The May Bank Holiday weekend has swollen the runABC race listing to more than 40 events in the South. There are races on and off road at all distances from 5k to 106km ultra-marathon. We take a look at what's on offer as the Bank Holiday weather looks promising for once.
The Race Organiser, also known as Craig Thornton, invites us to join him for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer Series 10K on Saturday (5 May). Races are held at this iconic and truly inspiring venue on the first Saturday every month and always draw large fields from far and wide (see picture above). The modest entry fee includes chip timing, rapid results, goody bag and a blinging great medal for all finishers.
Also on Saturday is the Isle of Wight Challenge – a full blooded 106km circumnavigation of the rather lumpy coastal path, with a half and quarter distance option. Great challenges need great settings and there's none better than this stunning route. Over 2,000 participants will receive full support and hospitality during their quest. Isle of Wight Challenge is part of an eight event Ultra Challenge Series promoted by experienced ultra-marathon organisers, Action Challenge.
The Three Forts Marathon (actually 27.2 miles) or Half Marathon on Sunday could be the perfect stepping stone between 10k and an ultra-marathon. This popular event is based at Worthing Recreation Ground and the marathon features a jagged profile with 3,450 feet of ascent. The half marathon is less severe with 1,450 feet to climb and both races are run over rough tracks and bridleways. Last year's marathon was won outright from 353 finishers by Claire Rogers (3:27:53) so come on you men!
Our pick of the action on Bank Holiday Monday (7 May) is the Ted Pepper Memorial 10K at Norman Park, Bromley. This traditional club race was first run in 1979 and hosts the Southern Counties Veterans Championships. The original route was nearer to seven miles but a move off-road seven years ago has resulted in an excellent course capable of producing fast times. Our man in the South will be donning his racing flats and will bring us his report next week.
However far you are planning to run the runABC team hope you have an enjoyable time in the sunshine. Just remember to pack the sun block. Looks like you just might need to slap some on this weekend!
Race details and results are available at runABC South
race listings here