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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.


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

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