We have another busy weekend (17-18 June) of racing and the weather is set to be hot and humid. Staying hydrated is important so keep calm and drink water (but not too much!).
Things start warming up on Saturday with the Great HU5K Run in South Gloucestershire. This gently undulating, multi-terrain 5k starts and finishes at Hawkesbury Village Hall and follows sections of the scenic Cotswold Way. All proceeds will be donated to Hawkesbury Primary School.
Staying in the Cotswolds for Humph’s Hilly Half Marathon at Bourton-on-the-Water in South Gloucestershire. A single loop race with a reputation as a gruelling affair, it attracts a quality field who enjoy the challenge and the location. It starts at 6pm from Bourton Rovers Football Club.
Then into a sizzling Sunday and the Cheltenham Challenge, a multi-terrain event with 5k, 10k and half marathon options that are also open to walkers. All three races start from Cheltenham Racecourse and are held on multi-terrain routes with water stations at various points. The organisers have advised runners to consider the hot weather conditions and ensure they take on plenty of fluids during the event.
Knowle & Dorridge Running Club has issued a similar warning ahead of the Arden 9-mile Road Race, an annual event now in its 13th year. There will be four water stations situated around the course with a recommendation that entrants top up their fluid levels on the morning of the race and during it to prevent dehydration. The Arden 9 takes place in Solihull, West Midlands and is suitable for new and experienced runners who can complete the distance within two hours.