This weekend’s (3-4 February) races are big and clever involving hills and mud for anyone wanting a tough trail challenge in the Midlands. Choose between Shropshire, the Peak District or Gloucestershire and remember to bring your climbing legs.
The ascent starts on Saturday at the Icing on the Cake Half and full Marathon in Shropshire. This is one of several races from How Hard Can It Be Events & CODRC that takes place at Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd. The course is waymarked although runners must carry a map and compass of the area and be suitably equipped due to the unpredictable weather conditions. The races start at 9am with one lap for the half marathon and two laps for the marathon and a decorated cake medal for every finisher.
Slogging on into Sunday and the Spring Trail Run Series - Round 1 at Darley Dale, Derbyshire. The weather forecast is bright and breezy for this 17K race with a shorter 5K option - both start at 8.30am from the Whitworth Centre. The organisers have asked people to car share to this event, and others in the series, to minimise the congestion issues near to the race HQs.
We’ve a sting in the tail for our last race, the 9-mile May Hill Massacre in Huntley, Gloucestershire. This is proper cross country that includes muddy trails and the infamous May Hill that features at the start and finish of the race. Don’t wear your pristine road shoes for this event and have a change of clothes ready after the race when you collect your medal and well-earned bottle of beer.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings