Couch to 5k Graduation at Cod Beck

Couch to 5k Graduation at Cod Beck

Hambleton Athletics and Running Club celebrated the completion of their latest Couch to 5k programme at Cod Beck this weekend. The sun was shining on the group as they took on their graduation run of 5k on the paths around the reservoir, taking in the beautiful surroundings along the way. There was great support from the coaching team and other club members who ran alongside them and cheered them across the finishing line. The runners were awarded medals and certificates to mark this great achievement, followed by cakes and drinks all around! Zoe Sandell was among those celebrating the completion of the programme. She said, “What an amazing experience running with the C25K team and the wonderful coaches! It’s been such a pleasure seeing the same people thrice weekly and building a community of trust and support with new found friends for life. The coaches are really welcoming and helped guide us through each session so we came away feeling accomplished and spirited....
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🏅 HARC’s Big Weekend! 🏅

🏅 HARC’s Big Weekend! 🏅

Wow, last weekend was an incredible one for Hambleton Athletics and Running Club members! From trail runs in the Lake District, to races around a country house beside the River Ure and a tough half marathon in Leeds. It certainly has been busy, with some amazing efforts and achievements. It all kicked off on Saturday with HARC members travelling to Keswick to tackle the Lakeland Trails Derwentwater events. The trail challenges took in the panoramic views of Derwentwater, the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra, and the northern fells. The family-friendly festival atmosphere was amazing with live music and race commentary. Four of the group embarked on the 10k run – Dave Oldacres, Chris Lees and Gemma Wardle spent the morning chasing Polly Oldacres around the tough but beautiful course. Polly delivered an incredible time of 01:14:00 as she completed her second ever 10k run. She said, “Having never run in an organised trail race before I can’t hesitate to now say… sign...
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Escrick 10k

Escrick 10k

Two members of HARC took part in the 10K multi-terrain course starting and ending at the Escrick Village Green on Sunday 22nd August. The 10k was a flat and scenic course, running on roads, paths and bridleways within the Escrick Park Estate. Alice Inglis earned a 10k PB, finishing the race in 01:09:57. She said, “I was nervous about my first solo race but I found out that Craig was also taking part and he was a great support to me. Although I ran on my own, it was good to know someone else was there from the club to see me in at the end. I think that learning about the psychology and science of running as part of the intermediate programme really made a huge difference to my mental attitude at this event and contributed to my unexpected PB. Great race and never expected to still be running almost a year after starting the Couch to 5k programme – it’s...
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Sessay Swift 6K

Sessay Swift 6K

Six members of Hambleton Athletics and Running Club (HARC) took part in the ninth Sessay Swift 6k, organised by Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers, on Wednesday 18th August. The 6k route was a flat and fast one lap race, starting and finishing in the lovely village of Sessay, near Thirsk. HARC member Bridget said, “I was so nervous as this was my first race with team HARC. There was such a buzz around the place with runners, marshals and spectators. It was a fabulous route with lots of people cheering everybody on along the way. Fab night, great atmosphere and I got 2 PBs to top the night off. Thanks, Team HARC!” Brilliant results for HARC on the night with Kay Kelly coming 11th in her age category with a time of 28:53, which included a 5k PB. Bridget Maidwell also bagged herself a 5k PB and finished in a great time of 41:04. Great effort from all the runners and definitely a race...
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Cod Beck

Cod Beck

Hambleton Athletics and Running Club enjoyed a fantastic morning running around the Cod Beck area. The Couch to 5k group continued their programme with a run around reservoir, enjoying the beautiful scenery it has to offer. The shorter trail route, led by Alasdair, covered a distance of 4.5 miles, running past the waterfall and the Lady Chapel which was built by monks from nearby Mount Grace Priory in the 15th century. The longer trail route, led by Chris, took in the sights of the Cleveland Way, Osmotherley and Ruebury, before heading back through Arncliffe Wood with the reward of a long gentle descent back to the car park to complete 7.1 miles. Amazing efforts from everyone with lots of fun, laughs and wonderful viewpoints along the way. The morning was finished off with a lovely roast dinner at the Queen Catherine Pub in Osmotherley. ...
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York Chocolate 10k

York Chocolate 10k

Members of Hambleton Athletics and Running Club (HARC) took part in the York Chocolate 10k on Sunday. The sell out event was back for a fourth year, with two laps of the Knavesmire, overlooked by Terry's Clock Tower, the grandstands of York Racecourse and Goddard's (once the home of the Terry's of York Family). HARC had a brilliant morning and all runners were rewarded with a goody bag full of chocolates, homemade cakes and a fabulous bespoke Willy Wonka inspired medal. A couple of members achieved personal bests, giving them the opportunity to ring the ‘PB Bell’ and receive a special badge. HARC Chair Ruth Hancock participated in the event and said, “It was fabulous to see the sea of HARC blue around the course and so helpful to have a support crew cheering us on! Congratulations to everyone who took part; although flat, it was a challenging course due to the ever-changing weather and terrain. Great atmosphere, goody bag and medal...
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Thorp Perrow 5km Fun Run

Thorp Perrow 5km Fun Run

HARC members took part in another family-friendly fun run through the beautiful Thorp Perrow Estate on Sunday 1st August, an event organised in association with Bedale and Aiskew Runners. The 5k route was across private land and public footpaths, following tracks through beautiful woodland and grassland, amid stunning scenery. A brilliant morning for all involved, with the same positive and fun atmosphere. HARC would like to say a big thank you to the Thorp Perrow Estate and Bedale and Aiskew Runners for organising another wonderful event. ...
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Eastbourne Track and Field Session

Eastbourne Track and Field Session

Another great training session for HARC members at the athletics track on Saturday 31st July! As always with HARC, everyone was welcome and all abilities were catered for – from track veterans to those who had never experienced running on a track before, and from those wanting to try the throws and jumps to those developing their techniques. As well as the 800m and 100m running events, there was also a chance to learn the basics of long jump and high jump, as well as trying javelin and shotput. Thank you to Head Coach Chris Lees for organising such a fun training session and teaching HARC members some new athletic disciplines. It was lovely to see our new Couch to 5k group at the venue too, taking a sneak peek at the kind of sessions they can look forward to when they complete the programme. ...
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Hambleton Athletics and Running Club Complete Another Couch to 5K Programme

HARC’s latest Couch to 5k cohort graduated on Saturday 12th June, becoming fully-fledged runners. After ten weeks of hard work, the group completed their grand finale run at Cod Beck Reservoir in glorious morning sunshine with lots of support from fellow HARC members. They were then presented with certificates and medals to celebrate their amazing achievement. We would like to say a huge well done to them as we welcome them to our regular club sessions and help them as they continue their running journeys. Well done, Team HARC! Please contact us with membership enquiries or for further details of our beginner, intermediate and 1:1 coached programmes. ...
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Couch to 5k – Stokesley, Northallerton, Bedale & Virtual

Couch to 5k – Stokesley, Northallerton, Bedale & Virtual

Our next Couch to 5k is starting on Tuesday 6th April and registration is now open! You can find further details and register by visiting https://harc.uk/c25k. The programme is suitable for complete beginners and those returning from injury. The sessions will be offered in-person from our Stokesley hub (and in Bedale/Northallerton if there is demand). You can also join in via Zoom (from anywhere!), and this will be the method of delivery for everyone if Government plans change and Covid restrictions at the time do not allow us to meet in groups. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch - coaching@harc.uk. ...
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