10 Jun

Get The Running Party Started


It’s the start of the festival season and this weekend features several headline acts including a carnival of running, races for life and loops galore in Shropshire.
A fun packed Saturday (11 June) and Sunday (12 June) with celebrations taking place of the running kind. Every corner of the Midlands is hosting a race from a 3K fun run in Nottingham to a marathon with a difference in Telford. 
Saturday is a mixed bag containing a two-day obstacle race, 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. However, the Market Harborough Carnival of Running puts the sport of running firmly on the map with four races to choose from, for the first-timer to the seasoned athlete. There is a 1-mile fun run that is ideal for families, the ever-popular 10K and a half marathon for those runners looking to go up the distance. There is also a 4-person relay challenge. 
Next up is the intriguingly named 9Bar Holly Challenge in Telford, Shropshire. One of many organised by How Hard Can It Be Events who are known for tough yet enjoyable races that are a break from the norm. This event is no different involving multiple loops of a scenic lane in Lightmoor with the option of doing a half or full marathon. With beer and a barbecue afterwards – weather depending.
More 5ks, 10ks and a 10-mile race on Sunday including a Staffordshire favourite – the Potters ‘Arf Marathon that attracts some of the biggest and best crowds in the area. 
Finally, in keeping with the celebration of life theme, there are two women-only races in Gloucester and Loughborough. These Races for Life are 5k in distance and help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Photo courtesy of How Hard Can It Be Events.