15 Sep

Peak Thrills and Hills

Maverick Race Peak District Series

There are no less than 30 races happening across all corners of the Midlands this Saturday and Sunday (16-17 September). The Peak District is especially popular this weekend and the next. 

Off-road is the chosen surface with hills, moors, woodland and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The organisers, Maverick Race, have added a new addition to their series of events that’s designed to push people to their limits. The Maverick X Peak District Trail Run Series on Saturday includes a choice of a 10k, half marathon and a marathon and follows a route that passes Kinder Scout, Ladybower Reservoir and Dark Peak. 
We stay in the woods at the Forest of Dean Marathon at Henley in Arden. The event is open to walkers and runners with two distances - 17 miles or 26.5 miles and organised by the Heart of England Forest Marathon Association. Entrants are reminded to bring a mug for hot drinks at the checkpoints and at the finish. 
Our last event on Saturday takes place in Sherwood Forest, the home of England’s most famous outlaw. The Robin Hood 100 is a full marked and signed ultra on a mainly flat route with a 30-hour cut-off time. 
Stepping into Sunday and a return trip to the Peak District for the Autumn Trail Running Series – Round 1. There is a choice between a 17km and a 5.2km race with both taking place in the Peak District National Park. Round 1 is held at Carsington Water with Round 2 at Calver followed by Round 3 at Monyash. The organisers have asked runners to car share wherever possible to minimise any environmental impact. 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy Mark Cameron