2021 Hargreaves Award Application Forms

10 Dec

Below are the application forms for the 2021 Peter Hargreaves Performance Grant and Peter Hargreaves Scholarship Grant. If you believe you are eligible for either of these grants and wish to make an application, please download the form by clicking ‘download’ at the bottom of the relevant form and fill it out with your information as required. To be considered, please submit your forms to Mike Down at mike.down@blueyonder.co.uk no later than the 19th January 2021. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, please discuss it with your coach before making your application.




Virtual Rollick

07 Dec

Although we are disappointed not to be holding our typical Riverbank Rollick in January 2021, Thornbury Running Club are delighted to be holding the inaugural ‘Virtual Rollick’

To make sure that the spirit of the infamous ‘Rollick’ is not lost, we expect at least half of your run to be off-road and to involve an acceptable level of mud wind and water.

To this end we would encourage all participants to upload photographic evidence of rivers, dirty trainers, muddy faces or any other inspired pictures from their chosen routes on to our Facebook event page (https://fb.me/e/1Mtu7LIaX) to assure us that you have suffered appropriate and traditional levels of discomfort.

All participants will receive a medal for their efforts and whilst we will NOT be providing prizes for the speediest runners, we will judge the photos received via Facebook and reward the muddiest and grubbiest accordingly.

The Club (TRC excluded) with the most entries will receive 6 free places in the next Rollick that we are able to hold.

  • Run your own socially distanced 9.6 mile route
  • Run any time between 1st and 31st January 2021 – go on you know you want to do it on New Years Day!
  • Follow the instructions and the link emailed to you to in order to submit your elapsed time (not moving time) accompanied by a screenshot of your run from your running application of choice
  • Medals will be posted during February as we collate the results and assess the photos
  • Places can be transferred using the Race Nation web portal
  • Entries are limited to 400 and will close when this limit is reached or at 13:00 on January 31st, whichever comes soonest
  • Runs must be completed and evidence submitted before 23:59 on January 31st
  • “Over the past few years our medals have been shaped like a segment of pie (or cake for those with a sweet tooth!) so that by completing all three of our events it creates a whole large medal. As the Virtual Rollick is a one off we have, on this occasion, opted for a smaller version to keep costs down and donate more to our two charities. We hope you understand.”

To enter please go to Race Nation:


This year’s event will be held in support of our two current club charities, to which we will be donating at least 50% of the proceeds. If you would like to make an additional donation, please pay their respective websites a visit: –

We hope you all continue to enjoy the trails through these tough times and we all look forward to running together again as soon as circumstance allow.

Many thanks

Joanne Emerson – Race Director

Results of 5K time trials 24th October 2020

29 Oct

Firstly, many thanks to the noble band of officials for their help, namely, Mike Strange, Anna Ford, Stu Waring, Nicko Brooke, Roger Brocklesby, Steve Grant, Julie Ilogu, Clair Meraz, Richard Kershaw. Joe Lyne Jess Graham & Nick Crew.
It was to say the least blustery with some serious gusts of wind, which made some of the times achieved even more creditable.

Race 1 It’s always invidious to single out performances but Henry Cochrane’s PB achievement hanging on to Jack Bancroft who started 10 seconds behind was the stand out performance in the first “race” with improving Rob Farley third fastest.

Jack Bancroft 15.19.2, Henry Cochrane 15.26.1, Rob Farley 16.04.2, Johnny Suttle 16.24.2, Ben Maliphant 16.30.5, Will Cheek 16.34.2, Anthony Glover M45 16.43.4, James Harrod 16.45.3, Simeon Howson 16.50.

Race 2 Ellie Wallace showed what a class act she is with the fastest time in the second “race” with Aled Anderson posting a PB and another notable run by M55 Phil Parry.

Aled Anderson 16.46.3, Ellie Wallace 16.52.2, , Nick Tuftnell M40 17.07.2,  Josh Habgoode-Coote 17.11.6, Phil Parry M55 17.41, Dan Schofield 17.45.7, Tariq Kurd 17.51.9, Sam Bentley 18.05.9, Will Purcell 18.25.9.

Race 3 Rosie Hamilton-James was the star in the ladies race, but there were a host of PB’s & good runs from young and old alike.

Rosie Hamilton James 17.57.0, Natalie Griffiths 18.19.0, Katrina Entwhistle 18.39.6, Catie O’Donogue 19.02.8, Claire Jolliffe W55 1918.0, Rachel Stowell W40 19.20.0, Rhiannon Paton 19.20.1, Liz Sanigar W40 19.35.0, Sarah Everitt W55 19.47.4, Vicky Tester W40 19.48.2, Sian Davies W60 21.00.5,  Lucy Ellis V35 21.32.5

Race 4 Gareth Hughes, currently a member of the sleep deprivation society, posted the fastest time followed by Matt Brydon who went safely under 18 mins. But perhaps the best performance was by newcomer James Hodge posting a PB after starting running again only a few months ago during the lockdown.

Gareth Hughes 17.24.5, Matt Brydon 17.49.3, James Hodge M45 17.51.7, Simon Brice 18.01.1, Jonathon Lines 18.20.7, Minkee Kim 18.27.2, Alex Wood 18.43.4, Ewan Paton M45 18.46.4, Jerry Dobson 18.46.9, Arwel Roberts M50 19.02.6.

Race 5 Fast improving Tom Foxon, a very recent B&W AC signing, clocked a PB and there were good runs from a number of masters.

Tom Foxon 18.09.8, Nicholas Dobson 19.27.2, Rupert Cross M35 19.27.5, Daniel Thornton M55 19.44.0, Dylan Peters 19.46.4, James Marshall M55 20.24.3, Rory Bateman 20.32.1, Chris Palmer M55 20.20.1, Kate Hoffen W50 23.01.1, Emma-Jane Orchard 24.34.2.

Chris Elson




Felix & Jack Seize the Moment!

20 Oct

Competitive opportunities are inevitably few and far between at present , reports Mike Down, so it`s essential that you seize the moment when they arise, and FELIX MCGRATH and JACK BANCROFT both did just that by smashing their previous personal bests in the Cheshire 10K.

There were serious doubts during the week that the event would go ahead due to the West Cheshire region being placed in temporary lockdown, and only an alteration in the course to keep it in East Cheshire saved the race.

Perhaps not surprisingly plans for starting the runners in small groups at ten second intervals were somewhat compromised, and in the event the groups having been lined up in rows across the start actually set off at little more than two or three second intervals.

With the fastest runners on Power of Ten rankings starting at the front, Felix and Jack started close together, but well outside the top 20 of what was a first class field headed by Midland cross country champion Ethiopian OMAR AHMED. It was an ideal set up for our guys as they always had runners in front of them to chase.

It was an out and back course with the outward journey arguably slightly faster than the return, with Felix and Jack close together at the halfway turn in close to 15mins flat. The fact that the return journey was marginally tougher meant that to match the club runners` holy grail and dip under the 30 minute barrier was probably never on the cards especially as they had both been operating at a pace well inside their best for the distance.

Nevertheless clearly boosted by the fact they always had runners in front of them to overhaul and were both always catching runners rather than being passed, they ended up much closer to the front than they had started, with Felix, who pulled away from Jack in the latter stages to finish as high as 8th overall, only just behind internationals NIGEL MARTIN (30:03) and this year`s National cross bronze medallist LINTON TAYLOR (30:06), with Jack less than ten seconds slower in 11th. The net result was that Felix ended up slashing 42 seconds off his best in a time just nine seconds outside that magic 30min barrier of 30:09, with Jack trimming 25 off his in a time of 30:17. AHMED was the individual winner in 29:24.

“ There were doubts all week whether the event would get cancelled by the authorities concerned, but with the weather conditions so good we just knew we had to make the most of the opportunity,” said Felix.

“Having run the race before I feel the original course is flatter and faster, so I am sure we can both get under 30 mins before long especially as we know now that the pace is well within our reach.”

If successful they stand to join PETELE GRICE and DAN STUDLEY, who at present are our only two runners who have run under 30 mins for the distance.


08 Oct

FELIX MCGRATH and JACK BANCROFT finally got the opportunity to underline  the recent form and progress they have shown in training during the lockdown in Sunday`s Rogue Runs promoted Shepperdine 5M road race, reports Mike Down.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, they defied  relentless rain and that curse of all runners fierce winds besides a hardly favourable early 8am start time to smash their previous personal bests for the distance.

In accordance with the sport`s current guidelines for distances of 5K and above the runners were set off at 10 second intervals, and as the fastest two in the field they started first, with Felix 10 seconds after Jack.

Jack could have waited for Felix, but made him work to close the gap over the first mile or so after which they duly shared the pace together till the closing stages when Jack, who had clearly saved something in the locker for when Felix caught him, pulled away from his clubmate in the closing stages to steal line honours in an impressive time for the conditions of 24:52, with Felix in his wake only losing 4 seconds of the 10 he had gained in closing the original gap to record an even faster 24:46.

It improved Felix` previous best for the distance by over a quarter of a minute, while Jack was some three seconds faster than his best done in far better conditions at Sutton Benger.

“I can`t honestly recall running in worse conditions, but we both decided to give it a go whatever ,” commented Felix. “At least the course was pan flat and we had each other to keep the pace going.” Boosted by their fine performances they are both now looking forward to tackle their 10K pb`s in the Cheshire 10K in a fortnight`s time.

With ANDY DRAKE following them home third in 27:29, which was only 20 secs off his best despite having to run the whole way on his own, Bristol and West runners dominated the team event with four others in the top eight fastest times recorded.

DAN CANNON also dipped under 28mins with 27:52 for 4th place, while LEE GAWLER 6th in 28:15, NICK TUFTNELL 7th and first vet in 28:17, and STEVE HONIGHT 8TH 28:37 were all well inside 29mins.

Mike Down

Junior Endurance Runners Keeping Busy

30 Sep

Just like waiting for a bus then 2 come along at once so it was the case last week with competitive races, when on Wednesday several endurance coaches organized some middle distance races on the track. Then Alis Army used Eastville park as a substitute for the traditional Sutton Park annual relays on Saturday.

Both events were very well attended & despite the appalling weather for the track races 40 young athletes turned up. There were some very competitive races ranging from 400m-800m & the consensus of opinion suggests possibly some 1500m time trails later in the Autumn is a possibility. This event was well supported by parents assisting with time keeping, track judging & despite the rain I did have a full set of results to hand thanks to the aga which dried them out nicely.

Everyone went home happy after consuming plenty of cake.

The weather could not of been more perfect for the relays  & in total 4 full teams competed around the I mile lap in Eastville park. The teams consisted of new lads & old timers who have been with the group for several years .Despite the recent lack of competitive racing every one gave it their best shot & there were some surprisingly fast times especially form the younger contingent. The winning team were rewarded with chocolate medals & as the enclosed photos show except for the 2 sets of siblings social distancing did not stop the fun.

The excitement did not stop here as we finished off with a parents race. The winning time was  6.18 by Phil White.

The park lent itself very well for these informal relays & the general public appeared to be well impressed by the commitment from the lads who all gave a good account of  themselves.

The highlight for me was the new toilet block recently built & open! What a relief.


Relay results.

Eddie 6.19      Felix  6.41     Joey  6.18     total 19.mins 18sec

Tom   6.05      Yasin 8.04     Oliver 6.10             20.mins 19sec

Max   6.30      Ravi   7.05     Ben    7.04              20.mins 39sec

Sean  6.03      Dudley 9.50  Vijay   5.44              21. Mins 37 sec.

Caleb 7.35     ( first reserve, in case someone failed to show on the day)

IMPORTANT Track Update

17 Sep

Whitehall track will  be closed between the 28th-30th September.

Due to lines being repainted on a section of Whitehall track and needing 48h to fully cure, the track will be closed between the 28th – 30th September and will reopen on the 1st October. Your coach will let you know in advance if they plan to put alternative training sessions on during this time, or if the sessions will be cancelled/rescheduled.