Author: NorthHighlandHarriers

Return to Training – 28 August Update

Member Guidelines
Return to training. Please ensure you read these before attending training. Any questions please e-mail northhighlandharriers@gmail.com.
We have been waiting since the 23rd March and finally have the green light to return to structured squad training. We all want to do this in a safe manner and as such every club member attending squads MUST read the following SA Guidelines for Athletes:
All runners attending squad sessions MUST be current NHH members; there is no exception to this rule which is required for us to record and maintain records of attendance and pass onto relevant authorities if required whilst complying with GDPR.
As an off-track club, we will be forming squad bubbles of up to 15 runners including the Coach/Jog Leader. Due to coaching numbers, we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 30 members and coaches. Members should turn up at training ideally 10min before squad to allow a record of all runners to be taken for government contact tracing purposes. Members are not permitted to arrive after the session has started.
To being with, the following club sessions are being offered:
  • Wick – Tuesday, 5.30pm, Riverside carpark – reps
  • Thurso – Tuesday, 5.30pm, Riverside Hut – reps
Once you arrive at training you will be allocated a squad bubble with your own Coach / Jog Leader and you must stay in that squad bubble for the full session. Social distancing must be adhered to before and after sessions but is not a requirement during the actual session, i.e. from the point we start a warm up to the point we finish a warm down. If you leave part way through the session, please remember to let your Coach/Jog Leader know and leave the area immediately.
We are aware that for some members the prospect of going from running solo for 5 months to coming back to a full squad may be quite daunting. We will be there when you are ready. If you have any worries, and think you may need additional support or would just like a friendly chat please do not hesitate to contact the Welfare Officer using the northhighlandharriers@gmail.com e-mail address.
Whilst at training, we must also be very mindful of the public and considerate of their shared right to access paths and pavements and the need to maintain social distancing;
having to stop for 5sec to let someone through a narrow section will not affect your world record attempt.
Members should bring everything to training that you need, as there will be no sharing of equipment, eg water bottles, and you must be responsible for all of your personal belongings.
Members are strongly reminded not to turn up for training if any of the advice in Section 1 of the SA Guidelines for Athletes applies to you. In accordance with the national NHS Test and Protect scheme if you test positive for COVID-19 you will be asked to provide details of all people you have been in close contact with. If you have attended training you do not need to identify the other members, but simply provide the northhighlandharriers@gmail.com e-mail address to the Contact Tracers.

Festive Running

Festive running schedule below:

Monday 23rd – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station

Tuesday 24th – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station

Tuesday 24th – Rep session, Thurso, 2pm, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso The session might be on grass if still frosty, so take trails and trainers

Thursday 26th – Boxing Day Hash, 11am Dunnet Forest

Thursday 26th – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station

Friday 27th – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station

Friday 27th – Hill rep session, Thurso, 11am, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso

Saturday 28th – Thurso parkrun, 9.30am

Saturday 28th – Scarben run, meet 8.00am in Wick Co-op for car share

Tuesday 31st – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station

Tuesday 31st – Rep session, Thurso, 11am, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso The session might be on grass if still frosty, so take trails and trainers

January:

Wednesday 1st – Dorrery Dash, 11am

Friday 3rd – Packrun, Wick, 10am, meet at the Railway Station

Friday 3rd – Hill rep session, Thurso, 11am, meet at Riverside Hut, Thurso

Saturday 4th – Thurso parkrun, 9.30am

Sunday 5th – Packrun, Thurso, 10am, meet at Thurso Riverside Hut, 8miles

Baillie, John O’Groats and Olrig Trail Runs

The Statkraft Winter Trail Series is the highlight of North Highland Harrier’s year, offering a number of trail runs in beautiful locations in Caithness and Sutherland, plus there is great home baking on offer after the running.

The series started at our sponsor Statkraft’s wind farm at Baillie on 13 October. It was a great start to the series with a sunny autumn morning, the run offers stunning views across the Pentland Firth to Orkney. There were two distances on offer, 2.3 miles and a hilly 5.1 miles with 34 runners taking part in total. It was good conditions underfoot and road shoes were the preferred option on the day. First male on the longer route was David Spencer, first female was Jayne Klimas and first junior was Cameron Charlton. Two runners completed the shorter route Debs Larnach and Jacqui Oag. The range and standard of runners varied from 35 mins to just under an hour for the long route so there is always someone around your pace to keep you company. The handicap system used at the trails gives the less speedy runners a good head start and allows everyone to finish around the same time. Full results can be found here.

On 27 October, 35 runners gathered at John O’Groats on a very windy morning. The John O’Groats trail is one of the favourite trails, with a challenging route and amazing views. First male on the 5.9 mile route was Darren Sutherland and first female was Jayne Klimas.  On the 3.75 mile route, first male was John Budge and first female was Fiona Stockan. Full results can be found here.

The third trail of the season was held on 10 November and a beautiful day greeted the runners for the Olrig trail. Starting and finishing in Castletown this route offers mud, gravel, grass and tarmac. The Olrig trail takes the runners out of the village and up the challenging incline towards the Olrig mast. Stunning views of Dunnet beach and the striking cliffline from Dwarwick along towards Dunnet Head were appreciated on the fresh sunny day. The long route of 6.5 miles was completed by 38 runners with first male finisher of Kenny MacGruer, first female for the hat trick was Jayne Klimas and first junior was Connor Miller. Eight runners completed the shorter distance of 4.7 miles with Alistair Geddes first male and Jodie Henderson first female. Full results can be found here.

Baillie Wind Farm Trail

On Sunday 13 October we had the first Statkraft Winter Trail Run of the 2019/20 series at our sponsor’s wind farm, Baillie. Thirty-two runners completed the long option and two runners completed the short option, well done to everyone who took part, you can find your results here.

Many thanks to Sandy and Les for organising and everyone who helped with marshalling, timekeeping and who baked. Next trail is this Sunday (27 October) at John O’Groats, Simon Harrison is in charge and all offers of help are welcome.

2019/20 Winter Trails

Please find below a provisional list of trail dates for 2019-2020.
13/10/19, Baillie
27/10/19, John O’Groats
10/11/19, Olrig
24/11/19, Beach and Bark
08/12/19, Telford
26/12/19, Boxing Day Hash
01/01/20, Dorrey Dash
12/01/20, Blingery
26/01/20, Broubster
09/02/20, Forsinnan
23/02/20, Langwell
15/03/20, Bettyhill
29/03/20, Thurso Moors
The first trail run is next Sunday 13th at Bailie Windfarm.
We need offers of help for set up on Saturday 12th and for marshals/ timekeepers on Sunday.
Please let me know if you can help by replying to this email – this is a good one for folk learning the ropes with hopefully the potential to take over the running of one of the trails next year to ensure that we continue to be able to provide this as a club.