Whether you're a first-time racer or seasoned pro, challenge yourself with one of these 10K races taking place in April and May
Spring is the perfect time to get some 10Ks under your belt, whether you're planning to run your very first race or fancy a quick sharpener after months of marathon training.
Grab your family and friends - with a 4K fun run and Junior event taking place alongside the main fixture, there's sure to be something for everyone at the Clandon Park 10K. Not least a pre-race warm-up and free massage to ease you into tip-top racing condition. It's certainly no walk in the park - expect a cross-country caper complete with hills, muddy woodland, lakeside paths and fields, and a short stretch through the local housing estate to boot. With some rather tough climbs to tackle too, forget a fast time for this one - focus on enjoying the pretty park views instead.
Make the most of this rare chance to explore the privately-owned 11,000-acre Angmering Park Estate. Nestled in the heart of the West Sussex countryside, this single-lap course takes you on a winding tour of tranquil woodland and is packed with variety. Look out for some challenging climbs, devilish descents, twisting trails, muddy puddles and open fields, not forgetting the race's trademark blanket of bluebells of course. Remember to save some energy for the short and sharp hill at the finish - once conquered, you've all the excuse you need to retire to the pub for a well-deserved pint.
Fancy kicking off your summer's racing with a PB? Then Dorney Lake is the place to be. The 2012 Olympic rowing venue is surrounded by pancake-flat paths with barely a twist or turn to rob you of valuable seconds. And with chip timing and pacers thrown in, the Dorney Dash 10K offers a patented recipe for fast times with its traffic-free course. It's also a top-notch outing for first-time racers, providing regular drink stations and kilometre markers, and a goody bag and medal for all finishers.
Dating back to 1986, the Women's 10K is Liverpool's longest-running race - and it's still going strong, attracting more than 2,500 runners each year. After changes to the route in 2009, the race is an even more enticing prospect as the course is now set entirely within the charming surroundings of recently redeveloped Sefton Park, packed with spring blooms. Whether you're chasing a PB, raising money for charity or just want to soak up the atmosphere, the Women's 10K Liverpool has it all. PB chasers will benefit from the flat, traffic-free circuit while first-timers will get a boost from excellent crowd support and a welcoming field.
The Sowerby Scorcher is returning for only its second year, but already this race has made a big splash on the Yorkshire racing scene - last year's event attracted runners from across the region. It's a charming event that's packed with local spirit - it was first held as a means of raising funds for the village church. This year's circular, just-over-10K route picks up where the inaugural event left off, following the same lanes, bridleways and footpaths and boasting panoramic views over the beautiful Pennine landscape. As you explore the moors above Sowerby Bridge, you'll encounter testing inclines and plenty of mud - don't expect the course to be as friendly as the runners!