We are looking for feedback on old races that you want to bring back to life.
Is there a race you used to run or wanted to run that is now defunct?
You may have seen in recent issues of Runner’s World a new page called ‘Bring Back…’ Each month we have been focusing on races that once held a special place in runner’s hearts but have now gone from the annual racing calendar.
We have had some cracking ones featured so far. From the Salisbury Plain 15 to the London to Brighton ultra or the colourful Potteries Marathon to the tough Morpeth to Newcastle Road Race we have included so far.
But we would love to hear some of your suggestions of the past races you fondly recall. It can be any distance from 10ks up to ultras that was held in the UK. It might also be a slightly unusual one in distance, terrain or format, but if we can dig out enough on it, we will happily try and include it.
At this stage, please post here any races you would like to see featured or email me directly if you prefer. I am one of the regular writers for RW. I am at:
Here is a link to a recent one, so you can see what they look like and how they read.
I really look forward to hearing your suggestions.
Menter Mon - Anglesey Marathon.
All three sound potential ones. Any idea when they ended and why? Any other info at this stage would be great eitheron here or feel free to email at email@example.com Cheers Terry
Also does anyone know anything about the Chas Kendall race in Barrow or the Windermere-Kendal road race in the Lakes? Cheers!
Devil's Gallop, Waterloo 15K (Liverpool). Really good races which just disappeared.
Thanks Alan, again if there are any more detail on these two races we can do some digging on them and hope to include them. Keep all your suggestions coming please!
Anglesey ended Sept 26th - 10
Dumfries ended March 19th - 06
Cheers Terry, will check out all of those you mention.
And if anyone else can add to the info on these or any other defunct races, please do stick it on here too.
Anglesey, bring it back..loved it.
Agree re the Anglesey Marathon - a real toughie - used to be well organised and had Colin Jackson each year at the presentation. I understand it stopped due to money issues
Also in North Wales, there was the Great Orme challenge race (run by the local branch of the British Lions) - it started off as a 5k (finishing at the top of the Great Orme - must have been one of the toughest road 5k's in the UK), then latterly became a 15k - last held I think in 2012. The Llandudno 10 miler was a very popular race which came back on the race calendar about 3 years ago, but I understand that issues with traffic management and costs meant it wasn't held in 2013.
....ANGLESEY, ok I know I've already said that.
The Anglesey event also had a 10k and half event on the day (re the half, I seem to recall the entrants were bussed out to the half way point of the full course). I remember it being relatively cheap to enter and getting a nice tech t-shirt plus home made stew afterwards. The organisation the year I did it (2008) was excellent. I think the event was under the umbrella of the Anglesey Festival of Running
Torfaen half marathon was great, nearly all down hill, nearly always rained. It's still by PB my nearly 5 mins
Band at the end, mayor giving out medals, aw, I really miss it!
Thanks again for these suggestions. Anyone who knows anything about who organised the Anglesey one? I know there are other races still run there and it is confusing which ones have turned into other races. But yes, would be good to include if we can find out more. And thanks Iron Pingo for the Torfean one. Was that a race that had been run for years before its recent demise?
But do keep them coming.
Anyone know anything about the Waterloo 25km in Liverpool others in the Lake District?
Yes John, food and people bussed out for the half. Also a kiddies run which my kiddie won and presented by C Jackson (he would know who organised it).
Having liaised with someone from the local club, it was organised by Mentor Mon. I understand that it cost quite a lot to put on the event (the hire of the show ground and Colin Jackson's appearance fee [£5k!?] being a fair share I'm sure). I do recall thinking the race to be an absolute bargain, but at the same time I thought it deserved to be supported by more runners - I think the year I did it it was the British Masters marathon champs and I thought the number of runners who took part was a bit disappointing. I guess in times of the recession and council cutbacks this event (which must have been loss making) was one of the 1st to be culled!?
Thanks again Terry and John, will try them. Had it been run for a good few years or was it only staged a handful of times?
Sorry Adrian, but I'd suggest you have a look at the historic RW events pages - there are bound to be forums re the race, which would, I'm sure, give you more details re the event and what RW forumites thought of the race. I have a feeling that the race 1st started in the mid 2000's (2004?) and I'm fairly sure the last one was in 2010. Anglesey now has a few other races now including the brutal Coastal marathon and the Ring of Fire (mainly) off road events (as well as the half previously mentioned)
For me it would have to be The Tour Of Tameside.
6 days of racing over a 7 day period (Wednesday was a rest day). Each day was a diferent race length and terrain amounting to a double marathon overall in distance. Great race all round !!!
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