complete and return their own form – we need to make sure you all accept the Terms & Conditions of Membership. Please read, complete and submit the Membership form and make your payment as soon as possible – this is particularly important for Members wanting to continue their EA Membership.

Please pay on-line to a/c name: Thornbury Running Club; a/c No. 01190517, Bank sort Code 30-12-04, and please include your full name as a reference.”

2. WhatsApp Groups
There are WhatsApp message groups set up for each of the pace groups. These are a great way to quickly get a message to everyone in the group. If you are not currently a member of any of the WhatsApp groups and would like to be added please send an e-mail with your name, mobile phone number and which group you wish to be part of to Kevin Wood captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk.
The following are the five groups – 7 min, 8 min, 9 min, 10/11 min and Walking – the same as marked out in the top car park.

3. Diary Dates :

• Shepperdine Marathon & Half Marathon – Sunday 25th April. 3 laps of a fast -flat course from Berkeley Power Station using some of the same lanes as our Oldbury 10 mile This event is organised by Rogue Runs and has a UKA Permit. Entry £23
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• Thornbury Park Run – Saturday 5th June. All Park Runs are planned to recommence on the same day

• Cotswold Way Relay – Saturday 3 July. We hope to enter 3 Teams of 10 runners plus we need 1 volunteer helper per Team. Put this date in your Diary and look out for more details over the next few weeks. NB. Only registered TRC Members can be in a TRC Team for the Cotswold Way Relay.

If you hear of any real events coming back onto the running calendar please let me know chairman@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

AR : 05/04/21

Track & Trace on Tuesdays & Thursdays – a reminder

Please make sure you complete this form before you attend on a Tuesday or Thursday – each time you attend you need to complete the form either on the day or, if necessary, the day before.

For the club to meet, and keep everyone and their families safe, we are required to have a Track & Trace system. Having a working track & trace system is part of the club’s COVID-secure processes we have to have to operate under Government regulations and EA rules. Without this we would not be allow to run together.

1. How does it work? Before you attend a Tuesday or Thursday session you must please register your intention to attend by going to the appropriate link and answering the questions. There are separate links for Tuesday and Thursday, as the sessions and groups are different. It takes about 30 second to complete. The Links are ->

Thursday Track & Trace Thursday
Tuesday Track & Trace Tuesday

2. When do I do this? Ideally on the day as it asks about the last 14 days prior to attending.

3. What happens if I forget and turn up anyway? When you get home please log in and register your attendance for that session. We will regularly check those on the register versus those that attend, so please help us to keep everyone safe. We will also take group photos, as before, as back up.

4. What happens if I register and then don’t turn up? No action required. No need to change / cancel anything or e-mail anyone.

5. Why can’t I just register once for all future sessions? The questions ask about the last 14 days so you need to do it each time to be up-to-date please, Government rules.

6. Will the links change each week? No, we will use the same links (above) each time, so please keep this e-mail.

7. I use the QR code for the NHS T&T app, do I need to do the club one too? We will have the QR code available to scan, for those who use the NHS app. However we cannot, as a club, access the data on the NHS app, so please can you always use the club link so we know who was present at each session.

8. I have a friend who wants to attend for the first time, can they just show up?
They can, but ideally we would like them to contact memberhip@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk as we need them to complete a ‘1st Timer Form’. This is to cover the club for insurance purposes. If they do just show up we will have paper forms in the car park, but this isn’t ideal.

Kevin Wood.
Club Captain 28/03/21

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