Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 22/01/18


NY/SD cross country. Ormesby Hall. Club Championship race. The biggest mistake people make when going to xcountry is that they don’t turn out wearing plenty of warm clothes. You need to warm up properly and keep warm as close to the start as possible, strip off at the very last moment. Equally, as soon as you finish wrap up then do your cool downs. Venues for xcountry are noted for being very cold places. If you are serious about your running, then you need to arrive early and walk the course first if only to confirm what type of shoes you wear. (wellies usually for the walk) The course this week is mostly flat with slight undulations, but it will be MUDDY. Spikes would be great but there is a longish section of stone track, so you need to see if it is possible to run comfortably on the verge on either side. I will be taking both trail and spikes and will make up my mind on the day. It is a tough course but remember, if it is not hurting then there is a good chance you are not running fast enough. Enjoy the day. You need to wear your number and you must wear your club vest.

I have heard lots of positive vibes about this one and I’m expecting a big turn out from you all. Let’s put all our good training to use and remember, the person to beat is the one in front of you wearing the same coloured vest as the one you are wearing. I’m hoping it is not Martyn in front of me, but I bet he is hoping it is!!!


7pm Thirsk school. Inside once more and I suppose a bit more like back to normal. I am also guessing there will be a large turnout but what would help is that if you split into groups then try and get with someone of equal ability. Motivation and encouragement is the name of the game. It’s good to see lots of new faces so keep encouraging those around you, it helps mask the pain and you will be surprised at how much you can achieve.

We as a club are aware that the success of Sonja’s sessions has meant that more and more Harriers are attending on Monday nights. We would like to try something a little different which some of you may be interested in. The idea is that if more than 50 members turn up, an alternative of outdoor running will be offered to members to hopefully reduce the hall down to 50. Please email Duncan you if have any concerns or questions on this. You will not be picked at random, this will be voluntary. High vis should be worn, and the club is purchasing some for future use.


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. Time trial. Kilburn Woods. Osgoodby Bank car park. Please bring your head torch and we also require time keepers. I will mark it out with my watch and I will make it exactly the same distance as Station road and Sutton Bank top, so you can check your times against these other venues. This course is slightly undulating but the surface is good. This doesn’t mean you won’t run as fast as Station road, but it may mean you have to try harder to achieve the same time. I will place a torch at the turn around point (Yes, the torch will be switched on!!) If the weather doesn’t allow us to run in the woods, then I will make a decision on the Wednesday lunchtime and you will all be notified by email/facebook early afternoon with alternative arrangements.


Relax! I can’t find a race

Message from the chairman:
What a week; It is Saturday 20th January and still 15 tax returns to complete before month end.

I’ve stepped in to be Thirsk 10 race director due to Gavin’s work commitments, I wish him well with that. Ken Wood will be shadowing me with the hope that he takes it over for 2019. Anyone able to help, please please put your name forward, these events don’t just happen by magic.

This Sunday is the last NY/SD xcountry over the full distance. Yes, I could still run in the senior race in the future but it wouldn’t count for points. From now on I will be running the shorter distance and hopefully try to win it which means I will have won a championship medal at every age group I have competed at. It will be a sad day because from now on I have to admit that age is eventually starting to catch up with me and I can’t do things the way I once could. However, I am looking forward to running the shorter distances simply because I have the chance to run faster and it doesn’t hurt for as long.

I started running NY/SD around 40 years ago and in my first race I finished 70,ish in a field of around 150 at Barnard Castle. Over the next few years I continued to improve and In a record field of around 360 + runners won my first race in the league at Thirsk in front of the Grandstand. The same winter I was selected to represent Yorkshire in the inter counties and also ran in the Yorkshire, northern and national xcountry championships. As a V40 I also won xcountry Championship gold at Thirsk and during the same winter as a V40 I was county fell, xcountry and road champion all at the same time.

Whatever you do in life you have to work hard and dream big but whatever direction you take, never give up and you never give in.
Prepare the body and focus the mind. Trust in your training and believe in yourself. Rob


Stockton 5k Winter Trail Series is good, usually 10am start. All near to Stockton, Feb 25th – Tees Barrage then on Mar 25th – Ropner Park.

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


Jan 21st – XC Ormesby Hall. Can be muddy! Challenging. Sun, am
Feb 18th – XC Richmond – 5 to 6 miles, mainly grass. Sun am
Mar 4th – 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 (NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE) – 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. (Provisional)
June 19th – HDSRL – Ilkley- Tues evening. Hilly, mostly on road (Provisional)
June – HDSRL (to be arranged)
July 8th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm
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 pmWed 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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