TRC from Tuesday 16th February

This week’s e-mail has been delayed pending Boris saying anything of note last night. (Monday evening) As you probably all now know there are no dates and no timetable for us coming out of Lockdown3 so nothing will change for the next few weeks at least. We now wait for an announcement next Monday 22nd but it is almost certain that we won’t be allowed out of Lockdown3 until the schools have all gone back.

This is still the latest England Athletics Statement from 8th January…

As a result of everyone being required to stay at home, except for specific purposes as outlined by the UK Govt guidance, the impact on our sport includes the following with immediate effect and until further notice:
• The suspension of all face-to-face indoor and outdoor club / group activity.
• The suspension of all outdoor competitions including track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multi-terrain running.
• The suspension of all face-to-face coaches’ and officials’ education.
• The suspension of any other face-to-face club / group training sessions, events, athlete camps, running groups or other social events as well as club committee or other meetings.
• Indoor gyms and facilities will remain closed.

What you can do:

Athletes and Runners can train with household bubbles or ONE other person.
Individual training is permitted but note Govt guidance is only to leave the house once per day and to stay local, which means you can travel a short distance within your area for example to access an open space


During this Lockdown period your Committee has arranged for various activities to keep you occupied as detailed below. All these activities should also be on the TRC Members Facebook page.

1. TRC Zoom Café – Thursdays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

If you just fancy a chat please feel free to drop into the Zoom café on a Thursday.

18th February Meeting ID: 942 1736 8984 Passcode: 721826
25th February Meeting ID: 940 0366 0576 Passcode: 566911

2. TRC Virtual Le Jog Team Challenge

By the time you get this report both teams will be nearing the finish! The teams started w/c 8th Feb only 15.2 miles apart as Thornbury Trotters (TT) had halved the gap on Judy’s Joggers (JJ) from 33.15 miles the previous week.
For the week ending 7the Feb TT ran a total of 262.28 miles and JJ 244.33 miles. So after 3 weeks of running JJ retain the lead at 726.18 miles now closely followed by TT at 710.98 miles. JJ start the week about 10 miles beyond Fortingall and TT 5 miles from Fortingall. Both teams now have a sprint finish to the end and have ‘The Beast from the East’ to content with. JJ have 148 miles and TT have 163 miles to run. Good luck!

3. TRC Virtual Fitness Sessions – Wednesdays

The schedule for the Virtual Fitness Sessions have been extended until end March. Taryn will be running all of the session after 17th Feb.

If you have not attended before:
• All sessions take place on Wednesday starting at 7:00 pm.
• Sessions are 45 min long, including warm up and cool down, and are delivered via Zoom (links below)

17-Feb Pilates for Runners Mel 7:00 – 7:45pm
24th Feb onwards (recurring invite – Every week on Wed, until Apr 7, 2021, 7 occurrences)
Meeting ID: 956 7719 3506 Passcode: 555963

4. Virtual Coached Running Improver Program – Tuesdays

Coach Phil Lucker has one final session, “Let’s Think About Racing”, of the four on-line coaching sessions remaining. Please come along with your questions and take the opportunity to get some valuable tips. You do not need to register your interest, Zoom links are shown below.

Tuesday 16th Feb at 8:00pm Session #4 “Let’s Think About Racing” Meeting ID: 813 8259 2302 Passcode: 1234

5. TRC #RunandTalk

Thornbury Running Club is now officially part of the #RunandTalk program. The #RunandTalk program aims to get people talking about Mental Health, removing stigma and supporting those experiencing mental health problems. TRC’s program will be led by the Mental health Champions
Carol Mosses, Emma Pritchard, Hugh McPherson and Laura Orna. The Champions are looking forward to sharing their exciting plans with you and to start the conversation about Mental Health
How can the Champions help you? The Champions are able to signpost individuals to Mental Health Support, although please do speak to them at club nights or via email if you ever just need a chat. Just remember we aren’t trained Mental Health Support Workers.
What activities are happening? If you are looking for a running buddy whilst we are in Lockdown then the Champions are very happy to help you find someone to run with. Also if you would be happy for us to contact you if we have someone looking for a buddy please drop us an email. Depending on what 2021 brings we will have a variety of online, virtual and in person campaigns and events.
How to contact us? Either find us at club night or email

6. Virtual Riverbank Rollick report from Jo Emerson, Race Director

Firstly congratulations to those of you who braved the ice and snow as well as the miles of cold wet mud to get out and complete the first ever ‘virtual Rollick. Whilst this would never have been our first choice means of holding the event we have been thoroughly entertained and uplifted by the photos of happy smiling muddy freezing faces proudly battling the elements and reaching that 9.6 mile goal.
We sincerely hope you had some fun out there. The results of the photo competition will be judged this weekend so if you have some to share (or if you just want to enjoy the pain and discomfort of the other runners) then please stop by our Thornbury Running Club Facebook page and head to the virtual rollick discussion under the ‘events’ tab.
To those of you who successfully met the challenge you have our total respect and admiration and will shortly be sent your medal (just waiting on the arrival of the ribbons). For those that are interested we have stock of 2020 medals which are larger and fit with the other race medals that piece together with the others for the TRC 2020 races. If you are missing a medal from last year’s collection and would prefer one of these please e mail me ( and I will make sure you get your medal of choice.
We had 77 entries in total and from this we hope to be able to donate at least £350 to our two charities. Thank you all so much for helping us out in reaching this target – it will be very much appreciated and will make a real difference to those in need of help in these most difficult times.
Congratulations again and look out on our website for announcement our photo competition. We cant wait to see you all on the start line for next years Riverbank Rollick on Sunday 16th January 2022!

7. TRC CoVid Running Code

As you will be running on your own or with one other whilst we remain in Lockdown our CoVid Officer has developed a code to remind all TRC Members of best practise when out running. See club website for details

8. Diary Date : TRC AGM – Monday 29th March 20.00 on Zoom.

That’s all for this week and we will keep you advised if anything changes.

If you have any events to add to the Diary or if you have anything to add or any suggestions or announcements please send by e-mail to

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