Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 25/03/19


CAMPIONSHIP RACE 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)


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 ( 8 x 1 mins/ 1 min rec ) 3 mins between sets. @ 5k 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 chairman:

I must congratulate everyone involved with Thirsk 10. Whether you were race director, car park marshal, on the drinks station or actually running the course; what a fantastic day last Sunday was.  Everyone pulled together so well, and it was great to see more people help tidy up at the end. 

I left my home at 5am in the minibus (I must say I enjoyed driving the bus, something I’ve never done before); putting up my first sign at Busby Stoop. I drove to the second water station and set out the table and then processed to water station number one.  Here I set up another table and off loaded 1020 bottles (actually 1019 as I drunk one myself).  I arrived at TAC just before 6am where I was joined by Alan Simpson, Stuart Waters and Race Director Sir Ken Wood himself.  We emptied the shed of signs and remaining water and it wasn’t long before Alan, Stuart and I were back on the road to set up the course with mile markers, road signs and start banners.

By 8am we had made it to the second water station and at this point my fitbit buzzed to let me know that I had reached 10,000 steps!! We finished off mile 7, 8 and 9 and drove straight into Thirsk market place to collect a minibus full of yellow t-shirts.  Dropping these off at the racecourse I then handed over the keys to Stuart.  I made my way over to the late entries/chip numbers and helped out with many tasks; panicking a little as numbers ran out, but managing to stick chips on numbers a fast as Margaret handed them.  Long queues were forming, so I assisted the lady behind the desk before helping a little with baggage.  A few queries to resolve, number transfers, missing numbers, first aiders etc…

The time had arrived to shout at steady runners making the way to the start line. Running across the caravan park I started to speed up as I needed to get to the front of the start.  I made it !! Time it give Joshua a hug and wish him well and then they were off 1043 runners down Newsham Road.  I retreated back to the racecourse before heading off down Station Road in Joshua’s car to Sandhutton.  This is the part that I love; as I drove out of Carlton Miniott I saw the lead runners a few beeps here and there. I saw a few Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers running before turning around and headed back to the racecourse.  Obviously with a few more beeps here and there.

Always great to see so many runners achieve the 10 mile race; 1042 crossed the finish and a high percentage had a smile on their face.

Finally, everything was put back into the shed at TAC and I was back in the minibus driving seat heading back to Asenby to drop off the tables and sweep the minibus out. Arriving home, I finished off some paperwork and made a few calls to Ken and Marian and then it wasn’t long till I was back on the road again, dropping the minibus off in Thirsk and taking down banners in the town (I felt like Edie McCredie off Balamory and the bus was the right colour).

How better to round off a great day – A curry at The Jaipur Spice, Busby Stoop with 38 fellow Harriers.

I may have done 39,291 steps last Sunday, but I loved everyone off them. Thanks to Ken Wood, Phillip Craig, Thirsk 10 committee members and everyone else for making Thirsk 10 2019 so successful. 

See you on Monday (taking Teresa to London for the weekend so can’t run on Sunday)



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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