This month is flying by, cross country season is in full swing and the trails are calling. Whilst many runners opt to run on the road at this time of year there are still plenty of off-road races this weekend (21-22 October) to satisfy the multi-terrain enthusiast.
Off Road We Shall Go
The off-road adventure starts on Saturday at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire. This ancient country house and grounds is set within the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the venue for the Maverick Original Trail run. There are three distances to choose from – 8K, 15K or half marathon and they are open to canicross competitors as well.
It continues with Round 2 of the Peak District Trail Running Autumn Series and again, a choice of distances. Runners can opt for the short 4.9km (3.04 miles) or the long 16.3km (10.1 miles) with both races starting from Calver Village Hall, Calver in the Hope Valley. The organisers have advised runners to car share wherever possible due to limited parking.
Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire is the location for a superb trail run that passes through the county’s National Nature Reserve and other equally attractive settings. The Thoresby 10 includes a 10K and 10-miler and is suitable for runners of all abilities including four legged ones! Canicross runners are welcome but must keep their dogs on a lead at all times.
Our final off-road stop is Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham for the Cinder Path 10K Cross Country. Runners follow a challenging course in the Town Park including a few hills and it is popular with local clubs as well as first timers.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo by Amanda Bishop.