Thornbury Running Club organises three very popular Open races each year, the next, an evening 10km race in July being already sold-out. The success of the 2018 races saw the Club in a position to donate a sum to a local charity as well as provide equipment to both Castle and Marlwood Schools.
The charity chosen in 2018 was Thornbury-based Brain Tumour Support, and on Thursday 4 April members were very pleased and proud to present a cheque for £1266 to Jo Long who told us how they can use the funds to provide information, promote awareness and support those affected by brain tumours, including family and friends. This includes providing support groups, home visits and phone counselling.
Around the region’s running events, Hannah Kinloch Haken completed her second half-marathon race in two weeks when she travelled to Yeovil on Sunday 31st March, finishing 6th in her age category in 1 hour 39:51mins.
The Taunton Marathon course is two laps, with a good proportion of twisty country roads where supporters are few and far between. Neil Roff is a regular at this event and was the sole Thornbury representative finishing in 4 hours 31:48 minutes.
Clare Watt chose to travel the short distance north to take part in the Cattle Country 10k just outside Berkeley. Currently the holder of the Club’s own award for Age-Adjusted Cross Country running, she completed the multi-terrain course in 54:20, 2nd in the VF50 category, 5th lady overall and 37 out of 156 finishers.
parkrun (small ‘p’) saw the usual spread of Thornbury runners on Saturday 6th April. The highest number were at Thornbury’s own event where Rebecca Twyman completed the course as ‘tail runner’ alongside the final finisher, therefore spending 45:48 minutes on the course. Richard Illingworth also helped the event take place before having his own run in 33:37 minutes. Hugh McPherson finished in 25:27 and Katherine Adams in 28:22 minutes.
David and Anne Palmer took on the Kingsway course at Gloucester, running 27:18 and 33:30 minutes respectively, while Ross Phillips ran 24:56 minutes at the Pomphrey Hill event. Henry Orna had the quickest parkrun time of the weekend, running 19:38 minutes at Cheltenham, while at Chipping Sodbury Kevin Wood completed the 5k course in 22:26 followed by Jay Bartley in 26:08 and Pamela MacLeod in 35:49 minutes.
Judy (Matt is on holiday)