Race report – parkrun is back!

parkrun is back!

When Andrew Darton and Phil Lucker were second and third finishers at the Thornbury Parkrun on October 5th 2019, no one expected the next running to be a full 658 days later.

The autumn and winter of 2019 was one of the wettest in memory, ensuring the Mundys was never dry enough, and then when we did finally see some sun…well you know what has kept Parkrun cancelled since then!

Fortunately there was no plague of frogs in the allotments, nor four sinister-looking horsemen guarding the entrance, so the event finally went ahead.

Club captain Kevin Wood encouraged members to turn up in their club vest, and it was a joyful sight to see so many shirts and smiling faces on display as we gathered for a group photo before the start. (If you spot Ashleigh Ferris sporting a snazzy set of shades, that was hangover-related, not due to the sunshine!) The long summer grass and the heavy overnight rain meant it was a bit slippy underfoot, and not PB conditions, but quite frankly, who cared? It was just a chance to celebrate, to cheer, to say ‘thank you marshal’, and after 18 months of solo training runs, to remind ourselves that we are born to run…together!

Clare Watt was the top TRC runner, recording a wonderful age-graded score of 78.5%, and a finishing time of 24.01. She was narrowly ahead in the age-graded score (which is proof of what a good system it is to show who really is running well) of 14-yr old Thomas Darton. Thomas set off from start like an excited spaniel being let out for their first walk of the day, and held his pace well to go ‘sub 20’ and record his course PB of 19.52. His father, Andrew, has long since seen his talented son stride out into the distance, but still finished well inside 21 minutes himself.

Hannah Hamilton was the first female finisher in the race, and an amazing 9th place overall. Hannah’s time was just outside her course PB in 21:37. Ben Bohane led from the first corner to the tape, with a beautifully paced run, and the only man to go under 19 minutes. His form on the hills augurs well for the cross-country season to come.

Finally, special mention to Sarah Dix (26.09), for running her course PB.

Over at Chipping Sodbury (a faster course, but tricky for those at the front who have to take a wide path to overtake other runners) Phil Blackburn continued to show how rapidly he is improving as a runner. He was 4th overall, in a wonderful time of 18.01. It won’t be long before he joins the 17 minute club. Mitch Ford took on the hilly Ashton Court parkrun and finished in 21:21, while Adam Frontczak ran on the pebbles at Seaton sea-front, in a very impressive 20:54. Nick Landridge missed an 80% age-graded score at Stonehouse by a fraction; does he ever have a bad run?! Mark West ran 20:31 at the idyllic-sounding Dinton Pastures, while Ian Hoffman ran 22:10 at Eastville, which is, erm, opposite Ikea.

Full TRC parkrun results for 24/7/21:
https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=2378&eventdate=2021-07-24

Ed: Several of the TRC members who ran on Saturdays are not shown in this report. Please go to parkrun ‘manage my profile’ -> Groups -> Add ‘Thornbury RC’

26/07/21

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 26th July

Thursday Club Night Leaders (Meeting at Olveston Sports & Social Club – NOT meeting at TLC this Thursday only … see below)
• 7 min – Rob Watkins
• 8 min – Lizzie Williams
• 9 min – Chris Pritchard
• 10 min – Emma Pritchard
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

1. Summer Social – Thursday 29th July
Chris Pritchard has arranged for all groups to meet at Olveston Sport and Social Club (NOT Thornbury Leisure Centre) on Thursday 29th July at 7:00 pm for ‘Run & Rehydration’. Leaders will be aiming to get back for 8pm for a much needed and well deserved refreshment in the bar. The committee has agreed to put money behind the bar to cover your first drink.
There is a car park there and the Sports club have said we can also park by the pitch on the grass off the main road. The club is located at: 14 Alveston Rd, Old Down, Bristol BS32 4PJ.

2. Inside or Out?
We have now been meeting in the TLC car park for approximately 12 months. As things are beginning to open up we need to decide if we want to start meeting inside again. TLC have offered us the Dance Studio. This is twice the size of the Filnore room we used to use, has opening fire doors for ventilation and air conditioning. We would need to comply with TLC rules regarding the wearing of face masks.
We are asking your opinion now with any changes happening from Thursday 2nd September. It is a personal preference and your comfort with returning to going inside with a large group of people. Please complete the poll using the link by Thursday 5th August. Poll: Inside or Out poll

3. Tytherington 10k – Sunday 17th October (to be confirmed)
We are continuing to forge ahead with this event and the route will be officially measured soon. How can you help?
– We are looking for an event name. Current suggestion is ‘Tytherington Tough 10k’ any other alliterations or ideas welcome.
– We plan to hold a tester event, probably a Thursday in September, for the whole club to run the course. To add further spice to the run we will make it this years ‘Steve Jones Memorial Trophy Event’ for the outright winner.
– Marshalling on the day please. Events are a vital source of club income and this course will need heavy marshalling. More to come nearer the time.

4. Pete Mainstone Challenge Events
• 29th August – Severn Bridge 10k
• 5th September Woodchester

5. Club Nights
As some of you will have seen from this week’s EA newsletter. “There is no legal requirement for clubs, facilities, coaches or competition providers to collect data for test and trace or to display a QR code” So we will no longer be displaying the QR or using the test & trace app.

“There is an emphasis on personal responsibility for reducing risk. Clubs and competition providers should give clear guidance that individuals should not turn up to an athletics or running environment (club, coached or competition) if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.”

So please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms please see:Covid Symptoms List

24/07/21

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 19th July

Each week you should only get two e-mails from TRC:
• A weekly Bulletin with info we think you need to know and dates for events and activities.
• A Race Report e-mail with results if there are any. If you have results you would like included please e-mail Paul Harrod reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

From today all Covid -19 Government restrictions have been removed so we can stop Track & Trace. However Thornbury Leisure Centre is maintaining many of the restrictions including QR code on check-in and mask wearing around the Centre is their preferred choice. Please respect their requirements.

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Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Nick Williams
• 8 min – Kevin Cundy
• 9 min – Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min – Hugh McPherson
• 12 min(5k) – Caron Hale
• Walking – Val James

1. parkrun – Saturday 24th July
Would be great to see everyone running, or supporting, the first parkrun back on Saturday 24th July at Thornbury. Appreciate that for some of you training for longer events, 5k is a little short. I am London training so plan to run to Thornbury, run the 5k and then do a further loop home to get my training distance. Club T shirts at the ready!
Thornbury parkrun are also looking for volunteers to help on the 24th July – see Malc Carr if you can help.
In future weeks I will nominate a parkrun of the month to try and get as many club members as possible to each location. A good social opportunity and a chance to promote the club.

2. Lockdown is lifting, we are back running, we can share lifts, and it’s time for a social! – Thursday 29th July
On Thursday 29th July ALL groups will be meeting at Olveston Sport and Social Club, Alveston Road (NOT Thornbury Leisure Centre) for a run leaving at 7pm as usual. Leaders will be aiming to get back for 8pm for much needed refreshment in the bar. There is a lot of parking on-site. Further details next week.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge Events
29th August – Severn Bridge 10k
5th September – Woodchester

4. Tytherington 10k – Sunday 17th October to be confirmed
Further details to follow once the event has all the necessary approvals.

19/07/21

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 12th July – the Cotswold Way Relay edition

Please continue to use the track & trace App hopefully for the last time ever this week Tuesday T&T and Thursday T&T

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Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Jo Emerson
• 9 min – Hugh McPherson
• 10 min – Jim Williams
• 12 min(5k) – Nigel Hale
• Walking – Val James

• Cotswold Way Full Race Report – Paul Harrod
The star performers in Thornbury Running Club’s Cotswold Way Relay teams did not even get to run. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Judy Mills and Rob Watkins for assembling the teams, and dealing with a voluminous amount of admin and pre-race information. In Rob’s case, he had the mighty challenge of finding ten men over the age of 40 who were fit and available at the same time. He then had to pull out himself due to a garden football injury, (no sniggering at the back, most of us have been there!), and keep finding other substitutes right up until the eve of the race. To add insult to injury, Ian Evans, who kindly stepped in at the last minute to cover leg 4, then got pinged by NHS track and trace and had to isolate at home. Nothing he, or anyone else, could do about it. Judy put together TRC’s two other teams; was the main contact with the race organisers, and even found time on the day of a family wedding to come along and cheer her team mates!

Race day began at 5am, when Laura Orna (Quickthorn), Mike Bennewitz (Hawthorn) and Paul Harrod (Thorn in the side) headed up the M5 for the 7am start of leg one from Chipping Camden. Laura was the standout runner on this leg, completing the gruelling stage well inside her 2-hour target, and a fantastic top 4 finish in the women’s race. Paul Harrod ran along in a small group at the back of the first wave of leading runners, and was feeling comfortable up to Broadway Tower. He then watched in dismay as his companions hurtled down the trails like frisky mountain goats, while his way of getting down the hill was more akin to Bambi with a niggly Achilles. Still, he dragged himself to the finish in 14th place, and with quads resembling smashed avocados. Mike Bennewitz put his encyclopaedic knowledge of the route to good use, and paced himself to a strong finish just outside 2hrs 30 mins and the second place finish in his age category.

Leg 2 started in the drizzle, and made the periods of sharp descent even trickier to navigate. That didn’t seem to affect TRC runners, on what was arguably the best collective effort of the race. Ben Bohane, making his debut in the event, must have flown up those hills, as he mixed it with some highly experienced club runners and recorded an outstanding sixth place finish. Jo Plumbley continued her recent rich vein of form, and was the fifth female runner, and a clear winner in her age category. If the weather had been better she might have challenged her own, all-time, TRC record for that leg set five years ago. Jim Godden hasn’t been able to train as much as he would wish, but still proved the old adage that form is temporary, but class is permanent. He managed to finish in 16th place, as well as third in his age category: a highly creditable performance.

Leg 3 is one of the shorter ones, but that just means the runners race faster. Collete Jackson recorded one of Team Hawthorn’s best results of the day, finishing in an amazing top 10 position in the overall women’s race, and a fine 2nd place in her age category. Jay Mosley (Thorn in the Side) and Jeremy Clothier (Quickthorn) ran strong races, and the gap between TRC’s two top teams was just 25 minutes.

That all changed dramatically on leg 4. Thorn in the Side had no runner, due to Ian’s last minute ‘track and trace’ exclusion, and so the team had to accept a penalty time of 2hrs 45 minutes. We will never know, but had Ian run to form, then it is likely that TRC’s male veterans team would have finished in fourth place overall in the MV40+ competition. As it was they had to settle for 7th. So an opportunity for team Quickthorn to make up some time. And there is literally no one better than Nick Williams. He’d be likely to win any club race on the flat, but throw in vertiginous climbs and drops, and he is different gravy! Nick finished in 1hr 28 mins and 23 secs; third place in a highly competitive senior men’s race; beat Rob Cowland’s 2016 all-time club record for the stage, and ran at an average pace of just over 7 mins per mile. Performance of the day, without doubt. This huge swing in the battle between Quickthorn and Thorn in the Side racketed up the pressure on the remaining runners. (Not that any of them were aware of this at the time, but it hopefully adds a little bit of post-hoc excitement to this report).

Leg 5 saw Henry Orna (‘fresh’ from being woken up at 4.20am by his children who had got up to say goodbye to their mum as she left for leg 1) take back some time for Thorn in the Side, and finish in an excellent top 20 position in the senior men’s race, and 7th in the over 40s race. Race of the day must have been between Kevin Cundy and Clare Watt. For almost 12 arduous miles from Cranham Corner to Ebley Mill they duelled it out, neither giving an inch, until they were eventually separated at the finish by a mere three seconds. Well, either that, or they had a really nice sociable run together. But I prefer the idea of the dramatic head-to-head!

Leg 6 saw the indefatigable Phil Blackburn rip up the trails, on route to recording a fantastic time of 1hr 13mins. In the contest between Thorn in the Side and Quickthorn, it was largely ‘as you were’ as Richard Jackson and Ian Hoffman both ran very impressive sub-90 min times on one of the few legs that has more climbing than descending. It should also be noted that while most of us would have spent Sunday morning hobbling around nursing tight hamstrings, Phil pitched up at the Gloucester 10k and ran it in just over 38 minutes!

Leg 7 saw father and daughter, club captain Kevin Wood, and Emma Pritchard, run together. Emma wasn’t feeling at all well, so it is great testimony to her, and of course to dad Kevin who accompanied her the whole way round, that she completed the run in a more than respectable time. Thank you to Emma for being so determined to ensure team Hawthorn had a full roster of runners. TRC legend Martyn Green (who still holds two club all-time stage records) produced yet another top performance to come 14th overall, and was a run-away winner in his age category (that I won’t stipulate, but suffice to say he looks far too young to be part of).

Leg 8 is arguably the toughest one of the entire Cotswold Way – one of the longest, net uphill, and with seemingly no flat sections at all. So huge credit to Sarah Newnes, Moray Sloan and Ben Foss for taking it on. Sarah was first in her age category, Moray second in his, and Ben snuck into the top 20 overall for the leg to tighten the race between Quickthorn and Thorn in the Side still further.

Lizzie Williams hasn’t had much chance to race over the past couple of years – having the small matter of twin boys to focus on. Yet she must have done a bit of training (and/or she is just naturally gifted) as she and Melanie Wilson paced each other round to finish together in an amazing 1hr 23 mins, both taking third place in their respective, highly competitive, age categories. Jim Williams ran a very strong race himself, and must have done so with a calculator, because his finishing time meant that going into the final leg, after fully 15 hours of racing, Quickthorn and Thorn in the Side were less than 5 minutes apart.

And so to the final leg. With Julia Jolley as Sally Gunnell, chasing Paul Thomas as Kris Akabusi, to see who would get to brandish their metaphorical batons in the shadow of Bath Abbey and bring home the TRC bragging rights for another year. In the end, the final leg saw three first-class performances from TRC – close contenders with leg 2 for the best collective performance of the day. Ros Rowland run with Julia and they both finished this tough leg together, well inside an hour and a half. Ros showing her ultra and trail running pedigree to win her age category. Paul Thomas was obviously completely oblivious to the fact that all of Thorn in the Side’s hope were riding on his shoulders, but they needn’t have worried, as Paul always goes full gas in races, and he stormed to a top 15 position on the leg, and a win in his age category by a country mile.

For the record, Thorn in the Side completed the race in 16 hr 14mins, closely followed by Quickthorn in 16 hrs 30, and Hawthorn in 18hrs 42.

However, despite my feeble attempts to generate some drama over the team event, that is not why we ran it. The Cotswold Way Relay is like no other race. The team spirit is second to none; you get to traverse some of the most stunning scenery in the country; you test your limits in a way no training run in the BS35 postcode could ever replicate. You cross the line and say ‘never again’ but by Sunday evening you’re checking out the stage maps and plotting which leg you’ll try the following year. If you have yet to experience the delights of the Cotswold Way Relay, then please join one of our intrepid teams on the first Saturday of July 2022!

• parkrun – Saturday 24th July
Looks like parkrun is finally going to return on Saturday 24th July. It would be great to see as many TRC members as possible running, and a cross section of the club to welcome this event back to Thornbury. Club T shirts at the ready!

• Tytherington 10k
To replace the (Sundayshill) Thornbury 10k, which was scheduled for July, we are planning to organise a hilly 10k around Tytherington and Cromhall from Tytherington Football Club on 17th October 2021. This is still subject to local approvals and a Licence so we cannot formally announce yet. The Thornbury 10k has been a popular event over the years and Thornbury Rugby Club excellent hosts. The route does have challenges e.g. starting on open roads, getting competitors from the rugby club to the start, growing volumes of traffic and a new housing estate on the course. The Tytherington course avoids all these issues.

• Ironman UK, Bolton – Impressive results for Taryn & Dylan Roberts
On a very difficult and hilly course around Bolton last weekend Taryn & Dylan had fantastic results with both going under 12 hours and in the top 15% of the 900 strong field.

Dylan was 93rd overall in 11.39.12 and 21st in his age category (M30-34). His splits were : Swim 1.09.16; Bike 6.36.47; Marathon 3.44.01

Taryn was 7th female to finish and first in her Age Category(F30-34) by almost an hour in front of the 2nd in 11.58.23. Taryn’s splits were : Swim 1.10.23; Bike 6.57.57 ; Marathon 3.39.50 – 4 minutes in front of her brother

10/07/21

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 5th July

Next Government update will be on Monday 19 July. No change to the current Tuesday and Thursday night’s arrangements. Please continue to use the track & trace App which has been updated to include an extra question this week. Tuesday T&T and Thursday T&T Link can also be found on the club home page. If you forget you can do it after the session.

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1. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime: 12.30 from TLC Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Tuesday Coaching Night: 19:00 TLC – Kevin Wood / 19.30 Aztec –Nick Williams

Thursday Lunchtime: 12.30 from TLC Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Thursday Club Night: 19.00 TLC Car Park
• 7 min – Mark West
• 8 min – Alan Gatling
• 9 min – Emma Pritchard
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. See Mike Bennewitz

2. Running for Robert – Message from Nigel & Nikki
Caron & Nigel’s son, Robert, is currently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. In order to raise money for the charity Bristol Marrow, Nigel Hale and Nikki Foss are running the Nottingham half marathon in September. Please support by making a contribution via the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/running4robert
So far they have already raised £1,275. Thank you on behalf of Caron, Nigel & Nikki.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – Outright Time Winners added
(Happy 70th Birthday to Pete for Saturday 3rd July)
Two further trophies added to the Pete Mainstone Challenge: Outright time Female max points score and Outright time Male max points score. We now have four trophies: Outright and age adjusted max points score trophies for female and male.
Next events in the Pete Mainstone challenge are 29th August Severn Bridge 10k and 5th September at Woodchester. Please enter to score points.
All details on the Club website: https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/fixtures-2017/

4. Cotswold Way Relay results
Despite Met Office weather warnings and countless last minute Team changes TRC did manage to get all 3 Teams to the finish in Bath on Saturday. Provisional results indicate that of the 100 Teams entered our 3 Teams finished in 22nd, 27th and 75th places.
Thorn in the Side: 22nd. 6th Vets Team (out of 15) 16.14.25
Quickthorn: 27th. 10th Mixed Team (out of 54) 16.30.21
Hawthorn: 75th. 35th Mixed Team (out of 54) 18.42.20
Well done everyone who ran and a special thank you to Judy Mills for organising and turning up to support despite having to go to a Wedding.

5. Next Beginner’s Course
If you have friends, neighbours or work colleagues interested the next ‘Intro to Running’ course is starting 28th July for 9 week to 22nd September 6:45pm every Wednesday. Please ask them to contact beginners@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for more info or to sign up.

6. 12×12
Local Ben Burch is running 6km loops around Olveston from 07:00 to 19:00 starting each loop from Olveston & Tockington Tennnis Club on 25th July. To register go to : https://www.allegr.org/blogs/events/july . There is 25% discount code for TRC members TRC25

7. Tick Watch
Spoke to (Dr) Lizzie she says “Late spring / early summer is the usual time they are lurking (i.e. now!)”. Please be aware of tick bites and always do a quick leg check as you cool down to check for bites. For further info see: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/

04/07/21

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 28th June

In this week’s Newsletter we have:
• Weekly Diary
• Running for Robert
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – Next Event
• Man Still Down – Cotswold Way Relay
• Race Report – Chippenham 10k
• Ladies Lead
• Next Beginner’s Course
• Thornbury 10k
• Tick Watch
• Coming Up Next Week ….

Step 4 on the Government’s Road Map out of the Covid restrictions has been delayed 4 weeks until 19 July. No change to the current Tuesday and Thursday night’s arrangements. We still need to complete track & trace app on Thursday & Tuesday Thurs T&T Tues T&T Link can also be found on the club home page. If you forget you can do it after the run.
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1. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Tuesday Coaching Night: 7:00 TLC – Kevin Wood / 7:30 Aztec –Nick Williams

Thursday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Thursday Club Night:
• 7 min – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Kevin Wood
• 9 min – Hugh McPherson
• 10 min – Emma Pritchard
• 12 min (5k) – Nigel Hale
• Walking – Val James

Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. See Mike Bennewitz

2. Running for Robert – Message from Nigel & Nikki
Caron & Nigel’s son, Robert, is currently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. In order to raise money for the charity Bristol Marrow, Nigel Hale and Nikki Foss are running the Nottingham half marathon in September. The charity Bristol Marrow is a group of Bristol students volunteers who do work to support the Anthony Nolan Trust: http://www.bris.ac.uk/depts/union/marrow/qa.htm
Please support Nikki & Nigel by making a contribution via the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/running4robert
So far they have already raised £990. Thank you on behalf of Caron, Nigel & Nikki.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – Next Event
Next events in the Pete Mainstone challenge are 29th August Severn Bridge 10k and 5th September at Woodchester. Please enter to score points.
All details on the Club website:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/fixtures-2017/

4. Man Still Down – Cotswold Way Relay
With one week to go the club’s male vets team is still short of ONE team member. If you are able to take his place that would be really greatly appreciated by the team and the club (they might buy you a beer!). It really is a fabulous event and free to club members, what’s to lose? Please contact Rob Watkins rob@lodgefarmtrees.co.uk or Judy Mills judy.mills@live.co.uk . For details about the event take a look at https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/

5. Race Report – Chippenham 10k
A late evening, mid-week race in Chippenham meant only 5 TRC runners bagged the points in race 2 of the Pete Mainstone challenge. However those electing not to race missed a treat. A beautiful summer’s evening; a meticulously organised race by the good folks at DB Max, and a challenging, undulating, multi-terrain 10k race, starting and finishing on the grass at Monkton park.
Jo Emerson was the sole female TRC runner, but once again she mixed it with the very best in the region, finishing in a fantastic 4th place in her age category in a time of 46:46. She not only recorded a 10k PB, but also a 5k PB on route! To do so on that course is testimony to how well Jo’s training is going. Congratulations!

In the men’s race, Jonathan Hall ran a strong, even-paced effort, to finish in 47:14. Nick Langridge finished in 44.48 and was once again the first placed M60 runner – highly impressive as always, but especially so in a race that attracted some of the region’s top vet athletes. Towards the front of the race Paul Harrod tried in vain to keep pace with Phil Blackburn, whose usual training route takes him over the steep hills of Horton. As such Phil glided up the shallower climbs of Chippenham and stormed to an outstanding 10k PB in a time of 38:41, and 24th place overall. Paul followed behind in 39:06, (27th place), and narrowly missed out on a top 10 M40 finish after losing out in a sprint finish. (When I say ‘sprint finish’, in reality the other guy just de-accelerated less).

A highly enjoyable outing for those members who made the trip. Stage 3 of the Pete Mainstone challenge is the Severn Bridge 10k on Sunday 29th August.
(Take a look at https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/ for the current PM Challenge league table … tight at the top)

6. Ladies Lead
I am pleased to say that Ashleigh Ferris and Hannah Hamilton will both be starting their EA Leaders course in July. With Carol & Emma completing their leaders course recently the ladies are certainly leading the way.

7. Next Beginner’s Course
If you have friends, neighbours or work colleagues interested the next ‘Intro to Running’ course is starting 28th July for 9 week to 22nd September 6:45pm every Wednesday. Please ask them to contact beginners@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for more info or to sign up.

8. Thornbury 10k
The extension to COVID restrictions has made organising the planned July Thornbury 10k unworkable. To comply with social distancing we would need to have a wave start, which is very difficult on an open public road and the distance from the rugby club to the start line. We are also unable to have chip to chip timing, as we cannot put a sensitive start mat on a public road to be driven over by passing cars. Hence the event is not going to happen this year.
However we are currently working on holding a road 10k event in October. More details to follow once we have check the venue and potential route.

9. Tick Watch
With many of us enjoying running off road and through the long grass please be aware of tick bites. Always do a quick leg check as you cool down to check for bites. For further info see: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/

Coming Up Next Week
• Animal Antics

Pete Mainstone Challenge

The third event in the Pete Mainstone Challenge took place last night 23rd June at The Longest Day Chippenham 10K and 5 members took part. The results and standings can be found on the results page.

The 2nd event, Forest of Dean trail 10K, reputedly took place on 13th June but Tough Guy, the organisers, have not published any results on their website. If you did take part in this and have or know of any results please send your time directly to the scorer and it will be incorporated into the results. Thank you.

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 21st June

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Thank You from Rotary
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – New Events Added
• TRC Social Events
• Parkrun latest
• Man Down – Cotswold Relay
• Next Beginner’s Course
• Coming Up Next Week ….

Step 4 on the Government’s Road Map out of the Covid restrictions has been delayed 4 weeks until 19 July. Due to the current increase in the infection rate across the UK the current restrictions will remain in place. No change to the current Tuesday and Thursday night’s arrangements. We still need to complete track & trace app on Thursday & Tuesday Tuesday T&T Thursday T&T Link can also be found on the club home page. If you forget you can do it after the run.

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1. Weekly Diary

TRC Committee Meeting : Monday 21st June. 20.00 on Zoom.

Tuesday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Tuesday Coaching Night: 7:00 TLC – Kevin Wood / 7:30 Aztec –Nick Williams

Thursday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Thursday Club Night:
• 7 min – Rob Watkins
• 8 min – Lizzie Williams
• 9 min – Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min – Hugh McPherson
• 12 (5k) – Caron Hale
• Walking – Val James

Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. See Mike Bennewitz

2. Thank You from Rotary

A message from Mark Wilkinson of Thornbury Rotary Club, who we supported through the recent Club 10k. “I wanted to thank you all for supporting the Thornbury Rotary Walkathon. It was wonderful to see so many people taking up the challenge and in doing so helping to raise money for local charities and good causes. The running total of donations stands at £8,250 but with sponsorship still coming and gift aid we might just get to £10,000. That would be fantastic for an event in its first year. Thank you for being a part of this and for your efforts in getting a team together and getting sponsorship.”
We have raised £225.93 in support of the Rotary Walkathon in aid of Jigsaw Thornbury from the Club 10k. Well done to those who ran and donated.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – New Events Added
Two new events for the challenge have now been added and ready for you to sign up:
• 27th November – Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road)
• 19th December – Chippenham Shortest Day 10k

We will also be adding a final event in Jan / Feb tba. Still 5 points for each event entered with DNF = 5 and DNS = 0, best 3 results count. Get entering. All details on the Club website:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/fixtures-2017/

4. TRC Social Events
The social side of the club is very important, and something we have been prevented from doing for the past 18 months. We are planning ahead and thinking positively with Chris (Pritchard) volunteering to be Club Social Secretary at the last committee meeting. Chris has a number of ideas he is currently working on, more news to follow.

5. Parkrun is coming back
Great news. More than 500 parkrun events now have full landowner permission, which was critical for parkrun to be able to return. Following the PMs deferral of step 4 the new start date for parkrun in England is 24th July. Put the date in your diary for a mass club turnout please at Thornbury parkrun.

6. Man Down – Cotswold Relay
One of the club’s male vets team members for the Cotswold Relay has a suspected stress fracture and has had to withdraw. If you are able to take his place that would be great. It would also be good insurance to have a few more reserves. Please contact Judy Mills judy.mills@live.co.uk for info. For details about the event take a look at https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/

7. Next Beginner’s Course
If you have friends, neighbours or work colleagues interested the next ‘Intro to Running’ course is starting 28th July for 9 weeks to 22nd September 6:45pm every Wednesday. Please ask them to contact beginners@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk for more info or to sign up.

Coming Up Next Week
• Thornbury 10k Update

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 14th June

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Pete Mainstone Challenge – Donation
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – New Events Added
• TRC Social
• Cotswold Way Relay Latest
• Congratulations
• Race Report – Pete Mainstone Challenge
• Thornbury 10k update
• Coming Up Next Week ….

We still need to complete track & trace app on Thursday & Tuesday Thurs T&T Tues T&T Link can also be found on the club home page. If you forget you can do it after the run.

Step 4 on the Government’s Road Map out of the Covid restrictions will be known this week. It was originally scheduled that all restrictions will be lifted from Mon 21st June. Due to the current increase in the infection rate across the UK this full release looks unlikely. We shall all know more this week.
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1. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Tuesday Coaching Night: 7:00 TLC – Kevin Wood / 7:30 Aztec –Nick Williams

Thursday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros

Thursday Club Night:
• 7 min – Nick Langridge
• 8 min – Kevin Cundy
• 9 min – Jerry Clothier
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 (5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. See Mike Bennewitz

2. Pete Mainstone Challenge – Donations
We have raised £225.93 in support of the Rotary Walkathon in aid of Jigsaw Thornbury from the Club 10k. Well done to those who ran and donated.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – New Events Added
The 2020-21 Pete Mainstone Challenge is up and running with the first event now completed. The Bluebell Blunder was cancelled so we have added 2 new events:
• 27th November – Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road)
• 19th December – Chippenham Shortest Day 10k

We will also be adding a final event in Jan / Feb tba. Still 5 points for each event entered with DNF = 5 and DNS = 0, best 3 results count. Get entering. All details on the Club website:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/fixtures-2017/

4. TRC Social
The social side of the club is very important, and something we have been prevented from doing for the past 18 months. We are planning ahead and thinking positively with Chris (Pritchard) volunteering to be Club Social Secretary at the last committee meeting. Whilst still only just summer, Christmas does seem a long way away. However when booking event venues it does require a lot of forward planning. We will be running a poll shortly to get your views on holding a Xmas Dinner Dance in Jan versus a Club Year End Dinner dance in March / April.

5. Cotswold Way Relay – Latest
Great news, we now have only ONE* space left to fill on the CWR. It would also be good insurance to have a few reserves. Please contact Judy Mills judy.mills@live.co.uk.

If you are in a team please check the event website https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/ as start times have changed from those originally given. Please also see the ‘Cotswold Way 2021’ WhatsApp group for info on team numbers etc.

(* The Club is paying the full entry fee for both EA & non-EA members, as this is a Club event. You do have to be a fully paid member of TRC, otherwise this could invalidate our entry leading to disqualification.)

6. Congratulations
Congratulations to three people. Nick Williams has recently passed his UKA coaching qualification (CiRF) and Carol Mosses and Emma Pritchard have both just received their leader UKA qualification (LiRF). Thank you to all three for putting in the time to take courses, which have been disrupted over the past year.
If you would like to know more about becoming a run group leader please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk.

7. Race Report – Pete Mainstone Challenge – Paul Harrod
The first race of the inaugural Pete Mainstone challenge took place over an expertly-crafted 10k course that took in the full heights and depths of Thornbury town. Who knew Thornbury was so hilly? Well, probably everyone, but racing 10k on a hot late May evening was a stark reminder. In recognition of his stalwart service to TRC, the annual club race series has been named after him. Pete then had the additional honour of getting to stand in an industrial estate with a clipboard for an hour and a half recording the results. He was ably assisted by Ashleigh Ferris who seemed to think that running an ultra-marathon just four days previously entitled her to an evening off racing!

The fastest runner on the day was Sean Leadbeater who led the ‘7 min group’ from the start and recorded a stunning time of 37 mins and 59 secs: a time that would be at least two minutes quicker on a pan-flat course. However any thoughts that he must surely win overall were not to be. The age-graded algorithm decreed that TRC legend Nick Langridge was once again the clear winner with an overall rank of 77% plus – again worth at least 80%, if not more, on a flat course. There’s a reason why Nick holds the all-time club 10m and marathon records – he was a fantastic runner then, and he still is today. Special mention must go to Garry Slater who was the second place runner, and top MV50 with an age-graded score of just under 75%.

There were a few of the club’s top female runners missing, but even with a full roster they’d have struggled to beat Jo Emerson who had both the quickest time and the best age-graded score. She narrowly beat Julia Jolley in second place and Jessica Harison in third. In total 33 TRC members took part. The staggered start in ‘waves’ meant that some of the faster groups could still exchange strangled, breathless greetings to team mates on the way past. It also meant that assuming the first runners went the correct way, there was always someone ahead to follow. Special thanks to Paul Thomas for walking the course in reverse and cheering us on, and Kevin Cundy for standing at the point of the course near Crossways school that was the trickiest to navigate.

Full result can be found at: https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/

8. Thornbury 10k
We will know this week if we can go ahead on Thursday 15th July or not. If we can then we will need help from a lot of TRC Members as we only will have 4 weeks to set everything up.

Coming Up Next Week
• Parkrun latest update

13/06/21

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