Report of our 2 day recce run on the Hardmoors route

When I planned my training and build up to the Hardmoors 110 race I was really keen to get on the route for 2 days and cover the final 70 miles or so of the route. My good friend Dave Troman who is also doing the HM 110 was keen to join me so we were able to find a couple of days that suited us both.

I drove down to Keswick on Sunday afternoon and then Dave, Tracey and I drove over to North Yorks where we were staying with friends of Dave and Tracey.  As a bonus the house has a TV projector so Dave and watched the final round of the Masters in great style!

The plan for the 2 days was ….

  • Monday 14th April Kildale to Whitby (36miles)
  • Tuesday 15th April Whitby to Filey (34miles)

For these two days I had a few key aims …

  • To get 70 miles of running in my legs over the two days. This was my big week between the HM55 and the HM 110 races.
  • To recce the route carefully. I have done the race once before in 2009 but I can’t really remember much of the second half of the route. I was struggling big time from Ravenscar onwards and had my head down most of the way!!
  • To work out my mini-splits.  I like to break down the route into bite sized sections of between 2-4 miles so I was going to work out where they are going to be.
  • To take lots of photos and enjoy the views as on race day a lot of the seecond half of the route will be in the dark.
  • To rid my mind of lots of negative thoughts I have about the second half of the route and replace them with lots of positive thoughts to inspire me for the race!!

We had superb weather over both days and I can safely say that all my aims were fulfilled.  I thought it stead of my normal written report I would post some of the many photos we took over the 2 days to give you a feel of the trip.

Setting off at 8.45am from Kildale ….


View of Roseberry Topping from Cook Monument ….


Approaching Roseberry Topping ….

NOVATEK CAMERAAt the top of Roseberry Topping ….

recce04Guisborough …

recce05There are plenty of signs to follow …

recce06Impressive railway bridge just before Saltburn …

recce07A quick stop at Saltburn after 15miles …

NOVATEK CAMERAThe start of the coastal path …

recce09Looking back towards Saltburn ….

recce10The route is easy to follow …. just make sure you keep the sea on your left …

recce11Heading towards Skinningrove …

recce12Climbing out of Skinningrove …


Running along the cliff tops ….

recce14Some steep cliffs to avoid ….


Staithes ….

recce16Time for a photo ….

recce17Running along the beach at Runswick Bay. If the tide is in during the race runners will have to wait for the tide to go out (the clock stops for them!) ….

recce18Climbing up the gully off the beach ….

recce19Looking back towards Runswick Bay ….

recce20Approaching Sandsend ….

recce21End of day 1 at Whitby 35.6miles in 7.02.22 ….

recce23Thanks to Dave’s wife Tracey and friend Alison who picked us up and drove us back to Kildale …



Day 2 starting at Whitby ….


Whitby Abbey looking spectacular ….

recce26Another beautiful day with the sun shining ….

recce27Heading towards the Whitby Fog Centre ….

recce28The path hugs the coast ….

recce29Running down the very steep hill at Robin Hood’s Bay ….

recce30Ravenscar in the distance ….

recce31Steep steps to navigate past the Youth Hostel ….

recce32Heading up to Ravenscar ….

recce34Lots more signposts to follow ….

recce35Dave points the way to the Ravenscar checkpoint ….

recce36Ravenscar Checkpoint ….

recce37Back on to the coastal path ….

recce38More great views to enjoy ….

recce39Looking back ….

recce40Lots of steps to descend and ascend ….

recce42Dave checking the map ….

recce43Next checkpoint at Scarborough in the far distance ….

recce44Scarborough getting closer ….

recce45There is a 3 mile run along the promenade at Scarborough ….

recce46The Castle at Scarborough close up ….

recce47Looking back towards Scarborough Castle ….

recce48This is whereI went wrong in 2009 at the end of promenade. I went up on the path to the right rather than going on the lower path to the left ….


Final push to Filey ….

recce50Climbing up the hill out of Scarborough ….

recce51Filey Brigg in the distance ….

recce52The path goes past a few caravan parks ….

recce53Filey will a very welcome sight ….

recce54I loved this sign!! ….



The route from Filey Brigg goes along the Promenade to the far side of Filey ….

recce56The final hill up to the finish at Filey Secondary School ….


End of Day 2 – 34.8 miles.  Thanks for a great run Dave!


Splits from the 2 days ….

Day 1 splits

Day 2 splits

Dave has also done an excellent video of our run ….

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4 Responses to Report of our 2 day recce run on the Hardmoors route

  1. Wow what a stunning route and weather, you lucky lucky boys!

  2. Kynon says:

    I’m down to Whitby once or twice a year, and I always try to manage a run along the coastal path or the cinder track between Robin Hood’s Bay & Whitby – both beautiful routes & I’m glad to see you got some decent weather for your recce!

  3. Thanks guys. It’s a superb route and it good weather there is no better place to run!

  4. nwolverson says:

    Looks like a great route, seriously tempting. Possibly might be swayed by the ridiculously nice weather…

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