Connie Anderson and Jess Lewis
Connie & Jess (Juniors) started with the club early 2023. I had started in the November before and thought it maybe a good idea for Connie to join and see if she liked it to help with her fitness. With that in mind I knew Jess was an already established successful trail runner and asked her mum if Jess fancied coming along too … and we have never looked back!
The girls have thoroughly enjoyed training on a Wednesday evening. Everyone is so great with the girls even when they spend half their time wrestling each other to the floor on warm ups. Members encourage them and support them and have included them in events such as the Cleveland Relays. The girls had a great day and felt part of the team!
The progression I have seen has been invaluable. All other sports at school seem to have fallen into place as Connie now has a high general level of fitness. In addition, Jess is a great competitive swimmer, which running intervals can only compliment. The girls have recently run a lot of cross country against other schools and have done amazing! They have recently represented Scarborough & District. The club have been good enough to buy the girls running spikes which gives them their best chance.
The club has helped them not only with their fitness but also being part of a club ‘team’ has made getting fit enjoyable! Even their brothers have now joined much to their disgust.
Thanks TaSH for supporting the girls!
Hannah & Heidi
Fran was first lady home in Kilburn Kanter (24 miles with almost 3,500 ft of elevation & plenty of mud) in just over 5 hours. Also of note, this was consecutive day 1,653 that Fran has streaked. (that's run at least a mile, not got naked!)
...for his outstanding performances in the summer fell championship and winning the championship overall. The first T&SH male club member to have won it for some thirty years.
During lockdown Annie tried the coach to 5k by herself and found it very hard running by herself. She joined the coach to 6k in May 2023 and attended the 12-week course. Along to way Annie completed a time trial, Fountains Abbey parkrun and Sessay Swift 6k. Annie always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face. Since July she has completed 10 different parkruns
During the past year Carol has become a regular member at training sessions (rain or shine!!) and is not afraid to try something new. In the past few months she has competed in her first 10 mile trail/road race, her first fell race, her first HDSRL x country fixture and just recently won the summer handicap in Wass Woods. I won't mention her age but if you want inspiration then it is not too late for you to take on a fresh challenge. Look out for her at the next xcountry.
For standing in and taking control of both indoor training sessions during the previous winter when there was a severe shortage of coaches. Also for helping to organise the recent couch to 5k group this summer. Ever present and reliable. Thank you Jody on behalf of all the Harriers. Your input is appreciated.
Kirsty has been awarded Member of the Month for June 2023 for her all-round participation in the club and encouragement of others to join. Kirsty finished first lady in the 44 miler, Wolds Rangers Way Ultra. She is also the only club member to have completed all of the club Championship races for this year to date. Keep moving forwards Kirsty, well done!
Probably one of the most unassuming high running achievers in the Club and a top person. Paul, after an absence caring for family returned to Club training & racing. Then he qualified via the Brass Monkey half to run for England in the Chester half marathon vs Wales & got to wear an England vest. Very well done Paul and so good to see you wearing the club vest again.
Gary was chosen as Member of the Month, for his remarkable improvement over the past few months at all levels. Wearing his club vest at cross country, fell, and recently, a top fifty finish in the HDSRL fixture at Knaresborough. He has also lowered his 5k time from 22 minutes to just over 19 minutes. A parkrun percentage improvement of over 12%.
Helen is awarded 'Member of the Month' for her role as Race Director for Thirsk Ten. Though much of the 2023 race planning had started this vital role was unfilled, no Race Director, no race. No other volunteer was forthcoming and so late in the day Helen found herself taking on the role. With the support of club members she took the lead and as we now know a very successful Thirsk Ten was held.
"I joined Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers in January 2022 when my friend Ruben encouraged me to come along. I really enjoyed it and I have gone to the training sessions both inside and out. I do parkrun most Saturdays and have represented the club at the cross country league last winter. I am looking forward to carrying on running in the future."