Thornbury Running Club’s runners were out in numbers for the Bradley Stoke 10k on Sunday, with the added incentive of this race being the latest round of the club’s road running championships. Paul Saville scored top points for Thornbury’s men and was 17th place overall in 41:18 mins and 2nd in the V40 age category. Behind Paul, there were 2 other runners in the top 30; Ben Foss finished 21st and smashed his personal best in 41: 50mins, followed by Adam Frontczak in 29th place in 42:14 mins. Richard Jackson was next in 53rd in 44:25 mins.Kevin Wood and Hugh McPherson took top honours in their respective age categories. Kevin Wood finished 61st overall and 1st in the V60 age category in a swift 45:01 mins. Hugh was 1st in the V65 age category and 146th overall in 50:27 mins. They were awarded their winning prize from one of UK’s finest long-distance runners and Bristol resident, Nick Rose. As well as managing Bradley Stoke FC’s football team, Jon Welsh also finds time to race regularly. Jon finished in 141st in 50:16 mins, followed by Chris Lee in 276th in 57:47 mins. Thornbury’s top woman was Clare Evans in 298th in 58:55 mins, followed by Kathy Willott in 430th and 2nd in the V65 age category in 1:06:19 and Rachel Murphy in 447th in 1:07:12. Simon Groves was next in 472nd in 1:09:20, followed by Pamela MacLeod in 517th in 1:14:15 mins and Carol Mosses in 535th in 1:19:20 mins.
Nick Langridge took part in the Stroud Beer Race on 3rd May, an undulating 7.2-mile race around Minchampton Common with a steep climb to contend with. The top 100 runners were awarded a half a pint of beer at the finish, which Nick downed after finishing 27th place overall and 1st V60 runner in 52:30 mins. Nick’s time also broke the course record for V65 runners by over a minute.
Nick Williams raced in the Lake District at the weekend in The Scafell Sky Race. This 40k race also included a leg-sapping 3500m of climb, most of the race was on single tracks but there were some technical sections with some rocky outcrops to scramble over. As well as the difficulty of the course, it was wet and cold on the Fells and parts of the course had to be adapted for the safety of the runners. Clearly, this was not a race for the faint-hearted and Nick rose to the challenge amongst a field which included some of the top mountain runners in the UK and beyond. Nick finished in 18th overall in 5 hours 26:38 mins.
On Sunday, Thornbury’s triathletes were well represented in 2 different middle distance races, which starts with a 1.9-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride and the final section is a half marathon run. The Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon is a familiar stomping ground for some of TRC’s multi-sports athletes and is a good course for quick times. Richard Phillips was the top Thornbury athlete, finishing in 191st out of 882 competitors in 5 hours 14:16 mins. Helen Harrison was next in 582nd place overall and 138th woman in 6 hours 09:22 mins, closely followed by Clare Watt in 6 hours 10:01 mins in 588th overall and 140th woman. Clare was also 2nd in the V55 age category. Kevin Cundy was taking part in his second ever triathlon and first over this distance and finished in 598th in a highly respectable 6 hours 11:31 mins.
Dylan and Taryn Roberts took part in the Wales Triathlon in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The windy conditions created havoc in the sea and on the bike and the 4-lap run course included a tough climb. Dylan and Taryn drew on their previous experience of completing the Ironman Wales course in Tenby to record impressive results at this middle distance event. Dylan was 8th overall in a total time of 5 hours 10:29, including a 1 hour 34 half marathon. Taryn blew away the competition in the women’s field and was 33rd overall, she had the quickest times in all 3 sections of the race and was over 20 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Taryn’s finishing time was 5 hours 29:16 mins.
Elsewhere, at Thornbury parkrun, Paul Saville was the first TRC finisher in 22:30 mins, followed by Andy Hollingdale 22:44 mins, Ian Shepherd 24:01 mins, Chris Foley 25:28 mins, Louise Warren 25:52 mins, Jeremy Clothier 26:57 mins, Peter Blenkiron 27:23 mins, Jodie Haines 27:57 mins, Chris Lee 28:34 mins, Hilkary Lee 29:41 mins, Mel Lloyd 31:40 mins and Rebecca Twyman 35:34 mins.
Other TRC parkrun results included Kevin Arnold at Eastville in 23:00 mins, Nick Langridge ran Stonehouse in 22:10 mins, Anne Palmer finished Pontypool in 34:37 mins and Chris Dawes scaled the Woolacombe Dunes in 28:09 mins.