10 Feb

Run For Love Or Money

steep climb at the Muddy Wood 6

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate it than with one of these races this weekend (11-12 February).

It's short and sweet on Saturday with February’s Pavilion Gardens 5K in Buxton (9am). This is part of a regular monthly series of races organised by Buxton AC and involves three laps of the gardens with a 9am start.Then it’s double the distance with another 10-mile race from HOBO Pace. The Dukeries 10 is a navigation-free, scenic event on trails, woods and small sections of roads around Walesby, Newark. This event starts at 9am. 
 
A choice selection on Sunday starting with the Muddy Woody 6, a popular annual race organised by Wye Valley Runners with an 11am start time. Staying with the muddy theme, there is the Caythorpe Dash. A hard half marathon in Grantham with rutted fields and an exposed steep climb at 10 miles, providing a stiff, early season challenge.
 
Not twelve red roses but 12 as in the Dursley Dozen, for the multi-terrain race in Gloucestershire with a reputation as one of the toughest off-roaders in the country. Expect a mix of woodland, open country, mud and roads including a rope assisted climb up ‘The Precipice’. 
 
We now change surfaces fpr two road races. The first is the Golden Gallop 10K on a fast, flat course in Herefordshire, organised by Peak Performance Events. The second is the St Valentine’s 30K (18.6 miles), held by Stamford Striders. Now in its 24th year, this race is popular with runners looking for a training run as preparation for a spring marathon. Everyone who finishes receives an event T-shirt and pack of Love Hearts.  Sweet.  
 
Photo courtesy of Chris Head.