Rob’s Weekly Blog and Training Update w/c 4/12/17

Looking forward to our annual Christmas Party and prize giving evening 7pm for 7:30pm meal at the Angel, Topcliffe.  Hope you have your party frocks ready for a great night out.  Thanks Bev for organising the evening.  There are 6 winners we already know but there 4 we don’t. I wonder who will win what!  Remember the London marathon draw will also take place.

Start times from 11am.  Summerhill, Hartlepool. The 4th NYSD league cross country race of the winter. This is definitely one of the toughest courses of the winter, you will need either a stud or spike and if it keeps snowing like it is you will also need a shovel. If you are intending to run, then check to see if it is on before you set off. Take lots of warm clothes and make sure you have a good warm up before you.
On reaching Hartlepool on A689, turn left at third traffic lights into Truro Drive, right at next lights into Catcote Road, Summerhill is 2 miles down the road on the left hand side. Summerhill is sign posted throughout the town. Ample parking on site. Refreshments (10am to 2pm), Changing & Toilets available in Summerhill Centre, TS25 4LL
Please remove spikes and muddy shoes before entering the visitors centre.

Race times & distances
Under 11 Boys & Girls 11:00am 1.7K
Under 13 Boys & Girls 11:15am 2.8K
Under 15 Boys & Girls 11:30am 3.2K
Under 17/20 Senior & Vet Women 11:45am 4.6K  + Under 17 & Over 65 Men
Under20, Senior & Vet Men 12:30pm 8.9K

Alternatively there’s a fell race:
10:30am Eskdale Eureka, Car Park above Dibble, west end of High Castleton, Castleton (8miles/1500′)

Thirsk school 18:45 doors open session starts at 19:00.
Again similar to last week but now we know what we are doing Sonja has suggested we could maybe go for just a few minutes longer. Not long to go now before the Christmas break so we can put just that little more in!!

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 19:00 (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.

Thirsk school 18:45 doors open session starts at 19:00.  First 25 minutes of core work followed by inside with Jody/ Paul who have organised 25 minutes of intervals/lung busters. Outside, I was hoping for 22 to 25mins of speed endurance with rolling recoveries depending on how well organised we are on the change overs etc. Please come prepared for a bit of a work out!!.  Outside group head torches recommended as it’s very dark.
PLEASE NOTE WE MUST LEAVE THE SCHOOL BY 20:15, those of you wanting showers must take note of this.

Message from the chair:
I still can’t believe it really, 1000 miles challenge completed
A huge thanks to everyone who supported me along the way either physically, mentally or financially.  A total of £10,563 was raised for; Bloodwise &Teenage Cancer Trust.

Time trial. It wasn’t so much as a trial of speed but more of a trial of who could stand up the longest, but I think you all did pretty good, we had no fallers! Wiggi Crane had the hardest job take times and counting everyone in.  It wasn’t the snow but the ice that was the problem. At minus 2 it wasn’t too cold either, it’s all about wearing the right shoes and the right clothes so thanks for making the effort. The moon and the stars were good also which sort of made it all worthwhile. I see it is still snowing outside at this very moment and I’m contemplating going up to Kilburn woods at first light tomorrow to put some foot prints in the snow! I bet someone beats me to it.

I have just had a text from the Grand kids to say they are looking forward to coming for a visit this weekend. We are once again going to cut down the Christmas tree in our back field, the trouble is the trees are now about 20′ tall and it’s quite an operation cutting one down and getting it back into the house in some sort of shape to make it look presentable. We also give them one to take back home with them and it’s not such an easy job to squeeze into the car boot like it used to be. I guess Grandad Rob will have to put it in the trailer and take it for them. I might even stop off and have a word with Santa at the same time and maybe he will give me something to pop on the tree when we put it up – he sometimes does that sort of thing!! I am also hoping he may soon have something for Grandma Chris, I wonder what might be. It won’t have to be too big because by the time we get the tree up there won’t be much room to put anything else!
See you all night, Rob

Stockton 5k Winter Trail Series is good, usually 10am start,.  All near to Stockton
Dec 17th – Preston Park
Jan 21st – Wynyard Woodland Park
Feb 25th – Tees Barrage
Mar 25th – Ropner Park

Dec 2nd – Great Langdale 10k – road, undulating
Dec 10th – Leeds 10k Challenge – off road, John Charles Stadium
Dec 17th – Loftus and Whitby Poultry Run – mostly road, hilly.  All prizes dressed poultry!
Dec 31st – Jolly Holly Jog, Ripon, multi-terrain
Jan 7th – Stuart Pailor Memorial Race (Old Monks Race), about 5 miles, multi terrain – Hart near Hartlepool

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