Judging by the high turnout rate across parkruns events at the weekend, it seems northern runners had no hesitation in lacing up and putting in some valuable miles before their Christmas dinner. As we move closer to the end of the year, this trend is likely to continue with a number of popular races set to be staged.
Filled (or fuelled?) up by Christmas leftovers, up to 1000 runners will male their way to Clitheroe this morning (Tuesday 27 December) to rejoice at the return of the Ribble Valley 10K. After a hiatus last year when organisers were forced to cancel due to severe flooding, the race, which incorporates the Northern Athletics 10K Championships, will likely throw up some fast times.
Another event set to enjoy a full house is today’s Adlington Winter Warmer. The 10k and a bit trail run moves through Middlewood Way footpath and Macclesfield Canal. As a slight twist, competitors are asked to predict their finish time – without the assistance of a GPS. Those closest will receive a prize.
The festively named Jolly Holly Jog and Fun Run (pictured) marks another sell out in the northern calendar with 900 runners bracing themselves for an undulating, multi-terrain course through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park. Organised by Ripon Runners, the event will enjoy its 29th staging this morning.
Stepping into 2017, it looks like runners in Cleethorpes might be having a fairly abstemious Hogmanay with more than 500 signed up for their annual New Year’s 10K. Across in the north east, the ever popular Morpeth 11K never fails is sure to see some top performances and still has space for those looking to enter on the day.
These are just a few of the events scheduled for the upcoming days and as ever we have a full list of races in your area.