With Wednesday June 6th marking Global Running Day, we thought what better reason than to put together a list of six absolute musts to sign-up for this year!
So, whether you fancy yourself as a bit of a warrior, are in need of some nature in your life, are always looking for the biggest and best or simply want to raise some money for a great cause whilst doing something you love, we’ve got you covered!
The Ultimate Obstacle Course Race – Total Warrior Leeds, June 23rd/24th, Bramham Park
What to expect: As the Northern Powerhouse in obstacle course racing, these guys know how to put on an event and this year’s Leeds event looks to be as exciting as ever! Timed and suitable for individuals of all levels of fitness, the 12k extravaganza will feature a whopping 25 obstacles including a brand-new obstacle, “The Waterfall” (a truly unique obstacle which sees runners scrambling up and over a series of walls whilst contending with water gushing down from above!). As arguably the ultimate test of strength, stamina, determination and teamwork, if that’s not enough to whet the appetite, every competitor will receive a free beer at the finish!
The Ultimate Ultra – Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones, 14th/15th July, Lewknor to Avebury
What to expect: Voted the best endurance event at the UK running awards in 2016, it’s not hard to see why as this unforgettable 100km race snakes its way along Britain’s oldest path, the Ridgeway. Passing up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring, it rises up onto the North Wessex Downs through golden fields before the iconic finish between the towering stones of Avebury! For the endurance kings and queens, this is not one to be missed! If you don’t fancy racing non-stop for a shot at the course record, however, why not walk through the night or make a weekend of it and stay in the legendary campsite before tackling the second half of the challenge!
The World’s Biggest Half-Marathon – Simplyhealth Great North Run, 9th September, Newcastle to South Shields
What to expect: If it’s bigger and better you’re after then look no further than what is officially the world’s biggest half marathon, the Simplyhealth Great North Run! Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1-mile route sees runners go through the city centre towards the River Tyne, where thousands cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead. From there, runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained by “Bands on the Run”. Lined by thousands of supporters, the view of the sea at the top of Prince Edward Road in South Shields is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course. From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish line. With it all filmed live on the BBC, this is your chance to get your moment in the spotlight!
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The Scenic Route – The Royal Parks Half Marathon, 14th October, Hyde Park
If it’s feeling at one with nature you’re after, then look no further than this stunning 13.1 mile route that encapsulates the beauty of four of London’s eight Royal Parks. Heading into its 11th year, the race is one of the most iconic and scenic half marathons in any city in the world. As well as winding through these historic parks, host on closed off roads, this is your chance to take in some of London’s key landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Houses of Parliament alongside some 16,000 others!
One to Movember – Mo Running, Throughout November, Various Locations
If you’d like to make a difference in taking on your next challenge, then look no further than Mo Running’s events taking place throughout November. With 5k and 10k challenges at some 22 locations up and down the country including the impressive backdrops of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, Greenwich Park and Nottingham’s Wollaton Park, their events act as a platform to raise awareness and funds for Men’s Health through the Movember Foundation. With the inclusion of the 1.5km mini MoRun too, this is certainly one for all the family. Expect good fun, lots of laughs, loads of smiles, high fives, fancy dress and of course lots of funny moustaches!
The Trackster – Track Life LDN, Mondays, Various track locations across London
Brought to you by Technogym Global Master Trainer, Rory Knight and running expert and PT, Omar Mansour, their sessions are not ones to be missed! Host on a weekly basis, they promise to put the fun into running with a jampacked session full of thrills and athlete inspired twists from the off. With an overwhelming atmosphere of inclusiveness, whether you’re already a runner or not, this is a must try and a great way to kickstart the week. All you need is energy and the guys will be sure to help you take your fitness and running to the next level!