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August 2022

Our selection of the best, fastest, toughest, quirkiest and most enjoyable races taking place up and down the country in August 2022.

Kimbolton Half Marathon

This scenic half though the Midlands countryside starts and ends at the impressive Kimbolton House, where Catherine of Aragorn lived out her final years. She was the first of King Henry VIII’s six wives and probably needed a nice rest after being married to him for 24 years. You’ll need a nice rest too after this run: the first 10km is all uphill and you can’t even relax when you start heading downhill because there’s another hill to deal with before you get back to Kimbolton.
Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, August 28, activetrainingworld.co.uk

Green Man Ultra

Can you ever truly know a city without running a loop around it all in one go? If for some reason you believe that to be the case, then you’ve found the best way to get to know Bristol. This is a tough 72km challenge, with plenty of mud and hills and probably some regrets too, so no one would think less of you for opting for the Green Boy, a shorter but still tough course that loops around the south and east sides of the city. It clocks in at 47km, so it’s also still very much an ultramarathon.
Bristol, August 27, greenmanultra.co.uk

13 The Hard Way

The first kilometre of this very hilly event will probably be the hardest one to survive: you’ll immediately ascend almost 150m up onto the South Downs Way. From there, it’s mostly downhill past (trigger warning for anyone who has cycled from London to Brighton) Ditchling Beacon until you turn around and head back the way you came. The idea of running back down that really steep bit at the start sounds nice in practice but the reality will probably involve jelly legs and a lot of panicked slamming on of the brakes and possibly some undignified shrieking.
Clayton, Sussex, August 20, sussextrailevents.com

Inferno Edale's Ring of Hell

Edale in the Peak District is the hub for this weekend of running adventures. Day 1 features a 10 miler and a very tough 55K ultra with almost 2,000m of ascent, while on Day 2 you can take on a half or a 10K. The majority of runners will only do one of the four events, but there are always a couple of nutters who can’t resist doing one on each day. We say well done to them, but one is enough for us. Unless, of course, you’re referring to well-earned pints of post-race ale.
Edale, Derbyshire, August 20 & 21, toughtrails.co.uk

Antrim Coast Half Marathon

The organisers claim that this half marathon is “one of the fastest in the world”, and while the course certainly is nice and flat, we’re not sure that a coastal breeze is always conducive to a fast run. But there’s one thing we won’t contest: the coast of Antrim is one of the most beautiful places on earth and demands much more exploration than the two-ish hours of a half marathon. You’ll be able to check off one of Antrim’s sights right at the finish line: the imposing granite Chaine Memorial Tower will loom into sight as you thunder down the final 1.3km of the race, all of which is downhill.
Larne, Co. Antrim, August 28, antrimcoasthalfmarathon.com

Hart 4 Trail Relay

This event is brought to you by the number 4: a 4km trail loop, 4 runners on a team and 4 hours to run as many laps of it as you can (hopefully more than 4). Spectators are encouraged to set up gazebos and enjoy the good weather with a picnic as they watch the teams doing their thing and striving to beat the rather impressive lap record, which stands currently a 17. By our (possibly faulty) calculations, that means running each lap at a frighteningly quick pace of under 4 minutes per kilometre.
Fleet, Hampshire, August 14, hart4.co.uk

Talgarth Pen-y-Fan View 10

KIt’s great that there are so many events that send you up Pen-y-Fan – it’s an excellent climb in a beautiful part of the world. But do you ever just crave an event that lets you look at the lovely mountains without forcing you to slog your way up them? If so, here’s your event. Talgarth is in the northern foothills of the Brecon Beacons and the route for this road 10K is undulating but never too hilly.
Talgarth, Brecknockshire, August 14, strideoutevents.c1.biz

Peak District Trail Running Weekender

Sometimes showing up, doing a race and heading home doesn’t quite feel like enough, so the good people at Peak Running have come up with an entire weekend of running fun to sate those desires for more. The fee includes accommodation for two nights, food, an 8K fell race and two guided trail runs, as well as a few other events that will be revealed when the timetable is finalised. All of this will take place Beeley, a quaint village in the beautiful Peak District. It’s hard to imagine a better place for a weekend of trail running with like-minded runners.
Beeley, Derbyshire, August 12-14, peakrunning.co.uk

Gecko Gathering Scorrier House

It can be a pretty unpleasant feeling to want to do a race but to feel like there’s a cut-off time always nibbling at your heels like an angry little trail goblin who wants to poop on your every achievement. This event banishes the cut-off goblin, allowing you to run a 2.5k, 5k or 10k at your own pace, leaving you to enjoy the scenery at Scorrier House at this laid-back evening event.
Scorrier, Cornwall, August 14, purplegeckoevents.co.uk

Race Across Scotland

Why on earth did they not route this race across one of the narrow bits of Scotland? They could have got away with a 50K race instead of 215 miles! Perhaps it’s because the people who do this incredible race aren’t lazy like us. The mind-boggling route goes from Stranraer on the Irish Sea all the way to Cockburnspath on the North Sea, and the quickest competitors will cover that enormous distance in around 60 hours. We probably couldn’t even do the narrow bit in that time.
Stranraer, Wigtownshire, August 13, gbultras.com

Hilly Helmet Challenge

Robin-Mark Schols is a remarkable man. He started running while recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour and had to wear a helmet at all times to protect his head – and ran the London marathon in 3:11, behelmeted, just 10 months later. The Hilly Helmet Challenge raises funds for Brain Tumour Support and encourages its runners to run in any type of helmet – with a prize for the best one. The run itself is a 4(ish)-mile gallop up a hill and back down again.
Westbury, Wiltshire, August 10, orangehelmetevents.org.uk

Riverside 10M

We love a ten-miler on these pages, especially if it’s fast, flat and scenic – so this event ticks all the boxes. The route takes you on a traffic-free route eastwards out of Lancaster and turns back just beyond the Crook o' Lune – a pretty wooded area in a horseshoe bend in the River Lune that you will most likely have to return to after the race to enjoy fully. The route never strays too far from the river, so the worst elevation gains come as you get up and over some elegant old Grade II-listed bridges.
Lancaster, Lancashire, August 7, lancaster-race-series.co.uk

Mhor Marathon

The route for this scenic marathon involves a brief boat crossing of the short river connecting Loch Voil and Loch Doine. It comes right at the end, giving you a few moments’ break for the exertion to steel yourself for a big finish. You most likely won’t be troubling your PB on this hilly route through the gorgeous Scottish countryside, so make sure you enjoy the views of lochs and mountains on your journey.
Callander, Perthshire, August 7, tayfitness.com

Hardmoors 26.2 Farndale Trail Marathon

Look, it’s not called Easymoors so you’d better not be expecting a walk in the park with this one. They’re so tough that the marathon is actually 45.5km and the half marathon is a monstrous 26.1km (rest assured there’s absolutely loads of uphill too). You might expect the 10K to be around the 10K mark, but for Hardmoors, 10K is really 13km. You’d also better not dawdle if you want to take part in these strange but wonderful events: they are popular and usually sell out.
Hutton-le-Hole, Yorkshire, August 7, hardmoors110.org.uk

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