GP 2022 Race 1: Honley

Date & Venue

Sunday 22nd May 2022, 10:30am (registration opens 9am)

Neiley Fields, Honley, HD9 6QT

Course

This is the same course as in 2019. It is mainly on good tracks and field paths with short road sections. Trail or fell shoes will be needed in wet conditions but in dry conditions (if you can remember what they are!) runners could use road shoes. The course is just less than 6 miles (approx. 9.75K) and climbs gradually to the same high point as previous years (290m in total). Entry via the YVAA website at £5, or on the day but £2 extra. (£1.00 goes to host club).

Honley GP 2022 Course Map

Facilities

Parking at Holmfirth Harriers Clubhouse and on Gynn Lane. Please follow directions of marshals. Car share if possible.

Changing rooms and showers, toilet facilities and light refreshments after the race (Note: We will be following YVAA Committee recommendations and keeping refreshments simple – probably tea / coffee and a piece of cake or similar). Start just outside Clubhouse.

Directions

From the north via AI/M62

Follow A1/M1 to M62 Leeds then take J 25 Huddersfield turn. Continue into Huddersfield to the ring road. Turn left at traffic lights and move into middle or right hand lane, then turn right at first roundabout staying on the ring road. Continue past University in left hand lane, over pelican crossing to next major junction and traffic lights where you keep to left hand lane, sign posted Holmfirth. Turn left at these lights and continue down hill watching for Holme Valley road sign. If you miss this turn continue to next major junction and turn left at these lights. Follow signs for Holmfirth A6024 /A616 to Honley and then fork left, at lights (not Holmfirth) towards Brockholes, sign posted A616 New Mill. Neiley and Holmfirth Harriers are on left hand side.

From Bradford

Follow A644 to Huddersfield. At major traffic lights at ring road junction turn right onto ring road until see signs for Holmfirth A6024/A616. Once on Road to Holme Valley continue as above.

From M1 south

Take the Denby Dale turn off the M1 and continue through Scissett, Denby Dale and Upper Cumberworth to the A635/A629 “Sovereign” junction. Continue towards New Mill/Holmfirth on A635 then right in New Mill on A616. Continue through Brockholes and Holmfirth Harriers club house is on the right hand side approx 1/4 mile after petrol station.

Notes to all runners and spectators

  1. All races in the YVAA Grand Prix series are multi-terrain running races not suitable for wheelchairs and will include areas of rough uneven ground, slippery muddy surfaces, woodland, scrub, fields and sometimes moorland so any runner entering one of these races must be confident that they are physically capable of coping with these conditions. If you are unsure then please contact the organizing club or YVAA sec.
  2. As these races are for over 35’s and no children will be running. The organizing club will not have crèche/child minding/lost child facilities available. Runners and spectators must therefore be responsible for their children, if in attendance, at all times. Our only option would be to call police to take care of child.
  3. Spectators are welcome but are reminded not to stray onto the course and hinder runners. If spectators choose to spectate at areas away from the finish they are reminded of the possibly difficult conditions underfoot and the footwear consequently needed. If spectating at road crossings, please do not put yourself or other road users at risk.

GP 2022 Race 2: Kirkstall

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2022, 7:30pm

Venue: Kirkstall Abbey, LS5 3EH

Race HQ: Burley Rugby Union Club, LS5 3NG

Host Club: Kirkstall Harriers

Course

This course is about 6 miles and mainly grass, tarmac or dirt track. Given the time of year road shoes should be okay, but if conditions are very wet, trail shoes may be better. £5.00 entry on line or £7 on the day (£1.00 now goes to host club).

Facilities

Parking over the road adjacent to Abbey House Museum or in the streets behind the Vesper Gate Pub. Please car share if possible and park considerately for the locals if parking in the streets. Changing rooms, and toilet facilities in the race HQ. There is only one small shower block though. Cakes and biscuits will be available after the race.

Directions

From Leeds City Centre – Approx 3 miles west from the town centre on the A65.

Notes to all runners and spectators

  1. All races in the YVAA Grand Prix series are multi-terrain running races not suitable for wheelchairs and will include areas of rough uneven ground, slippery muddy surfaces, woodland, scrub, fields and sometimes moorland so any runner entering one of these races must be confident that they are physically capable of coping with these conditions. If you are unsure then please contact the organizing club or YVAA sec.
  2. As these races are for over 35’s and no children will be running. The organizing club will not have crèche/child minding/lost child facilities available. Runners and spectators must therefore be responsible for their children, if in attendance, at all times. Our only option would be to call police to take care of child.
  3. Spectators are welcome but are reminded not to stray onto the course and hinder runners. If spectators choose to spectate at areas away from the finish they are reminded of the possibly difficult conditions underfoot and the footwear consequently needed. If spectating at road crossings, please do not put yourself or other road users at risk.

GP 2022 Race 3: Middleton Park

Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 7:00pm

Venue: Middleton Park

Race HQ: Phoenix Bar, South Leeds Stadium, John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Belle Isle, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

Directions: John Charles Centre for Sport is approximately 4 miles south of Leeds City Centre.  This can be accessed via Dewsbury Road or the M621.

Facilities

Car parking is available at John Charles Centre for Sport (LS11 5DJ).  Please use the overflow car parks and car share where possible.

Toilets and changing facilities will be available for use and showers will be accessible for a small charge.

Light refreshments will be available back at race HQ (Phoenix Bar). (Note: We will be following YVAA Committee recommendations and keeping refreshments simple – probably tea/coffee and a piece of cake or similar).

Course

The course remains the same as in 2019. This is an 8.5km trail race starting and finishing on Middleton Clearings and taking in Middleton Woods and Park on trail and tarmac paths. Trail shoes are recommended (or at least hybrid shoes). Entry via the YVAA website at £5, or on the day but £2 extra. £1 goes to the host club.

Notes to all runners and spectators

  1. All races in the YVAA Grand Prix series are multi-terrain running races not suitable for wheelchairs and will include areas of rough uneven ground, slippery muddy surfaces, woodland, scrub, fields and sometimes moorland so any runner entering one of these races must be confident that they are physically capable of coping with these conditions. If you are unsure then please contact the organizing club or YVAA sec.
  2. As these races are for over 35’s and no children will be running. The organizing club will not have crèche/child minding/lost child facilities available. Runners and spectators must therefore be responsible for their children, if in attendance, at all times. Our only option would be to call police to take care of child.
  3. Spectators are welcome but are reminded not to stray onto the course and hinder runners. If spectators choose to spectate at areas away from the finish they are reminded of the possibly difficult conditions underfoot and the footwear consequently needed. If spectating at road crossings, please do not put yourself or other road users at risk.

GP 2022 Race 4: Bingley

Date: Tuesday 26th July 2022, 7:30pm, Bradford & Bingley Sports Club, Wagon Lane, Bingley BD16 1LT.

Thanks to all who ran at Bingley, the 4th race of our 2022 GP series. We hope you’re starting to dry out. We had some difficulties with our finish line recording in the wet conditions, but race results are at the link below. Thanks to those who chipped in with information where we needed it. See also the current GP standings.

GP 2022 Race 5: West Vale

Date: Sunday 14th August 2022

Start Time: 10:00am

Race HQ: Heath Rugby Club, Stainland Road, Halifax, HX4 8LS. Registration from 9:00am.

Start: All runners must sign in at registration; do not go straight to the start.

Race Entry: Online entry only via our website. Entry will close when places are sold out or on Friday August 12th.

The clubhouse will be open for registration and tea / coffee from 9:00, and the race will start at 10:00. Afterwards we will have a selection of sandwiches and a raffle in aid of Overgate Hospice.

Course

5.5 miles long with 890ft of ascent on a mixture of terrain: paths, farm tracks, woods, a bit of tarmac… something for everyone.

Notes to all runners and spectators

  1. All races in the YVAA Grand Prix series are multi-terrain running races not suitable for wheelchairs and will include areas of rough uneven ground, slippery muddy surfaces, woodland, scrub, fields and sometimes moorland so any runner entering one of these races must be confident that they are physically capable of coping with these conditions. If you are unsure then please contact the organizing club or YVAA sec.
  2. As these races are for over 35’s and no children will be running. The organizing club will not have crèche/child minding/lost child facilities available. Runners and spectators must therefore be responsible for their children, if in attendance, at all times. Our only option would be to call police to take care of child.
  3. Spectators are welcome but are reminded not to stray onto the course and hinder runners. If spectators choose to spectate at areas away from the finish they are reminded of the possibly difficult conditions underfoot and the footwear consequently needed. If spectating at road crossings, please do not put yourself or other road users at risk.

GP 2022 Race 6: Littlemoor Park

Date: Tuesday August 23rd 2022

Start Time: 7:00pm

Race HQ: Albert Road Community Hub (ARCH) BD13 1QB

Start: Littlemoor Park BD13 1DH. All runners must sign in at registration; do not go straight to the start.

Race Organiser: Glenn Thornton Tel 07974695215 Email silvergeetee@hotmail.com.

Race Entry: Online entry only via our website. Entry will close when places are sold out or on Sunday August 21st.

Course

This is a YVAA Multi-terrain GP race for veteran runners (35+) over grass, footpaths, pavement and paths within a wooded area with some road crossings.

Notes to all runners and spectators

  1. All races in the YVAA Grand Prix series are multi-terrain running races not suitable for wheelchairs and will include areas of rough uneven ground, slippery muddy surfaces, woodland, scrub, fields and sometimes moorland so any runner entering one of these races must be confident that they are physically capable of coping with these conditions. If you are unsure then please contact the organizing club or YVAA sec.
  2. As these races are for over 35’s and no children will be running. The organizing club will not have crèche/child minding/lost child facilities available. Runners and spectators must therefore be responsible for their children, if in attendance, at all times. Our only option would be to call police to take care of child.
  3. Spectators are welcome but are reminded not to stray onto the course and hinder runners. If spectators choose to spectate at areas away from the finish they are reminded of the possibly difficult conditions underfoot and the footwear consequently needed. If spectating at road crossings, please do not put yourself or other road users at risk.

GP 2022 Race 7: Ackworth

Date: Sunday 25th September 2022

Start Time: 10:30am

Race HQ: Ackworth Cricket Club (ACC), behind Boot & Shoe Pub. Wakefield Rd (A638), Ackworth, Pontefract, WF7 7DF.

Race Organiser: Chris Taylor

Race Entry: Online entry only via our website. Entry will close when places are sold out or on Friday 23rd September.

All registration, results, presentation and and parking will take place within the grounds of Ackworth Cricket Club.

Cars will be directed to the bottom of the field area (150yards).

The race finish is here at the cricket club. The start is approx 1/2 mile away at the bottom of Dicky Sykes Lane. (A)

The route is undulating within Fitzwilliam Country Park (FCP) on mostly well marked and marshaled paths. There are two small areas of concrete road within the almost two-lap course and is virtually traffic free.

At the finish, runners will be directed from the side of the Boot & Shoe Pub into the ACC entrance and finish on the cricket field. 

Results, presentation and refreshments (tea and biscuits) will take place in the bar.

Limited changing/showers in the pavilion 

Yorkshire Rose First Aid Society will provide first aid.

Course

Notes to all runners and spectators

  1. All races in the YVAA Grand Prix series are multi-terrain running races not suitable for wheelchairs and will include areas of rough uneven ground, slippery muddy surfaces, woodland, scrub, fields and sometimes moorland so any runner entering one of these races must be confident that they are physically capable of coping with these conditions. If you are unsure then please contact the organizing club or YVAA sec.
  2. As these races are for over 35’s and no children will be running. The organizing club will not have crèche/child minding/lost child facilities available. Runners and spectators must therefore be responsible for their children, if in attendance, at all times. Our only option would be to call police to take care of child.
  3. Spectators are welcome but are reminded not to stray onto the course and hinder runners. If spectators choose to spectate at areas away from the finish they are reminded of the possibly difficult conditions underfoot and the footwear consequently needed. If spectating at road crossings, please do not put yourself or other road users at risk.