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Thoughts from Rob

It’s a big learning curve for me at the minute writing the new training schedules out on the Google calendar, but I’m sort of managing it. From time to time, it all disappears but pops up when and where I least expect it. I’m getting there. 
If you want to know where and what the session is, then just click on the the training session marked in green  ( I’m light-ish green apparently) on the day we are training, in the Members area of the website. There will be a pretty picture of where the session is going to be and along side this it tells you what we are going to be doing. Please don’t hold me to this every time because I sometimes adlib it a bit and alter as I see fit. I’ve done this a few times in the past with out much comment so I’m guessing you all just follow the one in front. 
It was cold and foggy, but on  Monday night on the Gateway we had a massive turnout ( around 60) at the recent time trial, which almost had the track full, but there was still space for more. I bet the guy walking his dog didn’t quite know what was happening. It wasn’t a good time to walk his dog. 
If you ran all the short cuts ( racing line on all the corners), I don’t have to tell you the distance you ran will be short of two miles by quite some distance. If you run on the outside of the white ( centre) line, you will run much closer to the correct distance. Only you will know which line you took. Don’t get too excited about your times if, like me, you took the shorter route. Times can look good, but there is still a lot of work to be done, and the Christmas handicap isn’t too far away. However, there were still lots of good times, quite a few new faces and some returning faces. I still look at the results and wonder who you all are and did you actually run. Great work everyone, and keep coming to training. Thanks again to all volunteers because we can’t manage without you. Besides, if you weren’t there some would run two laps instead of three. 
Two Saturdays ago, I ran the Fountains Abbey parkrun. I wanted to meet people and I also wanted a time to target to encourage me to get into some sort of a routine and into regular training. I started right at the back of everyone, so as not to be influenced by anyone else. I’d not done anything for a month, my back was feeling much better and it was a matter of seeing how things went.

The hooter went, and within a minute I’d passed at least thirty people. I was going ok. Thirty seconds later I crossed the start line, and pretty much stayed where I was until I crossed the finish line. Thirty six minutes is a long time to focus, so I spent most of the time watching other people run and listening to conversations of those all around me. The day was wet and it was cold and it was never about the time. Just to join in and be part of it, is what it was all about. I now have a time to improve on and something else to occupy my mind.

Hopefully I will meet lots of you at the virtual in Kilburn Woods and the NYSD Xcountry at Hartlepool on Sunday. If I survive all those, then I’m going to be getting some good strength work in.  Remember, it is going to be cold, so work on your warm ups, leave putting your vest on until the last minute, and wrap up well as soon as you finish. 

See you all soon, keep smiling, Rob   

Stay connected via our club calendar
We have introduced a club calendar a few weeks ago on the Members page. You have there a two week look ahead on our club activities so that you can schedule your participation.

The calendar is now being being updated regularly with details of training sessions, championships and league races, time trials and social events. You find there now all you need to keep on training and running!

This week we have extended the functionality and have added a two month look ahead of activities as well.

But most important, you can connect now our club calendar directly into your personal Google or iCal calendar on your mobile device, tablet or PC. Updates on the calendar from our side will immediately be stored in your personal calendar.

You can link the club calendar with your personal one by clicking here! You will find the link button also on the Members page.


Time Trial Results – November

Big thanks to Duncan Fothergill, Hilary Coventry, Alan Docherty, Rosie Gatenby and Kimberli Werner, for volunteering to help.

Click here for the pdf results


Final Race of the Championships 2022
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December.
The course is at Kilburn Woods.
This XC route is the same fixture we used during Covid, two years ago.

Feel free to recce the route before the race!

Description of the route is as follows:
Park at Kilburn woods / Osgoodby car park. 

You will need trail shoes with good grip. It will be wet, muddy and everything else you would expect, after all the recent rains. Complete 3 full laps.Start off at the forestry gate, and run/walk approx 800 metres straight ahead, down the forestry track. Take the turn to the right, and climb approx. 250 metres. Take the next turn right, to run back in the direction of the car park, parallel to the track you ran out on. Keep on this, up and downy muddy track, until you reach a junction, where you turn right and go down the muddy decent to join the main forestry track once again. Run three full laps, and at the end of the third lap, turn left, and stop your watch once back at the forestry gate.

NYSD XC Summerhill race details

Click here for a pdf of details for the next NYSD XC which takes place at Summerhill, Hartlepool, on Sunday 4th December. This meeting is hosted by Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers.
Please note the change of car parking which will be at English Martyrs School, Catcote Road TS25 4HA. We can’t use Summerhill car park.


Tree Planting Day

Saturday 3rd December, 12 noon.

Where?  Paul and Sarah Goacher’s farm, which is on the left hand side / York road A19, approx. 2 miles out of Thirsk, but before you get to the Bagby turn off.
You will need warm clothing, boots/ wellies, gloves etc. It could be wet but the trees need to be planted. 
Technical bit: there are 150 trees to plant , 6 x 25 native species selected for colour / flowering at different times of the year. Strong plants of between 40 to 90 cm  in height. If we get a group of 15 to 20 people then I’d expect all to be planted in just over two hours. Instruction will be given.




Harriers Christmas Party Tickets still available

Don’t forget to buy your Harriers Christmas Party tickets! Only £20 each!
Date: Friday 9th December at 7pm
Venue: Thirsk Athletic Club, Newsham Road
Click here to go to the online order form, and order yours!

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