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Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 09/03/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10; we now have 1130 runners entered (92 last week) for our race on Sunday 15th March;

We could do with a handful more marshals so if you can help please do. See either Phillip, Ken W or myself at training or drop Phillip an email to phillipc26@gmail.com

Thanks

Duncan

MONDAY 9TH MARCH

Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Rolling core work inside

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group. We will probably be on our “new routes” again as the field is a little wet at the moment. Starting from the school.

TUESDAY 10TH MARCH (social run*)

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer) on well-lit paths and pavements. Suitable for all abilities; there will be several stops to run back/regroup, no-one runs by themselves or gets left behind. New and returning Tuesday night runners always welcome.

Route to be decided on the night, around 5 miles. Please wear high vis.

WEDNESDAY 11TH MARCH

7pm School sports hall.

First half rolling core work.

Second half Inside : Lung busters

Outside group. 2 x 6 x 1 min/ 1 min rec/ 2 mins between sets @ 5k pace. It’s a tough one.

THURSDAY 12TH MARCH (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Sutton Bank visitors centre, out to Cold Kirby

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.

SUNDAY 15TH MARCH

Thirsk 10 day has arrived. Looking forward to another great race hosted by Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

RUNNERS: Enjoy the race!

MARSHALS: Cheer the athletes on, especially our own members running.

OTHER: Pop down and enjoy the day

 

Message from the head-coach:

The coronavirus and self-isolation

I’ve been self-employed all my life and it seems the likelihood of Boris paying me to stop at home if I’m feeling a bit under the weather are very slim. There is no way Christine and I can run our business from home!! I guess I’ll have to wait and see what develops. But just at the moment I’m getting vibes that things are very similar to when I was in charge of a large herd of dairy cows during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. Large parts of the country were out of bounds and we all became frightened of going anywhere.

Hopefully things will stay pretty calm and we can host the Thirsk 10. The downside to all this is that Christine and I have entered 8 or 9 races, booked 4 holidays and we’ve just had a massive spike on our pension fund. However, all this is in the future and it’s not all bad news because I’ve just had the best winters training for quite some winters and I’m not in bad shape. This weekend I’m running the Yorkshire Vets Cross country Championships in Sheffield and I’m really looking forward to it. The forecast is wet and windy so nothing much changes and if it’s not cancelled, I’ll let you know how I get on!!

keep smiling. Rob

 

6TH – 8TH NOVEMBER

Harriers, Lakes weekend, Glaramara Hotel in Seatoller, Borrowdale. A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends. Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 017687 77222. If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Helen.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

 

FUTURE RACE LISTS

Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Mar 15th – Bilsdale (only AL on North Yorks Moors) (start 11:00am)

Mar 29th – Maybeck Three Crosses, Maybeck Car Park, Sneaton, nr Whitby (start 11:00am)

Apr 4th – Guisborough Three Tops, Sea Cadets Hall, 74 Belmangate, Guisborough TS14 7AQ (start 13:00 – Women 13:30 – Men)

Apr 19th – Blakey Blitz, Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, nr Castleton, Kirkbymoorside YO62 7LQ (start 10:30am)

 

Club Championship fixtures

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 28th – Spring Coast Road 5k – TUESDAY evening, 7.15. Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

May 6th – Gribdale Growler Fell Race (Wed evening)

May 19th – HDSRL Nidd Valley (Tues evening)

May 31st – Ripon 10

June 18th – HDSRL Ilkley (Prov) Thursday evening)

June 25th – HDSRL Skipton (Thursday evening)

July 12th – Kilburn 7 (Sun pm)

July 26th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – Entries open

Aug 9th – Darlington 10k

Aug 19th – Sessay Swift 6k (Wed evening)

Sept 13th – Tholthorpe 10k Entries open

Sept 27th – Redcar Half Marathon

Oct 25th – Whixley 10k

Nov 1st – Guy Fawkes 10 – Entries open

Nov/Dec – XC to be arranged

Other Races

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am

 

Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 02/03/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10 hit the 1000th mark; we have 1038 runners entered (68 last week) for our race on Sunday 15th March; we could do with a few more marshals so if you can help please do. See either Phillip, Ken W or myself at training or drop Phillip an email to phillipc26@gmail.com

Thanks

Duncan

SUNDAY 1ST MARCH

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – XC Croft (see separate email)

MONDAY 2ND MARCH

Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Rolling core work inside

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group. We will probably be on Topcliffe Road / Flatts as the field is a little wet at the moment. Starting from the school.

TUESDAY 3RD MARCH (social run*)

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer) on well-lit paths and pavements. Suitable for all abilities; there will be several stops to run back/regroup, no-one runs by themselves or gets left behind. New and returning Tuesday night runners always welcome.

Route to be decided on the night, around 5 miles. Please wear high vis.

WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH

7pm School sports hall.

First half rolling core work.

Second half Inside : Lung busters

Outside. 2 x (2 x 4mins/ 1 min rec) 2 mins between sets. @ 10k pace.

THURSDAY 5TH MARCH (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Sutton Bank visitors centre.

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.

 

Message from the head-coach:

Since around the year 2000 I have tried not to train on road or in built up areas. Firstly to try and reduce the risk of injuries and secondly to avoid having to dodge people and cars and the resulting frustration that always occurs. Simply, I just like to do my own thing. However, I live in Bagby and it must possibly be the worst place ever for trails and footpaths to run on, most of the time they are covered in mud or very much over grown so I do most of my training in Kilburn woods or on top of Sutton bank. I sacrifice a little bit of speed for fewer injuries.

As a family we have just been on holiday to Northern Holland. All seven of us now officially run which doesn’t necessarily mean much but there always seems to be a large pile of running shoes next to the back door, covered in mud and totally wet through. (Not to mention the smell!!) Within a couple of minutes running time from our rented house there was a choice of at least twenty trails, trails for walking, running, cycling and for horses. All of them colour coded, way marked and distances from 5k to 50k and upwards. Trails on tarmac, gravel, heathland and sand. We also ran in ancient forests, on farmland, nature reserves and they are all interconnected. We all ran or cycled every day, and not once did we ever have to dodge a single car and equally as impressive, not one single hill to run up.  

But then I was always told there are no hills in Holland!! I managed to track down a race for last Saturday which Christine and I were accepted at the last minute. It took place in a forestry and on sand dunes with several 4 metre climbs on each lap which worked out to be around 200′ of ascent every 5k. Could it officially be called a fell race? Perfect for the hardened cross country runner but perhaps too fast for you regular fell runners!! What a refreshing change to run on compacted sand rather than run in ankle deep mud. I think Christine enjoyed it too, but I haven’t asked her yet, I’m just waiting for the right moment!!!

See you all at Croft, Rob

6TH – 8TH NOVEMBER

Harriers, Lakes weekend, Glaramara Hotel in Seatoller, Borrowdale. A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends. Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 017687 77222. If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Helen.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

 

FUTURE RACE LISTS

Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Mar 15th – Bilsdale (only AL on North Yorks Moors) (start 11:00am)

Mar 29th – Maybeck Three Crosses, Maybeck Car Park, Sneaton, nr Whitby (start 11:00am)

Apr 4th – Guisborough Three Tops, Sea Cadets Hall, 74 Belmangate, Guisborough TS14 7AQ (start 13:00 – Women 13:30 – Men)

Apr 19th – Blakey Blitz, Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, nr Castleton, Kirkbymoorside YO62 7LQ (start 10:30am)

 

Club Championship fixtures

Mar 1st – XC Croft

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 28th – Spring Coast Road 5k – TUESDAY evening, 7.15. Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

May 6th – Gribdale Growler Fell Race (Wed evening)

May 19th – HDSRL Nidd Valley (Tues evening)

May 31st – Ripon 10

June 18th – HDSRL Ilkley (Prov) Thursday evening)

June 25th – HDSRL Skipton (Thursday evening)

July 12th – Kilburn 7 (Sun pm)

July 26th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – Entries open

Aug 9th – Darlington 10k

Aug 19th – Sessay Swift 6k (Wed evening)

Sept 13th – Tholthorpe 10k Entries open

Sept 27th – Redcar Half Marathon

Oct 25th – Whixley 10k

Nov 1st – Guy Fawkes 10 – Entries open

Nov/Dec – XC to be arranged

Other Races

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am

 

Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 24/02/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10; so far, we have 970 runners entered (54 last week) for our race on Sunday 15th March;  we could do with a few more marshals so if you can help please do.  See either Phillip, Ken W or myself at training or drop Phillip an email to phillipc26@gmail.com

Thanks  Duncan

SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day

Or

Fell race (check necessary kit list)  – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)

MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Rolling core work inside

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group.  We will probably be on Topcliffe Road / Flatts as the field is a little wet at the moment. Starting from the school.

TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer) on well-lit paths and pavements. Suitable for all abilities; there will be several stops to run back/regroup, no-one runs by themselves or gets left behind. New and returning Tuesday night runners always welcome.

Route to be decided on the night, around 5 miles. Please wear high vis.

WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

7pm School sports hall. 

The football group will probably be using the sports hall before us again up to 7pm.  We only pay from 7pm.   To speed up the set up time; I suggest that Rob gives some people tasks whilst we are in the corridor.  Please help us to get a full hour’s session in.

First half rolling core work. 

Second half Inside : Lung busters

Outside. 2, 3, 4 mins/ 1 min recovery. 10k pace.  We’ll go out first then come back for the second set. Start with the shortest and finish with the longest simply because it always seems harder to do it that way.

THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Osmotherley.

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at the Golden Lion.

SUNDAY 1ST MARCH

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – XC Croft (see separate email)

 

Message from the head-coach:

Almost twenty five years ago we were driving along the shore of lake Titicaca in Peru. Almost 10000′ above, It’s cold, it’s windy and it’s almost dark. Close to the roadside we pass a lonely market stall and stood alongside it stood a mother and her daughter of around three years old. They were wearing the national Peruvian costume, and both were stood bolt upright almost frozen stiff. The little girl had two parallel rivers of snot running down the middle of her face and looked forward through empty eyes. We stopped the car and I stepped out and I approach the stall where I bought a few items I didn’t want. I also bought a bar of chocolate that the mother and child couldn’t afford. I broke the bar in two and walked back towards the car. On the way I stopped and popped half the chocolate on a stone at the side of the road, continued my journey and stepped into the car to share the remainder with Christine, our driver and our guide. When I turned around, I could see the little girl sharing her chocolate with her Mum. One bar of chocolate, momentarily six happy people. If only life was always so simple but then, sometimes it is!!

You put down your phone, put on your running togs and step into your running shoes. You open the back door and you step outside and you just go out and do it. Sometimes life is as simple as that!!

Live your dream.  Rob.

6TH – 8TH NOVEMBER

Harriers, Lakes weekend, Glaramara Hotel in Seatoller, Borrowdale.  A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends.  Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 017687 77222.  If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Helen.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

 

FUTURE RACE LISTS

Trail Series  – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Race 5 – 23rd February – Holme House Prison 5k Trail (All the money for this event goes to charity)

Holme House Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2QU

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Feb 23rd – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)

 

Club Championship fixtures

Feb 23rd – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day

Mar 1st – XC Croft

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 28th – Spring Coast Road 5k – TUESDAY evening, 7.15.  Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

May 6th – Gribdale Growler Fell Race (Wed evening)

May 19th – HDSRL Nidd Valley (Tues evening)

May 31st – Ripon 10

June 18th – HDSRL Ilkley (Prov) Thursday evening)

June 25th – HDSRL Skipton (Thursday evening)

July 12th – Kilburn 7 (Sun pm)

July 26th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – Entries open

Aug 9th – Darlington 10k

Aug 19th – Sessay Swift 6k (Wed evening)

Sept 13th – Tholthorpe 10k Entries open

Sept 27th – Redcar Half Marathon

Oct 25th – Whixley 10k

Nov 1st – Guy Fawkes 10 – Entries open

Nov/Dec – XC to be arranged

Other Races

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am
 

Liv weekly blog

Trigger warning: Some content regarding mental health struggles

In a world where you can be anything: Be Kind.

I have seen this message floating around the media a lot lately, especially this week, following yet another life being taken by suicide.

A message to all Harriers: Firstly, thank you. I have been a member for 7 years and only ever felt kindness from you all. I have made some true friends and it feels like a family.

As my physical health plummeted last year, so did my mental health. I was exhausted. The kindness I feel from a group like Harriers is a constant reminder of warmth and hope and a glimmer of excitement about the future…

I don’t want to speak to soon, but I am getting a little giddy that I am stringing many more ‘good’ days together. A combination of decreased stress levels, weight gain, sleep and kindness seems to be doing something… Since being poorly and realising I was ‘jobless,’ I have also been seeing a therapist weekly. There is no shame in that. For anyone considering it. Go.

If you are finding things a little tough, or maybe you’re finding things really tough, or dangerously tough, wherever you fit on the ‘scale’…remember that you’re never a burden. To any one of you, I’ll never find it strange or weird if you call my phone, drop me a message or knock at my door, in need of a chat.

Something this week bought be happiness more than I imagined…. Dinosaur leggings. More specifically dinosaurs doing yoga printed on leggings. You may have seen Molly and Rosie sporting these bad boys at training. They knew I loved them and surprised me with a pair in my size. They’re perfect. And a great amount of stretch to encourage me to gain the extra needed 4kg.

This was above and beyond the act of kindness! Now I’m not saying we need to spoil each other with hilariously quirky and touching presents… going for a walk and talk with these lovely ladies was more than enough. It made my day.

I’m staying positive and if things continue to improve, I’ll be back at training quite soon. At first I’ll be under strict instruction just to go ‘steady away’ and to have a little chin wag. Until strength improves further, no hard reps for me yet. (But you know what I’m like so please keep me on a leash!)

So, my wonderful running family… Keep being you. Keep being kind and I hope to see you all very soon. (I’ll be sporting the dino leggings, of course).

Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 17/02/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10, numbers are over 100 up on last year; so far, we have 916 runners entered (59 last week) for our race on Sunday 15th March; we could do with a few more marshals so if you can help please do. See either Phillip, Ken W or myself at training or drop Phillip an email to phillipc26@gmail.com

Thanks

Duncan

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Half-term so school is closed; so we are on Station Road for Monday and Wednesday evenings

7pm Racecourse entrance Station road time trial.     This week is half term and the school is closed so the monthly time trial comes forward a week. Please register outside the race course entrance where Andy will warm you all up and Duncan will take your name. If you injured and can’t run, then please can you help so all those who want to run can. Remember a time trial is a test between you, your mind and nobody else. The time you get is all about you. Hi-vis vest and run on the left are the rules that always apply.

TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer) on well-lit paths and pavements. Suitable for all abilities; there will be several stops to run back/regroup, no-one runs by themselves or gets left behind. New and returning Tuesday night runners always welcome.

Route to be decided on the night, around 5 miles. Please wear high vis.

WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

Half-term so school is closed; so we are on Station Road

7pm Race course entrance, station road. Warm ups. session. 8 x 3mins/ 1 min rec 5k pace. This is a big, big session. Split into equal ability groups and a leader with each group.

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Starting from Kilburn just past the white houses.

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.

SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day

Or

Fell race (check necessary kit list) – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)

Message from the head-coach:

I’ve had a lifetime of running the Counties, the Northerns, the Nationals, the London’s and the GNR’s. I still have the passion and the enthusiasm, but my body no longer has the strength to keep knocking out the relentless miles that are required to compete in such events. Just taking part is not an option, I just have to compete! I continue looking for new challenges and in the recent past I have run on frozen lakes in the Arctic, run interval sessions in wildlife parks in the remotest parts of Africa. Shortly Christine and I are going to compete in the Kruga National Park and later in the year we are competing in the Dolomites, Austria. I’m also looking for some kind of a challenge in the Amazon but please don’t tell Christine until closer to the time!! Apparently, parkrun hasn’t arrived yet. Age should not have a limit on what you want to achieve as long as you still want to achieve it. It’s a little easier if you don’t make you dreams quite so big as you get older but then some of us just don’t grow up!!!!

I spent last week in the lakes with a long-time friend and training partner celebrating his 60th birthday. We ran twice a day, had a few drinks and generally had a good time and lived the moment. Happy memories. Christine and I stayed on a day extra specifically just to run the Whinlatter parkrun, it’s posted as being the toughest in the country, so we just had to do it. Christine didn’t quite show the same enthusiasm, but she didn’t mind the extra night in the Bridge hotel. We walked around the course on the Thursday to see what it was all about. It didn’t disappoint, 5k and 1000’ feet of ascent. If you take part you need good leg speed because the descents are fast, you also need strong will power and also strength in your legs for the climbs, these are not steep, but they are relentless. You don’t need to worry about the level bits because there aren’t any!! If you are in good shape expect to run around 10% age adjusted less than your normal parkrun time. If you are not in good shape, then probably don’t click on the “detailed” button when you look at the results. If you like a challenge, then this is the one for you.

6TH – 8TH NOVEMBER

Harriers, Lakes weekend, Glaramara Hotel in Seatoller, Borrowdale. A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends. Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 017687 77222. If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Helen.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

FUTURE RACE LISTS

Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Race 5 – 23rd February – Holme House Prison 5k Trail (All the money for this event goes to charity)

Holme House Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2QU

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Feb 23rd – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)

 

Club Championship fixtures

Feb 23rd – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day

Mar 1st – XC Croft

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 28th – Spring Coast Road 5k – TUESDAY evening, 7.15. Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

May 6th – Gribdale Growler Fell Race (Wed evening)

May 19th – HDSRL Nidd Valley (Tues evening)

May 31st – Ripon 10

June 18th – HDSRL Ilkley (Prov) Thursday evening)

June 25th – HDSRL Skipton (Thursday evening)

July 12th – Kilburn 7 (Sun pm)

July 26th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – Entries open

Aug 9th – Darlington 10k

Aug 19th – Sessay Swift 6k (Wed evening)

Sept 13th – Tholthorpe 10k Entries open

Sept 27th – Redcar Half Marathon

Oct 25th – Whixley 10k

Nov 1st – Guy Fawkes 10 – Entries open

Nov/Dec – XC to be arranged

Other Races

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am

 

Liv weekly blog

One of my running (and life) idols is Alexi Pappas. She is a Greek runner and ran in the 2016 Olympics.

I find her inspiring as she trains incredibly hard, and clearly goes through a lot of discomfort to achieve such greatness. But what is even more inspiring is her ongoing quest for balance – constantly striving to be kind to herself and encourage others to be kinder to themselves too. “The goal is to build a sandcastle of ourselves,” she explained. For a sandcastle to last all day and not be washed away by the first waves, it needs a strong base that takes time to build. “I’ve watched people build their walls too thin and or high too quickly, which might mean under-eating or not having a variety of foods or overtraining and not having sufficient rest and their sandcastles collapse. I’ve really tried to focus on having thick walls and eating a lot of different foods. If I see a scrap of seaweed, a piece of sea glass, or a cool stick, I’ll add it to my sandcastle. Building with variety creates a strong, healthy foundation.”

I’d love to share with you one of my favorite quirky quotes from her.

‘How to be speedy?’ Run like a bravey, sleep like a baby, dream like a crazy, replace can’t with maybe.

Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 10/02/2020

I know there’s a few people who haven’t returned their 2020 membership forms. Please bring them this week before NAME AND SHAME 😉

“Liv weekly blog” – see below

Also, FULL LIST of Championship fixtures for 2020 – Note Spring Coast 5k has moved to 28th April

Message from the chair:

See important information below about Thirsk School and how the production affects this week.

Thirsk 10; so far we have 857 runners entered for our race on Sunday 15th March;  we could do with a few more marshals so if you can help please do.  See either Phillip, Ken W or myself at training or drop Phillip an email to phillipc26@gmail.com

Thanks

Duncan

SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

Rosie Gatenby is aiming to complete her 100th Park Run at Fountains Abbey this Saturday; please come and support her on this wonderful achievement.

MONDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

Gym open as normal via normal main entrance

Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Rolling core work inside

Outdoors. Ken is taking an outside group. On the school fields this week

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer) on well-lit paths and pavements. Suitable for all abilities; there will be several stops to run back/regroup, no-one runs by themselves or gets left behind. New and returning Tuesday night runners always welcome.

Route to be decided on the night, around 5 miles. Please wear high vis.

WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

Important information:

We are in the School sports hall. However please use the two side gates and enter the building via the door just before the sports hall.  DO NOT use the main entrance as the school production is on.

The football group will probably be using the sports hall before us again up to 7pm. We only pay from 7pm.   To speed up the set up time; I suggest that Rob gives some people tasks whilst we are in the corridor.  Please help us to get a full hour’s session in.

First half rolling core work.

Second half Inside : Lung busters

Outside group. 5 x 4 mins / 1 rec @ 10 k pace.

THURSDAY 13TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from White House car park

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at Greyhound, Bagby

6TH – 8TH NOVEMBER

Harriers, Lakes weekend, Glaramara Hotel in Seatoller, Borrowdale. A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends.  Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 017687 77222.  If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Helen.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

FUTURE RACE LISTS

Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Race 5 – 23rd February – Holme House Prison 5k Trail (All the money for this event goes to charity)

Holme House Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2QU

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Feb 23rd – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)

 

Club Championship fixtures

Feb 23rd – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day

Mar 1st – XC Croft

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 28th – Spring Coast Road 5k – TUESDAY evening, 7.15.  Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

May 6th – Gribdale Growler Fell Race (Wed evening)

May 19th – HDSRL Nidd Valley (Tues evening)

May 31st – Ripon 10

June 18th – HDSRL Ilkley (Prov) Thursday evening)

June 25th – HDSRL Skipton (Thursday evening)

July 12th – Kilburn 7 (Sun pm)

July 26th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – Entries open

Aug 9th – Darlington 10k

Aug 19th – Sessay Swift 6k (Wed evening)

Sept 13th – Tholthorpe 10k Entries open

Sept 27th – Redcar Half Marathon

Oct 25th – Whixley 10k

Nov 1st – Guy Fawkes 10 – Entries open

Nov/Dec – XC to be arranged

Other Races

Feb 9th – Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon. Speaks for itself.  11am

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am

 

Liv weekly blog

The last few blogs have been adventures from the past. Time to focus again on the here and now, on 2020…

And just like that, January has gone.

20th January marked blue Monday – said to be the most depressing day of the year. I specifically remember feeling unusually positive on this day.

This journey of ‘recovery’ has certainly been up and down. Up in that I have gained 2.5kg since being very poorly (but still needing at least 4kg more for the docs to be happy). I’m certainly feeling stronger than I did at my worst, but still got a way to go…

Feb 3rd marked ‘pull a sicky day’ – the day that people are most likely to call in work and fake being sick. I was amused that in the afternoon I witnessed two young children, screaming and running riot in Minskip Farm Shop. Their Mum, exhausted by their energy said, “You would have never guessed they have been ill off school today. Too sick this morning.”

I, even as a small child, have never had the nerve to pretend to be poorly when I’m not. I have always been a goody two shoes so I just couldn’t live with the guilt. And that is why, my fellow Harriers, I have a confession to make.

In the last couple of weeks, I have been out a couple of times on a little run… Like some kind of drug addict attempting (but struggling) for recovery – I cracked. I failed. I laced up my trainers and went out the door, even though the doctor hasn’t formally told me that I am allowed to yet.

Yes, I felt (and feel) guilty. But for a couple of miles, I felt free.

I plan to ask the consultant at my next appointment if I am allowed to yet…My fear is that she will say no.

Surely if I feel strong enough on the day, a couple of miles won’t harm? As long as I don’t get too carried away? Perhaps if I always go with someone so I’m not alone?

The media and social media certainly don’t help. Bombarding messages of how great exercise is and how much it will improve your mental health. There only seems to be help for those struggling to find motivation… not much for those who struggle to sit still.

Keep running, keep resting, keep smiling. Hope to see you all soon.

Liv x

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