Reminder time. The clocks go back this weekend (October 28). For some, this means an extra hour in bed. For runners it means an extra hour to go… running. And for parents of young children it means the darlings will be up at 5am instead of 6am and there’s a whole extra hour of the day to ‘get through’!
It probably won’t come as a surprise for those who have competed at (or even heard of the event for that matter) but the upcoming Snowdonia Marathon Eryri on Saturday 27 October will host a full house. The event, staged for over three decades, is widely thought to be one of the most picturesque marathons in the UK.
Very few events have enjoyed the same initial impact as the Doncaster 10K did last year when it burst onto the scene with over 1600 runners taking part in the inaugural race. The second staging looks set to push this even further with over 2500 already entered for Sunday 25 November.
However long the Yorkshire Marathon continues, history could well decree that Sunday’s event stands as its most memorable. On a day in which close to 8,000 runners took part, terminally ill Sean Coxhead ran what may well be his final race, there was an ultramarathon qualification for a 73-year-old veteran and, at the finish line, there was marriage proposal – she said yes.
Podium regular Helen Sahgal provided some much needed colour on a drab North West morning as she dominated the women's race at the Alder Hey 10K. The Mersey Tri athlete - bright club vest, flowing crimson locks and salmon-coloured compression socks - clocked 40:03 for first place ahead of Jacqui Khoueiry (41:55) and Alexandra Kokkinaki (43:29).
Andy Vernon prevailed in the much-anticipated battle of Britain at Sunday’s (14 October) Manchester Half Marathon, with the experienced runner defeating Luke Traynor to claim victory. Despite grey skies and wet conditions, the half recorded its highest turnout to date, with race CEO Nick Rusling stating: “This event is now firm part of the running calendar and Manchester fitness scene.”
It’s that time of year again when Merseyside begins to gear up for its Christmas extravaganza, the Santa Dash. The BTR Liverpool organised event is the UK’s largest festive event, drawing up to 8,000 runners to the North West on a day which transforms the region into a sea of red and blue Scouse santas.
14,000 runners will make their way to Trafford Town Hall this Sunday (14 October) for what promises to be one of the most thrilling 13.1 mile events of the year. With one of the fastest and flattest courses on the circuit, there is an expectation of fast times across the board, and with a highly incentivised prize pot for the elites, there is a feeling there could be a tense contest at the front.