Thornbury Running Club is supporting both Castle and Marlwood schools by providing equipment to their PE departments.

The running club has provided flags to the schools to help them with marshalling of events.

Jo Williams, PE teacher at Castle School said: “With our current financial situation, we are very grateful to receive items that can be used in our department to improve student engagement and the presentation of our events e.g. inter-house athletics, inter-school cross country. "Running and athletics is thriving in our school, to have links with local clubs is a huge benefit to our students and our school."

The flags were presented this week to both schools and Matt Richards, PE teacher at Marlwood said: "As a school with low funding we just cannot afford items such as these. When students see that we are investing in them, they naturally invest more time into the activity. Thank you so much to TRC for their generosity, it is greatly appreciated."

Kevin Wood, from Thornbury Running Club, in presenting the banners added: “As a club, we know how important running is to both mental and physical health. We want to encourage the schools to get as many pupils as possible into the running habit.”

The club will also be supporting the schools running award later in the year. Thornbury Running Club has over 200 hundred members ranging from beginners to improvers to competitive runners.

Meanwhile, the Frampton Globe Trot is an annual eight-mile cross country race through the fields and trails of Frampton Cotterell and surrounding villages, with all proceeds going to support Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School. There were three Thornbury runners in the field of 250 runners and Laura Orna was near the front of the race, finishing an impressive third woman and 15th overall in 1 hour 2:11 mins. Kevin Cundy and Sonya Bryson have competed in the previous two races and were both back again, they were 74th and 75th respectively and two minutes quicker than their 2018 results in 1 hour 18:46 mins and 1 hour 18:47 mins.

Kevin Cundy was in action again the day after in 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. Katherine Adams was next in 26:03 mins, followed by Nigel Hale 30:41 mins, Rebecca Twyman Dunsford 32:15 mins and Caron Hale 32:29 mins.

At Chipping Sodbury, Kevin Wood ran 22:25 mins, followed by Chris Dawes 23:59 mins, Chris Lee 27:03 mins, Pamela MacLeod 35:34 mins and Paul Saville 36:55 mins.

Benjamin Foss ran 20:27 mins at Warrington parkrun, followed by Nikki Hale in 26:04 mins. Kevin Arnold ran 22:50 mins at Street, and David Palmer and Anne Palmer ran 26:17 mins and 32:38 mins at Severn Bridge, respectively. Matt Johnstone finished Pomphrey Hill in 19:50 mins.