May Day Bank Holiday is almost here and what better way to celebrate the weekend (29-30 April) than by taking part in a race?! There are a range of options available, from 5k to half marathon distance.
Big Bank Holiday Run
On Saturday, there are two events, one of which is joining its big brother in Walton-on-Trent.
The Catton 10K takes place at Catton Park, the venue for the Scimitar Lightning Run 12 Hour and uses the same technical course. A mixture of woodland trails, hills, fields and descents awaits runners in both events, organised by PVS Events Ltd.
The second race is a different type of challenge, involving obstacles and tough terrain. The Bog Commander Mud Run is an obstacle course race (OCR) on a working hill farm in the Peak District with 6k, 12k and 18k options.
There's plenty to do on Sunday in Leicester with three races taking place. Notable events are the Colour Blast Dash 5K, the Livingston Relays and Leicester’s Big 10K. The Big 10K is one of several races organised by Tempo Events and is popular with runners due to its fast, flat course in an attractive setting.
Billed as an ideal training event for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon or the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon, The Great Birmingham 10K returns with a musical theme. Participants can strut their stuff across the start line to popular tunes from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s or present day. The event will also be broadcast live on Channel 5 from 10:00 – 12:00.
In Shropshire, the inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon, organised by UKRunChat, starts and finishes at the British Ironworks Sculpture Park. The park is home to the famous Spoon Gorilla sculpture, which was designed for illusionist Uri Geller and is also the theme of the race's eye-catching medal.
Over to Lincolnshire and the Langtoft 10K – an established road race that originated in 1988 as a fundraiser for the village playgroup. The race has grown over the years, attracting runners from the within county and beyond.
Bank Holiday Monday sees Milton Keynes Marathon (part of a weekend of races) held. The race coincides with the new town's 50th birthday and is one of the flagship events of the MK50 celebrations.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of Pete Jeffrey