TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 16th August

Thursday Club Night Leaders

• 7 min – Nick Williams
• 8 min – Kevin Cundy
• 9 min – Emma Pritchard
• 10 min – Hugh McPherson
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

1. Mob Match vs Chepstow Tuesday 17th August – last call for more runners!
We now have 50 TRC members signed up, terrific! Registration closes end of day Fri 13/8. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctGMIZuaJdCGuAIDa9eJC3nDWJ46ITtFWv32awSahxRMiCWA/viewform
Run details:
Time: 6:30 (6:45 latest) for briefing & getting chip. Rolling start @ 7:00.
Location: M48 underpass. If using satnav, the nearest postcode is for Thornwell FC, NP16 5GH. From Thornwell FC turn left, back onto Denbigh Drive and take the next left down Caerwent Lane to the M48 underpass. (It’s where the Severn Bridge parkrun meets)
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tenby+Ln,+Chepstow+NP16+5GH/@51.6213634,-2.6707577,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x487195061cde9ae5:0x1e7d8a8919836a0e!8m2!3d51.6211915!4d-2.6667339

2. parkrun of the Month – Berkeley Green 28th August.
The next parkrun of the month will be Berkeley Green on Saturday 28th August. See you ALL there.

3. NEW * EA Running Nutrition Session – Monday 6th September 19:30 – 21:00 On-line
This EA funded session has been organised for TRC in response to the request for a session on nutrition from the Coaching Survey and questions submitted by members:
• Nutrition Overview – General information for runners to be aware of, including dietary information, pre/post-race fuelling, nutritional training tips and also fuelling whilst competing.
• Q&A – Working through the questions previously submitted by club members, plus any additional questions that may be of interest.
As this is funded by EA they are asking for a list of attendee names. To be sent the link to attend please send your name to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
Nutritionist Alice Murray-Gourlay will deliver the session:
• Alice trained as a Dietitian at Plymouth University and completed a diploma in sports nutrition from St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
• Alice has an MSc, looking at eating behaviours within different sports, and is a fully registered sports nutritionist.
• Alice is working for Sport Wales preparing athletes for the Commonwealth Games.
• Alice is a middle distance runner and has raced competitively across half marathon distance and during university competed as an age group GB triathlete.

4. EA Run Programme – STARTS 31/8 19:00
EA are funding an experienced coach to deliver 3 sessions to help develop you as runners, to develop the club and to assist the clubs’ coaches developing as coaches. The sessions are open to everyone, although we have agreed to focus in half / full marathon:
• Session #1 – 31st August 19:00/ Chantry Playing Fields, Thornbury ~ Threshold training
• Session #2 – TBA / Virtual ~ Discussion and Q&A on training and techniques
• Session #3 – TBA / track ~ Endurance based speed session

5. Tytherington 10k Test Event – NOW Sunday 12th September
The proposed date for the tester event is now Sunday 12th September. The tester will be this year’s ‘Steve Jones Memorial Trophy Event’ for the outright winner. This is also a chance to set the course record.

6. Discount Sport Massage
Message from Nikola Morgan (Captain of Chepstow Harriers). “I qualified in May as a Level 3 sports massage therapist and would be happy to do an introductory sports massage for any Thornbury RC members for £10 for 40 minutes (would normally be £20). I live about 2 minutes from the Severn bridge so easy for Thornbury folk to reach. They can email me or text/ring me on 07855 050281, or message me on Facebook.”

7. Spotted
And finally Ben Bohane spotted Nick Butter, who is running around the coast of GB at the moment running roughly 2 marathons a day (!), and joined him for a few miles to Avonmouth. Nick is on the home straight to the Eden project now and due to finish on August 22nd. https://www.followmychallenge.com/live/nickaroundbritain/

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

9. TRC Committee Meeting – Thursday 19th August
This will be the first face-to-face meeting for well over a year. If you have any issues or ideas please speak to any Committee Member.

13/08/21

Race Report – Votwo Jurassic Coast Challenge 23rd – 25th July – By Natalie Bennett

Jo, Ros and Natalie took part in the Jurassic Coast Challenge, three marathons in three days along the Jurassic coast. They set off at 5:30am to race HQ at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy all kitted up and ready to go.

Day 1 Charmouth – Weymouth, the longest day of 45.3km. It was glorious sunshine, not quite so welcome with an elevation gain of 1,260m mostly during the first half of the race. They stormed up the hills and crunched their way over the leg sapping pebble beach to then realise that the miles left on the coastal path signs was not accurate! Oh, what a disappointment to have to drag themselves through over-grown grasses and long road back to race HQ but they made it in a time of 6 hours and 5 minutes, Jo second lady, Natalie 3nd and Ros 4th (although their final results have them in a different order) 7th, 8th and 9th overall.

Day 2 Portland Ferry Road – Lulworth 42 km. After a night in a noisy room above a pub with torrential rain, thunder and lightning they jumped out of bed to a drizzly morning to run round the Isle of Portland and on to Lulworth. The sun came out once off the island and 12 miles into the race and so too did the stunning views to Lulworth. A little more road in this race with Weymouth seafront but soon back on the trails with the beauty of approaching Lulworth and the incredibly steep down hills to Durdle Dor. The finish was just away from the busy beach of Lulworth Cove at a quiet sport where post race soup could be served – a welcome treat. Finishing in
6 hours 32, coming in 3rd, 4th and 5th ladies and the friend we made along the way came over the finish line with us (again the result’s page isn’t quite accurate).

Day 3 Shell Bay – Lulworth 43.6km. An interesting start on sand through the nudest beach! Once past Swanage this was the best day for trail runners, there are very few car parks to access the coastal path so it feels very remote and untouched, a contrast of large sweeping farming fields and an amazing coastline of white rocks and incredible strata. It was undulating until the final seven miles – 400 steps up and down the hillside and some hills steep enough to crawl up over the last 5km but the views made it all worth while. The coffee they scrounged off the marshal at the last check point was the needed caffeine bullet for the last hills! They crossed the line holding hands as joint 6th female in 7 hours 37 minutes.

It’s worth noting that not all competitors did all three days and that helps to explain the varied results on each race day. A lovely laid back event with friendly marshals, easy navigation uploaded to Garmin and holiday walkers praising our efforts of 80 miles over three days to help us remember that it really is quite a long way to run each day.

12/08/21

TRC Bulletin for W/C 9th August

Thursday Club Night Leaders

• 7 min – No leader available
• 8 min – Alan Gatling
• 9 min – Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min – Hugh McPherson
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

1. Mob Match vs Chepstow 17th August
Great response! We already have 43 TRC members signed up. Big THANK YOU. The more the merrier, as more runners = more points = better chance of winning!
You need to sign up to get a chip and run: Mob Match Officially measured 5 miles course and chip timing, more details to follow. Recent winning times on the course – men 27:54 and 33:29 women. Anyone fancy trying to set a record?

2. parkrun of the Month – Berkeley Green 28th August.
The next parkrun of the month will be Berkeley Green on Saturday 28th August. See you ALL there.

3. EA Run Programme
We have been successful in being selected to be part of the EA Run Programme. This means we will have with 3 EA coaching sessions, tba. We also get to test NURVV Smart Insoles. Take a look they are really cool ! Hannah Hamilton, Nick Williams and Ben Bohane will be the crash test dummies!

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

5. 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

6. Inside / Outside poll
Poll closed – Results next week

7. Tytherington 10k
We have come across some issues with holding this event on 17th October. More news next week.

8. TRC Committee Meeting – Thursday 19th August
This will be the first face-to-face meeting for well over a year. If you have any issues or ideas please speak to any Committee Member.

07/08/21

race report w/e 31st July

On Olympic ‘Super Saturday’ almost no eyes were on the Mundy playing fields, but all the same, TRC managed to secure a 1-2-3 in the Thornbury parkrun.   (Don’t worry, this report won’t take nouns such as medal and podium and mangle them into verbs.)

Last week Nick Williams cheered on from the sidelines, but this week he laced up his trail shoes and showed us all how it is done.  Thornbury parkrun, with its hills and sharp descents, is ideal for Nick, combining, as he does, the poise and balance of Nureyev with the stride-length of Nijinsky.   Nick was over a minute ahead of the next runner, and recorded a hugely impressive sub-18 time.   Ben Bohane was second in 19 mins flat, with Paul Harrod in third, even if he wasn’t in the same post-code when Nick crossed the line.

Conditions were particularly muggy, which might explain a surprising lack of PBs.  However special mention to Julie Jolley for a debut run at the Mundy’s in 24:36, just a second behind 15 yr-old Laura Evans, (daughter of George), who was the first junior to finish.  Romeo Maddelena also ran a first Thornbury parkrun in 25:13, while the rapidly-improving Roger Glew ran 24:50 – just outside his PB, but now well over a 60% age-graded score which is the benchmark for a serious runner.
At Stonehouse, Nick Landridge ran 21:34, and yet again managed an 80% plus age-graded score.   As a reminder, parkrun UK state that any score above 80% puts the runner in ‘national class level’, meaning they would rank alongside the very best runners for their age and gender anywhere in the country.
Down in sunny Teighmouth Alan Gatling ran a wonderful 21:01, which gave him an age-graded score of over 70%.   Parkrun regards that as ‘regional class’ so an indication of just how good Alan’s run was.   Henry Orna was allowed an hour off daddy duty, and made the most of it, racing round Lydney in 20:41.  Mark West and Andrew Darton went all the way to Tamar Trails, and finished 16th and 17th respectively, while Thomas Darton was top junior in 8th place overall with a time of 20:40.
Given how many dedicated ultra-runners we have in the club, it takes a rare feat of endurance to raise the collective eyebrow.  However Steve Wiltshire, plus his father, decided to run 24 hours non-stop in the Conti Thunder Run, which is an almost unfathomable amount of time to be on your feet.   The organisers picked a closed loop to do the run, which added to the psychological and mental stress, but on the plus side made the parking easier.  Sadly an injury meant Steve couldn’t complete the full 24 hours, but he still kept going for 12 hours plus, which is something very few people will ever have the inclination to attempt.

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 2nd August

Four important dates for your Diary in this week’s Bulletin

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Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Kevin Wood & Ashleigh
• 9 min – Jerry Clothier
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

1. Summer Social
Wow what a turn out! Great to see so many people last Thursday running and staying on for a drink. Thanks to Chris Pritchard for organising the ‘Run & Rehydrate’ at Olveston Sports & Social Club. A really great success.

2. Mob Match vs Chepstow 17th August
As many of you will have seen from WhatsApp messages I have been gauging interest in a Mob Match vs Chepstow. Pleased to say you showed a lot of interest so I have said “yes” to Chepstow. Tuesday 17th August 18:30 briefing for 19:00 start. Officially measured 5 miles course and chip timing, more details to follow. Recent winning times on the course – men 27:54 and 33:29 women. Anyone fancy trying to set a record? As we are using chip timing we need to know who is running please to allocate chips. The club is covering the cost of your chip. You win a mob match by having LOTS of runners, as EVERYONE counts towards the team total. We are currently 3-1 down in the series so your club needs you! There is NO limit to how many runners we can have.
Please use this link to put your name down for the Mob Match: Mob Match Join in

3. parkrun of the Month – Berkeley Green 28th August.
Thank you to everyone who turned out to support parkrun and the club @ Thornbury last Saturday, fabulous turnout. The next parkrun of the month will be Berkeley Green on Saturday 28th August. See you ALL there.

4. Inside or Out? From 2nd September
Thanks to all those who have already completed the poll about meeting inside (TLC Dance Studio) or outside (TLC car park) in the future on a Thursday night. We are asking your opinion about where to meet with any changes happening from 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. Thank you. Poll: Inside or Outside?

5. Tytherington Tough 10k Test Event – Sunday 19th September
We are hoping to run a tester event on Sunday 19th September at 10.30 for the whole club to run the course. Whilst this is a closed Club event we will require about 10 Marshals out on the course. To add further spice to the event we will make it this year’s ‘Steve Jones Memorial Trophy Event’ for the outright winner. This is also a chance to set the course record.

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

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

01/08/21

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

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