Tadcaster Harriers Running Club

Welcome to Tadcaster Harriers ....


** Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, and the guidance provided by the government and UK Athletics, all Tadcaster Harriers training sessions and races are suspended. Further details here **

Welcome to Tadcaster Harriers. We are a thriving running club meeting twice 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 and Thursday nights at Tadcaster Magnets Sport and Social Club 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:  |  What's On   |  Latest Results

Virtual One Mile Handicap Race

Author:   |  Jul 4, 2020

We have seen some fantastic times from members running the 1 mile handicap event! Not an easy distance and some of you have gone through the pain more than once!

The list below shows the latest results and times in ascending order.

Name Time Distance Pace/Mile
Ryan Kavanagh 00:05:02 1.01 00:04:59
Andy Sloan 00:05:11 1.01 00:05:09
Dan Phillis 00:05:11 1.01 00:05:09
David Murphy 00:05:15 1.01 00:05:13
Gary Cowler 00:05:41 1.00 00:05:41
David Rowe 00:05:56 1.01 00:05:52
Scott Hayes 00:05:52 1.00 00:05:53
John Netherway 00:05:57 1.01 00:05:53
Glen Johnson 00:06:02 1.01 00:05:58
Liz Mould 00:06:02 1.01 00:06:00
Robert Miley 00:06:06 1.01 00:06:04
Craig Redmond 00:06:07 1.01 00:06:04
Bob Duxbury 00:06:15 1.01 00:06:12
John Ryder 00:06:24 1.02 00:06:16
Jim Brayshaw 00:06:23 1.00 00:06:23
Ian Saynor 00:06:31 1.00 00:06:30
Joanna Millican 00:06:36 1.01 00:06:32
Ian Ward 00:06:40 1.02 00:06:32
Annie Ellis 00:06:42 1.01 00:06:37
Richard Gatrell 00:06:44 1.01 00:06:40
Andy Lee 00:06:49 1.02 00:06:42
Keith Smith 00:06:46 1.01 00:06:44
Richard Miller 00:06:47 1.00 00:06:47
Jessica Lovelace 00:07:08 1.01 00:07:06
Angela Shepherd 00:07:13 1.01 00:07:11
Sue Tindall 00:07:16 1.01 00:07:13
Sally Polkey 00:07:22 1.01 00:07:18
Celia McRoyall 00:07:27 1.00 00:07:27
Will Allen 00:07:33 1.01 00:07:30
Elaine Kavanagh 00:07:41 1.02 00:07:34
Sue Tennant 00:07:43 1.01 00:07:38
Sarah Collier 00:07:43 1.01 00:07:40
Gail Jamieson 00:07:53 1.02 00:07:45
Mark Swinden 00:07:51 1.00 00:07:49
Sarah Cairns 00:08:13 1.01 00:08:07
Deborah Mason 00:08:08 0.99 00:08:12
Fay Harrison 00:09:17 1.06 00:08:46
Amanda Whitney 00:09:20 1.01 00:09:17
Vicky Smith 00:09:56 1.05 00:09:30
Jayne Contreras 00:10:19 1.01 00:10:13
Sally Beckett 00:10:58 1.06 00:10:23

Corona Virus - Club Statement 17th March 2020

Author: Dave Mullaney   |  Mar 17, 2020

Following on from the latest UK Government Guidelines, issued on the 16th March, England Athletics have today issued the following statement:

"The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus.  Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life.  As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Risk groups

The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.

Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. NHS advice on infection control can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and is summarized below:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

If you have symptoms, please follow the government’s advice, click here.


All qualification and development courses have been postponed.  Everyone who has booked onto a course will be sent an email asap informing them of the postponement and will be able to defer their booking.

Where we can, we will attempt to continue with education via online methods (e.g. webinar, Skype etc). However, this may not be practically possible for all activities. Where not, the aim will be to re-schedule courses to a later date wherever feasible.

Qualifying races

We are currently undergoing a contingency planning process for qualifying races and will keep everyone updated as soon as possible.

Road Races

We will be working with our partner runbritain to coordinate a communication detailing appropriate advice and guidance to road race organisers in the immediate future.


No emergency services will attend large gatherings so it is unavoidable that competitions will now be suspended until at least the end of April.  We are in contact with event organisers to find suitable alternative dates within the competition calendar and the our cancellations page link is kept up to date: www.englandathletics.org/cancellations


This page can be accessed any time using www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus"

This means that until further notice, all Tadcaster Harriers training sessions are suspended.

Please keep an eye on our FB page and your emails for further updates.

Best regards

The Committee of Tadcaster Harriers

John Nettleton

Author: Mark Swinden   |  Oct 27, 2019

Tadcaster Harriers are very sorry to note the passing of founder member John Nettleton who died last week, a few months short of his 80th birthday. He had been in failing health for some little time. 

John was one of a group of very keen and talented runners who formed the Harriers in 1983.

John was the club’s first Yorkshire Champion winning the over 40s race in the Yorkshire Veterans cross country championships in 1987, and was also a member of the bronze medal winning team in that race along with Will Allan, Martin Overton and Bill Humphreys.

He was also a member of the Harriers’ team that placed 5th (and 3rd British team) in the prestigious European 25k championships in Bruges, running 1 hour 29 minutes, which is 5 consecutive sub 18 minute 5ks. That event attracted the best clubs from all over Europe.

He was a sub 2.45 marathon runner and was the first over 40 veteran in the first 5 Tadcaster 10-mile road races from 1983 

John was a very talented all-round sportsman. As well as being an extremely good runner he was also an excellent rugby player and an accomplished horseman.

He was a very kind, friendly and modest man and was always happy to offer advice and encouragement to those of us runners who were attempting and failing to get anywhere near the running standards he could achieve. He is pictured here after winning the veteran’s trophy at the Kirk Deighton 10-mile race in 1986.

The club sends its condolences to John’s wife Dorothy, his daughters Alison and Susan and his stepchildren Nick, Sarah and Catherine.

The funeral will be held at 2 pm on Thursday the 31st October at St Mary’s Church Tadcaster


Mark Swinden

Club Champions 2019

Author: Mark Swinden   |  Oct 2, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the club champions for 2018/19 are Liz Mould and Ryan Kavanagh, with Jo Millican and Andy Sloan as runners up. They will receive trophies at the dinner along with those coming in 3rd- Abi Carter and Paul Dykes. Congratulations to all of them.

Results on these links: Club Championship (Women) and Club Championship (Men)

Dawn to Dusk Challenge (Duncombe Park)

Author: Lianne Dayson   |  Sep 10, 2019

Sunday the 8th of September saw Cara and I taking on Grim up Norths, Dawn to Dusk Challenge as a duo. It was an early 4am wake up call to get to a very picturesque and hilly Duncombe park for a 6am start. 

We went into it as a training run for our ultra in October and really only needed 18 miles each. However our strategy of running the 3 mile route at under 30 mins each time so that we could tag the other in straight after to run worked really well and we ended up doing 27 miles each bringing our total to 54 miles in 8hrs 39mins. Cara had to rein me in as I was going to go again! 

It was also great that Andy Mason, Paul Storr and Ian Saynor were all there running the event. Ian doing a solo run and doing 24 miles in total after having no sleep camping in very cold conditions the night before. 

Cara and I came 1st female pair and 2nd overall only being beaten by our fellow Tadcaster Harriers..... Andy and Paul who did a combined total of 72 miles. 

The event was absolutely fantastic, the route was tough but so enjoyable with stunning views. The organisers went above and beyond with all the food, drink and support. Great event that we will be doing again next year. 


Club Handicap Champion 2019

Author: Mark Swinden   |  Sep 5, 2019

The Joe Knowles 5.1 mile handicap which took place last week, and was won by Sally Polkey, was the last handicap of the current series. Each race is a separate event and the final race has its own trophy dedicated to Joe which will be awarded to Sally at the dinner in November.

The results of each race (after handicap adjustments) are aggregated over the year and an overall winner is declared. We are pleased to announce that the overall winner is Paul Dykes, with Denise Robinson a very close second and Ian Ward third. They will each receive a trophy at the club dinner. The results are based on handicap position in the best 7 races out of the 9 each year. Congratulations to all the trophy winners. 

Here is a link to the results: Handicap Championship Results 

Once again, huge thanks again to Mike Smith for timing and results, Mark Swinden for organising all of the races and to everyone else who has contributed by marshalling, timing, etc.

Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 22rd September for the start of the 2019/20 competition - the Old Street Loop (start and finish at Lawtons)