London Marathon fever gripped the nation on Sunday and amongst the legions of elite athletes, club runners and running Big Bens there were 3 Thornbury runners taking part. Dave Beard was competing in his first road marathon since 2015 after several years running ultra-marathons, including the celebrated UTMB in the Alps last year. Dave used some of the downhill sections in the first half of the London course to good effect and crossed Tower Bridge at the midway point in 1 hour 34 mins. Despite suffering from cramps in the latter stages, Dave reduced his previous best by a massive 30 minutes to finish in 4236th out of 41,000+ runners in 3 hours 16:29 mins.
South Glos Police Sergeant and Thornbury runner Sean Underwood was part of a fundraising team for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of family friend and BBC presenter Rachael Bland, who sadly passed away last year from Cancer. As well as raising an incredible sum of money, currently over £18,000, Sean had the extra satisfaction of reducing his previous marathon best by over 20 minutes and broke the 5-hour barrier in 4 hours 58:11 mins in 29876th place.
Suzy Cundy had left no stone unturned in her preparation for this year’s race; logging the long runs in all conditions, completing a 20-mile race in March and raising money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The sacrifice proved worthwhile as she finished in under her target time in 36945th place in 5 hours 41:39 mins.
A race which slipped last week’s result section was the Hanham Horror, which was run on Easter Sunday. Nick Langridge was the lone Thornbury runner taking part in this 6-mile multi-terrain course which included water crossings, 100 steps and a steep rope climb near the finish. Nick lost focus for a moment on one of the off-road sections and came tumbling down. Quickly surveying a few cuts and bruises, Nick dusted himself down and once again proved his hard Northern credentials by making it to the finish in 47:40 mins in 41st place. Nick was patched up at the minor injuries unit at the hospital, so missed out finding out he had also won the V60 age category.
The Frenchay 10k on Sunday is a road race with a long history and some gruelling hills. Recent Thornbury recruit Adam Frontczak was the first TRC runner to finish in 34th place in 41:49 mins, followed by Paul Saville in 42nd place in 43:18 mins. Nick Langridge wasn’t going to let a few flesh wounds keep him away from the start line and he was next in 69th in 45:15 mins. Chris Lee was 309th in 58:18 mins.
The Horton Bull Run is an undulating 4.25-mile race along the Cotswold country lanes surrounding Horton. Paul Harrod was on the charge near the front of the race and finished 10th in 26:24 mins.
Saturday’s parkrun results included Kevin Arnold in Worcester, who ran 23:28 mins. In Thornbury, Paul Thomas ran 21:50 mins, Rebecca Twyman 31:35 mins and Nigel Hale 31:43 mins. Paul Saville ran Chippenham parkrun in 21:11 mins and at Chipping Sodbury Kevin Wood ran 22:31 mins, David Palmer 27:25 mins and Anne Palmer 33:41 mins. Henry Orna ran 25:12 mins at Pomphrey Hill and Romeo Maddalena ran 27:47 mins in South Africa at Atlasville parkrun.