Haverhill 10K (Suffolk, July 25)
RW Says: Undulating course with a fast downhill stretch to the finish
Trentham 10 (Staffs, July 28)
RW Says: Pleasant rural course at the longest-running event in North Staffordshire
Most Popular Races...
Burnham Beeches Half-Marathon, Bucks, August 15
Starting and finishing at Caldicott School playing fields this half-marathon is run over an undulating course and narrow roads. Taking in the outskirts of Burnham Beeches, an ancient woodland administered by the Corporation of London, the event is mostly shaded - a big asset for a hot August day. Watch out for free access to an outdoor swimming pool at the finish!
Andrew Brown: "Well organised, excellent marshalling, and the race I remember the most."
Cardiff KRUF 10K, September 5
Now in its 19th year, this city-center race is as picturesque a 10K as you’ll find. Starting opposite the Millennium Stadium, the pancake-flat roads (some of which have been resurfaced) mean you’ve a good chance of setting a fast time. Even if your time isn’t great, the route offers more than enough in the way of scenic distractions. Taking in parks at Cathay and Burke and with Cardiff Castle acting as a backdrop, the final-lap in the Millenium Stadium makes for a grandstand finish. Expect a 2000-strong field.
Richard White: "An excellent 10K. Fast, flat and through the nearby park. My highlight was running down the wing at the Millenium Stadium for the final 300 metres."
L1310K, Merseyside, October 10
First they built two famous football clubs. Then the Beetles shot to stardom. Now the city of Liverpool has two super-sized races to shout about – a half-marathon and a 10K. Both are point-to-point races, running past the two cathedrals and the Albert Docks. Just before five miles the 10K field bears left towards Sefton Park, while plucky half-marathon runners head right along an undulating course, with a fast downhill towards the finish. Expect an 8000–strong field for the two events combined.
Other popular races include:
Birmingham Flora Light Challenge for Women 5K (Birmingham, Sept 5)
Abingdon Marathon (Oxon, Oct 17)
“The Week’s Most Popular” exclude closed and closing soon races.
Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog 5, Suffolk, August 6
Ever run a Friday evening five-miler? It’s the perfect way to see off a stressful week at the office. Run through the delightfully scenic surroundings of Thetford Forest, on trails and tracks, this cross-country event could add a breath of fresh air to your usual race-programme. The course is undulating, while the organiser claims to have thrown in a couple of bomb craters for good measure.
Newark Half-Marathon, Notts, August 8
Despite a slight course change it’s still a top-notch Midlands Half. Last-year’s soaring temperatures meant there were only 480 (out of 700) finishers, but with eight water stations you can count on staying cool if the temperatures soar this time. The race starts at the local market and heads out into the nearby villages of Farndon and Boultern for some flat, scenic running, before a short climb back into town.
Rogue Runner: "Lovely finish – loads of helpers who were cheering me along, even though I was one of the back runners!"
Elser: I did this race a few years ago and it was ace! Best one I’ve done – really well organised! If you’re thinking of doing it, go for it – it’s better than Robin Hood, which was really badly organised!
Darlington 10K, Durham, August 8
Starting and finishing in the town centre, this no-frills two-lap course has much to offer. With a field of 1000 runners, the atmosphere should raise you to the occasion without causing any congestion along the route. Although lacking in scenery, the route is along flat, traffic-free terrain. Expect nearly 100 RW members to be at the start.