The Battle of Woodbury Common in 1549 concluded with the execution of approx. 900 rebel soldiers from Devon and Cornwall after they fought the king’s men in the so-called Prayer Book Rebellion. The 2020 version of ‘The Battle of Woodbury Common’ on 8th February ended with a hot cup of tea and a piece of cake after 13.1 miles of running over the undulating heathland of Woodbury Common in East Devon. Thornbury RC’s Ben Foss and Nikki Foss were competing on the day in this multi-terrain half marathon and both had top 10 finishes; Ben finished in 6th place overall in 1 hour 47:14 mins and Nikki, racing in her first half marathon, was 8th in the women’s field and 51st overall in 2 hours 28:24 mins.
John Grimsey was back in his pace-making capacity at February’s edition of the Weston Prom Run and finished in 247th place, completing the 5-mile 2-lap course in 56:44 mins.
Elsewhere, there were 13 Thornbury runners out on the parkrun courses on Saturday. Henry Orna ran the out and back on Severn Bridge in 20:39 mins, followed by Paul Saville in 21:51 mins. In Chipping Sodbury, Christopher Pritchard ran a new personal best of 25:48 mins, followed by David Palmer 28:04 mins, Mel Lloyd 29:37 mins and Anne Palmer 36:34 mins.
Garry Slater was the second finisher in Wotton in 22:52 mins, followed by Andrew Darton in 23:37 mins, and Mark West ran a new best time at Tamar Trails in 20:57 mins.