Closing Soon...Standalone 10K (Hertfordshire, October 5)
Runners keep flocking back to this value-for-money fixture, boasting a few gentle inclines, fast downhill finish and generous goody bag.
Henley Half-Marathon (Oxfordshire, October 12)
Beautiful countryside, riverside stretches and just one hill of note make this a popular multi-terrain fixture among runners of all abilities.
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OK, so these two events aren't in October but you heard it here first, places are selling like hot cakes...
Expect steep inclines, knee-deep bogs and mud galore from this pair of hugely popular, wet and wild off-road challenges.
City of Norwich Half-Marathon (Norfolk, November 30)
Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to run one of East Anglia’s most popular road races through the rural surrounds of Norwich.
Saab Salomon Turbo X (Glasgow, October 4)
This extreme race in Mugdock Country Park near Glasgow promises to be as tough as the organisers can make it. One of a series of new Turbo X races - fixtures are also scheduled for Surrey and Hampshire - you can expect bogs, acute hills, dense pine forests and plenty of slippery mud. Watch out for the X-Zone too, a timed section through the toughest part of the course with prizes on offer for the quickest runner. The course takes in some stunning sights, including Carbeth Loch and the Castle at Mugdock Country Park.
More off-road highlights...
Ampthill Trophy 8K (Bedforshire, October 19)
SimplyRun Welcombe Wobbler 10K (Warwickshire, October 19)
Burnham Beeches 10K (Buckinghamshire, October 25)
The Sticker 10.1 Dorset, October 26)
As well as magnificent cathedrals, the cities of Winchester and Salisbury are linked by the Great Clarendon Marathon - an off-road race along the footpaths of the historic Clarendon Way. Last year saw the race being reversed from Salisbury to Winchester, which proved to be a popular amendment, so is continuing this year. With no serious hills, it’s best described as gently challenging – unless the weather decides to spice things up. As well as a half-marathon, the event includes a relay challenge, so there’s something for everyone.
More marathon highlights…
Four2Go Trail Marathon (Hertfordshire, October 4)
Dartmoor Vale Marathon (Devon, October 19)
Spires & Steeples Challenge 26 (Lincolnshire, October 19)
Brentwood Multi Mile (Essex, October 26)
Starting at the bandstand in the town, this race through West Wales begins with a steep ascent up the ancient local hill fort of Pen Dinas before a flat and fast section along the promenade, and finally taking on the second peak of Constitution Hill. It’s the third staging of this resurrected race, and the small field gives it a local and friendly feel. Don’t be put off if you’re not an experienced off-road runner, it’s a very welcoming event and a great way of taking in all the local landmarks of Aberystwyth.
Great Eastern Run Half-Marathon (Cambridgeshire, October 12)
What the Great Eastern Run lacks in landmarks it makes up for in creativity, ambition and spirit. With enormous PB potential – due to the flat course – and a beginner-friendly nature, it’s a race all runners can enjoy. Keep an eye out for the Home Run community sculpture – designed by local children as a way of engaging Peterborough’s diverse communities in the spirit of the race. Impressively, the project has been awarded the Inspire Mark, making it officially part of the cultural Olympiad for 2012.
More half-marathon highlights...
Henley Half-Marathon (Oxfordshire, October 12)
Great Cumbrian Run Half-Marathon (Cumbria, October 19)
Maidstone Half-Marathon (Kent, October 19)
Stroud Half-Marathon (Gloucestershire, October 26)
Tour of Torfaen Half-Marathon (Torfaen, October 26)
There’s change again with a new route for the second consecutive year at these popular East Midlands races. This year the course will follow a similar but flatter course than 2007, starting and finishing at Victoria Park. Both the marathon and the half-marathon start together before splitting off at the six-mile mark for the marathon to take in some great Leicestershire countryside on a 13.1-mile loop, before rejoining the half-marathon course. It’s a great option for beginners and experienced runners alike.
Wimbledon Audi 10K (London, October 19)
No prizes for guessing what sport is typically associated with the SW19 postcode in south-west London. But this is also an event that draws people to the strawberries-and-cream-loving region in droves – a 10K race that offers fantastic organisation and a fast, PB-potential course – despite the big hill that takes many runners by surprise. Competitors appreciate the no-nonsense approach that this race offers, of being able to turn up and run and then finish and leave. Last year’s race saw 1,000 runners enter, so enter online now to be one of them.
Herts 10K (Hertfordshire, October 12)
Petts Wood 10K (Kent, October 12)
Robin Hood 10K (Nottinghamshire, October 19)
Pickering and Moors 10K (West Yorkshire, October 26)
East Coast Run 10K (Suffolk, October 26)
It’s been 800 years since King John gave the people of Great Yarmouth the right to govern themselves, and as part of the celebrations to mark what became known as the King John 1208 Charter, they are holding the first East Coast Run 10K. It’s an ultra-flat 10K along the promenade where PBs beckon and views stretch out over the North Sea. There will be plenty to do in the town for the rest of the week as well, so it’s the ideal opportunity to get away for a few days.
Holmfirth 15 (West Yorkshire, October 26)
The chance to race a 15-mile course is somewhat unusual for many runners in the UK. Not, however, for the regular and hardcore runners of the Holmfirth 15, that is. This West Yorkshire road race might not attract many runners each year – last year 250 entered – but those who run it once tend to keep coming back – which might explain why it has managed to last 41 years. It’s an undulating course with no serious hills and comprises two laps of the local country roads. The facilities and marshals are excellent, as are the home-baked cakes at the end of this race in the Holme Valley.
More long-distance highlights...
Jog Shop Jog 20 (East Sussex, October 12)
Asics RunKingston 16 (Surrey, October 12)
Helly Hansen Adventure Challenge: Weavers Down Autumn Assault 22 (Hampshire, October 19)
The Irregular Black Brook 24 (West Yorkshire, October 25)