Fancy A Frolic?
With three 'speeds' to choose from, a raffle and an optional hot and cold buffet there's lots to love about this Peak District event...
Have you ever been on a rike? The answer is you probably have, but you didn't know it had a name. Race organisers, Peak Running, tell us: "A rike is a runners' hike with a pace that is steady with more hiking than running. You only actually run when the going is easy."
If it sounds like your cup of tea then the Derbyshire-based race organiser has a fantastic December event scheduled for the 27th - the Festive Frolic. They said: "Our popular festive run and rike on the wonderful trails of South Derbyshire is back for 2023! Why not join us in burning off the mince pies... and then eat some more?"
The event starts the Royal British Legion in Melbourne from where participants will head out for a festive plod on the trails at 11am. Those taking part will cover either eight or six(ish) country miles depending on which group they head out with.
There will be three groups to choose from; Prancer where you can expect chatty running (roughly a 10 to 12 minute-mile pace), Dancer which will be even chattier, with more walking breaks (roughly a 12 to 14 minute-mile pace) and Vixen which is full blown riking; mostly hiking with bursts of chatty running (15+ minute-mile pace).
Once back at the Legion everyone will get stuck into some additional festivities including a raffle, which has over the years become a great way of getting rid of any unwanted Christmas presents and makes for some funny raffle-swaps. There will also be an opportunity to bag a 2023 Peak Running event t-shirt for a quid!
With three 'speeds' to choose from, a raffle and an optional hot and cold buffet, what's not to love?
If you'd like to know more, visit the Peak Running website.
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