Running Wild In The Country
With brighter conditions forecast this weekend (24-25 March), things look calmer on the race front with a wide variety of events taking place. However, there’s still time for some ‘March Madness’ at these challenging races.
The fun begins tomorrow (Saturday) at the Wild Mud Run, one of a series of obstacle races from Xrunner. It is held at Osmaston Manor in Derbyshire with a choice of 5K and 10K runs and plenty of obstacles on swampy, hilly, terrain including the main feature – mud. This is an event that will test even the fittest runner!
We stay in Derbyshire for the moment to welcome a new race to the fold. Challenge Smeekley is another obstacle course race including stone walls, cargo nets, water crossings and tunnels and with a choice of a 5K or 10K distance offers something for the newcomer as well as the experienced runner. There are prizes for the first, second and third male and female plus a team, and for the best fancy dress.
It’s a hop, skip and a jump over to Warwickshire for the Mad March Hare Half Marathon and Fun Runs. Set in the grounds of Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, runners follow an undulating, multi-terrain course over a distance of half marathon, 10K or 5K. The emphasis is on a fun and friendly event and there is a medal plus a big bar of chocolate for every finisher.
Another popular March race is the Cleevewold 14, a tough, hilly, multi-terrain affair in Gloucestershire that’s organised by Cheltenham Harriers. The route takes in the tops of the Cotswold hills on Cleeve Common with stunning views to admire once you have got your breath back!
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of Cleevewold Race.