Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 22/07/19

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.


7pm Athletic Club. Cricket field.  Similar to last week. A light session of core work followed by the usual amount of lung busters. 


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. 2 x 2, 3, 4, mins/ 1 min rec/ 2mins between sets.  This week there is a fell race which usually means a trail run with a hill in it.  This week the hill is quite long but if you want to try it then now is the time, conditions are almost perfect. The rest of us will be on the cricket pitch.

Fell race:

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

(check necessary kit list)


7pm sharp, Starting from Hunters lane, Nether Silton. 

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at Gold Cup, Nether Silton YO7 2JZ


CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – The James Herriot Country Trail Run – Start 11.00am.

A 14K run over moorland tracks and paths near Castle Bolton in Wensleydale in aid of Rotary charities. 2019 will be the 15th year of the race.

The 2019 run will take place over the same scenic route on moorland tracks and paths near Castle Bolton in Wensleydale by kind permission of Lord Bolton. The Start/Finish will again be in the same field, close to Bolton Castle car park. .Traffic free and well marshalled.


Message from the head-coach:

At the moment I’m working with the National Parks at Sutton Bank with the view to planning and putting down a measured running trail of around two miles long. By spring it is hoped we could have a time trial both to the North and also to the South of Sutton Bank. The emphasis is to make it family friendly, accessible to all and also to encourage people into running and to visit this beautiful countryside where we all live and work. If all goes to plan it will also make another inspiring and motivational space for us  as a club to go and train. We are also looking at a slighter longer and even more ambitious trail in a different area but it could take quite a bit longer to make it happen. There are quite a lot of sensitive areas around Sutton Bank  which make it difficult to put things on the ground however if you have enthusiasm, ambition and the will to make things happen then getting money and permission are just another two obstacles that have to be overcome. I can’t think of any other more inspiring place to put down a running trail and I’m know all the members at the National Parks think exactly the same. Watch this space!!

see you soon, Rob



UPDATE on rooms available at the Bridge. 1 single, 1 four poster, 1 superior double and 1 standard double

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 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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