Favourite races

These are some of my favourite trail races; here I tell you why and how you can enter them too.

In the East Midlands…

Ponton Plod: choice of 12, 17 or 27 miles for runners and walkers on the Lincolnshire/Leicestershire border near Grantham in September. Undulating trails, well marked, with occasional water/feed stations. Delicious soup and pudding at finish. Very low key and cheap to enter. A great event all round. http://thepontonplod.co.uk/ ponton plod.jpg

In the South West…

Exe to Axe: 20 miles along the glorious South West Coast path from Exmouth (Devon) to Lyme Regis (Dorset). Very hilly clifftop running, with steep ascents and descents. One of the few SW events to be officially recognised as a fell race (category BL). Stunning Jurassic coast scenery. Low key event, with little course marking (just keep the sea to your right!) Occasional checkpoints.Great fun and great value. Usually held in April. http://www.sidmouthrunningclub.co.uk

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In the South East…

Box Hill fell race: annual January 12k fell race on Box Hill in Surrey. Fast and furious, with over 500m of ascent. http://slow.org.uk/about/history/boxhill/

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Midsummer Munro half marathon: another race on Box Hill in Surrey, this time a half marathon on a Saturday afternoon in June. Over 3000ft of ascent and descent, including on flights of steps. Very challenging. Low key and well-organised. Race director is a real character so race momento is usually quirky! Picnic food available afterwards. http://www.trionium.com/mm/

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In the North West…

Coniston 14: 14 mile road race from Coniston village around Lake Coniston. Undulating, with gorgeous scenery (if it’s not raining!) Well organised with water stations and a goody bag at the end. Very popular, so can sell out. Held in March. http://www.coniston14.co.uk/

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