16 Feb

Conflict And Thrills

Runners At The Llanelli Half Marathon
We’ve got a battle between road and trail this weekend (17-18 February) as we focus on Northamptonshire and Llanelli. Put in maximum effort at Castle Ashby, run to remember an important battle in the English Civil War or get a blast of sea air along the Carmarthenshire coastline.

Things get lively at Castle Ashby House, Northamptonshire for the second year running. The Welly Trail Races are back with a choice between a 10K or a half marathon and canicross runners are welcome too. Hosted by Wellingborough & District AC, who also organise a 5-miler, they take place on fields and rough tracks around the estate. There is a medal, hot food and a drink for every finisher.   
 
Our next race is ideal for history buffs and anyone preparing for a spring marathon. The Naseby 1645 is a new event from Race Harborough, it is named after the Battle of Naseby on 16 June 1645 between the Roundheads and Cavaliers in which the forces of Oliver Cromwell were victorious. The race is 16.45 miles in distance and is held on a tough, undulating route including the infamous ‘Dicks Hill’ at 10 miles. 
 
It’s over to the west coast of Wales for the Llanelli Half Marathon from Front Runner Events Ltd. This is a flat race on closed roads with superb views across the Gower Peninsula and along the Millennium Coastal Path not forgetting Llanelli Beach itself. The half marathon starts and finishes at the home of the Scarlets rugby union team and is another event that is great preparation for a spring marathon or for any runner chasing a PB. 
 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
 
Photo courtesy of Llanelli Coast parkrun.