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Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate


Entries for the event are closed.

If you entered after midday on Monday 18 July, you will need to visit our customer services team to collect your run pack at The Yorkshire Hotel, Prospect Pl, Harrogate, HG1 1LA between 12.00 and 18.00 on Saturday 23 July. No entries will be taken on Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th July.

Please note: the roads around Harrogate will be extremely busy so we recommend planning your journey in advance and leaving plenty of time to get to the start line for your warm-up which starts at 09:15.


A good luck message to all runners from our event sponsors, T&R Theakston:

"We are incredibly proud to be sponsors of the first Harrogate running of the Great Yorkshire Run.

"As local brewers we have supported local sporting activities across the district and this is the latest and arguably the highest profile.

"With up to 3000 people expected to take part in the event we would like to wish everyone great personal success and an enjoyable day.

"And for all the hard work, don’t forget to visit us in the event village afterwards!"

Simon Theakston

Executive Director


Good Luck From Theakston

We’re partnering with Harrogate Harriers & Athletic Club to bring you a new 10k through the beautiful spa town of Harrogate.

The Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate, in association with Theakston, will have an intimate and exclusive feel. Featuring a quality course and the organisation that you would expect from a Great Run event, all set within a picturesque town location.

Harrogate is also just a stone's throw away from ITV's Emmerdale set, so we are bringing you some of your favourite characters to run with you at the event!

All finishers will receive a technical t-shirt, a bottle of Aqua Pura water and Lucozade and a small finisher’s bag.

About the 10k

An established club for almost 50 years, Harrogate A.C. joined forces with Imperial A.C. in the year 2000 to form Harrogate Harriers & Athletic Club.

Now in 2016, the club has an active membership of 255 senior and 300 junior members. From George Mills, the current English Schools 800 metres champion to Ben Grant, the world V65 Mountain Running Champion.

First staged in 1986 and before Sunday trading was introduced, the Harrogate Town Centre 10k finished on the high street outside Woolworths. Thirty years and three course changes later, 742 runners took part in the 10k last year.

Tony Essex, chairman of Harrogate Harriers said: “I am hoping the Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate will raise the profile of athletics and running in the area and Harrogate Harriers."

Harrogate Harriers

The Course


This beautiful 10k route starts and finishes on Montpellier Hill in the Montpellier Quarter, home to exclusive shops, bars, award winning restaurants and the famous Betty’s Cafe Tearoom.

You will head out on a short lap, turning up Valley Drive and then onto Cold Bath Road before heading through the leafy streets towards the Stray, a popular spot for picnics and outdoor games.

Here you follow alongside Otley Road before heading back onto Montpellier Hill, past the cheering crowds at the start to begin your 2nd lap.

The picturesque, multi-terrain course then takes you through the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens alongside blooming shrubs and herbaceous beds before you turn onto Harlow Moor Road and into the bridle path towards the highly acclaimed Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow Carr gardens.

As you pass by you’ll turn back into Pinewoods along the footpath back onto Harlow Moor Road before heading down Harlow Moor Drive and out onto Cold Bath Road.

Here you will follow the same route out towards the Stray, along Otley road with the final run along the path before crossing the finish line in the heart of the town centre.

Course Map


08:45 Start assembly area opens
09:15 Mass warm-up starts
09:30 Start of Orange wave
09:35 Start of White wave
09:40 Start of Green wave
09:45 Start of Pink wave
12:30 Information point closes

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event





The coach drop off area on St Mary's Walk will be inaccessible, please follow diversion signage to a temporary coach drop off area on the A61 (West Park).


After 08:30 there will be some road closures in the area. These are around the start area at Montpellier Hill and sections of Otley Road and Leeds Road.

Directions from the North: Leave the A1 at Junction 47, signed A59 York, Knaresborough & Harrogate.  Take the 3rd exit on the roundabout towards Harrogate.  Follow the A59 York Road through Knaresborough following signs to Harrogate.  

Directions from the South: Leave the A1 at Junction 45. Follow the A168 for Wetherby, head through Wetherby and follow signs for the A661 towards Harrogate.

There is no specific event parking in Harrogate and we recommend that you leave your car at home. However, if you need to drive, the area does offer three multi-storey car parks:

  • Jubilee: Union Street, Harrogate, HG1 1DJ
  • Victoria: East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5LQ
  • West Park: Tower Street, Harrogate HG1 1HS

Charges apply. For tariffs and opening times click here 
Leeds Bradford International Airport is 12 miles from the centre of Harrogate, with incoming flights from across Europe, including Dublin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Geneva, Malta, Paris, Munich and Amsterdam. There is an hourly bus service (747 Airport Direct service) to/from Harrogate Bus Station during the day.

Travel information

The road closure map provides you with details on the planed road traffic restrictions for Harrogate Town Centre during the Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate on Sunday 24 July. Please note: Harrogate Town Centre will be business as usual and all closures will be lifted in line with the Road Closure Timings document.

It is important to understand that Otley Road, West Park Road and Crag Lane will not be closed on the day of the event. The run will go through the Stray following Otley Road and West Park but the run itself will not affect these roads. Crag Lane will have a lane closure and traffic lights to ensure resident and business access and it will be business as usual in this area. Click here to see a map of the Cold Bath Road section >

The coach drop off area on St Mary’s Walk will be inaccessible, please follow diversion signage to a temporary coach drop off area on the A61 (West Park). 

If you have any further queries or concerns please contact or 0191 2263 257.

Road closures

There are a wide range of accommodation options in Harrogate, including period guesthouses, farmhouse bed and breakfasts, luxurious spa hotels, countryside camping and serviced apartments.

There are also holiday cottages and self-catering properties in the Yorkshire Dales, just a stone’s throw away from Harrogate. To find out more click here




Bloodwise is the officialy charity partner for the Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate. If you would like to run and raise funds for Bloodwise just tick the box on the entry form and they will send you a sponsorship pack through the post.

“We are Bloodwise, the new name for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We’re the UK’s biggest blood cancer charity. We’re here to beat blood cancer. We stop people dying from blood cancer, we make patients’ lives better and we stop people getting blood cancer in the first place.
"Join our Bloodwise running team and be part of a community of thousands taking on challenges all around the country, for one common goal: beating blood cancer. Every stride you take and every penny you raise will help us stop people dying, make patients' lives better and stop people getting blood cancer in the first place. We will be on hand to help you with your fundraising and training every step of the way and will give you one of our colourful Bloodwise running t-shirts to wear.”



Yorkshire-based brand Up & Running, who have stores throughout Yorkshire and the UK, have agreed to donate prize vouchers to the fastest man and woman in different age categories at the Great Yorkshire Run.

The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st male and 1st female = £100
  • 2nd male and 2nd female = £50
  • 3rd male and 2nd female = £25
  • 1st male and 1st female vet 40 = £30
  • 1st male and 1st female vet 45 = £30
  • 1st male and 1st female vet 50 = £30
  • 1st male and 1st female vet 55 = £30
  • 1st male and 1st female vet 60 = £30
  • 1st male and 1st female vet 65 = £30
Prize Vouchers

Participants of the Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate will be given the chance to win up to £500 through The Berwins 500 Challenge that will see the fastest man and woman have the opportunity to walk away with the cash prize.

The Berwins 500 Challenge is sponsored by Berwins Solictiors in Harrogate and Leeds, who will split a £500 cash prize between the first man who breaks 31 minutes and the first woman who beats 34 minutes at the 10k event on Sunday 24th July.

If both times are matched then the prize will be split but if one runner does not make the time, the full £500 will be awarded to the person who does.

Enter the Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate now to be in with a chance of winning this exciting reward!

The Berwins 500 Challenge

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out more about the Great Runners Welcome Here scheme click here.

Your Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate offers:

  • Fit Harrogate

    15% off all stock with code "RUNNERSWELCOME" (single transaction) 15th July - 31st of July (code can be used online at
    23 Cold Bath Road
    North Yorkshire
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 5JY

  • Prologue

    Free Drink with any meal purchased on Sunday 24 July.
    Unit 3 and 4 Wellington House
    Cold Bath Road
    North Yorkshire
    HG2 0NA

  • Zizzi Restaurant

    25% off food on Sunday 24th July from 12:00-21:30
    Zizzi Restaurant Harrogate
    Harlow Gata
    1 Station Square
    North Yorkshire


    FREE half pint of coke, lemonade, J20 or harrogate water when purchasing any meal over £5 (per person)
    Hales Bar
    1-3 Crescent Road
    North Yorkshire
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 2RS

  • Ripon Races

    2-4-1 on Paddock Admission to any 2016 race meeting between Monday 1st August - Saturday 24th September.
    Ripon Races
    Boroughbridge Road
    North Yorkshire
    HG4 1UG