Commit to fit: 2022 events to train for now
On your marks, get set, and go! Fancy challenging yourself this year? Then you could do a lot worse than booking yourself onto these Warks and West Mids races and triathlons. Dig out your trainers and dig deep.
Struggling to find the motivation to honour a new year’s fitness resolution? I hear ya, sister. The days may be short and cold at the minute, and the lockdown sofa is singing its siren song, but a bit of forward-thinking could pay serious dividends once the summer shuffles into view. From running queens to absolute beginners, there’s something for everyone in our list of local country and city races and triathlons so get those trainers on and those legs pumping. Remember: June is only 19 weeks away. Let’s do this!
Draycote Water 10 mile, Rugby
When? 13 Feb
What to expect: This is a gorgeous running spot for road runners, offering reservoir and countryside views. Run alongside the water and take in some of the prettiest views around.
Warwick Half Marathon, Warwick
When? 6 March
£: From £35.99
What to expect? This route starts and finishes at Warwick Racecourse and takes in rolling views of the Warwickshire countryside. It’s a traffic free course too.
Warwickshire Triathlon, Stratford-upon-Avon
When? 2 Oct
What to expect: This triathlon which starts at 8am includes a dip in the heated pool at Stratford Leisure Centre, a scenic bike ride and flat run along the riverside. Tackle at 400m swim, 18k cycle and 5k run or stick with the 200m swim, 18k cycle and 2.5km run.
Wolf Run 10k Challenge, Leamington Spa
When? 3&4 Sept
What to expect: Running not enough for you? Throw in some thick mud, loads of boggy water and a load of obstacles on this hilarious and utterly filthy adventure.
Birmingham Running Festival, Sutton Coldfield
When? 20 Feb
What to expect: This year marks the 4th running festival at Sutton Park. Don’t worry if you’re not up to long distances, you can take on 5km, 10km or a half marathon running laps around the pretty park.
Shakespeare Marathon, Stratford-upon-Avon
When? 24 April
What to expect: Stratford Rotary organise this annual event which has marathon and half marathon options. Run past some of the town’s most historical buildings (including Holy Trinity Church – where the Bard’s buried) and through the lush Warwickshire countryside. The route is mostly flat and also takes in some of the area’s quaint little villages.
Compton Verney Half Marathon, Stratford-upon-Avon
When? 17 July
What to expect? Previously known as the Edgehill Half Marathon, this was recently renamed after the beautiful venue where part of the race is held. It sets off from the front of the house and winds through the villages of Kineton, Little Kineton and Radway before returning up Pittern Hill and back to finish on the lawns of Compton Verney by the lake.
Mudnificent 7, Fillongley
When? 6 Aug
What to expect? This obstacle race is 7km and don’t wear your finest tracky – it’s going to get messy. Be prepared to wade through water, clamber through mud and climb up and over obstacles.
Bluebell Challenge, Nuneaton
When? 26 April
What to expect: Not been to pretty Hartshill Hayes before? Now’s your chance. This six hour trail run sees participants run as many laps as possible of the 2.8mile course.
Great Birmingham Run, Birmingham
When? 1 May
What to expect: This is the city’s biggest racing event and there’s the choice of 10k or half marathons to run. It’s held across the city and takes in some of Birmingham’s top venues including The Bullring and Selfridges, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and the Wildlife Park.
Cannock 50, Cannock Chase
When? 25 June
What to expect? Cannock Chase is an awesome forest so try out this 50km or 50mile course – if you’re brave enough. With those spectacular views comes a pretty tough course – expect lots of steep hills and loose stones on down hills.