Elizabeth Wordsworth

Race Report 13/10/20

At this time of year, the Club would normally be having two hard sessions a week in Thirsk School gym or sports hall, but sadly these days, such things are not possible and outside sessions have to suffice.  This is fine on a dry evening, but less attractive if it’s cold and wet!  Nevertheless, members get together in a socially distanced way within the rules at Sowerby Gateway, where there is masses of room for core exercises, (if you can face the wet grass,) and running on the superb, illuminated, track with a head torch, and a hard session is possible.  Longer distances are run at other times, with people training for, say, a virtual York Marathon or even just a 10k run.  Park runs are badly missed, and though there was a possibility some might start up again by the end of this month, that now seems to have been ruled out. 
The club’s Virtual Championship has been a huge success with a massive take up of members, many more so than would have entered the equivalent local race which would require paid pre entry several weeks in advance.  With the virtual runs, you simply turn up and do it, record your own time and send it in.  What could be easier?
Visitor of all ages over 11 and abilities are welcome to come and give us a try.  Just turn up on a Wed or Mon at 7 pm at Sowerby Gateway and make yourself known.  Details of all activities can, of course, be found on the club website.

Training w/c 12 Oct

Hope everyone has recovered from last weekend – for those of you inspired, next year’s London Marathon Ballot has opened!
No information yet as to any club places next year, but remember that if we do get a club place, you can only try for it if you have applied for, but not been successful in, the main ballot.

Here’s Rob’s training for next week:
Monday 12th October. 7pm SGTrack .
25 mins warm up and core work.
 6 x 3 mins @ 5k intensity/ 1 min/ rolling/ moving recovery.  eg. Run out for 3 minutes at 5k pace. At the end of 3 minutes. jog 30 seconds into the centre, turn and jog 30 seconds back. Run 3 minutes back to where you started again. Once back you run 30 seconds into the centre, turn and jog 30 seconds back and then repeat all of the above. It’s all about pace judgement, it’s intense, we don’t talk and we don’t stop. The aim is to be the best you can be. From now until Christmas this is a big workout. Try and run your long weekend run on the Saturday to give you a little recovery for this one. 

 Wednesday 14th October. 7pm. SGTrack
25 mins warm up and core work .
 Repeat of last week which you enjoyed. 3 to 4 laps 300 metres / 40 seconds recovery. with a final lap of 10 x 100 metres with just 15 seconds. Please keep run through the finish line each time but keep well to the side for the change overs. 

Weekend long run.
70 to 80 mins. Smooth, relaxed and quite brisk on trail. Try to run a fixed distance and don’t look at the watch. Take in the world around you.   

72 people including six new members have attended training sessions this week. If numbers keep increasing we may have to introduce another group. The rules are always the same. Arrive early, you don’t touch anything or anyone and you keep your distance. Let’s stay safe and have a good workout together. It is going to get colder and it’s going to get darker. Come wrapped up and bring a head torch, to see and to be seen. 

For those who didn’t run the Redcar half on the Sunday then you missed treat. The course, the runners, the support and the water stations made it as good as any race I have ever done. A whole lot cheaper too! My longest run and my first half marathon for 22 years. The distance, the pain, the focus. I loved every minute of it. Congratulations to Lorraine and Clare on completing the Virtual London. Conquer the mind and the body will follow. Prepare, Focus, Trust and Believe. 

Running is not just about you and what you achieve but it’s also about the places you go and the people you meet. I’m a lucky guy because I have run on every continent and have competed all over the world. I have visited lots of beautiful places and met lots and lots of wonderful people. Each one tells a different story, each one creates a different dream. 

I have a friend who lives in South Africa who couldn’t read or write when he left school. He spent most of his youth working in a Tobacco plantation. On his 18th birthday he went to work and said to his Boss “Good Morning” in his first English and was immediately threatened with a good beating and the loss of his job. He spent the next seven years hiding from white people for fear of a good beating. In his own words he says these were difficult times. He is now forty six years old, has started running and if you want to find a leopard in the wild then he is the right man for the job. When all this Covid stuff is all over I’m going to take him to a parkrun in the Kruger National Park. Afterwards we’re going to spend time looking for leopards and elephants once again. We will have a drink together and talk of happier times. 

Race Report 06 October

Along with a reputed 45000, Lorraine Hiles, Clare Tempest and Phillip Craig completed a Virtual London Marathon in their own area, and whilst the girls chose to run a repetitive course on roads, Phillip did an off road course.  The advantage of  lapped on road course was that it had a regular water and feed station, supported by members and family, and including volunteers from Herriot Hospice Homecare, in aid of which Lorraine and Clare were running. ( Donations are welcome on the just giving page).  After a day of non-stop rain on Saturday, the day dawned bright and sunny on Sunday, for which the runners were thankful, though there was plenty of evidence of water on the road in places.  Lorraine had hoped to finish in under 4 hours, which she did, taking 3.36.32, and Clare was just over, in 4.02.48.  Phillip, on his harder, off road course in preparation for a 55 mile race for which he is in training, took 7.01.03. Congratulations to all – their tee shirts and medals should arrive in due course!
Meanwhile, over the same course, and thus able to take advantage of the water stations, other members of the club completed the Virtual Redcar Half Marathon, though not all ran on the Sunday, and on other days, may have had to cope with wind or heavy rain.  Stephan Tomaszewski was fastest, in 1.30.06, Paul Peacock 1.34.25, Rob Burn 1.37.12, Esther Harrison, 1st lady again, 1.39.00, Trudy Morrice 1.41.26, Jody Sygrove 1.43.11, Alan Simpson 1.43.20, Gary Wilkinson 1.44.43, Adrian Saunders 1.48.06, Lorraine Hiles 1.50.14, Pedro Carrasco 1.51.52, Clare Tempest 2.53.02, Geoff Bullock 1.55.29, Kirsty Naylor 1.55.55, just pipping Marc Davies 2.59.59, Duncan Fothergill 1,59.59,  Rosie Gatenby 2.02.56,  Martyn Coy 2.03.57, Steve Billings 2.08.08, Andy and Alison Butcher running together, 2.10.22, Trish Radford 2.11.31, Ken Evitt 2.12.35, Steph Hawkins 2.14.58, Christine Burn 2.39.50, Bev Davies 2.44.01 and Sharon Keegan 2.52,34.  For Christine and Bev, it was their first half marathon.  Very well done to everyone.

Training w/c 5th October

Good Luck to half and marathon runners!
Here’s Rob’s training for next week – 

Monday 5th October, 7pm  Sowerby Gateway. 
20 mins core work.   8 x 2 mins @ 5k or recovery run depending on when you raced/ 1 min rolling recovery. 

Wednesday 7th October SGTrack. 
 3 to 4 laps of 300 metres @ 5k pace /  40 sec recovery .  + 1 lap.  10 x 100 @ very fast.  / 15 secs recovery, Now we have a core group that know what we are doing ( ? ) we can build and expand. It’s fun, quite hard and keeps everyone pushing the boundaries. Try and stay relaxed and keep the speed smooth. We’ve had four wet Wednesdays out of the last six. Maybe we will have a dry spell during October. On the positive side the track is safe and the grass field drains quickly. We have some brilliant training facilities whatever the weather. 
Don’t forget to bring your head torch because I can’t see you if you don’t. 

 Weekend long run.  60 to 70 mins easy as you go.  
Good Luck to half and marathon runners

Race Report 29/09/20

The latest virtual race in the club championship was the Tholthorpe 10k taking place on the superb track in Sowerby, where you could, if you were able, do your fastest time.  It probably didn’t suit the ardent off road runners, but for road runners, it was bliss – provided you managed to count the 10 laps!  The wild wind over the weekend was the biggest adversary and you were fortunate indeed if you could find a calmer slot.  63 members and guests undertook the challenge and once again, Tom Levi was the fastest of them, in 34.15.  Josh Fothergill was next, 37.31 with the ever improving Matt Jones 3rd in 37.31.  You know Stephan Tomaszewski is always going to be well up on a good surface, and he was  4th in 37.44, with Joe Lofthouse 5th in 40.32, evergreen Rob Burn 6th in 41.46, David Fawkes 7th in 42.23, Jody Sygrove, another who is going really well, 8th in 43.52, Rob Lickley 9th in 43.58 and Alan Simpson 10th in 44.27.

For the ladies, there was once again only one winner, Esther Harrison, who took 41.43, 7th finisher overall.  It’s astonishing to see how well Liv Mulligan is going – she was isolating for months and just seems to have slotted back into her previous good form.  She was 2nd lady in 43.28, and Trudy Morrice, another who seems to improve with every outing came 3rd in 44.11.  4th was Lorraine Hiles, always competitive, in 45.26, with Kirsty Naylor 5th in 46.54, Louise Mayfield 6th in 47.31, Rosie Gatenby 7th in 48.09, Clare Tempest 8th in 48.27, Helen Ashworth 9th in 50.45 and Sarah Scott 10th in 53.54.
Lorraine and Clare are aiming to do the virtual London Marathon next weekend and are happy to receive sponsorship in aid of Herriot Hospice.
Thanks must again go to Rob Burn, the mastermind behind this popular Virtual Championship.  His efforts and ingenuity in arranging routes which are both varied and, mostly, manageable, has surely been rewarded by the number of members taking part each time.  If the same were to be required next year, which seems more and more likely, I’m sure no-one would mind a repeat of this year’s programme!

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