The going will certainly be tough this weekend with a variety of challenging races taking place across the Midlands. From obstacles and mud to charity races and long distances, plus a run through cider orchards that is likely to be thirst quenching!
It’s straight in at the deep end on Saturday with Day 1 of Tough Mudder in the Midlands. Held at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, this event is not for the faint-hearted with 10 to 12 miles of obstacles and mud to deal with.
Another equally arduous event is The Stones Ultra and Relay, a 34 mile race along a footpath in the village of Barlaston, Staffordshire. A waymarked route designed for novice and experienced runners, and walkers, with the option of a 3-person team relay.
Trail marathons are always popular and The Shindig in the Shire is a good example, set in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Runners complete two laps of a challenging route that includes a steep climb up to Wenlock Edge (this correspondent did it in 2015!). There is a half marathon, single lap alternative.
Sunday sees Day 2 of Tough Mudder with the same format as the day before. Whichever day participants choose, they will be pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits.
For a different kind of challenge, there is Worcester Marathon and Half Marathon. This flattish, rural route starts and finishes at the Six Ways Rugby Stadium with the event continuing its partnership with local charity St Richard's Hospice.
The Burton 10 is a popular road race in Burton-on-Trent with age category prizes and medals for all finishers. The organisers are holding a 2-mile family fun run with vouchers for the winning man and lady.
Another equally popular race is the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice 10K and 5K family fun run at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire. It’s the twelfth year running of this event that is well supported by local running clubs.
To finish there is the Bulmers Bash: a 6.5 off-road race through Bulmer’s cider orchards with a memento and bottle of cider for all finishers.
Photo courtesy of Tough Mudder UK