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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

In the long run, it's a great event

More than a hundred people including three dogs turned up to celebrate Northallerton Parkrun’s first birthday and received a commemorative pin badge.

Happy birthday to our run. Some of the participants
 mark the first anniversary.
Health and wellbeing development officer Dave Earl said: "The parkrun is also an integral part of the Hambleton Running Hub programme that includes run leader training courses, community running groups and support for new running ventures,”

“Over 50 people have volunteered their services to enable the parkrun to be the success it has become. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the event and provide support in many different roles.  So if you do not want to run but would like to be involved please come along as we are always on the lookout for more helpers."

The event starts at 9am on Saturdays on the fields around Northallerton leisure centre. Further information:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A moment in time buried as town's big leisure project gets under way

Buried in time: the capsule marking
the start of work on the leisure village.
Photo by Richard Wood Photography.
Mayor of Scarborough councillor Tom Fox buried a time capsule to mark the start of construction of the much anticipated Scarborough Leisure Village.

The capsule with a burial life of fifty years, contained items that tell the story of the project and important information about organisations that will be the eventual users of the facilities.

The leisure village will be home to an eight lane 25-metre Olympic legacy swimming pool and learner pool, a four-court sports hall, squash courts, a 60-station fitness suite, an aerobics studio and a new ground for Evo-Stick First Division North team, Scarborough Athletic Football Club.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Powerboat and jet ski championships set to make a splash at Scarborough

Scarborough is revving up for exciting water action with news that the powerboat and jet ski national championships are to be staged at South Bay.

The announcement by P1, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, of its UK race calendar for 2015 sees a new name added to the list of host venues with Scarborough staging the opening event at the end of May.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Danny gets frank in Sporting Truths

Sporting Truths, fronted by former England and Leeds United footballer turned pundit Danny Mills, will tap into the frankness of the sporting world at Harrogate's Royal Hall on Thursday 14 November. 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Top surfing event is set to bring a wave of excitement for tourism bosses

The cream of the UK professional surfing scene will descend on Scarborough, next month.

Scarborough bound. Photo by Tony Barholomew.
The event is predicted to give a late summer season boost of around £400,000 to the town’s economy.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Lecture has wrestling down to a fine art

York’s historic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is the venue for a public lecture that will explore the explosive and exciting combination of the visual arts and the sport of wrestling.

Dr Sarah Turner, from the University of York’s department of history of art, will present this year’s Merchant Adventurers’ Arts Discovery Lecture, Wrestling with Art, on Monday (12 November).

The academic will explore why so many artists across the globe have depicted scenes of combat sport, and highlight the important historic connections between art and sport.

She said: “Since ancient Greece, artists have been fascinated by the aesthetics of the fight and the powerful figure of the wrestler. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was common for artists to use wrestlers and pugilists as life models. Wrestling gave artists the opportunity to study the physique and musculature of two figures in intensely dynamic and moving form.”

Dr Turner’s talk will also discuss the issues of empire, race and masculinity.

Jointly hosted by the university and the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, the annual lecture highlights an important contribution which has been made to the arts.

Admission to the 6.30pm event is by free ticket only. Further information is available at or by calling 01904 324466.

Friday, 19 October 2012

It's tee time for youngsters

City of York Council is teaming up with Heworth Golf Club to entertain youngsters during the half-term holiday with junior golf lessons for children aged 16 and under.

New four-day courses are being put on at the club from Monday 29 October to Thursday 1 November, following the success of the junior lessons earlier this year.

Each course consists of four hour-long sessions, with one for 6-11 year olds starting 10.30 to 11.30am and another for 12-16 year olds, from 12noon to 1pm. It will cost £15 per course and this includes an hour of expert tuition from a club professional, as well as equipment hire.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “These golf lessons are a fantastic way to get children participating in a new sport over the half-term holidays.

"It’s a great introduction to golf, a sport that children of all ages and abilities can enjoy, whilst keeping fit and active. It also gives young people the chance to make use of the brilliant sports facilities we have in York.”

Further information is available by contacting Robin Lavin, City of York Council,, or calling 01904 553377

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Rally gets into top gear at Scarborough

Top UK rallying comes to Scarborough this weekend, as the British championship gets into top gear.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Mountain man Sir Chris scales new heights with first lecture tour in 20 years

British mountaineer and prolific author Sir Chris Bonington is set to present a new life and times talk at Harrogate's Royal Hall on Tuesday 23 October.

Recently in the news for carrying the Olympic torch up Snowdon, Sir Chris, made the first British ascent of the north wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna – the biggest and most difficult Himalaya climb of the time.

Now aged 78 and with 17 books under his belt, he shows no signs of slowing as the Harrogate audience will find out..

He cover his 60 years spent in – and on – mountains, with original images and raw footage from some of his earliest outings. This is his first tour in 20 years.

Further information is available at

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Ceremony gives torchbearer a warm glow

Richmond’s only Olympic torchbearer has been honoured along with the volunteers who helped the torch on its journey through the district.

John Hacking, from Tunstall, was presented with a medal by Richmondshire District Council chairman councillor Clive World.

John ran the last leg of the relay through Hambleton and Richmondshire, carrying the torch into Richmond School where it was greeted by Lord Seb Coe.

He was nominated as a torchbearer for his work with sport and the local community during his 35 years teaching PE at Risedale Sports and Community College in Catterick Garrison. He still referees in basketball, football and rugby and is voluntary groundsman for the rugby club and works part-time as groundsman at Richmond Cricket Club.

The ceremony also recognised the 110 local torch relay volunteers who gave up their time to act as stewards, and thanked the various partners who supported the district council in the organisation of the relay.

Councillor World said: “The hard work of the volunteers and partners on June 20 made sure the Olympic torch passed safely through Richmondshire.

 “It was greeted by rapturous crowds and a warm welcome in Aysgarth, Leyburn and Richmond.”

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Howzat for quality entertainment! Georgian Theatre Royal serves up cricket treat

Cricket fans won't be stumped for quality entertainment in Richmond, this month, thanks to the Georgian Theatre Royal.

Saturday 29 September sees BBC cricket legends Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter bringing their brand new humorous show detailing their exploits in the commentary box from the past forty years.

For the first time in public, the pair will spend an evening in prestigious theatres regaling the crowds with hilarious tales from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box.

Henry Blofeld, OBE, is one of international cricket's best loved broadcasters. His recognisable voice and ability to paint pictures with words have been in demand all over the world since the 1970s.  At 72, he is still on the Test Match Special team and he broadcast from Lords and Trent Bridge in May this year.

Peter Baxter was the producer of BBC Test Match Special from 1973 to 2007. He was frequently part of the commentary team and while he enjoyed many amusing moments over the years, being locked out of the ground by the grounds man at Galle, in Sri Lanka, in 2001 was not one of them. He and BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew eventually watched the action from a nearby fort.

 A total of twenty UK 2012 shows are planned and these will appeal to all cricket fans, both young and old alike. Theatre staff say early booking is strongly recommended.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Cyclists head for York festival

Cyclists will be heading for York's Rowntree Park this weekend (8 and 9 September).
Organisers of the third Festival of Cycling say the event is being held again due to popular demand.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Race is on to complete university sprint track

York St John University's 110m sprint track at its new 57 acre centre for sport at Nestle Rowntree Park on Haxby Road is expected to be ready for September's new and returning students.

The six-lane synthetic sprint track will provide a training venue for 100m, 110m hurdles and technique work for steeplechasers.

David Chesser, pro vice chancellor for resources at the university, said: “This fantastic new sports facility will be a great resource for our students and the sports community of York.

"By investing in these facilities, we hope to encourage even more students to get involved in sport, no matter what they’re studying at university.”

Work started on the sprint track 48 hours shortly after the men’s 100m final in the London Olympics and is expected to take six weeks.

Swimming pool makes a splash

York’s newest swimming facility, which opens its doors today, is set to make a splash as part of a £9 million sports village.

The centrepiece of the development, funded jointly by the University of York and the city council with support from Sport England, is a competition-standard eight lane 25-metre pool which is fully open to the public.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Be a sport and check out these activities for free

York residents who have been inspired by the Olympics might want to check out the Just 30 Fair and try new sports and activities for free.

City of York Council is hosting the event at Rowntree Park on Saturday 15 September, from 12 noon to 5pm. Organisers say that the fair, now in its fifth year, will be bigger and better than ever, with more than 30 stalls from local sports and activity clubs, sports demonstrations and family fitness classes.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Teenager carries Paralympic lantern to Ebor Festival

One of York's inspirational para-athletes will carry the paralympic lantern as it appears later today in the city's racecourse winners’ enclosure on the closing day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

The lantern, which will follow the route of the main flame, will be carried by Sianagh Gallagher, a 15-year-old gold medal winning paraclimber. 

City of York cabinet member councillor Sonja Crisp said: “York is one of just 36 UK towns and cities honoured to host a Paralympic Lantern because of our excellent work promoting sport for disabled people.

"We are very proud to be able to parade it with our Olympic Torch partners York Racecourse, to the tens of thousands of racegoers and hope it will inspire more people to become more active and realise their sporting ambitions.”

Gary Verity, chair of Yorkshire Gold and chief executive of regional tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Taken from Yorkshire’s flame, York’s Paralympic lantern has arrived in a spectacular weekend of sporting excellence: Celebrating Ability Day, Welcome to Yorkshire’s Ebor Festival and the York 800 Flotilla. I hope it inspires Yorkshire’s Paralympic athletes to perform as well as our Olympic athletes. ”

York’s lantern will appear at the enclosure just after 2pm and will feature on York Racecourse’s viewing screens for visitors in all enclosures and boxes, and on Channel 4, the official Paralympic broadcaster.

The flame was lit at Trafalgar Square yesterday and traveled to York Station that morning to be split into five in the county’s historical capital. One lantern each headed to Beverley, Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield, while York’s own flame toured the city en route to the council’s third annual Celebrating Ability Day at Energise Leisure Centre, completing the journey from spark to lighting up a major disability sports event in just one day.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Centre gives climbing and bouldering a foothold in city

York gets a professional bouldering and climbing centre on Monday (27 August)

The Red Goat Climbing Company, on Layerthorpe's Redeness Street, is opening its doors to welcome climbers and members of the public of all abilities and ages.

No time for hanging around: Hamish MacArthur, 
who climbs for Yorkshire, tests the facilities.

It's the brainchild of local climbers Adam Exley and Nikki May who identified a need for a quality bouldering facility in the city.

Adam said: “Indoor climbing centres were once used by people for training purposes when they didn’t have access to the outdoors, but now are a sport and recreation facility in their own right. They are a much more social alternative to a gym for many people, with no intention of climbing outside.”

Recent research by Sport England indicated that the sport will overtake its traditional outdoor counterpart as the country's most popular mountaineering activity within six to 12 months.

Of the different types of indoor climbing on offer, rope-free bouldering is luring most new customers.

Requiring no more equipment than a chalk bag and climbing shoes, it is as much about balance and gymnastic ability as it is about strength and stamina. Climbers are invited to tackle ‘problems’ on low walls, denoted by coloured 'holds'. Each route is graded by ability, so users can chart progress as they clamber around artificial features.

Nikki added: “In a way, women take to it more easily, they are more gymnastic and have better natural balance – men tend to muscle through with the strength that they have.  If you went to a climbing wall ten or 20 years ago it would be male dominated, but as a sport it's very accessible to everyone."

The Red Goat will be open daily from 11am until 10pm and weekends 10am until 8pm.  Further information is available by calling 01904 731548.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Volunteers are needed – and get your skates on

Jump to it ... Stuart Ferguson, from Thirsk, shows off his
skills. Photo by Nathan James.

Thirsk's new skatepark, which was ten years in the making, needs more helpers.

The £157,000 facility on Gravel Hole Lane in Sowerby is run by a small team of volunteers.

Lawrence Monaghan, chair of Thirsk8 Park Ltd, said: "We have a small committee who oversee the management of the park.

“But we need more volunteers to either open the park in the morning, close it at night and do a small litter pick – jobs that will take no more than ten minutes.

“The park has taken ten years to reach fruition and designed around the ideas of young people.

"We want to keep this high quality facility in great condition and open daily for youngsters to enjoy, but we need the help of volunteers to do that.”

Thirsk8 Park is also holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday 12 September at 6.30pm at Thirsk Youth Centre and members of the public are welcome.

Further information is available by emailing

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Youngsters invited to get 'Hyper' with Olympic Games spirit

With the Olympic Games well under way, youngsters in Hambleton can take part in an Olympic challenge of their own.

Hambleton District Council has organised the event as part of its Hyper Holidays programme for those aged eight years and over.

Heats take place at each of the district council owned leisure centres in athletics, swimming, rowing, badminton, tennis, basketball, hockey, football and cycling in both individual and team tasks.

Heats take place at Stokesely on 6 August from 9am – 12 noon; Northallerton on 6 August from 1 – 4 pm; Bedale on 7 August from 9am – 12 noon and Thirsk on 7 August from 1 – 4 pm

Winners from each heat will compete in the grand final at Hambleton Leisure Centre on 10 August.

For further information and to book online visit or contact the centres on Bedale on 01677 427272, Hambleton on 01609 777070, Stokesley 01642 711140, Thirsk and Sowerby 01845 522447

Monday, 23 July 2012

Region's Tour de France bid steps up a gear with Bradley win

Tourism chiefs hope the success of Britain's Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France will help put Yorkshire's bid firmly in the saddle to bring the event to the UK.

Bosses are bidding to host the first two stages of the event in the region with another one in the south of England.

Welcome to Yorkshire, the region's official tourism body, says an estimated 150,000 people are backing the bid. Yorkshire is competing against Barcelona, Berlin, Scotland and Venice to secure the stage of the event which would give a major boost to the local economy.

The county's bid team is remaining focused on its plans to host the Grand Départ with an agreement to host a third stage in southern England and a guarantee to deliver Le Tour back to France within an hour of finishing.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We are not bidding for any other major events, we made a choice and it was simple, we want to deliver the best international Grand Départ in the Tour's history."

He added: "Yorkshire's bid is logistically strong, visually stunning and emotionally powerful. We want to pay tribute to Yorkshire's heroes of Le Tour, men like Brian Robinson and Barry Hoban, and bring Le Tour to the county in which they discovered their passion for cycling.

"We want to inspire a new generation of cyclists from Yorkshire to follow them and make their mark in the greatest cycle race in the world, which is why we feel the time is right to bring the Tour de France to the spiritual heartland of British cycling and why we are saying today, we are ready."

Members of the public can pledge their support at