The traditional 26.2 mile marathon is often seen as the holy grail of distance running and the gateway to ultra-marathon endurance events. However, for many inexperienced runners the prospect of running this far in one go is simply too daunting. Step forward Nice Work race management and the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend – a marathon in bite sized chunks!
Benfleet 15 is our featured race this weekend in the runABC South area. There were 658 finishers last year in this challenging, multi-terrain 15 miler over Hadleigh Downs and it looks like there will be a record field on Sunday as 1,000 runners are signed up and entries are now closed.
We are now into the final countdown to the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run 10K on Sunday 3 February. And hardly a day goes by without news of additions to enhance the programme at London's coolest 10K with the London Winter Wander the latest innovation.
It was a busy weekend for serial race organisers RunThrough, with the latest presentations of the Olympic Park 5K and 10K on Saturday (12 January) followed by the Crystal Palace 5K and 10K on Sunday. How did the two venues compare? Let's give you a quick run through...
George King, from the ancient home of the Kings of England - Winchester, dominated the 34th Stubbington Green 10K. The Winchester & District AC athlete boasts a 31:01 best from 2017 but 31:40 sufficed to keep 1,743 of his loyal subjects in tow on Sunday (13 January).
A phenomenal £630,000 was raised for charity by generous participants and their supporters in the realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST last year, taking the total well north of the £2 million mark in six years. Nearly 7,000 runners took part and this is another record expected to be consigned to history by the 7th Richmond RUNFEST weekend on 14-15 September, 2019.
Stubbington Green 10K looks to be the pick of the action this weekend. Now in its 34th year, the race on Sunday (13 January) has built an enviable reputation for its picturesque landscape, fast course and for being one of the biggest and best events of its type on the south coast.
Goldline Events, the new organisers of the Sage Reading Half Marathon, has announced plans to make the 2019 event potentially the fastest in Britain and there are plenty of other reasons to be part of the 15,000-strong field on Sunday, 17 March.
January is the perfect time to organise your training and racing programme, particularly if you want to complete a Spring marathon in fine fettle. For the past 30 years Paddock Wood Half Marathon has been providing the right race at the right time for marathon runners and mere mortals like runABC South correspondent Alan Newman, who previews the race on Sunday 7 April 2019.
One of the traditional New Year pipe openers previously enjoyed by runABC South reporter Alan Newman is the Tadworth 10 and our correspondent was pleased to find the race is still going strong after 36 years.