It was back to Chepstow for the 2012 race on a mild evening, 30th May. Chepstow, clearly rattled by our performance in 2011 had collected all their (grand)sons and (grand)daughters to make-up numbers, but they need not have worried! Sadly Thornbury was only able to field 26 runners and Chepstow had a landslide victory. Celebrations or a drowning of sorrows were held at the Leisure Centre where home-made cake was much appreciated.
Thursday June 9, 2011 saw a mass of runners milling around the Anchor at Oldbury-on-Severn. It was a great turn-out from both Clubs. The route was the 5km route. starting & finishing on the Sailing Club path, partly on tarmac path, partly riverbank path north out to the Power Station & then back. The Anchor laid-on a good spread afterwards with the weather being kind enough for us to stay outside. Thornbury RC managed to claim the winners’ shield – by one point!
It was a great night out – lovely weather, excellent organisation, and a great turnout with 47 runners (exactly!) from each club. TRC were unfortunately pipped to the post in the final countdown – Chepstow 2264 points, Thornbury 2201 points, with the difference of 63 points being the equivalent of a middle-of-the field runner. However, we can congratulate ourselves on matching up so well to a club as good as Chepstow…..and take our revenge next year when we organise the event!
Thornbury provided the winner – Paul Horsfall in a speedy 16min 38sec.