Rob’s weekly blog and weekly news

“Liv weekly blog” – see below

Also, some Championship fixtures for 2020

There are no official training sessions over Christmas but I’m sure there is lots going on. Training will start on Monday 6th Jan 2020 at 7pm. outside the racecourse entrance.

Not forgetting the first club championship race of 2020, Captain Cooks. 5mile/8k 1000′ of ascent on New Year’s Day.  150 have already entered and a big field is expected. If you want to do well then you need to run the first mile 30 seconds a mile faster than your usual race pace or you will get swallowed up on the lower slopes of the climb and lose too much time. If you are strong you will recover on the steeper parts further up the climb. Push off the top and down through the mud. Don’t worry about falling, the landing is bound to be soft. You must hit the road at your max and then push up the small, sharp hill before the final push to the finish. What’s not to like about it?

Have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you all in 2020. Best wishes, Rob

TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER  (social run*)

Christmas Eve Captain’s run at 9am in Kilburn Woods. Usual car park (time trial one). All welcome! Approx. 5 miles. No-one gets left behind! Breakfast in Spoons washed down by Advocat! Merry Christmas!


9am – Northallerton Christmas Day ParkRun


Fell race: Guisborough Woods, 8.8km/376m, Guisborough Rugby Club, Belmangate

Registration from 9:30am (race starts at 11am)

(check necessary kit list)


Marian Codling is aiming to complete her 100th Park Run at Fountains Abbey this Saturday; please come and support Marian on this wonderful achievement.


Captain Cooks fell race – FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP RACE OF 2020 – starts at 11am (Registration ) – 8km/318m

Message from the head-coach:

On Sunday Christine and I went to York as now it is starting to look a bit like Christmas. We had a festive lunch at Manions and afterwards we walked hand in hand watching the street entertainers and also admired the Christmas decorations. In a doorway just outside what used to be Debenhams we met a guy called Steven who was from Leeds, he looked about forty years old but I’m sure he was only in his mid-twenties. He was all alone so was glad of someone to talk to, so we had a little talk. He told us he preferred the W P Browns doorway but couldn’t use it while the shop was open but at night it was much warmer and quieter. Steve was a little upset because the night before someone had stolen his boots while he was asleep, and it had taken him quite some time to find another pair that he could afford. We noticed someone had given him a pair of thick socks to keep his feet warm, but he was still shivering from the cold. Together we managed to persuade him to spend the night in a hostel, but York is popular, Christmas is coming, and the hostels are full. It seems nothing has changed over the last two Thousand years. Not everyone is looking forward to Christmas.

Liv weekly blog

Being a fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, it certainly is not a 9 – 5; rather, it has become my whole life. On a rare day off, I once treated myself to go to the local leisure centre and sit in the sauna in an attempt to ‘unwind’ – Instead, my money hunting instinct got the better of me and I got chatting to a chap called Brian and organised a YAA talk for his Rotary Club. A good 20 minutes later and before I collapsed due to overheating, Debbie mentioned to me that she had a cheque in her kitchen drawer for £450 that she “just hasn’t got around to donating.” I’ll be picking it up from her next Tuesday morning and dropping her off some bunting for her upcoming cake sale. Shelia (her diabetic neighbour) makes an award-winning sugar-free lemon polenta cake, apparently.

The weird and wonderful characters that I have met along the way, dotted around Yorkshire, certainly make for an endless list of stories and allow the opportunity to capture people from all walks of life. For me, it is a daily fascinating life lesson in human behaviour.

Because the charity has become my life, I am deeply sad to be leaving. But the bright side is that is allows me to give this whole ‘rest and recovery’ thing a real good go… Now I have had just over a week to process how poorly I have become, it now all seems rather obvious how I got to this point. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness as a teenager, pushed me to feel a pressure to ‘over-achieve.’ Not for anyone else. But for myself. I didn’t accept the diagnosis very well and wanted to prove that it wouldn’t hold me back in any aspects of life.

I remember, aged 15, coming out of hospital, weaker than ever. Dad suggested we walk down to the cricket field with Syd, the dog as it was a sunny day, and then we can just sit on the bench and watch Syd run around. The cricket field was less than 0.5 miles away and I remember not even getting there. I burst into tears as I just couldn’t walk that far.

It was a very gradual process, but eventually, I became stronger and was living a pretty normal life. My confidence grew.

When starting university, I wanted to join a sports club (even though I knew I wasn’t good at any sport). My Dad had been a great runner so maybe this is where the idea for ‘running’ came from. It’ll be easier than tennis or hockey I thought. I have legs and running doesn’t involve any hand-eye-coordination talent – something I am not blessed with.

A one mile jog soon turned into 5k, 10k etc. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the sport. It also didn’t take me long to realise that my pain threshold was pretty darn good. My mind would cast back to the agony when I was in hospital and suddenly the chest on fire and burning quads seemed like a doddle.

Long story short, running became my love. Hooked and reliant. Oh, so reliant.

Now all that training was fine when at university and in remission from Crohn’s Disease.

However, lately, battling a flare up, an insanely busy job, theatre rehearsals AND continuing to train has resulted in the ultimate ‘burn-out’ that I am currently facing. I have been instructed by the hospital to STOP until my biochemistry becomes stable again and I gain at least 5kg.

The dark in all of this seems to be

–     no running allowed.

–      No job – as of January I’ll be unemployed and have had to postpone my trip to India.

–     Oh, and my body feels like utter S****

The light in all of this is

–     I have amazing friends and family

–     I will use my ‘time off’ wisely and write write write. Best get crackin’ on the ol’ novel.

–     The sun is always there waiting behind the clouds. It won’t be forever

–     More mince pies for me J



Trail Series – starting at 10 am, enter on the day

Race 3 – 22nd December – Santa 5k Trail (TBC)

Preston Park, Yarm Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH

Race 4 – 26th January – The Acorn 5k Trail

Acorn Sports Centre, Heythrop Dr, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 8QB

Race 5 – 23rd February – Holme House Prison 5k Trail (All the money for this event goes to charity)

Holme House Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2QU

Series Presentation Race 6: 22nd March – Saltburn 5k Trail (TBC)

Fell Races (check necessary kit list)

Dec 27th – Guisborough Woods, 8.8km/376m, Guisborough Rugby Club, Belmangate

Club Championship fixtures

Jan 1st Captain Cooks Fell Race

Jan 29th – XC Ormesby Hall – Can be muddy. Challenging – Sun am

Feb 23rd – Holme House Prison, Stockton, 5k Trail – Sun am enter on the day

Mar 1st – XC Croft

Mar 29th – Hartlepool Marina 5- entries open now

Apr 29th – Spring Coast Road 5k -Wed evening, 7.15. Flat! Entries open Jan 1st

Other Races

Jan 5th – Stuart Pailor Memorial Old Monks Race, about 5 miles, mostly off road, Hart near Hartlepool. Nice friendly race.  10.30 start

Feb 9th – Muddy Boots 10k, Ripon. Speaks for itself.  11am


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