The Team GPD Race Calendar
Posted by Tia Patel | SEP-24-2020
Let’s face it, this year has been a bit of a write off when it comes to race calendars. If, like us, you’re feeling a little disheartened, why not take some time to plan for your 2021 events. Race planning, or even better, race booking, is just the motivation we need to lace up and get back out there.
We’ve trawled the internet to bring you our round up of some of next year's most interesting, and some bizarre, races. There’s something for everyone, so whether you’re king of the parkrun or an accomplished athlete, get your credit card at the ready!
Dorney Lake half marathon, 10k &5k - 31st January
The perfect race to kickstart 2021! With a choice of distances, this is the perfect motivational race for starting a new years fitness resolution journey with a Dorney lake run each month of the year so you can shred some extra Christmas weight whilst setting monthly PBs.
Hamsterley Forest 10k - 6/7th February
10ks are a great way to improve general fitness and speed, providing a great base run for longer distances. As #TeamGPD friend @ironmandarryl always says “it's the little races that make the big races”. Set in County Durham's largest forest, this spectacular course will take you from pleasant paths to challenging trail routes with views over the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making for a truly memorable event.
7 Deadly Sins 7in7, Worcestershire - 8-14th February
This is not for the faint hearted! Fancy taking a week off work to run on quiet lanes through picturesque countryside? This is a seven day running challenge with a unique marathon, half marathon 10km and 5km race on each day. Each race day is named after a deadly sin with wickedly sinful designed medals on completion.
Anglesey half marathon, Wales - 7th March
Said to be ‘the most beautiful half marathon in the UK’ with views of Snowdonia National Park and the Menai Straits. This race is perfect marathon preparation for London and Conwy.
Red Warrior Multi terrain adventure runs 5k, 10k and 20k, Pembrey Country Park - 7th March
Part of the red warrior challenge, these races are set within the beautiful scenery/greenery of Pembrey Country Park and the surrounding woodland and beach. Runners should be prepared for all underfoot conditions including standing water, mud & ice/snow due to the time of year, perfect for the adventurer in you!
And just in case we’re permitted to travel…………..
City-Pier-City, The Hague, Holland - 7th March
The City-Pier-City Half-Marathon gets its name because the route heads out from the city to the North Sea, spends a few kilometres on the promenade and then heads back into town. As you’d expect from a Dutch race, it’s flat and – if it’s not windy – fast. With excellent road and rail connections, meaning Amsterdam is within easy reach to make a proper running holiday of this race.
Stramilano, Milan, Italy - 28th March
Every March up to 50,000 runners congregate outside the Piazzo Dummo for one of the world's biggest 15k road races around Milan. We’re thinking carb loading on pizza and pasta pre-race and treating ourselves to a large glass of wine post run! 15k is also a perfect distance for marathon preparations . Plus, once the epicentre of Europe's coronavirus outbreak, Italy is now one of the only places we can travel to without having to isolate making this a number one destination for a 2-in-1 holiday and race.
Tough Mudder, Finsbury Park, North London - 9&10th April
One of five tough mudder events based in the UK, this is one the worlds obstacle course to be tackled as an individual or in a team so don’t forget to bring your partner or friend so you can cross the finish line together. Obstacle courses are also a great way to improve strength and flexibility, preparing you for personal bests in your running.
Discover Run the Wild Half - 10th April
This half day running adventure based in the Chiltern Hills is all about you discovering what Run the Wild is all about! Covering a distance of 13 miles over the undulating chalk hills and through local woods, led by local English Athletics qualified Run Leaders. It's an easily accessible event, just 30 minutes North West of London by rail or road catering for all abilities. So whether you are new to trail running, just looking to get some miles in an inspiring location or training for a race distance then this is the event for you.
Madeira Crossing Trail - 18-23rd April
A 7-day retreat of epic trail running and relaxation.
This 7-day trip is an extended version of the retreat weekend we offer and has some truly amazing runs. Madeira, an island praised for its weather, nature reserves and irrigation system has a lot to offer when it comes to trail running. This retreat has a perfect balance of epic runs and relaxation. Combining technical terrain, and high peaks with Laurel forest this trail running journey has it all.
Bubble Rush, Stoke on Trent - 25th April
The first of the Bubble Rush events for 2021. This is one for the entire family. Run, walk, toddle or dance through a sea of foam bubbles and raise money for a local charity.
The Muddy Dog Challenge, Powderham Castle, Exeter - 22nd May
The Muddy Dog Challenge is a 2.5K or 5K obstacle course that you can take on with your dog by your side, or on your own. Take part with friends and family to raise money to help care for the animals at Battersea. Starting in Exeter, the Muddy Dog Challenge also heads to Windsor, Derby and Manchester.
Gothenburg Half Marathon
Rivaling the Great North Run for worlds biggest half. Whilst the Great North might be the more convenient of the two races, Gothenburg is definitely the prettier. The rolling course starts in a beautiful park and circles the city, allowing you take in views of Gothenburg and its harbour.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival - 29/30th May
Voted world's top 10 city marathon, the Edinburgh marathon festival is a no brainer with over 9 events to choose from suitable for the entire family and guaranteed entry to the full marathon with no ballot. Offering fantastic views of Edinburgh's iconic landmarks as well as picturesque views along the east lothian coastline.
It’s time to take on the Spartan challenge exploring some of the UK’s wild trails and epic scenery. With the first stop in Wales involving a varied terrain of woodland, hills and rivers, this race makes a great start to trail running season. Followed by a trail run in the Midlands giving you a true feel for the UK’s best trails.
Love Trails 2020 Festival, Wales - 2-5th July
The world's first running & music festival. During the day you can enjoy trail running adventures, excursions to the beach, wellness and adventure activities, talks, heavenly food and laidback music selections. At night, stages host a selection of cherry-picked DJs and live acts that will keep you dancing under the stars!
Breca Loch Lomond - 7th/8th August
Get ready for long trail runs, frequent island hops, technical transitions, highland backdrop, clear glacial lake swims and a post-race party at the stunning Balloch Castle. This swimrun adventure comprises two events to choose from, either a 44km race featuring 16 runs and 15 swims or a 24km race with 11 runs and 10 swims. Both races are in the majestic setting of the Scottish Highlands, at the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, it’s one of the country’s most idyllic and unspoilt areas, with the largest expanse of freshwater in Britain and the backdrop of the mountains looming beyond. The unique location will present teams with long trail runs along the lush forest and frequent swims in the loch’s clear glacial water.
Marathon du Medoc, France - 11 September
Marathon du Médoc charts a scenic route through the region’s vineyards, beginning and ending in Pauillac. There are live orchestras stationed around the course, while runners are able to partake in 23 wine tasting stops, as well as an oyster tasting at the 38th kilometre and steak at the 39th kilometre point.
IRONMAN Wales - 12th September
Nicknamed the ‘Iron Town’, IRONMAN Wales is hosted in a Welsh seaside village in Pembrokeshire which sees Tenby come alive to a stunning sunrise swim on the sandy North beach, wild biked course scenery along Pembrokeshire coastline and a fan-filled town-centre run. With world-renowned spectator support and epic courses, this is the race that legends are made of with qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
Sandman Torchlight Trail - 18th September
Held during the popular Sandman Triathlon weekend, this trail race is set amid the pine trees and sand dunes of Newborough Forest, with the sun setting and the moon reflecting off the sea in a 5k or 10k race. This is a fun race for all ages and abilities who love trail running and want to try something a bit different! And the race is open to cani-cross runners so you can even take along your four-legged running partners provided they can be seen in low light conditions.
Bournemouth Supernova 5k - 9th October
Take a beautiful and iconic venue such as the Bournemouth Pier, wait until dusk, get the family together, dig out the fluorescent clothing and grab everything and anything that glows or flashes. The Supernova 5K event is the perfect way to get involved in the Run Bournemouth with your family and friends, whilst taking in the atmosphere and fun. Starting on Bournemouth Prom and finishing near the Run Bournemouth Hub in the Lower Gardens, this beautiful coastal route allows runners the rare opportunity to run along the iconic Bournemouth Pier, which is lit up at dusk to create a beautiful spectacle for participants and spectators alike!
Barcelona Marathon - 7th November
This is the Zurich Marató Barcelona, one of the most attractive courses in Europe for its flat and fast circuit. Not to mention the great weather, that is one of Barcelona's marks, and the amazing landmarks runners will pass by during the race, including the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. Treat yourself to a glass of sangria, tapas and a siesta post run.
What better to mark the festive season than with thousands of santas taking through the streets raising money for local charities. A brilliant end to the year with some Christmas fun for the entire family, including the dog in some locations. Check the link for dates for a race nearest you.
So next year, when your poised and ready at the start line, take a look around, you’re probably stood next to one of #TeamGPD! Bring on 2021……...We’re race ready for you!