Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 16/12/19

See below for the new “Liv weekly blog” – Liv is unfortunately having to take some time off running. Rather than twiddle her thumbs, Liv is going to put some energy into another passion of hers (writing) and will be providing us with a short weekly blog for some bedtime reading!’

MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER  (club training night)

Briefing at 7pm, Thirsk School Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. A short safety briefing for my piece of mind and for everyone’s safety. Short and sweet. Then split into the two usual groups

Outdoors. Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group.

90secs effort / 30 secs rest / 90 secs effort / 1min rest;

2.5mins effort / 30 secs rest / 2.5mins effort / 1min rest;

4 mins effort / 30 secs rest / 4 mins effort / 1 min rest

2.5mins effort / 30 secs rest / 2.5mins effort / 1min rest;

90secs effort / 30 secs rest / 90 secs effort / 1min rest;

Total 31.5 mins

Also 7pm Swimming pool. Molly continues the walking and talking group.

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER  (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.

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER  (club training night)

7pm Thirsk School. Sports Hall. Approx 30 mins of cross over/ rolling core work in pairs followed by the usual lung busters and road intervals. The outside group will be heading out to the Station Road.                     6 x 3 mins/ 1 min rec. A little slower than 5k pace (Please!! )

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER  (social run*)

7pm sharp, Starting from Kilburn just past the white houses (winter route).

Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens (or mulled wine tokens) for refreshments afterwards.

Sowerby Gateway:

Now all is complete and apart from the last minute appearance of ice everything went according to plan. Even without the full moon it would have been quite safe to have run without a head torch and the number of lights present are plentiful for the job in hand. I especially like the 100 metre marker green and the flashing red for danger where the path split. In future we will do all our training the other way around ( clockwise) and we can use the finish line, so we have a wider finishing area.                

The trail was designed to be used by the committed runner, to encourage the novice but also to make it attractive to be used by the coaches based on the Gateway site. For all sports and all abilities. I think Sharon and myself did a pretty good job.                   

I’m working with the National Parks now at Sutton Bank, I’ll give you some feedback in the new year.

2020 Club Championship:

Next year there are one or two fine adjustments but just to let you know Captain Cooks fell race is open online with a race limit of 500 entries. This will be your first race.

Prizes will be awarded to the first 5 places in the championship and not the first 3 as in previous years. This is to encourage a good team/club turnout right throughout the year.

Reduce the number of total races from 20 to 18. To help reduce congestion as much as anything. Remember, the final choice is always yours!!

To continue to give outstanding achievement awards to all those who complete all 18 championship races. To reward those who most represent the club.

The end result is always the same. If you don’t take part then you as an individual don’t get points and neither does the club.

Liv weekly blog

She made me blush. My cheeks went red and I let out a little smile, the first smile for a few days now. “Liv, you were born to run” she said.

She looked into my tired eyes and gently placed her hand on my frail wrist. “You must make recovery your priority now.”

I nodded with little enthusiasm.

“Listen to the doctors.”

I continued to nod.

“No. Really listen to them. Hang onto their every word and complete each task to the best of your ability. You’re an athlete, you’re competitive. You like a plan. You can do things to the best of your ability.”

I looked up. She had my attention.

“Yes, your body is weak at the moment, but your mind is so strong. You’ve got to make looking after yourself your ultimate priority. Eventually you WILL run again, and better than ever before…”

I didn’t know how to reply.

She continued; “Think of this as your driving test. You’re currently in the car park. Don’t crash in the car park before the real test.”

Suddenly, my overthinking, hyperactive anxious mind presses pause for a moment. Wow, what an analogy!

Don’t crash in the car park…

I grit my teeth and smile once again.

She smiles back.

The smiling lady has helped me to believe in myself a little more than I did yesterday. So, here’s to doing my very best not to crash in the car park… Here’s to recovery….


* social runs are not a club training night and therefore not covered by our insurance.  Please enjoy these nights under your own risk.


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

Race 3 – 22nd December – Santa 5k Trail (TBC)

Preston Park, Yarm Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH

Race 4 – 26th January – The Acorn 5k Trail

Acorn Sports Centre, Heythrop Dr, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 8QB

Race 5 – 23rd February – Holme House Prison 5k Trail (All the money for this event goes to charity)

Holme House Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2QU

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

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Dec 27th – Guisborough Woods, 8.8km/376m, Guisborough Rugby Club, Belmangate


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