Running Club

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!

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.


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


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:
The route is: http://www.eskvalleyfellclub.org/race_routes/Carlton_Midsummer_Meander_map.pdf





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



February Round Up

February saw several members out on the roads, fells and at cross country events.

On the roads, Snake Lane proved to be popular with 10 members competing in this great local race. On a windy day times were alittle slower than previous years

cat Cat Pos Chip GunTime
Paul Whitaker Vet 40 2/105 00:58:23 00:58:25
Christopher Poulton SNR 13/176 00:59:30 00:59:30
Matthew Smithson Vet 45 9/105 01:05:25 01:05:37
Howard Winzar Vet 65 12/18 01:16:51 01:17:03
Chris Price Vet 50 30/66 01:18:31 01:18:48
Helen Minnikin-Spring Vet 35 17/63 01:19:21 01:19:36
Gerry Orchard Vet 60 14/21 01:24:40 01:24:58
John Tattersall Vet 65 12/18 01:24:48 01:25:05
Emma Taylor Vet 35 44/63 01:34:39 01:35:28
Julie Bushell Vet 45 61/62 01:59:45 02:00:37


On the same day, Dave Bannister and Ian Smallwood ran the Glaisdale Rigg fell race. It was a classic fell race, with a long steady climb in the first half, then across a muddy valley, followed by a stiff climb and a long descent. Dave was 6th in cat and Ian 2nd

This year’s Saucony English National Cross Country Championships took place at Donington Park – a park more famous for motor racing and music concerts – and with cars on the circuit beside the course, which also ran adjacent to East Midlands Airport. The senior men’s race over 12km was won by South of England champion Jonathan Hay (0:42). The senior mens race was last to be run, so the course was very churned up by the ladies, boys and girls races. Three Acorn members made the journey…. Martin Kirby was first to finish 1181(1:03),   Ian Smallwood 1270 (1:04), Mark Estienne 1587 (1:14). [Field 1730 runners!] The club facebook page has Mark’s entertaining report.

On Tuesdays there is interval training for those training for the York Summer 10km road series and a steady run for those who want a few miles, whilst on Thursday evenings there is steady run.


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