This weekend the choice for Midlands races is between fast and furious and slow and steady with races from 5k to the marathon.
We're set for a relatively quiet Saturday (22 October) with only two races taking place; the Abbots Bromley 10K in Rugeley, Staffordshire and the Royal British Legion Major Series Midlands. Opt for an undulating road race with gradual inclines or an army-style obstacle course with the obligatory mud!
Sunday (23 October) is the busier of the two days with half and full marathons for the endurance enthusiasts. A long hard road awaits…
We start with Leicester Marathon and Half Marathon, an event organisers anticipate will be bigger and better than previous years. Both distances have sold out, proof of the continuing attraction of big city marathons. The Leicester Marathon, Half Marathon and relay event start at 9.15am from Victoria Park.
Heading south we find Abingdon Marathon, now in its 34th year and considered the best marathon in Oxfordshire. This race incorporates several county championships and is a BARR Graded Gold event, proof of its high-ranking. Runners can look forward to a 9am start before proceeding along a fast, flat course with PB-potential. This makes it ideally suited to those looking to complete their first marathon as well as posing a challenge for the seasoned competitor.
In Gloucestershire the Stroud Half Marathon is organised by Stroud & District AC who this year have partnered with Full on Sport - both parties keen to raise funds for charity. Another fast course with PB-potential.
Finally, for anyone who prefers short and sweet races, there are several 5k and 10ks across the region.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of Abingdon Marathon.