Testing times lie ahead at this weekend’s (30 Sept - 1 Oct) arduous set of races. These lung-bursting, quad-burning, energy-sapping events take no prisoners so grit your teeth and push to the end.
We get straight to it on Sunday beginning with the Brown Clee Burn 11K in Ludlow. The route passes through the Shropshire Hills so expect plenty of climbing along with technical descents. It includes the highest hill in Shropshire – Brown Clee at 1,770ft above sea level - though the views from the top are worth the effort.
Post-race expect a famous Ludlow sausage or bacon bap for every runner which will aid recovery.
Staying in Shropshire for the moment, the next race to tackle is the Apley Estates Autumn Challenge. Organised by Wrekin Road Runners there are three distances to choose from – 5K, 10K and 21K on a multi-terrain course around the estate.
Time to move over to neighbouring Staffordshire for the Sheepwalks Shocker 10K and 2.5km Family Fun Run. The event is held in the grounds of Enville Hall, Stourbridge and organised by Kinver Rotary Club. This off-roader features some challenges and may prove to be a shock to the system.
Our final race is west of the Malvern Hills at Ledbury, Hertfordshire. The Eastnor Castle Mud Bath 10K/6K does exactly what it says on the tin with lots of the claggy stuff. This trail race is held on Land Rover test tracks and trenches with hills, fallen trees and natural obstacles to navigate, requiring strength and stamina. There is beer and a hog roast to look forward to afterwards.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings