So you have completed the Couch to 5K programme, run a local parkrun and maybe Race For Life or Color Run 5K and feel ready for the next challenge – your first competitive 10k race. Time is the enemy, though, as the year is nearly done. Fortunately for you there are plenty of opportunities in the south of England this weekend for you to break your 10k duck this year.
There is something special about 10k that other distances do not possess. It splits into two perfectly parkrun-sized halves and the kilometre markers helpfully provided by most race organisers aid pacing. It is a simple matter of divide by 10 to calculate your kilometre pace.
A quick check of runABC South
comprehensive race listings, brought to you in association with Sports Tours International, reveals at least 10 (what else?) chances to slay the 10k dragon this weekend. There are flat, fast road races; muddy off-roaders; parkland and woodland varieties of the new classic distance available. Your correspondent can also recommend a long weekend trip further south to try Benidorm 10K
on Sunday (26 November) with Running Crazy
. This year's trip is fully sold out but why not register your interest for next year?
Your 10k options on Saturday (25 November) are limited to Muddy MoRun offerings at Brighton (Stanmer Park) and Bracknell (Swinley Forest). Those of you who are under the impression that recently knighted Sir Mo Farah is behind these races are sadly mistaken. The MoRun series proudly supports The Movember Foundation that is changing the face of men's health and raising funds and awareness to tackle prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide in all men. Expect all manner of false moustaches – and that's the fake news for this week.
Sunday's 10k temptations include Battersea Park, Greenwich Park or Bushy Park in London; Dunsfold Park and Kingston in Surrey; Watford; Gloucester and Boscombe, Bournemouth. You really do pay your money and take your choice!
runABC South wishes everyone a hirsute pursuit and 10kms of furry-faced fun this Movember.