Running Club

Fell/Trail 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. Many fell races (particularly in winter or poor weather) require runners to carry full, warm, wind/waterproof body cover during the race, and you may need to carry/use a map and compass. You will need to buy a good waist-bag or running rucksack to carry all of this in and your kit may be checked at registration before you are permitted to enter the race.

Trail running is very similar, but generally keep to lower level routes. Fell running is restricted to upland areas, the nearest to York being the North Yorks Moors and Yorkshire Dales, whereas trail running can take pace more or less anywhere. Because trail running does not take you into such dangerous terrain, there tend not to be kit requirements.

York Acorn Running Club competes in the Cleveland Summer and Winter Fell Series. The races in the Winter series are held on Sunday mornings while the Summer races are usually held on midweek evenings(Wednesdays for 2014). The overall positions in the Summer series (best 6 races) count towards the Club League.

The Calderdale Way Relay in May was a race that we used to do every year, though we have not done it the last couple of years. In June there is the less formal Cleveland Way Relay, 16 legs over a distance of 108 miles. Club members take part in a number of other races including the English Championships.

Members may be interested in joining the Fell Runners Association (FRA). Membership costs just 12 a year and for this you get an annual Fixture Booklet and 3 very good magazines. The FRA also has a very useful website FRA Website You do not have to be an FRA member to enter fell races.

Most fell races can be entered on the day, though championships are normally entered in advance and can fill up quickly. Those requiring pre-entry sometimes have their own entry form or you may be able to use the standard FRA entry form. For more information see the FRA Fixture List or check the FRA website.

G'bro Three Tops -->


Championship and Targeting Policy 2014

In 2013 the only English Championship race where we had a presence was Fairfield. However, personally I am planning to do the English Championships in 2014 with the exception of Ennerdale as it is too long for me ! It would be nice if others could join me and maybe we could get a team out for a couple. We will also of course target the Cleveland Summer series and the Cleveland Way relay which I believe will be on Sunday 22nd June. I am also hoping to do some of the Cleveland winter series. There may be some trail races in the 2014 Club League which we also wish to target. I'm open to suggestions about other fell/trail races we might target. Please get back to me if you have any thoughts or suggestions about this policy.

Andy Normandale Fell Captain

Fell/Trail fixtures 2014

See the drop down menus for the Cleveland Summer and Winter series fixtures and for championship races.

Other Fell/Trail fixtures 2014

Sunday 6th April Baildon Boundary Way Trail race 13m

Sunday ? June Castle Howard 10k Trail Race A local race and a club target race, though it's actually about 10.5k. There's also a 6k race and a childrens 1k fun run.

Sunday 22nd June: Cleveland Way Relay
A much lower key relay than the Calderdale, with about 10 teams taking part. A team of 16 runners are needed running individually and the legs vary in length from about 4 miles to about 12. The full race distance is 108 miles. We have won this race in the past and in 2013 were 2nd.

Sunday 27th July James Herriot Run Trail Race (14k/305m)
A club target race. Enter early to make sure you get a place. We often make a day of this, hiring a minibus and staying on after the race to have a meal at the pub at nearby Carperby.

Sunday ? August Escrick 10k Trail Race. A club target race ? and it's on the doorstep.

Sunday 2nd November 2014 Cop Hill fell race This is usually the Yorks Vets Championship

Dave and Eileen Woodhead organise several fell races in the Haworth area. These include the Bunny Runs, a series of 4 races over a 3 mile course, the last being a relay. This year the first race is Tuesday April 4th, then every week. The Woodheads also organise The Stoop in December, Auld Lang Syne in January and the Stanbury Splash, also January.