Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 17/02/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10, numbers are over 100 up on last year; so far, we have 916 runners entered (59 last week) 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




Half-term so school is closed; so we are on Station Road for Monday and Wednesday evenings

7pm Racecourse entrance Station road time trial.     This week is half term and the school is closed so the monthly time trial comes forward a week. Please register outside the race course entrance where Andy will warm you all up and Duncan will take your name. If you injured and can’t run, then please can you help so all those who want to run can. Remember a time trial is a test between you, your mind and nobody else. The time you get is all about you. Hi-vis vest and run on the left are the rules that always apply.

TUESDAY 18TH 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.


Half-term so school is closed; so we are on Station Road

7pm Race course entrance, station road. Warm ups. session. 8 x 3mins/ 1 min rec 5k pace. This is a big, big session. Split into equal ability groups and a leader with each group.

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Starting from Kilburn just past the white houses.

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


CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day


Fell race (check necessary kit list) – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)

Message from the head-coach:

I’ve had a lifetime of running the Counties, the Northerns, the Nationals, the London’s and the GNR’s. I still have the passion and the enthusiasm, but my body no longer has the strength to keep knocking out the relentless miles that are required to compete in such events. Just taking part is not an option, I just have to compete! I continue looking for new challenges and in the recent past I have run on frozen lakes in the Arctic, run interval sessions in wildlife parks in the remotest parts of Africa. Shortly Christine and I are going to compete in the Kruga National Park and later in the year we are competing in the Dolomites, Austria. I’m also looking for some kind of a challenge in the Amazon but please don’t tell Christine until closer to the time!! Apparently, parkrun hasn’t arrived yet. Age should not have a limit on what you want to achieve as long as you still want to achieve it. It’s a little easier if you don’t make you dreams quite so big as you get older but then some of us just don’t grow up!!!!

I spent last week in the lakes with a long-time friend and training partner celebrating his 60th birthday. We ran twice a day, had a few drinks and generally had a good time and lived the moment. Happy memories. Christine and I stayed on a day extra specifically just to run the Whinlatter parkrun, it’s posted as being the toughest in the country, so we just had to do it. Christine didn’t quite show the same enthusiasm, but she didn’t mind the extra night in the Bridge hotel. We walked around the course on the Thursday to see what it was all about. It didn’t disappoint, 5k and 1000’ feet of ascent. If you take part you need good leg speed because the descents are fast, you also need strong will power and also strength in your legs for the climbs, these are not steep, but they are relentless. You don’t need to worry about the level bits because there aren’t any!! If you are in good shape expect to run around 10% age adjusted less than your normal parkrun time. If you are not in good shape, then probably don’t click on the “detailed” button when you look at the results. If you like a challenge, then this is the one for you.


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

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am


Liv weekly blog

One of my running (and life) idols is Alexi Pappas. She is a Greek runner and ran in the 2016 Olympics.

I find her inspiring as she trains incredibly hard, and clearly goes through a lot of discomfort to achieve such greatness. But what is even more inspiring is her ongoing quest for balance – constantly striving to be kind to herself and encourage others to be kinder to themselves too. “The goal is to build a sandcastle of ourselves,” she explained. For a sandcastle to last all day and not be washed away by the first waves, it needs a strong base that takes time to build. “I’ve watched people build their walls too thin and or high too quickly, which might mean under-eating or not having a variety of foods or overtraining and not having sufficient rest and their sandcastles collapse. I’ve really tried to focus on having thick walls and eating a lot of different foods. If I see a scrap of seaweed, a piece of sea glass, or a cool stick, I’ll add it to my sandcastle. Building with variety creates a strong, healthy foundation.”

I’d love to share with you one of my favorite quirky quotes from her.

‘How to be speedy?’ Run like a bravey, sleep like a baby, dream like a crazy, replace can’t with maybe.

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