Schools are out for summer but a forecast of strong winds and heavy rain is a less than ideal start to the holiday period. A stiff upper lip will be in evidence during this weekend's (22-23 July) events.
The first of our three races on Saturday might be on many people’s minds given the weather. The Great Escape 10K Obstacle Run takes place in Henley-on-Thames and requires participants to tunnel out from a camp to freedom. They have to tackle various obstacles on their way while avoiding capture by a Second World War re-enactment group. It is organised by Intrepid-Events who provide immersive experiences, leadership training and team building services.
Back to the present day with the second race, the Gyrn Gallop in Shropshire. The 6.6-mile fell race is organised by Oswestry Olympians and is part of the Rhiwlas Community Centre Summer Fayre. It starts at 1pm with runners following a multi-terrain route that includes 1150ft of climbing.
The third race is the Stratford Summer 6, an annual road race in Wilmcote and three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. It starts and finishes at Mary Arden’s House, the home of Shakespeare’s mother and takes runners along an attractive and undulating course around the village.
Things calm down a bit going into Sunday with the Sanlam Go Dad Run in Worcester. The event is open to men and boys of all ages who have a choice of 5k or 10k distances. These races aim to raise awareness of men’s health issues and funds for charity, similar to the ‘Race for Life’ series for women.