Britain may be hit by Arctic weather conditions but this cold snap won't stop runners and racing this weekend.
Just the one race on what could be a snowy Saturday (14 Jan), the regular monthly Pavilion Gardens 5K series, organised by Buxton AC. A 9am start followed by a good blast around a three-lap course in the Gardens.
Slipping into Sunday (15 January) we find the 23rd Linda Franks 5 Mile event in Cheltenham. This popular road race starts at 9am from the Reddings Community Centre with runners completing a two lap, flat course in an anti-clockwise direction. It is one of several races held by Almost Athletes and part of the Gloucester AAA Road Race Series.
Another road race with Not The Roman IX, a 12K (7.5 miles) event in Stratford upon Avon with a long history. It started out in 1968 as a 9-mile race before a change of venue in 2004 meant a course re-measurement was required. This race starts at 11am. Staying on tarmac there is the Draycote Water 10K in Rugby. Runners follow a fast, flat course around a reservoir making it ideal for a PB and all finishers will receive a technical t-shirt, medal and goody bag.
The final two races are off-road. Choose between the DirtRun Winter Warrior Series Round 5 at Croft Castle in Leominster that includes a climb up to an Iron Age hillfort. Alternately, try the Riverbank Rollick, a 9-mile run on trails, bridle paths, woodlands and across fields with plenty of mud. The organisers, Thornbury Running Club, provide a free, shoe-washing facility at the end.
Photo courtesy of Nick Lewis.