6 May

Running Spreads Its Wings This Weekend

runners get ready for the Wings For Life World Run 2016Summertime and the running is easy…or not as many of this weekend’s events suggest. With a forecast of soaring temperatures, it is going to be hot work for anyone taking part in a race whether that is a 5k 10k, half marathon or ultra. Not forgetting the unusual Wings For Life World Run where the weather will be a secondary consideration.

Let’s start with events closer to home. Tomorrow (Saturday 7 May) sees four races taking place that cater for runners who prefer to go faster or further. For short distance, there is the No Walk In The Park 5K in Chesterfield, organised by North Derbyshire Running Club and the Titchmarsh 10K and 3K fun run in Nottinghamshire. 
 
Stepping things up a bit, there is the Cannock Chase Half Marathon, a brand new trail race in an attractive forest area renowned for its wildlife. For those who prefer long distance (including this correspondent) there are two ultramarathons: the first is the Evesham Ultra on Saturday with the Malvern Hills Ultra taking place the next day.
 
Sunday is the busier of the two days with 15 events taking place across the region. Highlight races of interest include the Colour Blast Dash in Derby, where runners wear white t-shirts before being pelted with coloured powder around the course; and the challenging Stroud Trail Half and Full Marathon set in the heart of the Cotswolds with plenty of hills to deal with. Then there is the intriguingly sounding Wymeswold Waddle 5 Miler with village duck races afterwards that may put the human participants in the shade! 
 
Finally, the Wings For Life World Run has a unique race format with nearly 40,000 runners from around the globe starting at the same time. A ‘catcher’ car follows them 30 minutes after they have begun and each time it passes a runner that person has to drop out with the last runner caught declared the winner. This Sunday’s race takes place at the Silverstone Circuit with all entry fees going to Spinal Cord Research.   
 
For more information, visit the race listings section on the RunABC Midlands website
 
Image courtesy of Wings For Life World Run.