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The Start Line Prayer

THE START LINE PRAYER 

WORDS BY OLIVIA MULLIGAN 

 

Our Mountain Race, which unfolds through Kilburn, 

Honoured by thy hills; 

Thy runners come; 

Thy training is done 

On dirt as it is off road. 

Give us this day our daily strength. 

And forgive us our weaknesses, 

As we forgive legs that tend to mock us. 

And lead us not into temptation 

– the temptation of giving in. 

For this is our race

Our power, our glory, 

For ever and always. 

Amen. 

The Start Line Tease

THE START LINE TEASE  

WORDS BY OLIVIA MULLIGAN  

 

Here we are: it’s the start line tease  

The start line fidgets and the nervous wees 

Placebo effects of those compression sleeves  

The burning quads and the dodgy knees  

Preparing to struggle, to sweat, to wheeze  

Total discomfort and total unease  

Overheating to one hundred degrees –  

You freeze. 

What the hell am I doing?  

Running with toenails that are blackening and blueing  

Bubbling self-doubt and negativity is brewing  

Not fit enough, not fast enough thoughts are stewing,  

Chewing, chomping through your mind.  

Stop. 

Enough.  

Rewind.  

Leave those Thoughts behind.  

Let’s start again for the start line tease  

The start line fidgets, the excited wees 

Wearing your trusty compression sleeves  

There’s fire in your quads, there’s life in your knees 

Knowing you’ll struggle, struggle through the breeze  

Embrace that discomfort, that total unease  

Embrace your body trying to please  

Embrace the race and the guarantee: 

The certainty that you will finish.  

Your heart will dance with celebration 

You will droop and flood with total elation 

Knowing 

Knowing you gave it your all.  

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.  (trishr16@gmail.com)

Training Week Commencing 11/08

Monday 10th Aug:
10 mins warm up   4 x 1 min  relaxed strides / 2 mins recovery.   10 mins cool downs.

Wednesday 12th Aug. 

7 pm. Sowerby Gateway. 
Light warm up/ 25 mins rolling core work. Light warm down.   No running due to a race coming up!
 During the past few weeks small groups of 5/6 have been meeting at the Gateway to start trying to work out different ways of how we can get back together and it’s been going ok. This week we are concentrating on core work.

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.
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.  (trishr16@gmail.com)

Finally. If it hadn’t been for the corona virus this event would not be taking place. I wouldn’t have had the inspiration and you wouldn’t have had the inclination. This event isn’t just about you, it’s also about everyone else. It’s time to help and inspire others and work as a team. Some of you will not just remember this event for the rest of the summer, you will remember it for the rest of your life.

Race Report 11/08

In normal circumstances, Harriers would be busy this week putting final touches to this year’s Sessay Swift 6k, which would have been its 9th running on Aug 19th.  Like most other events, coronavirus has forced the cancellation of what had become a very popular event.  The race evolved because, like climbing Everest (not as hard, maybe,) it’s there!  The circular route lends itself to a race, and the 6k happened because, just to go right round was longer than the usual 5k and shorter than 10k.  To have a 5k would have meant starting near the church if we were to finish at the Village Hall where facilities and parking were based.  6k was just the length it was, and there were several comments at the beginning about “Mickey Mouse” race!  Traffic is always very light, and police approval was gained, as well as Highways.  The first year, 2012, we had 66 finishers, the next year, 80 and then 109, and it has increased in popularity year on year so that last year there were 254 finishers.  A computer literate friend developed a system and sorted out the results for several years, but last year as the race was growing bigger, chip timing was introduced, which means that no matter where you start, you get the time it actually takes you to run.

Runners, right from the beginning, have come from a wide area, and the winner the first year, in a time of 19.48 minutes, was Aidan Adams of Leeds City, with Hester Cox of Thirsk and Sowerby being 1st lady in 25.07.  Winners in the men’s race have come from Richmond and Zetland, Billingham Marsh House, and Harrogate Harriers, and the winner last year, in a course record time of 18.22 minutes was John Ashcroft from Leeds City.  Winning ladies have been from Richmond and Zetland (Shona Fletcher two years running, 2013 and 2014, when she set a course record of 21.14), Ripon Runners who always send a big contingent, Saltaire Striders, Thirsk and Sowerby again in 2018 in the guise of Olivia Mulligan, and last year’s winner,  from Rotherham AC.

Helpers have generally come from friends and family, so that members who wanted to run were able to, though they provided invaluable help before and after the race with setting and clearing up, car parking, marking out the course, and any other jobs which needed doing.  When it became a Club Championship race, it was more important then ever that members could run if they wanted to, and about 35 of them did last year.  Sessay Cricket Club over the years has given a lot of help, with first Brian Flintoff and then his son John, keeping an overall eye, especially on car parking, which is a big issue at any race.  Last year, John suggested the cricketers put on a barbecue, which was hugely popular, and it was hoped it would be repeated  this year.  The Village Hall has made a superb headquarters, and thanks to their committee for making it available, and the tolerance and support of villagers has been very much appreciated.

Hopefully, in happier and more “normal” times, the race will be held on Aug 18th 2021, but if you want to have a run round this year, it will be marked out on the road from Aug 12th.  Help yourself!

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