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TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 13th September

We are meeting both inside TLC (Fitness Studio) and the car park ready for a 7:00pm start run. Tea & biscuits are available after the run inside. We need volunteers for the Tea Rota starting please give your name to Arthur Renshaw.

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Nick Williams
• 8 min – Kev Cundy
• 9 min – Jim Williams
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

Please wear a Hi-Viz top as it is getting dark by the time we get back to TLC

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1. Club Dinner Dance?
The Club has typically held two events each year around the Xmas period:
• The ‘Pizza (previously Curry) Night’ at the Cricket Club on the night of the ‘Xmas Lights Run’
• A ‘Club Xmas Dinner Dance’ in early Jan
Both have been very successful, however attendance at the ‘Club Xmas Dinner Dance’ has been declining. An alternative suggestion has been made for the ‘Dinner Dance’, we would like your views on this please. Rather than having a ‘Dinner Dance’ so close in time to the ‘Pizza Night’, we move the ‘Dinner Dance’ to coincide with the Club year end (March / April) to make it a ‘Club Annual Dinner Dance’. We could then make this an event to present the Club annual awards. We would still continue with the ‘Pizza Night’ and ‘Xmas Lights Run’.

We are asking now, as finding venues does take time. Please let us know which option you prefer by 24th September using the link: https://forms.gle/Gc135HQoNuJCzBNb7

2. Gloucester Cross Country League
Great response, we have 29 replies so far. We have 10 ladies and 19 men with 18 people planning to do as many as they can and 11 once or twice. If you are interested in taking part in cross country please register your interest using the link below by 24/9. Thanks. https://forms.gle/chAcgFz3R7k6duLb7
We have the opportunity to do a block booking, which saves money for the club, so please register. If you are NOT on the list we will assume you are not interested in cross country.
• Round 1 Cirencester Park Sat 30 October (Cirencester AC)
• Round 2 Wotton PARC Sun 12 December (Dursley RC)
• Championship Cotswold Farm Park (Bourton Roadrunners) Sat 8th January
• Round 3 Pittville Park Cheltenham (Cheltenham Harriers)
• Round 4 Old Down Estate Sat 5th March (Stroud AC) or Sunday tbc
• Reserve Course Cirencester Park Course 2 (Running Somewhere Else)
See https://www.athletics4u.co.uk/cross-country/

3. London Marathon
Nine TRC members are running London Marathon on 3rd October – (alphabetic order) Ali, Chris, George, Kevin, Mark, Mike, Paul, Sarah and Sonya. I hope I have not missed anyone! Three are running for a charity and would really appreciate your support. Details of the charity for whom they are each running (in alphabetic order):
George Evans – Friends of Marlwood School (FOMS) – We are raising £2,500 to upgrade the sports courts at Marlwood School https://tinyurl.com/George-Soilfix-17
Chris Foley – Pancreatic Cancer UK – I’m running and fund raising in memory of Andy Dodd, a friend from Thornbury who died 3 years ago from pancreatic cancer. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisFoley2
Kevin Wood – Young Lives vs Cancer (formally known as CLIC Sargent) – Raising money for childhood cancer support in member of my Daughter Rebecca. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevinjwood

4. Run & Rehydrate #2 – Thursday 23rd Sept, Rockhampton Cricket Club – NEW pavilion
Next run & rehydrate event Tuesday 23rd September at Rockhampton NEW cricket pavilion. This is part of the club’s & EA mental health initiative #RunAndTalk and coincides with World Gratitude Day. As before the committee has agreed to fund first drinks for everyone.

5. Pete Mainstone Challenge
Five events completed and 4 to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge. For the latest positions in the challenge please see: https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021
• 3rd October Berkeley 10k
• 27th November Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road)
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• Jan/Feb Final Event tba

6. parkrun of the Month – 2nd October
The October parkrun of the month (first Saturday of the month) will be Saturday 2nd October @ Chipping Sodbury. Some of the current crop of runners participating in the beginners course will be running their first 5k at this parkrun, or Thornbury on the previous Saturday, so please lend your support.

7. Running Nutrition
On Monday 35 people from TRC and Chepstow attended an EA sponsored on-line talk and Q&A on ‘Running Nutrition’. Below is the link to the recording of this session. Please note in the passcode it is the letter l (not number 1)
https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/CXvcwR04dkU4usDN9ncDAxCyOpBOkIj5GjJ81ISp3xbU6l_IBAXSxfND3M8Npc3n.ZuuK9ZjWsvO2uIvC Passcode: 2nc&Y=lm

8. EA Run Coaching Programme – Session #2 Monday 18th October (by Zoom)
Monday 18th October 7:00 – 8:30pm. Please join at 6:55 for 7:00 prompt start, thank you:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049057236?pwd=cnIzY2MwQVpuRFVpRkMrV3JzYktSQT09
Meeting ID: 890 4905 7236 Passcode: 871943

9. Club Nights
So 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

13/09/21

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 6th September

We again have a room (the Fitness Suite) inside of the Leisure Centre for meeting before the run and after for tea & biscuits. We are also still meeting in the car park as normal – it is your choice! We need volunteers for the Tea Rota starting next week – please give your name to Arthur Renshaw

Please wear a Hi-Viz top as it is getting dark when we are getting back from the Thursday night run.

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Rob Watkins
• 8 min – Kevin Wood
• 9 min – Jerry Clothier
• 10 min – Arthur Renshaw
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Helen Renshaw

1. TRC Race Programme 2022 – Meeting Tuesday 7th September. 20.30 The Swan.
If you have any ideas and are interested in helping us develop a race programme for 2022 please come along to the Swan on Tuesday(any questions please see Arthur Renshaw)

2. Weston 5 mile Prom Series – Start 16th September
Now a two lap course with chip timing. Also a team race with team size increased to 7, with 4 scoring. 9 race series is £50. Details on Weston AC website with entries handled by Race Nation. (Note these races are on a Thursday eve)

3. Run & Rehydrate #2 – Thursday 23rd September, Rockhampton Cricket Club – NEW pavilion
Next run & rehydrate event Tuesday 23rd September at Rockhampton NEW cricket pavilion. This is part of the club’s & EA mental health initiative #RunAndTalk and coincides with World Gratitude Day. As before the committee has agreed to fund first drinks for everyone.

4. parkrun of the Month – 2nd October
The parkrun of the month for October will be Saturday 2nd October @ Chipping Sodbury. Some of the current crop of runners participating in the beginners course will be running their first 5k at this parkrun so please lend your support (some others the previous week at Thornbury). Anyone running London Marathon will be getting ready!

5. EA Run Coaching Programme – Next Session #2 Monday 18th October (by Zoom)
Fantastic turnout on Tuesday for the EA coaching session with Kerry Newell. Great to see the Aztec group, TLC group and a few new faces to Tuesday coaching sessions joining in and running together. 40 people in total. Hope to see you all again next Tuesday at Aztec or TLC. Please join one of the coaching WhatsApp groups to find out what’s going on by contacting captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk
For those who need to work on strength & conditioning take a look at ‘Nike Training Club’. A free app on Android and Apple recommended by Kerry.

Session #2 on Zoom Monday 18th October 7:00 – 8:30pm. Please join at 6:55 for 7:00 prompt start, thank you:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049057236?pwd=cnIzY2MwQVpuRFVpRkMrV3JzYktSQT09
Meeting ID: 890 4905 7236 Passcode: 871943

6. Gloucester Cross Country League
The new cross country season will soon be upon us and a chance to put all the training into use. Mark your diary and get ready to run for your club. If you are interested in taking part in cross country please can you register your interest using the link below. By completing the link you are not obliged to enter but we will use this to gauge the level of interest. Thanks https://forms.gle/hMmb7Dg6yXuLEs2p6

• Round 1 Cirencester Park Sat 30 October (Cirencester AC)
• Round 2 Wotton PARC Sun 12 December (Dursley RC)
• Championship Cotswold Farm Park (Bourton Roadrunners) Sat 8th January
• Round 3 Pittville Park Cheltenham (Chelt Harriers)
• Round 4 Old Down Estate Sat 5th March (Stroud AC) or Sunday tbc
• Reserve Course Cirencester Park Course 2 (Running Somewhere Else)
See https://www.athletics4u.co.uk/cross-country/

7. Pete Mainstone Challenge Events
Five events completed and 4 to go in the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge. For the latest positions in the challenge please see:
https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021
• 3rd October Berkeley 10k
• 27th November Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road)
• 19th December Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
• Jan/Feb Final Event tba

8. Club Nights
So 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

04/09/21

John Franksen’s 60km for Winston’s Wish this weekend

One of our Members is running 12 different parkrun courses this weekend in aid of Winston’s Wish for bereaved children.
His message is below if you feel like making a donation.

Over this weekend of 4-5th September I am undertaking a running challenge across twelve local parkrun courses. I am raising funds for Winston’s Wish for bereaved children, which is a nominated charity for my Rotary Club this year.
I start at Chipping Sodbury event at 9am on 4/9 and run the 5km course. I then move on to courses at Wotton, Pomphrey hill, Mallards Pike, Lydney and Little Stoke. That concludes day one having run a total of 30km. I will be driven between the courses, not running! I may do Thornbury course at the end of day one to get ahead for day two, depends how I feel.
Day two covers courses at Cirencester, Tetbury, Stroud, Stonehouse, Thornbury and Berkeley.
Another 30km giving 60 km over the weekend, because I turned 60 in July. Hence 60km at 60!
I would be grateful for any publicity you could provide please. The link to my fundraising page is below.

Best Regards
John Francksen
Chipping Sodbury parkrun Co-Event Director
Please donate to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-runs-60km-at-60

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 30th August

As from next Thursday 2nd September we are re-opening a room inside of the Leisure Centre for meeting before the run and after for Tea & biscuits. We are also still meeting in the car park as normal – it is your choice! (more info below)

Also start thinking of wearing a Hi-Viz top as it is getting dark when we are getting back from the Thursday night run.

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

1. EA Run Coaching Programme – STARTS Tuesday 31st August 19:00 Chantry field
We will be combining both Tuesday coaching groups on Tuesday 31st August for an EA supported session with guest coach Kerry Newell. Meeting at Chantry Playing Fields, Thornbury (opposite Castle School 6th Form) for 7:00pm start. Kerry is the England Masters Marathon Team Coach and has coached runners up to U20 European Gold Medal at 5,000m. Session is open to all Members and will include:
• Intro talk on – Energy systems – Why we use all 3 in our running; Foot placement – Does foot strike matter?
• Warm up and drills (ABC’s, strides)
• Threshold and alactic sessions
• Cooldown and stretches

2. Inside or Out? – From Thursday 2nd September.
• We will be using the ‘Dance Studio’ which is 2.5 times the size of the old room and has opening doors for improved ventilation. The Room will be available from 6:30 for anyone who wanted to meet inside and leave anything. There will be no announcements.
• People who don’t want to go inside should continue to meet in the car park, as we have done for the past 18 months
• Those inside need to make their way outside via the double opening doors to join the others in the car park for a 7:00 prompt run start.
• After the run tea and biscuits will be available in the Dance Studio for those who want it. We will need to start a new tea rota. Anyone on the run leader rota will be exempted from the tea rota.
• This allows everyone to participate at their own personal comfort level and to adapt as they become more at ease with the situation and / or the weather changes.

3. parkrun of the Month – Saturday 4th September
The next parkrun of the month will be Berkeley Green on Saturday 4th September. See you ALL there in cub colours.

4. TRC Race Programme 2022 – Meeting Tuesday 7th September. 20.30 The Swan.
If you have any ideas and are interested in helping us develop a race programme for 2022 please come along to the Swan on Tuesday 7th. (any questions please see Arthur Renshaw)

5. Run & Rehydrate #2 – Thursday 23rd September 19.00 Rockhampton Cricket Club
Following the very successful Run & Rehydrate at Old Down another has been planned for Thursday 23rd September. This is part of the club’s & EA mental health initiative #RunAndTalk and coincides with World Gratitude Day. Thanks to Tom Johnson Rockhampton Cricket club have agreed for us to use their bar. As before the committee has agreed to fund first drinks for everyone. This will be at the NEW pavilion and NOT the old.

6. Pete Mainstone Challenge
Remaining event is on 5th September Woodchester Park

7. Club Nights
So 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

28/08/21

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 23rd August

Thursday Club Night Leaders

• 7 min – Rob Watkins
• 8 min – Lizzie Williams
• 9 min – Chris Pritchard
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 min(5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James

1. Mob Match vs Chepstow Tuesday 17th August
See separate race report sent earlier. Thanks to the 60 odd Members who ran, marshalled and supported the event. We will certainly have another mob match vs Chepstow next year.

2. EA Run Programme – STARTS Tuesday 31st August 19:00
EA are funding an experienced coach, Kerry Newell, to deliver 3 sessions for us. The intention is to help develop you as runners, to develop the club and to assist the clubs’ coaches develop as coaches. The sessions are open to everyone, although we have agreed to focus in half / full marathon, as this seemed to be the most popular event people were training towards:
Session #1 – 31st August 19:00/ Chantry Playing Fields, Thornbury ~ Threshold training

3. Inside or Out – Thursday 2nd September.
We had 54 votes submitted for the poll – about 30% of the Membership; 24 (44%) voted for inside/inside and 30 (56%) voted for outside / optional inside. Based on this from Thursday 2nd Sept we will meet as follows:
• We will be using the ‘Dance Studio’ which is 2.5 times the size of the old room and has opening doors for improved ventilation. The Room will be available from 6:30 for anyone who wanted to meet inside and leave anything. There will be no announcements.
• People who don’t want to go inside should continue to meet in the car park, as we have done for the past 18 months
• Those inside need to make their way outside via the double opening doors to join the others in the car park for a 7:00 prompt run start.
• After the run tea and biscuits will be available in the Dance Studio for those who want it. We will need to start a new tea rota. Anyone on the run leader rota will be exempted from the tea rota.
• This allows everyone to participate at their own personal comfort level and to adapt as they become more at ease with the situation and / or the weather changes.

4. parkrun of the Month – DATE CHANGE Berkeley Green 28th August -> 4th September
The next parkrun of the month will be Berkeley Green on Saturday 4th September (as the parkrun 28/8 has been cancelled). See you ALL there in cLub colours.

5. EA Running Nutrition Session – Monday 6th September 19:30 – 21:00 On-line
ONLY A FEW PLACES REMAINING
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. 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 See last weeks Bulletin for session details and background on the speaker.

6. Tytherington 10k Cancelled
Delivering a new event takes a lot of planning. Following a detailed risk assessment it was determined that, to run the event even using a large number of marshals (c60) there was still significant risk due to the narrow lanes, blind bends and conflict with traffic, bikes & horses. The committee decided Thursday night by a majority vote that the risks were unacceptable and that we were cancelling this event that was scheduled for Sunday 17th October. We should all thank Ros for the time, effort and energy she has put in to the event to get it this far.

We plan to have a meeting early September focused on our event series for 2022. Anyone who would like to participate please contact captain@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

7. Run & Rehydrate #2 – Thursday 23rd September Rockhampton Cricket Club
Another Run & Rehydrate run has been planned for Thursday 23rd September. This is part of the club’s & EA mental health initiative #RunAndTalk and coincides with World Gratitude Day. Thanks to Tom Johnson Rockhampton Cricket club have agreed for us to use their bar. As before the committee has agreed to fund first drinks for everyone.

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

9. Club Nights
So 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

22/08/21

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

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

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

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 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