Running Club


We have a number of varied training sessions throughout the week that aim to cater for most interests and needs. Runs are led by experienced Acorn members after a brief discussion about what speed/distance people want to aim for during the session. In all cases we run in groups and don't leave anyone behind. There may, however, be certain sessions that suit your speed/distance better than others. See the clubs Facebook page for information about what sessions are which are being done on a particular day. If you wish to talk to someone about club training sessions, beginners should contact Sue Hatfield or more experienced runners should contact Ian Smallwood or Andy Normandale. They can be contacted using the Contact page accessed from the About Us drop down menu.

Tuesday night club runs

On Tuesdays we run from York Acorn Rugby Club (see link below) meeting at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. We alternate between a steady run of between 45 and 75 minutes and speedwork. When it's a steady there we usually be at least 2 groups. The speed sessions could be fartlek, a hill session or reps on the Knavesmire, though if you don't fancy the session there will usuually be some doing a steady run instead. Runners must be capable of running 5 miles to attend Tuesday training and if you are not we recommend coming to the Thursday session instead. After the run members usually meet in the Rugby Club snug for a drink and catch-up.

Thursday night club runs

On Thursdays we also run from York Acorn Rugby Club meeting at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. Training on Thursdays is slightly different to Tuesdays, with greater emphasis new starters and slower runners though again, we split into a faster and a slower group. New members are always welcome.

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Weekend runs/events

Many runners meet informally at weekends, either for a longer run in the city, off-road locally or in our beautiful nearby hillier areas including the Wolds and the Howardian Hills around Castle Howard. The regular locations include:

- Thixendale - From York take the A166 Bridlington Road and after the top of Garrowby hill turn left and follow the signs to Thixendale. We meet at the road junction near the pub

- Welburn - As you enter the village from the A64 we meet on the right side of the road, before you get to the pub

- Yearlsey Woods - Take Wiggington road out of York B1363. At Brandsby take 2nd left turn, up the hill to Yearsley cross roads, turn right and forest gate is on left in 200m.

These runs tend to be coordinated using Facebook or email. The Club has a closed Facebook group called York Acorn Running Club. If you wish to be contacted by email, let us know using the Contact page accessed from the About Us drop down menu.

City of York Athletics Club training

York Acorn members are welcome to train with our partner club City of York Athletic Club. These are mainly track based sessions at Huntington Stadium. City of York Athletics Club.