Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 15/07/19

HELP WANTED PLEASE: We as a club are part of Thirsk Athletes Club (TAC) and from time to time we need to provide members to cover the bar for other clubs with TAC. On Friday 23rd August we need members to cover the bar, if you are interested please see either myself, Stephan Tomaszewski, Nigel Morgan or Paul Goacher.  Training would be provided prior to the night.


Fell race:

(start 10:45am) – Viking Chase (in aid of CMRT), Lordstones, Carlton Bank top, Carlton-in-Cleveland (check necessary kit list)

Also: Burton Leonard 10k, 11am. Junior 3k fun run 10am.


7pm Athletic Club. Cricket field.  A small amount of core work followed by the usual amount of lung busters. Please arrive for a prompt start!!


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.

4 x 30 second strides / 30 secs recovery during warmups and cool downs . 2 x ( 4 x 3 mins / 1min rec ) 3 mins between sets.   Remember the grass surface on the rugby pitch at the moment is consuming lots of energy and it’s quite hard to keep up a fast pace. However, it was improving towards the end of the session, but I think that was only because we were compacting the ground; just ease off on the intensity until you are fully warmed up and into the session.

We are having some brilliant turnouts at training lately and I have had loads of requests for more sessions in the forestry. I’m listening and we will. It’s just that I haven’t quite recovered from the last one yet but the section we used lends itself to group training and we should use it while it’s available. We might have to make one or two adjustments to the add on interval / time trial bit we did towards the end!

I know Wednesday 17th is also the HDSRL handicap race which I wasn’t going to do as I haven’t run plenty to get a handicap time. However, seeing our son-in-law is organising it I maybe ought to go and support him so perhaps I will. At least I might be able to get into the food queue a little bit earlier than usual so I can perhaps look forward to that.


HDSRL Wetherby – Norman Smith Handicap Race & League Presentation start from 7:20pm


The start and finish Field Opposite to Sicklinghall Cricket Club, Kirby Lane, Sicklinghall LS22 4BH; please car share.



7pm sharp, Starting from Helmsley Church. 

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


Message from the head-coach:

The Grand kids are coming!! I do love challenging the Grand Kids and our back field at the moment is looking a bit like a giant play park. I recently went out and bought a natural fibre rope, 80 metres long, 30 mm thick. I have tied it between five silver birch trees and set it between 0.5 and 2 metres above the ground. The object of the challenge is to start and finish in the same place and traverse around the rope without touching the ground. It’s all to do with balance, strength, fear, fun, challenge and sense of achievement. I think I might even have a go myself.

Keep smiling, Rob




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.

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

Single room, standard double and standard twin are priced at £90.50 per person per night

Superior double is £95.50 and Four poster is £100.50 per person per night.


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Jul 14th – SUNDAY (start 10:45am) – Viking Chase (in aid of CMRT), Lordstones, Carlton Bank top, Carlton-in-Cleveland

Jul 16th – TUESDAY (start 7:30pm) – Chapelfell Top, Chatterbox Cafe, 11 Market Place, St John’s Chapel, DL13 1QF

Jul 24th – WEDNESDAY (start 7:15pm) – Inclined to Madness, Upper Car Park Clay Bank, B1257 nr Stokesley

Aug 3rd – SATURDAY (start 2pm) – Osmotherley Show Race, Show Ground, Thimbleby, DL6 3PY

Aug 6th – TUESDAY (start 7:15pm) – Ravenscar Rumble, Ravenscar Visitor Centre, Ravenscar, YO13 0NE

Aug 27th (new date) TUESDAY 7pm) – Roseberry Topping, Car Park, Newton-under-Roseberry on A173


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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