Sporting Activities

By SPP Reporter

Catterick Garrison, Catterick
Catterick Garrison, Catterick

Catterick Golf Club

Leyburn Road, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire DL9 3QE. The 18 hole course is maintained to a very high standard, and is regarded as one of the best in the region.

It offers an enjoyable challenge to all levels of golfer. The club provides first class facilities and service personnel are most welcome. Membership fees are extremely competitive and are flexible to suit the needs of Service Personnel.

The Ladies Section runs its own competitions and is keen to recruit new members. There is a thriving Junior Section. The professional gives lessons, and beginners are welcome irrespective of age. He has a well-stocked shop which provides new and used clubs, and the hire of clubs can be arranged.

Excellent bar and catering facilities are on hand for members and visitors. Food served daily from 1000-1500 hrs unless previously arranged. The Clubhouse is available for private functions (subject to availability).

Further information may be obtained from the Secretary. Telephone 01748 833268.


Westfields Tennis Club (Richmond)

Westfields is a small private tennis club with two hard courts, situated in a beautiful position on the outskirts of Richmond. The club welcomes new members. Club tennis sessions are held on Tuesday mornings (1000 hrs), Wednesday afternoons (1600 hrs in summer and 1300 hrs in winter) and Saturday afternoons (1400 hrs in summer and 1300 hrs in winter). Juniors have exclusive use of the courts on Friday evenings. At all other times the courts are generally available to members on a first come first served basis. Group coaching is arranged for junior and senior players (including non members) during the summer (for details phone 824190). The club organises annual knockout tournaments for members, and plays regular friendly and league matches with other clubs in the area. For more information about the club and how to join, please phone the Secretary (824190) or the Treasurer (886325).

Water Polo is fast moving and exciting and ideal for developing stamina and fitness that can be carried over into other sports, so why not come down one night, speak to the coach and see how you go! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Richmond & Zetland Harriers

Affiliated to the NoEAA since 1982.

Richmond & Zetland Harriers are the local athletic club, affiliated to the North of England AA and UK Athletics. The Club is actively involved in Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Running, Fell Running and Triathlon. The Club caters for men and women, girls and boys from age 10 upwards. Our aims are to develop an individual's athletic ability, in an enjoyable atmosphere, to enable him or her to compete on equal terms with athletes from other clubs at local, county or national level.

RZH compete in the North Yorkshire & South Durham League, year-round; Cross Country in the winter and Track and Field in the summer. The girls & boys compete in the Northern Division of the Young Athletes Track & Field League, and the Seniors compete in the North East Division of the combined Northern (Men's & Women's) Track & Field League.

The Club vest, red with a white diagonal stripe, is always seen at the London Marathon and the Great North Run, in the Northern 6 stage and 12 stage Road Relays, at the sharp end of the Harrogate & District Summer Road Race League and at many other races.

We presently have two qualified Senior Coaches and several Level One and Level Two Coaches but additional help is always welcome. An interest in athletics and young athletes are the most important qualities – previous experience is not essential – keenness, patience and a sense of humour always help!


Summer season: meet at 1800 hrs Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Athletics Stadium, Leyburn Road, Catterick Garrison – unless there is a competition – and train on the new all-weather track (and field), on the road or on the trails.

Winter season: meet at 1800 hrs Thursdays at the Athletics Stadium, to train on the track under floodlights or on the road; Tuesdays meet at Risedale Sports and Community College, Hipswell at 1800 hrs, and train indoors or on the road, depending on the weather.

Senior Runners: often train 7 days a week, in groups of similar ability, on and off road, and arrange to meet at suitable vantage points.

For further information contact:

Anne Woods, Club Secretary, 01969 624853

Fiona Hughes Club Coach & Team Manager 01325 321163

Shaun Purkiss, Club Chairman 07774 499253

Sarah Gregory Publicity Secretary 01677 426751


Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT)

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT) is a registered charity (Charity Commission No. 501885) which provides a mountain and cave rescue service within the Swaledale and Wensleydale areas of North Yorkshire. The team is made up of a group of highly trained volunteers who are available to be called out for a variety of land based search and rescue operations, any time day or night. SMRT provide a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year service. The team was formed in 1968 by 12 local people and has developed to the professional volunteer service of today that comprises around 30 members capable of reacting at short notice and so providing an invaluable asset to the local community SMRT moved to their current purpose built rescue headquarters on Catterick Garrison in 1999. The base has garages, storage, training and catering facilities and is located at an ideal point of access to both Swaledale and Wensleydale. SMRT is affiliated to the North East Search and Rescue Association (NESRA), Mountain Rescue – England and Wales, and the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC). These bodies provide a regional and national forum to share training methods, standards and equipment and a voice for teams at a wider level.

Team Members

The team is always keen for new members to join. There are a few basic requirements for a new member to have and training is given in most areas of skill and knowledge, particularly search and rescue work. New members need to be proficient navigators and competent hill walkers with the desire to learn by attending a significant amount of training with the team, "the more you put into your learning experience the more you will gain". [Please note: It can take up to 18 months to complete probationary training, prior to being added to the full team members "callout list".]

Being a team member is not a glamorous role; often it is cold, wet and tiring. Team members are unpaid and are on call 24 hours a day, though their attendance at an incident will depend on their own personal and work commitments. The team normally reacts to round twenty-five callouts per year. These callouts can occur at any time of day or night and are often spread randomly throughout the year.


Like other mountain and cave rescue teams in the UK receives no funding from Central Government. The team is run entirely by volunteers and has no paid members of staff. The everyday funding of SMRT is by donations from the public.

It costs about £24,000 per year to maintain the service that SMRT provides. This money comes from a variety of sources: collecting boxes throughout the area, kind donations from various groups, individuals or organisations, street collections; and fund raising events such as our winter slide shows.

The money raised is used to pay for insurance, maintenance and running of our two emergency vehicles, operating and up keep of our base, and the replacement of rescue and medical equipment (all of which has a finite life span or can suffer damage through wear and tear).

Contact Us

For more information and contact details see our website:

Swaledale Road Runners

A very friendly, supportive club affiliated to England Athletics that welcomes runners of all abilities from race winners to newcomers to the sport. We compete in road, fell and trail races. We cater for both competitive and recreational runners & host & organise the Richmond Castle 10km road race each year. Club runs are mainly in groups of similar ability. Leaders & coaches are on hand to give support and guidance if required. Runners World have mentioned us as one of the most beginner friendly clubs in the UK.

We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 18.30hrs at Swaledale Outdoor Club, New Road, Richmond, DL10 4QS. Further information & contact details are available on our website:

The Catterick Garrison Saddle Club (CGSC)

The Catterick Garrison Saddle Club (CGSC) is a fantastic equestrian facility which serves the military and civilian community. CGSC caters for all ages and abilities: lessons and clinics are provided by a range of qualified instructors, there is a great range of club owned horses and ponies and the facilities are available for outside users to hire. Prices are extremely competitive and there is a reduction for military personnel and their dependants.

• Livery available on our yards at Loos Road and Richmond Road

• One of the best indoor riding schools in North Yorkshire (available to members when not in use)

• Fantastic Cross Country Course, Working Hunter Course and local hacking.

• Junior riders become members of the Pony Club (CGSC is a registered Pony Club Centre); this ensures a great club atmosphere as well as a recognised structure to riding and transferable awards and standards.

• Events, Competitions and Parties for all ages and abilities.

Tel: 01748 876680

Email: or visit our website

Bedale Group – Riding for the Disabled

Bedale Group Riding for the Disabled run sessions in the indoor riding school at Catterick Garrison on Thursday mornings from 0930-1230 hrs term time only. The riders are children from the Dales School, Morton-on-Swale, plus a small group of adults. Any volunteers interested in getting a bit of exercise and giving a helping hand would be most welcome – no experience necessary. Come and see us on a Thursday morning, or ring Cass O'Brien, Group Instructor on Tel: 01609 770077.

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