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Thornbury vs Chepstow mob match report

Generations of Chepstow children have gazed out across the shimmering Severn and wondered who was so rich and famous that they got to live in that Big White House?  The Mayor of Thornbury?  Arthur Renshaw?

So there was palpable excitement from our Mob Match opponents, Chepstow Harriers, as they turned out in force, excited by the opportunity to see this landmark abode for themselves.  Hopefully they weren’t too disappointed to discover it was a decommissioned nuclear power-plant.   Still, they must be warmly congratulated for turning out in such fantastic numbers for an away fixture in August.  Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, and owner of Thornbury Castle, must be rolling in his substantial grave.  Although his efforts to keep the Welsh at bay have been somewhat undermined in recent decades by the M4 and M48 bridges.   

With the mercury still above 30 degrees at 7pm there was a suggestion that the Mob Match be resolved over games of petanque at the Anchor, washed down with ice-cold sauvignon blanc.  Instead after a very cursory ‘warm up’ we found ourselves assembling for a 5km dash along the Mad Max-esque bleached-blonde banks of the Severn, to the consternation and utter bewilderment of the slow-strolling dog-walkers.

Any thoughts that the run out into the headwind would be a cagey and tactical affair were immediately dispelled by Nick Williams charging off at 5 min 45 mile pace.  Andy Wilson’s usual race tactic is to run himself to the point of utter exhaustion, and then accelerate. He was the only other runner willing and/or able to pick up Nick’s gauntlet, and Andy pushed his team mate all the way to the finish line.   Nick a deserved winner of the 3 mile race in 16 mins and 56 seconds, with Andy a fine second place just five seconds behind.

Phil Blackburn has taken a well-earned holiday following the end of the football season, so was maybe not quite at his sharpest, although I wonder what would have happened if he’d gone with the leaders.   He still picked his way through the field to finish in 4th place overall, just behind the lead Chepstow runner, in 17 mins 15 seconds. Conner Vidal-Cocker is a relatively recent recruit to the TRC stable, but he already looks like a thoroughbred champion in waiting.  He paced his effort to perfection, pulling away from a cohort of Chepstownians, to finish in 5th, in 17:29.  Paul Harrod, who was a human parasol for a group of runners on the out-leg, also finished strongly in 17:47 to finish 7th.   At this early stage TRC were well out in the lead of the men’s and overall race.

Unfortunately at this point Chepstow’s weight of numbers started to tell, and they stacked the positions from 8th to 30th with just a handful of TRC runners bucking the trend.   That is not to say there were not some excellent individual performances within that mix.  Jim Godden ran a fantastic 19:32; Ash Blackmore ran 20:28, while George Evans in 20:32 and Asten Haynes, 20:49, are both recovering from injury, and should be heartily thanked for turning out to bag us some points despite both knowing they’d be far further up the tow-path if fully fit.

It takes a special athlete to beat the top TRC female runners, and so we should congratulate the brilliant Katherine Matthews who won the ladies race, and was 8th overall, in 18 minutes flat.  Such was the quality of performance from Chepstow’s leading ladies that Avon 10k road champion Lucie Wilson had to settle for 4th place, in a still fabulous time of 19:28.   Club road race champion Ali Vaz was second TRC lady, and 6th overall, in 20 mins exactly.  Jo Plumbley was brilliantly consistent as always to come home next for TRC in 21:34, just 10 seconds or so ahead of Natalie Bennett who had to sprint to the line to hold off a trio of fast-finishing Harriers.   Julia Jolley in 23:33 and  Ashleigh Ferris in 24 minutes exactly made up our top 6.   Despite these wonderful efforts Chepstow won the overall ladies competition pretty decisively.

Apologies that there is not the space to mention everyone who ran.  It was, without exception, a tremendous achievement to run in that heat and to score points for our team.  Even if a few sun-sapped and heat-addled later finishers mistook the picnic table set up 50 yards up the path for the finish line. Inevitably Chepstow’s numerical advantage meant they won the match, but our senior men definitely had the edge at the top-end of the field.   Perhaps we need to annex Berkeley to boost our numbers for future matches?
  
A huge thank you to Kevin Wood, and his family, and all those who organised this brilliant event.   Thank you to the marshals, and especially to Carol Mosses.   She was the sole person at the kissing gate, and not only coped with a wave of runners hurtling through the tiny gap in the gate, but even had time to set up a temporary traffic-light system to give priority to the faster-returning runners.   Which also meant that our Chepstow guests got a taste of the authentic Thornbury experience.  Thank you to the Chepstow captain for organising the chip-timing; that really enhanced the race, and meant we got the results accurately and promptly.   There was a warm and convivial atmosphere between the teams as we refreshed ourselves in the gardens of the Anchor pub by the light of the Sturgeon moon.  The Harriers returned home in triumph to Chepstow – or ‘transfluvial Thornbury’ as the estate agents call it in a bid to boost house prices.  But the best result of the night was the growing consensus that this fixture is now going to be a regular event in our club calendars.

Thornbury 10k – Thursday 14th July . Start 19.30

All the details for those who have volunteered to help with our 10k next Thursday were sent out by e-mail  about 5pm this afternoon.

If you have not received your instructions and you thought you had put your name down to help then please get in touch with me – we are still a few places short.

Arthur Renshaw

07810 300025   

arthur@arenshaw.co.uk

 

Hogweed Trot – Pete Mainstone Challenge, race 2

Round 2 of this year’s Pete Mainstone Challenge took place in Yate – the only town in South Gloucestershire that simultaneously rhymes with ‘great’ and ‘party’ depending on how posh your accent is.

The Hogweed Trot is another impeccably organised local event that doubles as the Avon County 10k road Championships, and attracts a commensurately high-calibre roster of runners.

The organisers again claim it is a ‘pan-flat’ course – (is there a conspiracy amongst the race directors?) – but the roads are as rolling as the stir-fry wok at a hall of residence’s communal kitchen. However it takes place on quiet country roads on the edge of the town, with the final mile a gentle downhill to the finish on a cyclepath.

Andy Wilson is TRC’s Jason Kenny – no matter how fantastic his own performance is, all anyone wants to talk about is how amazing his wife is! I’ll come to Andy’s run in a moment, but first we must acknowledge Lucie Wilson, who ran a course record 40:20, to win her race and take the coveted county champion crown. Lucie is only an occasional runner with TRC – as she competes at a high level at netball – but after this stunning run we hope she might nail her colours firmly to TRC’s mast, and come and win a lot more races with us cheering her on. Mainly from some distance behind!

Hannah Hamilton also had a wonderful race, and finished in 5th place in 43:39. Strava suggests this was a 10k PB, but whatever it was, Hannah is racing well, with consistency, and is hopefully taking a lot of encouragement from that.

We had a strong turnout from Thornbury’s male runners. Phil Blackburn paced his effort to perfection, holding back slightly over the first 5k before marauding through the field to clinch a 10th place finish in a new PB of 36:51. The exciting thing for Phil, and for the club, is that he’s still going to get faster for at least a few more years, assuming he can maintain his obvious enthusiasm for, and dedication to, his training.

Andy Wilson set off as usual like a Diamond League pace-maker on a caffeine buzz. If his run last Sunday at the TRC championships was mesmeric, this effort was merely sensational. It’s possible the effort of six days earlier caught up with him a fraction, as he couldn’t hold off Phil on this occasion, but he still finished in 12th place overall in 37:09.

Paul Harrod was the next TRC male runner in 37:54, in 16th place, even though his chip-timer didn’t register. DB Max aren’t accepting his proffered explanation that his sprint-finish exceeded the maximum conceivable speed, so it is possible that the 10p metal chip was just a dud. Simon Pinnington had another marvellous run, and went inside 39 minutes with an excellent 38:46. The age-graded scores still need to be fed into Mel Lloyd’s SuperComputer, but it seems probable that Simon will score very highly in the overall PMC competition.

George Evans just missed out, yet again, on a sub 40 min 10k; clearly his in-demand work as a Samba and Salsa instructor might be taking the edge off his finishing speed. But he still produced another fine performance to finish in 40:14. George was just ahead of Asten Haynes in 40:21. Asten is another runner who is going to go under 40 minutes very soon, and he has another opportunity in the Bradley Stoke 10k later this week.

Tom Usherwood was next home in 44:29. I have a hunch that is a 10k PB for Tom, but either way he is running extremely well at the moment. Nick Langridge, who is as ever-green as the perkiest pine, ran 44:38, to take his inevitable, if still well-earned, victory in the V70 category. Chris Foley was second V70, and just missed out on a sub-50 run, with a highly creditible 50:43. Arthur Renshaw completed the TRC septuagenarian champagne trio, with 56:14. Paul Saville ran 46:43 and David Flemington 65:42 to complete this strong team performance from TRC’s men.

parkrun and other race round ups – w/e 10th and 17th April

We’ve enjoyed almost perfect Spring weather these past two Saturdays, and TRC members have eschewed the hot-cross buns and headed instead for the local parks to record some excellent parkrun results. And then scoffed the buns!

It is so encouraging to see TRC members be rewarded for their consistent hard work in training. Carol Mosses recently ran the Cardiff half-marathon – racing alongside her children to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.   Yet then that pesky Covid struck, and just when you thought that would wipe out her excellent progress, Carol got up off her sick bed and stormed to a course PB of 37:05 at Chipping Sodbury.     It was also good to see Jay Bartley plotting his way back to full fitness with a run of 27:27; there’s a lot more to come, and hopefully that will be soon.

Strava seemed to suggest that Chris Pritchard waded through the sea for much of his 30:34 PB at Woolacombe Dunes.  I suspect that was a GPS gremlin, although striding through the surf would only add a little extra to the already brutal course they have devised at Woolacombe.   Still, excellent selection of post-race coffee shops to choose from, and after a PB that flat white tastes all the creamier.

Speaking of Strava art, the organisers at Wotton Parkrun say their course map resembles a butterfly.   I’d say it is more like a pterodactyl fossil, but either way Wotton is a hilly, off-road course that means very few male runners have ever got under the 20 minute barrier.  Simon Pinnington won the race in 20:07, which is the umpteenth time he has peppered the 20 min mark and not quite hit it, but at that pace he will continue to win that particularly tough event more often than not.

Mallards Pike is winning a lot of plaudits as one of the friendliest and most picturesque parkruns around.  TRC’s Starsky and Hutch, Roger Glew and Tom Witherbed, popped over the bridge to sample the park’s coffee and cake concessionary stand, and decided to run the race at the same time.   Both performed admirably on a single-lap course that is either uphill or downhill, with precious little flat    Roger ran 25 mins, and Tom finished in 28:05.

The following Saturday – Easter Saturday – saw club members out in force, and the far-flung locations probably give us a clue as to where their extended families live! 
 
Paul Reeves ran 23:58 at a packed Southampton parkrun; Kevin Arnold ran a rapid 22:08 at Wolverhampton; Melanie Wilson finished in an outstanding 4th place in the Gateshead parkrun, running 22.10, and it is no mean feat to do that in the running hotbed than produced the likes of Foster, Spedding and Cram.   The ever-improving Phil Blackburn ran an incredible 17:15 at Burgess and finished 5th overall.

There were still plenty of runners at our local events too.   Suzie Cundy ran an excellent personal best of 30:09 at the twisty-turny, stop/start course at Berkeley Green.   Mel Lloyd also ran there and finished in 33:27.    Paul Harrod recorded 18 mins precisely at Severn Bridge, and despite collapsing his body to the ground and having a toddler tantrum the implacable race director refused to accept his Strava time of 17:59.   Simon Pinnington ran a fantastic PB of 18:54 at Chipping Sodbury, and is now just a fraction off that benchmark age-graded score of 80% which suggests the athlete is of a national standard for their age and gender.  Paul Clark ran that race for the first time and was 32nd overall in 21:28.  

Finally, there was still an excellent turnout at the Mundy playing fields for our ‘home’ parkrun.   Sean Leadbetter and Ben Bohane ran together at the front of the race, Sean just out-sprinting Ben to finish in his course PB of 18:35, with Ben just three seconds behind. Asten Haynes was 5th in 19:34. Special mention must also go to Paul Saville who ran the Westonbirt half marathon the previous day in just over 1hr 35 mins, and then turned out the next morning and ran 26:22 – a time many would be delighted with after a full week’s taper. Natalie Bennett was just 36 minutes outside her PB, but that was, of course, because she was kindly volunteering as the tail-walker. Hopefully we’ll get to see her running the race at full gas sometime very soon.

p.s I neglected to mention in previous reports the excellent results in the Frampton Globe Trot: an off-road, 8 mile race, that took place at the start of this month when the ground was a lot muddier than it is now. Apologies to the ladies, but I don’t have separate results for the women’s race, just the overall finishing places. Melanie Wilson was the first TRC runner, and finished in 19th place overall, in 1hr and 2 minutes, and would have been much higher in the standalone women’s race. The other members of Team TRC were Lizzie Williams 30th 1hr 06; Roger Glew 50th 1hr 12; Chris Foley 61st 1hr 15; Hugh McPherson 73rd 1:19; Kev Cundy and Sonya Bryson finishing together in 92nd and 93rd places in 1hr 21 mins. These are all excellent times for an off-road race of that distance.

Bitton Mob Match race report

We couldn’t have chosen a better evening to hold our ‘Mob Match’ against Bitton Road Runners.   The first evening after the clocks go forward is always infused with hopeful anticipation of long, languid summer days to come.  We had glorious, balmy weather, and the pleasure of finishing an evening race, and eating a restorative ice-cream, with the sun still present and correct in the sky.

The only downside was a clash with Mother’s Day, which ruled out quite a few of our strongest runners – either doing their duty to their own mother, basking in their offspring’s adulation, or perhaps snoozing off the effects of that extra glass of lunchtime prosecco.  One or two heard the race route was planned by a psychopath, and so stayed away in fear.  In fact our hosts picked a fine ‘out and back’ route along the Bristol to Bath cycle path.

Mob matches are not for the faint hearted.  The rivalry with Chepstow is a bitter one – whose castle has the superior buttresses; whose Secondary School is in a greater state of disrepair – and yet there was even more at stake this time.  Bitton provocatively staged the event at the train station – a cruel dig at the Beeching railway cuts that afflicted Thornbury – yet our intrepid crew rose above the psychological games.   Huddling together for support and comfort we ignored the caustic jibes flung across the carpark from the opposition:  ‘How lovely to see you’; ‘please do stay for cream-cakes afterwards’.   That sort of thing. 

In truth their mob was bigger than ours; home advantage surely being the deciding factor, and so it was always likely Bitton would take the overall event victory.   However there were still individual and team competitions up for grabs.

Jo Plumbley had a wonderful race, pacing her effort to perfection, to win the 4.25 mile race well inside 30 minutes.   Jo led home Hannah Hamilton in second place – although Hannah had a little difficulty in the final mile which probably cost her some time, although she still went inside the 30 minute barrier, which is 7 minute mile pace.  Ros Rowland stormed home in third place in 33:57 and the clear winner in her age category.   The TRC 1-2-3 meant that our ladies secured the team competition before Bitton could get the first of their counters to the end of the board.   

Catherine Dack, 35:06, and Karen Carr, 40;31, also ran excellent races to ensure the team title really was safe, while it was great to see Samantha Glew run in what I think was her competitive debut for the club?  She kindly paced her husband Roger round the course; Rog being told he couldn’t have an ice-cream unless he ran the whole way without stopping!

The men’s race attracted a larger field, and so the outcome of that competition would also decide the overall Mob Match results.  Sadly TRC missed most of our fastest runners, when any one of the likes of Nick, Sean, Ben or George could have conceivably have won the race.

However there is no one in the club – probably no in the county – who could beat Phil Blackburn in a sprint finish.   Bitton’s top athlete went out from the off, and set a relentless sub 6-min mile pace throughout.  Yet Phil tracked him all the way, and like Steve Ovett in the early 80s, just put on the after-burners in the final 200m to stride away to a six second victory, in 25 mins and 2 secs.

Behind the top 2, was a battle for the top male veteran.  Paul Harrod had trained at altitude in Iten, Kenya for the past fortnight, such is his dedication to the club, and was rewarded with a fourth place in 25:33.  It looked hopeful that he might pip the Bitton vet for third, but he had no match for his rival’s final 800m surge to the line.

Asten Haynes continues to improve and impress, and he was next TRC male home in 27:16.  Alan Gatling and Tom Usherwood have both been recording strong parkrun times recently, and that showed with their 8th and 9th place finishes, respectively, in 28:18 and 28:56.

This was the point where the lack of Thornbury runners began to count.   Nick Langridge was 14th, an amazing result for a V70, in a time just outside 30mins.  Kevin Wood and Chris Foley also completed the course ahead of several runners they had at least a decade, if not more, on!   Yet, alas, our numbers ran out, and the hordes of Bitton runners surged across the line, whooping in triumph; their overall team victory some consolation for lack of access to the motorway network and a paucity of artisan coffee shops.

In all seriousness, a huge thank you to the wonderful team at Bitton.    They put on a splendid event, and could not be more welcoming and gracious to us.    We hope we can offer them a return match in the future.  In the meantime look out for a date in August for a return match with those scoundrels from Chepstow.   They’re mocking the low gradient of our high street, and bizarre layout of our parks.  Will you let that stand, Thornbury?!

TRC Bulletin for W/C 21/03/22  

Thursday Club Night Leaders

  •  7 min: Mark
  • 8 min: Lizzie
  • 9 min: Chris
  • 10 min:  Jim W
  • 12 min (5k): Carol
  • Walking: Val

Tea Rota

  • 24th Mar : Hugh McPherson
  • 31st Mar: Sam Prescott
  • 7th April: Nick Langridge
  • 14th April: Mel Lloyd

Save the Dates…

  1. Self Defence

As many club members often run by themselves, and in less populated locations, personal safety always needs to be a concern. We therefore thought club members would value having some skills training and strategies for self-defence.  We have organised a Krav Maga self-defence session for Saturday 28th May 9:30 – 12:30 at a Club subsidised cost of £15.50 per person. We need 20 people for the session by 29th April please. Sign up link available next week.

  1. Membership Renewal 2022-23  Now Due

Membership for 2022-23 now due please -> Renewal . EA renewals are due 1st April so anyone wanting the Club EA subsidy please renew now. Please complete the form and accept the new T&C. We would appreciate prompt payment please. If you joined since 1/1/22 this does not apply to you, your membership continues until 31/3/23. Questions to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

  1. Club XC Champs

The results are in for this seasons XC Club champs and the winners are; overall ladies champ Laura Orna and men’s overall champ James Harrod. Age adjusted ladies champ is Jo Plumbley and men’s George Evans. The men’s over 65 winner outright is Chris Foley and age adjusted Arthur Renshaw. Awards will be made at the Annual Party & Awards Night. 52 people said they were interested in XC at the start of the season. 16 people ran once, 5 people ran twice, 8 people ran 3 time and 3 people ran all 4. The three runners who completed all 4 Glos league events were Andy Wilson, George Evans and Jim Godden. Special mention for Chris Foley who came joint 1st in MV70 Glos league and James Harrod who came joint 1st in Under 20. Well done to everyone taking part and representing the club and congrats to the winners.

  1. Club Charity Vote 2022-23

Three charities have been nominated and you now have until midnight Monday 25th March to vote. Details of the charities and please vote. The winning charity will be announced at the AGM 31/3.

  1. Free 15 min Sports Massage Thursday 24th March

Following Club run 24/3 a chance for a free 15 min sports massage in the Fitness Studio, TLC. No pre-booking required. If you have any muscular aches or pains that could benefit from a Sports Massage try Thornbury Sports Massage. If you have never tried Sports Massage now’s the time to try.  If you have had one before and know the benefits then try Jason. If you are currently injured, come along early.

  1. London Marathon

Disappointed by your London Marathon ballot result?  If you entered and have a rejection letter from the ballot you may be eligible for the Club’s London Marathon place. Take a look at Club London Marathon place to see if you qualify.

  1. TRC Annual Party & Awards Night – May 20th Thornbury Golf Club

Come along for an evening of celebration, laughter, dancing and yummy food! Tickets for the evening are at the subsidised price of £16 per person for both Club members and guests. Price includes first drink, sumptuous BBQ, Celebration cake and a disco. Purchase ticket/s here: Annual Party & Awards Night Payments to the club bank account shown on the form.  Any questions to thornburyrc@yahoo.com

  1. Unique Coaching Opportunity – Sunday 8th May

We have 14 people signed up for the unique opportunity for all club runners to be coached by one of the UK’s leading athletics coaches, Shane Benzie. If you would like to attend please sign up here by 25th March -> Coaching Opportunity If we don’t have 20 people by that date we will review the event. The Club is heavily subsidising this event, as an investment in building the Club, and the cost is just £50 per person. Questions to captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

  1. Mob Match – Sunday March 27th

39 now signed up. Please sign up now -> Put me on the team All info is shown on the link. FYI, entries open for Bitton Hanham Horror 17th April

  1. EA Run & Coach #3 – Training for a 5K PB 5th April

Third EA Run & Coach session with Kerry Newell, ‘Training for a 5K PB’, is on Tuesday 5th April at Chantry Playing Fields. Full details at Training for 5k PB

  1. Club AGM

The Club AGM is on Thursday 31st March 8:30 in the Fitness Studio TLC. If you have items you would like to raise or if you would like to volunteer for the committee please send to secretary@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk by 28th March.

  1. Pete Mainstone Winners – 2021-22

A correction to the recent item about winners of the Pete Mainstone Challenge. I was unaware of an unwritten rule that says the same person cannot win both the outright and age adjusted. So the ladies outright winner is Jo Plumbley and the men’s Nick Langridge. Age adjusted ladies winner is Carol Mosses and men’s Jonathan Hall. Awards will be presented at the Annual Party & Awards Night

13. Club Nights – Last Updated 25/02/22

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. We would ask you please to not attend club session if you have any COVID symptoms, thank you. For the latest list of COVID symptoms:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

20/03/22

TRC Bulletin for W/C 07/03/22  

Thursday Club Night Leaders

7 min: Nick
• 8 min: Mel
• 9 min: Ashleigh
• 10 min:  Ellen & Jim W
• 12 min (5k): Amel
• Walking: Val

Inside TLC @ 6:50 or straight to the car park for runs starting at 7:00. Refreshments available after the run in the ‘Fitness Studio’, downstairs under the spin studio.

Tea Rota

  • 10th Mar: Jo Emerson
  • 17th Mar : Roger Glew
  • 24th Mar : Hugh McPherson
  • 31st Mar: Sam Prescott

Save the Dates…

Unique Coaching Opportunity – Sunday 8th May 10:00 – 17:00

We have 13 people signed up for the unique opportunity to be coached by one of the UK’s leading athletics coaches, Shane Benzie, author of ‘The Lost Art of Running’. Details are in the link Coaching Opportunity . The Club is heavily subsidising this event, as an investment in building the Club, and the cost is just £50 per person. If you would like to attend please sign up here by 25th March -> Coaching Opportunity . If you have any questions please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Membership Renewal 2022-23

Membership for 2022-23 is now due please -> Renewal No increase in membership fees for 2022-23. Membership fees are outstanding value, about 50p per week for over 100 sessions a year, plus EA subsidy, XC subsidy, Run & Rehydrate drinks, Party, Xmas chili, CWR etc. To renew we need you to complete the form and accept the T&C please as EA is asking all clubs to put in place a codes of conduct, inclusivity, health & safety, privacy and social media policies. We would appreciate prompt payment please, especially for those wishing to have individual EA membership subsidy. If you are one of the 8 people who joined since 1/1/22 this does not apply to you, your membership continues until 31/3/23. Any questions to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Pete Mainstone Challenge 2022-23 Final Result

Pete Challenge Mainstone final results. Congrats to Nick Langridge as men’s outright winner by 2 points from Jonathan Hall. Both running 5 of the 8 events. Sean Leadbetter was 3rd. Ladies outright winner was Jo Plumbley with Carol Mosses in second and third Hannah Hamilton. In the age adjusted ladies first and second were still Jo and Carol with Claire Watt third. Men’s age adjusted had Nick and Jonathan still in first and second with Chris F in third. Awards will be given out at the TRC Annual Party & Awards Night

Club Charity Nominations 2022-23

Two nominations so far, please -> Nomination by 11th March. We adopts a charity each year to support so please nominate a charity you would like the club to support for 2022-23. A list of nominated charities will then we sent out for everyone to vote. The winning charity will be announced at the AGM.

TRC Annual Party & Awards Night – May 20th Thornbury Golf Club

Come along for an evening of celebration, laughter, dancing and yummy food! Tickets for the evening are at the subsidised price of £16 per person for both Club members and guests. Ticket price includes: your first drink, sumptuous BBQ, Celebration cake and a disco. Purchase ticket/s here: Annual Party & Awards Night Payments to the club bank account shown on the form.  Any questions please email: thornburyrc@yahoo.com

Return to the Track – 8th March

The Club’s Tuesday coaching session will be returning to WISE track (Filton) from March 8th. For details see Return to the track Further announcements in the Aztec and TLC WhatsApp coaching groups. If you are not in these groups and wish to be added please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Mob Match – Sunday March 27th

38 now signed up. Please sign up now -> Put me on the team All info is shown on the link.

Club AGM

The Club AGM is on Thursday 31st March 8:30 in the Fitness Studio TLC. If you have items you would like to raise or if you would like to volunteer for the committee please send to secretary@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk by 28th March.

EA Run & Coach #3 – Training for a 5K PB 5th April

Third EA Run & Coach session with Kerry Newell, ‘Training for a 5K PB’, is on Tuesday 5th April at Chantry Playing Fields. Full details at Training for 5k PB

Run & Rehydrate #1 – April 7th

First ‘Run & Rehydrate’ of 2022 on April 7th from Thornbury Cricket Club. Details here Run & Rehydrate

Club Nights – Last Updated 25/02/22

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. We would ask you please to not attend club session if you have any COVID symptoms, thank you. For the latest list of COVID symptoms:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms

06/03/22

TRC Bulletin for W/C 06/02/22  

Thursday Club Night Leaders

  • 7 min – Nick Williams
  • 8 min – Kevin Cundy
  • 9 min – Jeremy Clothier
  • 10 min – Steve Dimond
  • 12 min(5k) – Amel Dobson
  • Walking – tba

From next Thursday 10th February, for those who feel comfortable, we will start meeting inside again in the Dance Studio in the Leisure Centre at 18.50 for any brief announcements then outside in the car park for a 19.00 run start. After the run the room will be open and tea & squash will be available again for those who are prepared to be on the tea rota. If you don’t want to go inside the Leisure Centre and are not interested in tea then carry-on meeting in the car park for 19.00 run start.

  • Thursday 10th Feb Tea Rota: Helen Renshaw

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  1. Diary Dates
  • Feb 12th – ‘parkrun of the Month’ at Thornbury
  • Feb 13th –  Glos League XC round 2 – Pittville Park, Cheltenham (no entries on the day)
  • Feb 21st – TRC Committee Meeting
  • Feb 27th – Pete Mainstone Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k
  • March 5th – Glos League XC round 3 – Old Down Country Park.
  • March 6th – Swimarathon (spaces still available – see Arthur Renshaw)
  • March tbc  – TRC AGM
  • March 27th – Mob match v Bitton  4.5 miles (see below)
  • March – Membership Renewal prior to April 1st
  • April 5th – EA Run & Coach #3 – Training for a 5k pb (more info soon)
  • April 7th – Run & Rehydrate #1 – Thornbury Cricket Club (see below)
  • May 20th – TRC Annual Party & Awards Night
  • June tbc – Sunday am Tester for the new ‘Thornbury 10k’ (members only)
  • July 14th – TRCs very own ‘Thornbury 10k’ (time to marshal)
  • July 2nd – Cotswold Way Relay (details to follow soon)
  1. Mob Match – Sunday March 27th

It’s now time for call to arms for the mob match! Everyone who takes part scores points for the team and points mean prizes. So, the more runners we have the more points we score. We narrowly lost to Chepstow last time and 2 more runners would have made a huge difference. Walkers are welcome, as they will score points too. The route is now approx. 4.5 miles along the Bitton to Bath cycle path and will be chip timed. The event is on Sunday 27th March starting at 18:00 (so the cycle path will be quieter). Bitton are making this a family friendly social event with food afterwards and rumours of an ice cream van. As we are using chip timing we need to know who is running to allocate chips. The club is covering the cost of your chip. Please sign up now -> Put me on the team

I will be going on a recce of the route with the Bitton Captain Andy on Sunday 6th Feb at 10:00 if anyone wants to join me.

  1. Beginners Needed

I plan to start the next 9 week beginners course on Wednesday 30th  March at  6:45. If you have any friends, neighbours, relatives or work colleagues you think might like to come along please ask them to e-mail beginners@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

  1. Run & Rehydrate #1 – April 7th

First Run & Rehydrate of 2022 on April 7th from Thornbury Cricket Club (top of Thornbury hill). A chance to welcome in the new club year! Normal groups Thursday night club run followed by drinks. First drinks are paid for by the club.

  1. Annual Social Event & Awards – May 20th

20th May is the date for the Club’s Annual Party & Awards night at Thornbury Golf Club. We will be giving out a whole host of Club awards that evening. All tickets will be at a subsidised price as we would like everyone and their partners to be there. Please put the date in your diary.

  1. Club VLM Place

All those who entered the London Marathon ballot for 2022 should know their fate in February. If you get rejected don’t give up hope! The club has a VLM place to give to a deserving member. To be considered you need to send a copy of your rejection e-mail/letter to the club secretary secretary@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk within 2 weeks of the date to be considered for the club place. For all the rules and full process please see point 8 ‘Allocation of Club Place in London Marathon’ https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/about/committee-2/constitution/

  1. Mainstone Challenge – 27th February

ONLY ONE events to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge 27th February – Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k (Pete’s personal pick!). Challenge positions along with full results can be found:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/

  1. Club Nights – Last Updated 04/01/22

Please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms   If you have tested positive for COVID please follow Government guidelines regarding isolation and do not attend the Club. Once your isolation period is completed we would kindly ask you to take a lateral flow test which returns a negative result before attending Club.

05/02/22

TRC Bulletin for W/C 31/01/22  

Thursday Club Night Leaders

  • 7 min – Jim Godden
  • 8 min – Kevin Wood
  • 9 min – Mike Bennewitz
  • 10 min – Emma Pritchard
  • 12 min(5k) – Jim Wiliams
  • Walking – tba

Note the markings in the upper car park have been refreshed with the Group minutes/mile numbers. Please congregate in your designated areas prior to your Thursday night run. This makes it easier for the Leaders.

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  1. Diary Dates
  • Feb 12th – ‘parkrun of the Month’ at Thornbury
  • Feb 13th –  Glos League XC round 2 – Pittville Park, Cheltenham (pre-booked entries only via Entry Central)
  • Feb 27th–Pete Mainstone Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k
  • March 6th – Swimarathon
  • March tbc  – TRC AGM
  • March 27th – Mob match v Bitton
  • March – Membership Renewal prior to April 1st
  • May 20th – TRC Annual Party & Awards Night
  • June tbc (Sunday am) – Tester for the new  ‘Thornbury 10k’ (club members only)
  • July 14th – TRCs very own new ‘Thornbury 10k’ (time to marshal)
  • July 2nd – Cotswold Way Relay (details to follow soon)
  1. Doynton Horrible Hard Half

Paul’s excellent Race Report gave a blow by blow account of the event and I would like to highlight and recognise the enormity of the achievements. TRC had 19 entries and 18 finishers in a field of 418 runners. 11 of the TRC runners finished in the top 10 of their category, 5 of which were in the top 3 – Nick Williams, Sean Leadbeater, Ben Bohane, Rob Watkins & Hannah Hamilton. A superb effort. Bitton will be quaking in their shoes thinking about the mob match on 27th March!

  1. Club VLM Place

All those who entered the London Marathon ballot for 2022 should know their fate in February. If you get rejected don’t give up hope! The club has a VLM place to give to a deserving member. To be considered you need to send a copy of your rejection e-mail/letter to the club secretary secretary@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk within 2 weeks of the date to be considered for the club place. For all the rules and full process please see point 8 ‘Allocation of Club Place in London Marathon’ https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/about/committee-2/constitution/

  1. Return of the Swimarathon  March 6th 17:15-18:15                                

We currently have 6 people signed up  for the Rotary Club Swimathon taking place 6th March 17:15 – 18:15. Preliminary Closing date for Club entries is 30th January please submit your details: https://forms.gle/eFkyoDFL5FWTMt2t5 The event is open to teams of up to 6 people swimming in relay, each able to swim at least 25 metres and who, between them, are able to swim for 55 minutes. This is a sponsored event, for Made a Mark, and we are therefore asking each swimmer to donate £10 each (i.e. £60 per team).

  1. parkrun of Month – 12th February Thornbury

Next parkrun of the month is February 12th at Thornbury is a Valentines Special brought to you by Race Director Ashleigh. Please can you make sure that your parkrun profile includes ‘Thornbury RC’. Without this information Mel [Lloyd] cannot track you for the parkrun awards. Log into www.parkrun.com/signin/ using parkrun ID & password -> Groups -. Add ‘

  1. Annual Social Event & Awards – May 20th

20th May is the date for the Club’s Annual Party & Awards night at Thornbury Golf Club. We will be giving out a whole host of Club awards that evening. All tickets will be at a subsidised price as we would like everyone and their partners to be there. Please put the date in your diary. Thanks

  1. Mainstone Challenge – 27th February

ONLY ONE events to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge 27th February – Challenge Finale – Pontypool Park 10k (Pete’s personal pick!). Challenge positions along with full results can be found:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/

  1. Club Nights – Last Updated 04/01/22

Please don’t attend if you have any COVID symptoms or are self-isolating. For the latest list of COVID symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/main-symptoms/#symptoms   If you have tested positive for COVID please follow Government guidelines regarding isolation and do not attend the Club. Once your isolation period is completed we would kindly ask you to take a lateral flow test which returns a negative result before attending Club.

30/01/22

The Race Director’s review of the 2022 Riverbank Rollick

After 2021’s ‘virtual Rollick’, Sunday 16th January saw the radiant return of the infamous but highly regarded TRC Riverbank Rollick. For the most sadistic or masochistic amongst us the weather may have been a little too kind on the runners but some good rainfall in the preceding weeks meant that conditions underfoot were still enjoyably challenging. There were a few changes necessitated by covid precautions but even without copious quantities of coffee and cake, the essence of the Rollick was well and truly evident. A fantastic on the day turn out meant we had nearly 300 runners on the start line (and luckily a similar number of finishers) and almost all were applauding our cheerful army of Marshalls and the joy of being back out on the familiar trails. 

Amongst the merry finishers were some impressive TRC racers – all of whom dual hatted and carried out their marshalling or car parking duties before stripping off high vis tabards to emerge as fully fledged athletes just in time for the start.  It was fabulous to see a TRC man in the top 3 with Sean Leadbeater coming in 2nd in a time of 1.07.09. 1st senior lady across the line and 4th overall female was our own Taryn Roberts (1.16.31) , Julia Jolley (1.37.30) was also an impressive 4th in her category and 2nd claim Ali Vaz (1.26.20) was 4th FV40 – many congratulations to all.

As always however, the success of the event lies in the fantastic efforts of the vast army of TRC club members who pulled together once again to ensure the best experience for the participants . Over 90 Marshalls and helpers stood out in the cold to cheer and guide the runners round the course and look after them before and after the trails. Without exception the feedback from the runners was fantastic. I have no idea when our Rollick Marshalls started dressing up but I know it now makes our race one of the most memorable around and Mr Blobby is now as much part of the rollick as the riverbank itself. This year we had even inspired the runners to join in the fun and amongst a variety of outfits we saw our first crocodile and bag of French-fries making it around the course. The cheeriness and humour of the Marshalls was praised by so many on the day and since then in e-mails and postings on more media platforms than I even have access to!

So to all who helped out in any capacity at all a massive thank you – you truly made our first race in over a year a great success, enhancing the reputation of TRC and most importantly leaving 300 runners with big smiles, happy memories and very muddy legs.

Se you next year 🙂

Jo Emerson – Race Director.