A new year approaches and what better way to bring in 2017 than a rewarding race. Say goodbye today (Saturday, 31 December) with the Glastonbury Tor Dash. This challenging, multi-terrain 4-miler includes a climb to the top of the Tor with magnificent views of the countryside. It’s organised by Rogue Runs with cakes, hot drinks and medals for all finishers.
For anyone who likes a low-key affair there is the Huncote Hash, a ‘proper’ cross-country race on an undulating, often muddy course. This roughly 10K race takes place around the village of Huncote in Leicestershire and has been in existence since the mid 1980’s. It starts at 10.30am and is definitely one for the purists!
Then it's hello to 2017 and the Cleethorpes New Year’s Day 10K. This road race is on a fast, flat, PB-potential course around Cleethorpes and Humberston, making it an ideal way to start the year. Another 10K on the roads is the Wye Valley Runners New Year’s Day race. This annual classic consists of a slightly undulating, scenic route that starts and finishes at Hereford Rowing Club.
We remain on the road with the New Year’s Day Hangover 5 Mile starting at 11am from the Malt Shovel pub, Derbyshire. Then back to multi-terrain with the New Year’s Day DirtRun at Croome Park, Worcester. There is a choice of two distances – 5K and 10K with all finishers receiving a medal and goody bag.
Finally, there are New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day parkruns around the Midlands. Visit the parkrun
website for more details.
Photo courtesy of Nick Lattey.