Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 18/03/19

Thirsk 10 – 1131 online entries; breaking records already!!

Marshalls: If you can’t make for ever reason please either email Phillip ASAP or if it on the morning of the race please phone him as he probably won’t get time to check his emails.

There will be a catering van where you can get tea or coffee and a bacon or sausage sandwich, we will give 2 free drink tokens to everyone that helped out on the day.

7.45am will be the new time for marshal briefing.


I have 2 places left at the Indian to make it 40 people, please let Duncan know if you would like to join us.  Anyone not paid, please pass me the £10 on Sunday at Thirsk 10

Thanks Ken, Phillip and Duncan



7pm. Thirsk School.  

INSIDE GROUP: Similar to last week with Sonja and Jody

OUTSIDE GROUP: Ken and Duncan are taking an outside group giving a choice of two speeds. Go with the one closest to your speed. You will still need a head torch and shoes suitable for running on grass. Monday night will be a recovery run, ie 10/15 min warm up 30 mins steady with some speed work the 10/15 mins cool down.



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.  

Light session of core work with Jody followed by;

Outside group. 2 (4 x 3 mins/ 1 min rec) 3 mins between sets. @ 10k pace.

Inside group. Paul and his usual round of lung busters.



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

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


Message from the head-coach:

Thirsk 10. I’ll be at Busby Stoop as usual and I’ll be looking out for you. Keep smiling and wear your vest with pride. It’s all down hill once you pass me!!

I became head coach at the club in around 1992, not that I wanted to do it but because no one else was prepared to go on the various courses and take the responsibility. Since then, other than being on holiday or competing I have attended every mid week training session but one. That’s roughly 27 years, 50 times a year or the equivalent of around 1350 parkruns without a break. My attitude has always been that either you do or you don’t or you will or you won’t. It’s sometimes a challenge but never a chore. I find that sometimes people make life more complicated than it actually is when really all you need to do is be part of something we can all enjoy together and just do it.. At the moment TASH has the largest number of members it has ever had for this time of year. We are attracting a large turn out at training sessions and also at the recent cross country at Richmond. ( but sadly not the relays!) After all this time I now feel the club is evolving and changing to a new and exciting era. We have the makings of a  junior section, a strong fell group, a strong road group and there is even talk of members wanting to take part in the summer track league. We can do all of these things but it just doesn’t happen, we have to make them happen  and once we make them happen we have to keep making them happen. Life just doesn’t stand still.  We need more coaches, more team leaders, we need more of everything to keep this new found mass of enthusiasm moving forward. We need your help-please!!

I keep mentioning this but I once ran 53 minutes in the Thirsk 10 and came 37th , several years later I ran 53 minutes once again and came 5th’ish. If I’d ran 53 minutes last year I’d have come 2nd. Is the Thirsk 10 course getting longer I wonder. I never used to think running 53 minutes was too much of a problem, it was all the training you had to do to get in the shape to actually run it. ( prepare, focus, trust and believe. It’s as simple as that ) To run an average of 5.20 a mile means that most or all of your interval training is run at or faster than 5 minute mile pace!!  5 x 1 mile @ 4 .45,  20 x 400 @ 75 sec or even 30 x 200 @ 28 sec are sessions that my brother Mervin and I used to do as and when it was required. Just in case you were wondering I was the fastest but my brother won more fell championships than I did. Not that he was better than me, he just chose the easier races!!! 


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


Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Apr 7th – Maybeck Three Crosses, start Maybeck Car Park, Sneaton, nr Whitby at 11:00am

Apr 14th – Gisborough” Moors, start Guisborough Rugby Club, Belmangate, Guisborough at 10:30am

Apr 28th – Blakey Blitz, start Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, nr Castleton, Kirkbymoorside at 10:30am




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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