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.
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.
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!
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.