April race news: Part 2 - Women's Running

April race news: Part 2

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  April 26, 2016

Charity places still available at the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

The ballot has closed for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, but a chance to run for a charity is still available. This year’s 13.1-mile RPFHM will take place on 9 October. The race is routed through London’s most famous landmarks and four Royal Parks – Green Park, St James’s Park, Hyde Park and Green Park. An estimated 16,000 runners are set to take part in the race this year, but more are expected. The RPFH has raised over £25m for more than 630 British charities over eight years, including Cancer Research UK, Scope and the NSPCC. Enter for a charity place here.

Royal Parks Foundation Half 2015

Try the Gauntlet Games 5K/10K this weekend

2016 marks the second annual Gaunlet Games – a 5K gladiator-themed obstacle race, taking place at Easneye Esatate on 16 April. Participants can choose to run 5K or 10K, and tackle a variety of obstacles including foam, a giant slide and inflatables, all while avoiding gladiators, armed with water guns and pugil sticks! The race will also feature a fly-in from an Air Ambluance and a final gladiator battle, complete with a rope swing and a giant air bag! Proceeds from the race go towards supporting the Hert Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK. This year’s costume theme is ‘the movies’ and prizes for best costume are up for grabs! The race will take place from 9.30-12.30am in Ware. For more information, visit: thegauntletgames.co.uk


Changes made to Rochdale’s Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run

Organisers of the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run are promising events to be ‘even better’ this year, with exciting changes being made. The half-marathon and 10K will be flatter in terrain and all course will feature more scenic views, particularly the half-marathon, which will include a lap around Hollingworth Lake. “Our half-marathon and 10K courses are more than 20 percent flatter this time, meaning they are faster routes,” said event organiser, John Lloyd. “They both have several long, flat straight sections that will be great for pacing and maintaining your speed.” Enter the half-marathon now at rochdale.gov.uk/run

rochdale lake district

New date added to ZSL London Zoo 10K stampede

By popular demand, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has added a second date, 17 April, to its wild Stampede 10K, taking place 18 September. The race aims to raise funds for the zoo’s global wildlife work and, last year, challengers raised over £40,000 for wildlife conservation. The race is open to all abilities, and participants will run through some remarkable wildlife, including gorillas, giraffes, and ring-tailed lemurs. Running fees include entry, a goody bag for finishers and commemorative medals. Spaces are available now. Head to zsl.org/stampede by midday on 16 April to secure a place in the pack.


Early bird tickets are now on sale for Race the tide

On 27 August, Muncaster Castle, in the Western Lake District, will see two exciting natural adventure races take place, with two routes to choose from: the ‘Vintage’ 7K and the ‘Classic’ 10K. The ‘Vintage’ will see participants racing through castle gardens and crossing islands and rivers, with the ‘Classic’ 10K following the same route, but with an additional 175m run up to the Pepper Pot. You’ll also be treated to a hog roast, drinks and an after party  on your return to reward all your hard work! Running, feasting and dancing on the site of a 900-year-old castle sounds like a great time to us! Early bird entries are now open, click here to enter.

lake district

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