Athletics: Plumbley represents Thornbury Running Club in Philippines race
7:53pm Friday 28th February 2014 in Sport
IT IS nothing unusual for Thornbury Running Club members to compete in events abroad, but Jo Plumbley has gone one stage further.
Currently living and working in the Phillipines, she remains a Thornbury member and proudly wore her club vest to compete in the PSE Bull Run 21k in Bonifacio Global City.
Because of the heat, races start early – so early that the sun rose as she finished, fourth lady and 28th overall in a field of 560, although the time of 1:44:10 was well below her best for the half-marathon distance.
Back in the UK, club runners were split between the parkruns at Little Stoke and Chipping Sodbury.
At Little Stoke, Kevin Arnold finally knocked a second from his time of last October to achieve a new personal best of 20:35.
Daniel Harding, at his second parkrun, reduced his time by nearly half a minute to 20:39.
Malcolm Carr ran a strong 5k in 25:11 and Karen Carr was just 10 seconds from her PB in 26:31.
At the inaugural Chipping Sodbury event Wilf Burke finished first in his age category and tenth overall in 20:18, while Hugh McPherson (second in age category) was 29th in 22:27 and Judy Mills (first in category) was pleased to break the 25-minute barrier and complete in 24:55.
One of the joys of the parkrun results is that an age-grading is given: because of the age and gender weighting, under the age-graded results, from the 179 who completed the course, Burke was second, Mills was fifth and McPherson was eighth.
Despite having a busy day on Saturday, Ros Rowland managed to find time after work to dash to Chepstow Castle for the latest in the Rogue Run Night Race series, again winning the VF50 category and finishing 32nd of 86 finishers in a time of 57 minutes exactly.
The Castle Combe race circuit is always a blowy place. With the powerful gusts of wind that swept across it on Sunday, only the strong would succeed at the 9Bar Chilly Duathlon, which entails two laps of the two-mile perimeter, separated by a 10 mile bike section, which is five times round the track.
Karen Scott was the sole Thornbury competitor, performing well to finish seventh female and second in her category with less than a second separating her from sixth place.
Quicker transitions would have put her further up the table again as her speed on the bike outweighed the faster runs of the winning senior female.
Also at Castle Combe on Sunday, Daniel Harding had his second race of the weekend in the Chilly 10k.
Finishing 45th overall in 44:14.5, he was 15th in his category and can mark the race and time as a personal best.
If he can achieve that in those conditions, there are quicker times to come.
Thornbury Running Club meet at 7pm on Thursday evenings at Thornbury Leisure Centre.