This weekend sees a rough and tumble start to October with races taking place on trails, fells, woods and hills, accompanied by a few shocks and surprises along the way.
Runners will be making a mad dash tomorrow (Saturday 1 Oct) at the Eaton Stampede 10K. It features a scenic route with a selection of obstacles to tackle including stiles, a railway viaduct with rope assistance, iron staircase, grass and mud. There is more Saturday off-road action at the Maverick Race in Herefordshire with three trail distances – 6.5K, 11K and 21.5K on offer. For something a bit further in distance but still on mixed terrain, there is the Heart of England Forest Marathon (and a 17-mile option) which people can choose to run or walk.
Moving forward into Sunday (2 Oct) you'll find several, tough 10ks to test the body and soul. There is the Sheepwalks Shocker 10K in Stourbridge, named after the Sheepwalks hills with stunning views of the countryside. It is organised by Kinver Rotary Club with all proceeds going to charity.
Across to Shropshire and the Brown Clee Burn, a 10k multi-terrain race with technical climbs and steep descents and, picturesque scenery. The race goes up to the top of Brown Clee and back down again so legs will be on fire after this.
Head south to Hertfordshire for the Abbots Langley Tough Ten: this originally started out as a 10-mile race but switched to 10K several years ago. It is the 34th outing for the charity road race.
Elsewhere in the Midlands there are two events in Derbyshire, The Stroke Association Resolution Run in Kidderminster, a 10K in Letchford and Birmingham and Lincoln Half Marathon.
Photo courtesy of Eaton Stampede.