The mini heatwave is set to continue into the weekend (27-28 May) with temperatures remaining high. And the heat will be on for runners at Sunday’s gruelling races.
We begin with two 6.2-mile races. The Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K is a fast and flat road race with a new addition for this year – a charity team challenge. This is one of several races organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All and in its second year with additional places due to demand.
The Bredon Cricket Club Tower Run is a trail 10k in Worcestershire that includes a climb up to the top of Bredon Hill, which is marked by an Iron Age fort and the 18th century Parson’s Folly. Runners can expect a pre-race Zumba warm-up with live entertainment and a barbecue after the race.
For something with a bit of bite there is the Crocodile 8, an 8.8-mile multi-terrain race in Hereford. The ‘Crocodile’ is the nickname for Badnage Wood, which resembles the shape of a crocodile's body and is the challenging and longest section of the race. The race is held in the afternoon and starts at 3pm from Burghill County Primary School.
Then over to Derbyshire and the Peak District for the Lomas Distribution Buxton Half Marathon. Now in its 36th year, the race has a reputation as a tough event in the picturesque countryside that has become a ‘must do’ in many runners’ diaries.
Finally, we end in Staffordshire and the Flying Fox Marathon. This race is organised by Stone Master Marathoners and held on quiet country lanes with some minor undulations. It starts at 9.30am from Knighton Cricket Club.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of Jason Bennett