We have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within the club.
For those who wish to improve their running and would like some help, the coaching team is introduced below, with specialities highlighted in pink. Ask whatever you like – the team is waiting to help.
Craig Carscadden UKA Level 3 Coach
|Craig first ran the Glasgow marathon in 1983 for a bet. In 1987 he joined a London athletics club and competed on road, track and cross country. He became a middle distance coach and young athletes’ team manager and then became involved in disability athletics. He competed at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 in 5000m, 1500m and 800m; his PBs are 17:45, 4:42 and 2:15 respectively. He also represented Team GB at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Athens in 2004 as the middle distance coach. Craig is more than qualified to help you with any aspect of your training.
Pete Mainstone UKA Level 2 Coach
|Pete started running in 1981 with the New York Marathon being his first race. He’s run about 25 marathons in total and his best times are 61 minutes for 10 miles, 1:21 for a half marathon and 36 minutes for 10K. He’s spent many trips abroad where he’s raced every day for 2 weeks or longer. He’s an advocate of long distance races on short distance training. He specialises in telling others how to do things without taking his own advice! If you want to improve your off-road running speak to Pete.
Arthur Renshaw Leader in Running & Fitness
|Arthur took up running when he was 39 years old after giving up football. He’s now an experienced runner of 20 years who has run roughly 28 marathons including 10 Londons and numerous other adventures. His PBs include 1:23 for half marathon, 2:15 for 20 miles and 3:08 for marathon. Arthur knows all about hitting the wall and in his words is a legendary expert at getting it wrong! But if you need advice about long-distance road running Arthur’s your man. He’s also about to do his Level 2 Endurance Coaching qualification.
John Grimsey Leader in Running & Fitness
|John started running about 25 years ago having been entered into a 4 mile fun run by his son. As John was fit from playing football, squash and badminton he didn’t think it would be too difficult but spent several days afterwards walking downstairs backwards. He has run about 20 marathons, including Beachy Head 9 times, and qualified for his age group to run the Boston marathon a couple of years ago. John takes the Sunday morning long runs and helps runners prepare for the long-distance races. He also organises the annual Club entry for the 5 Valleys event.
Gareth Thomas Assistant Coach
| At school Gareth ran for the Harriers and ran against the county’s schools, his highest achievement as a junior was to come seventh in the National Cross Country Championship. Although running to keep fit and playing football in the Sunday League up to the age of 53, Gareth took up club running again in 2002 with TRC and has since completed the London Marathon in both 2007 and 2009. He’s also become an inveterate fan of the Grizzly! Gareth is a UKA Assistant Coach and has an Endurance Officials’ Level 3 qualification; he is the man to go for advice on UKA rules.
Ray Sunnucks Sports Therapist
|Ray played professional football with Fulham and QPR for a couple of seasons before having his career cut short by a knee injury which needed several operations. After a successful footballing career Ray stayed in a sports environment and retrained as a Sport Therapist. Since moving to Thornbury he quickly got involved with several sports clubs in the area, one of which was TRC. His relationship with the club, although professional also became enjoyable and spurred him on to getting involved in sport again through cycling. Ray has been the club physio for several years, regularly attending club nights on a Thursday to treat and advise on a variety of injuries, making many friends in the process.