Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 04/06/18

Please see Marian or Ian for details about the Reservoir Run (further details below)

Bar duty – It’s Harrriers turn to run the bar at TAC on Saturday 30th June; please can we have a couple more people to help out this night. Please see Duncan, Nigel or Steph for more details

Galtres Fun Run – the Galtres Fun Run was a popular local community event, but unfortunately stopped being run in 2014. The event is being resurrected and will run again this year on at 1pm in Millfield Park. There will be a 2K and a 5K run and the entry fee will be £5. All monies raised will go to Easingwold Community Library and Easingwold Lions.
Mulgrave Castle 10k – Undulating, start time 11am –

7pm Athletic Club. Sonja has promised a light one tonight because of the first HDSRL fixture tomorrow night. Those not running at Skipton may wish to train just that little bit harder to make getting changed worth their while!!

Harrogate District Summer Race League (HDSRL) – PLEASE CAR SHARE
Skipton please park at Sandylands (Sat Nav: BD23 2AZ). The start is a short 5 minute walk from there.
There are no road closures in place and a few roads to cross, it’ll be well marshalled, but please be careful

7pm Athletic Club. I will set up a trail interval session on the cricket pitch, explanations will be given on the night. Also, tonight TASH host the Ossy Oiks fell race (see Duncan’s notes for details) so please help or run if you can. Bryan will be pleased to see you.
OSSY OIKS fell race, race starts at 7:15pm Outside Church, nr Arncliffe Woods, Ingleby Cross, Ingleby Arncliffe (5.3mi/1834′). If you can help out please do as this is a great event that we host.

RACE NOW FULL – Everyone Active 10k – New Marske Harriers Road Race Series – race starts at 10:15am

Message from the chairman:
Melmerby 10k was far too hot for a pb, made it home in 52mins; However Wednesday TT was a completely different conditions and please to be sub-15 again
Ken Wood ran in the Edinburgh Marathon last Sunday and he told me the conditions were perfect. His months of training have certainly paid off. Ken is joining myself and Craig on leadership in running fitness course next month, I look forward to hearing Ken’s tips on how to become a sub-3 hr marathon runner!!
Here is some of Ken’s strava stats…. (truly amazing!)
6:31 – 1 mile (his 3rd best)
13:59 – 2 miles (his 2nd best)
20:12 – 5k (his 2nd best)
40:44 – 10k (pb)
1:01:34 – 15k (pb)
1:06:06 – 10 miles (pb)
1:27:25 – Half-marathon (pb)
2:59:31 – Marathon (pb)


Message from the head-coach:
Sometime soon I will get my state pension and my financial advisor tells me that I no longer need to work. He says I can now concentrate on and do the things I’ve always wanted to do. The thing is I’ve always done the things I’ve always wanted to do and what’s worrying me is that if I retire I may end up doing the things that I don’t want to do. So, we need a compromise. I still enjoy getting out of bed on a morning, but the idea is to cut back, a little bit at a time. The idea is to work less and travel more. Our ambition is not to be the richest people in an old people’s home, so we are going to continue doing what we can while we can. I’ve also bought Christine a brand new 19″ electric start Hayter lawn mower which may also have influenced the decision, but it is her birthday in a couple of weeks’ time and she does like to be spoilt. Spoil her I do!! And Yes, It’s slower than the last one!!

Less work means more time and energy for running!! Over the past couple of months, I’ve started to run on the hills once more increasing the distance and also the intensity. Since collapsing in Italy a couple of years ago I’ve been a bit of a wimp on the hills and I’ve only just managed to get back to a level where I feel confident that whatever I start I can finish. Running hills at high intensity is not easy work! It hurts. I need to be a little careful because It means I require that little bit longer to recover. You may also remember I started a new diet on returning from India but in truth it hasn’t altered much, I just don’t snack between meals. However, I have lost around a pound a week since I started and I’m still losing weight. I’m not unduly worried at the moment but if it continues as it is it’s going to be a devil of a job trying to keep warm next winter. Sometime soon I’m going to have sneak the odd bar of Chocolate into my lunch box and I’ve almost forgot what a sausage roll looks like. Mrs Smith at no 22 thought I was ill last week when I left my chocolate digestive so maybe I might have to start eating them again then we’ll both be happy.

The Sutton Bank time trial course has 237′ of ascent over the two miles so don’t compare it with your station road time. Remember, In Holland this would be classed a fell race. Last night was a good night to clock a good time. Almost perfect I’d say. A good turn out as well.

Keep smiling and see you soon, Rob

Ian and Marian’s Reservoir Run
A gently undulating trail run around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs.
Trail or road shoes. Distance – 5k round one reservoir or 10k round two.
Suitable for walkers. Splendid scenery. Families welcome.
The run(s) will start and finish at Swinsty car park between the two reservoirs.
Coach will leave Thirsk Market Place at 6.30 p.m. Journey time approx. 45 minutes.
After the run – a 15-minute bus ride to the Nelson Inn for hot food on the way home on the A59.
Food provided at a cost of £6.50 per head – assuming minimum of 30 is reached.
A list will be available to sign up – please state if you require a vegetarian meal.
Own room at pub
To book a place – name + £6.50 to Ian or Marian by Wed 20th June.

Harriers, Lakes weekend, The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere. 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 01768 770252. If you would like to know more about the weekend please speak to Margaret or Alan Wikeley.

Wednesday 13th June 2018 Otley 10 Mile Road Race at 7:30pm – This is a long standing race organised by Otley AC for more than 25 years, with a fast 3 miles to start, followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town.

Sunday 24th June 2018 Staveley Stampede 10k – at 11am. Also free children’s fun run on the village green
Multi Terrain – Memento for all finishers. Numbers to be collected on the day.

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening

June 5th – HDSRL – Skipton – Tues evening.
June 19th – HDSRL – Ilkley- Tues evening. Hilly, mostly on 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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