Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 14/05/18

The committee is pleased to announce that Ken Wood is now vice-chair for Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. Thanks Ken for your hard work so far as a committee member and we wish him well in his new role.

– Ripon 10 – Start time: 10:00 am
The race, which starts and finishes on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, is a hilly but picturesque course that leads the runners from Hell Wath around the Studley Royal Estate with beautiful views of Ripon and the stunning, surrounding countryside

7pm Athletic Club. Things are happening rather fast and areas are getting a little crowded so please check out the back field behind the Squash courts. We may be training there.

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer). Mostly off road depending on the weather. 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. Trail shoes not essential but can be worn if you have them.

7pm Athletic Club. 4 x 5mins/ 2mins recovery. Again, check the back field. I’ll try and see if we can’t have the grass cut for the next session as I thought it was a little on the long side. Thanks for not complaining! Yes, I know. It was a little rough as well but I’m working on it.

Maybe a rest weekend – between Ripon hilly 10 miler and Melmerby 10k fast flatty

Monday 21st May. 7pm White Horse car park. I now have the day and date correct so please pop it in your diary. There is going to be a lot of time and energy put into this one, so I am hoping lots of you are going to turn out. There will be three different courses, the most difficult being the longest but I will set it up to suit all levels. I want you all to take part but equally I want you all to feel some sort of achievement once completed. The greater the challenge, the greater the achievement. It will be set up as more of an interval session and definitely not as a race. I will tell you more as I work it out.

I have also asked the committee if I could use it as a charity event. I have been working with Olivia (Ladies captain) on this one and the Charity is the Yorkshire air Ambulance. We have members who have needed to use this from time to time so I thought it would fit in quite well. Hopefully we won’t need it on the night. I would just be asking for donations and whatever is raised on the night the committee have agreed to equal it which essentially doubles the money. It would also be could if you could bring a few nibbles and a drink for afterwards. The White Horse isn’t a bad place to spend a few moments reflecting on what you have just done. If you would like to give me a hand to set up, then please let me know.

Message from the chairman:
I really hope I enjoy Ripon 10 more than last year!

Message from the head-coach:
If eating five a day included a bar chocolate and a packet of crisps, then I think my diet would be perfect but then it doesn’t so sadly it’s not. I am the worlds least fussiest eater and as long as it has a good covering of gravy or custard then I will eat almost anything. When I arrived back from India a couple of months or so ago there was a letter from the NHS on the door step telling me that I had reached the age where It was no longer possible for me to die young and I should now be preparing my body for my older age!! It was recommending me to go to my GP to have an MOT!

Just as a challenge I have put myself (ok, Christine did!) on a reduced sugar diet and it’s sort of going ok. In March I was 72kg 22.5 tbm and now in early May I’m 64kg 19.5tbm. I must admit a couple of weeks ago I had to go with the Grandkids to Billy Bob’s diner to get topped up with the bad stuff but mostly I’m sticking to it. Also, my running is slowly improving, the training sessions are good and we’re all having fun.
See you all at Ripon on Sunday
Remember, it’s head down, don’t look up and don’t look back.

Sunday 27th May 2018 34th Melmerby 10K Road Race & 2 1/4 Mile Fun Run – 11:30 am
Undulating one lap course through the picturesque surroundings of Melmerby Village starting and finishing at the village hall. A popular event in which many competitors have achieved either SB’s or PB’s in the previous years.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 Galtres Fun Run – the Galtres Fun Run was a popular local community event, but unfortunately stopped being run in 2014. The event is being resurrected and will run again this year on at 1pm in Millfield Park. There will be a 2K and a 5K run and the entry fee will be £5. All monies raised will go to Easingwold Community Library and Easingwold Lions.

Wednesday 13th June 2018 Otley 10 Mile Road Race at 7:30pm – This is a long standing race organised by Otley AC for more than 25 years, with a fast 3 miles to start, followed by some testing hills crossing the Washburn valley north of the town.

Sunday 24th June 2018 Staveley Stampede 10k – at 11am. Also free children’s fun run on the village green
Multi Terrain – Memento for all finishers. Numbers to be collected on the day.

May 13th – Ripon 10 – challenging – multi-terrain. Sun am
June 5th – HDSRL – Skipton – Tues evening.
June 19th – HDSRL – Ilkley- Tues evening. Hilly, mostly on road
July 8th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm
July 17th – HDSRL Nidd Valley – Tues evening.
July 29th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am
Aug 12th – Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course
Aug 22nd – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Sept 2nd – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am
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
Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country
(e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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