24 Jun

Galloping Ahead This Weekend

They're Off At The Start Of The Tamworth Gate Gallop 10K

It’s the turn of 5ks and 10ks this weekend with several races taking place across the Midlands. There’s no long distance…apart from an ultra on Saturday.

We have a relatively quiet day on Saturday (25 June) with only two races, both of which are at opposite ends of the distance spectrum. There is the regular monthly time trial No Walk in the Park 5K in Chesterfield for runners wanting to go flat out from start to finish. At the other extreme is the NoMad Ultra in Chesterfield with three distances to enter – 50 miles, 50K and a team relay challenge. This is a race for those who like their miles and plenty of them.
Sunday (26 June) is where the majority of short distance action takes place. There is the Wythall and Hollywood 10K and 5K, Sherborne 10K, Worcester Pitchcroft 10K, Marchington 10K and the Tamworth Gate Gallop 10K. The 10K rules this weekend. 
Anyone wanting a change from tarmac can try the Callow Fell race, 8.1km (5.03 miles) up and down the Shropshire hills. It has a difficulty rating of ‘hard’, giving you an idea of what to expect.    
For something a bit different, there is the Tallington Lakes Triathlon in South Lincolnshire. Choose from Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic distance in an attractive rural location.
Last but not least is the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. This event has sold out which is proof of its growing popularity with runners who enjoy the fast, flat course with scenic coastline as a backdrop. GB international and 2015 winner Dewi Griffiths is defending his title this year but there are several strong contenders for his crown. 
Let battle commence.
Photo courtesy of Gate Gallop.