10 miler ends Thornbury race season
Thornbury Running Club’s calendar of races for 2018 finished in September with The Oldbury 10 Miler, which starts and finishes at Oldbury Power Station. It was another sold out event for the club, and anyone who completed all 3 of TRC’s races was the lucky recipient of the 3-piece medal.
The race was contested in warm and windy conditions with local Judoka and Olympic bronze medallist, Sally Conway, sounding the horn to get the 300 plus runners on their way down the long straight from Oldbury Power Station and on to the flat and fast course. The race also serves as the Avon Champs 10-mile road race championships, so regularly attracts some of the quickest local runners.
The race started at a frenetic pace and it soon became obvious that there would be a runaway leader in the men’s race. Bristol and West’s Kurt Taylor was a class apart and won by almost 3 minutes from last year’s winner, Kieron Summers from Weston AC. Taylor’s finishing time of 54:35 mins was the quickest for several years and earned him the Avon 10 mile title for 2018. Summers’ time was 57:16 mins and Lee Stopford from Stroud and District AC soon followed in 3rd in 57:37 mins.
In the women’s race Helena Youde from Almost Athletes won impressively in 1 hour 4:59 mins. Susan Duncan from Weston AC and Samantha Harris from Forest of Dean AC were only separated by 10 seconds in 2nd and 3rd place, Duncan won their race within the race in 1 hour 6:47 mins.
In the women’s field, 4th placed Fiona Blackmore from Bitton Road Runners was the top placed runner who was eligible for the Avon Champs title. Her time was 1 hour 7:37 mins.
Amongst the small army of Thornbury RC volunteers who made the race possible there were 7 home runners taking part. Matt Johnstone was 35th in 1 hour 7:32 mins. He was followed by the trio of Martin Coyle 65th, Ben Foss 69th and Jay Mosley 74th who pushed each around the course in 1 hour 13:25 mins, 1 hour 14:49 mins and 1 hour 15:11 mins, respectively. Jay Bartley was looking for a 90 min time and paced his effort expertly to finish 176th in 1 hour 29:45 mins, followed by Shelley Honey 226th in 1 hour 37:44 mins and Magda Johnson 289th , who completed her set of 3 TRC medals for 2018 with 1 hour 53:28 mins.