While many of us were rushing around the shops looking for last minute presents on the last Saturday before Christmas, Thornbury RC’s Rosina Rowland and Jo Plumbley had better ideas. They decided to run 32 miles through the Welsh hills on the Coed Morgannwg way in the ‘Celtic Ultra’, an off-road ultra marathon race through the Afan Forest and surrounding countryside from Margam to Dare Valley Park. In a field of over 80 runners, Rosina was 50th in 7 hours 31:59 mins and Jo was 51st in 7 hours 32:03 mins.
Paul Harrod was the lone TRC runner at the Weston Prom on 19th December. There was a deep field of quality runners taking part with a contingent of Bristol and West AC setting a blistering pace at the front. Paul ran the fastest time from a Thornbury runner on this 5-mile course in quite a while in 50th place in 30:36 mins and will no doubt aim to clock a sub 30 min time in the new year.
Thornbury’s pre-Christmas parkrun results included Moray Sloan in Forest of Dean in 23:21 mins, Henry Orna ran Eastville Park in 20:21 mins, Nick Langridge ran Stonehouse in 22:50 mins, Mel Lloyd ran Rogiet in 30:24 mins and Roger Glew finished Severn Bridge in 24:35 mins. In Chipping Sodbury, Garry Slater was the the first Thornbury finisher in 20:51 mins, followed by Kevin Wood in 23:13 mins, David Palmer 27:12 mins, Chris Lee 28:01 mins and Anne Palmer 36:43 mins. In Mallards Pike, Kevin Arnold ran 23:28 mins in a parkrun which featured Bristol and West’s Ben Robinson running an incredible 13:35 mins with some canine assistance.
Aside from the races, Thornbury’s runners enjoyed several pre-Christmas social events with group runs around Thornbury and Alveston admiring the Christmas lights, including one outstanding house in Eastland Avenue. There was also a club social event at Thornbury Cricket club and the presentation of a £1,200 cheque to this year’s nominated club charity, Phase Thornbury. Every year the club adopts a local charity and uses some of the proceeds from the 3 races the club organises. PHASE supports local families with teens and offers mentoring and support with mental health issues.