Masters of the Runiverse medal

What's in a (race) name?

Races, like runners and medals, come in all shapes and sizes and it is not always obvious what is lurking behind an unusual event name. We delve into some of the more interesting race titles in our preview of the events in runABC South race listing for this weekend.

Pride Run 10K on Saturday (11 August) will be the biggest and most colourful event. With a flat, fast three-lap course in East London's Victoria Park the race limit of 1,250 will be reached. There is always an inclusive and fun atmosphere at Pride Run events and every year an LGBT charity benefits from the runners' efforts – this year raising funds for Schools Out UK. One thing is for certain, there will be a lively vibe at the after-party at the People's Park Tavern.

We love the name, Masters of the Runiverse, on Sunday. Saturn Running specialise in quirky titles (Run for your Elf; The Runger Games; Runners of the Lost Ark) and the latest example is based at the spectacular Wokingham Waterside Centre, Thames Valley Park Nature Reserve. Competitors run as many 5.3km loops alongside beautiful River Thames as they wish (7-hour limit) to cover any distance from 5km to ultra. Every finisher will receive the bespoke Masters of the Runiverse medal and an extra pin is awarded to all who run half marathon and above.

Down in Friston Forest in Sussex we discover the Adder 10 Mile and Forest Five trail runs on Sunday. If you want a bit more bite in your run then this is the one for you. The Adder 10 Mile is two laps of the Forest Five course on a new route for 2018. On the 95% off-road route you will encounter tree roots, steps, horses, sheep, cows, dog walkers, mountain bikers and possibly an adder basking in the sun.

Finally, we call in at the Mount Ephraim 10K in Kent on Sunday. This is a traditional road race organised by Nice Work and although there are some notable hills there is not a mountain in sight. Mount Ephraim is a stunning country estate that has been owned by the Dawes family for over 300 years. The captivating Edwardian Gardens are open to the public and all entrants receive free family admission. Proceeds from this race support Porchlight charity, working to help rough sleepers and homeless in Kent.

With plenty more events to select from the runABC South team hope you enjoy the forecast for sunny intervals, light breeze and less humidity for this weekend.

Full details of all events can be found in the runABC South race listings.

Image courtesy Saturn Running

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