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Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate

The Great Yorkshire Run moves to one of the UK's most scenic locations to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

With a 10k course for runners of all abilities, the Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate, in association with Theakston, will take place on Sunday 24 July in the heart of the spa town.

We’ve partnered with Harrogate Harriers to bring you a new and exclusive event, so with limited entries available, don’t miss out!


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

With limited places available, the Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate 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
09:36 Start of White wave
09:42 Start of Green wave
09:48 Start of Pink wave
12:30 Information point closes

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


Event location

Voted the happiest place to live by Rightmove for three years, this scenic spa town in Yorkshire is a popular tourist destination for all ages.

Take a relaxing stroll through the English Heritage Grade II Listed Valley Gardens or the Royal Horticultural Society's Harlow Carr gardens. Browse in the exclusive shops, have lunch in one of the many fine restaurants, or enjoy a slice of cake at Bettys tearoom.

With a Cathedral city, a spa town, historic market towns, a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all within a few short miles of each other, the Harrogate district provides the perfect base for your holiday.

For more ideas on things to do in Harrogate click here  

About Harrogate


Our travel partners, Nirvana Europe, are offering return coach travel from Sheffield to Harrogate for just £25 and return coach travel from Leeds to Harrogate for just £20. Book your place now.

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.


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
  • 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


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