Club Bulletin – December – Free Race Entry / Team GB

Thursday Club Night Leaders

8/12: Walking – Val / 12 min –  Amel / 10 min – Jerry / 9 min – Kev C / 8 min – Mel / 7 min – Ben

Tea Rota                                                      

08/12 – Mike Bennewitz / 15/12 – Xmas Do / 22/12 – Jerry Clothier / 29/12 – TLC shut; meet in car park

What’s On …  

  • December 9th – Severn Bridge Night Races (PMC Race #6)
  • December 10th – Gloucester XC Milton End Arlingham
  • December 11th – Westonbirt (PMC Race #7)
  • December 15th – Club Xmas Lights Run 
  • December 18th – Traditional Xmas Run from Wotton-Under-Edge (See item below)
  • December 19th – Xmas Lunch The Anchor, Lower Morton (See item below)
  • December 29th – Normal Club night, but TLC shut.
  • January 8th – Rollick Letter drop (See item below)
  • January 15th – Riverbank Rollick 
  • February 5th – Doynton Hard Half
  1. Riverbank Rollick Sun 15th Marshals Needed

Thank you to the 34 members who have already volunteered. We need 26 more please to join the team of amazing volunteers “Thank you Thornbury Running Club for an amazing event, great organisation and the best marshals ever.” THANK YOU in advance for volunteering to help with the Riverbank Rollick. Volunteer here.

2. TRC Race Series 2023

Riverbank Rollick is selling fast and is now 90% full! 358 places now sold and we have also already sold 79 places for Thornbury 10k and 78 for Oldbury 10 mile. To let local residents know about the Riverbank Rollick there is a letter drop to all effected residents on Sunday 8th January meeting 8:30am at the Scout Hut. There will be 2 groups running the course at different speed, so all welcome. This is your chance to experience the course (wear off road shoes!)

3. Free Race Entry

Club Xmas Raffle with a chance to win FREE race entry in aid of our Club Charity Bristol Bone Marrow. 1st prize – free entry into any Endurance Life coastal trail running event of your choice from 10k to Ultra. Race entry normally costs 10k/£35, half marathon/ £47, Marathon/£59 Ultra/£71. See 2nd & 3rd prizes are Endurance Life T-shirts (Once I know the winner I will order the correct size), 4th & 5th prizes are Endurance Life buffs. £1 per ticket. Please buy as many as you are able to in support of Bristol Bone Marrow and to increase your chances of winning. Tickets available from Kevin Wood. The draw will take place on Thursday 15th December at the Xmas Lights Food & Run (tickets will also be available to buy that night before the draw). We have a club-specific promo code which will gives all TRC members 10% off any Endurance Life entry: Code:  TRC22

(*Note: 1st prize is for all events and distance categories bookable on the website apart from the team relay events at the Classic Quarter & Exmoor.)

4. Xmas Lights Run & Food – Last Orders

53 signed up for the Club Xmas lights run and food on Thursday 15th December meeting at Thornbury Cricket Club 7:00pm (The Clubhouse, The Ship Field, Thornbury Rd, Bristol BS35 3LG). Please let me know if you plan to attend by 8th December latest, along with any specific dietary requirements you may have: Sign up   . Please note that the Club will be paying for food only, not drinks. I understand that things change. If you sign up and then find you cannot attend, please e-mail as soon as possible to let us know. Otherwise, the club ends up paying for your food, thank you. Please note the road between TLC and the cricket club is scheduled to be closed on 15th December  so please make sure you find ano way to the CC if you live in Thornbury.

5. Mince Pie Run Wotton-Under-Edge

The traditional pre-Xmas Mince Pie run will be on Sunday 18th December meeting in the Chippings car park in Wotton GL12 7BD (What 3 words is afford.theme.factually).  There will be 4 or 5 Groups of different pace / distance  and meet back in the car park at 11:00 am for mince pie eating (bring your own).Car Share if you can as the Car Park does get busy. 

If you fancy leading one of the groups then let me know (

  1. The ‘Fast & Furious’ Group. Starting early at 08.00 going long & fast for about 3 hours! Led by Rob Watkins.
  2. The ‘cut down Traditional Route’ Group. Not so fast or furious. Starting at 08.30. About 10 miles but hilly and picturesque. Led by ?
  3. The ‘Maybe Hilly & Muddy’ Group. Starting at 09.00. Will be hilly & probably will find some mud but only about 8 miles. Led by Arthur Renshaw
  4. The ‘I want a Nice Steady Run’ Group. Starting at 09.30 and going not too hilly or muddy for an hour-ish. Will make it up on the day but probably towards North Nibley Monument and may drive up and start by the woods to avoid the initial climb out of Wotton. To be led by ?
  5. The ‘Slightly More Leisurely’ Group. Starting at 09.30. Probably a Walking Group up over towards North Nibley Monument & back – dogs allowed. Also may drive up to start by the woods if necessary. To be Led by Judy Mill

6. Beginner’s Running Course Oct / Nov 2022 

Message from Carol … Thank you very much to Kevin, Hugh, Arthur, Chris, Emma, Mark, Paul and Amel for helping Natalie and I deliver the Beginner’s Running Course over the last 2 months. (And Nathan and Sam who were available to cover if needed.) We had 16 beginners sign up, 12 of whom attended 4 or more sessions out of the 9 on offer. As usual, there was a mix of abilities and previous running experience. The group got on well together and ran in some pretty awful weather a couple of times. 3 people struggled with illness and / or injury and are keen to get started again when they are fully recovered. Some have expressed an interest in running with the club on a Thursday. Fingers crossed. 

7. Xmas Lunch

The annual lunch at The Anchor Lower Morton is on Monday 19th December at 1:30. If you would like to attend please e-mail Richard Illingworth by Friday 16th along with your choice from the menu, please see:

8. International in our Midst – Team GB

Ali Bradfield will compete for Team GB in the long distance duathlon in the World Championships 2023. This is a half marathon run, 90km bike, 10km run. To qualify for the Team GB you need to finish within 15% of the winner of your age group in a qualifying race. Ali raced with the GB age group team in Bilbao earlier this year in the middle distance triathlon but wanted to switch to something different. Congratulations to Ali.

9. Congratulations

Congratulations to Peter Cable who has recently qualified as an EA Leader In Running Fitness (LiRF). Peter will join the team of Thursday Leaders from January.

10. Club Runs Over Xmas

There will be  normal Club night runs on 22nd December and 29th December. Please note on 29th TLC will be shut, so please meet in the car park. The Whats App Groups are there for you to arrange your own runs as well.

11. FCCE Globe Trot

Message from Susie G, Frampton Globe Trot organiser – “The FCCE Globe Trot is a multi-terrain, cross country, approx. 8 mile running race and is happening on 18th March 2023. Maybe you fancy running this year? Like some mud and running through water? Join our Facebook page, ‘The Frampton Globe Trot’ and spread the word, tickets have now been released. Click the link and book today!  The FCCE Frampton Globe Trot 2023, Sat 18 Mar 2023 at 11:00 | Race Space  New for 2023 – The inclusion of visually impaired runners and chip timings (say goodbye to stop watches on the finish line!). Starts and ends at the ‘The Globe’ in Frampton Cotterell.”

12. Enjoy the Xmas Break

This is the last Club Bulletin on 2022, the next one being early January. Enjoy your Xmas and New Year break.