Taryn breaks club record in Thornbury 10k

July 31 2019
Taryn breaks club record in Thornbury 10k

THE Thornbury 10k was hotly anticipated by the sell-out field and was a sweltering evening of racing.

Organised by Thornbury Running Club, the race on July 11 was their second of the year, run on the undulating country lanes from the rugby club to Rockhampton, over the Sundayshill Lane and back.

Bristol and West AC’s stranglehold of the men’s race was broken by Gavin Jones from Monross Trailblazers in a winning time of 35:02, followed by Gloucester’s Owen Parry in 36:00 mins and Andrew Kirrup of Wotton Runners in 36:27 mins.

Susan Duncan broke the 40 min barrier with an excellent time of 39:34 mins to take first place in the women’s field. In second place, Thornbury’s Taryn Roberts, pictured, went two minutes quicker than 12 months ago, in a barnstorming run of 40:23 mins. Taryn had the added satisfaction of breaking her club’s 10k record, which had stood for 26 years. Third place in the women’s race was Westbury’s Vicky Tester in 40:45 mins.

As well as an army of Thornbury volunteers, there were several TRC runners taking part. Nick Williams was 12th overall in 39:06 mins, followed by Paul Harrod in 16th in 39:59 mins, Adam Frontczak 34th in 42:41 mins, Jay Mosley 35th in 42:50 mins, Paul Saville 38th in 43:06 mins, Chris Gaze 46th in 44:40 mins, Matt Johnstone 47th in 44:45 mins, Ian Hoffman 48th in 44:49 mins, and Martin Abrahams 58th in 45:42 mins.

Thornbury’s second woman to finish was Hannah Kinloch-Haken, 59th overall and 7th woman in 45:42 mins, followed by Digby Lees, 63rd in 46:26 mins, Michael Barnes 67th in 46:38 mins, Melanie Wilson 68th and 8th woman in 46:41 mins, Sean Underwood 124th in 52:30 mins, Ian Shepherd 125th in 52:30 mins and Michael Owen, 151st in 54:56 mins.

Peter Blenkiron was 163rd and 3rd in the MV60 age category in 55:33 mins, followed by Chris Lee 178th in 56:21 mins, Sarah Dix 183rd in 56:44 mins, Rachael Underwood 185th in 57:00 mins, Katie Dent 283rd in 1 hour 7:42 mins, Simon Groves 300th in 1 hour 10:30 mins and Carol Mosses, 334th in 1 hour 23:04 mins.

Three Thornbury triathletes took part in the gruelling Ironman UK in Bolton on July 14. An open water 2.4-mile swim was followed by a 112-mile bike section and a 26.2 mile run. Emma Barnes took 3rd place in the FV40 age category, 28th woman and 350th overall out of over 1600 finishers, in an overall time of 13 hours 07:07 mins.

Matthew Johnstone