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


Commondale Clart; Village Hall, Sandhill Bank, Commondale, nr Guisborough YO21 2HG – 10:30am


7pm. Main Entrance of Thirsk Racecourse for a group warm up. The school is not available tonight. You will require road shoes, hi vis vest, plenty of enthusiasm and a smile on your face. A light speed session with big recoveries done in groups. Distance 3 to 5 mile depending on your ability. Please arrive promptly for briefing because it could be cold, and we don’t want people standing around for too long.


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 light session of core work because most of you won’t have done any since the beginning of December and we need to start again. Followed by intense lung busters with Paul.
Outside: grass (headtorch) 6 x 3min/alternating 1 and 2 min recoveries. Relaxed and smooth. Here we go again!!


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.


Brass Monkey Half Marathon – Tom Levi and Joshua Fothergill go head to head…….. followed along way back by me…..!!

Message from the head-coach:

The bad dose of shin splints I picked up in the lakes cleared up remarkably quickly. Initially I started icing 3 to 4 times a day, but the pain was so intense I stopped and took to taking ibrufen, wearing compression socks and soaking in a hot bath once a day. On top of this I was stretching 10 to 15 times a day and carried on with my training but didn’t run!! After two weeks I ran in the nysd xcountry at Redcar and finished in a similar position as I did in the previous fixture, so it does show that you don’t always have to run relentless number of miles to be able to compete. Sometimes we do get a little obsessed with mileage.

However, since then the above shin splint pain seems to have lodged itself in my left hip/groin area and at times it hurts just as much. It’s an old war wound from the 1980’s when I used to run too many miles on the road and I think it’s come back to haunt me!! It’s not too bad when the endorphins start flowing, it’s when I stop the problem starts.

I don’t like mentioning names too much because I know everyone tries their best and we are all in this together, BUT did you see Tom’s result on New Year’s Day? A 7-minute improvement and on such a short distance, also at the front and not at the back of the race. That’s almost 20% up on last year and was good enough to put him in 4th. Yes, I know it was good going but just to put it in context, it’s like running a three-hour marathon 12 months ago and then running a two and half hour marathon a year later.

See you soon, Rob

Dave Parry Fell Series
Jan 6th – Commondale Clart; Village Hall, Sandhill Bank, Commondale,nr Guisborough YO21 2HG – 10:30am
NYSD Cross Country
Jan 20th – Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough
Feb 17th – Old Race Course, Richmond
Mar 10th – Relay meeting & presentations, South Park, Darlington

Jan 20th – Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough
Feb 17th – Old Race Course, Richmond
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)
More races to be confirmed soon

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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.