Pocket Race Guide - March

Featuring... Duchy Marathon, Fradley 10K, Dentdale 14, Hastings Half-Marathon, Military 10K (and 5K), Marwell Zoo 10K

Posted: 26 February 2009
by Alice Palmer

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Eastbourne Half-Marathon (East Sussex, March 1)
After a taxing climb in the opening miles, you'll soon be able to settle into your stride and a enjoy expansive views along the seafront.

Shakespeare Raceway 10K (Warwickshire, March 7)
Give this new addition to the racing calendar a try - its flat rural road course might just be among the flattest you'll encounter this year.

Wright Hassall Leamington Regency 10K, April 5

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Wright Hassall Leamington Regency 10K (Warwickshire, April 5)
Take a trafftic-free tour of the genteel gardens and riverside paths of Regency Leamington Spa in this popular 10K.

Sheffield Half-Marathon (South Yorkshire, April 26)
Starting from the famous Don Valley Stadium, this classic road race promises a thrilling atmosphere and crowds of spectators, while offering runners a circular route that's fast, flat and friendly to both beginners and hard-boiled PB hunters.

GDF Suez Leeds Half-Marathon (West Yorkshire, May 10)
After last year's trial autumnal staging, organisers have restored this 4,000-strong city-centre number (boasting some challenging climbs in the first half) to its usual May date.

National Highlights...

Duchy Marathon, March 8

Duchy Marathon (Cornwall, March 8)
Good for: a Cornish challenge
Join in the 33rd staging of Britain’s second-longest-running marathon. It’s certainly a challenging course, with a hill that seems to grow from one lap to the next, but once you've conquered this, the route is generally pleasantly flat.

Pace yourself with ease over the two-lap course – each loop of this road route is varied enough to keep you entertained, following the spectacular and exposed north coast road along the cliffs before heading back through the historic mining district of Pool.

At the finish, you’ll be handsomely rewarded for your efforts with a Cornish pasty, chocolate and a medal.

More long-distance highlights...
Wymondham 20 (Norfolk, March 8)
Trollers Trot 24K (North Yorkshire, March 14)
Trimpell 20 (Lancashire, March 15)
Rhayader Round The Lakes 20 (Powys, March 21)
The A20 Pathway 17.3 (Kent, March 22)

Fradley 10K, March 8

Fradley 10K (Staffordshire, March 8)
Good for: PB chasers
Attack your 10K PB – or give the distance a try for the very first time – on this flatter-than-flat rural course. In a small and friendly field, you’ll enjoy two laps looping through the country lanes of the Staffordshire village of Fradley.

As well as a medal for your efforts, there are spot prizes to be won. And that’s not all – in previous years, runners have been welcomed across the finish line to the suitably epic strains of the theme from Chariots of Fire.

More 10K highlights...
Devizes 10K (Wiltshire, March 8)
Sevenoaks Rotary Knole Park 10K (Kent, March 15)
Sherborne Castles 10K (Dorset, March 15)
Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K (West Yorkshire, March 29)

Dentdale 14, March 14

Dentdale 14 (Cumbria, March 14)
Good for: Wuthering heights
Enjoy a panoramic introduction to Cumbria’s stunning moors in the Dentdale 14. Whether you tour the moors under blue skies or are beset by whipping winds, you’ll be kept entertained by the route’s ever-changing backdrop and dramatic hill climbs.

You'll also be glad of the race's reputation for solid local support – in past years, vocal supporters have turned out in force in the villages along the route, while tea and cake welcome weary runners to the finish.


Hastings Half-Marathon, March 15

Hastings Half-Marathon (Sussex, March 15)
Good for: a half and "a half"
This classic half-marathon is a staple in the British racing calendar and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. On the road to all those spring marathons, it’s attended by thousands, with many FLM entrants among them.

The route will take you over seaside paths against a varied backdrop of countryside, coastal and city-centre scenery as you follow the route taken by William the Conqueror as his troops headed towards Battle.

You'll also be spoilt rotten with organisational touches: there’s a free crèche for children, chip timing, special train services from London which stop within 600m of the starter’s gun, plus a park and ride service if you're coming by car. Look out for the RW pacing team too - we'll be leading groups at at 7-, 8-, 9-, 10- and 11-minute miling. The crowd support is also unbeatable – Hastings has taken this fixture to its heart.

More half-marathon highlights...
Llanelli Waterside Half-Marathon (Camarthenshire, March 8)
Nike+ Milton Keynes Half-Marathon (Buckinghamshire, March 8)
Hogweed Hilly V (Gloucestershire, March 22)
Mizuno Liverpool Half-Marathon (Merseyside, February 29)

Military 10K and 5K (Monmouthshire, March 21)
Good for: serious squaddies
Take the plunge with this Welsh racing debut from the phenomenon that is British Military Fitness. Get in the zone as the race kicks off – there’ll be smoke, flashes and bangs to lend a real ‘battlefield’ feel to the race. Once you get going, you’ll be faced with everything this tough course can throw at you, including (but in no way limited to) water, obstacles, unfeasibly deep mud and multiple hill climbs.

Pick your challenge – either 5K or 10K of this extreme multi-terrain course, a 4x4 driving course used to put tanks through their paces. And after the race, you can even wind down with a tank-driving lesson at the Military Tank Driving school based on the site.

Marwell Zoo 10K (Hampshire, March 22)
Good for: running with the animals
Walk, talk and… run with the animals at the Marwell Zoo 10K. Entry to this event comes with the bonus of free entry to the zoo which hosts the race, and your supporters can enjoy discounted entry too. Keeping you and the race’s thousand other runners company will be curious ostriches and other exotic animals – the perfect challenge to pick up your pace.

The route loops the paths within the zoo before heading out onto quiet Hampshire country lanes but with some taxing inclines (most of which come in the first 5K) this is certainly no walk in the park. Luckily the route heads mercifully downhill to the finish – and to welcome refreshments and a tour of the zoo!


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