The final weekend of February has some challenging events for runABC South readers as our comprehensive race listing reveals. With names like Baldock Beast and The Terminator you can expect to be tested and can there be any ambiguity regarding Two Bays Tough Ten?
We start our weekend preview in rural Hertfordshire with the Baldock Beast Half Marathon. With a strapline of 'Can you Tame the Beast', this is a multi-terrain 13.1 tour of quiet lanes and ancient paths with around 600 feet of ascent. More than 500 pre-entries have been received.
The Terminator is another challenging multi-terrain race but this time over the odd distance of 12 miles. Organised by Pewsey Vale Running Club from the local school, the course offers a gentle start across fields and on the canal towpath but there is some serious climbs, a sting in the tail and a free shoe wash!
Two Bays Tough Ten takes us to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. Unsurprisingly, the route features two bays – Weston Bay and Sand Bay – with beach running, road and promenade, woodland trails in Worlebury Woods and the National Trust trig point at Sand Point to visit. An innovation started last year was the addition of a 'Friendly Five' for non-mountain goats and this proved very popular so has been retained.
The above events are all on Sunday (25 February) but what if you wanted to get down and dirty on Saturday? Fortunately, this is where the Maverick Original Series comes to the rescue with their fully sold out series opener at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre in the amazing South Downs National Park. With a short (8k), middle (13k) and long (23k) course available there is something for every off-road enthusiast. Unusually, it is possible to switch courses during the event if you find you have bitten off more than you can chew.
The weekend weather looks reasonable so dig out those trail shoes and start breathing some fresh air. Its not all about fast times, flat roads and pounding the pavements.
Image courtesy Maverick Race