Rollicking good run for Thornbury
THORNBURY Running Club welcomed 500 competitors to the first of its three big races of the year, the Riverbank Rollick.
The expanded field of runners was possible after the race HQ was moved to Castle School for the first time.
The course length was increased to almost 10 miles, but still retained the original route, which included wet trails, slippery slopes, stream crossing and the arduous slog along the bank of the River Severn, where strong headwinds are guaranteed.
Weston AC’s Kieron Summers was a clear winner in the men’s race and was able to coast home in the last mile, with a winning time of 1 hour 3:06 mins. Chepstow Harriers’ Paul Murrin and Jon Carter enjoyed their day on this side of the bridge, taking second and third places respectively, securing Chepstow the men’s team prize.
The women’s race was much more competitive and the top 3 were separated by less than a minute. Vicky Tester from Westbury Harriers was able to pull away in the final stages to win in 1 hour 10:57 mins, from Weston’s Susan Duncan in second and Chepstow’s Niki Morgan in third. Westbury’s women won the team prize.
The first Thornbury runner to cross the finish line was Hannah Kinloch, who was 7thoverall in an excellent time of 1 hour 16:47 mins and capped her day by winning the 18-39 age category.
More than £500 was raised for the running club’s 2019 charity, PHASE, a local teenage mental health charity.
(You're the) Marshal in Disguise...this volunteer donned an Elvis costume to point runners in the right direction
Spectators were treated not only to the race, but also marshals in fancy dress. Ever since one of the marshals came dressed as Rupert the Bear a few years ago, the number of fancy dress outfits has grown. Mr Blobby’s status as ‘King of the Riverbank’ came under threat this year from Banana Man, Big Bird, Elvis and a Sumo Wrestler.
Main picture: Hannah Kinloch was the first Thornbury runner over the line in this year’s Riverbank Rollick.