19 May

Up And Over Again

Farmageddon Obstacle Course Run

Unstoppable forces will meet immovable objects at four of this weekend’s (20-21 May) crop of races. Alternately, there are obstacle-free events for those not looking to get their hands dirty.

Obstacle course races (OCRs) are growing in popularity with runners looking for a different type of challenge, often in teams and fundraising for charity. On Saturday, there is the Farmageddon Run in Leicestershire with a choice of two distances, 10k and 5k, and a selection of natural and man-made obstacles to deal with. 
 
Another option, and still in Leicestershire, is Tough Mudder Midlands at Belvoir Castle. The event is held over two days and requires entrants to tackle 12 miles with 20+ obstacles. There is also a Mini Mudder for juniors aged 7 to 12 years. 
 
Alternatively, you can fly over to Aston Down Airfield in Gloucestershire for the Reebok Spartan Super, Spring and Hurricane Heat Weekend. The event involves climbing, jumping and crawling mixed in with running. 
 
The fourth race is on Sunday and follows a similar format, though runners stay clean and dry at this one – weather depending. The Inflatable 5K Obstacle Run in partnership with PureGym takes place at Wolverhampton Racecourse with the emphasis on a fun experience. 
 
We end with something more traditional – Worcester Marathon and Half Marathon, hosted by Tempo Events and supporting St Richard’s Hospice. Both races start from the Sixways Rugby Stadium on rural lanes around Worcester, with two loops for the marathon and one loop for the half marathon.
 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
 
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Elizabeth