Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 22/10/18

Brass Monkey half marathon - BM19 will be going live @7am on Saturday 20th October 2018 (Race date is Sunday 13th January 2019)


Shaun Lee Johnston 10-mile race. Mostly off road, near Boroughbridge 11am start

Brooms Farm (off the A168), Whincup Lane, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, YO51 9JN

7pm, Thirsk School Thirsk School Gym. Clean shoes please. Indoors. Last week managed 35 minutes of continuous exercise, everyone worked hard and it went well. Paul is taking the session tonight so expect something equally as hard and for as long.
The following week is half term so forward to an easier session after this.

No Outdoor group – Indoors this week due to leader on first aid course

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. Sports Hall.
Rolling circuits once again which you all seemed to enjoy. There will be slight adjustments but again around 24 minutes which when added to the run makes it a massive workout. Brilliant effort by all those taking part.
Outside group. 5 x 4mins / 1 min recovery.
We have just completed wk 7 and those who have attended all 14 sessions should now be starting to feel quite a lot stronger and benefiting from all the hard work. Those who have not will be finding the sessions quite a challenge but just keep chipping away and you will eventually get there. Half term week (wk9) is Station road time trial week, this is a good time to check your progress.


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 at the Forresters Arms afterwards.


Whixley 10k. 11am. A multi-terrain run 95% off road 10k run across fields, tracks and bridal ways. A scenic run around Whixley and the surrounding area

Message from the head-coach:
First Aid Course.
Monday 22nd October. 6.15 pm Athletic Club for a 6.30 start. Expect to finish around 9.30'ish. All those who contacted me either via Fran or directly have been put on the list to attend the course. Please arrive in good time for a prompt start. We have one person standing in reserve so if by any chance you can't make it then please contact me ASAP. It is costing the Club quite a chunk of money, so we need to have all places filled.

My target at Acklam was to finish among the first 10 women but I didn't. (16th). I wanted to beat the woman who beat me in the fell race at Lockton a couple of weeks earlier, but I didn't. She beat me by a bigger margin than she did then, and it was only half the distance this time. But I was first in my age group and I haven't done that many times lately, so I was happy with that. I do like these shorter distances because you can get the hammer down and be just that little bit more competitive. It's made me hungry, I want to get stronger and my training is going well but as you get older your body will not always let you do what you want to do. I find I'm always having to adjust, adapt and carry on. I want to mention Olivia, not just because she won but because of the way she tracked down and over took all those who set off in front of her. She took a chunk out of each and everyone of them as she went past!! Please wait for me next time!!

Probably the toughest cross-country race I ran in was the Senior Men's National Cross-country Championships on Newcastle Town Moor in the Mid 1980's. We turned out a full team. 9 miles of snow, slush and ankle-deep mud. The start line was 250 yds wide with all 250 teams lining up side by side. 9 to run and 6 to count from each team. All 2200 runners cross the start line within 5 seconds of the gun being fired and then it's a charge to the course proper which narrows up to about 8 yds wide half a mile away. You can hear and feel the ground thundering under your feet and you can't see a thing for mud flying in all directions. It takes one full 3-mile lap before you feel comfortable and are able to run where you want. If you like a challenge (and some of you do!) then you must try this one.

Cheers Rob


Sunday 28th October - Whixley 10k. 11am. A multi-terrain run 95% off road 10k run across fields, tracks and bridal ways. A scenic run around Whixley and the surrounding area

NYSD Cross Country
Nov 4th - Caedmon School, Whitby
Nov 18th - Preston Park, Eaglescliffe
Dec 2nd - Fox Rush Farm, Redcar
Jan 20th - Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough
Feb 17th - Old Race Course, Richmond
Mar 10th - Relay meeting & presentations, South Park, Darlington

Nov 4th - Guy Fawkes 10 – road race. 4 significant hills! Sun am - SOLD OUT
Dec 2nd – Fox Rush Farm, Redcar cross country – NOTE THIS HAS CHANGED

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