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Leeds Liverpool Canal Christmas Cracker

Overview

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The Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker will be a jolly good merriment of festive fun.  There will be tables laden (scrooge style) with mulled wine, chocolate baubles and Christmas cake, Yum, Yum and there maybe even a plum pudding and bauble designed medal at the end. 

A scenic, fast and flat, out-and-back route along the beautiful tow path, great for achieving PBs. Pick your distance, from the ultimate challenge of the Ultra to the sprint of the 5K with the chance to pit yourself against the Marathon, 20 miler, Half Marathon and 10K distances in between.


http://www.itsgrimupnorthrunning.co.uk/grim-up-north-running-events/event/leeds-and-liverpool-christmas-cracker-2019/id/79/do/details

The Course

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Multi terrain canal run, with various distances from 5k to marathon distance over a weekend . Flat course. 

Rated 1/5 for difficulty this is a course for all. The route will start and finish at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical it’s a great opportunity to improve your own PB. 




Where, when and how much?

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8/9th December Annual event


Race HQ:LPSA Club, 4 Beecroft Street, Leeds LS5 3AW Car Parking and changing facilities are available at the LPSA club, a short walk from the start of the race.


Cost from £10.50-£35.50 depending on distance entered.


The organisers http://www.itsgrimupnorthrunning.co.uk/

offer a host of events across the region of varying distances and difficulty levels. 

Facilities

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Water stations  Toilets  Changing facilities  Baggage store  No distance markers  No showers

Final Comment

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Festive fun and merriment!   

The 'Grim up North' running group are pretty relaxed so it was a good event for 2 first timers. There were people of all shapes, sizes and abilities. 

Leeds Abbey Dash (10k)

Overview

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Age UK organised event now in its 33rd year (2018).  Popular event for all and great family event. 

Junior Dash 2k, for runners aged 8 to 14- All finishers will receive a medal and cotton T-shirt, and  prizes for the top 3 boy and girl Dash-ers.  The event takes place before the adult 10k on a 2k version of the closed-road route. The juniors will be supervised throughout before being paired back with their parent or guardian at the finish site.

The Course

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Linear Road Run from Leeds City Centre to Kirstall Abbey and back. Flat and fast.

Closed Roads

Timed events with pacers.



Where, when and how much?

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Annual in November

Full price is £26* 

Super early bird price is £20*

Early-bird price is £23* 

Junior 2k price is £8*

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/events/lad/id203860_lad_race_booklet_webres.pdf





Facilities

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Water bottles are provided at the 5k mark and at the finish


Baggage facilities and toilets at start and finish.


No changing facilities.  City centre parking.  


Final Word

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I’ve done it before and really wanted to improve my time, so it was only hard because I’d put the pressure on myself to improve significantly. I enjoyed it once it was over !The boys on the other hand absolutely loved it! It’s the third time eldest has done it and youngest has been desperate to do it but he wasn’t old enough until this year - I think he’d like to have done the whole thing!

I knocked over three minutes off my previous Abbey Dash time and just over two minutes off my 10k PB - to say I was pleased is an understatement as I didn’t think I’d pull it off! Hoping to knock a bit more off next time 🤞!

Camp Hill 10k

Overview

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This is a real one off and a must on the running calendar of any fun loving, mud magnet, beer guzzling, fish and chip munching runners out there! This is a mixed terrain race using the natural environment at Camp Hill to create a unique race in stunning surroundings.  Your challenges will include rough cross country terrain, winding woodland trails, ponds, fences, gates and a gruelling quarry section. This is a challenging run but great fun with a friendly family atmosphere.  We get all levels of runners including first timers, so get your running gear on, grab your running buddy, and come and discover your new favourite 10K race



The Course

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This is a no-gimmicks event - a proper 10km cross country race...

Held at The Camp Hill Estate, the home of Outdoor Adventure, the course winds its way through 250 acres of a private country estate, covering woodland and open countryside, boggy terrain, muddy tracks and obstacles..

Where, when and how much?

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Camp Hill Estate Bedale Yorkshire

Annual in October

Circa £35 - watch out for half price offers on Stray FM.

https://www.camphill.co.uk/events-festivals/camp-hill-10k



Facilities

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Toilets

Bar

Fish & Chips available for spectators to buy

Free Parking

Final Word

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A proper old school cross country run,  so some uphill sections but completely manageable. Involves wading through rivers up to chest so change of clothes and trail shoes recommended.

Worth it for the  free beanie hat, fish and chips and beer at end!

Lovely friendly participants shouting encouragement.

GUY FAWKES 10 MILE RIPLEY CASTLE

Overview

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Challenging in parts 10 mile circular run around North Yorkshire village of Ripley on open roads.


There is an official time limit of 13 mins per mile (2 hours and 10 minutes overall).

The Course

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https://www.mapmyrun.com/gb/harrogate-eng/guy-fawkes-ripley-10-miles-route-56426514


10 mile circular route 

At about mile 3 there’s a steep uphill section for about a mile lovingly named the Birstwith Brute!  There’s also another uphill section at around mile 8…. And more uphill bits in the last mile when approaching the finish line.


There are 2 drinks stations on route, in Birstwith at 4 miles, and at 8 miles after the bridge in Hampsthwaite. Drinks will also be provided at the finish.

Where, when and how much?

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Top Tips and Training

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A good challenging 10 mile run . Next step up from those wanting more from there running with hills and fast friendly pace.

Facilities

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Race HQ is based in Ripley Village Hall which is well signposted from car parks. Registration takes place at Ripley Village Hall and all race numbers are to be collected at registration on the day. Congregate at the START sign in the main car park 10 minutes before the race, and you are be led to the start by marshals. There are toilet facilities available in the main car park and at Race HQ. No changing or showering facilities.



Salford 10k

Overview

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Closed roads, circular road race around Salford Media City.

 

There is a time limit of 2 hours for this 10k. After this time all marshals and operational staff will be taken off the course and the roads reopened. Anyone still out on the course will be asked to go onto the pavement and will do so at their own risk.



The Course

Route Map Salford 10k

Flat circular route, Great beginner 10k. Closed runs and friendly atmosphere.

       

There will be water on the course at approx. the 5k point plus at the finish as well as in your finishers bags! 


Where, when and how much?

Salford 10k Start

Top Tips and Training

Salford 10k Media City

ABL recommend a minimum of 12 weeks training before the run – 

you could join a local 5k event or a Park run www.parkrun.org.uk.  


  ▪ Warm up and cool down to help prevent the chance of injury aim to stretch after every run. 

Hold stretches for 15/20 seconds, rest and repeat. 

▪ Do some strength training - aim to train for 30/45mins twice per week doing the main compound exercises - squats, lunges and core. ▪


Follow this link for full training guide:-

https://images.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Top-tips-2.compressed.pdf

Facilities

Salford 10k

     

The start and finish will take place in MediaCityUK Piazza, near the BBC.

       

Bag drop area. This will be just £1 per bag with all money raised going to charity.

No changing or showering facilities.

      

As this race is run over closed roads PLEASE arrive before 9.15am.
Please park at MediaCityUK  next to the BBC  then just walk across to the start in MediaCityUK Piazza. Two minutes from the Manchester motorway network via junctions 2 and 3 of the M602. Sat Nav reference: M50 2EQ



Top Tips

Top Tips Running 10k

ABL have provided the following advise:-

Wear the right footwear all good sports running stores will size you and fit you with appropriate trainers. 


Plan your meals leading up to race day - try to plan easy plate meals at lunch and dinner time. Fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with carbohydrates and a quarter with protein. For example, chicken, rice and mixed vegetables


Have a healthy breakfast 2-3 hours before the start of the race - for example plain porridge with a fruit 

Aim to be hydrated at the start of the race. 

Drink around 500ml of water 2-4 hours before the race.  


Don't forget recovery after the run it's important to rehydrate, refuel and repair. Drink approximately 300-500ml of water within 30 minutes of finishing the race and frequently over the next few hours. Your recovery meal should include carbohydrates to refuel glycogen stores and protein to repair muscle cells that have been broken down during exercise such as poached eggs on wholemeal toast or jacket potato with tuna and salad.  

FOUNTAINS ABBEY 10K

Overview

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Friendly and relaxed 10k run through the beautiful countryside and villages of North York.

The Course

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 Fairly hilly in part, but nothing too challenging.  

Mixed terrain- on and off road sections

Where, when and how much?

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Grantley Village, North Yorkshire

Annually in April

£15 entry.


This is a community focussed event raising money for the school.

Top Tips and Training

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A good intermediate 10k run , with mixed terrain. Most runners were aiming for an hour or under with good supportive atmosphere.


See runner dean link below for more information

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SOUTHPORT 10k

Overview

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Annual half marathon around Southport . Family freindly with live music at start/finish line. Circular route on closed roads. Atmosphere encouraging and all inclusive.  Good for those wanting to try half marathon for first time as very flat. 10 k option available.

Free family mile is a great way to include the children.


Click here to enter: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=3764

The Course

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13.1 miles. Flat course on roads


https://www.strava.com/routes/9364423

Where, when and how much?

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Enter as an individual, for charity or as a club /team.


Half Marathon-£26-£31 with early birds getting discount.


10k- £21-£26


Free family one mile

Annual in July.



Top Tips

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Pace yourself at start

Good running shoes. Try www.Asics.com Dynaflyte

 Bring the family along and make a day of it.


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Cancer Research Race for Life (Nationwide)

Overview

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National 5 k -10 K event raising money for Cancer Research.  Courses tend to be gentle with few inclines although this does vary across the country. Atmosphere encouraging and all inclusive. Children very welcome to participate. Good for beginners. All different levels of fitness and no shame in walking 

The Course

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Tend to be circular fairly flat routes with a mix of terrain on local parks, estates. Co-ordinated warm up at the beginning. Dont forget to cool down at end.     Runners and walkers, for best results on the day use their training guide on line: www.raceforlife.org.uk

Where, when and how much?

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£14.99 for women, £10 for children, under 6 go free.

Nationwide : May- July  To find an event near you clink here:   https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/find-an-event?type[0]=5k

Top Tips

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Wear pink, entre as a team and have fun! 

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