RW Pocket Race Guide - January

What's coming up, what's closing soon, what's filling fast


Posted: 27 December 2005

National Highlights...

Nigel Barge Memorial Race 5.0 (Glasgow, January 7)
Named after a Maryhill Harriers club runner, this five-miler is part of Scotland’s running history. Now into its sixth decade, it’s seen several course changes over the years, but still tours the city centre.

Starting at the college campus, the out-and-back course heads out over Hogmanay Hill, before crossing the Forth & Clyde Canal for the first time. Then it’s along rolling terrain and a final climb over the canal, and a flat finish. A great way to kick-start your 2006.

More Scottish highlights
Balloch to Clydebank Half-Marathon (Dunbartonshire, Mar 12)
Dumfries Marathon (Dumfries, Mar 19)
Edinburgh Forthside Half-Marathon (Midlothian, Mar 26)



Rough 'n' Tumble 10 - January 15
Rough 'n' Tumble 10 (Wiltshire, January 15)
Would your training run make for an exciting race course? With 18 years of experience running in Wiltshire's glorious Pewsey Vale, the organiser of the Rough 'n' Tumble 10 thought that his would. And he's not just an average runner - he's responsible for organising the famous Terminator 10 already.

Setting out from the village of Milton Lilbourne, the race dips and rises along tracks and fields, through woodland and across dales, before a sharp descent. Then it’s up Giants Grave for classically scenic hilltop views, and a final dash down towards the finish. The homemade cakes at the finish will feel like a worthy reward.

More off-road highlights
Tadworth 10 (Surrey, Jan 8)
Wendover Multi-Terrain 5 (Bucks, Jan 15)
Stourbridge Stagger (West Midlands, Feb 5)



Folksworth 15 - January 22
Folksworth 15 (Cambridgeshire, January 22)
It would be easy to tell you how running the Folksworth 15 would help your spring marathon plans. A 15-mile warm-up in February is perfect... but there’s much more to this race.

Now in its 17th year and comprising two nicely testing laps, the race head out towards Milbourne, before turning south. The testing hill at around the seven-mile mark breaks up the course as you head towards the village of Caldecote. Then it’s across the line for another lap of Cambridgeshire running. Marathon preparation or not, it’s a top-notch race in a quiet month.



Not the Roman IX - January 22
Not the Roman IX (Warwickshire, January 22)
Starting from Alveston Hill, the race gives runners the chance to see parts of ‘Shakespeare’s Country’ as it winds along country roads.

Before reaching a testing climb up the imaginatively named Long Hill, runners will run down into pretty Loxley – alleged burial ground of Robin Hood – with its rewarding views out over Stratford and the surrounding countryside.


Alsager 5 (Cheshire, February 5)
So this race isn’t actually in January. Well spotted. But by the time we’ll preview February’s highlights, this popular little event will be full to the rafters and you’ll be forced to look elsewhere. So whether you're a racing novice or seasoned competitor out for a PB, this is a one of the biggest five-milers around. Well-organised and flat, it's also one of the fastest in the country.

More early February highlights
Asics Watford Half-Marathon (Herts, Feb 5)
Blackmore Vale Half-Marathon (Dorset, Feb 5)
SiS Longleat 10K (Wilts, Feb 5)


SELECTED SPRING MARATHON BUILD-UP RACES


February 12 (Sun)
MEON VALLEY PLOD 19.5
Petersfield, Hampshire

February 12 (Sun)
WOKINGHAM HALF-MARATHON
Wokingham, Berkshire

February 19 (Sun)
DOVER HALF-MARATHON
Dover, Kent

February 26 (Sun)
SLEAFORD HALF-MARATHON
Sleaford, Lincolnshire

March 5 (Sun)
FRISKNEY HALF-MARATHON
Skegness, Lincolnshire

March 12 (Sun)
AFFORD RENT-A-CAR STAFFORD 20
Staffordshire

March 12 (Sun)
THE GREAT DAFFODIL RUN-MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE 15
Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire

March 19 (Sun)
ASHBY 20
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

March 19 (Sun)
STAFFORD HALF-MARATHON
Staffordshire

April 2 (Sun)
WILKINSON ACKWORTH HALF-MARATHON
Pontefract, West Yorkshire

February 26 (Sun)
EASTBOURNE HALF-MARATHON
Eastbourne, East Sussex

February 26 (Sun)
RODING VALLEY HALF-MARATHON
Woodford Green, Essex

February 26 (Sun)
TUNBRIDGE WELLS HALF-MARATHON
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

March 5 (Sun)
BERKHAMSTED HALF-MARATHON
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

March 5 (Sun)
THANET 20
Sandwich, Kent

March 12 (Sun)
FINCHLEY 20
Ruislip, Middlesex

March 12 (Sun)
HASTINGS HALF-MARATHON
St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

March 12 (Sun)
NIKE MILTON KEYNES HALF-MARATHON
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

March 12 (Sun)
THE EQUITY INSURANCE GROUP BRENTWOOD HALF-MARATHON
Brentwood , Essex

March 12 (Sun)
DUCHY MARATHON
Redruth, Cornwall

March 19 (Sun)
ASICS FLEET PRE-LONDON HALF-MARATHON
Fleet, Hampshire

March 19 (Sun)
STAFFORD HALF-MARATHON
Staffordshire

March 26 (Sun)
CRANLEIGH 15/21
Cranleigh, Surrey

April 2 (Sun)
ASICS KINGSTON BREAKFAST RUN 16 & 8
Kingston, Surrey

April 2 (Sun)
WHITE HORSE HALF-MARATHON
Grove, Oxfordshire

April 2 (Sun)
AXE TO EXE (20.3M)
Seaton, Devon

April 2 (Sun)
WILKINSON ACKWORTH HALF-MARATHON
Pontefract, West Yorkshire


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