The Home Of Running In Hambleton

Not sure a running club is for you? Well that may be because you haven't run with Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers - the home of running in Hambleton!

We cater for all running abilities - from those new to running, those who run a 5k distance all the way up to a full marathon and beyond, both on or off road, offering support and encouragement to get you running and keep you running!

If you enjoy running and are looking for new routes or just some company on your run, why not give us a try. Maybe you are keen to run in an organised racing event, or perhaps you need support for the gruelling training for a marathon?

We also enter a local mid week summer race league (HDSRL), winter cross country league and hold a club championship which consists of a variety of running types, fell, cross country and road races.

There are two specific training nights on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Monday sessions are indoors in the gym at Thirsk School.  During Summer months, Wednesday sessions are at Thirsk Athletic Club and during the Winter you can find us in the Sports Hall at Thirsk School (with an outdoor group for the hard core!).

We also hold regular 2 mile time trials on our own special routes, with three handicap races a year, with prizes for all! And do not forget to join us after training on a Wednesday at the bar at the Thirsk Athletic Club!

In addition, you can usually find a number of social runs being arranged by members during the week, with all welcome.  

So come along any Monday or Wednesday evening and enjoy a run with the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. New members are extremely welcome!

Please check out head coach Rob's blog  or Facebook page for the latest training plan and club updates; please send in your race reports as it is good to hear what races the club has been represented at.

Runner of the Month

Every month a Harrier will be chosen as "Runner of the Month".  This might be awarded because of the effort shown in training, personal goals achieved, dedication following a return from injury or simply by helping out!

September 2017

Margaret Wikeley

I was shocked and delighted to receive the athlete of the month for September. I joined Harriers about 12 years ago when the Monday sessions were started concentrating on core stability. When I retired last July I started the Wednesday sessions also. I only decided to enter the World Masters Mountain Running Championships a couple of days before the closing date because there were 10 of us going to Slovakia and only me as a spectator. I hadn’t done any hill training except for the sessions at the White Horse, so I was quite pleased with my time of 94.59 and was 5th out of 8 in my category (70-75). The moral of the story is “USE IT OR LOSE IT”

July 2017

Marc Davies

During the latter part of the Ripon 10 heading down the rough track I could hear a runner behind me, then I suddenly saw someone fall to my side. Unfortunately he took a nasty fall and ended up badly gashed and bleeding and with a couple of finger-ends pointing the wrong direction. I did what anyone would, stopped and offered assistance. It was heartening how many passing runners also stopped or offered assistance (tissues and water). I stayed with him until the paramedic arrived as he was I suspect suffering some minor shock quite apart from his physical  injuries. I was more than happy to side-line my finish to assist someone in need. I've since seen Robert at meets and know he is pleased to be back up and running. I'm sure I was only doing what I would hope someone would do for me in similar circumstances, however I'm very pleased to be 'Runner of the Month'. The voucher is already spent thanks!

February 2017

Mike Lowther

Michael Lowther

Mike said "I'd like to thank Harriers for picking me as Athlete of the Month.  I really enjoy the training sessions and also the social side of the club.  We have made some great friends. I look forward to spending my voucher!"

April 2017

Phillip Craig

Phillip Craig

Phillip completed this years London marathon in a massive personal best time, and continues to improve his times. He says "I have been running for 10 years, I enjoy coming to the club and also the social side plus helping out with the Thirsk 10. Over the last 2 years my running has improved due to me changing my training and a belief that I could be faster and that it wasn't just a dream"

March 2017

Alison Butcher

Alison Butcher

Alison said "Harriers has given me the opportunity to train and learn techniques for running. However, the best thing for me has been the team support and confidence building in my own running ability. Thank you for choosing me as athlete of the month."