For 36 years now Helsby Running Club has welcomed runners to the quiet Cheshire lanes for the community-organised Essar Four Villages Half Marathon. The 2019 staging, scheduled for Sunday 20 January, is expected to draw in a field of around 2000 runners, for what organisers promise offers “big race atmosphere but small enough to still have space to run after the initial scramble across the line!”
A favourite among the runABC North news desk team, Team OA’s festive cracker, the PieAthlon, is set to return to West Yorkshire next month. The unique event, dubbed ‘The Hungriest Race in Yorkshire’, sees participants tackle a 6k course dotted with pie stations.
Cyprus is now a regular spring destination for British runners with the growing popularity of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO. The event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 24/25 March in 2019 includes a full programme of marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k which encourages group and family parties.
With over a month until race day, organisers of the Ribble Valley 10K have announced that 900 of their 1500 places have already been snapped up. From the entry list revealed today, there already seems to be a high proportion of elites confirmed, with runners clearly looking to cap off their season in style at the Clitheroe event.
Even with organisers twice upping the entry limit to this year’s race, the Wilmslow Festive 10K is closing in on a sell-out. In what looks likely to be one of the fastest (and most popular) 10ks of the festive season, the Run North West event is set reach 4000 registrants soon, and any prospective entrants are being encouraged to register before the final places are snapped up.
Forget about booking next year’s summer holiday, now’s the time to get yourself signed up for Mizuno’s Endure24. The bad new is that the Reading event is already a sell-out, but the good news is that Leeds (28-30 June) still has availability.
There’s nothing quite like a few brisk miles in the countryside on a December morning – not to mention the Christmas spirit at the finish line – to get you into the festive spirit. So the Christmas Pudding 10K, with the background of the beautiful Great Langdale Valley, sets the tone as one of the most charming and attractive rural winter events on the calendar.
Eilud Kipchoge’s stunning performance at this year’s Berlin Marathon, at which he set the fastest time ever over 26.2 miles, reiterated what we already knew about the race – it really is an event where magic happens. If you feel like you could be tempted by the 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon, then Sports Tours International have a number of packages on offer for what could well be a CV defining event.
Merseyside runners will be part of a major national festive charity campaign next month. BTR Liverpool’s Santa Dash have been named as the official event partner for Channel 5’s high profile Help The Animals at Christmas initiative, which showcases the work done by the RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary and Wildlife Aid Foundation.
An enthusiastic group of Belgian runners are planning a challenging race excursion across the North Sea in 2019. Mouscron Marathon Men are seeking an event in and around the Humberside area and called on their running counterparts in the Humberside area to find the most suitable event for them.