RW Pocket Race Guide - September

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Cardiff Half-Marathon, October 19
Poole Runners Ladies Only 5K (September 2)

Don’t miss out – there are only a couple of days left to enter this charity fundraiser for ovarian cancer in Poole Park.

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Cardiff Half-Marathon (Cardiff, October 19)
There are still places available, so book your spot at the Welsh capital’s hugely popular half-marathon race.

Great Eastern Run (October 12)

Over 3,000 runners are expected to take on the twists and turns of this fast and flat award-winning race in Peterborough.

National Highlights...

Totally Wild 10K , September 7
Totallywild 10K (September 7)
Rhinos and gorillas might be a more common sight running the streets of the capital during the Flora London Marathon but this race, raising money for the Aspinall Foundation, is to help put real animals back into the wild. With the race fee giving you free entry and discounted entry for other family members to the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park the kids will be wildly entertained while you take on the race itself.

The 10K course, over Romney Marsh in Kent, is spirit-level flat and potentially PB friendly – assuming the strong wind that can whip up off the English Channel doesn’t hamper your chances. For those looking for even more adventure on the day’s ‘festival of sport’ the event also involves 10K and 30K charity bike rides.

More half-marathon highlights...
Gosforth 10K (Cumbria, September 2)
Great Forest 10K (Kent, September 6)
Illuminations 10K (Lancashire, September 6)
Framlingham 10K (Suffolk, September 7)
Admiral Swansea Bay 10K (Glamorgan, September 21)

Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon (and Half) (September 7)
One thing’s for sure, it’s difficult to fault the enthusiasm and support the good people of Wolverhampton consistently provide for runners of this West Midlands charity fundraiser. It’s testament to the popularity of the event that it has runners coming back year after year for both the full and the half-marathons along the streets of Britain’s 13th largest city. The race organisers are confident of rising above the impressive £26,000 that was raised last year for local charities. The relay challenge for teams of four runners offers something different and there’s also the option to enter the 15K bike ride. All in all, the wide variety of events and mix of abilities makes for a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day’s events. Organisers are expecting 500-600 runners to compete in the marathon and half-marathon and entries are taken on the day. Save yourself the hassle though and enter online.

Other half-marathon highlights…
Alderney Half-marathon (Channel Islands, September 6)
Moray Marathon {Moray, September 7)
Mablethorpe Marathon (Lincolnshire, September 14)
Dumfries Half-marathon (Dumfries, September 21)

Studland Stampede 12K, September 14
Studland Stampede 12K (September 14)
Stunning Studland Bay in Dorset has holiday makers flocking in their droves to the soft sandy beach during the summer season. Come autumn, it’s time for 250 runners to storm the beaches at the fourth staging of this tough and scenic 12K off-road event. The race, all on National Trust-owned land, starts on the sands of the beach and heads towards Brownsea Island before heading up to Agglestome Rock and then moving onto energy-sapping boggy marshland. The views out over the channel towards the Isle if Wight and the magnificent sea stacks of Old Harry are enough take your breath away – that is before the lung-busting final 4K stretch back along the soft sand of the beach really does. Taking in sand dunes, heath land and sandy beaches this race makes a great change from road running. It’s a good idea to leave your watch at home and forget about a PB. Just enjoy the views and the challenge and find out for yourself why this race is going from strength to strength.

More multi-terrain highlights...
Shorne Wood 5 (Kent, September 7)
Swineshead 10 (Bedfordshire, September 7)
Sandbach 10 (Cheshire, September 14)
Medmenham 10 (Buckinghamshire, September 21)

Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon (and Half) (September 14)
Yorkshire men are known for being tough, no nonsense and good fun – and the Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon is no different. On September 14 approximately 200 runners will flock to this part of Bronte country, as this part of the moors is known, for the full and half-marathons. Expect to encounter hard and hilly trails while you use your course notes to navigate your way through the 10 checkpoints along the route where a variety of snacks are available to keep energy levels and spirits high.

Previous years’ runners should be aware that the course has a partially new route to keep you on your toes. It’s not a full on fell race but it does offer enough challenges for experienced runners and it is popular with first time runners for being a sociable event. With that in mind, don’t hang about; it could be a sell out in advance so enter online now.

Anglesey Marathon (and Half and 10K), September 21
Anglesey Marathon (and Half and 10K) (September 21)

Cross the treacherous waters of the Menai Straights onto the Island of Anglesey and you’ll find one of the remotest marathons in the UK. The race is considered a “must-do” by many city dwellers who enjoy running the stretches on beaches, through forests and areas of outstanding natural beauty. The course meanders through nine rural communities whose support for the runners is nothing short of overwhelming with their impromptu water and jelly bean stations spurring weary legs on.

Spectator numbers of up to 5,000 are not unusual and this race grows every year so the stalls and full entertainment as well as fun runs for the children keep family members in high spirits during the race. What’s more, this year also sees the first staging of a half-marathon. You’re in with a chance of catching up with the race’s patron, Colin Jackson, assuming he’s back from Beijing in time!

Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10K , September 21

Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10K (September 21)
Think back, remember what the Great North Run felt like when it was still a local event? Well its younger cousin, the Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10K, still has that welcoming community atmosphere. Who knows for how long though, as the popularity of this supremely organised, flat road race continues to grow. Organisers are expecting 3,000 runners this year and with massive PB potential, quick times are expected as many runners use it as a training event before taking on the GNR a couple of weeks later. Live bands around the one-lap route will keep runners and spectators entertained, support from the local (and vocal) Teesiders is always good and the atmosphere promises to be fantastic. Entries are not taken on the day so enter online now.

Burnham Beeches Half-Marathon, August 17

The Great Gorilla Run (September 27)

Fancy helping to set a new world record? Run yourself into the record books when you and the 800 other runners at this race set the new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as gorillas (previously set in 2005 at 637 during the same event). This fundraiser along the flat city streets of London is so important in raising awareness – and much needed cash for the protection of these magnificent animals: this year’s expected entry number of 800 runners will exceed the remaining population of mountain gorillas in the wild.

The flat and fast 7K course takes you on a tour of some of London’s greatest landmarks, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral as it crosses the Thames a couple of times and meanders along the Southbank. Every runner will receives a gorilla costume to run in, which contributes to a jovial fancy dress atmosphere. All the support, fundraising and conservation/project information can be found by following the link through from the race’s details in the events section of the website.