Access to our Members only page
As a club member, you get access to the Members only area of our website, so that you can stay informed about our activities.
The Members page on this website should be your first point of contact to find out details of training nights, time trials, up and coming virtual and in-person races, race results, copies of our weekly digests, our shop to buy kit, contact information, and any other happenings within the club.
The access is password protected and it is updated once a year. Our Membership Secretary will provide you with the current password.
Club calendar of activities
We keep a calendar of all our club activities, including training sessions, content and venue, championship and league races, and
social events organised by the club.
We have listed events up to 12 months in advance, so that you can plan your participation.
The link to the calendar is here!
When and where does training take place?
The Club hosts training nights every Monday and Wednesday evening led by our own coaches and captains. During the winter, there are indoor and outdoor sessions. The indoor sessions are usually held at the Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, Topcliffe Rd, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1RZ. The outdoor sessions are usually held at the Sowerby Sports Village (a.k.a. The Gateway) on Gravel Hole Lane, YO7 1PB.
Kindly check the calendar for exact times and location!
Throughout the year we organise several social events. You will find them advertised via our weekly newsletter and in the calendar.
You are welcome to participate!
As part of the registration process, you will have been added to the distribution list for our weekly newsletter. It is published by email every weekend with the latest news on the club.
You can unsubscribe to the newsletter by browsing to the bottom of the Newsletter email and selecting the appropriate option, if you wish to do so.
You can also browse our newsletters on the Members page clicking here!
A Runners Life
As a Club member you have a number of opportunities to test and improve your running skills.
Feeling a bit competitive or are you in just for the fun of running? You can take advantage of several opportunities with us.
Kit and running gear
In order to earn points on Club Championships' races, you must wear a Club vest or T shirt. You can buy Club kit by visiting our online shop. You will also find there a list of our partners, where you can get discounted kit as Club member.
Our Championships are a series of local affiliated races throughout the year.
Your membership often allows you a discounted price to sign up to the in-person affiliated races. Virtual races are free. The races are chosen through a membership vote each year.
Please visit our Championships page for more details!
Monthly Time Trials
Our 2 mile handicap runs take place 12 times a year and give you the opportunity to measure your progress over time.
We participate actively in the Harrogate District Summer League, and the North Yorkshire South Durham Harrier League and as a member, you can participate in the races of those leagues. League races are advertised in our Club calendar regularly.
Social running opportunities
There are quite a few informal running opportunities where you can make friends, improve your running skills and enjoy the banter.
Kindly note that these groups are informal in nature. They are not supported by the Club nor do they form part of the Club activities.
Tuesday Social Running
Runs take place in and around Thirsk, on Tuesday evenings. Kindly contact Trish Radford, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday Hill Reps
The name says it all. Towards South Kilvington. Kindly contact Duncan Fothergill, Tel 07981 783064 for more information.
KFC, which stands for Kilburn Fell Club and not what you think
For hardcore runners and moors enthusiasts. This fell running group will take you from Roseberry Topping to Kilburn. Entertainment is guaranteed, but mostly stunning views of the area. Good running condition is required. Kindly contact Fran Jeffery, Tel 07840 695 216 for more information.
parkrun Tourist Group
For all parkrun fans, here is the opportunity to share travel to parkruns with other Club members in different locations and work towards becoming an alpabeteer. Other parkrun challenges also to be considered. Kindly contact Rosie Gatenby, Tel 07949 512 545 for more information.
Contact us !
Our coaches, captains and Committee members are always available to exchange ideas, for advise or on any subject of your interest.
Our contact details can be found here.
We like to keep a direct connection with you.
If you have any enquiries, comments, suggestions, criticism or praise, please feel free to contact us directly here.
Keep In Touch
We do run closed groups on a few social media platforms to connect with you.
The facebook members only group
Kindly follow this link and request access.
The T&S Chitchat group on WhatsApp
Kindly click here and request access to the group.
The strava club for members.
Kindly look for our Club in the strava app: Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers and request access. As a Club member your running activities will show up in the Club’s dashboard as well as your position for the week.
There is also a strava feed available on our Members page.
Part of your membership fee is paid directly to England Athletics, which is the governing body for athletics in England. You will be automatically registered as a new athlete.
After you complete your membership form and pay your fee, the Membership Secretary will register your details with England Athletics and create a unique registration number (URN) that will be emailed to you.
England Athletics send their Registration Packs via email, and the pack includes your digital membership card. Your URN stays the same each year you renew your Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers membership. England Athletics states the pack is sent out within 48 hours, but sometimes it takes longer.
Your next step is to set up an account on the England Athletics website. The first time you sign in, click on the My Athletic Portal button, fill in your URN number, and then click on “Forgot Password”. The EA website will send a password to your registered email and you can finish the set-up of your account. You can manage your details within your Athletic Portal.
You will find there a wealth of valuable information on running and athletics.
Rob Burn, Head Coach
Our head coach, and Yorkshire legend, Rob, has been with the Harriers for over 40 years and has been running even longer. test
He has participated in running events on all seven continents. He won the National Four Peaks team race. He was also awarded a Bronze medal at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Ireland. And another Bronze medal in Australia in the cross-country discipline.
It is also about helping the less fortunate, so he raised funds several times for the third Cancer Unit at the Manchester Hospital. He is very proud of this very worthy cause.
Rob oversees our training activities and trial events when he is not carrying out training sessions himself. You may also find him out on the moors hitting the trails.
Yorkshire lad, and former Endurance Leader in the British Army, Andy trained to become a Coach in Running Fitness in 2015.
With a fantastic sense of humour and running knowledge, Andy loves to inspire beginners and novices looking for improvement on their running skills.
When he's not coaching you're likely to see Andy up on Sutton Bank with his energetic young Spaniel, Henry, trotting ahead.
Coach and Leader in Running Fitness
Running has played a huge part in her life since growing up in South Africa. At school, she took part in athletics and cross country, often bare-footed, and found that she was rather good at it. And so she carried on going and going.
Her childhood dream was to one day take part in the Comrades Marathon, a 56 mile ultra-marathon which takes place between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Many Comrades' days were spent either ‘braaing’ on the side of the road and cheering runners on, or sat on the couch watching the TV footage all day long. One way or another, this race gets under your skin.
Fast forward to now, and Bronwyn has successfully completed the Comrades Marathon, within the 12 hour cut off three times. She has taken part in many other marathons and ultra-marathons both locally and abroad. A big fan of parkrun, Bronwyn is already well over her 250th.
Duncan has been a Harriers member for 8 years now. He fell soon in love with the club (and it’s members) and was made men’s captain at the very beginning.
His contagious enthusiasm and eagerness to make things happen resulted also in him being elected as Club Chair.
Duncan is an accomplished Leader in Running Fitness.
Leader in Running Fitness
Helen has been running for over 16 years now. It all started with the 5k Race for Life 5k with some friends.
She is a keen fell runner who has represented GB in the World Masters Championships in Italy and Ireland.
She has started coaching club sessions and has been focusing on strength and conditioning workouts.
Jody has over 8 years experience as a Coach in Running Fitness.
He focuses currently on core and circuits workouts and enjoys road running.
Leader in Running Fitness and Qualified Canicross Coach.
Lindsey started trail running with her dogs (Canicross – canine cross-country) in 2017 and since then has steadily increased her running distances and has now completed over 40 trail marathons / ultra-marathons.
Lindsey has developed recently an appreciation of shorter, faster training and events. She loves supporting others during their running journey to meet their goals and have fun along the way.
Whenever she has a free moment, Lindsey can usually be found running up on the Yorkshire moors with her four energetic spaniels!
Lorraine has been a member of the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers since the 00’s. After being challenged by her brother to run her first 10k in Lincoln she’d caught the running bug so joined TASH. The Harriers have certainly helped her to keep running!
She qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness in 2022 and is looking forward to starting her Coach in Running Fitness course in February 2023. She is keen to help and encourage other runners through coaching whatever their goals are.
Lorraine likes running off road and you might see her running behind her running buddy Border Collie or fellow Harriers around Thirsk or up on the hills.
Matt completed recently his Leadership in Running Fitness with England Athletics. He enjoys running and racing any distance up to marathon, both on and off road. Matt brings positive energy and enthusiasm to the club and supports runners to reach their goals.
Nigel joined Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers to keep fit in the early 1990s, after having played football, cricket and squash.
With the help of coaches and other members he was encouraged to enter monthly time trials, handicaps and many local races, eventually running all distances up to marathon.
In 2014 Nigel undertook a Running in Leadership course and now you’ll see him supporting the coaches by blowing a whistle, taking warm ups and encouraging other runners.
Sonja van der Westhuizen
Chartered physiotherapist, Level 2 UK coach and lifelong member of Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers
"My running career started at a very young age as a hurdler and I later became involved with longer distance running and developed my coaching skills whilst representing my University and county alongside my full-time physiotherapy career.
Physiotherapy and Pilates gave me the sound foundation to make sure that each coaching session focused on good form and quality of movement.
My aim with coaching is to educate and equip each athlete with this knowledge and the understanding of how to maintain and follow a balanced training program and to incorporate this into their love of running."
Leader in Running Fitness