There is an unusual line-up of races this weekend (30–31 July), on road, trail, fell and over various obstacles. Distances range from 5K to half marathon, with a fair few hills along the way.
An Uphill Climb Across The Midlands
Stratford-upon-Avon is the setting for the appropriately named Summer Shakespeare, part of a seasonal trio of races that includes a Spring and Autumn Shakespeare. Saturday’s event consists of a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and a children’s race organised by Kids Run Free – a charity dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in children.
There are not many 10-mile races these days but those that exist continue to be popular with runners. The Heckington 10-mile road race is the oldest of its kind in the Midlands, dating back to 1965 and part of the annual Heckington Show in Lincolnshire.
For those who like hard and hilly events there is none better than the Meerbrook 15K (9.32 miles) in Leek, Staffordshire. A combination of tough climbs and fast descents, including the infamous Gun Hill, makes this a tough challenge but the views across the Cheshire Plain are worth the pain.
Saturday also sees the Big Fun Run Birmingham 5K, one of a series of untimed races aimed at everyone irrespective of age or ability. It is about taking part.
The hill theme carries over into Sunday with the Three Peaks of Chinley fell race in the High Peak area of Derbyshire. There is a choice to run or walk this event in glorious surroundings.
Staying off-road, trail race the Abbott Trail makes its debut in Hopwas Woods in Lichfield, Staffordshire. There are 5K and 10K options and as expected, a tough hill to deal with.
Offering a flatter surface, the Wellingborough 5 takes place on quiet country lanes in Northamptonshire. Alternately, you could have an enjoyable day out at the Big Fun Run Coventry 5K, suitable for adults and children.
Finally, there are hills again – accompanied by barbed wire, mud, water and obstacles – at the Tough Guy Nettle Warrior event near Wolverhampton.
For more information, visit the race listings section on our website.
Photo courtesy of Crazy Legs Events.