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

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



Summer Running

The summer is coming and the club will be out competing in the York Road 10km league. The races are on
28 April Pocklington  7pm start
12 May Tadcaster 7.30 start
26 May Easingwold 7.30 start
9 June Knavesmire 7.30 start
23 June Bishop Wilton 7.30 start
7 July Wistow (Selby) 7.30 start
21 July Bishopthorpe
The league web site is http://www.roadraceleague.org.uk/
If you need a lift to a race then post on the club facebook page or ask at training the week before.

For those who prefer the countryside then we will be competing in the north york moors summer series
The details are on the Esk Valley site under Fixtures – NEHRA Summer Series – the fixtures are
Wed 6 May Carlton challenge (5m)
Wed 20 May Fox and Hounds (9m)
Wed 10 June Ossey Oiks (5m)
Wed 24 June Whorlton Run (6m)
Wed 08 July Guisborough Grunt (6m)
Wed 27 July Cock Howe (7m)
Wed 5 Aug Gribdale Gallop (7m)
Wed 12 Aug Calton Misummer meander (6m)
Wed 26 Aug Inclined to Madness (6m)
Sat 12 Sept Castleton Show (road 6m)
Sat 20 Sept Viking chase (6m)
Wed 30 Sept Roseberry Topping (1.5 miles with a bit of a hill)
We normally share lifts to these races – leaving York about 5:30. Watch the club facebook pages for details.

AGM Tuesday 17th February 7pm

February 17, 2015
7:00 pmto8:00 pm


The agenda for our AGM, to be held on Tuesday 17th February at 7pm can be seen below


  1. Chairman’s Report
  2. Secretary Report
  3. Treasurer Report
  4. Captains’ Report
  5. Summer League
  6. AOB

We plan to head out for a run by 8pm after the AGM.  We look forward to seeing all members for this annual meeting.