Laura trots to third for Thornbury

April 22 2019
Laura trots to third for Thornbury

LAURA Orna was Thornbury Running Club’s star performer as three runners made the short trip across the M5 to take part in the Frampton Globe Trot.

The annual 8-mile cross country race through the fields and trails of Frampton Cotterell and surrounding villages is held to support Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School.

Laura was near the front of the field of 250 runners, finishing an impressive 3rd woman and 15th overall, in 1 hour 2:11 mins. Kevin Cundy and Sonya Bryson have competed in the previous two Globe Trot races and were both back again, finishing were 74th and 75th respectively and 2 minutes quicker than their 2018, results in 1 hour 18:46 mins and 1 hour 18:47 mins.

Kevin was in action again the day after, in the Sri Chinmoy Duathlon in Tockington. There was a 2k run around the fields before heading to a 15k bike segment, followed by another 2k run. Kevin finished in 17th place in 50:21 mins. Kevin Wood was also in the field and finished in 27th place in 52:44 mins.

Saturday’s parkrun results featured a new club record at Thornbury parkrun for Nick Williams, his time of 17:31 mins was almost a minute quicker than his previous best and very impressive as the course is hilly and mostly off-road.

Chris Foley added another of the great marathon courses to his running CV on Sunday after completing the Paris Marathon on April 14. Chris joined over 48,000 runners on the Champs Elysees at the start before setting off on a course which included the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Chris completed the London and Berlin marathons last year and raised more than £2,500 for charity but both were run on hot days. The cool, dry conditions in Paris saw him narrowly miss his target of breaking the 4-hour barrier again, finishing in 4 hours and 19 seconds, 21,056th in the field.

The Big Cheese is a firm favourite with many Thornbury runners. This 15-mile trail race starts on the outskirts of Cheddar before ascending into the hills, including scaling the highest point in Mendips - Black Down. Thanks to a litany of injuries there was a smaller team of Thornbury runners than usual at the end of March.

Nick Williams, making his Big Cheese debut, finished sixth overall in a rapid 1 hour 49:31 mins.