21 Jul

Storming Ahead To Victory

Gyrn Gallop Fell Race

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.

For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section
Photo courtesy of Steve Nicholls