Rediscover some of Britain's glorious waterways, rivers and coastal routes with our latest pocket race guide
Racing outside is the new girly night in. Bring along family members, friends and workmates for this fun dash which redefines female bonding. In a team of two, you’ll work together to conquer this 10K adventure race. Climb, leap over water obstacles, dive under scramble nets, walk or run on this fun day out in the Hambleden Estate in Henley-on-Thames - or there's even the option to enter as a solo challenger. Even if you’re not yet super fit, you can still enjoy a great race - this beginner-level adventure event is suitable for all abilities. Once you cross the finish line, prepare to be pampered at the luxurious Zest Village and look forward to discovering all the treats in your must-have goody bag. Enter online.
Head to the seaside for a new race that’ll revive your spirits and potentially smash your PB. Starting at Folkestone seafront, pound the promenade towards Hythe, then face a quick U-turn back to the finish. Soak up pleasing coastal views and test your speed on the traffic-free, pancake-flat route. Once you’ve collected your medal and goody bag, dive for the nearest deck chair and enjoy the view. Enter online.
Head to the charming market town of Wallingford for a race that’ll delight your senses. Canter over a mix of terrain, leap over gateways, dash along quaint riverside sections and speed through the streets of this pretty town. This well-organised dash has a few undulations along the way but nothing too testing, so you can tear along at full throttle or soak up the views at a more leisurely pace. There are also a range of individual, team and veteran prizes up for grabs if you’re hoping to whet those competitive juices. Plus there are plans for a bouncy castle at the race HQ to keep smaller family members entertained. Enter online.
Maintain your balance on a slippery adventure race packed with extreme challenges. Clamber and slide over 50 fiendish obstacles – wade through Swamp of Doom, cling on to cargo nets and whizz down the water slide. And in between each energy-sapping feat, don’t forget to keep your legs moving quickly over the trails. Once you drag your sodden limbs over the finish, collect your technical tee and memento and get your chip-timed results in record speed. Enter online.
Discover some of the Lake District’s most dramatic mountain scenery with this breathtakingly scenic offroad marathon. Panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags will make this a truly unforgettable race. Complete a circuit of Coniston Water along well-marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways – plus there’s a two-wave start so runners of all abilities can enjoy the day. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, start the ‘challenge race’ a few hours earlier at 7am, or if you’ll have your competitive stripes on join the fleet-footed 9am race. Back at race HQ there’s a party atmosphere with live music, bouncy castles and under 12 races to keep all the family amused. Enter online.
Birmingham may not be quite as famous for its waterways as Venice – but it has more canal mileage than its Italian rival. Discover how picturesque the city’s towpaths are on this point-to-point canter between Wolverhampton and Birmingham’s trendy Brindley Place. Each runner will have a staggered start to avoid congestion on the traffic-free towpaths and there’s chip-timing on the flat route for PB-hunters. Remember to wear your trail shoes for this race which covers a range of towpath terrain from well-tended gravel paths to more rugged surfaces. En route spot the plentiful wildlife, locks and frequent floating drinks stations. There’s even an unusual challenge to tick off with the 360yard tunnel at Coseley. Enter online.
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