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Cross country training weekend - 25th Anniversary. Print
Sparkhill Harriers
Cross country training weekend - 25th Anniversary.

Ty Mawr Hotel, Llanbedr, North Wales.

Thurs 2nd October to Sun 5th October 2014

Two Castles Run, June 10th 2018 - Ballot and club entries Print
The WRRL has negotiated a number of places for the Two Castles race with an extra £6 discount on top of the usual affiliated £2 discount. The places will go to the athletes who ran in the League 4 or more times last year.

I am pleased to say that 4 athletes from Sparkhill qualify and will be contacted directly by the WRRL.

The ballot for the race opens on 1st February and closes on 14th. Now, this race has always been well over subscribed. If any of our athletes enter but don't get in then please let Barry know as the WRRL are keen to ensure club representations if possible.

You can enter at

North Dorset Village Marathon and Relay, Sunday 1st May 2016 Print
The North Dorset Village Marathon is, as the name suggests, set in the beautiful countryside of rural North Dorset. The undulating course is a real treat. The organisers, Gillingham Trotters Running Club, are noted for the attention to detail they put in to all their races, and this, their flagship event is certainly no exception. Along the picturesque, well-marked route, runners will find smiling helpful marshals, ample water stations, on route toilets and even have the option to have their own personal drinks and provisions ferried out onto the course.

The fun doesn’t end at the finish line though. Apart from the warm glow of having completed a marathon, runners are rewarded for their efforts with an enamelled medal and a technical tee. Many competitors will be keen to replace those lost calories as quickly as possible and so all runners are entitled to a free hog roast (or vegetarian equivalent), not forgetting of course the amble snacks and drinks, including beer, that are provided at the finish line.

Of course running a full marathon isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But fear not, there’s a relay event to cater for those who don’t fancy the full distance. The relay is for teams of four and takes place at the same time over the same course (details available on the event website).

Entry into this year’s race will be particularly sought after due to it’s inclusion in the Dorset Road Race League, so act quickly if you wish to secure one of the 400 places.

The cost of entry is £28 (£30 unaffiliated). Postal closing date is 23rd April, with no entries on the day.

Further details can be found at

Happy Running

Inès Braun

Gillingham Trotters Race Organiser
Belper Rugby Rover 30k, Derbyshire, Sunday 16th August 2015. Print

Classic 30km Multi-Terrain Run/Walk

Multi terrain race with a climb of 2319 feet in the peak district. Probably the hardest event I've ever done but also the most enjoyable. Superb scenery and fun alongside leg crippling climbs. Especially recommended for those doing an autumn marathon but don't expect a good time (on your watch anyway).

Note, this race was cancelled last year and has been brought back to life again so grab the opportunity while you can. It would be great to support the new organisers.

The Race will start as usual from the Belper Rugby Union Football Club's HQ on Derby Road, Belper at 9:30am, and follow the same route 30km as in previous years.

Online entries now open for The Rugby Rover 2015…

Postal Entries are now open. Entry forms available from our website at

See website for further details here .

Ask Barry if you have any questions 

Rutland Marathon, 27/09/2015 Print
From the organisers >>

We are hosting the Rutland Marathon this year, It includes a half marathon, team marathon and a junior mini marathon. So there's options for everyone. The race will take place 27/9/15 around the shores of Rutland water. 

We would be really grateful for any assistance in getting the word out. I've attached a flyer if it helps. We also have social media accounts and a website if anyone wants to find out more. 

This is our first year hosting the event so we would be extremely grateful if you would kindly help spread the word. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our message, for your consideration and for forwarding this information onto anyone that might be interested in taking part. 

For any swimmers out there we have also secured a 2km swim across the UK's largest man made reservoir, see for details. 

Kind Regards

Paul Cowling

The Rutland Marathon  This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it



Flyer can be found here .

Race dates for your diary - June - Aug 2014 Print

Mick Edwards sent in a list of races that might be of interest:

Sun 8 th Jun 2 Castles 10k, Warwick Castle to Kenilworth Castle. WRRL.
Sun 8th Jun Potters Arf ½ Marathon, Hanley, Stoke on Trent. (10.30am?) NSRRA
Sun 8th Jun Aldridge 10k,
Sun 8th Jun Ramathon ½ Marathon, Elvaston Castle Country Park, Borrowash Lane, Elvaston,
Mon 9th Jun Westonbirt 10k M/T, Glos. 7.30pm
Tue 10th Jun Banbury 5 miles, Banbury School, Ruskin Road, Banbury. 7.45pm. EMGP
Wed 11 th Jun Sphinx AC 5 miles. WRRL. TBC
Wed 11th Jun Gavin Tipper 5k, Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club, Swindon Road, Wall Heath. 7.30pm
Sat 14th Jun Newport Carnival 10k M/T, Shropshire.
Sat 14th Jun Bluecoat Academy 10k,Wollaton Park, Wollaton Road, Nottingham. NG8.
Tue 17th Jun Harborough 5 miles. EMGP. TBC
Wed 18th Jun Hinckley 5k. TBC
Sat 21st Jun Gnosall Carnival 10k M/T, Shropshire.
Sun 22nd Jun Stone St Michaels 10k, Stone, Staffs. 10.00am. NSRRA. TBC
Sun 22nd Jun Shenstone Fun Run 10k.
Sun 22nd Jun Malvern ½ Marathon & 5k M/T, 10.30am. ONLINE
Sun 22 nd Jun Arden 9 miles, Hampton in Arden, near Coventry. 10.30am. WRRL. ONLINE
Tue 24th Jun Weedon 10k. EMGP. TBC
Thu 26th Jun Fast & Furious 5k, Kidderminster AC, Stourport Sports Club, Kingsway, Stourport. 7.30pm
Sa t 28 th Jun Stratford Summer 6 miles. WRRL. TBC
Sun 29th Jun Gate Gallop 10k M/T, Tamworth. BDSL. TBC
Sun 29th Jun Midsummer 6 miles M/T, Wolves. 10.00am
Sun 29th Jun Coombe Abbey 10k, Coombe Country Park, Brinklow Road, Coventry. CV3. 10.00am
Tue 1st Jul MK10K, Open University, Milton Keynes. EMGP. TBC
Tue 1st Jul Holme Pierrepoint 5k, Wollaton Park, Wollaton Rd, Nottingham. NG8. 7.15pm
Wed 2 nd Ju l Ryton Pools 5 miles. WRRL. TBC
Wed 2nd Jul Hungarton 7 miles, Leics. TBC
Thu 3rd Jul Holme Pierrepoint 10k, Water Sports Centre, Adboulton Lane, West Bridgford, Nottm.
Fri 4th Jul Colin Potter 10k, Derby.
Sun 6th Jul Spire 10 miles, Chesterfield.
Sun 6th Jul Wythall & Hollywood 10k/5k.
Sun 6th Jul Shifnal ½ Marathon, Idsall School, Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal. 10.30am
Fri 11th Jul Dirt Run 6.3 miles M/T, Top Barn, Worcester Road, Holt Heath, Worcester. WR6.
Sat 12th Jul Timberhonger 10k, Bromsgrove.
Sun 13 th Ju l Northbrook 10k, Coventry. WRRL .
Sun 13th Jul Wyre Forest ½ Marathon.
Sun 13th Jul Evesham Vale 10k M/T, 10.30am
Sun 20th Jul Hermitage Harriers 10k, Coalville, Leics. 10.30am. TBC
Sun 20th Jul Pitchcroft 10k, Worcester Racecourse.
Tue 29th Jul Gloucester Festival 10k, Red Hart, Blaisdon, near Longhope, Glos. GL17. 7.30pm
Wed 30th Jul Staffs Knot 5 miles M/T, Cannock Chase. 7.15pm. NSRRA. TBC
Sat 9th Aug Schools Out 10k/20k, Moreton Morrell Centre, Moreton Morrell, near Warwick. 10am.
Sun 10th Aug Standish Woodland Chase 10 miles M/T, 11.00am.
Wed 13 th Aug BRAT 5K, Bham. WRRL. TBC
Wed 13th Aug Nottingham Summer 5k, Colwick Country Park, River Road, Nottingham. NG4. 7.30pm.
Thu 14th Aug Leicester City 5k, Victoria Park, London Road, Leicester. LE2. 7.30pm
Wed 20th Aug Coventry Godiva 5 miles. WRRL. TBC
Sun 31st Aug Belvedere 10k, Burton. BDSL. TBC
Sun 31st Aug Little Aston 5 miles, near Sutton Coldfield.
Sun 31st Aug St Giles Riverside 10k/5k, Burton Library, Riverside, Burton. DE14


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