Despite the warm, humid conditions at Hull 10K and Half Marathon the streets were a riot of colour, and supportive crowds helped to generate a fantastic atmosphere. They cheered and encouraged all those taking part in the festival, which featured the tenth staging of the 10K and the second running of the half.
It is, without doubt, one of the most popular events in the North East (and probably the country too) with upwards of 4,000 runners competing each year. Indeed, the Blaydon Race, a fixture in the race calendar for nearly six decades, sold all of their allocated entries (4700) in record time for next week (9 June), with many unable to grab a place.
Summer is fast open us and nothing quite celebrates the sunny splendor of the north west than The Tour of Tameside. Set across four separate days commencing on Thursday 13 June, the event offers a whirlwind opportunity of racing through the region, with competitors presented with the prospect of tackling all four events (around 22 miles) or competing in individual races.
Race organisers Always Aim High have announced a new event for 2020 that is sure to see interest of ultra runners across the country. The Snowdon24, described as the “ultimate endurance event”, will challenge competitors to ascend and descend Snowdon as many times as possible in 24 hours.
“It’s big, it’s brilliant and it’s back.” Run For All’s description of its youngest festival just about sums up everything that it represents, and, with race day fast approaching, there isn’t much time to book a place for this Sunday’s (2 June) event.
Last Wednesday's (22 May) Wesham Summer 10K was the scene of a world record attempt. The popular Lancashire midweek race drew a field of 400 and saw a good contest at the head of affairs between Robert Danson (31:09) and Ben Fish (31:16). However it was the performance of Jo Armitage that generated most interest.
The 13th ASICS Windermere Marathon brought with it a record breaking day with the fastest ever performances across both fields. Combined with this was the addition of a 5k, plus the finale of the iconic Brathay 10in10, which made for an action packed weekend (19 May) of running at picturesque Windermere.
The superbly scenic Pier to Pier Run attracted its biggest turnout on Sunday (19 May) as a record 1288 completed what was the 21st staging of the race. The field were met with some super warm conditions with the South Shields coastline glistening in the sunshine.
BTR Liverpool is throwing down the gauntlet to runners in the North West and challenging them to ‘double up’ at this summer’s Port Sunlight event. Last year, close to 200 signed up for the combined races, and organisers are anticipating even more will take it on next month (Sunday 16 June)