Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 06/05/19


7pm Athletic Club. Yes, yes, yes. There is training tonight but quite what it is yet I don’t actually know but I’m working on it. Bring a big smile and we’ll make it happen.

Running element:

Big lap: Divide into pairs, runner no 1 does 1/2 a lap, then runner no 2 rest of lap. Runner no 1 must make her/his way back across the middle of lap to be ready to go when runner no 2 arrives at finishing point. Then visa versus

Beginners group

Week 5. 7pm Back field. Last week you managed almost 55 minutes of continuous movement during the session. Each and everyone of you did it so be pleased and proud of what you have achieved so far. It doesn’t get any easier but you will improve in leaps and bounds from now on.( honest)


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

There is some serious racing going on at the moment and also large groups at training sessions so we should be using all this enthusiasm to everyone’s advantage. I’m putting in some big training sessions so please come along and be part of it. They are not designed to kill you; they are designed to help you improve. We can, at whatever level improve together. 

4 x 30 sec/ 30 secs rec  + 2 ( 4 x 3mins/ 1 min rec) 2 mins between sets.  + 4 x 30 secs / 30 secs rec. 

I have been promised (again!) an improved circuit around the rugby pitch for us train on and hopefully it should be up and running for next week. I do realise not everyone in this world moves with the enthusiasm as yours truly but I’m quite optimistic something will very happen soon. 

I managed 4.46 miles at training this week which is my longest run since Captain Cook’s on New Years day so if you think you are going through a bad spell then there might just be others little worse off than you. I never use an injury as an excuse for not being fit, it just an excuse for not being able to run. I was pleased with my strength, pace judgement and even my leg speed pulse so I’m not in bad of a shape for only running 2 mile a week. Onwards and upwards, less biking and aqua jogging and hopefully more running from now on. 


7pm sharp, Starting from Top of Hunters road car park, Nether Silton.

Bring a clean jumper and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at The Gold Cup Inn, Nether Silton, YO7 2JZ.


(start 11am) – Fox and Hounds Chase, Fox & Hounds, Ainthorpe, nr Castleton, Whitby – THIS RACE INCLUDES JUNIOR DISTANCES

14.5km/457m   –  9miles/1499′     (check necessary kit list)


CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – Ripon 10 – Start time: 10:00 am

The race, which starts and finishes on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, is a hilly but picturesque course that leads the runners from Hell Wath around the Studley Royal Estate with beautiful views of Ripon and the stunning, surrounding countryside


Note for the diary: Lakes weekend is 15th & 16th November 2019, further details later.


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

May 11th SATURDAY (start 11am) – Fox and Hounds Chase, Fox & Hounds, Ainthorpe, nr Castleton, Whitby – THIS RACE INCLUDES JUNIOR DISTANCES.

May 21st TUESDAY (start 7pm) – Roseberry Romp, Public Car Park, Newton-under Roseberry, Nr Great Ayton, TS9 6QR

Jun 5th – WEDNESDAY (start 7:15pm) – Ossy Oiks, Outside Church, nr Arncliffe Woods, Ingleby Cross, Ingleby Arncliffe

Jun 19th – WEDNESDAY (start 7:15pm) – Whorlton Run, Whorlton Village hall, High Street, Swainby, N.Yorkshire, DL6 3ED

Jun 22nd – SATURDAY (start 10:30am) – Windy Gyle, North of Barrowburn Farm, Alwinton

Jun 23rd – SUNDAY (start 6am) – Cleveland Way Relay, start at Filey

Jun 30th – SUNDAY (start 10:30am) – Cross Fell, Garrigill village green, Garrigill, CA9 3DS




May 12th –  Ripon 10 – challenging – multi-terrain. Sun am Enter early

 May 21st  – HDSRL Harrogate – Tues  evening.

 June 4th – HDSRL Ripon – Tues  evening.

 June 20th  – HDSRL Dragons – Thurs evening

 July 7th  – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm Ent early

 July 28th –  James Herriot 14k  (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am Enter early

 Aug 11th –  Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course  “  “

Aug 21st – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening

 Sept 1st – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am Enter early

 Sep 29th – Redcar Half Marathon

 Oct 6th – Saltergate Gallows Fell Race, 17k, 430m ascent  e.o.d – REPLACEMENT / ALTERED RACE

 Oct 27th – Whixley 10k – multi terrain

 Nov 3rd –  Guy Fawkes 10 – mostly on road, with some significant hills  Enter early – ALTERED RACE

 Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country

 (e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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