The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is a major event this weekend but there is no shortage of top quality races across the Midlands to suit all running tastes. Trail shoes and tenacity are required…
Saturday is Spartan day with the Midlands Super, a middle distance obstacle course at Aston Down Airfield in Gloucestershire. It’s part of the Spartan Race series of events where participants have to run, crawl and climb over 24 to 29 obstacles along an 8 to 10 mile route. Expect to get wet and muddy!
Trail races are becoming increasingly popular and the Runner’s World Trailblazer won’t disappoint with the choice of a 10k or half marathon, set in the magnificent surroundings of Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. Organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports, runners follow trails through Robin Hood country and the famous (or infamous!) Sherwood Forest with plenty of entertainment for friends and families at the event village.
On Sunday, there is the curiously named Crocodile 8, a tough, multi-terrain race with enough of a bite for even the most hardened runner. This 8.8-mile race in Hereford goes through Tillington’s Badnage woods – said to resemble the body of a crocodile – hence the name. All proceeds go to Burghill County Primary School who are hosting this race.
Another scenic race is Buxton Half Marathon, a challenging race with stunning views of the Peak District and popular with runners from the region and beyond. It is the 35th outing for this hilly race, sponsored by Lomas Distribution who continues to support this perennial favourite.
To end with, there is the Moorfield 5K, a road race in the Peak District that starts from the Beehive Inn in Glossop with prizes for the winners.