It is another busy race diary this weekend mainly focused on short distances although there is a half and full marathon to tempt the masochists out there. Not forgetting a fell race too.
We are coming up to the midway point in the summer with runners taking to the trails and fells although there are plenty of road races for those who prefer a solid surface. As usual, it is a difficult decision as to which event to choose.
On Saturday (9 July), there is an aquatic themed obstacle race for anyone who enjoys getting soaked at the appropriately named National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. Alternately, choose to stay dry but still undergo a challenge with a half or full marathon in Aston Subedge in Gloucestershire. Other challenges include the Timberhonger 10K, set on a tough rural course in Bromsgrove with a killer climb at the 8k point; an extremely hilly relay race around the Wrekin in Shropshire or a 4 mile road race as part of the Buxton Carnival.
The majority of the races take place on Sunday (10 July) with 10ks taking the lead. They are happening in Gloucester, Evesham Vale, Coventry, Nottingham, Newark and Leicester. 10-mile races are rare but the Wheatley Summer 10 is an attractive proposition with an undulating circular route through Nottinghamshire.
Dropping down the distance, we have the Lutterworth Charity 5 in Leicester, the Cheadle 4 road race in Staffordshire, a 5K Race for Life in Leicester and the SUBWAY Helping Hearts Family 5K in Nottingham.
Saving the best for last there is the Great Hucklow Fell Race, part of the Gritstone Series of nine races organised by Accelerate in partnership with Inov-8. Grit is the word as these are held in the northern part of the Peak District (the 'Dark Peak'), Derbyshire so expect aching legs afterwards!
For more information, visit the race listings section on the website.