15 Jul

Race Countdown Has Started

start of Leicester's big 10k

Number 10 is a talking point at present and that is just this weekend’s races. There are three 10Ks and a 10 miler scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (16 and 17 July) along with races of varying distances.  

Next month sees the Rio Olympics but closer to home is the Wenlock Olympian Walk/Run. The aim is to complete a tough 100k route in the Shropshire Hills within 28 hours hence this event covers two days. It’s jointly organised by the Marches Group Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) and the Wenlock Olympian Society.   
 
Shropshire is also the setting for the Piece of Cake Trail Half Marathon and Marathon on Saturday (16 July) with runners required to complete one or two laps of The Long Mynd. A delightful location, a medal shaped like a slice of cake and a cake competition makes this a tempting affair. 
 
There are two events that are short distance but as appealing as their endurance counterparts. They are the Worcester Pretty Muddy 5K, delivering a pink punch to cancer, and the annual Bourton One Mile Challenge that attracts the best athletes in the county. 
 
More 10s on Sunday (17 July) starting with Brooksie’s Bash 10 Mile Trail Race at Foremarke Hall school in Derbyshire. The event is organised by Shelton Striders and includes a three mile ‘Enjoy Derby’ walk with all proceeds going to Derbyshire Mind. Up next is the Worcester Race for Life 10K and 5K, the Trentham 10K and Leicester’s Big 10K. The latter has a galactic twist with car parking arranged at The National Space Centre including options for those arriving by space shuttle!
 
Sunday would not be complete without the Rugby Half Marathon and Fun Run, billed as one of the best of its kind in the Midlands. The route encompasses the market town of Rugby and the surrounding countryside. 
 
For more information about these events, visit the race listings section on the website.
 
Photo courtesy of Tempo Events.