The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

So the cat is out of the bag!

DQR7gokVoAAPYhuThe Tour de Yorkshire route for 2018 has been revealed as we are delighted on two counts:
1) The tour comes through Kirkbymoorside!
2) The tour comes through Kirkbymoorside on the Saturday and thus avoids a clash with our 10k!
This is great news as cycling fans who also love to run can make a weekend of it here in the Gateway to the Moors by catching the peleton on Saturday and running the 10k on the Sunday.
We make no apology when we say that the 2016 tour ruined our event. It came through the town bang in the middle of our races and it not only decimated the entries to the main 10k but also sucked the life out of the town for the teens races too.
We love the fact Yorkshire has such a fantastic global event, however it does tend to ride rough shod over anything in it’s path. But it was clear in 2017 when it came nowhere near Kirkbymoorside and our race was over-subscribed that it had been the overriding factor in the our low numbers the previous year.
This year we get the best of both. We have the peleton passing through the town on it’s course from Richmond to Scarborough on Saturday 5th May so the town and cycling enthusiasts (like me) can enjoy that. Then on the Sunday we have the fabulous 10k event plus the Beadlam Tractor Run. It’s going to be a busy week for the town and I personally am looking forward to the town dressing up again for the weekend!

Where The Money Goes: Gillamoor CE (VP) Primary School

Back in July we published an article announcing that in 2017 our event had raised just over £6,000 and that this is split between the Friends of Kirkbymoorside CP School and the Gillamoor CE (VP) Primary School.

We’re pleased to be able to pass on an update from the Gillamoor PTA as to where the money they received has been spent.

Primarily the 2017 funds have contributed towards funding the transportation costs the for weekly school swimming lessons. Additionally there was a contribution to the after school sports club as well as some gym equipment. Some of the funds have also contributed to the transport for the whole school trip to Beamish later this year.

The PTA are especially grateful of the amazing amount the 10K event raised this year. Gillamoor is a small village school and this year we have a lower number of pupils. In turn this means fewer contributions from parents and less school funding, this is where the PTA try to step in and provide the difference.

The money that Gillamoor receive from the Kirkbymoorside 10K is especially important to us as we find in increasingly difficult to keep up. We would like to pass on our grateful thanks to everyone who entered the events and helped make it such a success.

Karen Stanely
Interim Treasurer, Gillamoor School PTA

You can find out more about Gillamoor CE (VP) Primary school on their website.

If you would like to enter the 2018 Kikrbymoorside 10k then please click here. Alternatively you may be able to help in other ways by becoming an event volunteer or marshal – click here to find out more.

10 Tips for Running in the Dark

With the autumn in full swing and daylight saving time about to end, UK runners will need to make the shift to running in the dark. Whether you are running in the early morning or the evening, running in the dark brings it’s own set of challenges and things to be aware of.

Don’t let the need to run in the dark affect your training. Here at the Kirkbymoorside 10k we’ve put together x tips to keep you safe whilst you are out running this Autumn and Winter.

viz1) Dress to be seen

Okay this is a bit obvious and you might think it’s like telling Granny to suck eggs but you would be surprised just how many runners I see out wearing dark clothing that is about as reflective as a mucky dish-cloth. Of course it’s difficult for drivers to see runners in the dark, so why make it harder on them by wearing non-reflective, dark clothing. Make sure to wear bright colours with reflective material so that you stand out as you running.

2) Light it up

There’s two elements to this. Having lights makes it even easier for drivers to see you – on top of wearing bright reflective clothing. But without lights it’s hard for you to see the path ahead of you underfoot. There’s such a wide selection of lights, especial headlights, on the market that are small and light that will make sure you see where you are going and that you are seen.

3) Listen up

For some people listening to tunes on your run is a great to keep you going, just not in the dark. When you’re running in the dark you need to rely on all of your senses and not just your sight. Leave the headphones at home and hear any potential dangers.

4) Keep oncoming traffic on your side of the road

The proper place to run is on the side of the road that has oncoming traffic. Sounds crazy to some, but think about it. It is much easier to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle if you can see it coming at you. Add to this the head torch your are wearing from item 2 and drivers will be far clearly of an oncoming hazard to them.

winterwarrior_800_05-800x465.jpg5) Run with a buddy

Running with someone else, or even a group, has a few advantages. Firstly is reduces the risk of someone accosting you. You’ll also have a friend to keep you motivated plus an extra pair of eyes, and ears, to stay on the lookout for anything hazards or anything strange.

6) Take the dog

If you have a dog and it’s capable of running your distance then take it with you. It’s another deterrent to potential attackers but also their senses are far great than our own and they can alert you to potential dangers.

7) Plan you route wisely

If you are used to running on trails maybe you need to rethink your winter running. Yes, it’s nice and peaceful when running on trails, however you are an easy target for potential attackers. Plus, even with a head torch, the perils on a trail could lead to a nasty fall from an unseen hazard. Stick to well lit areas, it may be a bit boring, but at least you’re safer.

8) Stay contactable

Take a your mobile phone with you. Making sure you can make contact with someone in an emergency and that you’re contactable by family and friends is also very sensible. There’s plenty of ways to carry a phone nowadays, and as the dark nights bring with them the colder weather the chances are you’ll be wearing a running jacket with pockets anyway.

9) Know who you are?

Take some form of identification with you on your run. You never know when it might be needed. If you did get into an accident the emergency services will need to contact your family. Also make sure to set the ICE number (in case of emergency) or leave the pass code off.

10) Pay attention

Always pay attention to what’s around you – no matter how many precautions you take to keep yourself safe. Trust your instincts and if something doesn’t feel right,  move away from the possible danger quickly. It’s got to be better being a little over cautious than seriously injured or dead!

Do you have any other tips to stay safe when running in the dark? Comment below.

Things are gearing up

So the summer is drawing to a close (some would say that door shut firmly some time ago)  we head into the Autumn race season with gusto. For our event this is when our planning steps up a gear and we start to put everything in place for next year.

The race licenses have been approved, the medics are booked, as are our timing partners. We’re getting ready for a new assessment of the event with our traffic management partners too so it’s a very busy time.

Entries open Sun 1st Oct.pngEntries for 2018 will open at 9am on Sunday 1st October and we’re pleased to announce that we have held the until the end of 2017, so be sure to enter early to save yourself a few pounds. Please spread the word amongst your friends and family by sharing our posts on Facebook.

Happy Yorkshire Day


It’s true that us Yorkshire folk are very proud to be from Yorkshire and on Yorkshire Day we must celebrate this fine county that we are lucky to call home. Our blessing is also that Kirkbymoorside sits on the edge of the North York Moors – one of the Yorkshire two National Parks (yes 2 – the other is the Yorkshire Dales in case you were wondering).

But, our annual 10k road race in Kirkbymoorside attracts runners from not only Yorkshire but from all over the country and we’re always pleased to welcome everyone to our town and show off what a beautiful place we have here.

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So, do you want to come and see what all the fuss is about and also run a great 10k road race on May Day Sunday in 2018? Of course you do! Well, entries will open on Sunday 1st October so set a reminder in your diary and book your place early avoid disappointment as the event sold out for 2017.

Have a wonderful Yorkshire Day 2017!



Ultra Marathon for School Build


The Kirkbymoorside 10k raises funds for the PTA groups of Kirkbymoorside and Gillamoor primary schools – both of these are feeder schools to Ryedale school so this campaign is close to our hearts.

Staff and Governors from Ryedale School will be running a 30 mile ultra-marathon to raise funds towards the new school build which is now well under way. The cost of the build is coming directly from the school budget so any money raised will reduce the effect of an effective reduced operating budget for may years to come.

We are very excited about our new build at Ryedale School which is now underway and will enable us to grow to accommodate 700 students. The project, including refurbishments of existing classrooms, will greatly enhance our facilities and learning environment, benefiting our students now and for years to come. The building work will be paid for from the school’s general funding and is not dependant on donations. However, as staff we want to do our bit, alongside our superb Friends of Ryedale School (formerly our PTA), to help raise as much money as possible so we can repay the loan required for this project as soon as possible – hence the Ultra Marathon!

We will be running 30 miles on Saturday 14th October 2017- the route will take in each of our feeder primary schools: Gillamoor, Kirkbymoorside, Sinnington, Hovingham, St Hildas, St Benedicts, Helmsley and Nawton, finishing at Ryedale School. We would greatly appreciate your support in raising as much money as possible for Ryedale School.

Mark McCandless, Executive Headteacher

Any donation amount will be a fantastic contribution to this cause. If you are in a position to help then please following the link below to the fund raising page.

Click here to donate

Announcement: Our 2017 Fund Raising Total Revealed


From the moment we started planning our 2017 event we wanted to improve on our fund raising total from 2016. For many reasons 2016 was a poor year financially for us; low entries and lack of sponsorship being the overriding factors.

We’re pleased to announce that our 2017 event has raised an amazing £6089.50!

This is truly a marvellous achievement. It may seem odd for us to publicise our “profit” but remember that we are a fund raising event and every penny of this money goes to the charitable PTA groups of Kirkbymoorside CP School and Gillamoor CofE School.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in staging this event – without our army of volunteers it simply couldn’t happen. We’d like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support of this community event. Finally we’d like to thank everyone that entered our event in 2017 – whether it be the 10k (which sold out!), the teen 4k, the children’s 1 mile or the kiddies dash – this simply wouldn’t be possible without all you wanting to run our fantastic races in our fabulous location here in Kirkbymoorside.

Planning for 2018 is well under way now – put a mark in your calendar for Sunday 6th May. Your feedback from our post event survey has been digested and improvements will be made for next year in certain aspects to make 2018 even better! Entries for 2018 aren’t yet open  – but join our mailing list to make sure you hear it first.