TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 7th June

In this week’s Newsletter we have:

• Weekly Diary
• Pete Mainstone Challenge – Club 10k Update
• Pete Mainstone Challenge 2021-22 New Events Added
• Cotswold Way Latest
• Race Report – Paul vs Devil’s Lite
• Where it all Begins
• Parkrun 26/6
• Thornbury 10k
• Can it be true?
• 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.


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 – Mark West
• 8 min – Alan Gatling
• 9 min –Hugh McPherson
• 10 min – Steve Dimond
• 12 (5k) – Nigel Hale
• 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
A few people were doing the 10k route before the cut off of 6th June, please submitting your time & distance, to asap. Once the event is closed we can publish all the results and the PM Challenge ‘Leader Board’.
Thank you to the 21 people who have already donated. At the time of writing the newsletter we have raised £190.93 in support of the Rotary Walkathon in aid of Jigsaw Thornbury. Please can anyone else wishing to donate make their donation to the Virgin Giving page by 6th June: We suggest each participant makes a minimum £5 payment voluntary contribution, thank you.

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.
All details on the Club website:

4. Cotswold Way Relay Latest
We continue to be in need of runners for the CWR please. 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. Race Report – Paul vs Devil’s Lite
Paul Thomas has been inspiring many TRC members with his dedicated training schedule, and rapidly improving performances. Forget the ‘Thornbury elephant’ – Paul’s epic training runs mean his Strava art looks more like a painting by Escher. Paul’s diligent training routine paid off in spectacular fashion as he finished in 18th place in his first ever ultra run, the ‘Devil’s Lite’ 50km trail run. This was out of a starting field of over 200 dedicated distance runners, many of whom (sorry Paul!) were less than half his age. The recent weather made the trails far more of a challenge than would usually be expected at this time of year, plus there was the small matter of some 1500m plus of climbing to do. Despite that Paul’s average 5km pace was a shade over 30 minutes. Try doing a hilly parkrun at that speed ten times in a row without stopping! Congratulations to Paul for adding to TRC’s recent roster of hugely impressive ultra run performances.

6. Where it all Begins
By the time you read this 8 more beginners will have completed their ‘graduation 5k’ from the TRC Intro to Running course. Thank you to all those who helped support this – Mark (West), Carol, Natalie, Laura, Chris P, Emma P & Hugh. Feedback has been great: “Just wanted to say I’m really enjoying the group. Everyone is so friendly and we’ve been given so much motivation and support. It’s fantastic. Thanks so much to you and all the team.”
If you know someone who would be interested in attending a future ‘Intro to Running’ course please ask them contact and complete Introductory Running Course Interest.

7. parkrun 26/6/21
As you all know parkrun resumption has been delayed until 26th June, with an update due on 11th June, due to the insufficient event permissions being granted. By 28th May 66% of the land owners have now said “yes”, 33% “processing” and 1% “no reply”. Provided things go ahead on 26th June it would be great to see a big turnout from TRC at the Thornbury event. Dust off your Club shirt ready!

8. Thornbury 10k
Hold the date, Thursday 15th July, for the Thornbury 10k. As this is a club event, and a major source of income to the club, we would like to ask that everyone makes themselves available to marshal the 10k event please. We are currently looking at the start logistics, and hence number of runners we can accommodate, before announcing more details. If we have to start in waves will probably mean we need more marshals.

9. Can it be true?
Why a long bath is almost as good for you as a long run. Researchers have discovered that prolonged immersion in a piping hot bath has many of the same medical benefits as aerobic exercise. Take a look: Hot Tub Health Kick

Coming Up Next Week
• Pete Mainstone Challenge – Race Report & Results