It’s a triple whammy from race organisers Runnorthwest who are offering runners the opportunity to take part in three of their 2019 events at a bargain price. Their triple race deal includes entry to the Alderley Edge 10K, Southport Seaside 10K and Wilmslow Festive 10K, all for £49.50 (which equates to less than £17 per event).
The Christmas Pudding 10K festive run celebrated its 30th birthday on Saturday (9 December) under its new organisers, the youth charity Brathay Trust. Brathay’s first event got off to a flyer with a sell-out field lining up at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, while participants got into the festive spirit with some cracking costumes, including some fetching polar bears.
The upcoming Adlington Winter Warmer will represent a refreshing change for all those taking part, even if the temperatures are likely to plummet to sub-zero. All of the 350 competing will be running naked, aka without their GPS watch, and have been invited to predict their time.
Dating back to 1972, the Essar Chester Round the Walls race is one of the oldest events in the country. Such a rich pedigree, added to the fact the event follows a fantastic route beginning from Chester Racecourse, has ensured it is once again a sell-out with 500 runners signed up for the popular Boxing Day 6K.
There has been another swift sell out at Clitheroe as Blackburn Harriers announce that general entry for the event is now closed. The Ribble Valley 10K, scheduled for Sunday 30 December, is, according to race organiser Matt Wood, “truly the last chance for anyone wanting to climb up the UK ranking list in 2018."
The 15th annual BTR Liverpool Santa Dash on Sunday (2 December) saw the city transformed into a sea of red, blue and mini Santas. Close to 7,000 Santas from across the globe, including representatives from France, Gibraltar, Norway and Switzerland, all took part, making the Santa Dash the UK’s biggest festive fun run.
Sport in the North West has a new champion! And now communities in Tameside, Manchester, Salford, Preston and Liverpool are set to benefit from support from a new project which was launched on Tuesday (6 December) at Salford's Media City.
Its status as one of the most picturesque and challenging marathons in the UK means that Snowdonia Marathon Eryri will be a sell-out next year. Demand for the 2019 event was extremely high, with organiser Jayne Lloyd releasing a statement apologising to disappointed applicants.
South Yorkshire’s most popular 10k just seems to be getting faster with Jack Martin setting a course record and Eilish McColgan once again excelling as she defended her title on Sunday (2 December). The race saw another incredible turnout with close to 3000 competing at the Steel City Striders’ organised event.
There may not be many better ways to run off the excesses of Christmas lunch than Motiv Sports’ Turkey Trot at Kings Dock, Liverpool. What’s more, the Boxing Day 5k will once again be supporting local food banks and will be taking donations on the day to help those less fortunate.