Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 11/03/19

Thirsk 10 – 1077 entries now; 989 (89 entries this week!).

Marshalls: If you can’t make for ever reason please either email me or if it on the morning of the race please phone me as I probably won’t get time to check my messages

There will be a catering van where you can get tea or coffee and a bacon or sausage sandwich, we will give 2 free drink tokens to everyone that helped out on the day.

7.45am will be the new time for marshal briefing.

Please help tidy up at the end.

I will be at training on Monday night before the race so if you got any questions please don’t hesitate to ask or contact me via email



NYSD Cross Country League Relay meeting & presentations, South Park, Darlington DL1 5TD


Race 1 11:00am Under11 Boys & Girls (NOT A RELAY RACE)

Race 2 11:10am Under13 Boys & Girls

Race 3 11:35am Under15 Boys & Girls

Junior Presentations (U11, U13, U15,)

Race 4 12:30pm Under17,Under20 Senior & Vet Women

Race 5 13:30pm Under17,Under20 Senior & Vet Men

U17, U20 & Senior Presentations


7pm. Thirsk School.  

INSIDE GROUP: Similar to last week, I don’t think Sonja has been anywhere this past week so expect something similar to last week.

OUTSIDE GROUP: 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.


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.  

Core work followed by a Bleep test to test your aerobic fitness. Depending on numbers we will probably have to do this at two goes. Always flexible we’ll adjust the session as we go along. There will be no outside group but I’m sure you will enjoy the inside session just as much.


7pm sharp, starting from Sneck Yate, Boltby Bank (car park on drove road). Dress for the weather and bring a headtorch.

Bring a clean jumper and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at The Whitestonecliffe Inn, Sutton-Under-Whitestonecliffe YO7 2PR.


Little Freddie’s Challenge. Wednesday 17th April. 7pm start White Horse.                 

If I thought too much about this one I could be shedding tears from now until Christmas, suffice to say we are, as a club and as individuals in a position to help. We can hold a trail run and as previous times there will be a cargo net, spiders web and obstacles I’ve never even thought of yet. This is going to be the biggest and best (toughest) training session we have we have ever done together as a club. I need to have a quick response on this one because we don’t have too much time to organise it because I want to keep the damage to the environment to a minimum (birds, flowers etc. and holidays too).  I have no doubt in my mind the response to this will be huge so I thought maybe we should keep it to a limit of around 150, in just 2 days I already have 50 names but it will require 12 to 15 enthusiastic helpers, games makers and so on to put it together . Put your hand up if you can help.  If you want to take part please jot your name down on the list at training or send an email via Fran. I have never turned anyone away from any programme I have ever done so If you want to bring children then please do but put their names after yours on the sheet then I know who is with who. I already have a team working on the design, I’m also thinking of adding an extra outside, longer section to test the stronger and more competitive amongst us. It’s not going to be a race but a test of both your physical and mental strength. Each and everyone of you will be able to do it. Prepare, focus, trust and believe.


Message from the head-coach:

Last weekend Lorraine smashed the parkrun TASH club %age ( almost 82% )record for a women at Dalby,( my favourite parkrun !) this is on a course with 280 feet of ascent and decent. A fantastic run. If you are in good shape and want a fast time then try Dalby but only if it’s dry, it can get a little sticky when wet. The women’s record for Dalby is 96% which shows it is a fast course.

On Saturday I ran possibly what was my slowest ever parkrun at Northallerton, it wasn’t planned for me to do that, it sort of just happened. It’s a good job I wasn’t wearing my club vest so I could at least hide a little. I set off steady and just got steadier. I was perhaps still suffering a little from jet lag and a recent chest infection, an average pulse of 193 suggests something was not quite right. Things can only get better.

 Gosh. The power of the internet!! I have just booked an early morning game drive in South Africa, to be picked up at 5 am from my(our) tent in the Timbavati game park and then to be dropped off at “The Thirsty Giraffe” for a 7am one lap trail parkrun along side the Kruger National Park. Once finished, to be picked from “The Thirsty Giraffe”, continue my game drive and back in time for breakfast. Brilliant, fantastic. Now I just have to tell Christine and somehow I feel she may not  be quite as enthusiastic as I am!! What’s even more exciting is that I think I can beat my age group course record and I’m bursting to have ago at that. There is also 5 new lion cubs just been born next to the lodge where we are staying but you won’t be interested in that. I’ve also booked the honeymoon suite but you won’t interested in that either.

Work hard and dream big, take care and see you soon, Rob


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


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

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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