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parkrun this Saturday 4th Sept

The organisers of Berkeley Green parkrun have had to cancel the event on 4/9. Let’s move the club parkrun of the month 4/9 to Pomphrey Hill. Please wear club colours, thanks. With one month to London the marathon group will be doing a long run on Saturday so not joining you.

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Kevin 31/08/21

race report w/e 31st July

On Olympic ‘Super Saturday’ almost no eyes were on the Mundy playing fields, but all the same, TRC managed to secure a 1-2-3 in the Thornbury parkrun.   (Don’t worry, this report won’t take nouns such as medal and podium and mangle them into verbs.)

Last week Nick Williams cheered on from the sidelines, but this week he laced up his trail shoes and showed us all how it is done.  Thornbury parkrun, with its hills and sharp descents, is ideal for Nick, combining, as he does, the poise and balance of Nureyev with the stride-length of Nijinsky.   Nick was over a minute ahead of the next runner, and recorded a hugely impressive sub-18 time.   Ben Bohane was second in 19 mins flat, with Paul Harrod in third, even if he wasn’t in the same post-code when Nick crossed the line.

Conditions were particularly muggy, which might explain a surprising lack of PBs.  However special mention to Julie Jolley for a debut run at the Mundy’s in 24:36, just a second behind 15 yr-old Laura Evans, (daughter of George), who was the first junior to finish.  Romeo Maddelena also ran a first Thornbury parkrun in 25:13, while the rapidly-improving Roger Glew ran 24:50 – just outside his PB, but now well over a 60% age-graded score which is the benchmark for a serious runner.
At Stonehouse, Nick Landridge ran 21:34, and yet again managed an 80% plus age-graded score.   As a reminder, parkrun UK state that any score above 80% puts the runner in ‘national class level’, meaning they would rank alongside the very best runners for their age and gender anywhere in the country.
Down in sunny Teighmouth Alan Gatling ran a wonderful 21:01, which gave him an age-graded score of over 70%.   Parkrun regards that as ‘regional class’ so an indication of just how good Alan’s run was.   Henry Orna was allowed an hour off daddy duty, and made the most of it, racing round Lydney in 20:41.  Mark West and Andrew Darton went all the way to Tamar Trails, and finished 16th and 17th respectively, while Thomas Darton was top junior in 8th place overall with a time of 20:40.
Given how many dedicated ultra-runners we have in the club, it takes a rare feat of endurance to raise the collective eyebrow.  However Steve Wiltshire, plus his father, decided to run 24 hours non-stop in the Conti Thunder Run, which is an almost unfathomable amount of time to be on your feet.   The organisers picked a closed loop to do the run, which added to the psychological and mental stress, but on the plus side made the parking easier.  Sadly an injury meant Steve couldn’t complete the full 24 hours, but he still kept going for 12 hours plus, which is something very few people will ever have the inclination to attempt.

TRC Bulletin for W/C Monday 19th July

Each week you should only get two e-mails from TRC:
• A weekly Bulletin with info we think you need to know and dates for events and activities.
• A Race Report e-mail with results if there are any. If you have results you would like included please e-mail Paul Harrod

From today all Covid -19 Government restrictions have been removed so we can stop Track & Trace. However Thornbury Leisure Centre is maintaining many of the restrictions including QR code on check-in and mask wearing around the Centre is their preferred choice. Please respect their requirements.

Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Nick Williams
• 8 min – Kevin Cundy
• 9 min – Mike Bennewitz
• 10 min – Hugh McPherson
• 12 min(5k) – Caron Hale
• Walking – Val James

1. parkrun – Saturday 24th July
Would be great to see everyone running, or supporting, the first parkrun back on Saturday 24th July at Thornbury. Appreciate that for some of you training for longer events, 5k is a little short. I am London training so plan to run to Thornbury, run the 5k and then do a further loop home to get my training distance. Club T shirts at the ready!
Thornbury parkrun are also looking for volunteers to help on the 24th July – see Malc Carr if you can help.
In future weeks I will nominate a parkrun of the month to try and get as many club members as possible to each location. A good social opportunity and a chance to promote the club.

2. Lockdown is lifting, we are back running, we can share lifts, and it’s time for a social! – Thursday 29th July
On Thursday 29th July ALL groups will be meeting at Olveston Sport and Social Club, Alveston Road (NOT Thornbury Leisure Centre) for a run leaving at 7pm as usual. Leaders will be aiming to get back for 8pm for much needed refreshment in the bar. There is a lot of parking on-site. Further details next week.

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

4. Tytherington 10k – Sunday 17th October to be confirmed
Further details to follow once the event has all the necessary approvals.


Pete Mainstone Challenge

The third event in the Pete Mainstone Challenge took place last night 23rd June at The Longest Day Chippenham 10K and 5 members took part. The results and standings can be found on the results page.

The 2nd event, Forest of Dean trail 10K, reputedly took place on 13th June but Tough Guy, the organisers, have not published any results on their website. If you did take part in this and have or know of any results please send your time directly to the scorer and it will be incorporated into the results. Thank you.

Cotswold Way Relay – Saturday 3rd July 2021

A message from Judy Mills to all TRC Members

We have three Teams entered in this event, so now we need 30 runners (plus a couple of reserves).
We will be entering one Vets Team and probably two mixed Teams depending on the number of female runners who wish to take part.

Please look at the webpage and check you are ok with the rules (this year you will need to download an App and self-time) Let me know by e-mail (address above) if you wish to take part and whether you have a preference for which Stage you run, or if there are any you are unable to run.

We will also need 3 volunteers who may be asked to deal with a road crossing or a water station.

The sooner we can sort out who is running what, the sooner you can sort out a recce of your Stage. They are much better marked than they used to be but somehow someone always manages to get it wrong!

Note the Club will be paying the Entry fees for TRC Members but if you are not an England Athletics Member there will be a surcharge applied by the organisers.

7/05/21 (This message is also on the TRC Members Facebook page


2 of the nominated Club Road Race Championship events have survived and the first one took place yesterday on its rearranged date at Westonbirt.  In the teeth of Storm Aidan and much like a cross country rather than a road race on its reworked course to keep inside the grounds, the results are now in and can be found on the results page.

There were only 4 runners showing in the results as Thornbury Running Club although more were entered so if your result is missing or was added later let me know

TRC Club Night 24/09/20 – update

On Thursday Ros will be leading a group going off road for about 5 miles along the last part of the Rollick course.

If you wish to go with Ros you will need to wear trail shoes and have a head torch in addition to your hi-viz top.

TRC News 26/03/20

Hi All,

I have just posted the latest information from England Athletics which is worth a read.
Basically the sport is closed down until at least 31st May.

With respect to the Thornbury 10k scheduled for 16th July we don’t have to make a decision just yet as we are fairly self-sufficient and could rearrange the event at short notice if we get any indication that the restrictions may be lifted. I guess that we would next look at this for a decision on or around 1st June.

The Leisure Centre is closed and you cannot run in groups but at least you can go for a daily run on your own as long as you stay 2 metres away from anyone you meet.
For those of you who are paying members of the Leisure Centre they have appealed to their Members to allow them to continue to take their regular Direct Debits so that they can survive the current challenge – the Centre is run by a not-for-profit charity so they have limited reserves to fall back on and no income now.

For the time being your Committee remains in place as we have no idea when we can rearrange the AGM.

We had a “virtual Committee meeting” last week (ie by e-mail) when we unanimously agreed to roll-on everyone’s TRC Membership for a further 6 months to 1st October 2020 at no charge to anyone. Anybody who has already renewed will get a full refund so nobody should loose out. If necessary we will also cover your EA Fees from 1st April for those Members who are EA Members this year. Next October, assuming we are back to some semblance of normality, then we will ask you to renew for just the half year until 31st March 2021. What we are not going to do is to ask you for any money under the present circumstances.

If there is any change to the official position or we have any news for you we will post the details on here.

Look after yourselves and keep safe.

Best Wishes
Arthur Renshaw,
Chairman (I’m on Day 12 of self-isolation with Helen as I have a compromised immune system)