Top-rated races in November
MEN’S 10K ROAD – TOWN - FLAT When November 1 Where Edinburgh This men-only race has become a focal point for raising awareness of men’s health issues. The event’s organisers encourage those who have never run to take part in the race, in the hope it will kick-start a new, healthier regimen, with running as part of it. The event, which now attracts 4,000 entrants starts on the Royal Mile and finishes in Murrayfield Stadium.
RUN IN THE DARK ROAD – TOWN - FLAT When November 16 Where Belfast This is quite simply one of the most atmospheric races in the UK. Starting at 8pm, take your pick from a 5K or 10K and enjoy the stunning flood- and torchlit surrounds of the Stormont estate, site of the Northern Ireland government buildings, which sit amid parks and woodland. Perfect for beginners or those just looking for something a bit different.
ENDURANCELIFE CTS GOWER TRAIL – RURAL - HILLY When November 12 Where Swansea Ready for some very wet and magnificently wild countryside? The CTS in the race name stands for Coastal Trail Series, 10 trail events along the British coastline. This Welsh edition offers a 10K, half marathon, full marathon and 35-mile ultra along the Gower Peninsula, the UK’S first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
TRAIL – RURAL - FLAT When November 27 Where Wiltshire Perhaps it’s time for the name of this event to be tweaked. What started as a moderately tough eight miles of rutted bridleways has, over time, crept up in distance – these days it’s more of a nine-miler, but it’s as muddy as it ever was. The route starts and finishes at the World Heritage Site of Avebury, famous for its Neolithic stone circles.
QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK 10K
ROAD – TOWN - FLAT When November 5 Where London If you’re still suffering withdrawal symptoms because the Olympics and Paralympics have finished, why not jump back in time and race round the scene of many of Team GB’S triumphs at London 2012. This mostly flat 10K takes runners through the grounds of the Olympic Park itself. It’s a chance to channel Mo and go for a PB.
ROAD – RURAL - HILLY When November 6 Where Cumbria This race has barely changed in over half a century, because it’s ideal just as it is. It’s the perfect introduction to running in the Lake District: 10 miles on asphalt, taking you around gorgeous Derwentwater. We have described it as ‘hilly’, but there are no sharp climbs to contend with; it’s more of a series of undulations.
WINTER BEAST 5 TRAIL - RURAL - HILLY When November 13 Where Leicestershire You can probably get a good idea of what this race is going to throw at you from the fact it’s being held at Aylesford Equine Cross Country Course. There are 40 obstacles to negotiate, many of them normally tackled by creatures with four legs. Bung in large helpings of mud and cold water and you’ve got yourself a fair old challenge. But what fun!
LODE HALF MARATHON TRAIL – RURAL - FLAT When November 6 Where Cambridgeshire Something of a local treasure, this one. Around 250 runners turn out each year to enjoy the picturesque surrounds of the Lodes Way, a cycleway and footpath that runs between Wicken Fen and Anglesey Abbey. The route is a flat and friendly out-and-back. Mind you, 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles