Races of the Year 2011: PB

Set your sights on races that'll help you smash your PBs in 2012



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Gosport Half-Marathon Picture credit: Dave Cox

1. Gosport Half-Marathon, Hampshire
Date in 2012: November (TBC)
This long-standing coastal number comes complete with a high-speed, virtually traffic-free course and breathtaking views over the Isle of Wight. Proud of your time? At the finish you can buy photos and a race T-shirt, and get your medal engraved.

2. The Shakespeare Raceway 10K, Stratford-upon-Avon
Date in 2012: November (TBC)
Organisers boast that this could be the flattest 10K you’ve ever done – so put their word to the test and use this chip-timed, UK Athletics-certified race in your next bid for 10K PB glory.

3. Castle Combe Chilly 10K, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Date in 2012: November 25
Three laps of this smooth Tarmac circuit is all you need to smash your PB – and the organisers even record your lap times to help you pace yourself perfectly.

4. Paddock Wood AC Half-Marathon, Kent
Date in 2012: April 1
A fast, accurate course on roads through the hop fields and orchards of Kent, this varied race is ideal spring marathon prep. There are top notch facilities, including refreshments, a physiotherapist and immediate online results. Enter online.

5. Edinburgh Marathon Festival, East Lothian, Scotland
Date in 2012: May 27
Let the atmospheric backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic terraces – and the downhill course from the city centre to the coast – spur you on to a personal best. Enter online.


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