North Yorkshire

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If variety is the spice of life, then North and East Yorkshire are a chicken jalfrezi. These areas are blessed with diverse terrain, including undulating trails, riverside paths, serene countryside, and disused railway lines to explore. So whether you fancy an amble in the Yorkshire Dales, or a jaunt along the Humber Estuary, North and East Yorkshire is something of a runners’ playground.

These playgrounds are a breeding ground for running clubs. As one local runner puts it: “I’m not sure there’s a town in these areas that doesn’t have a running club.” Clubs with rich histories abound including Harrogate Harriers, Beverley AC, and Hornsea Harriers. In addition to these traditional clubs are newer ones like Bentham Beagles, and Yorkshire Wolds Runners. Those seeking a more informal environment can join groups such as  Giggleswick Gazelles. Gazelles’ founder Jill Eccleston tells us why she gave up a career in admin to coach sports full-time.

With clubs and groups come races – lots of ‘em. Events that fill up within hours are Beverley 10K and Snake Lane 10. The recently resurrected RB Hull Marathon has already proved a big hit with the locals and is set to grow further in 2016. The Brass Monkey Half Marathon has been many a Yorkshire runners’ choice to kick off the new year and hill lovers (they do exist) regularly enjoy Richmond Castle 10K – described as the hilliest 10k in the UK. We speak to Elizabeth Sowter from the race’s organisers Swaledale Runners. She tells us how the club has developed since its inception in 1986 and why they decided to ditch the ‘Road’ part of their name.

Check out some of what North Yorkshire has to offer to runners below.

Clubs

The best way to improve your running - join one of the region's active running clubs.

Groups

A friendly introduction to running with other people.

Services

Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.

Retailers

Running retailers in the region.