Staying power will be an important factor at Saturday’s Grand National and for runners participating in this weekend’s (8-9 April) races.
On Form And Ready To Run
The Pavilion Gardens 5K April on Saturday is one for the sprinters amongst us. It’s part of a monthly series of free, 5k races organised by Buxton AC and starts at 9am from the Pavilion Gardens. The three laps around the Gardens are an ideal way to see if the interval training is paying off!
Surging ahead into Sunday, there's the Central Health Derby 10K, Elite Wheelchair 10K and a 3K Fun Run. Part of the RunDerby series of races, it fundraises for Sporting Futures, a charity aimed at improving the lives of young people across Derbyshire through sport and enabling them to reach their potential.
The Derby 10K starts at 9am with the fun run at 10.30am from Pride Park Stadium, the home of Derby County FC. British Military Fitness will lead everyone through a warm-up beforehand with runners heading off in three waves according to their pen letter. The event also includes a Business Team Challenge for workplaces keen to display their competitive instincts with prizes for the top three teams. In addition to this is a prize for the team who raises the most amount of money for charity.
Finally, a race for those who prefer to go further in the shape of the ‘Cyril Bean’ Coventry Way 40 Mile Challenge on Saturday. Organised by A Coventry Way, this annual event is open to runners and walkers, solo or relay teams, along a countryside route with refreshments at seven checkpoints followed by a meal at the finish.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of Martin Ward