"It's what evenings were made for. The only downside is that you're at a loss the week after." Carl Harrington, on the Tour Of Tameside."
With 130 events in 2003, the Race for Life women-only 5Ks were better than ever, and top our tricky-to-rate list of race series and multi-stage events.
1 Race For Life Series, from May
With over 300,000 runners, many first-timers and £17.5 million raised, Cancer Research UK Race for Life is the best thing to happen in running over the last decade.
2 Cancer Research UK 10Ks, October
Men could join the women at three charity 10Ks, run on the same day, at the same time, in truly wonderful stately home settings such as at Blenheim Palace.
3 Tour Of Tameside, July
A welcome return for this tough but fun 50-mile, six-stage race.
4 Guernsey Easterrrruns, April
Four great races over Easter make a long weekend in the Channel Islands well worthwhile.
5 Serpentine/RW Last Friday 5K, London
This monthly fast, friendly and well-organised event in London’s Hyde Park is so popular that two races have to be run on the day.