RW Pocket Race Guide - March

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


Posted: 23 February 2005

Closing Soon...

Bath Half-Marathon, (Somerset, March 20)
A handful of places have been made available - exclusively for RW readers - for one of the UK's most popular races.

National Highlights...

Get ready for the Battle Of The Hasty
Hastings Half-Marathon, (Sussex, March 13)

You can’t help but enjoy the Hasting’s Half-Marathon. There’s the historic setting, sleepy villages, one of Spring’s toughest half-marathon courses, and for those of you that like a little irony as you run, a choir bashing out their own rendition of ‘Climb Every Mountain’.

Allegedly tracing the path that William The Conqueror took when landing on these shores in 1066, the route takes you around the town’s old quarters, before heading away from the coast.

Once you’ve crested the top of a two-mile long hill, the course undulates through the Old Town and fishing market, before a long descent back down to the Pier, and a flat finish along the sea front. There's even a crèche for you to park your little ones in, with their lunch thrown in for free.

Rhayader 'Round the Lakes' 20, (Powys, March 19)

Not so easy Rhayader
Last year's race photo (right) gives a glimpse of racing at its very best. Not only is the Rhayader Round the Lakes one of the toughest pre-London warm-up races on the calendar. Taking place in the wettest reaches of Wales, the race also strays deep into Elan Valley, over vicious climbs, and around the three lakes – Garrad Ddu, Graig Goch and Pen-y-Garreg- that give the race its name, for some truly spectacular mountain scenery.

Other 20 milers include:

Thanet 20 (Kent, March 6)
Wymondham 20 (Norfolk, March 6)
Finchley 20 (Middx, March 13)
Stafford 20 (Staffs, March 13)
Oakley 20 (Beds, March 20)

Asics Fleet Pre-London Half-Marathon, (Hants, March 20)

Starting and finishing in Calthorpe Park, the Fleet Half-Marathon is set within the fine countryside. After leaving the High Street, the race twists and turns along country roads, and in doing so visits some of the local sights.

Don’t miss the Barley Mow pub (a great place for spectators to watch the race), in Dogmersfield (home of Henry VI and where Henry VII was introduced to Catherine of Aragon). With your history trivia topped to the max, you’ll be more than able to handle the run in to the finish.

adidas Milton Keynes Half-Marathon, (Bucks, March 20)

Milton Keynes might not conjure up the most delightful imagery, but take a closer look and you’ll find that it’s home to a quick and surprisingly scenic half-marathon. Kicking off at the Open University, the course takes the expected tour of local suburbia before moving onto wide, red-way cycle paths.

A bit different from the dim grey skyline you probably had in mind, and guess what? It gets even better. By mile three you'll be comfortably at your PB setting pace, as the route reaches Milton Keynes's Old Village. Cue picture-postcard landscapes, traffic-free road, and enough greenery to shake the proverbial stick at.

Stafford Half-Marathon, (Staffs, March 20)

If you have missed out on the Stafford 20 the week before, or fancy something a tad shorter, the Stafford Half-Marathon fits the bill. Since its inception in 1984, the race hasn't lost its charm, and remains one of the finest events the Midlands has to offer.

From an initial loop around the market square, to Victoria Park, via a climb towards Toxhall Bank and a disused railway.


10K Highlights...

Why should marathon runners have all the fun with their spring build-up races? With nine online-entry 10Ks this month, you're spoilt for choice.

Stanley Park 10K, (Lancs, March 13)
Forget the fish and chips and candy floss. Blackpool's Stanley Park offers a calming antidote to the hustle of the Golden Mile, with a two-lapper along scenic terrain.

Fradley 10K, (Staffs, March 20)
If you're out and about in Staffordshire on the 20th and don't fancy the length of the Half-Marathon, how about a flat, rural 10K instead?

Frank Harmer Memorial 10K, (London, March 6)
Can you believe it? Brockwell Park has 124 acres of parkland, and it's right in the middle of London. Over 150 RW members have entered already.

Other 10Ks include:

Dronfield 10K (Derbs, March 13)
Sherborne Castles 10K (Dorset, March 20)
Wellingborough Multiterrain 10K (Northants, March 25)
Guernsey Easter 10K (Channel Islands, March 25)
Air Products 10K (Cheshire, March 27)
Easter Bunny 10K (Somerset, March 28)


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