RW Pocket Race Guide - Mid-May

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


Posted: 13 May 2004
by Daniel Benson

Closing Soon…

Bungay Black 10K Series (Suffolk, May 25)
RW Says: Series of three 10K races in May, June and July. Enter all three to gain a discount.

Bexhill Seafront 5K Series (Sussex, May 26) 
RW Says: Scenic seafront race series held on the promenade

Gin Pit 5 (Lancs, May 26)
RW Says: Named after a nearby abandoned pit, the trails make for great running

The Week's Most Popular…

1. Flora Light Challenge for Women 5K, September 5, London - Birmingham

Join thousands of women and girls for the UK's biggest female-only races, held in London and Birmingham. Race day is still some way off, but entries are still coming in thick and fast and we're nearly at 3000 online already. The forum chat is buzzing with handy hints and runners planning to meet up. Join in right here for London and Birmingham.

D.A Whelan: "A fantastic atmosphere! Birmingham should be proud of the event. The music was brilliant and the support exceptional. Loads of parking and loads for the family too. Ace goody bag."

Having a beach of a time at Blackpool
2. Blackpool Half-Marathon, June 20, Lancs

Sea air and a pancake-flat course at the North's premier holiday resort, with over 500 RW members having entered either the half or full-marathon already. The race heads along coastal paths and promenades, including the Golden Mile, before reaching the famous Pleasure Beach. Expect a 2000-strong field and impressive crowds, while the pre-race jamboree is a must-see.

Anthony Powell: "Well organised, makes for an enjoyable weekend. A good excuse to visit Blackpool!"

Other popular races include:

3. New Forest Half-Marathon (Hants, September 19) 4. Helensburgh 10K Polaroid Series (Scotland) 5. Wycombe Half-Marathon  (Bucks, July 11)

* 'The Week's Most Popular' exclude closed and closing soon races.

National Highlights..

Southend Half-Marathon, June 13, Essex

This year the organisers have decided to tweak the course. Thankfully the modifications are slight, so the race has lost none of its charm or personality. Essentially it’s still a flat out-and-back course with a long drag up to the finish. Over 150 RW website members have already entered!

Gtir: "Have done this a few times and it's a great race. Mainly flat but with a hill in the last mile. Well worth doing!"

Freckleton Half-Marathon, June 20, Lancs

In its 40th year, Freckleton is one of the oldest half-marathons on the running calendar. Rural settings with a gently undulating course - it's ideal if it’s your first half, but testing enough for even the most seasoned competitors. A guest appearance from event record holder, Ron Hill, could be on the cards.


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