Turpin Challenge Runners

Can You Outrun The Highway Man?

The Turpin Challenge returns to York this September...

Back for its fourth outing, the Turpin Challenge (17 September) is one of See York Run York’s most popular events, part of the reason being it is a relaxed affair where runners can choose their own target for the day.

The Turpin is a six hour running challenge; a lapped event with laps of approximately 4.37 miles over a mixed terrain of grass and path, it also benefits from being closed to traffic.  

Those taking part can run as few or as many laps as they wish within the six hour limit. A race organiser explained: “You can run one lap, finish, eat cake and go home or you could run three laps for a half marathon distance. 

"Six laps will give you a marathon distance or why not see how many laps you can do until the six hours is up? We think this a fabulous event for running with friends and for making new friends.”

The event will take place on York's main Knavesmire and is named after Dick Turpin, the infamous highway man who was held in York Prison before his trial. The race goes by Tyburn (on the Knavesmire) which is the very place Dick Turpin met his grizzly end!

Race organisers, See York Run York, added: “We think all of our events are fun, but Turpin Challenge always seems to be extra fun. You just need to complete one lap to be a finisher and earn your medal. However many laps you complete you will earn a fabulous medal, chocolate goodies and there will of course be lots of homemade cakes!”

As this is such a relaxed event it is ideal for those wanting to try a new distance or to get in a long run before the October marathon season. 

Organisers are looking for volunteers to help on the day, for your efforts you will receive a free race place, goody bag and as much cake as you can eat! Make contact through the See York Run York Facebook page if you think you can help. 

If you'd like to know more, visit the event website here

Image: See York Run York

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