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

London Marathon and other April races

London Marathon – on a bright and warm day Paul W ran a superb 2:39, just afew seconds slower than his berlin time. New member Adi Gunn ran a great race but just finished outside the magic 3 hours., Chris Poulton cruised round in a leisurely (for him) 3:14. The roads and weather combined against our ultra distance runner Richard Gover  who finished in 3:35. Chris Price and Tim Stead both successfully finished under the 4 hour barrier.

Out on the fells Guisborough Moors race saw Pete Murray and Dave Bannister in action round the north york moors.

The Summer 10km Road series is now underway, and on a windy, but dry night, at Pocklington Chris Poulton (fresh from London) led the team home.  The Mens V60 was a clean sweep with Steve Boynton, Dave Lancaster, Howard Winzar finishing 1,2,3.

Emily Poulton led the ladies team in her first race in a brilliant time of 42:07. She was followed in by Julie Lawn who finished 2nd in the Ladies V45, and Gill Boynton 2nd in the F55 class.  The full results are here Acorn Pock 2017

On to the next race….



February update

Acorns have been seen out early this year, with many members running and helping out at the York Parkrun which has seen a massive growth since Christmas.

The fine weather has meant that the Sunday runs out over the Yorkshire Wolds have been possible and very enjoyable. For those of us who follow the longer races, Richard Gover successfully completed the grueling Spine Challenger (about 108 miles of the Pennine Way) in under 40 hours. The unseasonable warm weather meant that the bogs of black hill, bleaklow, kinder scout were not frozen over and therefore energy sapping.  The overnights were very, very black and cold. Overall he said that it was the hardest thing he had ever done.

Meanwhile winter training has been conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays meeting at 7pm for 7.15 run off.
Tuesdays have seen us doing steady runs of 5 -7 miles with some groups targeting local strava segments to relieve the monotony of street running.
Thursdays have changed so that some members go for a steady run whilst others are sprint/ rep training ready for 10km York Road Race League which starts on 25 April in Pocklington.

The AGM is on 21 February so there will be none or only a short training run after the AGM.



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:

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


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!