Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 20/05/19

It’s amazing what a week can do. After a dreadful Ripon 10 personally, I was back barefooting obtaining a pb this morning at Northallerton ParkRun (by over 1 minute)

A very happy chairman!!



7pm Athletic Club.

Probably on the rugby pitch once again.                

Beginners group

Week 7. 7pm Back field. Over halfway now and everyone is going fine. Confidence and stamina is growing in bucketfuls and hopefully everyone is enjoying it. ( at least some of time anyway!!)



5.9 miles 95% on road

Start/Finish Location: Cardale Park junction with Beckwith Head Road HG3 1RY

 Please allow plenty of time for your journey as Harrogate has many ongoing roadworks,

especially in this area.

COLLECT YOUR RACE NUMBER FROM SHARON ON TUESDAY NIGHT. Hope with our harrier flag if I remember it.



Tuesday night fell race (start 7pm) – Roseberry Romp, Public Car Park, Newton-under Roseberry, Nr Great Ayton, TS9 6QR


7pm. Athletic Club

Warmups and cool downs to include 4 x 30 secs/ 30secs recovery.

6 x 4 mins with alternating 1 and 2 min recoveries to confuse the mind and really make you think about your pace judgement. I know there are races taking place, but you do as and how you please, but we are putting together a program for those that don’t. If you are returning from injury or have just raced, then take the inside lane and run accordingly. Your body needs to recover and so does your mind!! As we are using a simulated track around the rugby pitch then overtake on the outside only. This could help prevent accidents once we move to Sowerby Gateway. Besides overtaking on the outside makes you work that little bit harder and I’m always in favour of that!!



No group this week; due to races HOWEVER feel free to meet at Osgodby car park at 7pm and I’m sure a few other runners will be there.

Message from the head-coach:

Zambia. We have collected around 50 pairs of shoes and around 200 pieces of clothing during this past week, your response has been tremendous. The last collection date is Wednesday 22nd at training. All we ask is that the items are wearable and clean. Thank you for your generosity.

Keep smiling and see you soon, 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)

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 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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