Adrian Saunders, Member

So back in December 2018 I decided to enter my first marathon (how silly) and took advice that to be able to run it I needed to be part of a club. I contacted Rob Burn who said come down and give it a go. From day 1 I was welcomed by everyone and felt part of the group before I became a member for 2019. Since then I have raced loads of places I had never been before, learned more about running than I thought existed and learnt quite a bit about myself. Today was marathon day and whilst I just wanted to get around as my main aim, in the back of my mind I would have loved to beat 4 hrs. I know slow for many but a big deal for me. I finished in 03:57:10 and I couldn’t have done it without Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. Thank you to the committee for accepting me as a member, thanks to all the coaches and leaders for all the hard work they put in behind the scenes as well as delivering their sessions on training nights but most of all thank you to all the club members that from day 1 made me feel welcome and accepted, supported me and helped me achieve. I couldn’t have done it without you all and just highlights what most people already know, what a special club we have in Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers. Massive thanks again Adrian.

Caroline Pearce, Member
It took me 2 years to pluck up the courage to join Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. Only being a ‘plodder’ I thought I’d be laughed at if I joined a running group! A friend of mine whom I’d known for years was a member and when I started doing races I’d often see The Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers vests but still kept my distance. Then running light water valley 10k in 2018 (That was a race I turned up to by myself and sat in the car until it started). I came across Rob (Head Coach at T&SH) in the final mile. I had started to give up but with Rob’s few words of encouragement I kept going and when I’d finished that race I thought right that’s it I’m joining! I enjoy going to the sessions and training with others. Everyone’s so welcoming and supportive regardless of your speed.I should of done it sooner.
Geoff Bullock, Member & Treasurer
Thanks to Rob’s training, I am managing 8 minute milling in my 70’s.
Molly Mayes, Member 
As a sufferer of anxiety and panic attacks associated with crowds, it took me a long time to pluck up the courage to join Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers – over a year in fact! The first session was fun, but the second session I attended was an utter disaster – the summer handicap time-trial, in which I came dead last by minutes… Something almost guaranteed to put someone with anxiety off coming ever again! But something pretty incredible happened – everyone was so friendly, supportive and encouraging that I smiled and actually enjoyed it… Totally unexpectedly, I came back the next week, and the next, and have been with TASH for almost a year now; attending training sessions, fun sessions, running races (and still coming last in my age category) and having fun with everyone. This club has done wonders for my anxiety about crowds and I now have some great friends in the local area. I’m enjoying running more and more every day and I regret not joining earlier. If you’re thinking about joining and aren’t sure if it’s for you – it definitely IS for you, come along and give it a go!!


Liv Mulligan, Member
I think my old school sports teacher would laugh in disbelief if they found out I have been Ladies Cross Country Captain – sport certainly wasn’t my thing. I attended my first Harriers session aged 17, purely because a friend was going and I wanted to hang out with her. I remember that session being very tough and my lungs and legs didn’t quite know what they were doing… but what shone through was the encouragement from Rob, Head Coach and also fellow members. Shortly after my first session at Harriers I left for university in London… but that first session had inspired me to give running a go at university. I realised that I was excited by a challenge and that I was quite good at dealing with being out of my comfort zone!  A whirlwind of a time at university saw me becoming President of Cross Country & Athletics in my third year. Now, 25, I am settled back in Thirsk and thrilled to be back and have achieved a 1.29 half marathon last year at the Great North Run. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease aged 14 and never thought it would be possible to achieve any kind of sporting achievement… I can’t thank Thirsk Harriers enough for their amazing support. 
Rob Burns, Head Coach
Everyone has a story. Everyone has a dream. Since joining Harriers the story got longer and the dreams became bigger. I joined simply to get faster and be the best I could be. I have run on every continent and competed all over the world. I’m still dreaming and loving every minute of it. 

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