Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life was one of the first races I ever ran (see below), back in my home city of Edinburgh around its’ iconic Arthur’s Seat. Since then, the charity’s Race for Life vision has grown, evolving from 5km to 10km distance options and even women-only half and full marathons, as well as the introduction of Pretty Muddy, which as the name suggests is a muddy obstacle course over 5km. This year they’ve stepped it up another gear, challenging us to their Tough 10 races. No obstacles required, these races take place in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK using just the tough terrain – hills, trails and cross country – to test our physical and mental fitness and of course raise money for charity.
Coming up this weekend (October 23rd) is Tough 10 London in Epping Forest, a 10km taking advantage of London’s largest open space with a route that will guide you through forest trails and the best of East London’s countryside. Never one to miss out on a challenge, I’ll be running the toughest (on the tough scale) route in Boxhill, Surrey on November 19th with the promise of stamina-testing inclines that I know Boxhill has to offer! If you want to join in the fun, head to the Tough 10 website and see if there’s a race near you!
If Tough 10 wasn’t enough, how about a post-Christmas challenge in the capital as part of Cancer Research’s London Winter Run? Taking place on Sunday 5th February 2017 this 10km run around the city’s iconic sights promises snow showers and even hugs with polar bears! I’ll be taking to the streets and would love you to join the party with the penguins, just use the code SIMPELLE3 to get a little off your entry fee and see you on the start line. If you’re East London-based, you can also kick-start your 10k training at the newest run club on the block – Winter Run Club – who run from Boxpark, Shoreditch every Thursday evening at 6.30pm.
Have you ever challenged yourself to a Race for Life or beyond? With so many options on offer it’s now hard to resist, so will you make Tough 10 or the London Winter Run one of your next challenges?