According to the Met Office, here in the Northern hemisphere summer is over! This Saturday (1 September) marks the start of the meteorological autumn and at runABC South we have noticed the earlier sunsets and cooler evenings, so we thought we would shine a light on the weekend fixtures.
First bright spot is the Bedford Twilight 10K on Saturday evening. Organisers promise an illuminated welcome at the finish in Bedford's Priory Park where there will be a sunset, lights and music along with an unforgettable party atmosphere. The 5:30pm start will ensure daylight running for all with the sunset due at 7:50pm.
Bedford Twilight 10K kicks off the Bedford Half Marathon weekend with the 13.1 mile race on Sunday morning along with Bedford Mini Miles and all the race village atmosphere generated by a 5,000 strong entry.
Meanwhile, The Race Organiser is in denial as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10K Summer Series concludes on Saturday! This series of six events runs monthly from April to September and the same course that weaves through the iconic London 2012 Olympic venues is used each time – great for assessing progress. If you cannot make this weekend the event starts again on 6 October with the six race winter series.
On Sunday there is a fast and furious 5 miler at Overton, Hampshire to get your motor running. John Hoare of Overton Harriers has assembled another classy field of 500 runners for the 30th celebration of this traditional club event – first in the 2018/19 Hampshire Road Race League. The new, flatter, traffic-managed course should prove popular with runners and will show off the wonderful countryside around the village. One unusual feature is the 2:00pm start that certainly helps those of us who are not at our best after a Saturday night.