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Village Sports Day & Garden Party Trophies

The Sports Day has been running since the late 1940’s, as can be seen from the dates on the Sports Trophies above.

It has been held at had several venues over the years, from the Cricket Pitch to the School and currently on the Playing Field.

The current organiser is the Swainby Playing Field Association (SPFA) on behalf of the Parish Council.

The day starts with the children’s fancy dress show , prior to the games starting.

It has always been a tradition to ask a villager to judge the fancy dress, be they new to the village or have lived here for many years .

Following the fancy dress, the games start, which consist of the traditional egg & spoon, three legged and sack races , 50 m sprints for all ages, finished off by a“group tug of war” and the infamous village football match.

The village football match includes all who can walk and is entertaining to watch.

Through out the day refreshments are on offer in the marquee, which include locally baked cakes, scones and teas.

At the end of the day, the BBQ is fired up and the socialising continues late!

Sports Day

Sports Day

Sports Day

Sports Day

The Brooklyn Challenge Cup Senior Ladies Whorlton Run

The Brooklyn Challenge Cup
Senior Ladies Whorlton Run

Village Sports Trophies

Names on shields on base of Cup

1983: Ruth Anne Dale – 1st Junior Girls

1982: Sally Anne Dale – 1st Junior Girls

1966: Anne Walkington -­‐1st Junior Girls

1965: Helen Caine

1964: Barbara Hare (Swainby)

1963: Barbara Hare (Swainby)

1962: Barbara Hare (Swainby)

1961:Patricia Bowes (Carlton)

1960: Jennifer Blenkinsop (Carlton)

Names on band at base of Cup

1995: Elizabeth Macpherson
1994: Suzanne Kerr
1993: Katrina Nelson
1992: Rebecca Royall
1991: Katrina Nelson
1990: Rosemary Young
1989: Maureen Wykes
1988 : Suzzane Kerr
1987 : Joanna Saunders
1986: Suzzane Kerr
1985: Suzzane Kerr
1984: Suzzane Kerr
1983: Wendy Charlton
1982: Wendy Charlton
1981: Wendy Charlton
1966: Jean Adlington
1965: Jean Adlington
1964: Gillian A Reid
1962: Iris P York

Whorlton Run

The Whorlton Run was first started by a village policeman in 1960. In those days, competitors were started off by shotgun outside the Blacksmiths' Arms; senior men taking a 3-mile route through Scugdale and Whorlton, senior ladies a shorter version and the children taking a simpler course via Back Lane. The run was traditionally held as the final event of the village’s annual Sports Day.

In more recent times, thanks largely to the efforts of local harrier Ian Macpherson from Potto, the run has moved onto a more professional footing being part of the Northern Runner/Esk Valley Fell Club Summer Series. The race is held in June and starts and ends in Swainby. It is now a 6.2k race over mixed terrain including roads, fell and forest tracks and attracts over 100 runners from further afield.


Swainby Classic Car and Bike Show

Swainby Classic Car show started in 2005 in conjunction with the Swainby History Group, who were holding an exhibition in the village hall about the history of Swainby village and the surrounding area. The classic car show was organized in about four weeks, and it was a tremendous success with about 40 classic cars and tractors on the show field, we regularly have up to 400 classic vehicles attending the show now. The whole event raised much needed funds to help with the refurbishment of Swainby village hall.

The show attracts classic vehicle owners and enthusiasts from the whole of the north of the country, from Leeds in the south to way beyond Newcastle in the north and over to the west coast of Cumbria. One owner has even travelled from Oxfordshire on more than one occasion, he must like Swainby very much. Our furthest travellers so far have come from Brazil, however a relative of theirs was helping out on the show field at the time of their visit to the UK. Many local businesses in Swainby and the local vicinity sponsor the car show and prizes are awarded to the proud owners of the classic cars and motor bikes. They receive a trophy with the sponsor’s name on, and the class in which their vehicle has won. We do have three perpetual trophies in memory of local residents who are sadly no longer with us, Cal Simpson who had the garage in the High street, David Potts who had the garage on the main road (A172) and Decca (Derrick) Kitchen agricultural contractor. At prize giving we have had various representatives from the charities for whom we have raised funds , to present the trophies to the lucky winners. In 2016 the organizers of the show managed to persuade Mr David Harper TV antiques’ expert to present the prizes at the show, which he very kindly agreed to.

Funds raised over the years have gone to benefit many local charities, The Freeman Transplant Team in Newcastle, The Butterwick House Children’s Hospice, Herriot Hospice Homecare, The Great North Air Ambulance, The Mowbray Suite Friarage Hospital Northallerton, The James Cook and North Tees Hospitals Breast Care Units, Herriot Hospice Homecare second time, Teesside Hospice, Friarage Hospital M.R.I. scanner appeal, Herriot Hospice Homecare third time, Teesside Hospice second time, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, St.James and Seacroft regional adult Cystic Fibrosis unit St James University hospital Leeds, Prostate Cancer UK.

Swainby classic car show would not happen without the support, goodwill, the community spirit and the camaraderie of the residents of Swainby, also our small army of volunteers. The generosity and enthusiasm of local residents, many of whom take part and give up their time, to help in one form or another at the show. We thank these kind people for all their help over the years. The population of Swainby triples on show day, and the organizers of the show are very grateful for the patients shown by the villages on show day as there is a certain amount of disruption to normal village life.

For more information on Swainby Classic Car Show click here

Classic Car

Classic Car

Classic Car


Classic Bikes