11 Nov

Mad Old Wold Of Running

Runners at Mad Jacks 5

There is an ‘off the wall’ bunch of races this weekend (12 and 13 November) complete with mud, water, laps and obstacles. We dive in at the deep end on Saturday with Mad Jack’s 5, a multi-terrain course around the grounds of the National Trust’s Attingham Park in Shropshire. Runners follow a course that takes in woodland areas, open pasture and marshes with the best saved until last - the cold and muddy Mad Jacks pond. This event is jointly organised by Shrewsbury AC and The National Trust.

More mud at the Dirt Half Challenge, another multi-terrain race with an out and back route that follows a canal towpath, passing through attractive countryside with pleasant views.  
The next scenic, multi-terrain race is the Seagrave Wolds Challenge. Runners, walkers and dogs (allowed this year) follow a 16-mile course to help raise funds for local charities. All finishers treated to the locally famous homemade crumble and custard.
For something that little bit different, there is the Sunset to Sunrise Challenge in Telford, Shropshire. The aim is to complete multiple out-and-back 9.4-mile laps within a 15-hour deadline, with half/full and ultra-marathon options. 
Another lap-based event is the Autumn Shakespeare, organised by Raceways Running Events. Runners have the choice of a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon, following 5k tarmac laps around a disused airfield near Stratford upon Avon.  
Sunday and back to multi-terrain with the Sodbury Slog, a 9-mile mudfest that starts from Chipping Sodbury School and goes along the Cotswold Way. Runners should expect wet, boggy conditions underfoot and bales of hay to climb over. This event started in 1990 and is always held on Remembrance Sunday with a two-minute silence and the playing of the Last Post beforehand. 
Photo courtesy of Mark Agnew.