The final round of the Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country League took place on Sunday at Old Down Country Park, the second time the league visited this venue in the 2019/20 season. Thornbury’s women have built on their successes of last season and posted another series of consistent results in the higher echelons of the age group and team competitions. With the individual and age-group titles already decided, Hannah Hamilton and Clare Watt winning those titles, it was individual pride and team glory at stake in the 6.4K race. Laura Orna has been steadily coming into form as the season has progressed and finished as Thornbury’s top finisher for the second race in a row in 24th place in 28:50 mins. This race capped an impressive run of results for Laura as she finished in 3rd place in her age category (LV35) for the season. Hannah Hamilton was the next TRC runner to finish in 26th place in 29:26 mins, followed by Melanie Wilson in 35th in 30:12 mins. Joanne Emerson enjoys a hilly course and had one of her best results of the season in 51st place in 32:04 mins, followed Julia Jolley making her debut cross-country run for the club in 59th position in 33:18 min and Judy Mills in 81st position and 4th LV60 in 37:09 mins. Judy’s consistency across the season was rewarded with a 3rd place in her age category for the season. Carol Mosses was making her first appearance for the club this season and finished in 98th place in 50:39 mins.
Thornbury’s Cross-Country Captain, Jim Godden, could only watch from the sidelines on Sunday and the only runner who could deny Jim the club’s Men’s Cross Country title for the 2019/20 season was Martyn Green. Martyn was racing in the men’s 8.3K race along with 5 of his teammates and had to be the first Thornbury runner to finish to guarantee the title, but with TRC newcomer and sub-3hr marathon runner, Ben Bohane, setting the early pace, the title was looking safe in Jim’s grasp. Martyn had other ideas, however, and gauged his effort to perfection to outlast the younger runner and with a burst of speed on the final lap finished in 38th place in 34:43 mins, one place and 5 seconds ahead of Ben. Jim’s title aspirations may have been cruelly dashed at the last but he could console himself with the men’s age group title for the season. Behind the dramatic scenes further up the course, the next TRC men to finish were Henry Orna in 51st place in 36:39 mins, Mitchell Ford in his first cross-country appearance for the club in 55th place in 37:00 mins and Kevin Arnold in 82nd in 44:10 mins.
In the team competition on Sunday, the women’s results for the final race were not published and the men were 1 scoring runner short of fielding a full team. In the overall team competition for the 2019/20 season, Thornbury’s women finished in a marvellous 5th place, which was matched by their Vets team. Thornbury’s men finished in 13th place in the overall competition and their Vets team were in 11th place.
The Newport Half Marathon took place on Sunday and Mark West narrowly missed breaking the 90 min barrier, but still produced a solid run in 142nd place in 1 hour 30:07 mins.
Thornbury’s Saturday parkrun results featured a 41:25 mins run from Matthew Peyton in Telford.
Elsewhere, Chris Foley ran 25:53 mins in Chipping Sodbury, followed by David Palmer in 26:57 mins, Chris Lee 27:45 mins and Anne Palmer 37:28 mins. Kevin Arnold ran 24:00 mins in Pomphrey Hill and Brian Godsman ran 25:30 mins in Skatas. In Berkeley Green, Roger Glew ran 23:33 mins, Janet Gaze 28:57 mins, Mel Lloyd 29:02 mins, Tom Witherbed 29:48 mins and Sue Pascoe ran 40:19 mins.