Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 24/02/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10; so far, we have 970 runners entered (54 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

Thanks  Duncan


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)


Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Rolling core work inside

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group.  We will probably be on Topcliffe Road / Flatts as the field is a little wet at the moment. Starting from the school.

TUESDAY 25TH 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.


7pm School sports hall. 

The football group will probably be using the sports hall before us again up to 7pm.  We only pay from 7pm.   To speed up the set up time; I suggest that Rob gives some people tasks whilst we are in the corridor.  Please help us to get a full hour’s session in.

First half rolling core work. 

Second half Inside : Lung busters

Outside. 2, 3, 4 mins/ 1 min recovery. 10k pace.  We’ll go out first then come back for the second set. Start with the shortest and finish with the longest simply because it always seems harder to do it that way.

THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Osmotherley.

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at the Golden Lion.


CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – XC Croft (see separate email)


Message from the head-coach:

Almost twenty five years ago we were driving along the shore of lake Titicaca in Peru. Almost 10000′ above, It’s cold, it’s windy and it’s almost dark. Close to the roadside we pass a lonely market stall and stood alongside it stood a mother and her daughter of around three years old. They were wearing the national Peruvian costume, and both were stood bolt upright almost frozen stiff. The little girl had two parallel rivers of snot running down the middle of her face and looked forward through empty eyes. We stopped the car and I stepped out and I approach the stall where I bought a few items I didn’t want. I also bought a bar of chocolate that the mother and child couldn’t afford. I broke the bar in two and walked back towards the car. On the way I stopped and popped half the chocolate on a stone at the side of the road, continued my journey and stepped into the car to share the remainder with Christine, our driver and our guide. When I turned around, I could see the little girl sharing her chocolate with her Mum. One bar of chocolate, momentarily six happy people. If only life was always so simple but then, sometimes it is!!

You put down your phone, put on your running togs and step into your running shoes. You open the back door and you step outside and you just go out and do it. Sometimes life is as simple as that!!

Live your dream.  Rob.


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

Trigger warning: Some content regarding mental health struggles

In a world where you can be anything: Be Kind.

I have seen this message floating around the media a lot lately, especially this week, following yet another life being taken by suicide.

A message to all Harriers: Firstly, thank you. I have been a member for 7 years and only ever felt kindness from you all. I have made some true friends and it feels like a family.

As my physical health plummeted last year, so did my mental health. I was exhausted. The kindness I feel from a group like Harriers is a constant reminder of warmth and hope and a glimmer of excitement about the future…

I don’t want to speak to soon, but I am getting a little giddy that I am stringing many more ‘good’ days together. A combination of decreased stress levels, weight gain, sleep and kindness seems to be doing something… Since being poorly and realising I was ‘jobless,’ I have also been seeing a therapist weekly. There is no shame in that. For anyone considering it. Go.

If you are finding things a little tough, or maybe you’re finding things really tough, or dangerously tough, wherever you fit on the ‘scale’…remember that you’re never a burden. To any one of you, I’ll never find it strange or weird if you call my phone, drop me a message or knock at my door, in need of a chat.

Something this week bought be happiness more than I imagined…. Dinosaur leggings. More specifically dinosaurs doing yoga printed on leggings. You may have seen Molly and Rosie sporting these bad boys at training. They knew I loved them and surprised me with a pair in my size. They’re perfect. And a great amount of stretch to encourage me to gain the extra needed 4kg.

This was above and beyond the act of kindness! Now I’m not saying we need to spoil each other with hilariously quirky and touching presents… going for a walk and talk with these lovely ladies was more than enough. It made my day.

I’m staying positive and if things continue to improve, I’ll be back at training quite soon. At first I’ll be under strict instruction just to go ‘steady away’ and to have a little chin wag. Until strength improves further, no hard reps for me yet. (But you know what I’m like so please keep me on a leash!)

So, my wonderful running family… Keep being you. Keep being kind and I hope to see you all very soon. (I’ll be sporting the dino leggings, of course).

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