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Traditionally, there were a whole host of autumn races to enter, ranging from flat road half marathons to grueling off-road challenges. The weather was most often perfect for achieving best results. 

Richmond Running Fesitval

2013 welcomed the inaugural Richmond Running Festival, which was a fantastic occasion for all types of runner. The event offered a half marathon, 10k and children’s mile along with a cool Nike technical running t-shirt, medal and a free beer. Unfortunately the free beer wasn’t part of the goody bag for the children’s mile! With adult events starting in the World Heritage Site of Kew Gardens and following the Thames tow-path, runners were given fantastic scenery. There was also a post-race entertainment in the form of local bands and DJ’s. 

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Charterhouse 5K, 10K & 15K Trail Runs

More autumn races to enter included the Charterhouse running series, being organised for the 20th October in 2013. The routes took runners around the iconic Charterhouse School and offered a challenge for all runners on undulating land over 5k, 10k or 15k. This event was another excuse to make a day of it with family and friends and the Charterhouse Club also offered 20% off entry fee with the discount code ‘TRAILR13’ if you booked before 30th August, giving a further incentive to run this well established race.

Men's Health Survival Of The Fittest In London

Staged at the impressive and inspiring Battersea Power Station in London, the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is was back again in London on the 16th November 2013. Redevelopments at Battersea Power Station meant that this was set to be the very last event in this location. The race was over 10k albeit a slightly different course than in 2012. 

Back 2 The Trenches + Races + Fitness

Back 2 The Trenches

Similar to the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest race, the Back 2 The Trenches event placed heavy focus on obstacles over the course. With distances of 5, 6, 10, 12 or 18km, the race was open to a lot more people if you had a particular distance in mind. However, as the title suggests, runners (hopefully) expected to get a little dirty completing this race and with a large spectators viewing area, this was a hilarious occasion for both competitors and spectators alike! Chip timing, photography, and a hose-down area were all available on the day, giving you an incredibly enjoyable day out in the mud!


Lexus Croydon 10K

Now we do appreciate that races with obstacles and mud flying everywhere is not everyone’s cup of tea. With races such as the two above, you were no doubt put to the test, but were not able to get a true sense of how fit you really were. You are not able to recreate similar environments when training so you are not able to compare races on a regular basis. This is why we also recommend competing in a few flatter, more straight forward races that can be matched time-wise alongside your training. The Lexus Croydon 10k was just one of those races being held in autumn 2013; the 20th October to be precise. The reality was that there are many of these races took place throughout the autumn, with many races  up to 10k distance which allowed you to sign up on the day. Longer distances usually required signing up prior to the day.

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