TRC Club Night 07/03/19

Normal groups this week.

• 7 min Group with Rob Watkins
• 8 min on road Group with Kevin Wood
• 9-10 min Group with Hugh McPherson
• 11+ min Group with Rachel Murphy
• 5k Group with Pete Mainstone
• The Walking Group
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• Tea Rota This week : Kevin Cundy
• Tea Rota Next Week: ?? tbc
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• Welcome Desk this week : Jo Emerson
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There are new schedules for both the Tea Rota and for the Group Leaders Rota out this week – check what dates you are on.

Even though we don’t ask you for money on a Club night we still need you to sign in – just so we know how many people we have and as a check if we think we have lost anyone! PLEASE SIGN IN ON A THURSDAY.

Injury assessment & treatment: We now have an association with Thornbury Clinic on Castle Street and TRC Members will get a discount on treatments. If you require injury assessment and treatment or a physio session then check out their website: https://thethornburyclinic.co.uk/ Further details are on our website.

TRC Equipment Store: We have now moved our equipment from the farm we have been using for many years and it is now stored in a shed in a garden behind Thornbury Clinic on Castle Street. If you need access please see Arthur Renshaw who has the keys.

TRC AGM. The AGM will be held on Thursday 21st March at 20.45 (after a run) We will be in our usual room at the Leisure Centre. All Members are welcome. If you have any issues to raise at the AGM please send details by Thursday 14th March to The Secretary Henry Orna henryorna@hotmail.com

TRC Membership Fees 2019/20: After a special Committee Meeting last week to consider the Club’s finances we decided to make no change to the Membership Fees for the forthcoming year 2019/20. Standard Adult Member Fee remains at £25 and England Athletics Membership fee is a subsidised £10 per Member

Thornbury 10k Thursday 11th July. Entries opened last Friday at 9am and closed less than 10 hours later having sold out all 400 places! Special arrangements are in force for those TRC Members who want to run the 10k – see the website or ask any Committee Member.

Upcoming Events:

• Thurs 21st March. TRC AGM at the Leisure Centre after a run at 20.45 – All Members welcome.

• 2019 TRC 10k Race Championships : The races for 2019 are :
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Latest results as published 8th March 2019

The sixth and final race in Thornbury Running Club’s 2018/2019 cross-country season took place on Saturday on the undulating Blaise Castle course. In the women’s 5.9K race a team of 3 Thornbury women joined a field of over 250 runners and Clare Watt had another good run, finishing 108th overall and 5th in the LV55 age group. Clare’s performance also secured her top honours in the club’s age-adjusted championship. Sarah Newnes was the next TRC runner in 188th in 34:06 mins. Judy Mills achieved the distinction of being the only TRC athlete to compete in all 6 races and had the best age group result on the day, finishing 203rd overall and 4th in the LV60 category in 35:01 mins.

There were 4 Thornbury runners in the men’s 9K race and it was Martyn Green, making his second appearance of the season, who was the first TRC finisher in 126th in 38:17 mins. Paul Harrod had cheered his son in the U17 race and then made a quick change to race himself shortly after. Paul was the next TRC man in 151st in 39:21 mins. Jim Godden’s season as club captain ended in glory, beating a longtime rival on the line in a sprint finish. Jim finished in 168th in 40:12 mins. Paul Saville’s cross-country debut for TRC was only a week removed from a half-marathon on the road, and as the race wore on he started to feel a little leg weary. It was still a good effort and Paul finished in 208th in 42:15 mins.

On Sunday, Dave Beard and Andrew Hollingdale made the trip across the bridge to join 2,000 other runners for a rain-soaked Newport Half Marathon. Dave’s training in 2019 has been geared towards the London Marathon at the end of April and his performance on Sunday showed he is making huge strides forward. He knocked off an impressive 8 minutes from his previous half-marathon best to finish 72nd in 1 hour 27:31 mins. In difficult conditions, Andrew equalled his previous best in 1 hour 42:50 mins.

Saturday’s TRC parkrun results included a new personal best on Thornbury parkrun course from one of TRC’s youngest runners, Reuban Williams, in 22:59 mins. Not to be outdone, his Mum, Jo Williams, ran a new personal best of 24:56 mins. Nigel Hale was next in 31:31 mins, followed by Sue Pascoe and Sylvia Fox in 53:00 and 53:01 mins.

Katherine Adams ran 26:20 mins at Eastville parkrun and Matt Johnstone ran 20:25 mins at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. Kevin Wood ran 22:07 mins at Highbury Fields, followed by Christopher Pritchard in 27:24 mins.

Att Chipping Sodbury, Laura Orna ran 20:35 mins followed by Richard Jackson in 21:19 mins.

Matt

Feb/March Good News Story

We now have 212 members, plus 14 honorary giving a grand total of 226. Of which 70 have joined in the past year, 33% of total membership.

73% of new joiners are female giving the club a 50:50 gender balance overall.

25% of members also joined England Athletics.

We convert 64% of people who come to the club into members.

We have 25 people waitlisted for the next beginners course, now scheduled to start Wednesday 27th Match and run for 9 weeks.

Results as reported 26th February 2019

The 2019 road running season is in its early stages and Thornbury Running Club newcomer Paul Saville opened his campaign with a run at Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday. Wokingham is popular with elite and club runners looking for a good early season performance, thanks to its flat route around closed rural roads. Paul finished 389th overall in a time of 1 hour 31:28 mins.

Henry and Laura Orna both competed at Sunday’s River Avon Trail 10k, a race which traces a route through the fields and woodland trails which border the river from Portavon Marina in Keynsham. They both had good races, Henry is recovering his form after hurting his back at the start of the year and finished 6th overall in 43:41 mins. Laura finished on the podium again, finishing in 2nd place in the women’s field and 12th overall in 46:54 mins.

February’s 5-mile Prom Run in Weston-super-Mare always attracts a good field and Ian Shepherd and John Grimsey were back in action for TRC. Ian Shepherd was 194th in 40:26 mins, while John was performing a pacemaking role and finished 279th in 1 hour 6:09 mins.

Saturday’s TRC parkrun results included 3 runners on the home course. These were Mike Bennewitz 27:01 mins, Richard Illingworth 32:09 mins and Carol Mosses 39:13 mins. Anne Palmer ran 33:24 mins in Lydney and Kevin Wood ran a quick 21:54 mins on Severn Bridge.

Matt

TRC Club Night 28/02/19

Normal groups this week although as it is a Committee Meeting some of the runs may be a bit shorter than usual.

The Leisure Centre have asked us to remind everyone that after your run please remove your muddy trainers before coming back into the Centre. Thanks for your co-operation on this.

• 7 min Group with Jim Godden
• 8 min on road Group with Ian Evans
• 9-10 min Group with Mike Bennewitz
• 11+ min Group with Liz Dix
• 5k Group with Pete Mainstone
• The Walking Group
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• Tea Rota This week : Kevin Wood
• Tea Rota Next Week: Kevin Cundy
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• Welcome Desk this week : Mike Bennewitz

Even though we don’t ask you for money on a Club night we still need you to sign in – just so we know how many people we have and as a check if we think we have lost anyone! PLEASE SIGN IN ON A THURSDAY.

Upcoming Events:

• Tonight: TRC Committee Meeting 21.00 The Swan. Thornbury Clinic presentation and TRC Finances for AGM.

• Sat 2nd March. Gwent League XC-5. Blaise Castle final Gwent League

• Sun 3rd March 14.00 Meet at top of Castle Street. Move TRC Race equipment from old store to new store. See Arthur Renshaw or John Watt

• Sun 3rd March 19.45 Swimarathon at the Leisure Centre – TRC has put in two teams of 6 in the relay for 1 hour to help raise money for the nominated Charities. Meet in the foyer at 19.30 (£10 cash per swimmer collect on the night)

• Thurs 21st March. TRC AGM at the Leisure Centre after a run at 20.45 – All Members welcome.

2019 TRC 10k Race Championships : The races for 2019 are as for 2018.
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Final Cross Country Race of the season – Sat 2nd March – Blaise Castle

Hi

This Saturday is a Gwent League Cross Country race at Blaise Castle. Although we don’t normally enter Gwent League races, this is very local and I felt a nice way to finish the season. As we have not entered any other Gwent League races we will be entering as guests but you will still get a time and it will count towards the TRC cross country competitions. 

Women and Men over 65 start at  1:20, men start at 3pm. You do need to come and find me at least 30 mins before your start, as I have to register all names – you do not register yourself. Just look for the TRC banner in the club area.

Details are here 

Hope to see you there – cake and enthusiastic support will be provided !

Jim

TRC Club Night 21/02/19

Normal groups this week.

The Leisure Centre have asked us to remind everyone that after your run please remove your muddy trainers before coming back into the Centre. Thanks for your co-operation on this.

• 7 min Group with Nick Williams
• 8 min on road Group with Kevin Cundy
• 9-10 min Group with Angela Bushell
• 11+ min Group with Suzy Cundy
• 5k Group with Pete Mainstone
• The Walking Group
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• Tea Rota This week : Kevin Wood
• Tea Rota Next Week: Helen Renshaw
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• Welcome Desk this week : tba

Even though we don’t ask you for money on a Club night we still need you to sign in – just so we know how many people we have and as a check if we think we have lost anyone! PLEASE SIGN IN ON A THURSDAY.

Upcoming Events:

• Tues 26th Feb. Injury Prevention talk at Leisure Centre – book at Leisure Centre (Thornbury Clinic)

• Wed 27th Feb Special meeting re Beginners Courses 19.30 Wheatsheaf. Further details see Pete Mainstone.

• Thurs 28th Feb. Next TRC Committee Meeting 21.00 The Swan. Thornbury Clinic presentation and TRC Finances for AGM.

• Sat 2nd March. Gwent League XC-5. Blaise Castle final Gwent League

• Sun 3rd March 14.00 Meet at top of Castle Street. Move TRC Race equipment from old store to new store. See Arthur Renshaw or John Watt

• Sun 3rd March 19.45 Swimarathon at the Leisure Centre – TRC has put in two teams of 6 in the relay for 1 hour to help raise money for the nominated Charities. Interested swimmers please see Arthur Renshaw – 4 more swimmers are required.

• Thurs 21st March. TRC AGM at the Leisure Centre after a run at 20.45 – All Members welcome.

• 2019 TRC 10k Race Championships : The races for 2019 are as for 2018.
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Results as reported 19th February 2019

The cross-country season is nearing its conclusion and the last race of four in the Gloucester league took place on Sunday at Pittville Park in Cheltenham.

Thornbury Running Club has enjoyed its most successful cross-country season in years, with record numbers of entrants and much-improved results.

The women’s team have been in particularly good form. Laura Orna and Hannah Kinloch Haken have pushed each other to quicker times and Sunday’s 6.6k race was no different. Laura was the first of the Thornbury women to reach the finish in 23rd place out of 139 runners in 28:55 mins and Hannah was not far behind in 30th in 29:23 mins.

Clare Watt has been Thornbury’s top performer in the age group categories. Clare finished 2nd in LV55 age group, 54th overall in 32:02 mins. Clare also achieved the notable distinction of finishing 3rd in her age category for the season.

Joanne Emerson and Angela Bushell were never far apart on the course, Joanne was first to cross the line in 80th position in 34:12 mins and Angela Bushell was 83rd in 34:21 mins. Sarah Newnes has been a regular in her first cross-country season and was next TRC woman in 98th in 36:10 mins, followed by Judy Mills in 112th in 37:30 mins.

The women’s A team composed of TRC’s top 3 finishers were in a very respectable 9th place out of 32 teams and the B team were 25th. The Vets team were 10th out of 22 teams.

Nick Williams spearheaded the challenge from the 7 Thornbury men in the 9.4K race, setting off at his usual high-octane pace. Nick achieved his best position of the season in an excellent 32nd position out of 193 runners in 36:06 mins.

David Beard is building towards the London Marathon at the end of April and has been making steady progress during the off-road season. Like Nick, Dave saved his best performance to the final race, finishing in 68th with a time of 39:14 mins.

Henry Orna was next in 84th place in 40:05 mins. Thornbury’s Cross-Country Captain, Jim Godden, has raced, cajoled, and baked the cakes which fuelled his team since October last year, and signed off the season in 109th in 41:52 mins.

Andrew Darton had watched his son race earlier in the day and then stepped up to compete, finishing in 113th in 42:15 mins. Kevin Arnold was next in 154th in 45:46 mins, followed by Brian Godsman in 174th in 48:47 mins.

The men’s team were 15th out of 20 teams and the Thornbury Vets team fared a little better in 11th place out of 19 taking part.

Nick Williams romped to victory in this season’s TRC cross-country championship in the men’s league table and Laura Orna was a convincing winner in the women’s standings. In the age-adjusted competition, Jim Godden took top honours in the men’s competition. The women’s age-adjusted competition is still to be decided with one race to go at the start of March.

Saturday’s parkrun results included 3 TRC runners on the home course on Mundy Playing Fields. Paul Saville ran 21:17 mins, followed by Peter Blenkiron 26:48 mins and Richard Illingworth 33:05 mins. Nick Langridge ran 22:42 mins at Wotton, Kevin Arnold ran 23:38 mins at Newent in Forest of Dean and Henry Orna completed Severn Bridge in 25:53 mins. Kevin Wood was the first TRC finisher at Chipping Sodbury in 22:00 mins, followed by Chris Lee 26:37 mins and Anne Palmer 33:48 mins.

Matt

TRC Club Night 14/02/19

A big shout out to the Thornbury runners in the Dursley Dozen last Sunday. The first 5 TRC Men won the Vet Men’s Team prize for the third year AND for the first time ever they won the overall Men’s Team Prize!
– Dylan Roberts 13th 1.35.16
– Rob Watkins 14th 1.35.21 (2nd MV45)
– Matt Johnstone 18th 1.36.28.
– Dave Beard 28th 1.40.20
– Paul Clarke 40th 1.42.16

Not to be outdone Hannah Kinlock-Haken was 5th Female overall and 2nd Senior Female in 1.50.57

Full Dursley results are on the website and in today’s Gazette with photos.
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Normal groups this week.

The Leisure Centre have asked us to remind everyone that after your run please remove your muddy trainers before coming back into the Centre. We don’t want to make our new room dirty! Thanks for your co-operation on this.

• 7 min Group with Dave Beard
• 8 min on road Group with Kevin Wood
• 9-10 min Group with Arthur Renshaw
• 11+ min Group with Rachel Murphy
• 5k Group with Pete Mainstone
• The Walking Group

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• Tea Rota This week : Sylvia Fox
• Tea Rota Next Week: Kevin Wood
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• Welcome Desk this week : Chris Foley

Even though we don’t ask you for money on a Club night we still need you to sign in – just so we know how many people we have and as a check if we think we have lost anyone! PLEASE SIGN IN ON A THURSDAY.

Upcoming Events:

• Sun 17th February. Gloucester League XC-4 – Pittville Park Cheltenham (see Jim G)

• Tues 26th Feb. Injury Prevention talk at Leisure Centre (Thornbury Clinic – see separate e-mail to book)

• Thurs 28th Feb. Next TRC Committee Meeting 21.00 The Swan. Thornbury Clinic presentation and TRC Finances for AGM.

• Sat 2nd March. Gwent League XC-5. Blaise Castle final Gwent League

• Sun 3rd March 20.15 It is the Swimarathon again at the Leisure Centre – TRC has put in two teams of 6 in the relay for 1 hour to help raise money for the nominated Charities. Interested swimmers please see Arthur Renshaw – so far I have 8 people. Anyone else?

• Thurs 21st March. TRC AGM at the Leisure Centre after a run at 20.45 – All Members welcome.

• 2019 TRC 10k Race Championships : The races for 2019 are as for 2018. This gives everybody plenty of time to enter.
o Minchinhampton 10k 10th March
o Berkeley 10k. 13th May
o Bradley Stoke 10k. 9th June
o Old Down 10k. 28th July
o Woodchester Park 8m. 8th Sep

Please send any results for publication to Matt Johnstone reports@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

And to Jim Godden for the TRC Website. xcountry@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Results as reported 11th February 2019

An injury-depleted team of 10 Thornbury RC runners arrived for the 30th edition of Dursley Dozen on Sunday. Despite many of the TRC team succumbing to injury and illness in the week leading up the race, the very hilly Dursley course had been a happy hunting ground in recent years with several team prizes and good results from individual runners.

A trio of Thornbury men formed a group near the front of the race after the start. Rob Watkins led Matt Johnstone and Dylan Roberts up the steep gradient towards Stinchcombe Golf Course for the first time, with the sound of cowbells ringing in the air from the supporters.

The first cracks in the partnership emerged up the aptly named Breakheart Hill at the half-way mark. Dylan recovered quickest after the ascent and opened a gap before entering the lunar-looking terrain of Breakheart Quarry.

The rope-assisted Precipice at the 9-mile mark seems like a sheer face of mud, which the runners do their best to pull and scramble up towards the golf course for the final time. Dylan’s family were cheering loudly at the top of the hill and gave him the boost he needed to hold off the fast-finishing Rob Watkins, crossing the line in Dursley town centre in 13th place overall in 1 hour 35:16 mins, almost 8 minutes faster than he managed the year before. Rob Watkins was only 5 seconds behind in 14th place and 2nd place in M45 age category.

The team prizes were decided by the points won from the top 4 runners from each club and the next 2 TRC runners were Matt Johnstone in 18th place in 1 hour 36:28 mins and Dave Beard in 28th. Dave’s time of 1 hour 40:20 mins was over 6 minutes faster than his effort in 2018. Thornbury’s men were rewarded for their consistency by winning the overall men’s team prize for the first time, edging out the hosts from Dursley Running Club by a slim margin.

Thanks to Paul Clark, who was the 4th Thornbury Vet to finish, they also retained the Men’s Vets team prize for the third year in a row. Paul finished 40th place in 1 hour 42:16 mins.

Henry Orna was making a comeback after a recent back injury and adopted a more cautious approach to avoid a further flare up. Henry finished 46th in 1 hour 42:55 mins. Jim Godden was next to finish in 56th in 1 hour 44:54 mins and bagged another good result in his age category, finishing 2nd in MV55.

The biggest improvement of the day went to Ian Evans, who took 10 mins from his 2018 performance, finishing with a sprint in 71st place in 1 hour 48:19 mins.

Thornbury’s women have made a habit of upstaging the men this season and Hannah Kinloch Haken continued this theme as she achieved the best individual result on the day. In her first race on the Dozen course, Hannah finished 5th out of 167 women and 82nd overall. Her time was 1 hour 50:27 mins and she was 2nd in the 18-39 age category.

Sarah Newnes was another who was making her Dozen debut and finished in 294th place in 2 hours 24:45 mins.

There were several lone TRC runners scattered on the parkrun courses on Saturday. Nick Langridge ran 22:35 mins on the Stonehouse course, Paul Thomas ran 20:30 mins on the Kingsway course in Gloucester, Anne Palmer ran 37:00 mins at Ashton Court and Katherine Adams ran 29:02 mins at Eastville Park.

Elsewhere, Paul Saville and Laura Orna ran 20:24 mins and 21:31 mins at Chipping Sodbury, followed by Kevin Wood 22:53 mins, Josie Cole 28:44 mins, Pamela MacLeod 33:50 mins and Carol Mosses 38:57 mins.

Chris Foley and Ian Shepherd ran Severn Bridge parkrun in 25:38 mins and 31:29 mins, respectively.

Matt

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