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

Club league 2015

Please see below for a list of the races that make up the club league for 2015.  Any race participation will be included in the scores if you submit a run report to Jane Lawson after each race completed.

Jan – York parkrun
Feb 15 – Osmotherley 10h /half/full
March 1 – Norton 9
April 12 -Hornsea 1/3 marathon
May 10th – Ravenscar 1/2
June 28th – would there be interest in the Morcombe cross bay 1/2?
July – Bishop Wilton 1/2
Sept 13 – Vale of York 1/2
Oct 18 – Boroughbridge 10
Nov 8 – Guy Fawkes 10
Dec – Jolly Holy Jog

Brass Monkey Results

York Acorns turned out in force for a chilly brass monkey half. The icy conditions were obviously to members liking as several personal best times were recorded.  Paul and Michael jostled to be first Acorn home, with Richard G going cleanly under 1.30.  John Duston had a superb race and was closely followed by Chris (recovering from injury) and Sharon (recording another PB). Nicky has improved immensely this year recording another PB, whilst Ian banked the mileage in preparation for London.  Jonathon made his debut at the distance and recorded a solid time – I am sure he will go quicker.  It was great to see Liz out in an Acorn vest again, she has obviously not lost her speed. Emma recorded a good time, and I am always impressed with Mr Heppell’s ability to record a good time.

Finish time Chip time Participant Category Speed Pace
1:17:15 1:17:12 Paul Whitaker (M) V40 10.17 mph 5:53 min/mile
1:20:34 1:20:30 Michael Carricker (M) V40 9.76 mph 6:09 min/mile
1:28:00 1:27:49 Richard Gover (M) V35 8.93 mph 6:43 min/mile
1:32:34 1:32:22 John Duston (M) V55 8.49 mph 7:03 min/mile
1:34:46 1:33:46 Christopher Poulton (M) Open Senior 8.29 mph 7:14 min/mile
1:34:46 1:34:25 Sharon Lynn (F) V40 8.29 mph 7:14 min/mile
1:34:46 1:34:25 David Moulder ? 8.29 mph 7:14 min/mile
1:37:25 1:36:39 Patrick Barnes (M) Open Senior 8.07 mph 7:26 min/mile
1:41:00 1:40:50 Lauren Atkinson (F) Open Senior 7.78 mph 7:42 min/mile
1:43:26 1:42:51 Nicola Gover (F) Open Senior 7.60 mph 7:53 min/mile
1:43:27 1:42:53 Ian Brown (M) V50 7.60 mph 7:53 min/mile
1:45:58 1:44:57 Jonathan Fox (M) Open Senior 7.42 mph 8:05 min/mile
1:48:16 1:47:15 Jane Lawson (F) V50 7.26 mph 8:15 min/mile
1:49:29 1:48:56 Liz Gilley (F) V35 7.18 mph 8:21 min/mile
1:50:06 1:49:00 Peter Murray (M) V40 7.14 mph 8:24 min/mile
1:51:12 1:50:14 Emma Taylor (F) V35 7.07 mph 8:29 min/mile
1:54:08 1:53:01 Sarah Masefield (F) V35 6.89 mph 8:42 min/mile
2:09:27 2:08:37 Andrew Heppell (M) V55 6.07 mph 9:52 min/mile

Awards, chilli and chat

January 27, 2015
8:15 pmto10:15 pm

On Tuesday 27th after running there will be Chili (£4) with presentations to the club league winners by Jon Tat, Review of the club running in 2014 by Dave B and  some park run stats from guru (who has run the furthest?, who is is the quickest etc)

Look forward to seeing you



It was good to see everyone out this week enjoying the ambiance and festivities of York on our traditional Christmas run round the snickleways of York. Thanks to Phil for leading us a merry dance round the back streets, main streets and restaurants!
Acorn Christmas2014
Over the Christmas period, we are meeting and running as follows:
Tuesday 23rd – Normal run with Pizza (£4) afterwards
Thursday 25th – York Parkrun is starting as normal 9am Knavesmire. No meeting in the evening
Tuesday 30th – Meet at club 11.30am for a run. No meeting in the evening
Thursday 1st - York Parkrun 10am Knavesmire. No meeting in the evening *** NOTE Correction to START TIME ***
Sunday 4th – York Relays 11am Knavemsire (£2 – entries close 10.40 at Hamilton Panthers) teams of 3 which can be made up on the day.
Tuesday  6th – Meeting as normal ie 7pm for 7.15pm run off

Food nights

There are a series of “food” evenings planned for the autumn/ spring. Normally we go for a run and return to the club for about 8.15ish. Food (curry, pie etc) is then served in the snug/ bar at about 8.30ish. It is a great way of meeting and socialising with other club members. The food costs £3. There is normally a raffle with prizes of beer, wine, chocolates or similar goodies.

Tuesday 23 September – Curry and Summer Series Awards

Tuesday 18th November – Pie and Peas

Thursday 29th January – Chilli

One or two volunteers are sought for each evening to help with the cooking. If you can help please let Gill Boynton or Jon Tat know.

Plea for York Marathon Volunteers

I was wondering if any of the members at York Acorn Running Club would be interested in supporting the upcoming Yorkshire Marathon on 12th October 2014.

As the lead volunteering officer for West Yorkshire Sport I am looking for volunteers for the Yorkshire Marathon for a variety of roles including:

  • Finish line Marshals
  • Drink Station Marshals
  • Baggage Store Marshals
  • Route Marshals

All that is needed is lots of enthusiasm and a positive attitude, excellent communications skills and to enjoy working as part of a team.
As one of the local running clubs I was hoping that this may be something you would like to get involved in. The members will benefit from the event by meeting new people, helping local and national charities and through supporting and improving the experience of our thousands of participants. Just to be aware, if the volunteers are aged between 14 -15 they will need to be allocated with their parent and if they are aged 16-18 they will work in a group.

Refreshments will be provided during their shifts and in addition to a huge thank you from the Team, all volunteers will receive an electronic certificate of appreciation after the event(s). A reward and recognition document will also follow shortly as part of the ‘Eventeers’ scheme.

I really hope that this is something you may be interested in. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks in advance,

Helen Galashan,
Development Officer, West Yorkshire Sport

West Yorkshire Sport

West Yorkshire Joint Services
Nepshaw Lane South
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Tel: 0113 3939950 | Mob: 07722 269 964
E-mail: helen.galashan@wysport.co.uk | Web: www.wysport.co.uk