Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 17/06/19


Newton Aycliffe 10k – Newton Aycliffe 10k Road Race

Race starts at 10am


7pm Athletic Club.

Don’t let all this wet weather put you off, just be positive and we’ll come out the other side and the sun will be shining. If you think it’s difficult for you at the moment, then you should be out with me and Christine trying to cut grass!! Sonja and Paul have a session just for you.

Beginners group

Week 11. 7pm Back field.

Everyone has improved so much this past two weeks that we now have to get into a tapering phase and ease off a little for our target run. This Monday should feel quite comfortable for all those taking part. We are getting smiles even during the tough bits which is always a good sign.



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.

There are two races once again this week so for anyone left standing there will be training.

Warm ups with a 25 minute paarlauf relay session. It’s easy to set up and you can train as easy or as hard as you like. I’m trying to give a worthwhile session to those who are not going to compete during the week and also to those who want to pop along and have a little bit of a loosener and blow away the cobwebs.

OR – Fell race: (start 7:15pm) – Whorlton Run, Whorlton Village hall, High Street, Swainby, DL6 3ED



NO MINIBUS AVAILABLE; please car share


Whatever you say about this one it’s going to be tough. With all the recent rain it isn’t going to dry out, it’s going to be muddy and you will need shoes to give some stand up ability. You will need to have your all wheel drive button switched on more or less from the start. If you like it rough and you like it tough then you will enjoy this one. Just remember the camera is usually on the toughest section so if you are really, really struggling don’t forget to smile. See you Thursday night when this time I’m hoping not to be just running but competing. Trust me, there is a difference.


KFC 7pm sharp, Starting from Sneck Yate.  Bring a clean t-shirt and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.

Message from the head-coach:

Longyearbyen is the township ( 2200 people) of Spitzbergan ( Pointed mountains) which in turn is the largest island on the Archipelago of Svalbard. This is situated just below a very large chunk of ice we call the North Pole. If you run the Svalbard Marathon you will be surrounded by Mountains and Glaciers which create a stunning background. You will also see and hear the Snow Bunting, see hundreds of Baranacle and Pink-Footed geese, the Eider duck and also the very small Svalbard Reindeer. It’s more like a nature tour than an actual race. Yes, it’s a little bit cold and it’s was quite a lot windy but you can wrap up to protect yourself from that. There is also a time limit on the race but that’s more for the organisers than those taking part, It’s not as much fun standing around watching in the cold than actually taking part. Christine and I ran the 10k but there is also a half and a full marathon. All three are rated quite tough and a little bit challenging. The next sunset is on around the 26th August so it doesn’t really matter when you go to bed or even when you get up. The day after the race Christine and I went on a Russian ice strengthened ship to 80 degree North where we swam in the sea and also to look for wildlife. This winter has been more severe than previous years and Ice is making it difficult to travel, we spent the best part of 6 hours pushing south through the Ice after being trapped in. In two weeks the North east passage should be open. Polar bear numbers in the area are increasing but unfortunately we didn’t see one other than the one at the finish of the race!

We visited Longyearbyen two winters ago when we experienced temperatures down to minus 37 when we went dog sledding, ski-doo driving, running and also watching the Northern Lights (everyone should once in a life time see the Northern lights!!). Yes, it is cold but the accommodation is warm/hot and you will experience total darkness for your entire stay.

If you want a challenge and to do something completely different then on the 6th Jan 2020 there is a 5k, 10k and a half marathon at Tromso, Northern Norway. You will need a head torch, snow spikes and it could be minus 20 so you will also need several layers of warm clothing. I am told it is quite popular and soon gets sold out. You could also tag on a trip to Kirkenes and spend a night at the Ice Hotel and also visit the Russian border which is close by. Am I going to do it? I wouldn’t take too much persuading but I’ve just been told there have been sightings of Cheetah in the Timbavati game reserve close to Tanda Tula so I may go there instead. There is also a parkrun which is close by and will be a little bit warmer too!


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Jun 19th – WEDNESDAY (start 7:15pm) – Whorlton Run, Whorlton Village hall, High Street, Swainby, N.Yorkshire, DL6 3ED

Jun 22nd – SATURDAY (start 10:30am) – Windy Gyle, North of Barrowburn Farm, Alwinton

Jun 23rd – SUNDAY (start 6am) – Cleveland Way Relay, start at Filey

Jun 30th – SUNDAY (start 10:30am) – Cross Fell, Garrigill village green, Garrigill, CA9 3DS


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 6th – Saltergate Gallows Fell Race, 17k, 430m ascent  e.o.d – REPLACEMENT / ALTERED RACE

 Oct 27th – Whixley 10k – multi terrain

 Nov 3rd –  Guy Fawkes 10 – mostly on road, with some significant hills  Enter early – ALTERED RACE

 Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country

 (e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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