Pocket Race Guide - June

Featuring... The Harvel 5, Run in the Wild 10K, Otley 10, Saab Salomon South Downs Marathon, Humber Bridge Half-Marathon, Mayfair Park and Tower 5K, Farnborough Flier 12K, Humph's Hilly Half


Posted: 27 May 2009
by Alice Palmer

Saab Salomon Turbo X, May 31

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Dorking 10 (Surrey, May 31)
Longstanding ten-miler in the heart of the Surrey countryside, with a couple of testing inclines thrown in for good measure.


Saab Salomon Turbo X, Surrey Hill (Berkshire, May 31)
Push yourself to the limit by tackling mud, hills and bogs galore in this extreme off-road event.

 

 


City of Manchester 10K, July 5

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Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon (July 4)
Run entirely on canal towpaths between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, with free entry for those who raise £250 for the chosen charities.

City of Manchester 10K (July 5)
Popular urban fixture, comprising three-laps of the city suburbs and a City of Manchester Stadium start and finish.



National Highlights...

The Harvel 5, June 6

The Harvel 5 (Kent, June 6)

This friendly but competitive, beautiful but tough race packs a lot into its five-mile out-and-back route. Tracing a path through the beautiful Kent countryside, the Harvel 5 covers tarmac, woodland, rocky slopes and all the mud a keen cross-country competitor could wish for. Tired finishers will be revived by the beer, burgers and ice creams on sale at the finish, plus the local Women's Institute on hand with tea and cake on Harvel’s very English village green.

With a field of over 500 runners, free beer waiting at the water station for thirsty runners and a village fete in full swing at the finish, it has a party atmosphere that’s hard to beat.

More five-mile highlights...
Braishfield Beer Race 5 (Hampshire, June 7)
Tilty Hilly 5 (Essex, June 7)
Long Eaton 5(Derbyshire, June 14)
Colworth 5 (Bedfordshire, June 19)


Run in the Wild 10K (Somerset, June 7)

Try out the first staging of the Run in the Wild 10K, held in the captivating surroundings of Somerset’s Cricket St Thomas Estate. Once painted pink and yellow as Noel Edmonds’s theme park village of Crinkly Bottom, Cricket St Thomas has now been restored to its former glory. A historic country estate, this tranquil corner of the West Country covers a thousand acres and boasts a wildlife park, country house and farm.

The single-lap course will take runners around the estate’s traffic-free parkland on paths, tracks and roads, up hills and through woods – and you might even get your trainers wet fording a stream or two. themselves at the centre of a village fete, with barbeque, tea and cakes, a free kids' fun run and entertainment including a brass band and a bouncy castle to keep younger spectators entertained.

More 10K highlights...
Woodhall Spa 10K (Lincolnshire, June 7)
Barts and the London Charity 10K (London, June 14)
Leeds 10K - Jane Tomlinson "Run For All" (Leeds, June 21)
Llanelli Waterside 10K(Camarthenshire, June 21)


Otley 10, June 10

Otley 10 (West Yorkshire, June 10)

Take a break midweek to enjoy Yorkshire at its breathtaking best. The Otley 10 takes in the peaks around the village of Otley in style, giving runners on the tough climbs plenty of opportunity to enjoy the view. The steep hills and welcome flats of this road course make for a course that’s tough, but a treat, with a great atmosphere among the small field.

Runners will be rewarded for their uphill efforts with some exhilarating descents and a well-deserved bottle of beer at the finish.

 

 


Saab Salomon South Downs Marathon, June 13

Saab Salomon South Downs Marathon (and 5K and Relay) (West Sussex, June 13)

It’s a tough marathon, especially in the sweltering heat June can bring – and it’s back for a third year. The Saab Salomon South Downs Marathon and its hills ask a lot from its entrants, but all the runners who take on the challenge will be amply rewarded with stunning views over the South Downs and enough shady wooded paths to make even the sunniest day bearable.

The point-to-point route from Arundel to Petersfield follows rough chalk trails winding through the countryside and over the Downs, from the pretty grounds of Slindon College before following the Monarch Way, the South Downs Way and the National Trail.

Not ready for the full marathon distance? Then round up your running friends and enter the relay event instead.


Humber Bridge Half-Marathon, June 14

Humber Bridge Half-Marathon (East Yorkshire, June 14)

Grab this rare opportunity to race over the longest bridge in the world you can cross on foot in the 10th staging of the Humber Bridge Half-Marathon. The route’s single loop crosses the bridge in both directions, giving entrants plenty of opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views across the Humber from Britain’s longest single-span suspension bridge.

The road course takes in the village of Hessle and the pleasant rural market town Barton on Humber, as well as some tough climbs that’ll make you glad of the thrilling final descent off the bridge towards the finish line.

More half-marathon highlights...
Hanley Building Society Potters Arf Marathon (Staffordshire, June 14)
Southend Half-Marathon (Essex, June 14)
St. Albans Half-Marathon (Hertfordshire, June 14)
Torbay Half-Marathon (Devon, June 21)


Mayfair Park and Tower Race 5K (London, June 17)

Race up a dizzying 28 flights of stairs (that’s a whopping 475 steps) to the top of the Park Lane Hilton in this unique charity race. The race kicks off with 4.7K along the paths of London’s lovely Hyde Park, following the banks of the Serpentine, before runners pop up in the Hilton’s reception, fresh from the Park Lane underpass and ready to charge up 28 flights.

At the top, victorious runners will cross the line into a post-race VIP reception at top restaurant Galvin's at Windows. You can expect some unusually refined crowd support from hotel guests along the way, as well as the buzz of raising money for charity in a small field packed with VIPs and celebs.

More midweek highlights...
D-Day 10K (Hampshire, June 3)
Dennis The Menace 5 (Manchester, June 10)
Dulwich Midsummer 5K (London, June 24)
Beamish Tram Challenge 9K (Durham, June 24)


Farnborough Flier 12K, June 21

Farnborough Flier 12K (Warwickshire, June 21)

The Farnborough Flier’s unusual distance just means more of its beautiful route to enjoy. With some fast flat and downhill sections and the challenge of the first climb, this is a beauty of a course taking in rural views and packed with enough terrain to keep even the most race-weary runner entertained.

Starting on an old country road, the course follows a slow but tough climb up to the Burton Dassett Hills Country Park. Once here, entrants take in an exhilarating run along the ridge with plenty of opportunity to take in the views, before plunging downhill, past the 17th century splendour of Farnborough Hall and on to the finish.


The Humph’s Hilly Half, June 27

The Humph’s Hilly Half (Gloucestershire, June 27)

The Humph’s Hilly Half was introduced by Bourton Road Runners in 2003 as a replacement for the Bourton Classic 15, which had been running for more than two decades.

With a charming single-lap road route starting and finishing in Bourton-on-the-Water and touring the chocolate-box Cotswold villages of Clapton, Sherborne, Windrush, Great Barrington and Great Rissington, the Hilly Half promises glorious views of the West Country. However, the race does what it says on the tin, and the rolling Cotswold hills, however pretty, knock out the chances of a PB.


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