It's the beginning of July and the month starts with a full programme of events in the Midlands. The Black Country takes pride of place; however, there are plenty of races to choose from in all parts of the region.
There is the opportunity to go on the rampage this Saturday (and Sunday!) with the Summer Ram Run, a multi-choice event for all ages in Warwickshire. Open to children as well as adults all of whom face a series of obstacles that will take them out of their comfort zone!
Marginally less taxing is the Eastridge Trail Half Marathon and Relay Challenge on the Stiperstones ridge in Shropshire. Then it’s the turn of the Black Country with a Half Marathon along the canal towpath, starting from Wolverhampton city centre and finishing in Birmingham.
Another event with a difference is the Isoman Marathon. Organised by Isoman Triathlon who also hold single discipline events, this race along with a quarter and half marathon options means anyone can take part.
More action to follow on Sunday with the second day of the Ram Run obstacle course race, several 10ks in urban and rural locations and a summer 10-mile race in Coventry. Coventry is also the setting for the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships, in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). It’s aim is to increase access to athletics for disabled children and also talent spot the Paralympians of tomorrow.
Back by popular demand is the Tor Systems Potteries Marathon in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. It starts and finishes at the Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City FC and known as ‘the friendly marathon’ due to the crowd support.
To end on a sweet note there is the Chocolate 5K sponsored run in Sandwell Valley Country Park, Bromwich to raise funds for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.
For more information, visit the race listings section on the website.