A round-up of the latest race information for your spring/summer race diary.
The Color Run – tickets now on sale
Tickets are now on sale for The Color Run Presented by Skittles for all 2016 events. Branded by organisers as “the happiest and most colourful party of the summer”, this 5K fun run will take place in London (12 June), Manchester (2 July), Glasgow (17 July), Birmingham (20 August) and Brighton (17 September). There are no stopwatches or timers involved in The Color Run and entrants of all abilities are invited to walk, jog and dance their way along the course at any pace. Sign up here: www.TheColorRun.co.uk
ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon – new venue
Organisers of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon have confirmed that the race will move to a new venue, Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, for the 2016 race on 10 April. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 the finish and race village were outside Manchester United Football Club’s Old Trafford stadium, but it has moved to Emirates Old Trafford as part of long-term growth plans for the race. The race will also be joining the new Manchester Half Marathon at this iconic venue. The finish and race village will be located outside the Emirates and the start near to the Trafford Arch on the A56, close to where previously situated. To register and for further details visit www.greatermanchestermarathon.com.
World’s first fully-inclusive mass-participation launches in UK
Parallel London, the world’s first mass-participation event for people of all abilities has launched in the UK this week. The event, which aims to show that physical activity can be accessible to everyone, includes a variety of walking and running distances from 100m to 10K, encouraging anyone to take part regardless of age, ability, impairment, mobility or health condition. The not-for-profit event will take place on 4 September at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Entry to Parallel London is now open to all via a public ballot. Enter here.
Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon – to include 10-mile road race
The Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon, taking place on 13 March, will this year incorporate the new Liverpool 10-Mile Road Race. The 10-mile race will share the same grandstand start and finish as the half-marathon on the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head Liverpool. The route will take in the key city sights before turning off at Sefton Park for a shorter version of the half-marathon route. For more information and to take part visit: www.btrliverpool.com/#!liverpool-half-marathon/cjg9
Surrey Half Marathon – entries now open
Entries are now open for the Surrey Half Marathon, taking place on 13 March. The closed-road half marathon offers a flat, scenic loop route, and includes water stations, a live band and great crowd support from the local community. Secure your place here.