Elizabeth Wordsworth

Race Report 19/01/21

Members continue to run, though on their own and in spite of all the difficulties, and take encouragement from being a part of the club.  Rob Burn’s weekly newsletters give suggestions for sessions, and social media brings people together.  Hugh Jennyns, a re-joined member after a lapse of a few years has found the camaraderie and friendship inspiring, even though we are not at the moment able to meet together as a club, and when we did, it was in the dark.  This is a common theme with new members, who all talk of the friendship in the club.  Hugh says the £35 fee is a snip when compared with, say, gym membership, and hopes that before long normal service may be resumed!  And so say all of us!
 
A week or two ago, a call was put out for members to consider volunteering to help with the vaccine distribution at Northallerton Forum, and needless to say, several members were quick to step in.  One of them, Steve Billings, says how rewarding he has found it, and the gratitude of older people, many of whom have virtually not been out of their homes since March, is very moving.  Volunteers direct visitors with car parking or help when inside the Forum, and all runs smoothly.  No queues, says Steve, and with vaccines being distributed 12 hours a day, perhaps we can at last begin to see some reason for optimism? 
 
There is even talk that it may be possible to arrange a Thirsk 10 date before the year is out.  Fingers crossed!
 

Virtual Championship 2021 – Race #2 – Buddha Run

Race 2: Buddha Run (Ormesby xc): Thursday 21st January to Sunday 24th 2021.  3.04 miles. (1.52 at turnaround).
Submit results between 8am Thursday to 9pm Sunday via the button below.

The start is on the B1448, just before the junction with the A168, before you get to the golf course. There are no markers. The map and directions are easy to follow and short enough to check out before you race in your warm ups.

For those living in Thirsk it is close enough to run to and use as a warm up. 
There is room to park a few cars but please keep them well apart, avoid driving if you can, and do not gather. 
You are less likely to meet anyone if you go at quieter times. ie. early or later in the day and maybe choose the week days.
You don’t have to meet anyone so please run alone where possible.
 
Members who live in Northallerton, Ripon and further afield please choose a muddy cross country trail and cover the same distance.(3.04 miles)  Backwards and forwards over the same track will do. It’s better to take part safely and close to home.

Course Directions:

1 Start at the gate post next to Blue tanker, run uphill.
 
2. Right turn at path crossroads, follow the hedge.
 
3. Left turn follow the hedge (please do not cut across the field)
 
4. Run past the Buddha (on right) and follow the wood line (please do not cut across the field)
 
5. Turn right into the wood over the small bridge and follow the track along the fence line through the kissing gate about 200m (Not many passing places)
 
6. Turn around at the large ash tree and back to the start.

View Map Here
Submit Results Here

Club Championship Rules – 2021 Virtual Races

Rules for all Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers virtual Championship races 2021.
 
  1.   Obey all Covid regulations at the time of running.
  2.   You must run only on the correct days as instructed for each race. 
  3.   You must run on the correct course as described each time, in the right direction and with any segments in the correct order.
  4.   Run in daylight hours for safety. 
  5.   Only submit your first attempt at running the course. You only get one chance in a real race!! 
  6.   Submit your times via the new link which will be sent out each time with the race instructions. This will have an automatic cut off time of 9pm on the final day of each race and make collating of the results much easier for those behind the scenes.  For those who think they may have a problem using this system please contact Adrian Saunders before the cut off time to arrange an alternative. 
  7.   Remember, for those with GPS watches , it is your ELAPSED time, not moving time, that needs to be sent in. 
  8.   Spot checks of results will be made on each race, so keep your evidence for a few days please.  

Training w/c 18/01/21

Training for the week commencing:  11th January 2021
I have permission from the council to set out a cross country/trail course on the waste land between the Gateway track and the new junior school. I’ll set it up in the next few days with markers. Those of you who like trail/ country running could use it for interval training. I’m just trying to provide a little variety and something different. Please don’t run the on field first then transfer mud onto the track. Warm up on the clean track first. 

Monday 18th January:
10 mins warm up.  4 x 4 mins strong, smooth running/ 1 min recovery. 10 mins cool down.
Tuesday 19th January:
Zoom core training with Adrian, 20/30 minutes:

Click Here for Zoom Training

Wednesday 20th January:
10 mins warm up. 10 x 30 secs hard, brisk pace / 1 min steady pace recovery.  10 mins cool down. 

Weekend long run:
65 mins   including  2 x 5 mins @ 10 mile pace effort, 10 minutes apart fitted in the middle. Working hard on a couple of long hills will have the same effect.

Next Championship Race: No 2 Virtual Ormesby cross country.
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th January 2021. – Full details to follow in a separate email.
Alison and Andy have measured this one out for us, thanks to you both.
Total distance. 3.04 miles, out and back.  This time there are no markers. You have a map and course description and it’s easy to follow. It’s short enough to check out before you race in your warm ups.
The course is wet, muddy and quite a challenge. The shorter distance should encourage everyone to take part. 
The turn around point is the large Ash tree just beyond the last wooden railings on the narrow section of the course.   
For those living in Thirsk it is close enough to run to and use as a warm up. 
There is room to park a few cars but please keep them well apart and do not gather, no one living in Thirsk should need to drive to the start. 
You are less likely to meet anyone if you go at quieter times. ie. early or later in the day and maybe choose the week days.
You don’t have to meet anyone so please run alone where possible.
 Members who live in Northallerton, Ripon and further afield please choose a muddy cross country trail and cover the same distance.(3.04 miles)  Backwards and forwards over the same track will do. It’s better to take part safely and close to home. These are difficult times so make do with what we have. Post your times to Adrian just the same. 

Race Report 12/01/21

With yet another lockdown, opportunities for members to get together to run are non-existent (unless they live in the same “bubble”).  Socially distanced club sessions had been taking place but are now no longer possible.  There is no excuse for slacking as club coach, Rob Burn, issues a suggested training schedule each week.  Snow may have been a problem but that is about gone now, leaving plenty of mud and slush, no doubt.  The Sowerby Gateway track has been more akin to an ice rink during the frosty weather, and running on the snow covered grass was a safer option.  Hopefully, now, even that is back to its more normal excellent state.  Whatever the weather, don’t make excuses.  Just get out and run – or at least do core work inside!
 

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Hello club members and friends of the Thirsk 10 road race. We would just like to provide a brief update to inform everybody that for obvious reasons the Thirsk 10 race will not be held in March 2021 however, we intend to reassess the situation in the Spring with a view to holding the event later in the year subject to national and local restrictions in place at the time. We apologise for the disappointment this will undoubtably cause, however I am sure that everybody appreciates that the Covid 19 Pandemic is a fluid situation with rules and restrictions seemingly changing on a daily basis. We will provide a further update in once we have been able to consider matters. Assuring you of our best intentions at all times, keep running and stay safe. The Thirsk 10 Team.