Elizabeth Wordsworth

Race Report 17/11/20

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

This Happy band of runners

Have jobs of every kind.

Insurance clerks and doctors

Reporters, secretaries and

Surveyors come to mind.

Know every single person

Age is no bar to run.

Ninety to eleven

Dare to come along.

Some like fells and country.

Others like the road.

With handicaps and time-trials

Each person finds a mode.

Run always with a fellow.

Be certain of good cheer.

You’re never on your own here

Have company as you run.

Ache now and then for certain,

Rain adds to the fun.

Resolve‘s a useful asset.

Include a pair of trainers – to

Exercise your core.

Races are virtual this year

So come and join for more.


Training w/c 16th November

Monday 16th November. 
10 mins warm up. 5 x 4 mins @ 10k pace/effort with 1 min recovery.   10 mins easy cool down. You should be looking to run these efforts on grass, we have a x country coming up soon. It doesn’t matter if the grass is heavy going but run at 10 k intensity. 

Wednesday 18th November.
There is going to be a Christmas handicap. This your second from last chance to run a two mile qualifying time trial before we run the handicap. 
Remember, any where and any time during the day, as long as it is two mile you will qualify. If you run on the Gateway then it is 3.2 laps, on the red and to the left of the White Line.( to make us all equal)  Send your time into Duncan ( and a little kiss too!) as soon as you have completed please. 

Weekend long run.
70 to 80 mins steady on the hills. Remember to push out over the top of the climbs.

 As long as the Government give us the go ahead we are hoping to run the cross country from Thursday the 3rd Dec.  If everyone behaves themselves I’m sure Boris will give us the green flag. It will be suitable for spikes so now is the time to be trying them out. You should be increasing the intensity of your shorter runs too. At worst it’s going to be a little like a parkrun with a bit bit added on at the end. Expect to be slightly outside of your comfort zone when you finish but I’m sure you will enjoy it. 

  Keep smiling ,Rob

Race Report 10/11/20

Usually at this time of year, a thousand or so runners would be assembling near Ripley Castle for the start of the Guy Fawkes 10, hosted by the man himself on a bicycle!  This year, we had to be content with a virtual version, part of the Club Championship series, to be run over any of 3 or 4 days – where fog was an issue at times!  The route was again along part of the Cleveland way with some return stretches on road, and once more 50+ people were involved, members and some guests.  Matt Jones was on top of the tree this time, having so often finished runner up, and completed in a time of 1.12.01, with Stephan Tomaszewski again close behind, 2nd in 1.12.18.  Evergreen Rob Burn came 3rd in 1.17.50, Paul Peacock, another who usually features high up in the results, 4th in 1.18.10, Gary Bastow 5th in 1.22.00, Gary Wilkinson 6th in 1.22.23, and equalling Alan Simpson with the same time, David Fawkes 8th in 1.25.30, 9th Brett Edgeworth in 1.28.09, and 10th Martyn Coy in 1.28.26.  Other men involved were Andy Butcher, David Tervitt, Pedro Carrasco, Dave Baker, Paul Chapman, Marc Davies, Duncan Fothergill, Geoff Bullock, Jack Fisher, Steve Billings, Paul Van Der Westhuisen, Richard Morrice, Mike Lowther , James Stephenson, Paul Adams, Alan Wikeley and Paul Goacher.  
Trudy Morrice just goes from strength to strength and she was 1st lady, 5th overall finisher, in 1.20.56, with Lorraine Hiles, another who takes some beating, 2nd, and 9th overall in 1.22.27, Esther Harrison 3rd in 1.24.30. with Olivia Mulligan (good to see her running again) in an equal time.  Clare Tempest came 5th in 1.30.03, Helen Ashworth 6th in 1.35.59, Louise Mayfield 7th in 1.37.47, Kirsty Naylor 8th in 1.39.05, Faith Coy 9th in 1.42.57 and Sonja Van Der Westhuisen 10th in 1.43.33.  Other ladies completing the testing course were Jo Hunt, Tracey Lowther, Alison Butcher, Trish Radford, Bev Davies, Christine Burn, Margaret Wikeley, Kimberli Werner, Sarah Goacher, Rosie Gatenby and Liz Stephenson.

Training w/c 9th November

Running is the easy bit! It’s when you can’t run that the problems start to occur. We are on lockdown once again and club training has stopped for the next four weeks. Such a pity as we were just starting to get organised and starting to put some good training sessions together. Remember, this is my first winter of total outside training and I’m learning to adjust with the elements just like you. 
I’m going continue to put a few training sessions out each week for you to follow if you wish. They are a guidance and as much for encouragement as anything else. Everyone will need to help one another on this one. If you want a chat, need a little encouragement then please give me a call. I’ll be as pleased to hear from you and will be only too pleased to help if I can. Christine and I will be following the same schedule and will probably carry on with our core work on the Gateway. We need a little rest so will not be doing the intervals at the same time. If it’s windy and we need a little shelter we’ll probably do them in Kilburn woods instead. 

Mon/Tuesday. 9/10th Nov.   
5 x 3 mins @ 5 k pace/ 1 min recovery run @ 10 mile pace.  There is no reason to stop running. Just ease off a little and start again. You need 10 mins warm up and cool down.  

Wed/ Thurs/ Fri. 11th -13th Nov.   
10 mins warm up/ 10 mins down.  25 mins steady running with a 30 second burst every 2 minutes.  Depending on your fitness will depend on the intensity of your effort. If you are in good shape then stride out accordingly. No pressure. You will enjoy this one.

Weekend long run
70 to 80 mins on hills. 

The only reason I have put the longer intervals early in the week was because we have been running virtual races on a Thursday onwards. Ideally, you should be running the longer intervals in the middle of the week. If you prefer you can swop these around. 

The Guy Fawkes 10 is the last virtual Club Championship for the moment but it is hoped to fit in a couple of time trials so the Christmas Handicap can happen sometime in December. Most of you need to run a couple so you can qualify. There only two Championship races left, both xcountries and we hope these will take place straight after lockdown finishes on the 2nd December. These will take place on working farms so quite a little planning will have to take place first. It needs to be safe for us all. The instructions are to make the course 3 to 4 mile long, 2 to 3 laps and ankle deep in mud!! Everyone is to run the same distance and course. These will be tough so you will need to be in good shape to run them.  This will be running at it’s very, very best. Please keep a focus and continue to train as before. 

The first weekend in December we all get together as a family and walk down our back field and choose a Christmas tree. The Grand children choose, we then chop it down and as a team we carry it back home and pop it up in the house. Grandma Chris and girls spend the afternoon decorating the tree. Last year the little one said we’d chopped down the wrong tree and walked away in a paddy, the two older ones tried to sneak off with the chocolate decorations we try to hide from them and Grandma Chris can’t always quite make up her mind which is the best side of the tree to put to the front. All quite serious stuff that has to take place in the days coming up to Christmas. 
Christine has already baked three Christmas cakes. (please, don’t ask me why she bakes three but she does like to give them away.  I like eating them too. )  I’m told the production line of mince pies will start this coming week . The presents are yet to be bought and wrapped. Christmas is going to happen. We just don’t quite know how or maybe we don’t even know when!

Stay safe, stay well and keep smiling. Rob  

Race Report 03/11/20

When covid struck in March, everything came to a halt, including the Dave Parry Winter Fell Series, and it was impossible for series prizes to be awarded.  They say everything comes to he who waits, and Marc Davies finally got his prize last week for winning his age group, based on races held so far.  Well done, Marc.

One good thing which happened in April was the early opening  of the track at Sowerby Sports village to be made use of by villagers for exercise and fresh air when all movement was restricted.  Since then, Harriers have used it regularly, and Gary Wilkinson in particular has been a frequent visitor.  Having completed 32 laps of the 1 km track in July, he decided to tackle a marathon, a total of 42+ laps, which he completed in a creditable 4 hours 31 minutes.  His next aim is to cover 65 laps, which I calculate is getting on for 40 miles!

Members not only run for enjoyment and health, they are keen to encourage friends to run as well, and one person who is particularly adept at this is Rosie Gatenby!  She and Bev Davies have supported their friend, Becca Longster, a previous non-runner, in running 100 k in October, and at the same time collecting sponsorship for Breast Cancer research.  The three of them completed the challenge by running 6 laps of the course at Millfield, Easingwold, last Saturday. 


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