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

Brass Monkey

Superb set of results for the club in the Brass Monkey half marathon – on a chilly Sunday in January over 20 members set off to conquer the roads south of York. Thanks to Knavesmire Harriers for another well organised event and to all the Acorns (and families & friends) out on the course giving our runners some encouragement.

Hope I have not missed anyone


Name Cat Chip Time Gun Time
Paul Whitaker(M) V40 01:15:50 01:15:54
Chris Poulton(M) V35 01:17:58 01:18:02
Michael Carricker V45 01:20:07 01:20:11
Neil Fox(M) M50 01:25:55 01:26:06
Alex Reily(M) M 01:26:09 01:26:29
Matthew Smithson V45 01:26:50 01:27:04
John Cooper(M) V45 01:31:40 01:32:01
Sharon Lynn(F) V40 01:33:57 01:34:22
David Galsworthy V55 01:35:17 01:35:38
John Duston(M) V55 01:36:27 01:36:39
Chris Price(M) V50 01:36:37 01:37:09
Jonathan Fox(M) M 01:39:32 01:39:59
Richard Gover(M) V35 01:40:03 01:40:23
Peter Murray(M) V45 01:42:00 01:42:50
Nicola Gover(F) F 01:44:07 01:44:42
Tom Kingscott(M) M 01:48:02 01:48:42
Heather Farrow(F) V55 01:47:57 01:48:49
Mark Estienne(M) V45 01:49:27 01:49:31
Laura Bennett(F) F 02:00:04 02:01:50
Emma Taylor(F) V35 02:17:55 02:19:55

Christmas and New Year

The club recently conducted its annual Christmas run round the back streets (snickleways) of york…quite a few bemused tourists watched a stream of santas running round the town!

Out on the hills the North Yorks fell series continues to attract members in search of good view, and a respite from the dark evenings of street running.  Whilst members in search of a really long day on the hills have been participating in the Hardmoors series.

It has been great to see several members out in the West Yorkshire Cross Country league, fighting the mud and rain in the parks around Leeds.

The first event of 2016 on 3rd Jan is the cross country relays organised by City of York… Relay Details

This will be closely followed by the Brass Monkey Half Marathon on 17th January

I am always impressed with Park Runs (every Saturday 9am, 5km, Knavesmire)- the York Parkrun is superb and is now a fixture in the York running scene. if you are visiting friends and family there are plenty of park runs scattered across the UK (see map at UK Events)


Autumn Distance Running

The autumn is here, please remember to wear reflective gear when out running on the roads.

Congratulations to all who successfully entered the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. On Tuesdays until mid January there will be a group who are focussed on training for this event in addition to the group going out for a normal steady run.

We have had a good marathon season with Paul Whittaker finishing in 2 hours 45 mins in Berlin. Closer to home several members participated in the York Marathon. The team was led home by Chris Poulton in just under 2 hours 45 minutes.

Pos. Name Gun Time Chip Time Cat. Cat. Pos.
13 Chris Poulton 2:44:45 2:44:44 M 7
920 David Galsworthy 3:47:40 3:47:22 M55 28
1141 Matt Rylatt 3:54:31 3:53:31 M50 84
1298 Kristoff Boynton 3:58:55 3:58:06 M 297
1421 Ian Brown 4:01:05 4:00:03 M55 50
2004 Heather Farrow 4:22:08 4:21:01 F55 12
2017 Mark Estienne 4:22:28 4:20:17 M45 262
2428 Dan Wyrill 4:34:37 4:29:45 M35 355
2799 Jonathan Falshaw 4:49:00 4:41:58 M 572
3616 Jane Marshall 5:47:13 5:42:39 F45 176

On the same day in the 10 mile race we had 5 members competing. Top 3 positions from Howard and Sharon:

Position Name Gun Time Chip Time Cat Cat Pos
51 David Moulder 1:07:12 1:07:07 M 18
139 Howard Winzar 1:13:53 1:13:45 M60 2
149 Sharon Lynn 1:14:22 1:14:12 F40 3
417 Tim Gibson 1:23:57 1:23:21 M40 73
514 Erwin Dorland 1:26:06 1:24:35 M50 31

Millennium Bridge

Well Done to everyone who ran the Millennium Bridge Races. It was a lovely sunny evening for a run down the river banks and round the park.

The provisional results are on this page:

Millennium Bridge Race Details

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.


Summer 10km Road Racing

We have had a brilliant summer series.  The competition at the front of the field has been fierce with Acorn men leading the field home on many occasions. Paul, Kristoff and Chris have led the Mens team home to second place in the series. For a small club we definitely “punch above our weight” in these races. In the Ladies competition several superb performances from Sharon put her very high the final tables. But the highlight must Gill and Heather cleaning up in Vets category.

The details of the final race in the series are available on the YRRL web site



Summer 10km League

Pocklington – the first race in the summer series. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry all disappeared once the starters whistle went. On a cool April evening we set off round the town and quickly off into the countryside. I briefly admired the views before thinking the uphill was hard. It was great to see the 6km sign as we had reached the top and now my long legs should mean that I would gain places…but by 9km my energy reserves were expended and I was holding on, then in the final km Dave and George shot past me…round two will be at Tadcaster.

At the front of the field was BLAZING RED, with Acorns 1,2,3 (Paul, Kristoff, Chris)  – this rare occurance last happened in 8 years ago at Selby in 2006 – Well done chaps.

In the age groupings Paul was first M40 , Kristoff first M, Dave Lancaster 2nd in the M50 category (39:33). In F55 group Gill Boynton was 1st (48:07) followed closley by Heather Farrow 3rd (49:52). The F35 category looks exciting with Sharon and Julie just behind a group of Knavemire ladies.  The club is well represented in the M50 group with Dave Lancaster being hotly pursued by Martin Lawn, Ian Smallwood and Ed Dorlan.

On to Tadcaster…on Tuesday 12 May start at 7.30pm  and afterwards in the pub near Tadcaster Bus Station