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Covid Statement

Andy Butcher is our Covid officer and has been following up the recent gov announcements and information from Sport England regarding government guidelines to taking part in organised sport/training.

Members attending training MUST ensure that they follow the track and trace protocol and make sure they have been recorded as attended, a number of people are turning up late and not ensuring that they are registered and this is part of the clubs Covid secure protocol! If people are not follow these rules it could result in very large fines to coaches and the club and being unable to keep everyone safe.
As you will see from the information below, we can still carry on as normal unless a local/regional/nationwide lock down is in force.
An updated Risk Assessment is also attached here.

Information from Sport England:

While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month”

People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools – classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced. The importance of sport and physical activity to people’s physical health and mental well-being has also been recognised by the government.

World Mountain Running Championships – 13-16th August – Kilburn Woods

The Virtual World Mountain running Championships 2020.  That’s rather cool!!
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August. Kilburn Woods
Start and finish/ Osgoodby Bank car park just off/on the Kilburn to Bagby road.

Course description; 
5 miles  and 1200′ of uppy and downy bits. The ultimate summer challenge. For this you require Speed, Strength, Core, Guts and Determination. Everything to test the perfect athlete. This event will test each and everyone ofyou. The course is set on permanent tracks, trails and footpaths and if you think about where you are going is easy to follow. Green arrows on the floor for the way out. Blue arrows for the way back. 

Set off straight down the forest drive from the car park and after approx 800 metres take the second turn on the right, climb for approx 300 metres and take the first turn right. Follow this narrow and undulating track until you come to a T junction at approx 1.1 mile, turn left and follow the well, worn track right up onto the top of Hood Hill. It is uphill all the way. 
Go straight over the top and take the centre line /track straight back down onto to the forest drive once again. This section is steep and if wet, can be slippery. Choose your footwear carefully. Once on the main track turn right and continue keeping right at the junction and climb the hill in front of you. Take the next left up a narrow gravelled path, onwards and up the Thieves Highway right to the top. Turn on top of Thieves Highway /Sutton Bank once you have gone around the wooden sign. Continue back the way you came. This section is narrow, rocky and can be slippery too so look out for people coming up.
Go straight back past the junction you crossed earlier, start to climb once more and take the first turning on the left , again looking out for runners coming at speed from in the opposite direction. Once the track starts to get steep take what is the second track on your right marked in blue. The steepness gets easier the further up you go. Once over the top, let yourself go downhill to the main track once again. Turn left and from here it is approx 800 metres to the finish.  
I have purposely not marked trees and not used plastic so we leave the landscape exactly how we found it. If you take bottles, gels etc. you bring the empties back. The paint will wash away in a few days.  Take only photographs, leave only footprints.
Use the left hand rule at all times as in all club runs ie. keep left when you approach another runner. There are narrow sections on the course. Down hill runners have the right of way because, simply, they won’t be able to stop.
Go early if you can because the car park gets full and so do the footpaths. Look out for walkers, dogs and bikes too.
There are 15 teams entered. Six runners per team and picked out of speed group hats to get as even a spread as possible. You cannot change teams. The team with the fastest combined total time will be the winning team. Any incomplete team will take the time of the slowest overall finisher to complete your team total. All members of the winning team will receive a prize which has kindly been donated by Martin Dobson who has been one of our guest runners throughout the summer. He would like to thank you all for being so friendly and also for letting him take part. As this is also a club championship race ie. Herriot Trail run. Prizes and points are as all previous virtual races. Team entries are now closed but you can still enter and run as an individual. No one will be turned away so encourage friends and other runners to take part. 

On the post to the left of the forest entrance is a pin board. Please write your name on a piece of paper and pin it to the board when you are on the course. We can look out for you while we run or watch. Take it down before you leave.

There will be a start/finish sign close to where you start. Along the bottom is my contact number. Please call me in case of an emergency, to organise the collection of your tee shirt and also to tell me how you have done. I would also like you to sign this sign on completion of your run. You will need a permanent marker pen to do this. Bring one with you because we can’t pass it around. ( hand sanitiser too!! )

 Please send in your results to Trish ASAP so I can fill in the finish times as the event unfolds.  (


Training Week Commencing 03/08

 Monday 3rd August. 2020.     35 to 40 mins. to include again 10 x 30 secs @ 5k pace with 1 minute recovery @ 10k pace.This is a good, brisk, see how you feel interval session.
Run tall and relaxed, try and feel your feet push on the tarmac as you increase speed on each 30 second effort. I purposely run these out and back. 10 min warm up and turn after the 5th 1 minute recovery. ie. It’s half way. Carry on with the rest of the efforts with a 10 min cool down recovery. If, and only if you are in good shape, you will finish with a negative split where you started. How fast you run your efforts will depend on what sort of a shape you are in but don’t chase the watch, run how you feel. 

Tuesday 4th August. 7pm. Marking out the Mountain route in Kilburn woods if anyone fancies it.!! 
 Wednesday 5th August.   4 x 3 mins @ 10 k pace with 2 mins recovery.  This is a recovery session to gets the legs moving once again.

 Weekend long run.  60 to 70 mins. Steady run on hills. Not working at anything. 

Training week commencing 13/7

 Monday 13th/ Tuesday 14th July.  10 mins warm up 8 to 10 x 30 to 40 seconds @ 10k pace on hills/inclines. 10 mins. Smooth and relaxed. 

Wed/Thurs/ Fri. 17th/  10 mins warm up 5 to 6 x 3 mins on undulating ground @ 10k pace. 10 mins rec . To get used to running up hills but also to keep going at a sustained pace over the top and down the other side. 

Weekend Long run.    70 to 80 mins steady on hills.  Over the next few weeks you need to get used to running hills!!! 

Virtual Skipton HDSRL run.  Kilburn Woods. 16th-19th July. 5 mile/ 750′ ish ascent. Out and back. Open to all members and guests. 
I first ran this trail run in the spring of 1982 and I doubt whether I saw another runner on route until around 1984. How the times have changed. It became my morning run, twice a week, for the next 15 to 18 years. I can probably run it blind folded. You don’t need any specialist trail shoes, road shoes are fine. The surface is a little rough in places but mostly it’s dry and firm. Make sure you have good traction because you will   need this when travelling at speed on the return leg. Make sure you do a good warm up before you set off or you will your heart will be trying to jump out of your chest a couple of minutes down the track. 
                    Come prepared to spend a little time at the start and finish area/ car park. It’s good banter and you may be surprised who you meet. You will enjoy it.

 Virtual World Mountain Championships/ Kilburn Woods. 13th- 16th August.  Again 5 mile/ 1200′ ascent. 
The course has now been measured and finalised, it’s all on existing trail and you need to get used to it so you know where you are going. Gavin and the KFC  are acting as guides and are only too willing to show you round. Two weeks before the event the course will be marked out so it’s easy to follow and not get lost. 
 We need to have your entries early to know how many tee shirts we need and also to pick your teams. Our aim is to get everyone who enters the event to complete the challenge.  


Harriers 2019 Christmas Party Night – Friday 29th November at The Angel Inn, Topcliffe – 7pm for 7:30pm meal, DJ ’til midnight

This year’s club Christmas celebration will once again take place at The Angel at Topcliffe. it’s a Party Night booking so the room has been booked for sole use for the Harriers and includes a DJ / Disco following the meal so no need to worry about the calories!

This year we also have a guest speaker, Jerri da Silva, who will be presenting the prizes along with a short talk about his life that you’ll certainly be inspired by.
It’s time to get organised and I (Bev Davies) am taking on the task again on the club’s behalf.

Please see the menu choices attached

Please don’t reply to the club email address – please email me direct at clearly stating:-
Full Name (of all attendees you are booking in)
Any allergy

(menu attached below)
If I don’t receive an email I’ll assume you are not attending – but there will be follow up mails.
I would like menu choices finalised by Friday 15th of November so if you know you’re coming please let me know soonest.
As well as food, drink and Dad / Mum dancing there will be the club awards so a chance to see this year’s winners – don’t miss it, it’s your night, come on down.
It’ll cost you just £32 per person for all this. You can pay cash, or transfer to : Natwest acc 556137 06224598 or make cheques payable to ‘Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers’. 

Please see Bev, (or Duncan) at any club night; so please act fast

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