National Highlights...Dream Mile (Berkshire, June 7)
Be part of the Dream Team and raise money for the charity Dreams come True which is this year celebrating 20 years of making the wishes of terminally and seriously ill children a reality.
Taking inspiration from the original Dream Mile event at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo – where world records were set by Steve Ovett and Cram – this is the charity’s very own initiative. The multi-distance family event is taking place in the majestic setting of Windsor Great Park in Berkshire. The races will include age-group events and an elite race. Charity patron Dame Kelly Holmes will be there to inspire fundraisers around the course.
Mabie Forest 10K Trail Race (Dumfries and Galloway, June 15)
Mabie Forest in Dumfriesshire has been a mountain bikers’ and walkers’ mecca for many years now. But this new 10K, organised by Dumfries Border Harriers, will be the first time runners have had the opportunity to compete in these stunning surroundings owned and operated by the Forestry Commission.
Organisers are expecting a mixed field to enter this race which offers some steep climbs through the forest trails and mountain bike tracks. However, once they conquer the inclines and make it to the highest point on the one-lap course, magnificent views open up over the local peak, Criffel, the Solway Estuary to Dumfries and, on a clear day, as far as the Lake District.
More trail highlights...
Newport Carnival 10K (Shropshire, June 14)
Saab Salomon South Downs Marathon (West Sussex, June 14)
Marston Forest 5K (Bedfordshire, June 20)
Ras y Diafol-Devil's 18 (Ceredigion, June 22)
Saab Salomon Forest Trail 10K, Swinley (Berkshire, June 22)
Saab Salomon Forest Trail 10K, Moors Valley (Dorset, June 24)
Make sure you have a spare pair of pants set aside on Father’s Day. You’ll be needing them for superhero impersonation if you are going to be one of thousands taking part across the country in the family-friendly Pants in the Park 5K series.
This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with five host venues across the country. London’s race takes place in Battersea Park and all the races are raising money for and awareness of all prostate diseases on behalf of Prostate UK. The 5K takes two laps of the park and the shorter route of 2.5K. Prizes will be awarded for the most outrageous pants so mankinis or thongs are recommended.
More 5K highlights...
NBFA Charity 5K (Middlesex, June 8)
Corfe Mullen Carnival 5K (Dorset, June 10)
Chick's Chase Ladies Only 5K (Buckinghamshire, June 19)
Nouvellesoft Horwich 5K (Lancashire, June 22)
Wombourne Midweek 5K (Staffordshire, June 25)
Slick organisation marks this event out against many others, as does the jaw-dropping scenery across the Lougher Estuary and the family-friendly atmosphere. In fact, it’s hard to find fault with this race along the Millennium Coastal Path in Carmarthenshire.
Families will be catered for handsomely before and after the race with entertainment for the little ones and childrens’ races taking place before the main race of the day starts. Spectators get a great view thanks to the figure-of-eight course. It’s suitable for newbies as well as the more experienced runner. No entries are taken on the day though so enter online now to guarantee your place.
More 10K highlights...
The Dorney Dash 10K (Berkshire, June 7)
Stortford 10K (Hertfordshire, June 8)
Barts and the London Charity 10K (London, June 15)
Cancerbackup 10K (London, June 15)
Orpington 10K (Kent, June 22)
Stathern Festival 10K (Leicestershire, June 22)
Lordshill 10K (Hampshire, June 29)
Prestwold Hall 10K (Leicestershire, June 29)
Humpty Dumpty 10K (Norfolk, June 29)
If you ever thought beer and running don’t mix it might be time to pay a visit to Norfolk. Local brewery Humpty Dumpty is sponsoring this new 10K in the village of Reedham, next to the Norfolk Broads. Organised by Great Yarmouth & District Athletics Club it’s a great family day out. The brewery will be holding an open day for all competitors on the day and Pettitt’s animal adventure park means the kids can be kept entertained too.