Expect a double whammy for runners with tough races and Storm Doris this weekend (4-5 Febuary). The rush starts on Saturday with the Mad Dash, one of two races in the Moreton Morrell Series, organised by Raceways Events.
Mad Dash runners have a choice of a one-lap 10K or a two-lap 20K on mildly undulating roads around the local Warwickshire countryside. The race starts and finishes at the Moreton Morrell Centre with all proceeds going to Raceways chosen charity – Kids Run Free.
The action continues with the amusingly titled Icing on the Cake Trail Marathon (and half) in Shropshire. Starting at 9am from Carding Mill Valley, runners follow a hilly route around The Long Mynd before finishing near the National Trust tearoom in the valley.
Into Sunday (5 February) and the May Hill Massacre, a strenuous 9 mile cross-country race near Gloucester. The course includes muddy trails and fields with a hard climb up May Hill before heading back through the private Huntley estate and the finish.
There's a switch to multi-terrain with the Wellingborough Dirt Run Round 2 event at Irchester Country Park, Northamptonshire. A 10am start time for all three distances – 5K, 10K or 20K, on a challenging course with dry conditions forecast.
More multi-terrain with the Stourbridge Stagger 10 mile and the Stourbridge Ladies Only 7K, held at the Mary Stevens Park. The Stagger is the winter partner to the Stumble 10K, held in August each year with both races organised by Stourbridge Running Club.
Our weekend review finishes on the hardcore theme with the Gloucester Marathon and 50K (31 miles). These road races start from the Severn Vale Sports Centre, Gloucester with a 10.30am start time for the marathon and 10.40am for the 50K.