Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 01/07/19

Message from the chair:

I feel the club is at a high in team spirit at the moment and everyone seems to be getting pb’s partly down to this. Keep this up as it’s certainly helping me!

Last Sunday was a fantastic day for running 109 miles and as mentioned above, full of team spirit

Cleveland Way summary

David Fawkes started our 109 mile relay race off from Filey in great speed; covering nearly 15 miles of coastal path in under 2hrs, passing through Scarborough. Having passed the baton over to Bryan Miller in Cloughton; Bryan continued at the same pace through Ravenscar, Robin Hoods Bay and Whitby.

Mike Cropper was waiting at the abbey in Whitby and he ran the 9 miles to Runswick Bay via Sandsend. Mike Lowther took over in Runswick Bay accompanied by Tracey Lowther, who enjoyed her 10 minute head start.  Duncan Fothergill started at Skinningrove and ran to Slapewath, leaving the coast behind him in Saltburn.

Ken Wood, in great form, headed towards Gribdale with a climb up Roseberry Topping along the way. Now over to the ladies; Alison Butcher and Tracey Lowther ran together up to Captain’s Cook Monument then into Kildale.  They then ran up to the top of Battersby Moor where Mike Lowther was waiting to run his second leg, to take the team to Clay Bank in 8th position.

Josh Cooper started at 2pm from Clay Bank and ran very well over many hill including Carlton Bank, finishing his 11 miles in Osmotherley. Helen Ashworth and Hilary Coventry took on Black Hambleton and went along the tops to Sneck Yate.

Esther Harrison and David Trevit ran together from Sneck Yate through Sutton Bank and White Horse Bank, finishing their 6.5 miles at Helmsley Road; where Mike Cropper took the baton again all the way into Helmsley via Cold Kirby and Rievaulx.

The whole 109 miles was completed in 16 hours and 35 minutes, a fantastic time that was nearly 2 hours quicker than our last relay race in 2015 (18 hours and 17 minutes).

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers finished 8th out of 23 teams

Thanks everyone Duncan


(start 10:30am) – Cross Fell, Garrigill village green, Garrigill, CA9 3DS

680m / 2231ft; (check necessary kit list)


7pm Athletic Club.

Altogether now!! We have asked the beginners group to join the not so much beginners group tonight; to give them all a little confidence for what is to be their final challenge on Saturday 6th July at the Fountains parkrun. Hopefully quite a few of you will join them on the day and a reminder that you are all invited to join us for coffee and cake afterwards at the cafe after the run. Perhaps some of you will use it as a warmup for the Kilburn 7 run the day after. Don’t forget your bar code!!


HDSRL Knaresborough 7.45pm

The start and finish area will be based on Horseshoe Field at the rear of Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough, HG5 9AY; please car share



Osgodby bank Carpark. Races tonight!! and also the night after the final HDSRL fixture so maybe numbers will be slightly down, but we will be good to go in the woods. Come along because we do have a session planned just for you!!


7pm sharp, Starting from Cold Kirby (or not so Cold).

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.

Message from the head-coach:

Mud, What Mud? Last Thursday night turned out perfect. My son in law beat me, a cousin beat and even Martyn beat me but I bet not one of them enjoyed it any more than I did. I have my eye on them all!!

This Thursday, Christine and I were given the tittle of producing the most amazing garden in North Yorkshire by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire. To produce and develop a garden over ten years and to get it to look it’s very, very best on a Thursday night between the hours of 6 and 8pm in the middle of June was quite a challenge but we did it. Both Christine and the garden looked stunning on the night and to show it off to 250 invited guests must surely have been one of our proudest moments. Just maybe, now we can call ourselves gardeners.  

Keep Cool, Rob



Harriers, Lakes weekend, The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere. A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends.  Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 01768 770252.  If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Margaret or Alan Wikeley.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.

Single room, standard double and standard twin are priced at £90.50 per person per night

Superior double is £95.50 and Four poster is £100.50 per person per night.


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Jun 30th – SUNDAY (start 10:30am) – Cross Fell, Garrigill village green, Garrigill, CA9 3DS



July 7th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm Ent early

 July 28th –  James Herriot 14k  (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am Enter early

 Aug 11th –  Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course  “  “

Aug 21st – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening

 Sept 1st – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am Enter early

 Sep 29th – Redcar Half Marathon

 Oct 6th – Saltergate Gallows Fell Race, 17k, 430m ascent  e.o.d – REPLACEMENT / ALTERED RACE

 Oct 27th – Whixley 10k – multi terrain

 Nov 3rd –  Guy Fawkes 10 – mostly on road, with some significant hills  Enter early – ALTERED RACE

 Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country

 (e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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