Welcome to Newburgh Nomads Running Club

Newburgh Nomads Running Club are based in West Lancashire, England. A no-nonsense club for road, trail, cross-country and fell runners. We organise the Harrock Hill race series. Join us for a run.

Fell Challenge 2024

Current Standings of the 2024 fell challenge
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Notes page on Google Sheets

Current Standings Results page on Google Sheets
RulesYour score is the winner's time divided by your time (both converted to seconds) multiplied by 100.Women's score is based on the men's winner, but weighting adjusted by 12% to compensate.(Men's winners tend to be more consistent than women's from one race to the next).
Your best 6 races cou…

A Lake District 40 mile winter challenge

A winter adventure in celebration of Newburgh Nomads 40th anniversary
22-23 February 2024
By David Ralphs


Congratulations to my fellow Newburgh Nomads past and present. Andy Brookfield, Kayleigh Ralphs, Brian Kennedy and Richard Harris who completed this 40 mile challenge for our 40th anniversary.
The route total was 40.5 miles taking in some of the Lake District's finest fell races and challenges. Starting from Foxfield on the west coast of Cumbria, a steady 5 miles in a stunning area to the home of the Dunnerdale fell race, picking up the Cumbrian Traverse route, then the Three Shires and de…

Long Distance Challenges - a celebration

Each of us has our own benchmark for success. Maybe with the right inspiration that can change...
During the early years of marathon mania in the UK, with the birth of the Great North Run and London Marathon in 1981, a small group of running friends in West Lancashire got caught in the jogging boom of the 1980's. These runners established an informal club for runners alongside the popular football club at Newburgh as mentioned on the History page. Without track facilities or coaching, the runners relied on advice and inspiration from within their ranks. At some point, an unconventional cha…

Ashurst's Beacon Race 2024 - Results

Final Results 
PositionGender positionAge cat positionNameClubCategoryTime111Daniel MillerBillingeMSen0:39:45221Karl BudworthKnowsleyM400:41:14332James BrethertonBlackburn HarriersM400:42:22442Daniel HughesRed RoseMSen0:42:45551Kevin UsherLiverpool Pembroke SeftonM500:42:48663Phil MacdonaldLiverpool Pembroke SeftonM400:43:28772Thomas HarkinLiverpool Pembroke SeftonM500:43:36883Paul RobyUnattachedM500:44:08993Nick TurnerLiverpool Pembroke SeftonMSen0:44:3910104Tom NewberryBillingeMSen0:45:0111114David EdmondsonClayton Le MoorsM500:45:2012125Darren FishwickChorleyM500:45:4713135Jordan Van FluteN…

Review of the year 2023

A look back at the year that was 2023.With 2022's list of achievements being quite extensive, it was almost inevitable that plans would be a little muted for 2023.  It's been a challenging year in many respects with some members recovering from illness or injury or focussing on the needs of their families - partners, children and grandchildren.
The beginning of the year witnessed the usual round of events and races in the name of "getting fit" throughout winter.  Old favourites such as The Hebden, Wadsworth Trog, Anglezarke Amble and Parbold Hill races all kicked off the year…

Newburgh Xmas Handicap results 2023

There's confusion over when it starts, where it starts, and even why it's starting at all when outside it's dark, wet and windy.  On the Tuesday before Christmas, Newburgh Nomads host a little run for our friends with the aim of everyone finishing at about the same time.This is the Newburgh Christmas Handicap!Thanks to everyone who turned up on 19 December for the craziness, it was a blast!Prizes were awarded for dubious reasons.  Brendan Bolland - first runner back.  Commiserations on waiting the longest for everyone else to finish.  Jonathan Kearsley - fastest runner on the road…

Ashurst's Beacon race - 2024

It's back!The Ashurst's Beacon race will return in January 2024.  We couldn't let this cracker of a race be consigned to the history books, so we've done a bit of legwork, pulled some strings, and we're proud to say it's back.The ideal way to work off the Christmas pudding and try out your new running shoes, so long as they're off-roaders.  Please join us once again for "The Ashurst".  All you need to know about the race is on the flyer or at our Ashurst's Beacon event page.








Harry Johnson, 1935-2023

It is with great sadness that Newburgh Nomads last week said goodbye to our good friend and member, Harry Johnson.


Harry enjoyed a full and happy life with diverse interests, which included sport: football, running, cycling, and rock climbing; his love of travelling abroad and classic cars; his longstanding work with the Douglas Valley Lions, for those less fortunate; and of course, enjoying time with his family and friends.
Harry's family and the Douglas Valley Lions paid fitting tribute to Harry at a packed Christ Church, Newburgh, on 22 September.  Fifteen fellow runners from Newburgh No…

Harrock Hill 2023 race 4 results

Thank you to all runners competing in the fourth and final Harrock Hill race of the 2023 series.  It's been great to see you all throughout the year.
Another damp evening tonight but still a good turn out!


Top Male runners: Jonathan Kearsley (Wigan Harriers)Jake Dickinson (Liverpool Pembroke Sefton)Tom Newberry (Billinge RC)Top Female runners: Claire Andrew (Warrington AC)Sara Miller (Billinge RC)Kelly Staunton (Wigan Harriers)
Men's Team prize: Wigan Harriers (Jonathan Kearsley, John Heyes, George Heyes)
Women's Team prize: Wigan Harriers (Kelly-Maire Staunton, Jayne Barlow, Rachel Sideb…