Six of the best with this weekend’s (25-26 November) races from road relays to a 10K and a half marathon. There are a couple of Christmas pudding events to ease you into the festive season and a tough trail race for those who like to, literally, jump in at the deep end.
Three of our six are on Saturday beginning with the University of Leicester Road Relays. This is an annual 3k event held on a mostly flat course with a climb up Memorial Hill to the finish.
It’s a seasonal affair in Staffordshire with two tasty events. The first is the Chasewater Christmas Pudding 10K held on paths and trails around Chasewater Reservoir. Runners are encouraged to wear fancy dress and there are post-race mince pies and other goodies not forgetting a Christmas pudding for every finisher.
The second is the Cheddleton 10K Christmas Pudding Race starting at 2pm from the community centre. This well-established race is in its 34th year and fundraises for Cancer Research UK. The course is three, traffic-free laps around the village and a Christmas pudding for all.
The other three races take place on Sunday. There is the Gloucester 10K, a new event from Beyond the Limitations who organise several others in the area. They hope to attract a quality field who will be tempted by a fast race held entirely on the road.
Next is the Clowne Half Marathon and Fun Run in Chesterfield with Cardiac Risk in the Young as the official charity partner. Every half marathon finisher will receive a hoody – just in time as the forecast for the weekend is cold and dry - and fun runners will be given a memento.
Our final race is the Suicide 6, a wet, muddy, challenging run in Baggeridge Country Park, Sedgley from Action Heart. Make sure your running shoes are fastened tightly!
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings