Road Championship (2021)

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Message From The Captains

We are really glad to let you know that we now have a calendar of road races to see us through to November this year.

There may still be a few changes in terms of races being added as they come on or removed if they don’t, but it is a great start. Talking to some of the organisers over the last week or so, there is a real optimism amongst them and it’s brilliant to be able to share that with you and support the races as much as we can.

New for this season…

Goal Races

These races are new to our calendar. Deliberately included to offer the chance to take part in bigger events with great atmosphere and excitement, they tend to be fast courses and on dates with enough time to sensibly train up for the distances following a plan over a series of weeks (so if you want to go for a PB this is a great chance).

We hope to revive the inclusive feel of the club for members of ALL running abilities by offering these races as a shared goal, hence the name.

In the lead up to these races we will offer a training plan, kindly designed by Coach Emma, with club intervals and run sessions included.

Goal races are totally optional but will offer a great opportunity to form bonds and friendships whilst training and improving, no matter what pace you want to run at. They are highlighted on the calendar but here for you too if you want to get involved straight away!

The York 10k (1st August) and the York 10 mile (17th October). The 10 mile is the same day as the Yorkshire marathon at the same location so we can all support each other.

*Please note – only 1 goal race will count towards your participation badge.

Only FIVE races needed to qualify

You only need to take part in 5 races this year (usually 7) to qualify for your participation badge. As above, the maximum number of goal races allowed to count for the participation badge is 1. Similarly only your fastest marathon time will count for your participation badge. This is to discourage over training. You can do 5 other races of any distance and not do a goal race or a marathon at all to qualify.

Cost of racing

As we have included the goal races which can be expensive, we have balanced this out where possible and carefully included local races who may have carried over entries from last year – Fountains 10k and Burton Leonard are doing this, check if you have already entered and forgotten so you don’t pay twice! There are parkruns on the list too, which are free, as is the virtual Melmerby race and we hope to add a couple of York 5k series dates when they are released which are inexpensive.

Marathon Challenge

This counts as a qualifier for the road racing championships and as a separate competition too – one for those who love a longer distance. Enter your fastest certified marathon course chip time, run in person, between now and the 21st November 2021 to be in with a chance to win. Full details will be on the website.

Other Racing news:

Fell Championships

Phil Robinson is working on putting together a Fell Championship series as we speak which we expect to run in the later half of the year. Keep your eyes open for that.

Supporting local

We continue where possible to support local races, these often are not PB courses but in adding these to the calendar and championships we support local schools, charities and of course other local running clubs who have all had a tough time over the last year. We have included more details on the calendar. These races are great fun, we bond over the tough terrains and the huge hills but we all finish with a smile and cheer in our teammates.

Finally, please do enter the races you want to do quickly, we anticipate a great demand for racing this year and places will sell out fast.

We look forward to a fantastic season of training and racing as a team in our beloved black and gold.

Stay safe and keep running!

Sarah S and Kevin

EventDateCategoryTagDescription
Elvington 10m25-AprilRoad10mBig flat runway races
Make sure you select the 10 mile race when entering
Melmerby (Virtual) 10k01-MayRoad10kThis year it's the real course, but run when you like
Burton Leonard 10k13-JunRoad10kFantastic multi-terrain 10K mostly on roads and tracks - traffic free
Otley 10m23-JunRoad10mHilly but fun, mid week evening, - fish and chips popular!
Pontefract 10k27-JunRoad10kPontefract 10k is back for it’s Fourth year in 2021.
Harrogate 10k04-JulRoad10kAn undulating multi-terrain race set in the beautiful Crimple Valley, suitable for all levels
Fountains 10k18-JulyRoad10kIt is all about the atmosphere as well as the pie!
York 5K Race Series16-JulyRoad5kThe York 5K Race Series is back for 2021! Run on the cycle circuit at York Sport Village, in a fast, chip-timed monthly 5K.
Vale of York 10m20-JulyRoad10mFlat and fast for a Tuesday night!
H&DSRL Wetherby21-JulyRoad10k (ish)Harrogate and District Summer Race League
James Herriott Country Trail Run25-JulyRoad14kOff road / good intro to fells, not expensive
York 10k01-AugRoad10kGOAL - fast and fast- big event, we get to train together as a club
Sessay Swift18-AugRoad6kThis one is organised by Thirsk & Sowerby - one of our local clubs.
H&DSRL Harrogate02-SeptRoad10k (ish)Harrogate and District Summer Race League
Wetherby 10k05-SepRoad10lLocal race in Wetherby run in the afternoon
Tholthorpe 10k12-SepRoad10kNorth Yorkshire champs race - pretty village - fast and flat - great tune up race for autumn 10k or marathon. Lovely tea and cakes after!
Crag Rat26-SepRoad8kOrganised by our friends Knaresborough Striders - good to support local clubs.
Fountains Abbey parkrun02-OctRoad5kparkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone.
Grewelthorpe Multi-Terrain Race03-OctRoad14kThis challenging course takes in some of the toughest climbs and best views in the area.
Richmond Castle 10k10-OctRoad10kHilly 10k - good for team spirit
York 10m17-OctRoad10mGOAL - Big atmosphere, flat and fast
York 5K Race Series22-OctRoad5kThe York 5K Race Series is back for 2021! Run on the cycle circuit at York Sport Village, in a fast, chip-timed monthly 5K.
Leeds Abbey Dash24-OctRoad10kFlat, fast 10k
York 5K Race Series19-NovRoad5kThe York 5K Race Series is back for 2021! Run on the cycle circuit at York Sport Village, in a fast, chip-timed monthly 5K.
Tadcaster 10m21-NovRoad10mFast and flat course on fully closed roads