Running Dad Diaries: Running in the North Yorkshire Moors | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

I’m Running the Turnpike Trot

When 2019 rolled around I had no plans to run any races. I was happy just running with Duke rather than training for events. Then I ran the Thirsk 10 mile last week and I’m running the Wakefield Hospice 10K tomorrow. The bug has bitten again. Running with hoards of likeminded people, the sound of all those feet pounding the ground around me, almost rhythmically, it’s hard to not enjoy it. So, when I saw a Facebook post from the North York Moors National Park about the Turnpike Trot I was immediately interested.

It’s a Hardmoors Event

The Turnpike Trot 10K is an off-road race in the North York Moors that is staged by the team from Hardmoors. If you’ve not heard about Hardmoors then check them out. The clue is in the name –  HARD MOORS

A 10K from them is quite tame when you compare it to their flagship events like the Hardmoors 55 that runs from Helmsley to Guisborough. A tough, 55-mile race across the North York Moors. The day of the most recent running of it (last week, the day before Thirsk) was tough with driving rain all day and high winds. There were many DNFs, but I think those that even started were bloody amazing!

Of course, they also have the Hardmoors 200 – which makes the 55 look like a training run!

So, this will be my first taste of a Hardmoors event and you never know, next year I might be taking on the 55!

North York Moors National Park | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Running in the North York Moors

As I live on the edge of the North York Moors, many of my runs are within it’s boundary. It’s a fantastic place to run. And of course, it was recently named by BBC Countryfile Magazine as their National Park of the Year.

It’s a very special place. I consider myself lucky to live on it’s edge and have it on my doorstep. To be able to run in it is even better.

Oh, and North Yorkshire was also named BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Holiday Destination of the Year too! Three cheers for North Yorkshire…

The Turnpike Trot

So, what is the Turnpike Trot?

It’s an off-road 10K race that is being run in conjunction between the North York Moors National Park and the Hardmoors Race Series. 

Turnpike Trot 10k | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

It takes place on Sunday 6th October 2019 in Danby and starts at 11am.

The cost is Β£22 for unattached runners and Β£20 for affiliated runners.

There’s a medal for all finishers.

There’s also the Rabbit Run 5k on the day too that is open to people aged 14 and over. But, children 7 to 13 years old can take part if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Find out more about the Turnpike Trot 10K and the Rabbit Run 5K here.

What else might I run?

It’s no secret I want to run another marathon and the fact that the Yorkshire marathon still has places is tempting. That’s not until October and there’s are plenty of events that take place between now and then though. I do prefer smaller events, especially ones that support local causes too. Watch this space for more events I might be doing!

Thanks for reading



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