Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 01/10/18

Brass Monkey half marathon - BM19 will be going live @7am on Saturday 20th October 2018 (Race date is Sunday 13th January 2019)

- Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb. 10:30am
The race is part of the Dave Parry Winter Series and more details can be found on the Esk Valley Website
Entries are on the day. Runners need to complete a standard FRA registration form if you are not already registered in this years Dave Parry Summer Series.

7pm, Thirsk School Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Indoors. We are looking for 25 to 35 mins of continuous core work which is building on what we have already achieved.

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group giving a choice of two speeds. Go with the one closest to your speed. You will need a head torch and shoes suitable for running on grass. Monday night will be a recovery run, ie 10 min warm up 25 mins steady with a 30 sec stride every 2 to 3 mins with 5 to 10 mins cool down.

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 if you have it.

7pm, Thirsk School. Sports Hall. A warm up and around 20 mins of circuits/core work then split into two groups.

Inside. Short and sharp intervals. ( lung busters)
Outside. 22 mins of intervals. Head torch and shoes for grass.
Please can we get organised by setting up quickly then just maybe we can start warm ups promptly.

7pm sharp, Kilburn Woods, Osgodby car park. Dress for the weather and bring a headtorch.
Bring a clean jumper and some beer tokens for refreshments at the Forresters Arms afterwards.

Message from the head-coach:
Relays. Most of you survived the event and most of you were pleasantly surprised at how well you did. It was great to see so many Club vests and getting 7 teams to the start line was quite impressive. I'm sure with just a little more encouragement we could have managed a couple more. In a couple of weeks’ time we have the cross country league proper, Women run around 5k with the men 8 to 10k. Younger athletes run shorter distances. Now is your chance to shine!!

Last weekend I ran the parkrun at Northallerton in what would be best described as perfect conditions, but it doesn't matter how well I run I never manage a particular good time. I don't mind where I run so I'm not using the course as an excuse, but It seems I can no longer get around all the twists and turns like I used to be able to. I counted 39 turns altogether (I might have missed one or two!!) and I noticed on my profile I'm losing a couple of seconds each time I cross a bridge... I guess I'm going to have to practice my cornering techniques in the future.

Lockton Limping. 6.5 mile/1200'. I don't mind this run due to the fact you don't have to run on any paved surfaces and I'm hoping unlike last year it's going to be dry. It's not too technical with a steep descent just after the start which gets you setting off slightly faster than you might like but there are two steeper climbs later on which you might like to keep a little spare energy for. The climb up to the finish is the steepest but I'm told there are cakes everyone which makes it well worth the effort. Yes, I'm looking forward to running this one.

In 1999 I was captain of a team from T&SH which the won the National Four Peaks challenge. We knocked almost an hour off the previous record and finished with a time of 6hrs 20 mins. A Guy from Ford Motors was so impressed with our efforts that he invited us to compete for Ford in a similar event in Alaska. Sadly, it was the right event but at the wrong time and we couldn't quite make it happen between us. Ever since then I've always wanted to race in the Arctic. Next year on the 1st June Christine and I have entered a race on Svalbard where we get a chance to run in the Arctic and where the Marshals patrol the course with a shotgun, we will be in the land of the Polar Bear!! Yes, dreams do come true.
Cheers, Rob


Sunday 14th October - Richmond Castle 10k 11am

Sunday 21st October - Shaun Lee Johnston 10-mile race. Mostly off road, near Boroughbridge 11am start

Sunday 28th October - Whixley 10k. 11am. A multi-terrain run 95% off road 10k run across fields, tracks and bridal ways. A scenic run around Whixley and the surrounding area

Sept 30th - Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb. Sun am e.o.d
Oct 7th - Bridlington Half Marathon – road. V. undulating. Sun am
Nov 4th - Guy Fawkes 10 – road race. 4 significant hills! Sun am
Dec 2nd – Fox Rush Farm, Redcar cross country – NOTE THIS HAS CHANGED
(e.o.d - enter on the day, at race)

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