We go on and off the beaten path this weekend (28-29 July) at three races which take place on road and trail/fell. There’s something to suit every runner and cooler, fresher weather has been forecast as an added incentive.
Let’s hot foot it over to Lincolnshire for the oldest road race in the Midlands, the Heckington 10, organised in conjunction with Sleaford Striders AC. The majority of the route is on the road apart from the start and finish on the grassy area around the showground. There are drinks stations along the course and more water at the finish which will be appreciated if temperatures start to climb again.
For anyone looking for a race with a strong chance of a PB, try the Wellingborough 5 in Northamptonshire. Organised by Wellingborough & District AC who also host their off-road sister the ‘Welly’ trail race; this 5 miler is for the road purist. It is held on quiet and flat country lanes with at least one water station and there is an extensive prize list that includes County Champs vets medals.
Why not test yourself at a self-navigating event in Derbyshire: the Three Peaks of Chinley is 9.5 miles in total and open to both runners and walkers. There is no mass start – entrants can set off any time between 8am and 10am although walkers must be away by 9.15am. There is a degree of self sufficiency with this event which entrants need to be aware of and prepare accordingly.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings
Image courtesy of Welly Races.