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Results reported week commencing 24th February

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.

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Last week’s TRC Results

I am belatedly posting this on the website, here was the previous week’s write up with a great effort from Ros and Jo Plumbley. This week’s was filed but will be posted online soon…

Thornbury Running Club’s Rosina Rowland and Joanne Plumbley ran the Pilgrims Challenge on 1-2 February. This two-day, 66-mile ultra-marathon retraced the pilgrim’s footsteps on the North Downs Way on route to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury. After 2 days of racing on a muddy undulating course, Joanne was 99th and Rosina, competing in her 35th ultra-marathon, was 101st in times of 15 hours 11:02 mins and 15 hours 11:12 mins.

There were 13 TRC runners in parkruns on Saturday. Andrew Darton continued his return from injury with a 22:09 mins effort in Wotton and Brian Godsman ran 24:35 mins in Skatas. On Severn Bridge, Roger Glew ran 24:36 mins and Terry Robinson finished in 44:24 mins. Dylan Robert ran a swift 18:02 mins on the new Berkeley Green course, followed by Paul Saville in 21:04 mins, Janet Gaze 28:22 mins and Richard Illingworth 30:45 mins.

Thornbury Running Club’s highly popular ‘Introductory Course for New Runners’ starts again on Wednesday 18th March at 7:00 pm at Thornbury Leisure Centre. The 9-week course takes people with little or no running experience to finishing a 5k parkrun at the end of it. To register or get more information please email



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Cakes for the Race on Sunday morning

A message from Jo Emerson, Riverbank Rollick Race Director

Hi all,

As you know we provide tea and cakes at the rollick in aid of our nominated charity for the year. To help maximise the profits we can give to this years charity it would be great if any club members could supplement the cake and biscuit offerings with some of their own bakes. If you will be at the rollick HQ on Sunday morning please bring anything you can along then. If you are not planning to be there please contact Jo on 078606 23312 and she can pick up. Please let Jo know if you are able to help as this affects how many cakes need to be bought – any type or size of cake will help our charity profits greatly

Many thanks
Jo (

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Riverbank Rollick – Latest Organisation Schedule V3

Hi Everyone,

Please see the latest Rollick Organisation Schedule V3 attached here.

Most of you are helping in some way so this has gone to all Club Members

Also attached a course map with Marshall positions plus Marshal’s Notes and a copy of the residents’ letter that has gone out to everyone who lives on the course.

  • Everyone on the Schedule should be confirmed to help but please check the Schedule carefully as we have had to move some people around or double up their jobs. If you have to cry off for any reason please do your best to find a replacement yourself.
  • If your name is in blue we still need you to confirm – please confirm to Arthur Renshaw
  • As you can see we still need a few more people – volunteers to Jo Emerson
  • Please note for those at the Start/Finish you may be down for multiple jobs – pls read the Schedule carefully.
  • The Team Leaders of each section should have been out and set up the course before you get into position unless they have made other arrangements.
  • If you are Marshalling out on the course please get in touch with your Team Leader, particularly if you haven’t Marshalled at that point before. The Map shows all the Marshalling points plus the Marshal’s Notes are attached.(please read)
  • Ideally, please let your Team Leader know when you are in position on the course. The Letter & map attached show approx times when the first & last runners should be at key points around the course.
  • After the sweep runners pass your position (John Grimsey & Nancy) please bring back as much signage etc as you can carry and/or arrange with your Team Leader where to pick up the signs etc.

Any questions please see your Team Leader or Jo Emerson or Arthur Renshaw.

We will be down at the School from about 08.30 on Sunday morning for the 11am start.

Thanks & Regards

Arthur Renshaw
01454 415904 / 07810 300025

Rollick Race Day Org 2020 v3 (002) pdf

Full course 2020 with marshall positions:

Marshalls Notes 2020

Rollick 2020 Residents LetterSDb

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Now that Christmas is over, an ideal way of getting back to normal is this Saturday’s Cross Country Champs at Rendcomb College near Cirencester. Details are here. Last year’s course was pretty good though they have changed it this year as the ‘stream’ is too high ! 

Womens and Men over 65 race is at 13:40, Mens is at 14:30. 

This is a one off championship race but does count towards the TRC league.

Please register and pay on the day and we will refund your £4.

Hope to see you there.



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Riverbank Rollick – Organisation Schedule for 12th Jan

HI Everyone,

Please see the Rollick Organisation Schedule and course map attached below here.

  • If your name is in yellow that means you have confirmed your position. If you have to cry off for any reason please do your best to find a replacement yourself.
  • If it is in blue we still need you to confirm – please confirm to Jo Emerson
  • We have 4 people unallocated as yet but we still need a few more people – volunteers to Jo Emerson
  • Please note for those at the Start/Finish you may be down for multiple jobs – pls read the Schedule carefully.
  • If you are Marshalling out on the course please get in touch with your Team Leader , particularly if you haven’t Marshalled at that point before. The Map shows all the Marshalling points.

Any questions please see you Team Leader or Jo Emerson.

Thanks & Regards
Arthur Renshaw

Rollick Race Day Org 2020 v1

Course map:

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Good news about TRC membership.

Club numbers have continued to grow this year and we now have 200 members, plus 15 Honorary members. About 20% of our membership is new in 2019. Since the club started we have had a grand total of 984 members. Number 1,000 should join early next year and we will mark the occasion!

Kind regards

Kevin Wood

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Gloucester League Cross Country – Sat 14th Dec – Old Down Country Park

The next Gloucester league cross country is on Saturday 14th Dec at Old Down Country Park.  Women and Men over 65 race is 6k and starts at 13:25. Men’s race is 10k and starts at 14:15.

We hope to get as many TRC members there and see if we can break last years record turnout of 21 members.  

You can register on the day, join us at the TRC banner and we will refund your entry fee.  Hopefully, cakes afterwards. After the event you are invited to Jo’s house for a cross country team get together – see facebook for details.

Details of the race are here

Hope to see you Saturday


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Results reported last week

Here were last week’s results below which did make it into the Gazette, but not on our website!

A field of almost 1,000 runners impeccably observed a 2-minute silence to mark Remembrance Sunday, shortly before the start of this year’s Sodbury Slog. 7 Thornbury runners joined the masses along Chipping Sodbury High St, before spreading out across the muddy fields, water hazards and Cotswold hills on this challenging 10-mile multi-terrain course.

Rob Cowlard led the Thornbury runners out from the front and methodically worked his way through the field, gaining places as other runners started to tire. Rob finished in 15th place overall in 1 hour 10:49 mins. Matt Johnstone and Adam Frontczak ran the first 6-miles of the course together before Matt opened up a small gap on the descent from the highest point of the course, which he maintained to the end. Matt finished in 22nd place in 1 hour 12:35 mins. This was Adam’s first race over 10k so it bodes very well for some of the winter trail races to come, he finished in 24th place in 1 hour 12:49 mins. Ian Evans was next in 104th in 1 hour 24:15 mins, followed by Ian Holloway in 124th in 1 hour 26:15 mins, Kevin Cundy 313th in 1 hour 39:02 mins and Sarah Newnes 67th woman and 381st overall in 1 hour 42:29 mins.

Mike Bennewitz’s mission of completing a half marathon every month during 2019 drew one closer to the end with the Remembrance Day Half Marathon along the towpaths of River Thames on Sunday. Mike was 105th in a time of 2 hours 3:40 mins.

Meanwhile, TRC parkrun results included a 23:03 mins effort from Mark West in Tamar Trails in Devon and Mel Lloyd’s 31:52 mins in Wotton.

Thornbury Running Club’s latest 9-week beginners course concluded on Saturday at Chipping Sodbury parkrun and the group were encouraged by many of their new team members on the course. Among the experienced TRC runners on the course, Henry Orna ran 19:36 mins, followed by Garry Slater 20:21 mins, Paul Saville 21:04 mins, Colette Jackson 22:29 mins, Chris Foley 26:17 mins, Nigel Hale 29:07 mins, Emma Weaving 30:26 mins, Christopher Pritchard 30:35 mins, Caron Hale 32:05 mins, Emma Pritchard 37:33 mins and Hugh McPherson 42:18 mins.

Paul Harrod set his fastest ever time on a parkrun course in Stretford in 18:30 mins and Brian Godsman ran Skatas in 26:10 mins.

Please send any results and photos, especially the obscure races, to

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Recent TRC results

2 weeks worth of results were sent across to the Gazette and Thornbury Voice on Monday. Joanne Plumbley featured heavily after her recent heroics in Majorca in a middle distance triathlon. The most recent results were….

Joanne Plumbley was back in action again on Sunday and had Rosina Rowland for company as they travelled deep into Poldark country for Cornish Marathon. On a hilly course run entirely on roads, Joanne finished in 201st place in 4 hours 24:27 mins. Rosina was only 1 place behind and was 3rd in the F55-59 age category in 4 hours 24:40 mins.

Due to the horrendous weather on Saturday morning and England’s doomed attempt to lift the Rugby World Cup, there was only one runner who braved the conditions for Saturday’s parkrun. Paul Saville ran the Margate parkrun in 22:52 mins.


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