Isle of Jura Fell Race

OF­FROAD - RU­RAL - HILLY This is one for the stout of heart, firm of re­solve and sturdy of limb – there are seven moun­tain sum­mits and a to­tal climb of 2,370m to be bested over the 28km dis­tance. It’s a fe­ro­cious ex­am­i­na­tion of your phys­i­cal fit­ness and a

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STOCK­PORT 10 ROAD - TOWN - HILLY This 10-miler has be­come some­thing of a cult favourite in the RW of­fice, thanks in part to what the or­gan­is­ers call the ‘tongue-in-cheek ap­proach’ (check out the race web­site for some fairly ec­cen­tric race-re­lated videos). The weather’s usu­ally chal­leng­ing but the goody bag is vast (and unique) and the sup­port even more so. This one sells out ev­ery year, so get in early. Stock­port, De­cem­ber (date tbc), stk10.co.uk OFFA’S ‘ ORROR OF­FROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY A shade un­der a half marathon, you’ll be thank­ing your lucky stars you don’t have to do the ex­tra kilo­me­tre by the time you stag­ger to the end of this never-flat mul­ti­ter­rain run around Offa’s Dyke in Chep­stow. No bells, no whis­tles, just the joy of pure, old-school trail rac­ing. Mon­mouthshire, Wales, April 23, chep­stowhar­ri­ers.org.uk LORD MAYOR’S 5K ROAD – TOWN - FLAT How fast are you feel­ing? We only ask be­cause if you’re not at the half­way point of this race in 10 min­utes or un­der you’ll get pulled off the course, which means it’s one for speed­sters. That strict rule and the race’s tim­ing to co­in­cide with the Lord Mayor’s pa­rade make this a much-an­tic­i­pated event in the city, and it re­ally does bring out the crowds. Norwich, July 8, conac.org.uk GREAT SOUTH RUN ROAD – TOWN - FLAT Ten miles is a dis­tance that isn’t raced enough – longer than a 10K, shorter than a half, it’s per­fect for test­ing your speed en­durance. And the GSR is one of the best 10-mil­ers we’ve come across, boast­ing the large field, huge crowds and great or­gan­i­sa­tion that are the hall­marks of a Great Run event. Portsmouth, Oc­to­ber 22, greatrun.org/great-south-run

THE TERMINATOR OF­FROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY The good news (or bad, depend­ing on your point of view) is that af­ter a re­view of this no­to­ri­ously tough course the or­gan­is­ers have de­cided to keep it the same, which means you’re in for a series of muddy slogs up­hill fol­lowed by some in­tox­i­cat­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with grav­ity on the other side. Twelve miles of love/hate run­ning. Pewsey, Wilt­shire, Fe­bru­ary 26, pewsey­valerun­ning­club.org

ENDURANCELIFE CTS DOVER UL­TRA OF­FROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY This 36-mile ul­tra pro­vides brave en­trants with a cliff-edge per­spec­tive on life. The race is rated as merely ‘mod­er­ate’ on the CTS scale, which means you’ll only cry once or twice on the way round as you use ev­ery ounce of en­ergy in your body to tackle the mud, grass, rock, shale and sand. Dover, Jan­uary 14, endurancelife.com

HARVEL 5 OF­FROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY Friendly but com­pet­i­tive, beau­ti­ful but tough. This five-mile race packs a lot into its short out-and-back route, trac­ing a path through the beau­ti­ful Kent coun­try­side over a wide va­ri­ety of ter­rain, in­clud­ing plenty of mud. And you’ll get to re­fuel with a burger and beer on the green at the end. Kent, July 3, harvel5.com

SODBURY SLOG OF­FROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY A nine-ish mile course that’s not for the faint-hearted. RW’S John Carroll ran this in 2015 and still wakes up in a cold sweat over it, some­times even in the of­fice. Or­gan­is­ers Bit­ton Road Run­ners call this event ‘a lung-bust­ing, trainer-ru­in­ing, hill-climb­ing, mul­ti­ter­rain chal­lenge’ – and we think that sums it up rather nicely. Glouces­ter­shire, Novem­ber (date tbc), sod­burys­log.co.uk

BEWL 15 OF­FROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY Turn up, lace up and zone out at this relaxing and very pas­toral plod round the perime­ter of Bewl Wa­ter reser­voir. As well as a thor­oughly charm­ing route you’ll find one of the finest (and largest) cake stalls on God’s green earth await­ing your un­di­vided at­ten­tion at the finish. You’ll de­serve it, so dig in with­out feel­ing the re­motest twinge of guilt. East Sus­sex, July (tbc), bewl15.com

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