There are races across all distances and terrain this weekend (6-7 May), from 1K to a 45-mile ultra and even the UK’s first owner-and-dog obstacle course!
You can put a best foot (and paw) forward on Saturday at the Muddy Dog Challenge to raise funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. This is a unique event with Wollaton Park, Nottingham the first of four UK locations and a choice of 2.5K or 5K obstacle courses.
Over to Staffordshire for Lichfield Half Marathon, organised by KP Events with a 10.30am start time. This popular race regularly attracts over 1,500 runners to the historic cathedral city with every finisher receiving a medal and goody bag.
For those runners who enjoy going further than a marathon, there is the Malvern Hills Ultra. This event is organised by Ultra Running Ltd and open to solos, relay teams, walkers and teams of two or more who can choose between 22/29/38/45 and 90 miles.
Sunday is the busier day with the Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon, starting at 9am from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. The route passes notable landmarks including Shakespeare’s old school and through picturesque English villages.
Another attractive location is the Forest of Dean where you'll find the Skechers 1K, 5K and 10K Trail Run with a Canicross option. This is one of several races organised by Trimax Events with runners following a well-signposted route in scenic woodlands. The races start at 9.30am/10am and 10.45am according to distance.
Yet another race in a delightful setting is the Bluebell Blunder. A 10K route through the Wye Valley with sections on Offa’s Dyke that includes trails, hills and carpets of bluebells.
We end with the Wings for Life World Run, a global charity event where everyone starts at the same time and aims to keep going until passed by the ‘Catcher Car’. The Catcher Car starts 30 minutes after the runners and gradually increases speed throughout the race.
Photo courtesy of Samantha Harper.