We’re all looking for new races to try out, so we’ve put together a list of club members favorites.
Why not try something new this year?
|Race Name||Distance / Why it’s great!||Race Website||Nominated By|
|Endure 24||Solo/Relay 24 hr Endurance Race||http://www.endure24.co.uk/||Teresa, Karen,Mike,Paul,Steve McAvoy(to name a few)|
|Great team event, well organised, very local to us!|
|Single and forest track around the reservoir, tiny section of road.
Not local but a beautiful experience, one of the best places for star gazing! very remote
|South Downs marathon relay||Relay or solo Marathon||http://www.209events.com/event.php?event=33||Karen|
|Fantastic scenery! Great atmosphere and a lot of fun for the team getting to each change over point|
|Reading Half Marathon||Half Marathon||http://www.readinghalfmarathon.com||Karen,Bruce|
|Very busy run, lots of crowd support all the way around, including steel band at the Oracle roundabout. Amazing finishing in the Madejski stadium with a cheering crowd!|
|Swallowfield 10K||10K road||http://www.swallowfield10plus3.com||Karen,Sharon|
|Very nice local run on quiet roads – semi rural. This year they introduced a duathlon.|
|Terminator||12 miles||www.pewseyvalerunningclub.org||Steve McAvoy|
|12ish miles off road with hills mud and more hills (and mud).|
|Over The Hills||12K Cross Country||www.avonvalleyrunners.org||Steve McAvoy|
|Some flat sections an impossible hill and a river crossing. Race normally held in November.|
|Loch Ness Marathon||Marathon||www.lochnessmarathon.com||Steve McAvoy|
|Held in the Scottish highlands with stunning scenery. Undulating road Inverness Race normally held September/October|
|Thames 10k||10K off road||http://www.thames10k.co.uk||Bruce|
|Nice off road route, with some tarmac, but on private closed roads. Scenic Thames-side views
Good facilities & parking
Mid-week July evening run – so well deserving of a country pub pint afterwards!
|Very well organised
A good “pro” feel, without being too scarily competitive
|Grizzly||20 miles||http://www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk/||Paul C|
|Multi Terrain, very undulating, Grass, tracks, mud, bogs, beach & even a little road. Hills & more hills. Seaton, Devon Different course & race name each year. Extremely popular race – entries open in September and sell out very quickly (< 1 hour!). Friendly and tough. Very scenic. Will take the same time as a road marathon. Grizzly activities held throughout the weekend.|
|Beachy Head Marathon||Marathon||http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon.aspx||Paul C|
|Cross Country, hilly – 3500 feet ascent, one of the hardest off road marathons in the UK Eastbourne, Sussex Very scenic. Excellent food at checkpoints, be prepared for the Seven Sisters hills from mile 20 to 22 then the long climb up to the top of Beachy Head at 25 miles. Post-race meal included!|
|Le Marathon du Medoc||Marathon||http://www.marathondumedoc.com||Paul C|
|Road & tracks through vineyards & Chateaux of the Medoc
Paulliac, France. Flatish marathon with 21 wine tasting stations en route. Also beef, oysters, ham, cheese & ice cream near the end. Special atmosphere. Virtually all runners wear fancy dress with a different theme each year. A pile of race mementoes includes a quality bottle of wine in a special wooden presentation box
|parkrun||5K||http://www.parkrun.org.uk||Paul C, Teresa, Mike, Karen|
|Usually off road.
Local venues – Greenham Common & the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke but there are events all over the UK. Free weekly timed 5K amid parkland settings all over the UK. Simply register beforehand – print out your runners bar code & run. A regular fast paced 5K works wonders. Relies on volunteers to run each event so don’t forget to take your turn at helping out from time to time.
|10 or 20 mile||http://www.readingroadrunners.org/bramley.html||Sharon|
|Lovely flat course Nice scenery Country lanes|
|Bath Half||Half Marathon||http://bathhalf.co.uk||Sharon|
|2 loops & flat, except for a couple of long inclines. Well supported Well organised|
|Rough n tumble||10 miles off road||http://www.grassrootsevents.co.uk/||Susanne|
|Held in Pewsey, Wiltshire. I don’t do many off road but this is one I like because it is very friendly and the cakes afterward is what keeps you going on this very tough course.|
|Oakley 20||20 miles||http://www.bedfordharriers.co.uk/Oakley.htm||Susanne|
|Top organisation not one stone is left untouched. And you get a nice hoody for your effort!|
|Burnham Beeches 10k||10K through woodlands||http://www.burnhambeeches10k.com/||Susanne|
|Very low profile race organised by a Rotary club who will do anything to look after you. Hot free drink waits for you at the woodland cafe afterwards. And then it is a Saturday race so still time for another race on the Sunday !|