Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 23/09/19


Flatts. Thirsk – see separate email; Anyone running can also marshal other races during the day; you will be given time to warm up, however please don’t leave your marshal point before you are replaced with someone else.  Marshalling is very important for the children’s race please.

See you on Sunday (anyone setting up the course please meet at TAC at 8:30 or on the Flatts from 9am)


MONDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER  (club training night)

From 6.30pm onwards Thirsk School

Arrive early to try on your test drive running shoes from Up and Running. Session starts at 7pm prompt. On the back field if dry otherwise inside.

TUESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER  (social run*)

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.

WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER  (club training night)

7pm Monthly time trial from Osgoodby carpark, Kilburn woods

7.20 start. We need a few strong runners to arrive early to mark the turnaround point and also to check the course for wind falls. This will also be a good excuse for a good warm up so I’m expecting some good times. Don’t forget a head torch just in case it’s extra dark.

THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER  (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting at Wass woods

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

Message from the head-coach:

Wednesday night was the biggest session of the summer and a big one it was too!! I hope you were all shattered. From now on we build on our core work, ease down on the running and get into some serious winter training. You should be looking to be in good shape by Christmas. The league cross country fixtures will also help you both mentally and physically.

My favourite area to run is between Sutton Bank and Snek Yate however I only run on this section when I’m running sort of a bit ok. I’m also a bit of a loner and I like to run it as and how I want to run it hence I do all my running outside club sessions on my own. Christine will do a similar session and we try to arrange it so we both start and finish at the same time.  Nearly all my steady running is done on an out back basis, so I’ll pick a distance and try to come back faster than I go out. This particular part of the Cleveland way is good because it’s tougher to come back than it is to go out. A negative split is a good indication of how strong I am and just at the moment I must be getting in good shape because I did just that this last weekend. Perfect timing because soon a small group of us are going to Italy to run in the World’s Masters Mountain running Championship. I guess I’m now ready to race and ready to compete. Time to deliver!!

Christine and I spent our honeymoon in a small valley high up in the mountains above Innsbruck, Austria. While on our rambles I came across some children selling sprigs of edelweiss and I bought one for Christine. She dried it, pressed it and placed it in the front of our wedding photo album where it still has pride of place today.

This summer we stayed at a house in Germany and In the garden I came across two edelweiss plants and just before we left I picked one each for the grandchildren and one more for Christine. This was the first and only plant I’ve seen. Perhaps the girls will remember this and then maybe they won’t.

When the girls come to stay, they are allowed very little tv and we spend the time reading books, climbing trees, picking fruit and so on. Creating both memories and inspiring dreams. When we put them to bed Christine reads them a short story, tucks them in and kisses then good night. Just before she leaves them, she has to sing a few lines of edelweiss just like in the Sound of Music and then they drift off gently to sleep. Perfect. I like the simple things in life.

* social runs are not a club training night and therefore not covered by our insurance.  Please enjoy these nights under your own risk.



Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Sept 22nd – Sunday 11am – Fry-up Frazzler; Yorkshire Cycle Hub, The Gill, Fryup, Whitby YO21 2AP

Oct 6th – Saltergate Gallows Fell Race, 17k, 430m ascent  e.o.d – Village Hall, Levisham, nr Pickering


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 10th – NYSD Whitby Cross Country, Caedmon School, Airy Hill, Whitby YO21 1QA

 (e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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