The weather outside may be frightful but the running, we know, will be delightful despite the Arctic conditions forecast this weekend (9-10 December). We have a cool collection of races ready for this early taste of winter.
Let’s start with something majestic on Saturday at the Winter Race to the Castle, a 42-mile ultra from How Hard Can It Be Events and CODRC. They also host an autumn version with both taking place in North West Wales, starting from Aberdyfi then heading along the coastal path to Barmouth before finishing at Harlech. The castle town is the backdrop for a well-organised race with a medal, hot food and drinks for every finisher.
We move from Wales to Nottingham and the Wheatley Winter 10, one of several organised by HOBO Pace and a challenging off-roader for any runner. It starts at 9am from South Wheatley Village Hall and there are two well-stocked checkpoints along the route though the organisers stress that entrants must be self-sufficient. All runners will receive a bespoke medal and HOBO Pace race vest.
A snowy Sunday is on the cards making it ideal conditions for the DirtRun Winter Warrior Series - Round 2 at National Trust Dudmaston in Shropshire. There are 2.5K races for juniors, Youth 5K, Adult 5K and 10K plus a canicross category, all of which are on a multi-terrain course in a scenic location.
Our polar journey ends at the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon, a traffic-free, single lap race that goes on an anti-clockwise tour of the city. There is a new event venue at Willen Lake with an extensive range of facilities and post-race refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies to add a festive feel.
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings