Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 12/03/18

7pm on the Flatts with Jody. No school tonight! Great session to get your heart rate going. Come and join in – all abilities are more than welcome. While I am writing this email, the snow is falling once again but I’m sure it won’t stay long. We may even get a warm night for once.

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.

Wednesday 14th March. 7pm Thirsk School. Core work circuits followed inside with intervals up and down the gym. Outside group. 22 minutes at 5k pace with rolling recoveries.

Thirsk 10 day has arrived. Looking forward to another great race hosted by Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers. Let’s hope the snow has gone and the race goes smoothly.

RUNNERS: Enjoy the race!
MARSHALS: Cheer the athletes on, especially our own members running.
OTHER: Pop down and enjoy the day

Message from the chairman:

Looking forward to Thirsk 10; as race director, I’m starting to feel a little nervous but my “to do list” is now full of ticks. Please help tidy up after the race, this is very important. After show party is held at Busby Stoop Indian this year at 7:30pm, a separate email will follow with details – everyone welcome, but I need names beforehand.

Message from the head-coach:
Aqua jogging. If you are the type of person who doesn’t mind running on a tread mill, training on a static bike or watching East Enders on the tele then you will probably enjoy doing aqua jogging, you could get used to it quite quickly. I don’t like any of them, so it took me quite a while to adjust but now I can cope with an hour quite comfortably. If you would like to give it a go then you could join me at the Thirsk swimming pool as I go most Friday nights. All you need to do is get a float from Sonja and count the number of strides you take during your intervals and we can simulate your outside training and put it to good use in the pool. It’s something you need to work at, I don’t want you coming along just for a chat! If you are wondering about the cost, then I have a discount card and I pay around £3 a session. If you want to know the benefits of aqua jogging then just have a word with google, then It’s up to you.

Over the past couple of years Christine and I have been involved with a program in Africa, it’s mostly working with children, education, wild life and encouraging people to grow their own food and look after themselves. They just need a little help to point them in the right direction from time to time. Last year there were quite a few tee shirts left from the Thirsk 10 and I was asked if the same school as we supplied last year would like to have some more. I have been in touch with the School and the answer is yes. The good news at the moment from the school is that they have a new teacher who is very enthusiastic and doing great things, but the bad news is that monkeys keep breaking into children’s vegetable garden and nicking all the food.

I would like to leave this until after the Thirsk 10 but if you have any old running shoes, old tee shirts etc, it doesn’t matter about the size but please make sure they are clean and reasonable condition and I will make sure they reach their intended destination.

Siankaba is a rural village located 25 miles from Livingstone, in the Southern Province of Zambia. Almost everyone in this part of Zambia lives in a mud hut, with no modern amenities. They do not have the luxuries of electricity, running water or proper sanitation. Like every Zambian village, disease and HIV/AIDS are a huge problem, leading to a large number of unnecessary early deaths, life expectancy being noticeably shorter than in the western world. This creates bigger challenges for families who often find themselves having to step in and care for nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Most are subsistence farmers, growing barely enough food to support their extended families, let alone make a living. Many of these children walk several miles to school, often starting the day with little food or water.

Catch up next week

Helmsley 10K Run – 1st April 10am, multi terrain race partly on road, partly on forestry track and footpaths and fields
Ben Campbell 5k & 10k Trail Run, Saturday, April 7 at 10am. White Horse bank, Kilburn
Please follow the link below to make your entries

Mar 24th – Lightwater Valley Challenge – multi-terrain (MT) 10k – Sun am
Mar 25th – Ropner Park 5k Trail – fairly level. Sun am e.o.d, register in advance
Apr 15th – Hartlepool Marina 5 – flat – mostly along the prom. Sun am
Apr 25th – Spring Coast Road 5k Wed 7.15pm – flat, Redcar Rugby Club, enter in advance
May 13th – Ripon 10 – challenging – multi-terrain. Sun am
June 5th – HDSRL – Skipton – Tues evening.
June 19th – HDSRL – Ilkley- Tues evening. Hilly, mostly on road
July 8th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm
July 17th – HDSRL Nidd Valley – Tues evening.
July 29th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am
Aug 12th – Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course
Aug 22nd – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Sept 2nd – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am
Sept 30th – Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb. Sun am e.o.d
Oct 7th – Bridlington Half Marathon – road. V. undulating. Sun am
Nov 4th – Guy Fawkes 10 – road race. 4 significant hills! Sun am
Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country
(e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

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