Recently I ran the welsh marathon, last year I ran tough mudder, and the year before that, I ran the Cardiff Half marathon. Don’t we all strive to achieve greater things? It’s good to have targets, to help us grow, which motivates us to train. We’ve asked you why you run, some run for the love of food, some run for the love of running, some run for the health benefits. But what will you do after the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k? Will you give up running, will you continue to train, will you look for new races, and new challenges?
There are some fantastic, fun and challenging races out there, and we’ve got a roundup of some: fun runs, local runs, and extreme runs. So whatever your level of fitness is, there’s a race for the amateur or even the professional .
If you’re looking for something extreme, why not sign up to the Dragon’s Back race which takes place in Conwy, Wales. It’s a 188 miles where you climb 56,000ft, fancy it?
How about combining a holiday with a running race (I know right), then head over to the Alps in France during august, and compete in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc; a gruelling 103 miles climbing 9,600 metres. With a 67 % chance of finishing the race, we wish you the best of luck. We’ll stick to having an ice-cream down in Mumbles 🙂
Recently there was a Zombie apocalypse event in Cardiff, did you hear about it? On top of this, The Walking Dead, a TV series, shows how zombies are more popular than ever before (I don’t understand it personally, but I’m a bit of a baby). Well now some genius has combined running, with zombies, and started a zombie mud run!
If you don’t fancy your chances with the zombies, why not dress up as a gorilla and run around London instead? This run, if you hadn’t figured out, helps raise funds to save a species (gorillas) which are on the edge of extinction.
If you secretly still enjoy doing fun things, and find every opportunity to mess around, then the color run might appeal to you; a race which basically involves throwing coloured powder during the race, covering other runners, and becoming generally, a little messy.
If you’re looking for more local races, head over to runners world, who’ve rounded up some of the best local races for you to get involved in. Some you might be interested in, could include the Swansea Bay 5k, the Swansea Half Marathon, the Great Welsh Marathon (Llanelli), and the Wales Marathon (Pembrokeshire).
Finally, if you love the great outdoors, and are local to the Brecon Beacons, then why not try the Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon, taking place in November, the ideal weather for you to really soak up the beautiful surroundings.
From your friendly neighbourhood runner