Pocket Race Guide: Autumn Leaves
Enjoy the rosy hues of autumn with these tree-lined chases
Fall in love wih the trails with this atmospheric running festival set in the glorious Weald Country Park. Whether you're a trail newbie or a seasoned pro, there's a race distance to match: opt for the 10K or Junior 2K on Saturday or step up to the half-marathon or marathon on Sunday. Tackle short laps of a varied circuit along scenic forest trails and over testing fields - you might even spot the occasional deer. Supervised bag storage, a well-stocked feeding station, chip-timing, medals and T-shirt are all included in the wallet-friendly price tag. Enter now.
Wind through autumnal woodland and landscaped parks with this adrenaline-fuelled trail adventure. Endcliffe Park and Whiteley Woods provide the perfect setting for a two-lap extravaganza - with a challenge en route to keep you on your toes. As soon as you spot the 100m long MIZUNO Hill, it's time to push hard: the fastest runner to the top bags a mystery prize. With £500 in prizes up for grabs across a range of categories, there's an added incentive to set the dust flying. Enter now.
Add one of London's lesser-known Royal Parks to your racing repertoire with this speedy dash. Fly over two flat and fast laps of this ancient hunting ground and feel the stress of city life slip away as you soak the green and historic vista. A winning combination of friendly marshals and chip-timing should plush you to a PB, plus our members raved about last year's goody bags. Afterwards, explore Bushy Park's charming woodland and water gardens at a more leisurely pace. Enter now.
Robin Hood 10K (Nottinghamshire, November 6)
Feel like an outlaw as you tear along trails through stunning woodland and open heath in Sherwood Pines Forest Park. Whether you fancy a 10K, a beginner-friendly 5K or a duathlon, you can pick from the range of fun races that make up the Robin Hood Adventure Challenge. If you're a trail newbie, the clear signposting, firm trails and frequent water stations should ease you gently to a new terrain. With camaraderie to rival the original hero and his Merry Men, this is one forest run you won't forget in a hurry. Enter now.
Sample the delights of the Avon Valley in autumn with this varied cross-country canter. Starting at the historic Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon, you'll canter along canal towpaths before dashing through scenic woodland and encountering a river crossing at Ilford. This gem of a race organised by the Avon Valley Runners offers a real taste of country life as you storm over hills, stiles and muddy fields. Once you cross the finish line, munch your way through homemade cakes and sip hot drinks in the barn race HQ. Enter now.
Discover scenic Wanderley Country Park on the outskirts of Cambridge with this brand new out-and-back trail adventure. Watch out for tree roots on the first trail stretch leaving the park; before the course widens into a beautifully tree-lined path where you can jostle for a better race position. An undulating dash along a Roman road follows until you reach the halfway point, then you retrace your steps back to the finish. This new race looks set to be a classic and you can don the first ever finisher's T-shirt with pride. Enter now.
If you fancy some late autumnal sightseeing in London, this could be the race for you. Tick off the Old Deer Park, Kew Gardens and soak up Thames views, as your legs push hard for a PB on this flat and fast circuit. Slick organisation and a raft of race perks from chip-timing to sports massages should ensure you'll only need to concentrate on enjoying the views and racing hard. Enter now.
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