Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 30/07/18



CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Start 11am.
A 14k run over moorland tracks and paths near Castle Bolton in Wensleydale in aid of Rotary charities. 2018 will be the 14th year of the race.

7pm Athletic Club. Monthly time trial. A 2 mile trail run on the track behind the squash courts. If we don’t get any floods over the next few days road shoes will be perfectly adequate but there may long grass in places which may slow you down a little but I don’t think it will be too much of a problem.

Remember to stick to the left hand side rule! This means if you are approached by a runner coming towards you then keep to the left. We tried this the last time out and I was surprised as to how many people couldn’t tell their left from their right! There will be a row of cones cross over the track at the turn around point. Please, don’t jump over them and carry on running as a few of you did the last time. If you end up in the Station car park then you have gone too far!!

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 ( 8 x 1min/ 1 min recovery) Again hopefully on the cricket field as last time. A few of you will be pleased to know the equipment store entrance will soon have a new door fitted. ken has the job in hand and in the future we shouldn’t have to kick the door to both open or lock it any more. It’s surprising how many swear words you can mutter in such a short time performing such a simple task!! Thank you Ken. ( The hairy one!!) When you fit it could you please remember to give me a key?

Northallerton parkrun is 3yrs old on the 1st of August!!! 🎉🎉🎉

As tradition we will be marking our anniversary with fancy dress (& cakes 🍰😁) As we share our actual birthday with the day that celebrates our glorious county we’ve chosen ‘Yorkshire’ as the theme.

So get your thinking ‘flat’ caps on and come celebrate with us on Saturday the 4th August

So come as a famous Yorkshire person – a singer/writer??, maybe pay homage to James Herriot?? Wear one of the counties many football clubs shirts, or honour our cricketing heroes or the Brownlee brothers?? Or the Tour de Yorkshire?? Or your race shirt from your favourite Yorkshire run?? Something yellow, blue & white?? The list is endless…………

We are also holding our first pacing day courtesy of the Neon Nights local running club so if you after a pb keep an eye out for the pacers on the day

Message from the chairman:
Ken, Craig and I passed the leadership in running last weekend and we are very grateful for the support from Harriers.

We intend helping with the warm ups (not that you aren’t warm enough already in this heat)

Message from the head-coach:
I’m sure most of you have been watching Poldark these past few Sunday nights and you may have noticed Ross and George partying with the rich and famous in London. Except it’s not in London, It’s a place called Sezincote which a beautiful house plonked on a hillside in the Cotswolds a couple of miles west of Moreton in the Marsh. I have been to the house as I know the people who own it and I regret to say there were no buxom wenches present when I visited but It’s a lovely place all the same. My brother when he was alive used to do the maintenance work in and around the property hence the connection.

I like this area of the country as good as anywhere in the UK, especially for running. The paths and trails in the area run east to west, North to South, they are well maintained, well-marked and as long as you can see the sun you shouldn’t get lost. A 10-mile run will reward you with several lovely villages and easily 1000′ of ascent/ descent and you probably may not see more than a dozen people. I have been running these trails I guess for around 40 years and I still approach them with the same enthusiasm now as I did then.

People keep asking how we are managing to do our work on these hot, sunny days. They were asking similar questions when it was cold, frosty and snowing in winter. It wasn’t much better when it was wet and windy during most of spring so all in all 2018 is turning out to be a bit of a bummer. I wonder what’s going to happen during the autumn?

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Saturday 8th September – Stockton 10k –

Sunday 23rd September – Kirkstall Abbey 7. 7 mile multi-terrain, mostly flat course starting and finishing within the spectacular grounds of Kirkstall Abbey –

Sunday 30th September – Redcar festival of running. Various distances.

Sunday 14th October – Richmond Castle 10k 11am

Sunday 21st October – Whixley 10k. 11am. Nice multi-terrain race

Sunday 28th October – Sean Lee Johnston 10-mile race. Mostly off road


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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