Memorable day for Thornbury RC
Thornbury RC had another memorable day as the third round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League rolled into Wotton-under-Edge.
The undoubted stars of the show for Thornbury were the ladies’ team, who have quickly developed into a strong unit. Rosie Allen was back from university and spearheaded the effort in the women’s 6.4K race. Rosie kept pace with the group behind the lead runners and finished 26th out of 144 runners and was the third under-20 in 26:34 mins.
Hannah Kinlock-Haken led Laura Orna for most of the race, but Laura paced her effort very well and picked off several runners on the final lap and finished in 32nd place in 27:17 mins with Hannah in 35th in 27:26 mins. The top 3 ladies combined to produce the best team result of the season, finishing 8th out of 31 teams.
The seven Thornbury men had been set a tough act to follow as they gathered at the start of the 9.6K race in a field of almost 200 runners. Nick Williams made his way through a very congested pack in the opening stages and settled into a good rhythm, which he maintained to finish in 48th place in an excellent time of 36:03 mins. After a promising start, Matt Johnstone went into damage limitation mode for the final lap and was the next Thornbury runner to make it to the finish in 66th place in 37:36 mins.
The men’s team finished 14th out of 21 teams and the vets were 10th out of 16th.
A horde of runners, many decked out in festive fancy dress, descended around the trails and through the woods of Old Down Country Park for the Old Down Santa Run, and four Thornbury runners featured in the two lap main 10k event.
Dylan Roberts and Brendan Griffiths quickly established themselves at the front of the pack, and it was Dylan who was leading after the first lap with Brendan in 4th place chasing a podium place. The experienced Ken Ham from Westbury Harriers, formerly a Thornbury runner, overtook Dylan on the second lap but it was a close affair with only 9 seconds separating the top two places. Dylan will take heart from a good performance in 2nd place in 49:17 mins. Brendan races infrequently but still manages to produce good results, and this was no exception with a 4th place finish in 51:28 mins. Sean Underwood is on the comeback trail after a season beset by injury and finished 30th in 1 hour 5:42 mins. Rachael Underwood ran well to finish in the top half of the field in 50th place in 1 hour 12:36 mins.