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YOUR ULTIMATE RACE GUIDE

FEBRUARY 2018 53 From 5Ks to ultras, and everything in between, check out these top 100 races from all around the UK and overseas. Start filling your diary and make 2018 your best ever year of racing!

JANUARY TO JUNE 2018

ON YOUR MARKS…

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GET SET…SIGN UP! THERE ARE LOADS OF GREAT REASONS TO TAKE PART IN RACE EVENTS

Some people enjoy running without feeling the need to race regularly. Similarly, newer runners may find the idea of a running event intimidating. But they shouldn’t. There are all sorts of compelling reasons to take part in race events – and not just for all those free t-shirts…

MAKING A COMMITMENT

Once you enter a race, it’s wise to give your training a bit of structure. If you follow a gradually progressing training plan, seeing you build distance and speed each week, you’ll gain even more than you already do from running. Ticking off training sessions on your plan each week can be hugely rewarding, and will give your running a new sense of purpose. Plus, following a plan often makes training easier: you don’t have to think of a run to do, it’s decided for you.

YOU’RE ONLY RACING YOURSELF

One of the biggest myths about races is that everyone’s, well, racing. Really, about 90 per cent of the field will say they’re only racing themselves – and that often means racing a previously set PB. But when it’s your first time racing a new distance, as there’s no PB to beat, you’re winning simply by turning up and giving it a go!

BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

Remember the first time you ran for 10 minutes non-stop – didn’t it feel great? You can recapture that feeling every single week when you’re training for a race. As you build up distance or complete speedwork sessions faster, you’ll find you’re a better runner than you ever imagined.

REDISCOVER YOUR MOJO

Running without a goal can often see your motivation dwindle. Training for a race can help you rediscover your mojo. Opt for a challenge that feels so immense you’re scared into training regularly, or just go for a fun event that makes you want to get out of bed and train in the mornings.

RAISE SOME DOSH

Setting yourself a running challenge is a brilliant way to raise money for a cause close to your heart. Every year, millions of pounds are raised by people in races – big and small – across the country, and you’ll be amazed by how much support friends, family and colleagues are willing to offer.

HAVE A HOLIDAY

Attending races usually means going somewhere new, whether that’s a nearby village or to the other end of the country. It can mean a new post-run pub, or maybe a new hotel. It can be a fun weekend away for other members of the family, too.

MAKE FRIENDS

Even the most introverted wallflower will struggle to stay silent at a race start, so it’s a great way to meet like-minded folk and you’ll soon find you weren’t the only person nervous about doing the race. Racing comes with nerves and tough times, so the friends you make can stay with you forever.

ALL THE FREE T-SHIRTS

Plus you’ll probably never need to buy a t-shirt again.

INFLATABLE 5K No stilettos please
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BRIGHTON GLOW RUN, HOVE Date: 6 January 2018 Terrain: Road Entry: £20 adult / £10 child Size of field: Goodies: Medal, banana, stickers and neon accessories This evening run calls for your finest fluorescentwear. So don’t be shy. Gather your loved ones and prepare for a refreshing run along the seafront from Hove to Brighton Pier and back. Don’t forget your glow sticks. www.blitzrun.com/event/brightonglowrun

THE LEICESTER CITY 5K WINTER SERIES, LEICESTER Date: 7 February 2018 Terrain: Road Entry: £11 Size of field: Goodies: Medal Two laps of Leicester’s tranquil Victoria Park. Enjoy an undulating, traffic–free course with supervised bag storage and refreshments. www.nice-work.org.uk

RUN FOR CHOCOLATE 5K, VARIOUS LOCATIONS Date: February-March 2018 Terrain: Mixed Entry: £25 adult / £15 child Size of field: Goodies: Medal, hot chocolate and other treats Chocolate lovers, this event is calling you! It’s not timed and the emphasis is on fun, so just concentrate on having a good time. Enjoy the party atmosphere, live music and unlimited luxury hot chocolate. Sounds like heaven! www.runforchocolate.co.uk

INFLATABLE 5K, VARIOUS LOCATIONS Date: Various dates from March Terrain: Obstacle Entry: £27.50 adult / child from £17.50 Size of field: Goodies: Medal and t-shirt The organisers guarantee this will be the most 5K fun you’ve ever had – and it’s a great workout too! So prepare to pit your wits against five inflatable obstacles and bounce your way to that finish line. www.ukrunningevents.co.uk/inflatable-5k-run

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About Women’s Running

We all take up running for different reasons – to improve our health, lose a few pounds, raise money for charity, or perhaps because we drunkenly made a pact with a friend. But, whatever the reason, we all share the benefits of what running can deliver: inner strength, fearlessness, fitness, self-belief, self-esteem - the effects are countless. You only have to read this month’s cover star Viv’s incredible story to hear the effects of running. After undergoing a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, Viv made the courageous decision not to have reconstructive surgery – a decision directly influenced by taking up running and the newfound body confidence this gave her. As we move into the New Year, confidence is going to be key to ensuring we reach our goals, whether that’s taking up running for the first time, upping our distance or losing weight (you can find plans for all three on page 32). Now is the time to harness self-belief and, to help you do so, we’ve got tips for you from life coach Steve Chamberlain. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you’ll be surpised how far it can take you, after all, as Chamberlian says, “beliefs are just thoughts we buy into, so it’s important we choose wisely!”