This weekend sees thousands of runners taking part in the London and Shakespeare Marathons. However, there are several events for those who want something shorter or completely different.
For lovers of the cocoa bean (which includes this correspondent!) there is the Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Chocolate 5K today Saturday 23 April.
Chocolate is the theme throughout this event - there are chocolate stations, a chocolate medal and a pump bag for all runners followed by a post-run chocolate buffet.
Sunday 24th is ‘M’ day with the Shakespeare and London Marathons. The Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon is sponsored by the Rotary Club, who have raised money for charities via this event over the past 30 years. Runners follow a pleasant route through the Bard of Avon’s birthplace with prizes for the first three in the men’s and women’s races, age categories and teams.
The Virgin Money London Marathon & Mini Marathon need no introduction. This is one of the World Marathon Majors with an increasing demand for places each year.
The Colour Blast Dash in Leicester is a race with a difference in which runners wear white T-shirts given to them beforehand, before being showered with coloured powder along the way. Choose from a 2.5k or 5k route and have fun at the same time while raising funds for Midlands COPE The Laura Centre.
The Sturton Stride 5K is a popular race with a good mix of participants ranging from club runners to parents and children from the local primary school. It aims to promote health and fitness of children from Sturton Le Steeple C of E Primary, Retford.
The Beacon Bunny Run 10K and 3K is another event known for its fundraising with the MS Society and Headway being the 2016 recipients. It starts and finishes at Beacon Hill Park near Loughborough.
Finally, for anyone who swims and rides a bike as well as runs there is the First Tri, ideal for beginners to the sport as well as experienced athletes. Organised by Trimax Events.
For more information about these events visit their websites.
Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Marathon.