Piling on a few extra miles in competition could mitigate some of the adverse effects of the extra calories likely to be consumed over the festive season so we take a look at some ways to raise the metabolic rate in the runABC South region this Christmas.
Your local parkrun is an excellent place to start or why not take the opportunity for some parkrun tourism while visiting family or friends? This year both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Saturday so most events will be running as usual and with a 9am start you can still be where you need to be at a reasonable hour.
Many parkruns also promote extra runs on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and some even partner with local events so that the most enthusiastic can run two parkruns for double the fun! Check for local arrangements on the parkrun website.
The December race calendar in runABC South is your next stop for a festive fix. Races at this time of year are often short and sweet like the Boxing Day 5k events at Aylesbury, Basildon and Hythe.
For a longer test of fitness there are 10 miles on offer at the Staplehurst End of Year 10 and the Buntingford Year End 10 on Tuesday (27 December) and there are three Frozen Phoenix marathons available on the Thames towpath during the Twixmas period, where you can choose your distance from 5k to an ultra-marathon by running as many 3.28 mile laps as you wish within six hours.
Finally, the Great Barrow Challenge Triple Tipple starts on Boxing Day at Bury St Edmunds offering three different multi-terrain marathon courses on consecutive days for the hardened distance runner.
Check runABC South listings here. Good luck and enjoy your festive running!