Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 6/01/20

Happy New Year to you all – REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR 2020 MEMBERSHIP FORMS. See either myself or Trish

“Liv weekly blog” – see below

Also, some Championship fixtures for 2020


Jan 5th – Commondale Beacon, village hall (start 10:30am) – check necessary kit list


7pm. Outside the racecourse entrance. Station road. Split into different speed ability groups. Interval session. Let’s see what you all got for Christmas!!

TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY (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.


6.45pm School sports hall. First half/ rolling core session. Second half. Inside, intense speed work. Outside. 5 x 3 mins/ 1 rec. @ 5k pace. 

After the Christmas break, we all need to get back into a regular training routine, whatever it might be. Exercise is not just for Christmas but for the rest of your life!!

Message from the head-coach:

At the moment I am running around 21 minutes for 5k which is sort of ok for a guy of my age. For the past few weeks I have been adjusting my training to put in a good performance at the Captain Cooks fell race simply because I like running trail/fell and I like this particular course. The conditions for the race were almost perfect. I ran the climb just about as I planned, I descended a lot better than expected and I crossed the finish line almost totally spent. 3.5 minutes faster than last year and my fastest run for 4 years. My legs are still throbbing away. There are no results out as yet, but I don’t think I finished in the top 200. ( more than 500 altogether) I think the race was the strongest in depth group of athletes I have competed against in a fell race in all the years I have been running. I hope all of you who took part were inspired to put in some outstanding performances and that you enjoyed it. There were few prizes so most of the entrance fees went to charity. Thank you Mr Dave Parry.

Liv weekly blog

Talking is good, they say.

I’m included in that ‘they’ statement. I, too, believe that talking is good. Talking and sharing our problems helps us to heal.

But can we over-share? Can we tell too many details or perhaps risk sounding like a broken record speaking about our problems over and over again?

I went around to my parents house for dinner the other night and, to be quite honest, I was sick of talking. Sick of talking about myself. Sick of hearing ‘are you feeling better yet?’ ‘how was your appointment?’ ‘did you take all your pills today?’

Mum* answered the front door. I didn’t say hello. Instead, I went straight in with, “Can I ask you something?”

“Hi sweetheart. Yeah, what is it?”

“Can we please just have one night of not talking about any health stuff. No appointment chat.”

She first looked a little taken aback. But she soon smiled with her eyes and gestured I come in out of the rain. “Of course.”


You know what, as much as I believe a problem shared is a problem halved… having a night specifically not talking about ‘what’s wrong’ meant I had the best evening I have had in a long time… it was certainly the most ‘normal’ I have felt in a long time…

I wish all you good health for 2020 (and beyond!)

*some of you may remember my Mum from Sessay Swift 2019. After finishing, I ran back to find her…She took up running two years ago and is now 61. Seeing her huffing and puffing but grinning ear to ear filled me with pride. “This is my Mum! This is my Mum!” I called to the crowds as we approached the finish. “GO ON LIV’S MUM! GO ON LIV’S MUM!” You all shouted.

For future reference, her name is Carolyn. But don’t worry about that. I thought ‘Liv’s Mum’ was pretty cute.


Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Race 4 – 26th January – The Acorn 5k Trail

Acorn Sports Centre, Heythrop Dr, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 8QB

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)

Jan 5th – Commondale Beacon, village hall (start 10:30am)

Feb 2nd – Glaisdale Rigg, Glaisdale pub (start 10:30am)

Feb 23rd – Heartbeat Hobble, Goathland village hall (start 11:00am)


Club Championship fixtures

Jan 19th – XC Ormesby Hall – Can be muddy. Challenging – Sun am

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 29th – Spring Coast Road 5k -Wed evening, 7.15. Flat! Entries open Jan 1st


Other Races

Feb 9th – Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon. Speaks for itself.  11am

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am

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