Right, we’re going to say it…
Road running is boring. It’s true. And it hurts your joints as well. Double whammy.
Trail running is much, much better. You get to feel that sense of adventure, get to immerse yourself in nature, and best of all, you can stomp around in the mud and puddles like a four-year-old and no one will judge you.
So, this year, rather than signing up to a two-a-penny running event through one of the usual concrete jungles, why not consider one that takes you into some glorious countryside and out in the open air.
For the second year running, we’re teaming up with the OMM to bring you the Outdoors Magic Trail Race series. Part of the OMM Festival of Running, we’ll be putting on not just a 10k and a half marathon, but a full marathon distance as well, all sitting alongside the usual OMM Lite and OMM Bike two-day navigational challenges.
Each of our courses will take entrants around Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest where 800 fallow deer wander through the woodland and heathland. As usual, the routes will all be fully signposted and marshalled, and there’ll be checkpoints to replenish your water supplies as well.
Last year’s event was a real corker with over 1,000 people taking part in various activities and events over the course of the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend, and this year it’s going to be even better.
This time, we’re giving everyone the opportunity to have a whole weekend of running by splitting up our events over two days. It means, if you fancy it, you can enter the 10K on the Saturday and then the half or full marathon on the Sunday.
Each race entry gets you two nights of free camping at the OMM Festival HQ where there’ll be evening talks, activities (like night navigation) a great bar, food, and live music. You’ll also be welcome to bring along a couple of friends or family – even if they don’t fancy taking part in any of the running.
The Essential Info
The 10k: £20
The Half: £30
The Full Marathon: £40
Location: Tackeroo Site, Cannock Chase, Nr Rugeley WS15 2UA
Dates: 3-6 May with the races all on the 4th & 5th.
Head on over to the Outdoors Magic Trail Race page on the OMM’s website to get signed up to one or more of the events.
Catch you at Cannock!