Harriers News
In this week's digest: (click on the link below to be taken to each subject)
Thoughts from Rob

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  • February 2023 sportsshoes.com discount code
  • Time to renew your club membership
  • Message from the committee
  • Update on Awards criteria for 2023
  • Supervision of junior runners at training
  • Training Night Reminder
  • Welfare Officer required
  • Recent Press releases


  • Club Championship tables after race 2
  • January time trial results
  • NYSD Richmond Old Race Course
  • Thirsk 10: 12th March 2023, helpers required
  • Gormire Gamble
Thoughts from Rob
57 attended training on Monday night, 55 ran the time trial with a large group to help out. So far this year there are around a 12 to 15 new members. Welcome to Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers in the middle of winter. The future looks bright and the days are going to get warmer. Congratulations to the Women's xcountry team at Ormesby with all four counters in the first 21. This is the first time the club has won first Women's team in the NYSD league. There is more to come. I can't tell when and where you have to run but if you have a strong turnout at the remaining fixtures then there is a good chance to finish among the top three clubs. Good running everyone. Just remember, those at the front of the field require as much encouragement as those at the back. We all encourage and improve together at all levels throughout the club. The next league xcountry fixture is at Richmond (hopefully without the snow) on Sunday 5th Feb. This time I'm hoping to run but just turn up if you are new to the club and want to run. I will give you a number and it won't cost you anything.  
An Important nudge and something for you to think about. 
Quite a few of you are running better than you ever ever run before. Let's hope it continues but it may not. The Yorkshire Vets xcountry is only six weeks away and this is your chance to win a county medal. Last year we won four medals with another two just missing out. Women and M70 run 5k, everyone else runs 10k. I am willing to put entries through if anyone wants to run. If you run I will claim the entry fees back from the club as it is a county championship race. See me for details. Sadly, you have to be 35+ to enter.
Time trial. 
We now have two brilliant time trial courses on the gateway. One for out and out speed. The other for those who love trail, fell and xcountry. To run fast you need to have balance, to be strong and to have speed. Just by looking at the results I can see who prefers which. To be truthful, there shouldn't be too much difference between the speed you run either of them. If your trail times are quite a bit slower then you need to be running your long intervals on this one mile track. You have to get used to changes of speed and running on different surfaces. Speed will come with confidence. Thankfully, most of you seem to like the time trial trail. We'll be running it again in the not too distant future and next time I'd like everyone to try and run 15 to 20 seconds faster. It's easier to do it as a group than on your own and the time trial is the perfect time to do it. As my friend Gavin keeps telling me, “you have to feel the fear” (or is it Pain?) and run outside of your comfort zone from time to time. 
We are getting huge numbers at time trials but we're not making it easy for those taking the times. We must have discipline or it doesn't work. Once you have crossed the line then don't go back onto the track. The time keepers can't see who you are. You are just another light and it makes a mess of the timing. If the results are wrong it's not the time keepers fault, it's us for not obeying the rules. A huge thank you to Duncan and all his helpers because it wouldn't happen without you. 
Time for a little core work,  See you soon, Rob
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Time to renew your club membership!
Hello Members
Thank you to all those who have renewed your membership with the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, if you still need to renew click here for details and link to application forms. You have until 31 January to renew.

Message from the Committee
The committee meets most months, usually on the 2nd Wednesday evening, after training. From Jan 2023 the committee minutes will be published on the members page of the website (after they have been ratified at the subsequent meeting). Details of where to find them will be given when the first minutes are uploaded.
You can find a list of all committee members (most with mugshots!) if you click on ‘contact us’ at the bottom of the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers website.

Update on Awards Criteria for 2023
As discussed at the January 11th Committee Meeting, and agreed to communicate to all Members in this digest, it has been agreed to keep the criteria for 2023 awards the same as 2022, ie:

  • Awards to be given to first 3 eligible male and female Age Adjusted championship runners, and to first 3 First Past the Post runners. Eligibility and scoring is as documented on TaSH website.
  • If any runner is in first 3 of both, the FPTP award will go to the next placed runner.
  • If two runners finish with the same points total in a category based on their 10 best results, the position will be awarded to the member with the highest total points score from all 18 championship races.
  • Recognition will be given to any Harriers who complete all championship races.

Adult Supervision of junior runners at training sessions
This was discussed at the January 11th Committee Meeting: if you bring junior members to training, please note in order to maintain safety of all runners we have agreed that:

  • A parent can supervise a maximum of 3 of their own children;
  • If an adult is acting as responsible person, supervising any children other than their own, the maximum is two children. Written authority from a person with parental responsibility (can be electronic, an email to coaches@tasharriers.club) is required. 

Training Night Reminder
Find out the latest training information on the calendar on our website, here.
Remember to always sign in when you arrive at training! Look for the clipboard with the register on it.

Welfare Officer Required
We currently have one Welfare Officer, Martyn Coy, however, we need a second, preferably female. If you are interested in taking on this role, please speak with a member of the committee. To find out more about what the role entails England Athletics give information which can be accessed here

Recent Press releases
News that Marian Codling has sent to local papers including Thirsk Weekly News and Darlington and Stockton Times, is also on the home page of the website, click here to view.

Important reminder: in order to run for Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers you must be a current member and wear club vest/t-shirt

  • Club Championship: tables after race 2 can be viewed here
  • January time trial results: Well done everyone. I really hope these are correct. Click here for results. Please let me know if names are spelt incorrectly or times don’t look right. Duncan
  • NYSD XC Old Race Course, Richmond: Sunday 5th February, click here for details
  • Thirsk 10: 12th March 2023, please remember to sign up to help at this event. For more details click here.
  • Gormire Gamble: The Gormire Gamble is back!!!  TaSH are hosting the return of this fell race for the first time since 2019. We are all set for Wednesday June 28 at 7pm. The race is now part of Esk Valley Lets Run 2023 Summer Fell Series. The 9km route is the same as before starting from Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. Alan Simpson and Trudy Morrice are organising and could use help from a few marshals on the night. But more importantly we are hoping to see lots of TaSH vests at the start line!  

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