Saturday 15th August, Dorchester
As the name might suggest, this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. The event is run at night, kicking off at 9:30pm, and takes place on a dirt track with natural obstacles and some hills to keep you on your toes. The race is organised by ex-military personnel, so expect to be pushed to your limits. There’s rightfully a medal at the end for finishers who can manage the challenge!
Pride Run 10K
Saturday 15th August, Tower Hamlets
Celebrating the LGBT community, this race is for everyone. It’s raised almost £9,000 for charity in the last two years, with 2015’s cause being Opening Doors London. The event takes place in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets and boasts 1,000 participants plus a wheelchair race. With a great atmosphere and a goody bag at the end, this is definitely one for the calendar.
Jurassic Coast 10K
Saturday 22nd August, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
With the Jurassic Coast 10K being a flat race, you might expect it to be slightly mundane but that couldn’t be less true - this route is one of the most picturesque in the UK. You’ll have to hurry to get your name down though, as there are only 300 spaces. With varying terrains and a post-race BBQ, it has every chance to become a favourite. It also gives the added bonus of an excuse to go to Devon, so why not get your name down now?
Bearbrook 10K Road Race
Sunday 9th August, Aylesbury
If you’re looking for an event where you can challenge your PB, this may well be the place. The chip-timed route sticks to road surfaces and is being mostly flat, with a downhill between 7 and 9K, making this one relatively easy to train for.
Gateshead Trail 10K
Saturday 15th August, Gateshead
A good trail event for all abilities. This one takes you on all surfaces: road, woodland, field, the whole shebang as the track worms its way through the Derwent Walk Country Park. There’s also the chance to get to know fellow runners, with there being a ‘double-up’ mid section, So, not only do you have the chance of winning a medal by competing, but also making a new running buddy.