On the chase for a new PB? These races could be just the ticket.
1. Abingdon Marathon
Oxfordshire, October 17
The team behind the race takes every measure each year to ensure that runners do maximum running and minimum thinking. The drinks are well placed, the flat course is thoughtfully worked out and chip timing eradicates uncertainty.
2. Pride Run 10K
London, August 14
This park-based run in London is well-organised, flat as a collapsed soufflé, and has a wide course, meaning runners can get up a head of speed and keep it. The medium-size field – 700 last year – means you won’t have to duck and dive too much to get through the crowd.
3. MBNA Chester Marathon
Cheshire, May 31
Looking for a race with the kind of countryside vistas that would have Wordsworth weeping into his scented hanky? Go elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a fast course with great organisation and a crowd determined to cheer you, sign up to this. Enter online now.
4. Great Bentley Half Marathon
Essex, February 7
This is one of those races that manages by some mysterious alchemy to bring out the best in PB hunters without anybody realising quite why. Yes, the course is flat, but beyond that, we’re stumped. Probably best just to turn up and find out for yourself. Find out more.
5. South Run 10
Portsmouth, October 24
Europe’s most popular 10-mile race, now 20 years old, contains a wide range of abilities, which provides a motivational atmosphere. This, combined with the flat route and good organisation, make it a solid choice for achieving a personal best time.