Tadcaster Harriers Running Club

Welcome to Tadcaster Harriers ....


Welcome to the Tadcaster Harriers. We are a thriving running club meeting once a week for organised training sessions and competing in Road, Cross Country, Trail, Fell and Ultra races.

If you are already a member, then use the links on the menu above to find out about planned Training sessions, upcoming Races, Results and Social events. There is also a link to the Club Shop and a News archive.

If you are thinking of joining, then what are you waiting for ? We meet for training on Tuesday nights at Tadcaster Leisure Centre and we are always keen to attract new members. There is no need to be a particularly fast runner and there is no obligation to turn up regularly. A lot of our members have family and work commitments and just come down to the club when they can. Find out how to join here. If there is anything you want to ask just let us know at tadcasterharriers@gmail.com or via the Contact Form.

Maybe you used to be a member ? Or did you once run the Tadacaster 10 mile race ? We have a complete archive of all 20 years of results available to search and sort here. We are also (slowly) building an archive of previous Club Champions, Club Records and other results.

Lastly, if you have anything you would like to contribute to the site - news, reviews, etc. please let us know at tadcasterharriers@gmail.com or via the Contact Form.

Latest News:

Winter Marathon Training

Author: Mark Swinden   |  Feb 14, 2017

There are lots of Harriers training for marathons at the moments and for those attempting an event in spring it’s now that the big runs have to be done when the weather is often a big challenge as it was during last weekend. It was good to see that lots of people managed a long run, many of them in really grim conditions, and one person did two! That person was Ian Ward (Wardi ) who ran 15 Miles on Saturday including a parkrun in 22.12  and then a further 14.3 on Sunday . He’s training for the Barcelona Marathon in March. That total mileage was pretty much equalled by Dave Mullaney who did the full Hardmoors Marathon of just under 30 miles at Saltburn in really grim conditions on Sunday. We’ll return to Saltburn later.

Back inland there were plenty of long runs going on. On Friday, Keith Smith who’s doing London on 22 April did a 14.27 miles basically between Tadcaster and Wetherby, with his training partner, Ged. Also doing London is Emma Dunn who has a “good for age” place. She did 17 miles in all that horrible weather on Sunday, on the solar system. For those of you that don’t know that’s the old railway line between York and Riccall where the planets are arrayed in order and in scale to the correct distances apart and is great for a run or a bike ride. Dave Baxter (Tadcaster Physio)  is also doing London and did a big 21 miles on Monday in an impressive 3 hours, on a tour round the local villages.

Quite a few people are training for marathons other than London. Sophie Overfield is doing Manchester on 2 April, and she did 16 miles on Saturday in the rain, basically running from York to Tadcaster with a few loops included. Also doing Manchester is Simon Tordoff and he also ran 16 Miles on Saturday with his training partner Andy Sloan who is doing the Edinburgh Marathon in May along with Craig Redmond. They ran round the South Milford, Lotherton and Saxton area. Emma Triffitt is running the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon on 28 May and did a pretty sharp 13.2 round the local villages in that grim weather on Sunday.

Back at Saltburn, the weather was pretty grim as well. Celia McRoyall took on the half marathon, which was actually 15 miles, and ran with her training partner Elspeth, as part of her London preparation. They seemed to really enjoy it. I didn’t, but I’m sure I will be glad I did it when hopefully I line up at the Chester Marathon in October.

Even the hardcore Hardmoors people seemed to think that the weather was pretty extreme and I’m sure it will go into the annals of Hardmoors history. I don’t honestly know how anyone could have got themselves round the full 30 miles, so well done Dave. The Hardmoors events are, of course organised by Jon and Shirley Steele and as well as the admin and organisation they have to run around the courses the days and nights before, marking them up, so no lack of running there. They are both going to recover at the Dark Skies Marathon at Kielder on 25 March. That’s run in the dark, over 26.5 miles with 2000 feet of ascent thrown in. I would be seeing stars as well, if I attempted that. Shirley is going to follow that by lining up in London in April.

I hope I haven’t missed anyone or got anything wrong. If I have, please let me know. I’m sure everyone in the club will be pleased to see all this marathon training going on and good luck to all our runners.

Mark Swinden

Handicap Championship

Author: Stephen King   |  Jan 31, 2017

After 4 of the 9 events in the Club Handicap Championship the table is starting to take shape. For more details about the events in the Handicap Championship and how it all works, click here

You can download the full table here: Handicap Championship

But for now, this is your current top 10:

Hardmoors 30 Race Report

Author: Dave Mullaney   |  Jan 4, 2017

4 Harriers turned up at Robin Hoods Bay on New Years Day to run the Hardmoors 30 Ultramarathon, Joanne Derry, Philippa Freer, Emma Dunn and Dave Mullaney. The Hardmoors 30 is a 31 mile loop around Whitby, taking in Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar and Hayburn Wyke along the way.

"Rain until the early afternoon before brightening up and turning sunny in the afternoon" that is what the weather forecast suggested on the notice board of the YHA ...at Boggle Hole. The reality was a mixture of rain, wind that threatened to knock you off your feet, hail and sea fret blowing up the cliff edge into your face, with 10 minutes of sunshine before sunset!

If Jon Steele could have ordered it, then the conditions we encountered were ideal for a Hardmoors event!

Joanne and Philippa were first home for the Harriers with a time of 5:54:53. Emma Dunn was next 6:20:33 with Dave not too far behind in 6:26:38.
Other times for the event:
1st Male – David Smithers – 3:59:06
1st Lady – Carol Morgan – 4:24:30
223 runners -6 DNF, Last runner 8:59:22

Dave Mullaney

Emma Dunn

Annual Dinner and Awards

Author: Stephen King   |  Nov 29, 2016

The Annual Dinner and Presentations Evening was at Pike Hills Golf Club on Friday 25th November. Many thanks to everyone who organised and participated in another successful evening.  

Pictured from top left being presented with their awards by the Chairman Mark Swinden are:

  • Debbie Dennison - Ladies Club Champion
  • Glen Johnson - Mens Club Champion and Winner of Fastest 5 Mile
  • Shirley Steele - Joe Knowles Trophy Winner
  • Joanne Derry - Ladies Mile Winner
  • Andy Lee - Track Handicap (5,000m) Winner
  • Jeremy Swinden - Charman's Award

Other winners not photographed were:

  • Duncan Simpson - Club Handicap Champion
  • Duncan Woodhall - Mens Mile Winner

Club Champion - Debbie DennisonClub Champion - Glen Johnson

Joe Knowles Trophy Winner - Shirley SteeleLadies Mile Winner - Joanne DerryTrack Handicap 5,000m Winner - Andy LeeChairman's Award Winner - Jeremy Swinden

RunTogether - New Running Group In Tadcaster

Author: Stephen King   |  Nov 5, 2016

Are you are new to running? Have you already started running and are looking to improve ? Are returning from injury ? Or do you just want to get fitter and heathier by running/jogging ?

If the answer to any of those questions is "yes", then our Beginners Groups are the perfect place for you to achieve those goals. 

Following on from the success of Beginners Groups run by Tadcaster Harriers over the last 5 years, a new running group has been confirmed for Spring 2017.

The new group, starting on 30th March 2017, is part of the RunTogether initiative created by England Athletics, the National Governing Body (NGB) for running and athletics; with the aim of providing fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive running opportunities for everyone in England.

Register your interest via the Contact Form

Double Success for Beginners Running Group

Author: Stephen King   |  Sep 2, 2016

Earlier this year, Tadcaster Harriers began planning a new Beginners and Improvers Running Group, to start in April 2016. We have run previous groups in 2012, 2014 and 2015, all of which were a success, with each one bigger than the last. Originally planned for 10 weeks, this year’s course was such a huge success that it was extended firstly to the end of July and finally to the end of August. Around 30 new runners signed up and some of them have continued on to become full members of the club. The group also proved popular with existing members returning from a break or from injury. Of course, this couldn’t have happened without the club members who have given up their own time to gain Run Leader qualifications; plus all of the other club members who came down to support the beginners runs.

In February of this year, when we were getting ready to launch the event, Tadcaster was still reeling from the floods and the collapse of the bridge. At the suggestion of Mark Swinden, the club Chairmen, the management committee agreed to donate the registration fees towards Tadcaster Flood relief. The final total raised was £290 and below is the lovely letter from Kirsty, chair of the Tadcaster Flood Support and Fundraising Group.

For more information about Tadcaster Flood Support and Fundraising Group see the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/tadcasterfloodsupport/

Dear Harriers,

I would just like to pass on a huge thank you to you all for the very generous donation of £290 to the flood support and fundraising group. The group has been supporting the residents and businesses since the flood and bridge collapse, and because of the generosity of everyone in the area, we have been able to give money to those most in need to replace items lost or uninsured in the flood.

What many people dont realise is that even if the property was very well insured there are still many items lost that families and businesses were unable to claim for. Due to the time of year, the houses and businesses had many items in them that previously wouldnt have been there, for example one of our families had received a brand new bike for Christmas, which was washed away. We were able to replace this bike thanks to everyones generosity.

We are currently in the process of giving grants to our struggling businesses to help them through this very quiet time, so please rest assured the money you have donated will go towards keeping Tadcaster open and functioning. Please pass on my sincere thank to all those who helped raise the money,

Kindest regards


Chair, Flood Support and Fundraising Group