Pocket Race Guide - January

Featuring... Folksworth 15, Les Witton Memorial 10, Not the Roman IX, G3 10K series, Ferriby 10


Posted: 28 December 2008
by Alice Palmer

Asics Watford Half-Marathon

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Asics Watford Half-Marathon (Hertfordshire, February 1)
This popular event follows Hertfordshire's country lanes up some testing climbs on a rewarding course

The Children's Mutual Tunbridge Wells Half-Marathon (Kent, February 15)
Be part of the 26th staging of this popular half, whose opening six-mile descent does little to prepare you for the infamous steep midway incline.

Start Fitness Great North West Half-Marathon (Lancashire, February 22)
Bracing two-lap fixture bursting with PB potential, along the seafront between Blackpool's North Pier and Little Bispham.


National Highlights...

Les Witton Memorial 10

Les Witton Memorial 10 (Kent, January 18)
If you've run the popular Les Witton Memorial 10 before, you'll want to come back and test out its new middle section. This 10-mile road race still starts and finishes at Dartford Road Runners' base, Princes Park, but the central four miles have been re-routed for 2009.

Just as in previous years though, you'll be treated to a scenic lap touring the undulating countryside around Dartford, and a long hill to tackle just before you close in on the finish. As well as the tip-top facilities at race HQ, you'll be piled high with goodies – all finishers are treated to a medal, goody bag and drinks bottle, and if you enter in advance you'll snaffle a £5 Sweatshop voucher too.

More 10-mile highlights...
Rough 'n' Tumble 10 (Wiltshire, January 11)
Fred Hughes 10 (Hertfordshire, January 18)
Barretts Canterbury 10 (Kent, January 25)


Not the Roman IX

Not the Roman IX (Warwickshire, January 18)
Kick off 2009 – and perhaps your spring marathon training too – with the sixth staging of this popular 12K road race.

If you're still in mourning for the long-lived Roman 9, which this race replaces, it''s time to snap out of it – the adjusted route is a corker. A lap of rural Warwickshire in a large and vibrant field of fellow runners will take you through scenic countryside with a tricky hill section to tackle halfway round.

At the finish there's a range of spot prizes, winners' prizes, team prizes… and if you miss out on those, not to fear – all finishers will take home a commemorative coaster, the perfect accessory for all those memento mugs.


G3 10K series

G3 10K series (Surrey, January 24, February 14 and March 7)
Test your cross-country mettle in this series of Guildford-based 10K races. All three races start and finish at the same point – Newlands Corner in Guildford, but all tackle different routes across the North Downs.

Along the way, you and around 300 other runners will say goodbye to the traffic and pedestrians of road races in favour of a charming mixture of sandy trails, woodland tracks and grassy fields, as well as the usual cross-country fare: lashings of mud.

More off-road highlights...
Forest of Dean Trail series (Gloucestershire, January 4)
Swanley 10K (Kent, January 11)
Wedgnock Winter Mud & Mayhem 10K (Warwickshire, January 31)


Ferriby 10

Ferriby 10 (East Yorkshire, January 25)
Join a field of nearly 500 other runners for the 55th staging of this 10-mile road race through rural Yorkshire villages and countryside, renowned for its toughness as much as for its longevity.

You'll be thankful it's just the one lap when you meet the hills – the first half of the race climbs before a descent leading down to a cheeky uphill sting in the tail near the finish.

All finishers will come away with a hard-earned T-shirt, and there are spot prizes as well as prizes for the winners, plus £50 for any entrants feeling up to a shot at the course record.


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