In this week’s Newsletter we have:
• Weekly Diary
• Pete Mainstone Challenge – Donation
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – New Events Added
• TRC Social
• Cotswold Way Relay Latest
• Race Report – Pete Mainstone Challenge
• Thornbury 10k update
• Coming Up Next Week ….
Step 4 on the Government’s Road Map out of the Covid restrictions will be known this week. It was originally scheduled that all restrictions will be lifted from Mon 21st June. Due to the current increase in the infection rate across the UK this full release looks unlikely. We shall all know more this week.
1. Weekly Diary
Tuesday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros
Tuesday Coaching Night: 7:00 TLC – Kevin Wood / 7:30 Aztec –Nick Williams
Thursday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. See Ros
Thursday Club Night:
• 7 min – Nick Langridge
• 8 min – Kevin Cundy
• 9 min – Jerry Clothier
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 (5k) – Carol Mosses
• Walking – Val James
Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. See Mike Bennewitz
2. Pete Mainstone Challenge – Donations
We have raised £225.93 in support of the Rotary Walkathon in aid of Jigsaw Thornbury from the Club 10k. Well done to those who ran and donated.
3. Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – New Events Added
The 2020-21 Pete Mainstone Challenge is up and running with the first event now completed. The Bluebell Blunder was cancelled so we have added 2 new events:
• 27th November – Having a Mare (Bath Racecourse off road)
• 19th December – Chippenham Shortest Day 10k
We will also be adding a final event in Jan / Feb tba. Still 5 points for each event entered with DNF = 5 and DNS = 0, best 3 results count. Get entering. All details on the Club website:
4. TRC Social
The social side of the club is very important, and something we have been prevented from doing for the past 18 months. We are planning ahead and thinking positively with Chris (Pritchard) volunteering to be Club Social Secretary at the last committee meeting. Whilst still only just summer, Christmas does seem a long way away. However when booking event venues it does require a lot of forward planning. We will be running a poll shortly to get your views on holding a Xmas Dinner Dance in Jan versus a Club Year End Dinner dance in March / April.
5. Cotswold Way Relay – Latest
Great news, we now have only ONE* space left to fill on the CWR. It would also be good insurance to have a few reserves. Please contact Judy Mills email@example.com.
If you are in a team please check the event website https://cotswoldwayrelay.co.uk/ as start times have changed from those originally given. Please also see the ‘Cotswold Way 2021’ WhatsApp group for info on team numbers etc.
(* The Club is paying the full entry fee for both EA & non-EA members, as this is a Club event. You do have to be a fully paid member of TRC, otherwise this could invalidate our entry leading to disqualification.)
Congratulations to three people. Nick Williams has recently passed his UKA coaching qualification (CiRF) and Carol Mosses and Emma Pritchard have both just received their leader UKA qualification (LiRF). Thank you to all three for putting in the time to take courses, which have been disrupted over the past year.
If you would like to know more about becoming a run group leader please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Race Report – Pete Mainstone Challenge – Paul Harrod
The first race of the inaugural Pete Mainstone challenge took place over an expertly-crafted 10k course that took in the full heights and depths of Thornbury town. Who knew Thornbury was so hilly? Well, probably everyone, but racing 10k on a hot late May evening was a stark reminder. In recognition of his stalwart service to TRC, the annual club race series has been named after him. Pete then had the additional honour of getting to stand in an industrial estate with a clipboard for an hour and a half recording the results. He was ably assisted by Ashleigh Ferris who seemed to think that running an ultra-marathon just four days previously entitled her to an evening off racing!
The fastest runner on the day was Sean Leadbeater who led the ‘7 min group’ from the start and recorded a stunning time of 37 mins and 59 secs: a time that would be at least two minutes quicker on a pan-flat course. However any thoughts that he must surely win overall were not to be. The age-graded algorithm decreed that TRC legend Nick Langridge was once again the clear winner with an overall rank of 77% plus – again worth at least 80%, if not more, on a flat course. There’s a reason why Nick holds the all-time club 10m and marathon records – he was a fantastic runner then, and he still is today. Special mention must go to Garry Slater who was the second place runner, and top MV50 with an age-graded score of just under 75%.
There were a few of the club’s top female runners missing, but even with a full roster they’d have struggled to beat Jo Emerson who had both the quickest time and the best age-graded score. She narrowly beat Julia Jolley in second place and Jessica Harison in third. In total 33 TRC members took part. The staggered start in ‘waves’ meant that some of the faster groups could still exchange strangled, breathless greetings to team mates on the way past. It also meant that assuming the first runners went the correct way, there was always someone ahead to follow. Special thanks to Paul Thomas for walking the course in reverse and cheering us on, and Kevin Cundy for standing at the point of the course near Crossways school that was the trickiest to navigate.
Full result can be found at: https://www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk/racing/members-results/rr-champs-results-2010-2/results-2021/
8. Thornbury 10k
We will know this week if we can go ahead on Thursday 15th July or not. If we can then we will need help from a lot of TRC Members as we only will have 4 weeks to set everything up.
Coming Up Next Week
• Parkrun latest update