17 Nov

Coast, Town or Country This Weekend?

Brighton 10k start

Brighton 10K on Sunday (19 November) is our pick of the events in the south this weekend as Croxley Green Christmas Cracker takes the prize for the first seasonal mention in a race title.

Storm Angus put paid to last year's Brighton 10K after officials had wrestled throughout the early hours to erect the start/finish gantry and course markers. Had the event gone ahead the course records held by GB internationals Rob Denmark (28:59, 1993) and Louise Damen (33:14, 2010) would certainly have survived but the inflatable gantry would probably have been lost at sea!
With the 2016 event a washout the current Brighton 10K title holders are Stephen Scullion (Aldershot, 31:46) and Emma Macready (Worthing, 35:31) as 2,742 finished in 2015 in 1:37:11. An impressive 185 runners ducked under 40 minutes to illustrate the PB potential of the pancake flat promenade course.
As for the Croxley Green Christmas Cracker 10K at Watford on Sunday the race details from organisers Nice Work invite us to: 'get the festive season off to a flying start by dressing up as your favourite festive character'. There will be a Children's Santa Dash, seasonal goodies, mince pies and a festive medal for all. The best news is the race raises funds for local causes and the course is a fast, three-lapper on paths and roads entirely within Croxley Green Business Park. Go on then, you've convinced me. Now where did I put my Santa suit?
Alternatively, you could try dishing the dirt at the Dirt Half Challenge at Leighton Buzzard on Saturday. This is the eighth running of this sold out event and there were 700 finishers last year in times ranging from 1:23:06 to 3:40:47. Course records are 1:18:26 (Max Dillion, 2015) and 1:20:12 (Nicola Sykes, 2014). The race follows the canal path to Stoke Hammond, climbs through stunning countryside to Great Brickhill and Stockgrove Country Park, then follows the Greensand Ridge back to Leighton Buzzard via the canal towpath.
Whether you are chasing a PB at Brighton, prematurely celebrating at Watford or getting down and dirty at Leighton Buzzard, runABC South wishes you a safe and enjoyable run. 
All the weekend results will be reported on runABC South's comprehensive race listings brought to you in association with Sports Tours International.
Image courtesy Brighton 10k