Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers Special Members Bulletin:

Thirsk 10 Needs You!

This is an important communication on behalf of the club so please take time to read in full.

Next year’s Thirsk 10 road race which will take place on Sunday 17th March 2024, only happens through the hard work and commitment of the Thirsk 10 Committee Members and Club Volunteers. The race has a great history and is ever popular with club runners wanting to chase their PB’s on what is renowned as a fast and flat course.
The race is our flag ship event and attracts participants from far and wide. It’s much more than this, however. It is a key source of income for the club. One of the great philosophies of our club is that we want the club to give. We want every member to be able to get more out of the club than they put in. To do this we rely on the Thirsk 10 to create income from which we can continue to heavily subsidise kit, events and socials. Making this year’s race as successful as previous one’s is going to be a great challenge, one we can meet but only with the support of club members.
The current economic climate as well as significant increases in running costs has resulted in a double whammy for next years race. We are currently running at 40% down on race applications for the same time last year whilst incurring an average of a 15% increase for the fixed costs of running the race.
Despite this challenge we are still extremely confident we can pull off yet another successful run but we have three key areas that require support:

Social Media
We need a social media lead to join the Thirsk 10 committee. We need to create a lot more noise and discussion on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok etc.
Current members fully admit this is not their strength. We don’t need much of your time. Attendance at a meeting each month and infrequent interventions to ensure our message remains constant and ever present. If you think you can help, please contact me directly and I’ll put you in touch with the committee.
We also require all members to actively engage in sharing and forwarding our posts to ensure we can create as wide a net as possible.

Setting aside our junior members we have a membership base of circa 200 adult members. We therefore have at our disposal a fantastic network of occupations, skills, trades, and business’s. If as an individual you feel you have the experience to take a lead role within the T10 Committee in this crucial area then we would love to hear from you. Again, contact me directly and I’ll put you in touch with the committee.
We would ask all our members to reflect on whether they think their business etc may be willing to sponsor us in some way. If you think they might all we need is an email contact address and the T10 committee will then email them direct to progress.

Marshal or Run
Phillip Craig will take responsibility to create a list of volunteers and marshals that are essential to run the event. We traditionally welcome back each year regular members that have supported previously and would encourage any of our new members to get involved. If you fancy having a go at doing a 10 miler then why not enter. It’s a great step-up distance from 10k to half marathon. What better occasion than to be cheered on by your fellow club runners whilst at the same time supporting the club through your participation. Please also encourage family / friends etc to enter.
Please click this link to a google form where you can advise Phil if you are able to assist on the day.
If you have questions you can contact Phil on 07842 538405.

We know you won’t let the club down and as that big retailer just outside of Thirsk likes to say, “Every Little Helps”.

If you think you can help in anyway then please feel free to contact me direct, just drop to the bottom of our web page and tick the contact link.

Thank you
Alan Docherty (Chair Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers) 

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