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."
Three first positions and three team firsts both in cross country and fell running.
All of them in January!
"I did my first fell race in 2018 when I was age 48. It involved Roseberry Topping! I was a bit rubbish but loved it. I’ve been hooked ever since.
I kept turning up for the club training sessions, doing some hills and going to the Thursday night KFC runs every week. And would you believe it, Rob was right! You put the groundwork in and it pays off.
After 12-18 months the hills were a bit easier and I got faster. I keep trying different types of races and distances every year – we really are spoilt for choice in this area.
If you are interested in getting into fell running, come and have a chat with me at training or get in touch. I’m not an expert but I’m very enthusiastic!
Thank you so much to TASH and the coaches – the training sessions are great and very supportive."