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




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


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.


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


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.


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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