The Tenth Helmsley 10K Multi-Terrain Challenge takes place on 

Easter Sunday 21 April 2019 10 am

Results and Race Report will be posted here within 72 hours.

2019 will see the tenth Helmsley 10K All Terrain Challenge which will start in Carlton Lane left onto Carlton Road and then off-road into forestry and fields emerging again onto the bottom of Carlton Road and to the finish of the recreation ground.  A full 10K on a variety of surfaces.

Since the first 10K Challenge all funds after costs have been applied to upgrading and refurbishing the sports pavilion and sports facilities on the site and that continues this year.



On line here - or 


 By post to: The Race Entry Secretary,  46 The Limes, Helmsley, York. YO62 5DT

Email:      Postal and online entries close on 15 April 2019

  • Minimum age for entry is 15 years on the 21 April 2019
  • Payment will not be acknowledged unless an email address is supplied.
  • Cheques payable to 'Helmsley Sports.Org'                                                 Entries in advance  Fee:     £15 registered,   £17 unregistered.
  • All entries on day - £20
  • Race numbers will not be posted out in advance - collection on the day only.
  • Entrants will receive a confirmatory email with their allocated race number.

 Licence No: 2019-35428

The Helmsley 10k Challenge is a multi terrain race partly on road, partly on forestry track, footpaths and fields. (see map) The total distance is 10km.  The finish line will be on the Sports Field.   The nature of this course makes it unsuitable for wheelchair athletes and dogs are not permitted.

The organisers would prefer runners not to wear headphones and a disclaimer must be signed if you insist on wearing them.







358 runners took part in the 10th Helmsley 10K Multi Terrain Challenge on Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019.  It was a glorious sunny day in complete contrast to last year`s event which was extremely wet.  Despite the heat everyone completed the course with Tom Charlton of Tyne Bridge Harriers the winner of the men`s race in 34 minutes 42 and Emma Macallister Hall winning the ladies race in 40 minutes 29.    Commemorative Stuart Pailor plaques were presented to the first unattached man and woman - Steven Kirk in 37.00 and Anna Tuffs in 44.01.

The organisers wish to thank the dozens of volunteers who once again carried out their duties in with sensitivity and good humour, receiving many compliments from runners; Cipher Medical Management who provided on course first aid plus much needed cold towels for overheated runners at the finish; and CommunityTM who managed the various road closures on the day.

Grateful thanks are also due to the event sponsors, international utility company, Engie.







Tom Charlton, Tyne Bridge Harriers                34.42

Emma Macallister Hall, Unattached                 40.29



Joe Dale of Victoria Park Harriers                   35.53

Helen Cross of York TRI Club -                       39.26


Tom Charlton, Tyne Bridge Harriers      34.26

Becky Penty, York Knavesmire Harriers 40.12 


Jonathan Johnson, Harrogate Harriers   35.23

Caroline Lambert, Wetherby Runners    40.46


Shaun O`Grady, New Marske Harriers   35.26

Karen Pickles, Pudsey Pacers AC           40.31 


Mike Burrett. Leeds City AC                  33.18 (Record)

Caroline Lambert, Wetherby Runners AC 38.14 


Shaun O`Grady, New Marske Harriers   33.57

Becky Penty, York Acorn RC                  39.34


Tom Bean, City of York AC                    33.48

Emma Willits, City of York AC                40.42


Tom Bean, York Acorn                          34.32

Becky Penty, York Acorn                       37.10 (Record)


Andy Hilton, York Acorn                        36.06

Becky Penty, York Acorn                        38.48 






Following a winter of cold, snow and wet conditions the course this year was very muddy but nevertheless 289 runners completed the course with Joe Dale of Victoria Park Harriers coming in first in a time of 35.53 minutes, only 2.35 minutes outside the record set in much kinder conditions. First lady home was Helen Cross of York TRI in a time of 39.26 minutes , only 2.19 minutes outside the record which was again set in kinder conditions.

The organisers wish to thank all the dozens of volunteers who once again carried out their duties with good humour and common sense receiving many compliments from the competitors.

Many thanks to the sponsors this year, Building Constructors, Engie, and their representative, Richard Levin presented the prizes.  



Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017 dawned clear, dry and bright with perfect conditions for the eighth Helmsley 10K Challenge.  396 runners entered this year`s race with  Tom Charlton of Tyne Bridge Harriers coming in first in a time of 34 minutes 26 seconds.  First lady home was Becky Penty of York Knavesmire Harriers in a time of 40:12.  Becky is the current ladies record holder in this event in a time of 37:10. 


323 runners completed the seventh Helmsley 10 All Terrain Challenge on a very windy and cold but dry day with Jonathan Johnson of Harrogate Harriers coming in first in a time of 35min 23 and Caroline Lambert of Wetherby Runners coming in at 40min 46 and yes she won the ladies contest in 2014 too.  Well done to her.

The leading light of the Helmsley 10K was Stuart Pailor who brought his vast experience to help the organisers and sadly he passed away this year.  In his memory the committee have provided trophies for the first unattached male and female runners and this year they went to Thomas Pilley who came 12th in a time of 38min 43 and Emma Macallister Hall who was the fifth lady home in 44min 25.  Trophies will be presented every year from now on.


Well done to all those runners who took part in the 6th Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain Challenge on Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 and a huge thank you to all our volunteers without whom the race could not happen.  . Congratulations to winners Shaun O'Grady of New Marske Harriers with a time of 35 min 26 sec and Karen Pickles of Pudsey Pacers with a time of 40 min31 sec. Full results are available from Race Results at:


Conditions were ideal for the run with good to firm going and a dry day. Whilst the wind got up later in the race I suspect that only spurred the runners on to greater effort. It was the most successful 10K Challenge to date it was quite emotive to see so much effort converted into energy on a great day.

It should be that everyone who helped gets a thank you.  From the ladies who provided the refreshments in the new kitchen in the pavilion, (the fruit cake was delicious) to the marshals, to Raynet for their communication skills and the St John's Ambulance Service for their invaluable presence. In fact there are simply too many people to name here so if you helped in any way at the run please accept the thanks of the Run Committee and Helmsley Recreation Ground Charity who hope to use any surplus in furtherance of their aim of making the Sports Facility on Baxtons Lane one which we can all be proud of and one which welcomes the whole community for all types of events.

2014 Winners

2014 Overall Winner
Mike Burrett
Leeds City AC


Caroline Lambert    166   Wetherby Runners - 38min 14
Zanthe Wrat              368  Hallamshire Harriers  -  39min 19
Kate Harris                187  City of York  - 


Mike Burrett        248     Leeds City AC   -  33min 18
Shaun O'Grady  335     New Marske Harriers  -  33min 40
Paul Butler         398     Lofthouse & Whitby  -  36min 03





2013 Race Day dawned clear and dry for the 4th Helmsley 10k Multi Terrain Challenge. Although it was very cold at least the biting winds had died away and the sun came out as the runners set off. With 367 runners finishing this was our busiest year yet with entrants from as far away as New Zealand! We were delighted to see so many returning runners as well as many tackling the course for the first time.

We would also like to thank Mrs Vicky Gibson and Middlesbrough Football Club for their support this year.The off road parts of the course were firm thanks to the freezing weather apart from one gateway from the downhill field which slowed people down a little. Well done to course winner Shaun O'Grady of New Marske Harriers whose time of 33min 57 sec was only slightly more than the course record of 33min 48 sec. Our fastest lady runner with a time of 39min 03 sec, was Emma Yates of York Knavesmire Running Club.

Results for the race can be seen at Sports Soft Race Results:For the first time we also held a race for secondary aged children aged 11 - 14 years with the youngsters running part of the adult course before turning back through the woods and down to the sports field. The children's races were even more popular this year with nearly 90 children taking part. Many thanks to John Higgs, deputising for Phil Marwood, and the junior sports leaders from Ryedale School for organising these races so well.

As always huge thanks go to everyone who so generously gave up their time to help us - members of the Helmsley Sports Clubs in particular, residents of Helmsley and surrounding areas, The Ryedale Rotary Club and the Ryedale Lions. We could not run the event without the help that we receive. The refreshments served by Ann Russell and her team from the Bowls Club were as popular and delicious as ever, raising a huge amount for the Sports and Social Club regeneration fund. Jane Barker ran a tombola for the first time on race day which proved popular. All proceeds from the run go to the regeneration fund. We are already thinking about next year's race on Easter Sunday, 20th April 2014. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Full results here





 Download the 2012 Race Results here. 

On Easter Sunday, 8th April 2012, 306 runners set off on the third Helmsley 10k multi terrain challenge. The weather was cooler and more overcast than last year but this did not deter the runners with our overall winner, Tom Bean of City of York AC, finishing in 33 minutes 48 seconds beating his own record from last year. Check out photographs from this year's race on The Race Photographer's site.

We had a record number of entrants this year and we were delighted to see so many new entrants as well as those who have raced before.  We were also very pleased to be able to have some fun runs for primary school aged children and our thanks go to Phil Marwood of Ryedale School and his team of Junior Sports Leaders for organising those races. Over 50 youngsters from 3 year old toddlers to 11 year olds took part. There are some future running stars in there!

Once again we had lots of positive comments about the race and we are very grateful to everyone who came and helped at the event including all the marshals. There were representatives from several of the sports clubs from Helmsley, in particular the Bowling Club, members of the Ryedale Lions and also residents of Helmsley themselves.

Our thanks also to our sponsor James Calvert of Calverts Carpets. All proceeds from the race and fundraising events will be handed over to the Helmsley Charity fund that is coordinating fundraising for the regeneration of the sports facilities in Baxton's Lane. Work has already started on this so all the hard work is paying off.


On Easter Sunday 24th April 2011, 259 runners set off on the second Helmsley 10k run. It was a gloriously sunny day which seemed to give an extra boost to the winners who shaved over 90 seconds off last year's course records. Tom Bean finished in 34 min 32 sec and Becky Penty, last year's women's winner, finished in 37 min 10 sec. Both Tom and Becky are members of the York Acorn Running Club.

This year the race was very generously sponsored by The Helmsley Black Swan Hotel. General Manager Andrew Jamieson presented the prizes to the winning runners and, as a special prize the first male and first female runner back also won a night's dinner, bed and breakfast at the Helmsley Black Swan. All runners received a mug and an Easter Egg which they all richly deserved.

We had lots of positive comments about the race and we were very pleased to see so many of the previous year's entrants running again. They had obviously forgotten about the long climb up to Carlton Village at the start of the race! We were very grateful to everyone who came and helped at the event including all the marshals. There were representatives from several of the sports clubs from Helmsley, in particular the Bowling Club, members of the Ryedale Lions and also residents of Helmsley themselves. All proceeds from the race and fundraising events have been handed over to the Helmsley Charity fund that is coordinating fundraising for the regeneration of the sports facilities in Baxton's Lane. 



Easter Sunday the 4th of April 2010 saw the inaugural running of the Helmsley 10K Multi Terrain Challenge. Run over a challenging course from the Sports and Recreation Ground in Helmsley through the village of Carlton and back into Helmsley via Riccal Dale almost 300 runners entered for the race. 

The Committee who organised the event headed by Carol Swift had a steep learning curve to ensure all went well on the day but the number of positive comments from the runners has already guaranteed the event will take place next year, again on Easter Sunday the 24 April 2011.
Andy Hilton from York who finished in 36.06 minutes was the first runner home and the overall winner but everyone who entered, ran and finished was a real winner on the day. You can see the results here.
Prizes were awarded in the open and veteran categories for both sexes and sports shop vouchers to the value of over £500.00 were given out to the winners after the event by Jake Duncombe from the Duncombe Park Estate over whose land part of the race was run. Those who finished the run received a mug which confirmed their status as a runner on the day and and as a topical touch an Easter Egg!
The success of this event highlights the new found spirit of the Recreation Ground with nearly all the marshals for the run coming from the Sports Clubs who use the facility on Baxtons Lane.
The picture below shows the Winners from the 2010 Race. Well done all!