With runners moving into the mid-point of autumn training and building up some momentum before winter arrives, the final weekend in September heralds a number of important races in the north of England. Here, we take a whirlwind glance at what could be looming on your race calendar.
Following the enthralling finale to the Great North Run, competitors in Yorkshire will no doubt be looking for something similar at the next instalment in the Bupa series. Since launching in 2007, the Great Yorkshire Run has seen its number of entrants almost double and will likely see a turnout of over 6,000 runners on Sunday.
After a year's absence - the first in its 32 year history - the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon returns to the fixture list on Sunday. The marathon joins the extremely popular half marathon race - up to 10,000 expected - which sees runners pass through some of the city's most iconic spots, including Castle Boulevard, Trent Bridge and Nottingham Forest's football stadium.
In north Yorkshire, runners will be looking to hit an autumn PB at the fast, flat all tarmac course at Redcar. Organised by Tees Valley Leisure on behalf of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, the Redcar Half Marathon will celebrate its 31st year on Sunday.
Moving south, the highly regarded Isle of Axholme Half Marathon takes runners through rural roads in Epworth. Organised by specialist retailers Metres to Miles, the course takes runners through scenic rural roads along the Isle of Axholme.
Looking further afield, a strong contingent of runners will likely be making the trip to Scotland for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon or to Germany for the Berlin Marathon. Lest we forget some of the other races this weekend, these include; the Macclesfield Half Marathon, Run Preston 10K / 5K, Southport 10K Beach Race and Cheshire 10K.
What do you have planned for this weekend? Racing or training?