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Cleveland Way Relay

This year, on Sunday 20 June, the Cleveland Way Relay will once again be run.  This is a team competition, with teams running in relay around the whole length of the Cleveland Way (~110 miles in total), starting in Filey and ending in Helmsley.

It is a great opportunity for us all to run as a team and support each other, and is a cracking day out in the moors.

If you would like to be part of it, please pass on your name to Rosie or Tom and they will make sure you’re included in the teams.  Everyone who wants to take part will do so.  The only question is how many teams we will put on!  But you must let us know by SUNDAY 9 MAY!  This is to allow time for everyone to agree which legs of the relay they are doing, and to give people ample time to recce their part of the route (if you wish to) and plan all the logistics needed for the day.

For those who’ve taken part before, you know the drill.  For those who are new to it, more details are below.

Any questions, or to confirm that you’re up for it, get in touch with Rosie or Tom on email, on Facebook, by text, or whenever you see us at training or around.

Cheers, your club captains,

Rosie ( and Tom (


Who organises the relay?

The relay is organised by NYMAC (North York Moors Athletic Club).  Check their website giving more detail on the relays here:

Organising the teams, though, is down to individual clubs and the teams running the relays.  This goes for transport, logistics, and everything else – all this, we organise ourselves.


How far will I have to run?

The relay is split into 16 separate legs.  Those legs range in distance from 3.5 miles up to 8.5 miles.  On average they are about 6 or 7 miles.  (Don’t be fooled by the distances – the shortest leg of all probably has the most difficult climbs and descents!)


How will I get there / how will I get back?

That is the golden question!  Once we have a list of people who want to run, we will work as a team to arrange who runs which legs.  Once that is decided, again as a team we’ll work on plans to get everybody where they need to be, at the time they need to be there.  And away again once you finish your leg.

This is why we need people’s entries confirmed so far in advance, both to recce the route but also to plan all journeys.  If you can drive and have access to a car, that will be a help.  But if you don’t – don’t worry, we as a team will get you where you need to be.


How fast do I have to run it?

How long’s a piece of string?  Whatever pace you want to do it!  While there is an element of racing against the other clubs taking part, this is less of a race and more of a team achievement.  The winning team don’t get anything (except longer to wait for their fish & chip supper!), and it’s more about turning up, enjoying the day and supporting each other.


How do I sign up?

Let Rosie or Tom know if you want to take part (see details above, or find us at training).  Let us know that you’re in, we’ll add your name to the list, then once we have all names we will be in touch so, as a team, we can decide amongst us who runs where.


When do I have to sign up by?

Let Rosie or Tom know by SUNDAY 9 MAY.  This might seem early, since the relays are on 20 June.  But trust us – we will all need that time to figure out logistics, to have time to check out the leg we’re running to recce the route, etc.


Can I run with someone else on a leg?

Absolutely.  If we have enough people take part, you can ‘double up’ on a leg to run with someone if that’s what you would prefer to do, or bring someone from outside the club to run with you too.  (Several people did this the last time we ran the relays as a club, in 2019.)


Can I run more than one leg?

Are you mad?!  But yes, you can run more than one leg.  Depending on the number of people that want to run, and how the team legs are split, it could be that you run two consecutive legs (several Harriers did this in 2019), you may run one leg then be a ‘partner’ to the runner of the next leg, or you could even run a leg, rest/recover, and then run a later leg (I think one or two Harriers did this, too, in 2019).  This will all be sorted out by you and the rest of your team.


Josh Fothergill’s Marathon

At the beginning of the year, Josh Fothergill decided to pay a visit to Hong Kong, but seeing what was happening re covid, he aborted and just got home before lockdown rules set in. He set himself a challenge of running 9.4 miles each day in November in recognition of 94 men who lose their lives through mental health issues each month. No wonder he was in superb form, (or worn out?) to tackle a marathon last Saturday, again collecting sponsorship in aid of charities supporting men’s mental health. He was very fortunate with the weather, as Saturday was a lovely day after persistent rain the previous few days, and wind had also subsided. He began his marathon at World’s End bridge, but not before Olivia Mulligan read a poem she had written in recognition of the event. She accompanied Josh for the first 2 miles and Rob Burn ran with him along the A19 before dropping off at Bagby.

Matt Jones picked up at Balk, Rob Lickley took over at the White Houses, and Marc Davies struggled to keep up as he ran with Josh through Sutton. When Ken Wood took over, he pushed Josh along the way as far as Boltby, seeing Geoff Bullock along the way. Friend, Geoff Pavey was next and Uncle Chris, Uncle Jeff Harvey and Dan did the next stretch with him on bikes as far as Kilvington, passing Andy Butcher on the way. Archie Whitfield then took over, covering 4 miles with him at an average speed of 6.3 minute miles down Newsham Road, with father, Duncan on a bike in front and Uncle Jeff on a bike behind for added safety. James Stephenson was passed at 18 miles, and with Josh smashing all PBs, and he was so far ahead of schedule that Helen Ashworth, club chairman, and Hilary Coventry, were too late to join in.

Martyn Coy took over at the railway bridge at Breckenborough for a tough mile, and as this was on a main road, family cars supported in front and behind. Sam Mann and Ben Mapplebeck took over at Breckenborough School, and Dad Duncan with Teresa ran alongside for a little while to Sandhutton. Dad jumped on his bike again, and younger brother Jacob ran for the 1.5 miles up to Tesco. Brother Matty then took over for the last 1.5 miles to the Sowerby Gateway track and 0.22 miles round the track to get the correct distance, to the finish, where a group of about 80 members and friends, all suitably spaced, were collected there to cheer him in at the finish.

Josh’s time for the 26.22 miles was an amazing 3.03.24. What a fantastic effort, and raising more than £2200 in sponsorship for men’s mental health charities was the icing on the cake.
It is not altogether surprising that Josh didn’t put in an appearance at the virtual cross country at Knayton, which many other members were involved in!

Josh Fothergill’s 9.4 in November

A piece from Josh; he has run 9.4miles every day in November

First of all, I’d like to thank over 75 people that have donated to raise a total over £1,500. All the money is going to a good cause.
I will continue to be fundraising until Sunday 6th December. The reason been is I’m hoping to complete a marathon, in and around Thirsk, this Saturday.
Message me for any details, I’ll be sending an email out tomorrow to everyone who’s running alongside me for the solid 26.2 miles.
I would massively appreciate it, if you could come cheer me on at the finish. 1pm @ Sowerby’s new sports 1k track, Sat 5th Dec.
Spread the word😊
Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone supporting me this month.
Duncan and Teresa Fothergill
Matthew Fothergill, Ben and Jacob Mcloughlin
Tom Levi
Liv Mulligan
James Stephenson
Ken Wood
Jeff Harvey
and anyone else that saw me out running.

Thirdly, I’d like to thank everyone that has contacted me, telling me their story’s with mental health. It pleases me to not only know that I have motivated a few of you to step outside and run, but to know that you have someone different to talk to about your struggles in life.
Mental health isn’t a joke, it’s a life long battle with your mind. Running this amount this month has positively impacted me both physically (I’m skinnier and feel fitter than ever) and mentally (I no longer think of suicide as an solution).

Thank you guys, honestly means the world the amount of support I’ve had🙏🏻❤️
P.S 2 mile time trial to finish it off.
Josh Fothergill

If you would still like to donate

Covid Statement

Andy Butcher is our Covid officer and has been following up the recent gov announcements and information from Sport England regarding government guidelines to taking part in organised sport/training.

Members attending training MUST ensure that they follow the track and trace protocol and make sure they have been recorded as attended, a number of people are turning up late and not ensuring that they are registered and this is part of the clubs Covid secure protocol! If people are not follow these rules it could result in very large fines to coaches and the club and being unable to keep everyone safe.
As you will see from the information below, we can still carry on as normal unless a local/regional/nationwide lock down is in force.
An updated Risk Assessment is also attached here.

Information from Sport England:

While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month”

People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools – classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced. The importance of sport and physical activity to people’s physical health and mental well-being has also been recognised by the government.

World Mountain Running Championships – 13-16th August – Kilburn Woods

The Virtual World Mountain running Championships 2020.  That’s rather cool!!
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August. Kilburn Woods
Start and finish/ Osgoodby Bank car park just off/on the Kilburn to Bagby road.

Course description; 
5 miles  and 1200′ of uppy and downy bits. The ultimate summer challenge. For this you require Speed, Strength, Core, Guts and Determination. Everything to test the perfect athlete. This event will test each and everyone ofyou. The course is set on permanent tracks, trails and footpaths and if you think about where you are going is easy to follow. Green arrows on the floor for the way out. Blue arrows for the way back. 

Set off straight down the forest drive from the car park and after approx 800 metres take the second turn on the right, climb for approx 300 metres and take the first turn right. Follow this narrow and undulating track until you come to a T junction at approx 1.1 mile, turn left and follow the well, worn track right up onto the top of Hood Hill. It is uphill all the way. 
Go straight over the top and take the centre line /track straight back down onto to the forest drive once again. This section is steep and if wet, can be slippery. Choose your footwear carefully. Once on the main track turn right and continue keeping right at the junction and climb the hill in front of you. Take the next left up a narrow gravelled path, onwards and up the Thieves Highway right to the top. Turn on top of Thieves Highway /Sutton Bank once you have gone around the wooden sign. Continue back the way you came. This section is narrow, rocky and can be slippery too so look out for people coming up.
Go straight back past the junction you crossed earlier, start to climb once more and take the first turning on the left , again looking out for runners coming at speed from in the opposite direction. Once the track starts to get steep take what is the second track on your right marked in blue. The steepness gets easier the further up you go. Once over the top, let yourself go downhill to the main track once again. Turn left and from here it is approx 800 metres to the finish.  
I have purposely not marked trees and not used plastic so we leave the landscape exactly how we found it. If you take bottles, gels etc. you bring the empties back. The paint will wash away in a few days.  Take only photographs, leave only footprints.
Use the left hand rule at all times as in all club runs ie. keep left when you approach another runner. There are narrow sections on the course. Down hill runners have the right of way because, simply, they won’t be able to stop.
Go early if you can because the car park gets full and so do the footpaths. Look out for walkers, dogs and bikes too.
There are 15 teams entered. Six runners per team and picked out of speed group hats to get as even a spread as possible. You cannot change teams. The team with the fastest combined total time will be the winning team. Any incomplete team will take the time of the slowest overall finisher to complete your team total. All members of the winning team will receive a prize which has kindly been donated by Martin Dobson who has been one of our guest runners throughout the summer. He would like to thank you all for being so friendly and also for letting him take part. As this is also a club championship race ie. Herriot Trail run. Prizes and points are as all previous virtual races. Team entries are now closed but you can still enter and run as an individual. No one will be turned away so encourage friends and other runners to take part. 

On the post to the left of the forest entrance is a pin board. Please write your name on a piece of paper and pin it to the board when you are on the course. We can look out for you while we run or watch. Take it down before you leave.

There will be a start/finish sign close to where you start. Along the bottom is my contact number. Please call me in case of an emergency, to organise the collection of your tee shirt and also to tell me how you have done. I would also like you to sign this sign on completion of your run. You will need a permanent marker pen to do this. Bring one with you because we can’t pass it around. ( hand sanitiser too!! )

 Please send in your results to Trish ASAP so I can fill in the finish times as the event unfolds.  (


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