For some people, mainly parents, September marks the start of the real ‘New Year’. Forget 1 January – resolutions and plans for a healthier, more organised way of living are all the talk at school gates up and down the country. And with life resuming some normality after the lengthy summer holidays, it is easier to plan. Easier to stick to (good) habits and to make time for some of this ‘self care’ everyone seems to be talking about at the moment.
Yesterday's (Sunday 9 September) Colchester Stampede Half Marathon had the honour of being the only race where runners were joined by elephants and rhinos at the start. They charged their way around this new event at Colchester Zoo.
Personal bests will be falling like the early leaves of autumn this weekend as the September fixture list picks up the pace, with around 50 events on runABC South race listing. We highlight some last minute chances to compete where entries may be available on the day – but always check with the organisers first.
Women are invited to the Windsor 10K (Saturday 29 September) where they will be treated like royalty. Alternately, they can step up the distance and enter the Windsor Half Marathon (Sunday 30 September).
With just days before realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST 2018 on 15-16 September, the joint race directors have announced an important new partnership – their own! Tom Bedford and Jade Parker were married in June at Kew Gardens, host venue for the successful Kew Gardens 10K, Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond Marathon events that underpin the entire realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST race weekend.
Richmond’s popular two day running festival returns to Kew Gardens on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September and will see double Commonwealth gold medallist Michael Shelley and 2017 champion Charlotte Purdue on the 10K start line. Over 10,000 runners will join this high profile pair to take part in the realbuzz.com Richmond Runfest.
Interval training is nothing new and 5K has become the most popular and accessible distance for anyone to run so we guess it was only a matter of time before someone put the two together. So welcome to the launch of the ultimate interval session: Ultra 5K!
Earlier this month we highlighted Bevendean parkrun as one of the hilliest in the UK. By way of contrast, we now flag up three candidates for the title of flattest parkrun in the South of England, with the help of a recent parkrun news blog on the subject.