There is call to arms with this weekend’s (4-5 March) contingent of races from short to long distance and on road, track, trail and fell. There are three events on Saturday – No Walk in the Park 5K March, Gloucester Road Relays and the Groundhog Marathon - and a fuller card on Sunday.
We advance into Sunday with races at various locations across the Midlands. There is the Warwick Half Marathon, a traffic-free road race around the town and surrounding countryside in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Then it's over to Northamptonshire and the historic site of Naseby for the Battlefield Run. Known as the place where Oliver Cromwell defeated Charles I in the English Civil War, it is home to a different type of struggle with runners choosing from 5k, 10k or half marathon in an attractive setting.
Another event with a range of distances is the Milton Keynes Festival of Running. There are four options - 5k, 10k, half marathon and 20 miles on a fast, flat course around the city that start from the Xscape centre. Every runner will receive a finisher’s medal and there are festival race T-shirts available to purchase.
There is the intriguingly titled Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon in Grantham, voted one of the best races in the UK and still very popular.
Finally, a new race organised by Ultimate Fitness Experience. The East Midlands 10K - Nottingham where runners complete two 5k laps around the lake and past the white water rapids at the National Water Sports Centre.
For more information about these and other events, visit runABC Midlands race listings section.