Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 18/02/19


CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – NYSD Cross Country (See separate email) – Richmond Old Racecourse

Access to The Old Racecourse is via a small car park off Racecourse Road, Gallowflelds Road Trading Estate. across the road from John Blenkiron & Sons Ltd, Joinery Manufacturers – postcode DL 10 4SU for those with Sat Nav. The car park will be signed and is to be used as a drop-off point only – for Clubs with tents and OffIcials. Everybody is asked to park politely on the many roads of the Trading Estate.


7pm.  Race course entrance, Station Road   – SCHOOL NOT AVAILABLE TONIGHT

4 different speed groups with 3, 4 and 5 mile runs. Please group as last time, Ken will organise you if you are new to this session. 6 lights easy, steady run / 2 lights relaxed speed @ 5k pace.

Group Leaders: Ken, Jody, me (ie. Duncan) and Nigel

Please let your group leader know if you leave the group before the finish. Hi-vis vest must be warn and keep to the Left Hand Side when approaching oncoming runners!


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.   Please don’t make a noise when in the entrance area as there’s a show on.

Jody will put a core session together for the first half followed with Paul’s testing lung busters.

Outside group. 6 x 3mins / 1.5 mins rec @ 10k pace. Please try and keep your pace even.


7pm sharp, in Kilburn Woods, Osgodby car park. Dress for the weather and bring a headtorch.

Bring a clean jumper and some beer tokens for refreshments afterwards.


Heartbeat Hobble, start Goathland village hall at 11:00am (Minimum age 18 years)

Nr Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland Village YO22 5AN (6.9miles / 845′ or 11km / 260m)

Message from the chair:

Thirsk 10 – 807 entries now – just need a few more marshals please see me, Phillip or Ken Wood


Message from the head-coach:

We have just finished week 6 (12 sessions) and those who have done them all should be in pretty good shape regardless of whether you have done any other training or not. The enthusiasm and commitment shown this last week at both sessions should ensure you have some good races this coming summer. Could all new members please make sure you put your club name down on your parkrun portals so I can check your progress throughout the year. It also means I can congratulate you when you clock a pb!! Ken is the guy to get in touch with for club kit.

Romance is in the air.   Christine was born a Townie but that doesn’t really matter because most of the time we get on pretty well. Not too long after we first met I invited her to stay with our family out in the country, we spent the whole week together, — potato picking. She didn’t really say much but I’m sure she really enjoyed every minute of it. My younger brothers also enjoyed her company and I guess we were always destined to spend our life together with an added bonus in that she bakes a fantastic Yorkshire pud and also cheese scones.

I do like to get her little surprises and I once contacted her work and altered her shift rota with the Sister at the hospital where she worked. One morning she woke up expecting to go in to work but instead I gave her an hour to pack her bags and we went on holiday instead. Also, only a few years ago she thought I was taking her running at Leeds in the HDSRL but I took her to Manchester Airport and we ran a 10k in Iceland under the midnight sun instead. It was almost 3 am when we finished that race.

So if you all remember last year when Christine and I spent Valentine’s day eve under the setting sun on the banks of a river in central India and I asked for the table cloth with all the hearty things on the borders. Well. it’s coming out of its wrapper and we’re going to use it again. Quite how and where yet I can’t quite say but I do have something in mind!!

see you soon, Rob

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


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Feb 24th – Heartbeat Hobble, start Goathland village hall at 11:00am

Mar 3rd – Glaisdale Rigg, start Glaisdale pub at 10:30am

Mar 17th – The Skyline, start Chop Gate village hall at 11:00am


NYSD Cross Country

Feb 17th – Old Race Course, Richmond

Mar 10th – Relay meeting & presentations, South Park, Darlington



Feb 17th – Old Race Course, Richmond

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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