Are you looking
– to improve your running skills, or

– to start running regularly, and
– make new friends all along the way ?

Stop Dreaming
Start Running
with the Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers


Ormesby Hall Cross Country








What we do

Regular Training Sessions

We train regularly on Mondays and Wednesdays evenings at the Sowerby Sports Village. During the winter months we offer both indoor and outdoor training opportunities for all abilities.

Trial Runs

Our regular time trials are a great way of recording how your running is going. Taking place in different locations they are also a fantastic way to meet others and run in a different part of the area whilst seeing how you are progressing

Club Championship

Each year we hold a club championship which includes a combination of short races, road races and fell races, long races and even a half marathon run.

Over the year there are plenty of opportunities to collect points, but don’t worry if if you don’t feel ready for a half marathon distance just yet.  You can still get your points without one.  

Informal running groups

In the meantime we offer regular informal running opportunities and social evenings on several days of the week in the area for several skill levels. They are also a great opportunity to make new friends. 

Club News

Parkrun and more

Parkrun and more

Fourteen Harriers were among the 418 runners at Fountains Abbey on Saturday helping Pete Jackson and Duncan Fothergill celebrate their milestone 50th park run on a fine, dry, cold morning.  Mike Cropper was once again first club finisher, 58th in 21.48 with Bronwyn Mayo 64th in 22.03 and Walter...

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Thirsk 10 mile race

Thirsk 10 mile race

Work is well in hand now for the popular Thirsk 10, and entries are invited at  The 10 mile race over roads, and mostly level - unless you count a couple of railway bridges - is ideal for a personal best time if you are a regular runner, but also for more recent starters who can...

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Our Coaches

Rob Burn, Head Coach

Our head coach, and Yorkshire legend, Rob has been with the Harriers for over 40 years, and has been running even longer.

He has participated in running events in all 7 continents and won the Innovation Award 2021 by England Athletics.

Rob keeps our training activities and trial events running smoothly when he is not carrying out training sessions himself. You may also find him out on the moors hitting the trails.

Andy Butcher


Yorkshire lad, and former Endurance Leader in the British Army, Andy trained to become a Coach in Running Fitness in 2015.

With a  fantastic sense of humour and running knowledge,  Andy loves to inspire beginners and novices looking for improvement on their running skills.

When he's not coaching you're likely to see Andy up on Sutton Bank with his energetic young Spaniel, Henry, trotting ahead.

Bronwyn Mayo

Coach in Running Fitness

South African born Bronwyn moved up north and joined the Harriers in early 2021 after spending 17 years in London and Surrey.

Bronwyn has already qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness as well as Leader in Running Fitness.  With her warm smile, friendly approach and calm manner, Bronwyn is an extremely popular coach.

She has recently completed her 250th park run and has successfully run the famous Comrades Ultra in her home country of South Africa.

Lorraine Hiles

Lorraine completed recently her Leadership in Running Fitness qualification and started immediately her coaching on our regular training sessions.

Matt Jones

Matt completed recently his Leadership in Running Fitness with England Athletics. He enjoys running and racing any distance up to marathon, both on and off road. Matt brings positive energy and enthusiasm to the club and supports runners to reach their goals.

Nick Swatton

Originally from Bromley in Kent, Nick felt the call of the North and moved to Yorkshire in 2021 and joined the Harriers immediately.

After competing in 3km chase races, he qualified as a coaching assistant in 2019 because he wanted to give something back to others.

Nick loves shorter distances and loves sharing his love of 'shorter and faster' in his sessions.

Nigel Morgan

Leader in Running Fitness

Tom Levi

Leader in Running Fitness

Walter Bussutil

Want To Run Further and Faster?

If you want to know more about the club, then why not pop along to one of our Mondays’ or Wednesdays’ training sessions. Here you’ll find a friendly group of enthusiastic runners training under the expert eye of one of our fantastic coaches. The club guarantees a proper Yorkshire welcome, especially extended to those who come to test us.