Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 02/07/18


Ali Brownlee 5k 10.15am, Riverside Stadium (Interesting if you’re a Boro supporter.) There’s also a 2k run.


7pm Athletic Club. May be more tonight now that England play on Tuesday.


Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer). Mostly off road depending on the weather. 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 if you have it. Trail shoes not essential but can be worn if you have them.


7pm Athletic Club.
This is for those not running on Thursday night and anyone else who fancies having a go. ( 6 x 2 rounds of ham followed by 2 x 6 rounds of egg!) Thought we could again try lasts week session. 6 x 3 mins with alternating 1-2 minute recoveries but I have a little surprise in mind to finish up with. I think there is racing on during the day but it should be finished a while before we start.


Harrogate District Summer Race League (HDSRL) – HOME TURF

July the 5th just happens to be the day Christine and I were married and lucky for us it is also the day we host the 3rd HDSRL fixture at Thirsk. Expect 450 to 500 runners and it’s fantastic they want to come and run at Thirsk. I know there are around 50 of T&SH members entered in the league this year and I was hoping most of them would be running on the night. We have had some disappointing turnouts so far this season so now would be a good time to put on your club vest. It is a two-lap course and is mainly trail. It is measured to be exactly 5 mile and is almost totally traffic free. Some of you will like it, others won’t but either way the going will be fast and furious hence hard work. Flat courses always are. The start is narrow, so you need to be as near the front as possible. The surface is uneven so be careful not to fall and be prepared to swap from side to side if you need to overtake. I think it is best to imagine it as one long fartlek session from start to finish. I’m sure you will all enjoy it!!

Message from the chairman:

Please help at our Harrogate District Summer Race League on Thursday 5th July; see the team / email for more details.

Message from the head-coach:

Christine ran a life time best age percentage parkrun this last weekend at Dalby, but this still left her 10 seconds short of 70%!! I ran a 3 year best and a pb for the course, but this still left me around 15 seconds short of an age group record. I don’t have much time left in this age group and I’m probably in my best form for about 5 years. Having had a little look at our recent training times we are convinced we could both achieve these targets!! If all goes to plan we hope to have another go on 14th July, again at Dalby. Is there anyone out there who would like to act as pace and give us a hand? We have 3 spare seats in the car.

Dalby is a pb course when the weather is right and at the moment it is right. Last week end 8 of the first 10 age percentage best ran pb’s which suggests the conditions were perfect and the competition strong. These results will probably not happen again, but we can give it a try. Christine and I like Dalby simply because it is a one lap course and its trail. With 288′ of ascent it’s not the easiest but it does have some fast sections which are a lot, lot longer in distance than the shorter, gentle climbs. Remember, pb’s don’t just happen, you have to make them happen but if you gather a good group around you it makes it just that little bit easier. Pressure, who mentioned pressure?
This past weekend Christine and I spent a couple of nights at Swinton Park. It’s a little bit “lot posh” and it’s a lot ” bit expensive” but It’s fun and very enjoyable. Sadly, it clashed with the football but I needn’t have worried as the Hotel set up a tv in our very own restaurant especially just for us two all on our own. Christine was right impressed. The drinks and food just kept coming and if we carry on working for the next 10 years we will be able to go and do it all over again. A lovely place and a lovely break.
Keep smiling, Rob


Sunday 15th July – Burton Leonard 10k 11am multi-terrain quite hard.

Wednesday 18th July – Summer Coast Road 5k. 7.15pm (note: day after HDSRL, Nidd Valley)

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Saturday 8th September – Stockton 10k –

Sunday 23rd September – Kirkstall Abbey 7. 7 mile multi-terrain, mostly flat course starting and finishing within the spectacular grounds of Kirkstall Abbey –

Sunday 30th September – Redcar festival of running. Various distances.

Sunday 14th October – Richmond Castle 10k 11am

Sunday 21st October – Whixley 10k. 11am. Nice multi-terrain race

Sunday 28th October – Sean Lee Johnston 10-mile race. Mostly off road


July 8th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm
July 17th – HDSRL Nidd Valley – Tues evening.
July 29th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am
Aug 12th – Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course
Aug 22nd – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Sept 2nd – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am
Sept 30th – Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb. Sun am e.o.d
Oct 7th – Bridlington Half Marathon – road. V. undulating. Sun am
Nov 4th – Guy Fawkes 10 – road race. 4 significant hills! Sun am
Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country
(e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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