Running Club
York Acorn is a friendly, sociable, easy-going running club that was originally formed in 1982. With a mixture of ages, experience, abilities and interests (including road, trail, fell, cross-country and track) most runners will find something to suit them at our club. We participate in events at a local, national and international level and our members travel from all over the York region to run together. Our members vary widely and include super fast race-winners, those setting out to achieve their own personal challenges and those who are happy with a steady run among friends. Read more >>

Millenium Bridge Race, York

York Acorn running club, together with the City of York Athletics Club, hosts the annual Millenium Bridge Races, which feature several races each targeting runners of different abilities.

York and District Road Race League

York Acorn takes part in the local Summer Road Race League in which local running clubs compete in 6 races. Our club hosts the Knavesmire run.

Fell Running

Fell-running is an extreme form of off-road running that involves steep climbs and descents, and often crosses exposed open moorland, with a good few bogs and rivers thrown in for good measure.

James Herriot Way

A few York Acorn ladies take part in the James Herriot Way walk, 2010.

Latest News

Fell Runner Nicky Spinks visits York Acorn

November 24, 2016
7:00 pmto10:00 pm
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

Nicky Spinks is speaking at York Acorn on 24 November.

Nicky Spinks is a 49 year old beef farmer from Glossop. Until this year she was also the women’s record holder (still 2nd) for the Bob Graham Round, the Paddy Buckley round (Wales) and the Ramsay round (Scotland). All of these were completed in between numerous wins and placings at classic fell races such as the Fellsman (winning 4 times) and Borrowdale, as well as many mountain ultra races abroad such as the UTMB (12th lady in 2016) and winning the Grand Raid Pyrenees in 2011. 

In short, one of Britain’s greatest ever fell and mountain runners!

In May this year, to celebrate 10 years since her diagnosis with breast cancer, Nicky ran the iconic fell running challenge, the Bob Graham Round – twice – all within 48 hours. She finished in 45 hours and 30 minutes, becoming the first lady to complete “the Double Bob”, and taking the overall record in the process.

Want to hear more about this, and her other epic adventures, and maybe pick up some top tips for your own running? Or just want to meet one of your heroes? Now is your chance! Hosted by York Acorn Running Club, Nicky will be coming to York on Thursday 24th November to present a film and give a talk on her adventures, followed by a curry and a Q&A session.

Arrive 7pm for a 7.30pm start. £12 per ticket, curry included (veggie or meat).

For tickets please confirm on here and then either:
1. Send a cheque for York Acorn Running Club, to York Acorn, 5 Whitby Avenue, York, YO311EU
2. Pass money on to a member of the club committee

100 person limit so get yours now!

Millennium Bridge Results

Well done to everyone who raced round the park and along the river. It was great to see so many familiar faces and lots of new ones, running our pretty course.

The results are

York Millennium Bridge results 2016

If you want previous years results please follow the link below

Millennium Bridge Web Page


Millennium Bridge

August 10, 2016
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

The Annual 5km Millennium Bridge Races are now FULL

There will be entries on the night for 2.5km races

The races will be held on Wednesday 10th August.

Race details are at:

Millennium Bridge Race Details

The entries at 1 August are

Millennium Bridge entries at 1 Aug

Any queries about entries should be emailed to coyacevent@hotmail.co.uk

Runners information

The document below contains useful information for runners – it has been updated on 01 August with updated prize list




Finally a couple of adverts for local races

Wed 17 August, Sicklinghall (near Wetherby) Trail Run, 5.2 miles, scenic, not tough, nice country pub.
Time trial, you can start any time 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Details soon at

Saturday 3 September York Open Track & Field Meeting. For all ages, Under 9 to Veteran.
Entry Form on http://www.cityofyorkathleticclub.net/york-open-2/
Includes a 1500 and a 3000 – give it the track a try!

May Running

During May the club has been out racing.  On 1st May Chris Price, Pete Murray and Phil Paxman attempted the Bluebell trail race…which includes the notorious Trooper Hill (a mile of steep uphill) and finishes with an awesome river crossing.


This was followed by a day at the seaside  for the Ravenscar Half marathon/ 10km. This is a race of two halves, a steady run out on the old railway line followed by a hilly and scenic return on coast path


We started the fell running season with a great turn out at Clay Bank West race on 4th May. Paul Whittaker (4th) leading the team home. Michael and Dave were close behind in 13/14th. The team finished in 3rd place, just behind Lofthus. The Ladies team finished just outside the medals in 4th place. Fox and Hounds is next in this series on 8 June

The York Road Race League is now well underway, with over 40 acorns participating in this annual extravaganza of 10km road running. It started with Pocklington with a beautiful evening run round the fields. Tadcaster was next. Our times are improving as the series progresses. Paul and Chris are working hard at the front with support coming from Michael, Mark, Andrew and Matthew.

We are organising 10km road race on 7th June on the Knavesmire. We want to field a good team for the night but help will be needed to make the event run smoothly – see the club facebook page for details.

On the 15 June as part of the summer fell series we are organising the Carlton Midsummer Meader. It starts at 7.15pm Cost £6 (enter on the night only). The full fixture list is at:
The route is: http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/race_routes/Carlton_Midsummer_Meander_map.pdf





London Marathon 2016

On a chilly Sunday morning 5 acorns set off with 30,000 other runners to complete the London Marathon. Chris Poulton was the first acorn and York runner to finish in a superb 2 hours 43 mins. Abi, in her first road marathon, finished in 3 hours 56 minutes having completed an impressive negative split! Alex finished under 2 minutes from his target time – he was pacing the 4 hour runners who will be pleased at finishing in 3:58. Close behind Alex was Heather who finished in 4:09 – she is the 102nd fasted lady in the F55 category.  Emma ran a great race – just a few months after giving birth, she tackled London – Hats off to her for finishing in 4:52 mins



February Round Up

February saw several members out on the roads, fells and at cross country events.

On the roads, Snake Lane proved to be popular with 10 members competing in this great local race. On a windy day times were alittle slower than previous years

cat Cat Pos Chip GunTime
Paul Whitaker Vet 40 2/105 00:58:23 00:58:25
Christopher Poulton SNR 13/176 00:59:30 00:59:30
Matthew Smithson Vet 45 9/105 01:05:25 01:05:37
Howard Winzar Vet 65 12/18 01:16:51 01:17:03
Chris Price Vet 50 30/66 01:18:31 01:18:48
Helen Minnikin-Spring Vet 35 17/63 01:19:21 01:19:36
Gerry Orchard Vet 60 14/21 01:24:40 01:24:58
John Tattersall Vet 65 12/18 01:24:48 01:25:05
Emma Taylor Vet 35 44/63 01:34:39 01:35:28
Julie Bushell Vet 45 61/62 01:59:45 02:00:37


On the same day, Dave Bannister and Ian Smallwood ran the Glaisdale Rigg fell race. It was a classic fell race, with a long steady climb in the first half, then across a muddy valley, followed by a stiff climb and a long descent. Dave was 6th in cat and Ian 2nd

This year’s Saucony English National Cross Country Championships took place at Donington Park – a park more famous for motor racing and music concerts – and with cars on the circuit beside the course, which also ran adjacent to East Midlands Airport. The senior men’s race over 12km was won by South of England champion Jonathan Hay (0:42). The senior mens race was last to be run, so the course was very churned up by the ladies, boys and girls races. Three Acorn members made the journey…. Martin Kirby was first to finish 1181(1:03),   Ian Smallwood 1270 (1:04), Mark Estienne 1587 (1:14). [Field 1730 runners!] The club facebook page has Mark’s entertaining report.

On Tuesdays there is interval training for those training for the York Summer 10km road series and a steady run for those who want a few miles, whilst on Thursday evenings there is steady run.