Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 16/03/2020

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10; we now have 1255 runners entered with 2 hours to go before closing (125 last week) for our race this Sunday.

Marshal briefing is at 8am on Sunday

This is my last weekly news email as after two and a half years I’m handing the job over to Trish and Tracy. Thanks so much for reading them.

If you need anything including please email them both on




Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Rolling core work inside

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group. We will probably be on our “new routes” again as the field is a little wet at the moment. Starting from the school.

TUESDAY 17TH MARCH (social run*)

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.


7pm School sports hall.

Andy plans to do a bleep test inside.

THURSDAY 19TH MARCH (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Boltby next Thursday park at the church limited parking please car share if possible. Plenty of hills but nice ones under 10km you will get wet feet.

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards at the Carpenter’s

Message from the head-coach:

I did run at Sheffield last weekend; everything went according to plan and I won. M65. Yorkshire cross country champion. I was confident that if I was in the lead at the end of the first lap then I would be strong enough to hold my position to the finish. I like tough courses, so it was a bit like being at home. I loved it.

Each time I hear the news I’m expecting it to say large public gatherings are cancelled and each text that comes in I’m expecting it to be Duncan saying it’s off but at the moment we are still all systems go. This year I’m hoping to run which will be the first time since I can’t remember when. I have not run the Thirsk 10 since it started from Newsham road. I’m expecting to run at around 76-77 min pace but it’s flat which is what I don’t often run so I don’t know how I will go. If my legs are feeling good, I can try and pick up the pace from Busby so I’ll see what happens. I’m expecting a bit of a challenge from David T, he is promising to get his revenge for me beating him in the Guy Fawkes 10. If he stops for a drink, I will not be waiting for him.

Keep smiling, Rob


Harriers, Lakes weekend, Glaramara Hotel in Seatoller, Borrowdale. A fantastic weekend in the Lakes to enjoy, running, walking and relaxing amongst friends. Rooms still available and can be booked directly with the hotel on 017687 77222. If you would like to know more about the weekend, please speak to Helen.

When booking ensure you say you are from Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers.



Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Mar 15th – Bilsdale (only AL on North Yorks Moors) (start 11:00am)

Mar 29th – Maybeck Three Crosses, Maybeck Car Park, Sneaton, nr Whitby (start 11:00am)

Apr 4th – Guisborough Three Tops, Sea Cadets Hall, 74 Belmangate, Guisborough TS14 7AQ (start 13:00 – Women 13:30 – Men)

Apr 19th – Blakey Blitz, Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, nr Castleton, Kirkbymoorside YO62 7LQ (start 10:30am)


Club Championship fixtures

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 28th – Spring Coast Road 5k – TUESDAY evening, 7.15. Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

May 6th – Gribdale Growler Fell Race (Wed evening)

May 19th – HDSRL Nidd Valley (Tues evening)

May 31st – Ripon 10

June 18th – HDSRL Ilkley (Prov) Thursday evening)

June 25th – HDSRL Skipton (Thursday evening)

July 12th – Kilburn 7 (Sun pm)

July 26th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – Entries open

Aug 9th – Darlington 10k

Aug 19th – Sessay Swift 6k (Wed evening)

Sept 13th – Tholthorpe 10k Entries open

Sept 27th – Redcar Half Marathon

Oct 25th – Whixley 10k

Nov 1st – Guy Fawkes 10 – Entries open

Nov/Dec – XC to be arranged

Other Races

May 24th – Melmerby 10k start 11:30am


Liv weekly blog

I practice some form of yoga most days. That might be 10 minutes or an hour. It might be at 5am before the sunrise or it might be whilst I wait for the potatoes to roast in the oven at 6pm. I started yoga 7 years ago and many of the principles behind the practice, over the years, have been my medicine.

Most people assume that with all that yoga practice, I must be very flexible, and I can surely stand on my head.


I’m not that flexible and I don’t really like the feeling of being upside down.

Yoga is so much more than the physical poses and postures. Originally, all these twists and bends and poses were so that yogis could be strong… strong enough for what? Strong enough to be able to sit still all day, 12 hours, meditating. You need to be very strong to meditate.

Practicing yoga for me, helps me to connect both my body and my mind and over the years it has given me many tools to feel present – something very valuable for someone who suffers from anxiety attacks. Not only does it make me feel present, in the simplest form, it makes me happy.

Now you all know that running makes me happy. As I shuffled down the road to Thirsk High School on Monday to attend my first group session in months, my mouth grinned like a Cheshire cat and my eyes watered the whole way there in disbelief that I am finally feeling more human again. (Watery eyes also due to the blustering wind!) Literally… When. Will. Winter. Be. Over !?!?!?

Thank you everyone for your warm welcome back and wishing you all a wonderful week.

If your body is telling you to rest, REST

If your body is telling you to have a stretch, GENTLY STRETCH or GO TO THE POOL


If your body is feeling fitter than ever then GET RACING

I am very grateful to be embarking on a little adventure… First blog post found here:



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