Chedworth Roman Trail 10 (Gloucestershire, April 5)
Uneven terrain, several taxing hills and a knee-deep river crossing make this a challenging cross-country course through the heart of the Cotswolds.
Wirksworth Incline 4 (Derbyshire, April 5)
Four-mile fell race run over Derbyshire’s High Peak Trail and encompassing 600ft of ascent.
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Sister Act - The Nun Run 4 (London, May 3)
Adopt a new habit with this four-mile fancy-dress caper around central London complete with music performed by the West End musical’s gospel choir.
GDF Suez Leeds Half-Marathon (West Yorkshire, May 10)
After last year's trial autumnal staging, organisers have restored this 4,000-strong city-centre number (boasting some challenging climbs in the first half) to its usual May date.
Trowse 10K (Norfolk, April 12)
It was a sell-out last year, so get in quick for your chance to join the band of 400 loyal fans tackling this two-lap road race through rural Norfolk. Bag yourself a medal, goody bag and memento as well as the treat of spending Easter Sunday in peaceful surroundings on this tranquil course. The field will head out alongside the wetlands of Whitlingham Broad before following quiet country roads through the centre of Trowse. The race also passes close by the historic Whitlingham Hall.
Easter Bunny 10K (Somerset, April 13)
Those who like to work hard for their Easter indulgences should round off their Bank Holiday weekend with the Easter Bunny 10K, held every Easter Monday.
The single-lap road course comprises a (mostly) flat tour of Somerset lanes, passing through the country villages of West Camel and Podimore.
Of course, if you’ve spent the Easter weekend on the sofa, you might soon be cursing the cruelty of the course’s gentle hills, rather than just enjoying the flats in between. But with a warm atmosphere, a friendly field of hundreds of other runners and a well-deserved Easter egg waiting for finishers, the Easter Bunny 10K could be just the sweetener runners need before heading back to the office the next day.
Flitwick 10K (Bedfordshire, April 19)
The Flitwick 10K ticks most runners’ boxes – it’s set in lovely Bedfordshire scenery, it’s fast, and it even has a few ups and downs to keep entrants entertained. This combination of winning factors might explain why it consistently attracts a field of nearly a thousand runners.
Local club runners turn out in droves, as part of the Eastern Athletics East Road Running Grand Prix Series and the Bedfordshire AAA County Senior and Veteran 10K Championships.
The course takes runners out of Flitwick and through pretty countryside and the quiet Bedfordshire villages nestling around the course, before returning to Flitwick for a testing ninth kilometre and the welcome finish on Millennium Green.
Offa's Orror 20K (Monmouthshire, April 19)
The information that only half a mile of this race is on roads should tell you all you need to know about the Offa’s Orror 20K. Pack sturdy shoes and get ready for 1,600ft of near-vertical climbing packed into the middle part of this seriously hilly course.
Join a spirited field of few hundred other hardy runners ploughing up tracks, through verdant fields and then following the winding course of the beautiful River Wye. Make sure you take a breather to enjoy the stunning scenery around the Offa’s Orror’s single-lap course’s setting – the utterly rural Wye Valley gorge is deservedly an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a free post-race drink at the finish – a pub – plus a goody bag to take home.
Magnificent Eastnor Castle 7 (Herefordshire, April 19)
This race truly lives up to its billing, with its seven magnificent miles of trails making tracks through the idyllic and peaceful – if hilly – Deer Park of the Eastnor Castle Estate. This stunning medieval-style Victorian castle is also the setting for the Big Chill music festival.
The off-road circuits at Eastnor Castle are used by Land Rover to put new models through their paces, and are some of Britain’s most challenging all-terrain tracks. With an undulating course over seven miles of rough footpaths, tracks and woodland, the Magnificent Eastnor Castle 7 takes its field up one cruel last climb to the estate’s obelisk. If tackling it alone feels like too tough a challenge, bring a team and tackle the trails together.
Wiggle Thunder Run 10K (Derbyshire, April 25)
From the organisers of hugely popular mountain-bike events Sleepless in the Saddle and the Red Bull Mountain Mayhem 24-hour race, comes this cross-country 10K held in the leafy parkland surrounds of Catton Hall Park.
You’ll face a tough cross-country route snaking up, and down, and up a series of relentless, steep and muddy hills with the springtime scenery of bluebell-carpeted woods offering respite if you need to take a break from the muddy mayhem.
Located just north of Birmingham, this back-to-nature fixture will leave you feeling miles from the city, with free camping laid on for entrants. As well this, finishers will have their hands full after being presented with a memento, bulging goody bag, SIS gel and bottle.
Pensford 10K (Bristol, April 26)
Forget the hordes treading the flat pavements of London today and head instead to the quiet beauty of rural Somerset for a dose of hills, hills and more hills.
The course laps quiet West Country roads with 10K of unrelenting hill climbs and descents. It’s tough, so wave goodbye to any hopes of a PB and just enjoy the beautiful views over this verdant stretch of countryside.There’s a fitting village fete feel at the finish, and as well as a medal and goody bag, runners are treated to top-quality homemade cakes as a reward for their hard work.