Keep Fit With Our Guide To Yorkshire Fun Runs


Spring is in the air, and it’s a time to start rekindling the fitness regime outside of the gym. Make the most of the fresh air as you pump the legs and burn off the pork pie calories with our selection of Yorkshire runs in Spring 2017.

Canal Canter 11th March 2017:
The race organises may have given themselves the name of ‘It’s Grim Up North Running’ but Yorkshire in spring is great for this sport. This is a great race for absolutely everyone, from those who are ready for their first 5k, to those looking for the challenge of a 32-mile ultra marathon. Take your pick from 5km, 10km, ½ marathon, marathon, or the ultra. The race starts at 9.30am for all, and you’re going to be pounding the trainers on the flat and excellent surface of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal path.

Bramley Fall Tag Team Race 19th March 2017:
This is one for the social runners. Grab a friend and take it in turns to complete 4 sections of 5km. Be prepared for some interesting paths, forest ways, and almost certainly a good amount of mud.

Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k 19th March 2017:
All in aid of a good course, and taking over central Bradford, is the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k. This is road running at its best, through the heart of the city.

Peak District Trail Run Spring Series 2nd April 2017:
This is the third in a series that sees you up at the crack of dawn to make the most of 15km on a mixture of trails, rough sections and a few country lanes. There’s a small ascent required, but nothing too arduous. Runners will be required to dib a provided SPORTident timing chip as they go, in order to say they ‘did it’.

Fountains Fun Run 2nd April 2017:
One for the families, and those new to running, or simply looking for a laugh, the Fountains Fun Run starts and finishes at the village playground in Grantley, Ripon and is just 2km in length. Whether you’ve got a young child in tow, or are just trying to get back in the game, this is a great starting point.

Malhamdale Trail Challenge 13th May 2017:
This race has two distinct courses: the longer 22-mile course that sees you climbing 918m and challenging those thighs (but rewards you with Pikedaw, Gordale Scar, and Malham Tarn) and the shorter 9.5-mile beautiful trail along the Pennine Way and Janet’s Foss. This is one for Peak District lovers.

The Meanwood Dash Trail Race 20th May 2017:
This is a good fun race mostly consisting of good trail, but be prepared for a short amount of path, and a good dollop of mud. It’s an enjoyable and friendly race suited to a range of runners.

So don those trainers, and get back in the habit, or start a new one, because burning calories means a little more leeway to indulge in Yorkshire’s favourite treat: the Vale of Mowbray Pork Pie.

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