23 Sep

Rock Up And Run

runners at Quadzilla

Tough choices this weekend (24 - 25 Sept) for Midlands runners that means being caught between a rock and a hard race. Persistence, determination and a willingness to suffer are the ingredients required for most if not all of these races.

Film fans will be particularly interested in the Rocky 40th Anniversary Marathons and Half Marathon. The options are to run one or two marathons on Saturday or the half marathon the following day. Those of a hardcore disposition can choose to run all three races. Contenders run multiple laps around Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes with an iconic Rocky medal for all finishers.

We move up a weight class to ultra distance and the Cotswold Way Century. This is a scenic, hilly 100-miler starting at 12 noon on Saturday with a 30-hour time limit. Experience of 40-mile ultras and longer needed for this hard event. 

The main events on Sunday include the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon, Half Marathon and Mini Marathon and Cheltenham’s Half Marathon. Large turnouts and PB’s are expected (or hoped for!) in these races, set in historic locations.  
Several other half marathons taking place in other parts of the Midlands including the NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon, Stowe Half Marathon and the Forest of Dean Autumn Half. Runners proceed along visually appealing, traffic-free paths or trails while helping to raise money for charity. 
Resolving to finish is a constant theme and especially appropriate when applied to the Stroke Association 5K/10K/15K Resolution Run in Birmingham. This is part of a series of events around the UK, open to people of all ages and backgrounds to encourage them to get fit and active.   
For more information about these events, visit our race listings section. 
Photo courtesy of Enigma Running.