Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 10/12/18

This week there will be no outside training at the School. If you hadn’t noticed there has been lots of rain and the school have asked if we will give the fields a short while to recover. The indoor training sessions will continue as usual.

7pm, Thirsk School Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please.
I think Sonja is planning on having a few games with it being Christmas so expect something completely different.


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. Similar to last week with an even tougher selection of “lung busters” to round it all off. Next week is forecast to be much colder but you will not be cold in the Sports hall tonight. Snow is not too far away!!

7pm sharp, Visitor centre, Sutton Bank. Dress for the weather and bring a headtorch.

Bring a clean jumper and some beer tokens for refreshments at the Forresters Arms afterwards.


Loftus Poultry Run starts at 11am (8 miles) – Undulating
Loftus area, Loftus, Cleveland TS13 4RT

Christmas Handicap, Station road. 7.15 start.

Due to the large numbers taking part and the problems we had at the last time trial in the Station car park I want to try something a little bit different. The distance will still be 2 miles (approximately exactly 2 miles!!) but It will require two marshals and two time keepers. Please let me know asap if you can help. I need to measure the new course to see how it fits in yet but prize giving and having a nibble in the Athletic Club afterwards will be just the same. The bar and showers will be available as always.

Message from the chairman:

Message from the head-coach:

In the last 6 weeks I’ve had 4 races. I enjoyed the Gormire Gamble the best, the Dalby Dash for it’s required strength and speed was the toughest and my fastest xcountry so far this season was Whitby. This last weekend at Redcar I got it all wrong because I set off far too fast and ended up finishing far too slow but I did enjoy all the twists and turns and of course all the mud. I also beat two people I wanted to beat so that was even better!! I thought it was a brilliant course but it could become a little congested as numbers continue to increase. At the moment my core work along with my strength is is going well but at only 10 miles a week my mileage is far too low. I hope to build on this over the next couple of months if my body allows it.

I just wonder how many of you have been watching David Attenborough on a Sunday night. A brilliant guy and a wonderful programme. Christine and I have just filled in visas to go to India to track and look for tiger and we are also going to Africa to track elephant, lion and the leopard. We once spent a few days in the Peru rainforest with a guide who worked with BBC on these filming projects and had a fantastic time. If we are not training then we will be tracking animals.

All the best


Dec 30th – Jolly Holly Jog – 10k – SOLD OUT

Dave Parry Fell Series
Dec 27th – Guisborough Woods; Guisborough Rugby Club, Belmangate, Guisborough – 11am
Jan 1st – Captain Cooks; Royal Oak P.H. – High Green, Great Ayton TS9 6BW – 11am
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

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