TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 31st May

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Pete Mainstone Challenge – Club 10k Update
• Ultra Impressive – Race Reports
• Cotswold Way Latest
• Thornbury 10k
• Coming Up Next Week ….

We still need to complete track & trace app on Thursday & Tuesday Thursday T&T & Tuesday T&T Link can also be found on the club home page. If you forget you can do it after the run.

During the summer groups will be going off road for all or part of the Thursday night runs. Please wear appropriate footwear e.g. trail shoes. If you have questions about the route, please contact the leader.


1. Weekly Diary

Tuesday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contact Ros on 07743 257838

Tuesday Coaching Night: 7:00 TLC – to join the WhatsApp group contact Kevin Wood 0796 6634237 / 7:30 Aztec – to join the WhatsApp group contact Nick Williams 07745 133524

Thursday Lunchtime: 12.30 from Leisure Centre Car park. Usually about 5k. Contact Ros on 07743 257838

Thursday Club Night: Please send your name and which WhatsApp group you would like to be added to by contacting Kevin Wood 07966 634237:

• 7 min – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Kevin Wood ** Depending on conditions we may meet in Tockington for an off road. I will send a WhatsApp to the ‘8 min group’ on Thursday morning latest. Please register with the group if you want to be updated. **
• 9 min – Chris Pritchard
• 10 min – Arthur Renshaw
• 12 min (5k) – Hugh McPherson
• Walking – Val James

Sunday Long Runs: 8:30 Scout hut (car park) near Manorbrook School. Contact Mike Bennewitz 07790 491304 to join the WhatsApp group.

2. Pete Mainstone Challenge – Club 10k Update

Thursday 27th May saw the 2021-22 Pete Mainstone Challenge get off and running with the Club 10k.
Thank you to Steve Dimond for the route (Thornbury ‘2 Peaks’); to Ashleigh, Jerry & Pete for capturing all the times and to Nick Langridge who is doing the results service. 30 people ran on a warm and still night, and a few more plan to run by the close date of 6th June (Please submitting your results, time & distance, to Once the event is closed we can publish all the results. Thank you to everyone who took, or is taking, part. At the time of writing the newsletter we had raised £145.93 in support of the Rotary Walkathon in aid of Jigsaw Thornbury. Thank you to the 18 people who have donated so far, please can we ask everyone else who participated to consider a donation please. We suggest each participant makes a minimum £5 payment voluntary contribution, to make this easy please use the Virgin Giving page:

3. Ultra Impressive – Race Report ~ Paul Harrod
Whenever a race profile contains three ‘aid stations’ with prominent red crosses, and an elevation map with more ups and downs then the FTSE 100, you know you are in for a tough race.
However this did not dampen the enthusiasm of Ashleigh Ferris to take on her first ever 50km run: the daunting sounding UltraX Spring Trail Series. Despite the ferocious wind and frequent downpours, she finished in a highly impressive 15th place in her age category, in a time of 6hrs and 14 mins, and just outside the first 100 finishers in the entire race. The joyful series of pictures posted on Strava suggest she still had plenty of energy to celebrate her magnificent achievement afterwards!
Ultra regulars Ros Rowland and Jo Emerson also both did the UltraX Spring Trail both coming top of their age categories.– Ros was 1st FV50 in the 50km event in 6.26.50 just 12 minutes behind Ashleigh and Jo was 1st Fv40 in the hilly Half Marathon in 2.31.29

Slightly closer to home, Laura Orna took on the Bristol Epic Three Peaks race, starting in Pensford, and stormed round the 16.5 mile course in 2 hours and 44 mins. She finished in an incredible third place overall ,and second senior female. It is tough enough walking up those three peaks, (Knowle Hill, Maes Knowle and Blackberry Hill), let alone running them, and the challenging weather conditions on Saturday make Laura’s achievement all the more significant.
Finally, Laura Newell ran the Westonbirt Arboretum 10k, in what must have been very tough underfoot conditions, in a time just outside 1 hour. A very good result for a tough trail run in these unusually wet conditions!

4. Cotswold Way Latest
Still spaces available for this club classic, 3 more runners, 3 reserves and 1 volunteer please. If you would like to apply to join a team, be a reserve or volunteer, please contact Judy Mills The Cotswold Way Relay is a 103 miles, 10 stages race off road race through beautiful Cotswold landscape from Chipping Campden to Bath on 3rd July

The Club is paying the full entry fee for both EA & non-EA members, as this is a Club event. However you do have to be a fully paid member of TRC, otherwise this could invalidate our entry leading to disqualification.

5. Thornbury 10k
We have agreement from Thornbury Rugby Club to use their facilities for our 10k annual club event on Thursday 15th July. We are currently looking at the start logistics, and hence number of runners we can accommodate, before announcing more details. Mark your calendar, more details to follow.

Coming Up Next Week
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 New Events Added