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Make A Date With Harrogate

Harrogate's summer 10K is another great reason to visit the historic town...

There are plenty of reasons to visit the beautiful Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, as tourists have been demonstrating since the Victorian age but runners will be particularly interested in the Harmeny Energy Run Harrogate 10K scheduled for 3 July this year.

A multi-terrain race set in the beautiful Crimple Valley area of Harrogate, it follows an undulating route that is approximately 70% tarmac road, with the rest on good footpaths. The course has been specifically designed to be suitable for all levels of runner and organisers stress that: "It will appeal to those contemplating their first race, but also to seasoned club runners who are looking for a challenge."

It is a popular race on the calendar, particularly with clubs. Last year the race saw over 400 club runners from 89 clubs taking part with neighobouring club, Nid Valley RR the biggest supporters, but there were also visitors from as far afield as Thames Hare & Hounds.

Club runners are attracted to the scenic course, of course, but they are also lured by a total prize fund that consists of over £1500 in cash, vouchers and sporting goods. From this there will be £150 each to the first man and woman home and an additional £100 for breaking last year's winning times set by Harrogate Harrier Tam Calder in 42:32 and Roundhay Runners Marcos Palacios in 33:29. Do you know someone at your club who might be in with a chance?

The day isn't just for serious runners though, there is a fun aspect to the 10K too and new for 2022 the event will also include a kids fun run which will be entries on the day and means you can bring the whole family along, not just to spectate but to really be a part of the action.

Race organisers, Harrogate Harriers, are really looking forward to the first 'post-pandemic' staging of the event: "It is our hope and intention to revert to pre-pandemic arrangements, with a mass start and prizes given out after the race, plus plenty of refreshments and family entertainment to make it a great day out!"

And they have a few words of warning about the course too: "Some runners don't like hills. We love them! That's why we finish the race with the Crimple Killer. But don't worry, we'll have a Hill Helper to give you all the encouragement you need to reach your goal."

If you'd like to know more about this fantastic Yorkshire event then visit the Harrogate Harriers website.

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