Perhaps it's the holiday period having an effect but the runABC South race listing for this weekend seems to be rather light on events, with barely a dozen races recorded. However, there are still some hidden gems among them, including a cracking trail 10K at Eastbourne on Saturday (19 August) and a pancake flat half marathon at Clacton-on-Sea on Sunday.
Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell has lent his support to a charity running club preparing for Cheltenham’s Half Marathon. Known as ‘Team Incredible’ they are fundraising for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
Danny Norman of Surbiton's 26.2 Road Runners Club clocked up 600 parkruns when he completed Felixtowe in 12th place (21:07) on 4 August and he has already embarked on his next milestone with 25:16 at Littleport on 11 August, despite a painful sprained ankle!
There are less than three weeks left to secure a number for the popular Maidenhead Half Marathon on Sunday, 2 September. The Race Organiser has informed runABC South that entries at £30 (£28 affiliated) are still available and last minute applications can be made on the race weekend with a £3 surcharge.
The runABC South weekend preview predicted that Pride Run 10K in Victoria Park, London on Saturday (11 August) would be 'the biggest and most colourful event' and the 15th edition did not disappoint. Perfect conditions helped 851 runners to complete the three-lap course in good times and to claim the brightest bling on offer (see photo).
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Races, like runners and medals, come in all shapes and sizes and it is not always obvious what is lurking behind an unusual event name. We delve into some of the more interesting race titles in our preview of the events in runABC South race listing for this weekend.
The 19th Totnes 10K on Sunday (5 August) attracted a capacity 600 entry and featured an M40 age-group record by race winner James Baker (Chichester Runners) and 164 young runners in the mile Fun Run. Race director Roger Easterbrook signalled the start of the Fun Run and a mere 5:16 later, Thomas Stoppard (Newton Abbot) was the first to experience the thrill of passing under the finish gantry in Borough Park.
There were records broken before the starter's klaxon was even sounded in the eighth North Downs Way 100 on Saturday (4 August). The highest ever temperatures were noted but that did not deter the largest starting field of 238 runners – including a best women's entry of 42 – from tackling the 103 miles from Farnham, Surrey to the Julie Rose Stadium at Ashford, Kent.
Bevendean Down, Brighton is one of Britain's smallest and hilliest parkruns. According to the official stats it ranks as the sixth hilliest parkrun in UK, with 411 feet of climbing and a profile that resembles a Bactrian camel's back!