May race news: part 1 - Women's Running UK

May race news: part 1

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  April 29, 2016

With the 2016 race season well underway, the event world is full of exciting news around what’s in store for the rest of the year. From new races, routes and ticket pricing to entries opening up, event organisers have plenty to update you on:

Prizes for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K confirmed
The prize fund for the first three men and women in the Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K this year totals over £3,500. Top prize for the half-marathon winner is £200, while the winner of the 10K will receive £130. Bonus time-related prizes will also be awarded for the half-marathon; £100 bonuses will be awarded for the first male runner under 71 minutes and first female under 80 minutes. Extra prizes for the 10K include £100 bonuses for the first male under 31 minutes and first female under 35 minutes. There are also team prizes up for grabs! The Rochale running events will take place 25 September. You can enter all the events and find out more at

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Big Fun Run Newcastle date released
The Newcastle Big Fun Run has now officially launched and will take place on 23 October, in Town Moor at 11am. The Big Fun Run Series sees 18 5K runs take place all across the country from July to October to raise money for various charities, and the Town Moor is a perfect scenic setting for this event. Event Director Neil Kilgour said: “Tens of thousands of people take part in Big Fun Run every year, it attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about having fun and raising funds for a charity close to your heart.”
To enter, visit:

Picture by Lesley Martin ( 27 July 2013 The Big Fun Run, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.

Run in Lyon 2016 registrations open
The seventh edition of Run in Lyon will be held 2 October, and registrations are now open. Last year, the event in France attracted over 28,000 runners, representing 50 nationalities, all who entered one of the three events on offer. The race challenge will allow you to take in the sights along the quays of the Saône and Rhône Rivers, and through the Lyon suburbs of Caluire-et-Cuire, Villeurbanne and Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or. The marathon and half-marathon will begin at 8.30am, and the 10K ‘Party on the Run’ will begin at 11.15am. If you’re keen to hop the pond and take on an international race challenge, take a look at the website here:

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Lincoln to host city-centre half marathon event
OSB events has announced a brand-new race event, the Lincoln Half Marathon, to take place 2 October. The race centre and start/ finish will be at the Lincolnshire Showground, with the closed-road route heading into Lincoln, past some of the city’s historical sights, and then circling the buzzing harbour of the Brayford Waterfront. Race Director Iain Hamilton said: “We’re excited to bring a half-marathon race to our home town of Lincoln. Having organised events in and around the Midlands since 1991, it’s great that we’re able to launch an event here. Our aim is to contribute to the growing local economy by bringing people into the city and raising the profile of the city.” Pre registration is open now via the OSB Events website. Visit:


New route revealed for 2016 Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon
Organisers of the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon have announced that the event will feature more iconic attractions and scenery this year. Runners will get to race through the beautiful Wallaton Park, Holme Pierrepont Country Park and Trent Bridge, among scenic rivers and plush parks. Now its 36th year, the event, taking place 25 September, is predicted to welcome up to 12,000 participants in total this year. Entries are selling fast for both events. To secure your spot, visit:

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Reebok Spartan release event dates
The world’s leading obstacle course, Reebok Spartan, has announced its event dates. They are:
Aston Down, Gloucestershire – 28 May
Old Trafford, Manchester – 25 June
Spittal Farm, Edinburgh – 23 & 24 July
Elton Hall, Peterborough – 3 & 4 September
Windsor Great Park, London – 1 & 2 October

Events range from 3-14 miles. To find out more and to enter, visit:

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London 2017 World Athletics Championships announced ‘family-friendly’ ticket prices
This week, the World Athletic Championships has announced a special ‘Bolt Ticket’, which will allow children to attend the IAFF World Championships for £9.58, in tribute to Usbain Bolt’s world record. On 1 August, 1.5 million tickets will go on sale for the World Athletic Championships – 800,000 for the World ParaAthletics Championships (14-23 July 2017) and 700,000 for the IAAF World Championships (04-13 August 2017). Public sales will be held via ballot, with applications opening at 10.00am on 1 August, and closing at 20.17pm on 22 August 2016. The IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships will see athletic elites from all over the word competing in 30 sessions, across 20 days. For more information and to sign up visit,

EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Left to right) Georgie Hermitage, para-athlete, former athlete Sally Gunnell and Robbie Grabarz, athlete, with Angie Ruiz-Giraldo, Shakanah Dowuona and Tierney Redgrave from Tower Bridge Primary School, hold up giant golden tickets at Potters Fields Park in London, as the London 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships, announce the special children's admission price of £9.58 to the games, in honour of Usain Bolt's 100m record. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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