Runners can select their race distance from 5k to 45 miles and their surface of choice from smooth tarmac to muddy trails as snow showers are set to feature in the forecast for the first time this winter. We take a look at the variety of competitive events on offer this weekend in the south of England.
The Long And Short Of It
The runABC South race listings, published in association with Sports Tours International, should always be your first stop when planning races. A glance at the events list shows that despite the exponential growth of parkruns the 5k remains a popular distance, often supporting longer races.
Examples this weekend include the start of the Friday Fortnightly Five K (FFFK) series tonight (13 January) on The Overstrand, Boscombe. There will be eight races until the end of April and runners' best five results count towards 10 age and gender awards. Entry fees are just £4 per race.
The other end of the distance spectrum is represented by the Country to Capital 45 mile off-road ultra race from Wendover, Bucks to Little Venice, London on Saturday (14 Jan). In terms of getting 'more bang for your bucks' the entry fee of £49 represents about a pound a mile for chip timing, technical top, custom medal and finish-line photo. Entries this year are closed but race organisers Go Beyond Sport have plenty more opportunities lined up for later this year.
Finally, a great example of the ubiquitous 5k supporting other races is available on Saturday at the Victoria Park 5K, 10K and Half Marathon in Bow, London. For details of this event and to plan your next challenge see runABC South race listings here.