Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 28/05/18

Athletic Club AGM is next Wednesday the 30th May at 8pm

SUNDAY 27TH MAY
34th Melmerby 10K Road Race & 2 1/4 Mile Fun Run – 11:30 am
http://www.melmerbyrun.org/index.php
Undulating one lap course through the picturesque surroundings of Melmerby Village starting and finishing at the village hall. A popular event in which many competitors have achieved either SB’s or PB’s in the previous years.

MONDAY 28TH MAY (Bank Holiday)
7pm Athletic Club. Sonja will take a session and forward to seeing you all on the cricket field. If in use try the field behind the Squash courts. All systems go and full steam ahead!!

TUESDAY 29TH MAY
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 30TH MAY
7pm Sutton Bank car park. Time trial. Again approximately exactly two miles. Out one mile and then back again along the Cleveland Way. Road shoes are fine.

SATURDAY 2ND JUNE
Galtres Fun Run – the Galtres Fun Run was a popular local community event, but unfortunately stopped being run in 2014. The event is being resurrected and will run again this year on at 1pm in Millfield Park. There will be a 2K and a 5K run and the entry fee will be £5. All monies raised will go to Easingwold Community Library and Easingwold Lions. www.bookitzone.com/di_watkins/YA2FFX

SUNDAY 3RD JUNE
Mulgrave Castle 10k – Undulating, start time 11am – www.loftusandwhitbyac.co.uk/mulgrave-run/

Message from the chairman:
Aiming for a 48 minute 10k (pb), Rob says I’m there…. I’ll see on Sunday at Melmerby (hope it’s not too hot)
Good luck Ken Wood with the Edinburgh Marathon, I really hope all your hard training pays off and you achieve a great time.
Cheers
Duncan

Message from the head-coach:
I have to mention last Monday night because, well just because it went so well. 67 did the trail and with helpers, friends etc about 80 people turned out. Yes, the weather helped but a brilliant turnout all the same. Whatever your age or ability there was plenty to get your teeth into. The two different courses worked well, enough to scare you but then just steep enough at the other side for you to run up again. In an area not much larger than a football pitch we had 3 hills, 7 different types of exercises and about the right distance to get in 10 laps with good recoveries in a 40-minute session. In fact, so good I’m sure it could become an annual event!!! To add to this £862.52 was raised on the night to go towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance funds.

I’d like to say thank you to Paul and Hays Travel who donated £100 just so he didn’t have to take part, congratulations to Abbi who won a surprise lunch from Mannion & Co (including wine!!) which was given by a local gardening firm and also thank you to all those who donated and took part or helped on the night. Also, a big thanks to Andy who took all the photos (270+). Plans are in process to put them on the website!!! Abbi did tell me she didn’t like running too much but I did notice she wasn’t too far behind Adam each time he went into the trees!! And we all know how fast Adam runs!! Are you a member yet Abbi?

Looking forward, I think the event could be improved by adding an extra course which in turn could handle higher numbers without being overcrowded and offer more variety in both speed and obstacles. I also think it would work well at night with head torches on, a full moon, stars and maybe could take place couple of weeks before Christmas. I’m getting romantic all over again!

Yesterday was also the day when I posted off all your nearly worn out running shoes, tee shirts etc to Zambia and hopefully there is a photo attached of the proceeds in our back garden. I will later give you some feedback once they arrive at their destination. Yesterday I was working with someone who has just come back from this part of Africa and I was told that the Victoria falls are at the highest level for more than fifty years. What this really means is that crops can be grown, and families will eat enough food to keep them alive. They will appreciate you handing them over.
Last Saturday morning I ran Wetherby parkrun and later in the morning I played tag on the village green at Barwick with the Grandchildren. I enjoyed both equally as much. The two eldest were talking about going to Temple Newsam on the Sunday morning to take part in the junior parkrun and hoping to get a pb. They are only just 4 and 6 years old!! I wonder where they picked that from?

See you soon and a happy pb to you all.

FRIDAY 29TH JUNE
Ian and Marian’s Reservoir Run
A gently undulating trail run around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs.
Trail or road shoes. Distance – 5k round one reservoir or 10k round two.
Suitable for walkers. Splendid scenery. Families welcome.
The run(s) will start and finish at Swinsty car park between the two reservoirs.
Coach will leave Thirsk Market Place at 6.30 p.m. Journey time approx. 45 minutes.
After the run – a 15-minute bus ride to the Nelson Inn for hot food on the way home on the A59.
Food provided at a cost of £6.50 per head – assuming minimum of 30 is reached.
A list will be available to sign up – please state if you require a vegetarian meal.
Own room at pub
To book a place – name + £6.50 to Ian or Marian by Wed 20th June.

16TH – 17TH NOVEMBER
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.

FUTURE RACE LISTS
Wednesday 13th June 2018 Otley 10 Mile Road Race at 7:30pm – This is a long standing race organised by Otley AC for more than 25 years, with a fast 3 miles to start, followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town. http://otleyac.org.uk/otley-10-mile-road-race

Sunday 24th June 2018 Staveley Stampede 10k – at 11am. Also free children’s fun run on the village green
Multi Terrain – Memento for all finishers. Numbers to be collected on the day. http://www.staveley-yorks.org.uk

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk/sessay-swift

FUTURE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
June 5th – HDSRL – Skipton – Tues evening.
June 19th – HDSRL – Ilkley- Tues evening. Hilly, mostly on road
July 8th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm
July 17th – HDSRL Nidd Valley – Tues evening.
July 29th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am
Aug 12th – Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course
Aug 22nd – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Sept 2nd – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am
Sept 30th – Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb. Sun am e.o.d
Oct 7th – Bridlington Half Marathon – road. V. undulating. Sun am
Nov 4th – Guy Fawkes 10 – road race. 4 significant hills! Sun am
Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country
(e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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