YORK ACORN

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

Christmas 2016

December has been a busy month. It started with Nicky Spinks giving a very entertaining talk about fell running, farming and dealing with cancer. Over 100 people attended the evening which has inspired several runners to have a closer look at the Bob Graham Round.

We attempted the Tuesday night social club quiz – we were only just beaten by one of the regular teams – we will have another go in January.

This week saw Acorns running round the snickleways of York in festive attire – it is always great to savour the Christmas atmosphere in the city centre. Here is the team before we set off:
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If you want the route then please search Strava for “York snickleways”. Thank you to Gill for organising a fine festive snack to revive ourselves after the tour of the town.

Parkrun – many members to enjoy the weekly challenge of running the York Parkrun. Over christmas/ new year I anticipate abit of “parkrun tourism” whilst Acorns visit the friends and families around the UK/ world and drop in on the local event. For the more ambitious there are several opportunities for the “double” as some event start at 10am or 10.30am on New years day.

Merry Christmas

Ian

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

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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
http://www.countrytrailraces.co.uk/yorkshire-evening-trail-series

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.

http://www.slrc.club/bluebell/

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

http://www.srmrt.org.uk/challenge-walks/ravenscar-coastal-half-marathon/

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:
http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/fixtures/fell/Race%20_Calendar.pdf
The route is: http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/race_routes/Carlton_Midsummer_Meander_map.pdf

 

Ian

 

 

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

Ian