New Top Test

This morning, I road-tested the new Acorn T-shirt. I wore it for a 4 mile run and here is my verdict:

The fit
The T-shirt sample that the club was given was a ladies medium (size 12) so a little ‘roomy’ on me as you can see from the picture. I would opt for a couple of sizes smaller if I were purchasing one for myself which means I would be opting for my usual size. Therefore, I think the sizing is accurate according to typical UK ladies clothes sizes which is a good start! Also, the T-shirt is shaped to be a little more flattering on a female runner which gives it a clear advantage over my current unisex Acorn vest that just hangs straight down from the armpits and creates a ‘box’ effect. (As you may be able to tell I have a complicated relationship with my current club vest!)

The material
The material seems to do a good job of ‘wicking’ away sweat. There was a small sliver of sun when I set out earlier but it is February so it could be argued that a more comprehensive test in summer conditions would provide more reliable proof in this department. On the inside, the material has a silky and smooth feel to it which is comfortable next to your skin. I also think that this stops the garment from riding up or bunching as you run which is a problem I have had with other running tops but did not experience with this one. I know some people looking at this sample were concerned that the seems inside are raised and may chafe: there was no discomfort to me from any of the seems that made contact with my skin during this run. Whether or not this could be an issue over a longer distance is unclear but there was no indication that this would happen.

The look
The colour is the typical strong Acorn red that we are all used to finished with black trims to neck, arms and side panels. I like the club name front and back as it will prevent us from being mistook for Selby Striders from a distance in a race. In addition, I think I would choose the option of personalising it by adding my name to the back too as it gets you supported a bit more by spectators during races!

The shirt looks good. It is a more flattering fit than a lot of the current Acorn vests we wear and it felt comfortable to run in. With the announcement from Graham at the AGM last night that the club will subsidise each new top by £4 for those entered in the Summer league this year too, it shouldn’t break the bank to get one!

Ian Smallwood’s Joss Naylor Challenge

Back in May Ian Smallwood completed the Joss Naylor Challenge. Sometimes referred to as the old folks Bob Graham, it is an incredibly tough day out on the Lakeland Fells, nearly 50 miles from Pooley Bridge to Wasdale across the tops. You have to be 50 to record an attempt though the cut off gets a little longer the older you are when you try.

Ian made short work of the route and we finished in time to chat to Joss himself. Ian has written up his adventure for all to read:

Ian’s JNC

Hardwolds 80

Last week end three Acorns completed the Hardwolds 80 mile race. It started in Hessle and finished in Filey following the Wolds Way through the yorkshire wolds. It was wet wet, wet. The first third was deceptively fast and by Millington I was dreaming of a pre midnight (16 hour finish). Leaving the warmth of Millington village hall the mud started immediately, sending me flying and draining all speed. The mud never let up for the next 48 miles to Filey and my estimates for finishing kept pushing back.

Andrew Goddard led for a lot of the race, eventually finishing in 3rd place (16 hours 14 mins). Mark Webster finished in 10th place (18 hours 25 mins). Sorry, no finish photo for Mark. I completed our trio, crossing the line with good friend David Betteridge to finish in joint 14th place (19 hours 13 seconds). Those 13 seconds would not have happened if either of us had a working watch by that time.

Nikki Gover put in a sterling shift on the first checkpoint and then supporting me and David (when he caught up): I’d pushed on earlier but after a brief detour and tiring legs I was pleased to run with someone who had recced the route.

It was good to run new paths as I’d not previously done much of the Wolds Way. It would have been better to have seen some of it: rain and fog during the day and then a little under half in the dark. Brilliant support as usual from Hardmoors marshals, some of whom were putting in overnight shifts in muddy laybys tending to the physically and emotionally fragile runners.

The Wolds Way, showing Dave (19) hunting me (108) down.
Andy looking appropriately tired after smashing a podium finish.
Rich and Dave at the finish. I was alright until I tried to stand up.
My splits.
Pizza for the runners. It’s like Nikki could read my mind 😀
Finish vid, with commentary from Nikki as I almost hit someone with my poles.

Racing Round Up

A busy weekend of running and racing for Acorns. The biggest group heading to the Dalby Dash for a fast trail 10k. Helen Spring was first FV40 and Chris Poulton came 5th overall.

Richard and Nikki Gover went to the Hardmoors Goathland Marathon. Beautiful sunny autumn day on the moors. Very muddy paths particularly where the Levisham Limping fell race the week before had churned it up. Richard came 9th in 5:18:57 and Nikki came in at 7:03:39. Runners were still staggering home long after dark. Some interesting route choices by people in the top 5, with some checkpoints being deemed optional 😉 No race photos but here’s a shot of the beautiful morning and a beautiful campervan.

Andrew Crease was at the York Movember 10k at the Knavesmire, regretting football the night before.

Further afield Anthony Tomkins did 9 miles of quagmire in the Welsh Black Mountains.

Even further afield Jane Lawson got up at 05:30 to get a 1.5 train from Tokyo in time to do Kashiwanoha parkrun. Proper dedication to the parkrun cause.

Abbey Dash

Four Acorns ran the Abbey Dash 10k in Leeds on Sunday 27 October 2019. Helen and Tim ran strong races, Drew scored yet another PB making a full sweep of PBs this year and Andrew Crease got below the magic 45 for the first time.

Meanwhile Jane Lawson and Erwin raced the Wistow 10k, Anthony Tomkins was at the “dirty double” in the Lakes and many others were out getting covered in mud. Good running everyone.

Abbey Dash results

York Acorn Present: A Sporting Evening with Sharon Gayter

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York Acorn Running Club would once again like to welcome you to join us on 21 November for a sporting evening, this year with GB ultra-distance international Sharon Gayter; recent breaker of the women’s ‘JOGLE’ record (traveling by foot from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 12 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds)

Tickets cost £14 and include curry (veg or meat). Sharon will also be raising money for her chosen charity Mind.

Please contact Nicola Gover ( if you would like a ticket.