Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 16/07/18

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Burton Leonard 10k 11am multi-terrain quite hard.


7pm Athletic Club. Sonja has asked me to set up a trail circuit with a few core exercises on each lap. Expect to do around 10 x 2 .5 mins circuits with a minute recovery so 35 minutes in total. There will be two different laps, the shorter one being the easiest which will suit those not quite so strong and those running in the last HDSRL fixture of the season which is also a club championship race tomorrow night (Tuesday) Those wanting a good work out need to be on the longer and outer circuit. I will also put in sections to make you adjust your leg stride and speed as you go around. I will appreciate it if one or two of you arrive early to help set it all out. All those newer members wanting vests will be able to get one on Monday night. Rain is forecast for Monday so we may just get a little bit wet.


Harrogate District Summer Race League (HDSRL) – PLEASE CAR SHARE, meet at TAC at 6pm (race starts at 7:45pm)
RACE HQ: Harrogate Hockey Club, Ainsty Road, Harrogate, HG1 4AP.

Approximately 9km over mixed terrain paths, woodland tracks and fields.
You should be fine in road shoes unless it pours down!


Since agreeing the date of the race with the school, they have rearranged their school show to be on the same night. The course runs right past the main hall, so we ask that all runners are quiet as they pass, this also applies when walking to the start and after you finish, when leaving the school site. Thank you, in advance, for your co-operation with this.


7pm White Horse car park near Kilburn. Hill reps. We can use a 200 metre hill which is not too far from the car park. The surface is a little uneven but as long as it stays dry road shoes will be just fine.

Message from the chairman:

Kilburn 7 – I surprised myself and even enjoyed the race; Thanks to Ian Crane for his words of wisdom. A steady first mile which helped me run strong and strong as the race went on, chipping other runners off and finishing well.

Today’s run started with an 8:38 mile then 8:19 followed by 8:06 and finished with 7:52. Maybe I’ve start to learn something.

Happy running (Day 200 consecutive this running this Thursday)

Message from the head-coach:

I did run Kilburn on Sunday and after running on the Thursday night at Thirsk my legs felt surprisingly good. I always start off with good intentions, but it is always hot at Kilburn and somewhere along the route I start to suffer. I do not like the heat. Nearly always it is the 3 to 4-mile point where it happens, and I have to confess, I walked. I didn’t plan to do this, it just happened. Maybe one day I could run Kilburn when it isn’t hot and enjoy it but just at the moment it is fast becoming my least enjoyable run.

“We’re going to Disney Grandad Rob.” It was supposed to be a secret, but JP couldn’t contain her excitement any longer. Our daughter and family are taking me to Euro Disney and on my 65th birthday I will be having breakfast with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and our 3 little grandchildren. I’m looking forward to it and we’re going to have lots of fun. They are growing up ever so fast, the little one is almost out of nappies and the eldest one no longer believes Little Red Riding Hood wears a red coat because she is a Manchester United supporter!! All three of them have promised to wake me up early so we can read a book in bed!!
Christine and I have also booked to go back to Africa to where we were attacked by the large African Elephant. The Guy that saved us has now made a full recovery and we have asked him to take us back tracking in the bush once more. There are some new Leopards in area we wish to see. Again, we have booked the Honeymoon Suite!! We’re also going to be sleeping under the stars out deep in the bush all on our very own. We are hoping this next time it won’t be quite so exciting! Rob


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 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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