Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 04/03/19


Glaisdale Rigg, start Glaisdale pub at 10:30am (Minimum age 18 years)

Arnecliffe Arms, Glaisdale, nr Castleton, Whitby YO21 2QL (8.5miles / 1844′ or 13.7km / 562m)


7pm. Thirsk School.  

INSIDE GROUP: Sonja is coming back out of winter hibernation and is raring to go once again. Be prepared for some new exercises.

OUTSIDE GROUP: The outside group will require head torches.  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 10/15 min warm up 30 mins steady with some speed work the 10/15 mins cool down.

Whether you are inside or outside the intensity levels you train at should be about the same.


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.  

Light session of core work followed with; Outside. 5 x 4 mins @ 10k pace effort with 1 min. jog/rest rec.     Inside group. Paul and his usual round of lung busters.


7pm sharp, starting from The Whitestonecliffe Inn, Sutton-Under-Whitestonecliffe YO7 2PR. Dress for the weather and bring a headtorch.

Bring a clean jumper and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.



Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10 – nearly hitting 1000 entries now; 989 (111 entries this week!) – just need a few more marshals please see me, Phillip or Ken Wood



Message from the head-coach:

It was straight from the xcountry at Richmond, pack our bags and Christine and I flew out to India to join a wildlife festival specialising in Tiger, Leopard and the Sloth bear. I know it’s not every ones cup of tea getting up at 5 in the morning and out again during the night but I do like being with people who spend their lives looking after and protecting these wonderful animals. India is doing a brilliant job at protecting the tiger and in the past three years numbers have gone up around 50%. Wildlife parks are being extended, nature corridors are being introduced and most importantly of all the younger population are playing a big part in it.

Wildlife parks are not very good places to be to keep regular training up because it means going out before 5am and then you may be at risk from the odd Leopard that still may be hanging around but I did mange a couple of hill sessions within the camp. We were out late one night in the pitch chasing a Sloth bear out of a wheat field. You don’t see much, the locals get quite noisy, you don’t cover much ground but It doesn’t half get your pulse up!!

See you on Monday, Rob


Note for the diary: Lakes weekend is 15th & 16th November 2019, further details later.




Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Mar 3rd – Glaisdale Rigg, start Glaisdale pub at 10:30am

Mar 17th – The Skyline, start Chop Gate village hall at 11:00am


NYSD Cross Country

Mar 10th – Relay meeting & presentations, South Park, Darlington



Mar 24th – Ropner Park 5k Trail Race. You can sign up for the Stockton Winter Series in advance if you want to, or just enter on the day (£5)

Apr 10th -Spring Coast Rd 5k Wed 7.15pm- flat, Redcar Rugby Club Enter early

 Apr 14th -Hartlepool Marina 5 mile.  Mostly along prom. Enter early

 May 12th  –  Ripon 10 – challenging – multi-terrain. Sun am Enter early

 May 21st  – HDSRL Harrogate – Tues  evening.

 June 4th – HDSRL Ripon – Tues  evening.

 June 20th  – HDSRL Dragons – Thurs evening

 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 20th – Sean Lee Johnstone Mem Race – 10 miles multi terrain

 Oct 27th – Whixley 10k – multi terrain

 Nov 3rd  –  Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb.  Sun am  e.o.d

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

 (e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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