Thornbury (well Oldbury) was the venue for the 2013 race. The race followed the route of the 2011 race along the river bank. Thornbury did win the race for the most members. Thornbury had 51 runners. For an away fixture Chepstow did have a great turn-out of 50 runners. Unfortunately, Cheptsow’s 50 runners did manage to win the match by 2653 points to 2498. Food and drink were enjoyed by both teams in the Anchor after the race
It was back to Chepstow for the 2012 race on a mild evening, 30th May. Chepstow, clearly rattled by our performance in 2011 had collected all their (grand)sons and (grand)daughters to make-up numbers, but they need not have worried! Sadly Thornbury was only able to field 26 runners and Chepstow had a landslide victory. Celebrations or a drowning of sorrows were held at the Leisure Centre where home-made cake was much appreciated.
Thursday June 9, 2011 saw a mass of runners milling around the Anchor at Oldbury-on-Severn. It was a great turn-out from both Clubs. The route was the 5km route. starting & finishing on the Sailing Club path, partly on tarmac path, partly riverbank path north out to the Power Station & then back. The Anchor laid-on a good spread afterwards with the weather being kind enough for us to stay outside. Thornbury RC managed to claim the winners’ shield – by one point!
It was a great night out – lovely weather, excellent organisation, and a great turnout with 47 runners (exactly!) from each club. TRC were unfortunately pipped to the post in the final countdown – Chepstow 2264 points, Thornbury 2201 points, with the difference of 63 points being the equivalent of a middle-of-the field runner. However, we can congratulate ourselves on matching up so well to a club as good as Chepstow…..and take our revenge next year when we organise the event!
Thornbury provided the winner – Paul Horsfall in a speedy 16min 38sec.