A round-up of the latest race information and events to pop in your diary for the start of the autumn season.
New events and the latest race information:
The Kelly’s Cross Country Challenge – Surrey – 18 October
Kelly’s Charity Events has launched this brand new cross-country event in Loseley Park, Surrey, in aid of local charity Challengers. This event has been held for the past five years at the Riverside Park, offering a 5K and 10K race. This year, in its new location, the event now also offers a half-marathon distance. Challengers are a local charity that supports disabled children and young people aged two – 25 through their youth schemes across Surrey. Sign up here.
MBNA Chester Mini Marathon – 4 October – open for online entries
If you’re running or supporting a friend at the MBNA Chester Marathon and think your little one might like to get involved, it’s worth signing them up soon to the Mini Marathon. This one-mile race around Chester Racecourse was hugely popular with the kids last year and is expected to be a sell-out again this year. Children of all ages can enter and entries are just £4. Sign up online here.
Great Scottish Run – 4 October – Gebrselassie to bid farewell to competitive running
Running legend Gebrselassie will bid farewell to competitive running at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on 4 October. The Ethiopian, who has broken 27 world records in his illustrious career, will take part over the 10K distance in Scotland’s biggest weekend of running. If you want to watch the legend in action, the event will kick off at 9.45am. Or, if you fancy taking part yourself, there are still places available to enter the 10K or half marathon. Visit greatscottishrun.com to enter.
Brighton Marathon – 15 – 17 April 2016 – entries to re-open soon
Due to high demand, a limited number of general entries will be made available very soon to enter the inaugural Brighton Marathon 2016. From Monday 14 September, applicants will have until 9 October at 5pm to register their interest here. Applicants will then be sent an email giving them a minimum of 48 hours notice of when entries will open. The number of general entries available is strictly limited and will be on a first come first served basis. Click here for more information.
WR10K Finsbury Park – 27 September
The final event of the WR10K Race Series 2015 will take place at Finsbury Park, offering a 5K and 10K option. Both flat courses, taking in stunning scenery, are ideal runners of all abilities – from those running their first 5K or 10K to those shooting a new PB. All runners receive a goody bag, finishers t-shirt and medal for their achievements. Enter here.
Bear Grylls Festival – 3 – 4 October
The Bear Grylls Festival is set to be one exciting event, with appearances from Bear Grylls himself, four challenging OCR races and a whole host of festival attractions! For those seeking a challenging endurance event, the Ultimate Survivor Race, created by Bear Grylls himself, is a body-beating 30K race with 100+ gruelling obstacles, while the 5K Survival Race is a little more forgiving and perhaps a little more fun! Entries are still open. Sign up here.
Vitality Oxford Half Marathon – 11 October
If you fancy a spontaneous autumn half, the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon still has charity places available. The route takes in the renowned Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library, and many of Oxford University’s world-famous Colleges. For more information and to view the charities you could run for visit: http://oxfordhalf.co.uk/run-for-charity/
Hell Up North – 17 October
Branded the “UK’s toughest half marathon”, Hell Up North is not for the faint-hearted. This OCR event, taking place in Delamore Forest, Cheshire, brings you 13 miles of natural obstacles including the notorious Lucifer’s Lido and Bog of Doom. A great challenge made all the more fun with a good bunch of friends. Entries are still open; sign up here.