12 Aug

Teamwork In Motion

Runners go flat out at the Pavilion Gardens 10KThe nation is hoping for a Team GB jackpot on ‘Super Saturday’ while here in the Midlands we have a ‘Super Weekend’ of races taking place with fierce competition for medals.

Two events to focus on this Saturday (13 August) starting with the Pavilion Gardens 5K in Derbyshire. The 5k is part of a series, held on the second Saturday of each month with a 9am start time. It is one of several events organised by Buxton AC and a contrast to their very hilly half marathon! A good test for the sprinters amongst us.  
Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is becoming increasingly popular with new events appearing at various locations across the Midlands and the UK. The latest addition is the Mudnificent 7 - an obstacle course and expo rolled into one. The venue for this is Heart Park in Warwickshire with a course designed by seven different race organisers, hence the name, with mud as standard. 
Three races on Sunday (14 August) that move from the sprint to the distance end of the endurance running scale. The first is the Draycote Water 10K in Rugby, Warwickshire that takes runners around a country park and reservoir making this a popular race with record numbers taking part last year. 
Next is the Standish Woodland Chase, a 10-mile multi-terrain race that goes along parts of the scenic Cotswold Way. This hilly course mostly consists of woodland trails with a few sections of road thrown in. 
The new and improved Newark Half Marathon completes the trio. This is a fast, flat race on closed roads and in a location rich in Civil War geological history. This half marathon may be the only race of its kind that is co-organised by four running clubs who are also keen to encourage newcomers to the sport. 
For more information about these events, visit the runABC Midlands race listings section
Photo courtesy of Buxton AC.