Runners who haven't finalised their plans for the Bank Holiday weekend can still enter one of the many races and fun runs being staged as part of the first-ever Big Running Weekend in Sheffield. With the weather predicted to improve for the Sunday and Monday of the event, this is an ideal opportunity for runners in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and further afield to get involved in something different.
The festival of running has a full programme from the mighty New Balance ULTRA Tour of the Peak District to farm-themed fancy dress fun runs and lots in between over the two days. Other top races are the 12 mile trail race (Sunday, 26 August) and the Whirlow 10k Trail Race (Monday 27 August) - online entries (please click through) can be made until tomorrow (Friday 24 August) although you can enter on the day without surcharge. Orienteering events and other family and child-friendly events complete the card.
The fun starts on Saturday when the camp site opens at 2.00pm and continues that evening with the Extreme Running talks which boast an array of 'extreme running record holders' who have run their way into the record books including Nicky Spinks, Stuart Walker and Darryl Watton.
The talking stops and the action gets under way on Sunday morning. The 56-mile New Balance ULTRA Tour of the Peak District starts at 8am with the leaders expected back around 9 hours later. The 12.12 mile Trail Race starts later in the morning. Monday's schedule includes the Whirlow 10K Trail race and junior races.
There is a post-race party on Sunday night with live music and on site camping for competitors and their families. Also on the programme are 'free to attend' Natural Running courses, advice from running physios on injuries, massage and podiatrist assessment.
The Big Running Weekend has been organised by Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, a children's charity based on the farm, and Accelerate, the Sheffield running store. The event is being staged with the assistance of South Yorkshire Orienteers and local company Eight point Two. The Big Running weekend will raise much-needed funds for Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and Lisa Clowes from the charity said, "We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of running and we have surpassed our year one target for pre-entries across all the main events."
Stuart Hale, of Accelerate added: "There is a three year money raising plan for the Children's Trust with organisers ensuring maximum benefit to the Trust." Both Lisa and Stuart thanked main event sponsors, Petermans Fork Lift Trucks and New Balance, saying that without their support the event wouldn't be viable.
For more details visit the Big Running Weekend website.