TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 28th June

In this week’s Newsletter we have:
• Weekly Diary
• Running for Robert
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – Next Event
• Man Still Down – Cotswold Way Relay
• Race Report – Chippenham 10k
• Ladies Lead
• Next Beginner’s Course
• Thornbury 10k
• Tick Watch
• Coming Up Next Week ….

Step 4 on the Government’s Road Map out of the Covid restrictions has been delayed 4 weeks until 19 July. No change to the current Tuesday and Thursday night’s arrangements. We still need to complete track & trace app on Thursday & Tuesday Thurs T&T Tues T&T Link can also be found on the club home page. If you forget you can do it after the run.

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 – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Kevin Wood
• 9 min – Hugh McPherson
• 10 min – Emma Pritchard
• 12 min (5k) – Nigel Hale
• Walking – Val James

Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. See Mike Bennewitz

2. Running for Robert – Message from Nigel & Nikki
Caron & Nigel’s son, Robert, is currently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. In order to raise money for the charity Bristol Marrow, Nigel Hale and Nikki Foss are running the Nottingham half marathon in September. The charity Bristol Marrow is a group of Bristol students volunteers who do work to support the Anthony Nolan Trust:
Please support Nikki & Nigel by making a contribution via the Just Giving page:
So far they have already raised £990. Thank you on behalf of Caron, Nigel & Nikki.

3. Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 – Next Event
Next events in the Pete Mainstone challenge are 29th August Severn Bridge 10k and 5th September at Woodchester. Please enter to score points.
All details on the Club website:

4. Man Still Down – Cotswold Way Relay
With one week to go the club’s male vets team is still short of ONE team member. If you are able to take his place that would be really greatly appreciated by the team and the club (they might buy you a beer!). It really is a fabulous event and free to club members, what’s to lose? Please contact Rob Watkins or Judy Mills . For details about the event take a look at

5. Race Report – Chippenham 10k
A late evening, mid-week race in Chippenham meant only 5 TRC runners bagged the points in race 2 of the Pete Mainstone challenge. However those electing not to race missed a treat. A beautiful summer’s evening; a meticulously organised race by the good folks at DB Max, and a challenging, undulating, multi-terrain 10k race, starting and finishing on the grass at Monkton park.
Jo Emerson was the sole female TRC runner, but once again she mixed it with the very best in the region, finishing in a fantastic 4th place in her age category in a time of 46:46. She not only recorded a 10k PB, but also a 5k PB on route! To do so on that course is testimony to how well Jo’s training is going. Congratulations!

In the men’s race, Jonathan Hall ran a strong, even-paced effort, to finish in 47:14. Nick Langridge finished in 44.48 and was once again the first placed M60 runner – highly impressive as always, but especially so in a race that attracted some of the region’s top vet athletes. Towards the front of the race Paul Harrod tried in vain to keep pace with Phil Blackburn, whose usual training route takes him over the steep hills of Horton. As such Phil glided up the shallower climbs of Chippenham and stormed to an outstanding 10k PB in a time of 38:41, and 24th place overall. Paul followed behind in 39:06, (27th place), and narrowly missed out on a top 10 M40 finish after losing out in a sprint finish. (When I say ‘sprint finish’, in reality the other guy just de-accelerated less).

A highly enjoyable outing for those members who made the trip. Stage 3 of the Pete Mainstone challenge is the Severn Bridge 10k on Sunday 29th August.
(Take a look at for the current PM Challenge league table … tight at the top)

6. Ladies Lead
I am pleased to say that Ashleigh Ferris and Hannah Hamilton will both be starting their EA Leaders course in July. With Carol & Emma completing their leaders course recently the ladies are certainly leading the way.

7. Next Beginner’s Course
If you have friends, neighbours or work colleagues interested the next ‘Intro to Running’ course is starting 28th July for 9 week to 22nd September 6:45pm every Wednesday. Please ask them to contact for more info or to sign up.

8. Thornbury 10k
The extension to COVID restrictions has made organising the planned July Thornbury 10k unworkable. To comply with social distancing we would need to have a wave start, which is very difficult on an open public road and the distance from the rugby club to the start line. We are also unable to have chip to chip timing, as we cannot put a sensitive start mat on a public road to be driven over by passing cars. Hence the event is not going to happen this year.
However we are currently working on holding a road 10k event in October. More details to follow once we have check the venue and potential route.

9. Tick Watch
With many of us enjoying running off road and through the long grass please be aware of tick bites. Always do a quick leg check as you cool down to check for bites. For further info see:

Coming Up Next Week
• Animal Antics