9 Sep

What’s Your Distance?

We Run teamOne of the more intriguing event names makes its debut this weekend (10/11 September) with the inaugural We Run They Run I Run runs. Four members of Eastbourne Rovers AC have collaborated to produce a fresh concept where runners have a time limit of six hours to complete as many laps of a circuit as they wish – from a little over a parkrun distance to an ultra marathon.

Richard Davis, Russell Gardham, Zoe Gardham and Debbie Davis (pictured, left to right) are the people to blame for the blisters at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on the East Sussex coast. The flat course measures 5.28 miles but the total distance covered by individual runners on Saturday or Sunday (or both) is a matter of individual choice. The organisers promise basic support, free hot drinks and a nourishing bap and medal at the finish.

Other unusually named events this weekend include the Jog For Giraffe 5K and the Two Arms on Two Legs at Oakfield Road Park, Aylesbury. The former is a cross country challenge in aid of the Giraffe House Appeal at Bristol Zoo and the latter makes more sense when you realise the organisers are the Canal and River Trust. The Two Arms are the Aylesbury and Wendover Arms of the Grand Union Canal and the two legs are yours as you compete in either the 10k or half marathon on offer.

Elsewhere there are plenty of 10k races available as stepping stones between a parkrun and your first marathon. This increasingly popular distance is available at the Weald Park 10K, Brentwood; Run Through Clapham Common 10K; Wimbledon Common 10K and Glow In The Dark 10K, Longleat House on Saturday and at least ten more venues in the South on Sunday.

Check out your next ultra-distance challenge, odd named event or ubiquitous 10k race at the runABC South race listing.