RW Pocket Race Guide - June

National Highlights...

MOBlite Challenge (London, June 11)

If you're still feeling fresh from your Spring marathon exploits, why not take up the challenge of back-to-back marathons? Over both days you'll get the chance to run on trails and tracks, through flat fields and dense forests, navigating as you go.

On both days runners will leave from Gilwell Park, on the very North-eastern fringes og London, with the first day touring through the demanding Lea Valley and Waltham Abbey. On day two, you'll head out towards Epping Forest. With evening seminars, map reading tips and a panel of veteran race experts to lend their helping hands, this event is a must for Marathon Of Britain entrants and ultra-runners.

Ultra Race Highlights:
Caerphilly Summits Challenge 31 (Glamorgan, July 2)
Boddington 50K (Gloucs, Jul 31)
Marathon of Britain (Worcs to Notts, Sept 4)

Freckleton Half-Marathon (Lancs, June 19)

Racing has come along way since Ron Hill won the inaugural edition in 1969. Back then, all-round running legend Ron, walked away with a set of ladders for his pains. Thankfully, race prizes have moved on since those days (imagine Paula accepting such a prize), but one of the oldest half-marathon courses in the country remains almost intact, with its rolling lanes and countryside acting as wonderful backdrop.

Starting in Freckelton village, the route rolls out past the Birley Arms (one of five pubs en route) before reaching Lytham and some of the most scenic countryside on the Fylde coast.

North Half-Marathon Highlights:
Blackpool Half-Marathon  (Lancs, June 19)
Humber Bridge Half-Marathon (Yorks, June 19)
Major Stone Half-Marathon (Yorks, Sept 4)

The Dartmoor Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K (Devon, June 19)

With a marathon, half-marathon and 10K, you're spoilt for choice in Devon on June 19th. All three races start within Newton Abbot Race Course, and with the 10K starting 15 minutes later, competitors peel off to complete a loop through the quiet country lanes of Kingsteignton.

Meanwhile, marathon and half-marathon runners wind along the valley of the River Teign, towards Chudleigh Knighton, before returning along gently undulating terrain. Marathon runners run two laps.

North Downs 30K (Kent, June 26)

Returning to the off-road theme, the North Downs 30K is another must-do-race in the long-distance calendar. The race starts a local leisure centre, and quickly heads into the picture-postcard terrain of the North Downs.

Taking in typically beautiful Kentish villages and off-road trails through Cobham Park, the route rises to its highest point at Holly Hill - cue more delightfully sweeping scenery - before a descent into the poppy-drenched Ludderstown Court. With less than 10K to go, you'll reach the Leather Bottle (said to be Charles Dickens' local), before a winding uphill finish.

Off-Road Highlights:
10K Trail Run in Glorious Goodwood (Sussex, June 12)
Colworth Marathon Challenge (Beds, June 17)
Dysart Dash 10K (Surrey, June 26)

Torbay Half-Marathon (Devon, June 26)

Elvis is alive and kicking, and he lives in Paington. Confused? Well, if you fancy a trip to the south coast for a sea-front half-marathon you'll be warmly-cheered on by two Elvis impersonators. Of course that's not the only reason to enter online and lace up.

With the course set along the impressive sea-front and with the glistening English Channel for a backdrop, you'll have more than enough eye-catching distractions as you run through the Princess Gardens and Torquay's harbor, for a flat two-lap race. There are no showers, but the prospect of a dip in the refreshing sea more than makes up for it.

South Half-Marathon Highlights:
Needles XC Half Marathon (Isle of Wight, June 12)
St Albans Review Half-Marathon  (Herts, June 12)
Midsummer Munro Half-Marathon (Dorking, July 2)

Manchester 10K (Manchester, June 26)

You can't keep a good race down. Missing from last year's running calendar, the 10K is back, and aiming to be big as ever. So what's changed? Well, there's a brand-new course, starting in Sports City’s regional athletic track. Then it’s around the City of Manchester Stadium – home to Manchester City FC – past the 'B' of the Bang sculpture and along traffic-free roads, for flat rural running. Expect a field of over 500 runners.

10K Highlights:
Wooburn Park 10K (Bucks, June 12)
Selsey 10K (Sussex, June 19)
Dysart Dash 10K (Surrey, June 26)