For the second consecutive year, Thornbury Running Club’s Nancy Harding took part in the Green Boy Ultra (the 30-mile diminutive version of the 46-mile Green Man Ultra) which follows the Community Forest Path that encircles Bristol . Nancy was the defending vets lady champion, but faced a much muddier course on Saturday than in 2019, with many leg-sapping sections and a diversion which added another mile to the advertised distance. Nancy took all of these challenges in her stride to finish one minute faster than last year and yet again claim the vets lady title (and trophy) and the chance to make it three in a row next year. Nancy finished 34th overall in 6 hours 24:09 mins.
On Sunday, Grimsey headed to East Devon to tackle ‘The Grizzly Cub’, 10 miles of off-road running from the Seaton seafront and an assortment of steep hills, cliff paths and water crossings before the finish line. John is an experienced runner of the Cub and the 20-mile ‘Grizzly’ and finished the 2020 edition in 401st place out of 580 runners in 2 hours 19:52 mins.
As the cross-country season draws to a close the road running calendar starts filling up again. Sunday’s Minchinhampton 10k was one of the earliest opportunities to get the road trainers out and test them out on this undulating 2-lap course on quiet country lanes. Paul Harrod was the lone Thornbury runners in the field and was 9th overall in 40:40 mins.
Ben Bohane ran the fastest parkrun of the week and the quickest to date of any Thornbury runner on the new Berkeley Green course with a swift 17:45 mins. Roger Glew set a new personal best on the same course in 21:56 mins. Ann Green ran 29:00 mins on Severn Bridge, Brian Godsman finished Skatas in 24:46 mins, Garry Slater and Paul Saville ran 20:30 mins and 21:01 mins, respectively, in Chipping Sodbury and Nick Langridge ran 23:05 mins in Stonehouse. On the Eden Project parkrun course, David and Anne Palmer ran 26:31 mins and 36:49 mins, respectively.