Summer race fixtures

Some trail running events already lined up as Covid restrictions are eased

Chester Ultra - Mick Hall photos

by Trail Running |

Pic: The Chester Ultra will take place on July 3 (credit: Mick Hall Photos)

The following is a list of some of the fixtures which will be appearing in the next issue of Trail Running. Please note that we will be adding more to be printed in the magazine and that the listings run from May 15 onwards.

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Sat May 15

Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire

23km, 16km or 7km options on hard-packed, established trails along the Winchcombe Way, Gloucestershire Way and Cotswold Way.

North Downs Way 50, Farnham, Surrey

50-mile point to point race following the North Downs Way National Trail to the outskirts of London.

Sun May 16

Roche Abbey Trail Running Festival, Brookhouse, South Yorkshire

Options of 10km to ultra around an undulating multi-terrain 6.5-mile loop.

Sat May 22

Blackwater Trail Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Marathon

Starting from Chelmsford, cross the quiet Essex countryside along trail, grass and tarmac, with the marathon and ultra continuing along the coastal path and into Wick Nature Reserve.

Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Dorset, Swanage

Loop routes over 25km, 16km or 7km, the longer two including a section of the Jurassic Coastline, which is technical and steep in places.

Spring Trail Series, Haslemere, Surrey

Run 10km, 21km, 50km or 100km along the greensand hills, river, woodland and lowland heath of the South Downs National Park.

Sat May 29

Grand Union Canal Race, Birmingham

145 miles down the famous canal from Birmingham to London.

Sun May 30

Angels Way Ultra 50km/100km, Suffolk/Norfolk

Race following the Angels Way along the Waveney River Valley towards Great Yarmouth, the 50km starting at Shipmeadow and the 100km from Diss.

South West Traverse, Cornwall

44 beautiful but tough miles along the south West Coast Path from The Lizard to Land’s End, either solo or as a relay pair.

Sun June 6

Stour Valley Half-Marathon/Marathon, Colchester, Essex

Self-navigation run on a mixture of surfaces on the Stour Valley Path, St Edmund’s Way and Essex Way.

Sat June 12

Moray Coastal Trail 50, Forres, Moray

New event covering 50 beautiful coastal miles down to Cullen, with a chance to spot a dolphin or two.

Pennine Barrier Ultra, Malham, North Yorkshire

Cover some of the best trails in the Yorkshire Dales NP, including the famous “three peaks”, with a race that has 2593m of ascent.

South Downs Way 100, Winchester, Hampshire

100 scenic miles along the entire South Downs Way eastwards to Eastbourne.

Sunset Ultramarathon/Marathon

Choice of 38 or 26.5 miles following the Norfolk Coast Path westwards, from Wells-next-the-Sea (marathon) or Cley-next-the-Sea (ultra).

Sunshine Extravaganza Day 1, Kirkstall, West Yorkshire

The first of two runs on a flat course along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with options from 5km to ultra.

Sun June 13

Stow Maries Trail Challenge, Purleigh, Essex

Six-hour event in which you cover a 5km loop through fields and vineyards as many times as you can or wish.

Sunshine Extravaganza Day 2, Kirkstall, West Yorkshire

The second chance of the weekend to run from 5km to ultra along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Weald Challenge Trail Races, Chiddingly, East Sussex

Follow a half-marathon or 50km along the Wealdway and Vanguard. The picturesque and undulating routes are mainly off-road.

Sat June 19

Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Hampshire, Ovington

Choose from 24km, 16km or 9km, starting from the Matterley Estate amd taking in the South Downs National Park. With a few technical descents but generally relatively flat.

MK24 Midsummer Run, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

24-hour, run-as-far-as-you-like run on a 6.55-mile loop along the Midsummer Ley Line. Enter as team or solo.

Sun June 20

Hampshire Hoppit Marathon and Half Marathon, Hampshire

Clearly marked and marshalled. mainly off-road routes, including sections of the Wayfarers Walk and Harrow Way.

Sat June 26

Nomad Ultra, Breaston, Derbyshire

Circular route following the Derby Nomad trail over 50km, 50-mile or as a team relay.

Sun 27

Essex Way Ultra 50km/100km, Essex

Take on a mix of paths, tracks, sandy trails and short road sections along the Essex Way. Both finish at Pleshey, with the 50km starting at West Berghot and the longer event from Harwich.

Orwell Challenge, Ipswich, Suffolk

Full or half-marathon along the banks of the stunning River Orwell towards Felixstowe, returning on inland routes through farmland and wooded sections.

Sat July 3

Chester Ultra 50, Cheshire

Well-marked ultra-marathon along the River Dee, North Cheshire Way and the Sandstone Trail, leading to Frodsham and Delamere Forest

Sat July 10

St Cuthbert’s Way Ultra, Melrose, Scottish Borders

Try to beat the tide to reach the finish at Holy Island, ending 100km in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland National Park.

St Cuthbert’s Way 45, Melrose, Scottish Borders

45 miles across the English border into the beautiful Northumberland National Park, finishing at Wooler.

Wendover Woods Night 50km

Complete three loops of forest trails, beginning at 11pm with nine-and-a-half-hour cut-off.

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