The arrival of July sees more than 40 events in the comprehensive runABC race listings brought to you in association with Sports Tours International. This weekend we have noticed a wide range of obstacle and themed events that offer a different type of challenge to the ever popular mainstream 10k and half marathon races.
Weekend Warriors Are Out In Force
There are two days of aerated fun at Chelmsford Racecourse this weekend. On Saturday (1 July) and Sunday the Inflatable 5K Run will see competitors tackle 10 of the largest and most extreme bouncy obstacles ever inflated. No chance of any oxygen debt in this event!
Active Warrior on Saturday is another 5k event, with a two-lap 10k option, but the challenge for the battle-hardened competitors at Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre is a combination of around 40 man-made and natural obstacles varying in size, difficulty and nature. War paint and teamwork will be in evidence as runners start in family, teenager and competitive waves.
Also on Saturday is the Maverick Original Devon Trail Race. There are 6k, 13k and 22k courses based in spectacular Dartmoor scenery with rivers, ravines, tors and forests – this event is held on one of the toughest routes in the Maverick series and all the challenges are entirely provided by nature, including the weather!
For anyone looking to bring a bit more brightness into their running life, Run or Dye at Penshurst Place near Tonbridge on Sunday is modestly billed as: “The World's Most Colourful 5K”. Runners will traverse five Dye Zones en route and a colour storm at the finish, with after race Dye Games to ensure the full technicolour experience is enjoyed by everyone.
After any one of these events your local road race might seem just a little tame in comparison.
Whether you go boing in Chelmsford; battle round Southampton; discover your inner maverick on Dartmoor or reinvent the tie-dye T-shirt in rural Kent this weekend, runABC wishes you a challenging but enjoyable run and offers this advice: forget the stopwatch!
All events are featured in runABC race listings.
Image courtesy Active Warrior