Run in circles, run the gauntlet, run through somewhere or run an odd distance – the choice is yours but whatever you do, just run somewhere this weekend! We take a look at some of the more unusual events on offer in the south region.
If you don't mind running a few laps, then Enigma Planes, Trains and Automobiles Marathon Weekend
could be just the thing. Based at Caldecotte Arms Premier Inn, Milton Keynes, next to a dummy windmill built by professional millwrights, Saturday's course consists of seven laps of the tranquil Caldecotte Lake trail. Some weekend warriors will be back 24 hours later for Enigma Planes Marathon 2 on a different course beside the canal, passing several canalside pubs en-route. There is also an ultra option of 30 miles for that little bit extra.
The Gauntlet Games
at Brighton on Saturday presents a whole new set of challenges. Boredom will not be one of them as competitors tackle giant inflatables, slippery slides, foam, rope swings, water obstacles over an adrenaline fuelled 5k or 10k. The 'Gauntlet' comes at the end as runners will have to dodge past three real live Gladiators to reach the finish line.
RunThrough Wimbledon Common
is a measured half marathon on a picturesque course through the stunning environs of the ancient common. Wimbledon themed medal, chip timing, race T-shirt, fruit, water and flapjacks are among the attractions that have ensured a fully subscribed 800 race limit on Sunday (30 July).
Finally, we focus on an odd distance. So many races are all about accurately measured courses and personal bests, so the Seaview 17
on a course between Countisbury and Minehead along the Exmoor Heritage Coast Trail looks like the perfect antidote. Expect a finishing time akin to your marathon PB and quads and calf muscles like blocks of wood and you get the general idea – this is a tough but rewarding course with, of course, the eponymous sea views.
Image courtesy Gauntlet Games