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Commit to fit: 2022 events to train for now

On your marks, get set, and go! Fancy challenging yourself in the new year? Then get booking onto these Northants races and triathlons. Lace up your trainers, take a breath, and dig deep.

Oundle New Year 10k and 5k, Oundle

When: 16 Jan 2022

£: £3-£20

What to expect: Get in there early – this race is perfect if you’re new to running or looking to get the New Year off to a flying start. The route follows a scenic course around the gently undulating wide, quiet country lanes in and around the pretty Northamptonshire villages surrounding Oundle, and you’ll nab a bespoke medal at the finish line. There’s even a kids race to let the tiddlers get in on the action.

Dirt Run, Irchester Country Park

When: 23 Jan and 20 Feb 2022

£: £16-£23

What to expect: Choose from 5k, 10k or 15k routes along the varied terrain of the Jurassic Irchester Country Park. The route is the same for each distance, 5k is one lap of the route and you can expect to get very muddy. Great for the skin, we hear.

The Oundle 20 mile, Oundle

When: 13 March 2022

£: £35

What to expect: Ideal if you’re marathon training, the Oundle 20 mile follows a scenic course around the gently undulating, quiet country lanes in and around Fotheringhay, Nassington, Yarwell and King’s Cliffe and there’s definitely scope for PB potential (any time would be a PB for me TBH)! There are well stocked aid stations along the route and finishers receive a medal and long sleeve technical shirt, plus there are prizes for leading runners and age group winners.

Rose of the Shires Ultra, Brixworth Country Park

When: 9 April 2022

£: £65

What to expect: This is definitely one for the committed (in more ways than one, perhaps). You’ll cover 54 miles (whaaaat?!) of country trails, roads and towpath, with around 72% trail and 28% on hard surfaces, cruising through country parks, Salcey Forest, the Grand Union Canal and 21 villages and towns following parts of the Nene Way, the Midshires Way and the Northampton Round.

Shires and Spires Ultra, Naseby

When: 15 May 2022

£: £51

What to expect: OK, the Ultra is a whopping 35 miles, a clockwise circuit from Naseby via Holdenby, Althorp and Cottebrook taking in a mix of footpaths, country trails and roads. So far so picturesque, but panic ye not if you’re not planning to be in the ultra zone by May, you can also sign up for a 10k, multiterrain half marathon or multiterrain marathon. There are checkpoints along the route with water, gels and snacks but there may be some navigation required en route.

Salcey Forest 10k and 5k

When: 26 June 2022

£: £15-£22

What to expect: Lace up your trainers for the relatively flat forest paths and trails in and around Salcey Forest, with both distances offering a fairly straightforward route for runners of all abilities, from total newbs to wannabe Paula Radcliffes, using hard track tracks and trails within the forest.

Conquer the Castle, Rockingham Castle

When: 23 July 2022

£: £35-£160

What to expect: Run as many 5k laps as possible around the stunning stronghold of Rockingham Castle, which boasts some of the best views in the county, in this unique 6 hour timed event. Go solo or as part of a team.

Northampton Half Marathon, Northampton

When: 25 Sept 2022

£: £34

What to expect: Starting in the shadow of the historical Guildhall in the centre of Northampton, you’ll swing down Derngate and around plenty of historic Northampton landmarks, finishing on the South Lawn at beautiful Delapre Abbey. You can also choose to do the course as a relay team of 3, or take part in the Northampton Size 6, a new 6.9 mile route through the town’s shoe making district.

Magic Bike Cyclosportive, Naseby

When: TBC (expected to take place in July/August)

£: £30

What to expect: Ditch the lads and grab your gal pals for this ladies only cycling event. There are 2 distances to choose from, 23 or 30 miles, and both follow circular routes starting and finishing at Naseby village hall. This one is suitable for all abilities and takes in quiet country lanes with one or two cheeky hill challenges thrown in. Sack off icky gels too, you get tea, coffee and homemade cakes en route plus Prosecco at the finish line. Now that’s the kind of bike race that rings our bells.

Run Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit

When: Date TBC (usually takes place in October)

£: TBC

What to expect: Rev up your running with a 5k, 10k or half marathon on the super sleek race track at Silverstone. No pot holes to stumble into here, thank very much and the route is beautifully flat. Plenty of water stations en route and snacks and medals at the finish line.

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OXFORDSHIRE

Banbury 15 Mile Race, Banbury

When: 20 March 2022

£: £20

What to expect: A picturesque race that starts in Spiceball Country Park and loops through local villages on a hilly course. There will be two water stages along the way for refreshment.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 

MK Festival of Running, Milton Keynes

When: 13 March 2022

£: £9 – £31

What to expect: A festival with an option for everyone. Choose between the gentle 5k event, the classic 10k distance race, the respectable half marathon, and the hardcore 20 miler. The courses are generally flat and well-maintained, beginning in Milton Keynes and winding out into pretty countryside. 

RightMove Milton Keynes Marathon, Milton Keynes

When: 1-2 May 2022

£: £50

What to expect: For seasoned runners, this 26.2 mile run takes place on a scenic route with tree-lined boulevards, lakes, parks and woodland and a spectacular stadium finish. Voted the UK’s friendliest marathon, and with all those runner’s endorphins, this one’s sure to get you smiling!

RUTLAND

Spring Half Marathon 2022, Beacon Hill Country Park

When: 3 April 2022

£: £32

What to expect: A beautiful scenic Half Marathon around Rutland Water. The race takes place on a stunning route with unrivalled views of the county.  

Rutland 10k, Whitwell Rutland Water

When? 25 June

£: £19

What to expect: Get your jogging gear on for a zoom through one of the most picturesque parts of Rutland.

Rutland Marathon and Half Marathon 2022, Sykes Lane, Rutland Water

When? 25 Sept

£: £42 (Marathon) £32 (Half Marathon)

What to expect: The seventh edition of this popular rural race on the stunning shore line of Rutland Water, offering unique views across one of the most scenic spots in England.

Rutland Night 10k, Sykes Lane, Rutland Water

When? 11 and 12 Nov

£: £22

What to expect: Experience this incredible venue after dark with beautiful lights around the entire course. Walkers are welcome on the 10th Nov for £16. Everyone welcome over the age of 15.

WARWICKSHIRE

Draycote Water 10 mile, Rugby

When? 13 Feb

£: £18-£20

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

£: £52

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

£: £50

What to expect: Running not enough for you? Throw in some thick mud, boggy water and a load of obstacles on this hilarious and utterly filthy adventure.

Shakespeare Marathon, Stratford-upon-Avon

When? 24 April

£: £27-£34

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

£: £35

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.

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