The Hardmoors 30 challenge follows the old railway lines that can be found in the area and actually takes in the village of Ravenscar, the home of Raven Hall, as well as Whitby and Hayburn Wyke.
The circular route finally ends up back at Robin Hood’s Bay, but not before what the event’s website ominously describes as ‘a slight sting in the tail for the last hundred or so metres’!
Both events are already completely full up, but a waiting list is available to sign up to in case of any participants cancelling. The series’ popularity is hardly surprising, with the combination of a tough physical test and the chance to discover one of the UK’s most scenic spots proving a consistent draw for many runners.
As the highly decorated endurance athlete Anthony Gerundini explains, ‘the North York Moors are trail running paradise’.
Of course, exercise is the last thing on most of our minds on New Year’s Day, especially the kind which requires such rigorous training as the Hardmoors Race Series. So, if you want to take in the beauty of the North York Moors but would rather start 2017 relaxing than running, take a look at the exciting festive packages available at Raven Hall.