There is something for everyone this weekend with a plethora of races in various locations across the Midlands. These events range in distance from 5 miles to marathon distance and on different types of terrain that will suit both road and trail aficionados. For anyone who likes to do more than run and fancies a different type of challenge they can choose between an adventure race and a triathlon.
Sunday is racing day as is traditional; however, one event takes place on Saturday 14 May at Pershore College in Worcestershire. The Cotswolds Adventure Race is organised by Questars as part of their series of events and involves trail running, mountain biking and kayaking.
Fast forward to Sunday 15 May where we have two, 5 and 6-mile races taking place, the first being the 33rd Knowle Fun Run, 5 miles on traffic-free roads in Solihull to raise funds for local charities. The second is the Shobdon Wood 6, an off-road race along clearly marked forestry tracks and footpaths in North Herefordshire.
Next up are three, 10K races in Powis, Stockley Park and Nottingham. The ASDA Foundation Nottingham 10K is one of six races organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All who continue the legacy of this late amateur endurance athlete and fundraiser.
The Carsington 7 Plus is a race with an unusual distance - 7.76 miles to be exact - around the spectacular Carsington Reservoir with views of the equally picturesque Derbyshire countryside. Moving on to half marathon distance there is North Lincolnshire Half Marathon, Tewkesbury Half Marathon and the Wenlock Olympian Society Half Marathon. In the latter event, the market town of Wenlock in Shropshire is the inspiration behind the modern-day Olympics and holds its own version of this four-yearly sporting extravaganza as well as a half marathon.
No weekend is complete without a marathon. The Church Lench May Marathon is on an off-road course in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire with the emphasis on a friendly, sociable event that is open to all. Finally, there is the Skegness Triathlon, the first in the Lincs Tri Series that is ideal for novices and experienced athletes with a bespoke medal for all finishers.