16 Sep

Lasting Power Of Endurance

action from the Ponton Plod 27 miler

Miles means smiles this weekend with three, long distance races for the ultra-running enthusiasts. There are a couple of marathons too…

Let us start with Saturday (17 Sept) and pushing beyond one’s limits in the shape of the Robin Hood 100 and Equinox 24. The Robin Hood 100 takes place in Nottinghamshire and is the newest addition to the HOBO Pace series of races. It is organised by race director Ronnie Staton, an accomplished ultra-runner and coach who hosts races of various distances, ranging from 10 miles up to 100 miles around the region. This 100-mile, fully marked route goes through the famous Sherwood Forest. 
Equinox 24 starts at 12 noon on Saturday (17 Sept) and finishes at the same time on Sunday (18 Sept) with runners aiming to complete as many 10K laps possible within that time limit. Set in the grounds of the Belvoir Castle Estate in Leicestershire and open to solo, pairs and teams with medals for all finishers. Note: This race has sold out.
Carrying on to Sunday (18 Sept) with the Ponton Plod 27, along tracks, bridleways, footpaths and minor roads near Grantham in the Vale of Belvoir. There are two shorter options – 17 miles and 12 miles, and walkers are welcome as well as runners. 
The Ponton Plod 27 is just over marathon distance but for the 26.2-mile purists, there are two races that meet their criteria. There is the Aston Subedge Harvest Marathon and Half Marathon in Gloucestershire and the Rutland Marathon and Half Marathon in Leicestershire. 
There are several 5ks and 10ks for those who do not want to be on their feet for the entire weekend. The 11-mile Hay Hill Raiser contains a few ‘undulations’ and the Worcester City Run Bike Run 40K is a new duathlon challenge. 
For more information about these events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of The Ponton Plod