Organisers of the Run Sunderland Festival have released the first details of the 2019 staging of the event, revealing it will take place on Sunday 12 May. With registration also opening, race director Steve Cram suggested interesting some developments were in the pipeline for 2019: “We’ve got some very exciting new plans for next year, which we will unveil soon, so watch this space!”
There was a distinctly Scottish flavour to Sunday’s Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash with Adam Craig and Shettleston Harriers’ Fionnuala Ross securing victory in their respective fields. The duo were part of an 8000 strong field at what proved to be another PB heavy day, with many producing their fastest ever 10k time.
Halloween and Bonfire Night certainly help to brighten the darkness of late autumn thanks to glowing pumpkins and lanterns lining suburban streets and the bang, pop, whizz of the colourful firework displays that abound in November.
It was a return to the normal script at the 2019 New York City Marathon as Mary Keitany secured a fourth win in five years in the women's race. Keitany's winning time of 2:22:48 was the second fastest in NYC Marathon history.
This Sunday (3 November) will see the 33rd year of one of the north’s most anticipated events, the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash. The race is expected to draw in close to 12,000 participants, with course record holder Eilish McColgan set to compete and aiming for a third successive victory.
There is expected to be a flurry of entries coming through for the 2019 edition of the English Half Marathon festival with organisers opening entries today (Thursday 1 November). There was also confirmation of next year’s race date, with the event set to take place over the weekend of 13-15 September.
There are a series of northern events – the Wilmslow Festive 10K and Doncaster 10K are just two of many – that offer not just an opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit but represent a real chance of hitting a late season PB. Another on the list is the Cheshire 10K, which, according to Lucy Harfield from race organisers RunThrough, will showcase a 'fun and frantic morning of running'.
The long days of summer may be behind us, but autumn can still deliver for runners. In fact, some may argue that nothing beats the feeling of taking to the trails on a crisp and sunny autumn day. Conditions can change though and it is wise to be prepared.
The Festive Flash Five will make a welcome return to the circuit next month when it celebrates its fourth staging on Sunday 25 November. As is now accustomed, participants are encouraged to get into the festive spirit by wearing Santa hats, Christmas jumpers or fancy dress, while organisers have again promised to arrange the mulled wine and treats for all finishers.
Sports Tours International’s festive fun run, the Jingle Bell Jog, is set to return on Sunday 2 December and entry is open to runners, walkers and joggers plus runners with dogs and buggies. Entries for the event are now open, with registration priced at just £16 (or £11 if you provide your own Santa suit).