29 Apr

Bank Holiday Mix And Match

Start of Three Forts Cahllenge EventIt might be looking like a typical Bank Holiday weekend in terms of the weather but there is nothing predictable about the assortment of events on offer. From an apocalyptic farm run to a road half marathon and lots in between, it’s a difficult choice to make.

Fans of mud runs may develop a new respect for the countryside after completing the Farmageddon Run tomorrow (Saturday 30 April). Participants have to escape from a ‘farm’ via a challenging course, complete with natural and manmade obstacles that test the mind and body. For something less brutal, there is the Bluebell Blunder 10K, a visually stunning off-road race in the Wye Valley. 
 
Sunday is set to be a busy day with several races happening in the region. There is the RunStuff Rumble at The Valley in Evesham, a 5k or 10k trail run with proceeds going to St Richard’s Hospice. The DirtRun RunStuff Relay takes place at the same time. Both events are organised by DirtRun.
 
Staying with the 10K theme, there is the Chatsworth 10K, an annual run with a 3K option held in the charming grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. 
 
The Langtoft 10K road race and 3K fun run takes place in the village of Langtoft in Lincolnshire. The organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for a fine day, as a Spitfire flypast has been booked. 
 
The Great Birmingham 10K is a classic race that goes along a route featuring many city centre landmarks before a fast, flat downhill to the finish. Runners are assigned to any of the five waves, each of which has its own themed music for the warm up. 
 
Stepping up the distance there is the Lichfield Half Marathon and Three Forts Challenge. The Lichfield Half Marathon is a firm favourite in many runners’ diaries and this year, GB Veteran, 1500m international athlete and KP ambassador Phil Clamp will be on the starting line. The Three Forts Challenge includes a marathon and half marathon and is not for the faint hearted. With steep hills, mixed terrain and changeable weather, the ‘Tough One’ lives up to its name.  The marathon is actually 27 miles long making it technically an ultramarathon!
 
For more information about these events, visit the event websites. 
 
Photo courtesy of Three Forts Challenge.