Results 2018-19

Gloucester League Race 2 – Charlton Park 3rd Nov 2018

So it was almost the same again as TRC turned out another large contingent at Charlton Park, scene of Jo’s unforgettable admonition to Angela of “run, don’t wave”, with the ladies again fielding 2 teams but the men being agonisingly one short of a second team (well, we do have to have 6 in a men’s team rather than 3).

But what a difference a year makes. Last year’s bogfest was replaced by a rock hard surface over the undulating parklands that was even solidly rutted in one corner. A warm wind ruffled the grass and gave something to struggle against when running into it.

As usual it was the ladies’ race at 6.7 K that was off first and it was Laura Orna who set an unassailable pace for the club. Looking comfortable, she battled well for her place and came in a very good 31st in 29:27 in a highly competitive cross country field.

Jo Emerson made her usual careful start (ever thought of starting quickly, see what happened at Woodchester?) and then surged through from further back, passing Clare Watt towards the end of the first of the 2 laps. Further gains were made as Jo finished 65th in 31:49. Clare maintained her position and finished half a minute behind at 72nd and 3rd LV55 in 31:15.

These three made up the first team which finished 17th over all.

Further back Sarah Newnes was having another steady run and pushed on smiling, or was it grimacing, for 129th in 36:40. Maddie Parrott, making a surprise return, came in next at 139th in 37:34 while Judy Mills made up the B team at 150th in 39:04. The B team finished 37th over all out of the 39 competing teams.

Just missing out on the team on her debut was Josie Cole just 2 places at 39th behind Judy in 39:30.

The TRC contingent was completed when Rebecca Dunsford, another one trying cross country for the first time, crossed the line in 166th in 43:08.

In the veteran teams event the first team were a creditable 13th and the B team 26th out of the 28 teams involved.

The men’s 9.6K 3 lap race was next off and TRC had another runner leading from the front as Nick Williams set off to build up his unassailable lead well ahead of the rest of the Thornbury runners. Mixing it with some of the leading Dursley contingent, Nick crossed the line at 59th in 37:11.

Surge of the day belonged to Henry Orna who came from some way back to pull away from Jim Godden, pass Dave Beard and then catch Dylan Roberts as the runners ascended the last slope and made their way over the final stretch of open grassland to the finish. He held Dylan off to finish 101st in 39:49, just 3 seconds and 3 places ahead of Dylan in a bunch finish.

Dave came in behind at 116th in 40:26 while Jim was 132nd and 3rd MV55 in 40:49. The men’s first team was completed by another strong Paul Clark run at 149th in 41:43 which gave the team 15th position out of the 25 teams.

There was a gap to the rest of the willing but not so fast runners. Nick Langridge set off and never saw another TRC runner ahead or behind in the whole race. Nevertheless, competing with those around him he felt he’d had a decent run and was a whole 3 mins and 20 secs faster than last year. This had nothing to do with some surge in form but just goes to show what more benign conditions can do for your time. He thought 45:23 was a decent time but was 200th. He was only put off by the prowling Clare Watt, camera in hand, trying to take embarrassing photos – where are those other runners to hide behind?

Kevin Arnold and Brian Godsman had a good tussle. Kevin was ahead but Brian caught and overtook and thought he’d taken the place until Kevin came back at him and held him off to the line by 1 position and 5 seconds. Kevin was 226th in 47:57 and Brian 227th in 48:03.

Steve Dimond generously came to run in the main race to make up the team and pushed himself around to 242nd in 50:59.

Duncan Pauly was back again after Old Down’s last place finish but managed a much improved performance. He was much closer to the runners ahead and with a virtual sprint to the end held off another runner to avoid last place and hand over the lantern rouge.

In discussion afterwards he reckoned that if he kept up this rate of improvement by beating an extra runner each time, he would be competing at the front after some 200 races.

Sadly, we looked around but 5/6ths of a team didn’t warrant a place in the team event. (I hope this is making someone feel guilty – oh, alright so it isn’t).

We did though warrant a second team in the veterans’ event where our first team were a very good 7th and the B team a glorious and last 24th – we still don’t care, we counted.

There were more of Jim’s cakes with TRC iced on the top before we packed up and left pondering the next event.

Anyone for a Gwent League at Pembrey Park next Saturday 10th? Make yourself known.

 

Overall Standings    
TRC champs Old Down Country Park  Charlton Park, Malmesbury Total
League Glos Glos  
  13th Oct 3rd Nov  
MALE      
Henry Orna 24 24 48
Dave Beard 22 22 44
Paul Clark 23 20 43
Jim Godden 21 19 40
Nick Langridge 17 18 35
Steve Dimond 14 15 29
Duncan Pauly 13 14 27
Matthew Johnstone 25   25
Nick Williams   25 25
Dylan Roberts   23 23
Robert Hopkins 20   20
Benjamin Foss 19   19
Ian Evans 18   18
Kevin Arnold   17 17
Brian Godsman   16 16
Sean Underwood 16   16
Kevin Cundy 15   15
FEMALE      
Laura Orna 24 25 49
Joanne Emerson 23 24 47
Sarah Newnes 19 22 41
Judy Mills 18 20 38
Hannah Kinloch Haken 25   25
Clare Watt   23 23
Rosina Rowland 22   22
Emma Barnes 21   21
Maddie Parrott   21 21
Lizzie Williams 20   20
Josie Cole   19 19
Rebecca Dunsford   18 18
Age Adjusted Scores      
TRC champs   Old Down Country Park  Charlton Park, Malmesbury Best 4
League   Glos Glos  
    13th Oct 3rd Nov  
MALE Category      
Jim Godden MV55 25 25 50
Nick Langridge MV65 24 24 48
Paul Clark MV45 22 22 44
Dave Beard MV40 21 21 42
Henry Orna SM 19 20 39
Steve Dimond MV65 20 18 38
Duncan Pauly MV55 13 15 28
Matthew Johnstone MV40 23   23
Nick Williams SM   23 23
Dylan Roberts SM   19 19
Robert Hopkins MV40 18   18
Ian Evans MV40 17   17
Kevin Arnold MV45   17 17
Benjamin Foss SM 16   16
Brian Godsman MV45   16 16
Kevin Cundy MV40 15   15
Sean Underwood SM 14   14
         
FEMALE        
Laura Orna SM 23 24 47
Joanne Emerson LV40 22 23 45
Judy Mills LV60 21 22 43
Sarah Newnes LV45 18 20 38
Rosina Rowland LV50 25   25
Clare Watt LV55   25 25
Hannah Kinloch Haken SM 24   24
Maddie Parrott LV55   21 21
Emma Barnes LV40 20   20
Lizzie Williams SM 19   19
Rebecca Dunsford LV55   19 19
Sarah Newnes LV45 18   18
Josie Cole LV45   18 18


Gloucester League Race 1 – Old Down 13th October 2018

It can’t be, surely, not in this summer weather, but it was, as Storm Callum gave us a timely reminder and before the tail of Hurricane Leslie came in and left us with a ridiculously warm October day and a ridiculously strong but warm wind to battle against. Yes, the start of another cross country season and it couldn’t have been a more convenient venue, just out of the back door and fall into Old Down.

And that brought out a large and, dare I say it, enthusiastic team of Thornbury Runners so large, in fact, that not only did we have full teams but for the first time ever since they were invented full men’s and women’s B teams. Even former stalwart and latter recluse Emma Barnes was persuaded to don her trail shoes for a rare cross country outing.

The start times had been put back an hour to avoid clashing with a wedding function, having been decided that hundreds of cross country runners tearing through the reception and pinching pieces of cake was not such a brilliant idea. A further surprise was in store when at the start an extra lap was announced for each race so the ladies had 3 laps and the men 4. Not everybody heard this information and so was in for a bit of a surprise when, having put in a finishing effort, had to go round again, the joys of cross country.

The course itself was totally dry, despite Storm Callum’s downpours, and after an initial circling of the top field, twisted round to a steep descent, down a track, an open area and a narrow path below the pond and across to the woods. After some tricky manoeuvres past stones and roots, the path climbed steeply back to the top and across fields and more woods back to the start.

The ladies’ 6km plus extra lap race was first off and we had 2 new runners to star for the team. On the initial turn of the field it was new runner Hannah Kinlock Haken and Laura Orna who came through side by side, not far behind the leaders. Ros Rowland, back after a season out, made a customary quick start ahead of Emma and Lizzie Williams with Jo Emerson making her usual circumspect start. Sarah Newnes and Judy Mills completed the TRC runners.

As the runners returned to the field after the first circuit, Hannah had established a lead over Laura which she was not to relinquish and finished for a very strong run, not too far off the front runners for 23rd position in 32:08. Laura kept the gap to within a minute to come in for a very good 28th in 32:52.

Behind them Jo had made her customary mid race surge to pass and leave the others behind but couldn’t get close to cutting the gap to Laura. She came in 46th in 34:44 and completed the first team who finished in 10th position out of the 31 competing teams, really good for us at this level.

Ros and Emma, meanwhile, were having a bit of a ding dong battle, with Ros dropping back then picking up again to finally pip Emma with 59th place and 3rd LV55 in 36:09 and Emma 62nd in 36:21. Lizzie had been part of the tussle for a while but just fell off a bit towards the end, finishing close behind at 71st in 36:53. These three close finishers made up the B team and finished 20th.

Sarah Newnes finished 100th in 40:25 while Judy Mills came in a cheerful 119th in 43:03.

The women’s vet team were 7th out of 20, another strong result.

In the men’s 9K plus 1 lap race it was Matt Johnstone and Henry Orna who led off with Jim Godden mixing it with them and being 2nd at one point. However, it was Matt having an inspirational performance who dropped the other two and pushed on through the ranks to finish 50th in 42:47. Henry kept 2nd place and completed at 83rd in 44:47.

Jim Godden dropped back and was later passed by Paul Clarke, making a rare appearance and picking up places throughout the race from a steady start. Paul then had a tight finish with Dave Beard but just held him off in 94th place in 45:16 with Dave just one position and 5 seconds behind. They were closely followed by Jim who was 99th in 45:33 and 2nd MV55.

Rob Hopkins had a slow start and as we dropped through the narrow paths on the way to the woods, Nick Langridge, picking up from his now essential steady start and having passed Kevin Cundy and Sean Underwood also managed to squeeze past Rob. This clearly offended Rob’s sensibilities as at the next opportunity he not only went back past Nick but steamed off into the distance like a man on a mission. This was clearly the wake up call he needed and Nick’s main contribution to the race as Rob overtook Ian Evans and Ben Foss and continued picking up places with a strong second half of the race to finish 125th in 47:00 and finished as last counter in the first team. The men’s first team were 13th .

Ben Foss continued his strong run and came in as leader of the B team at 151st in 49:14. Nick had Ian in view on the open areas but couldn’t make any impression on the gap. Ian was 154th in 49:26 and Nick struggled in 161st in 50:13.

Sean Underwood was 192nd in 55:37 while Kevin Cundy kept a consistent pace at 195th in 55:55. Steve Dimond was another one to start off slowly and pick up places during the race and came in just behind Kevin at 197th in 56:35. Steve was last counter for the B team who came in 21st and last but we don’t care, just having a B team competing was enough.

But it didn’t finish there. New runner Duncan Pauly kept up a proud tradition of lantern rouge and was loudly cheered and applauded as he came in smiling at the approbation while the course helpers dismantled the course around him to be 208th and last in 70:18.

The men’s vets teams were 7th and 19th out of 21, another good result for the first team.

So we all gathered in the wind to recover, discuss stories, dismantle camp and eat cake, thoughtfully provided by Jim, which were buns with icing on and the letters TRC iced on top of that. Now That’s Really Cool.

Oh, and I forgot to look at Wales. The next event is near Malmesbury on 3rd November which is also close by so same again, then?
 

  Old Down Country Park 13th Oct
Names Cat Finish Time Cat
Mens Race – 9k   Posn   Posn
Matthew Johnstone MV40 50 42:47 6
Henry Orna SM 83 44:29 48
Paul Clark MV45 94 45:16 12
Dave Beard MV40 95 45:21 18
Jim Godden MV55 99 45:33 2
Robert Hopkins MV40 125 47:00 23
Benjamin Foss SM 151 49:14 64
Ian Evans MV40 154 49:26 31
Nick Langridge MV65 161 50:13 1
Sean Underwood SM 192 55:37 76
Kevin Cundy MV40 195 55:55 36
Steve Dimond MV65 197 56:35 2
Duncan Pauly MV55 208 01:10:18 21
         
Ladies Race – 6k        
Hannah Kinloch Haken SL 23 32:08 12
Laura Orna SL 28 32:52 14
Joanne Emerson LV40 46 34:44 4
Rosina Rowland LV55 59 36:09 3
Emma Barnes LV40 62 36:21 7
Lizzie Williams SL 71 36:53 23
Sarah Newnes LV45 100 40:25 16
Judy Mills LV60 119 43:03 6

Mens Team Standings

Position Club Category Score Race Position
1 Senior Men Cheltenham & County Harriers [A] Team Open – Men 51 1 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 14
2 Senior Men Team Bath AC [A] 97 8 + 9 + 17 + 20 + 21 + 22
3 Senior Men Cheltenham & County Harriers [B] 203 16 + 24 + 29 + 34 + 49 + 51
4 Senior Men Team Bath AC [B] 205 23 + 26 + 28 + 30 + 45 + 53
5 Senior Men Stroud & District AC [A] 261 6 + 12 + 42 + 54 + 61 + 86
6 Senior Men Cirencester AC 265 10 + 19 + 25 + 27 + 75 + 109
7 Senior Men University of Bath 317 2 + 33 + 36 + 47 + 82 + 117
8 Senior Men Clevedon 322 4 + 43 + 58 + 68 + 69 + 80
9 Senior Men Dursley RC [A] 378 18 + 31 + 46 + 92 + 93 + 98
10 Senior Men CLC Striders 384 3 + 41 + 48 + 72 + 97 + 123
11 Senior Men Severn AC 402 38 + 40 + 44 + 73 + 101 + 106
12 Senior Men Gloucester AC 473 32 + 57 + 60 + 87 + 111 + 126
13 Senior Men Thornbury RC [A] 546 50 + 83 + 94 + 95 + 99 + 125
14 Senior Men Bitton Road Runners 560 39 + 76 + 78 + 103 + 121 + 143
15 Senior Men Forest Of Dean AC 598 37 + 52 + 71 + 134 + 136 + 168
16 Senior Men Team Bath AC [C] 603 59 + 74 + 104 + 114 + 119 + 133
17 Senior Men Almost Athletes 638 63 + 67 + 88 + 116 + 146 + 158
18 Senior Men Stroud & District AC [B] 871 89 + 131 + 132 + 163 + 171 + 185
19 Senior Men Evesham Vale 906 115 + 129 + 149 + 156 + 169 + 188
20 Senior Men Dursley RC [B] 920 137 + 141 + 142 + 147 + 152 + 201
21 Senior Men Thornbury RC [B] 1050 151 + 154 + 161 + 192 + 195 + 197

VETS Teams
Position Club Category Score Race Position
1 Male Vets Cheltenham & County Harriers Team Masters – Men 111 7 + 14 + 34 + 56
2 Male Vets Team Bath AC [A] 248 22 + 53 + 59 + 114
3 Male Vets Cirencester AC 252 10 + 27 + 75 + 140
4 Male Vets Severn AC [A] 256 38 + 44 + 73 + 101
5 Male Vets Forest Of Dean AC [A] 294 37 + 52 + 71 + 134
6 Male Vets Stroud & District AC 320 42 + 61 + 86 + 131
7 Male Vets Thornbury RC [A] 338 50 + 94 + 95 + 99
8 Male Vets Dursley RC 340 18 + 92 + 93 + 137
9 Male Vets Gloucester AC 400 57 + 87 + 111 + 145
10 Male Vets Almost Athletes 425 63 + 88 + 116 + 158
11 Male Vets Bitton Road Runners 436 39 + 103 + 121 + 173
12 Male Vets Bromsgrove & Redditch AC 444 77 + 105 + 112 + 150
13 Male Vets Severn AC [B] 462 106 + 107 + 110 + 139
14 Male Vets Newent Runners 474 81 + 90 + 128 + 175
15 Male Vets Clevedon 480 43 + 80 + 155 + 202
16 Male Vets CLC Striders 513 72 + 97 + 164 + 180
17 Male Vets Team Bath AC [B] 547 119 + 133 + 138 + 157
18 Male Vets Evesham Vale [A] 562 115 + 129 + 149 + 169
19 Male Vets Thornbury RC [B] 635 125 + 154 + 161 + 195
20 Male Vets Forest Of Dean AC [B] 670 136 + 174 + 179 + 181
21 Male Vets Evesham Vale [B] 794 188 + 198 + 203 + 205

Ladies Team Standings

Position Club Category Score Race Position
1 Senior Ladies Cheltenham & County Harriers [A] Team Open – Ladies 18 2 + 3 + 13
2 Senior Ladies Team Bath AC [A] 26 5 + 6 + 15
3 Senior Ladies Stroud & District AC [A] 27 7 + 9 + 11
4 Senior Ladies Gloucester AC [A] 59 14 + 18 + 27
5 Senior Ladies Evesham Vale [A] 71 12 + 24 + 35
6 Senior Ladies Forest Of Dean AC [A] 74 10 + 26 + 38
7 Senior Ladies University of Bath 83 1 + 40 + 42
8 Senior Ladies Stroud & District AC [B] 91 25 + 32 + 34
9 Senior Ladies CLC Striders [A] 96 20 + 33 + 43
10 Senior Ladies Thornbury RC [A] 97 23 + 28 + 46
11 Senior Ladies Cirencester AC [A] 108 17 + 39 + 52
12 Senior Ladies Cheltenham & County Harriers [B] 111 16 + 29 + 66
13 Senior Ladies Dursley RC [A] 124 8 + 37 + 79
14 Senior Ladies Almost Athletes 125 22 + 50 + 53
15 Senior Ladies Stroud & District AC [C] 163 47 + 55 + 61
16 Senior Ladies Team Bath AC [B] 167 19 + 64 + 84
17 Senior Ladies Clevedon 167 4 + 76 + 87
18 Senior Ladies Gloucester AC [B] 174 30 + 70 + 74
19 Senior Ladies Forest Of Dean AC [B] 177 45 + 49 + 83
20 Senior Ladies Thornbury RC [B] 192 59 + 62 + 71
21 Senior Ladies Bourton Roadrunners 195 36 + 63 + 96
22 Senior Ladies CLC Striders [B] 201 56 + 65 + 80
23 Senior Ladies Cotswold Allrunners 215 41 + 51 + 123
24 Senior Ladies Black Pear Joggers 259 60 + 90 + 109
25 Senior Ladies Evesham Vale [B] 262 69 + 92 + 101
26 Senior Ladies Redditch stars 286 58 + 110 + 118
27 Senior Ladies Dursley RC [B] 296 86 + 97 + 113
28 Senior Ladies Gloucester AC [C] 307 78 + 105 + 124
29 Senior Ladies Cirencester AC [B] 317 81 + 116 + 120
30 Senior Ladies Newent Runners 335 82 + 126 + 127
31 Senior Ladies Dursley RC [C] 377 114 + 131 + 132

VETS

Position Club Category Score Race Position
1 Lady Vets Stroud & District AC Team Masters – Ladies 73 7 + 32 + 34
2 Lady Vets Forest Of Dean AC [A] 81 10 + 26 + 45
3 Lady Vets CLC Striders [A] 96 20 + 33 + 43
4 Lady Vets Gloucester AC [A] 102 14 + 18 + 70
5 Lady Vets Almost Athletes 125 22 + 50 + 53
6 Lady Vets Evesham Vale 128 24 + 35 + 69
7 Lady Vets Thornbury RC 167 46 + 59 + 62
8 Lady Vets CLC Striders [B] 201 56 + 65 + 80
9 Lady Vets Dursley RC [A] 202 37 + 79 + 86
10 Lady Vets Cirencester AC [A] 207 39 + 52 + 116
11 Lady Vets Cotswold Allrunners 215 41 + 51 + 123
12 Lady Vets Cheltenham & County Harriers 228 29 + 66 + 133
13 Lady Vets Forest Of Dean AC [B] 231 49 + 83 + 99
14 Lady Vets Gloucester AC [B] 257 74 + 78 + 105
15 Lady Vets Clevedon 258 76 + 87 + 95
16 Lady Vets Bourton Roadrunners 274 63 + 103 + 108
17 Lady Vets Dursley RC [B] 324 97 + 113 + 114
18 Lady Vets Newent Runners 335 82 + 126 + 127
19 Lady Vets Redditch stars 357 110 + 118 + 129
20 Lady Vets Cirencester AC [B] 375 120 + 125 + 130

Overall Standings                      
TRC champs Old Down Country Park  Charlton Park, Malmesbury  Pembrey Park, Llanelli Bryn Bach Park Wotton-Under-Edge Bath University Rendcombe College Leamington TBA Cheltenham Blaise Castle Best 4
League Glos Glos Gwent Gwent Glos Avon Champs  Glos Champs Midland Gwent Glos Gwent  
  13th Oct 3rd Nov 10th Nov 2nd Dec 9th Dec 9th Dec 5th Jan 26th Jan 10th Feb 17th Feb 2nd March  
MALE                        
Matthew Johnstone 25                      
Henry Orna 24                      
Paul Clark 23                      
Dave Beard 22                      
Jim Godden 21                      
Robert Hopkins 20                      
Benjamin Foss 19                      
Ian Evans 18                      
Nick Langridge 17                      
Sean Underwood 16                      
Kevin Cundy 15                      
Steve Dimond 14                      
Duncan Pauly 13                      
                         
FEMALE                        
Hannah Kinloch Haken 25                      
Laura Orna 24                      
Joanne Emerson 23                      
Rosina Rowland 22                      
Emma Barnes 21                      
Lizzie Williams 20                      
Sarah Newnes 19                      
Judy Mills 18                      

 

Age Adjusted Scores                      
TRC champs Old Down Country Park  Charlton Park, Malmesbury  Pembrey Park, Llanelli Bryn Bach Park Wotton-Under-Edge Bath University Rendcombe College Leamington TBA Cheltenham Blaise Castle Best 4
League Glos Glos Gwent Gwent Glos Avon Champs  Glos Champs Midland Gwent Glos Gwent  
  13th Oct 3rd Nov 10th Nov 2nd Dec 9th Dec 9th Dec 5th Jan 26th Jan 10th Feb 17th Feb 2nd March  
MALE                        
Jim Godden 25                      
Nick Langridge 24                      
Matthew Johnstone 23                      
Paul Clark 22                      
Dave Beard 21                      
Steve Dimond 20                      
Henry Orna 19                      
Robert Hopkins 18                      
Ian Evans 17                      
Benjamin Foss 16                      
Kevin Cundy 15                      
Sean Underwood 14                      
Duncan Pauly 13                      
                         
FEMALE                        
Rosina Rowland 25                      
Hannah Kinloch Haken 24                      
Laura Orna 23                      
Joanne Emerson 22                      
Judy Mills 21                      
Emma Barnes 20                      
Lizzie Williams 19                      
Sarah Newnes 18                      

 

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