10 Nov

Trying Time Ahead

Mad Jacks 5

We are up for a challenge this weekend (11-12 November) with races of varying distances and terrain that all have one thing in common: they will test your physical and mental resolve. Take a deep breath and choose between multiple laps or slippery surfaces, night running or water.

The season of dark mornings and chilly nights is the theme for the Autumn Shakespeare 5K/10K/Half Marathon and Marathon from Raceways. This is the last race and the end of the Shakespeare series as the location – Long Marston Airfield - is being redeveloped for housing. It takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon on a flat, 5K course with ideal viewing points for family and friends to cheer the runners on as they make their way around a single or several laps. 
We go from tarmac to off-road at the Seagrave Wolds Challenge in Leicestershire. This is a tough yet scenic 16-mile event which supports local good causes and everyone who finishes has the legendary fruit crumble and custard to look forward to. 
A change of direction and on to Shropshire for the Sunset to Sunrise Challenge hosted by How Hard Can it Be Events and CODRC. Entrants run an out and back lap course alongside the River Severn, starting at 4:16pm on Saturday and finishing at 7:33am on Sunday. Don’t forget your head torch for this one. 
We stay in Shropshire for Mad Jack’s 5, a multi-terrain race jointly organised by Shrewsbury AC and The National Trust. It is held at The National Trust’s Attingham Park and runners have woods, pasture land and the infamous pond near the finish. You might need a snorkel and flippers along with your running kit. 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of Mark Agnew.