5 Aug

No Running Out Of Steam

Runners Heading Down The Track At The Railway UltraAll eyes are on Rio this weekend but there is plenty of athleticism closer to home to keep things on track. 

On Saturday (6 August), there is the Stourbridge Stumble 10K, a summer multi-terrain race with a 6pm start time, preceded by a fun run. It is one of two club events organised by Stourbridge Running Club, the other being a 10-mile Stagger held in February each year. 
 
We go from a stumble to a constant steady pace at the Railway Ultra in Telford, Shropshire. This is similar to the Stourbridge format with a summer and winter option and in both cases there are three distances – 19, 28 and 38 miles to select from. The course is a disused railway track, 9.4 miles out and back with runners aiming to complete their preferred distance via a series of laps. All finishers presented with a locomotive themed medal (an engine or carriage), the choice of which rests with the race organiser. 
 
Keeping with endurance there is the inaugural Gloucester City Marathon (7 August), a fast, flat race on closed roads around this historic city. The route includes stunning views of Gloucester Cathedral and the Cotswolds with a medal, T-shirt and goody bag for every finisher.  
 
Staying with Sunday, there are two shorter distance races, the Cannock Chase 10K and the Big Fun Run Nottingham 5K. 
 
The Cannock Chase 10K is a hilly trail race in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), enabling runners to get back to nature.
 
The Big Fun Run in Nottingham is an untimed 5K where the emphasis is on taking part rather than competition. It is part of the Big Fun Run series of events aimed at families as well as individuals and encourages participants to fundraise for charities.
 
Photo courtesy of Run and Fun Photography.