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Ready, steady, GO! 12 Races to book for 2022

Looking to get fit for 2022? Start with my curated guide to the best local triathlons, charity runs and fun events in Glos and Worcs. From running with your pooch to 'festival-vibe' races, grab your trainers, limber up and let's go.

Ready, steady… oh wait, hang on a minute, I’m just finishing my Twirl. The days when I would describe myself as ‘sporty’ are long gone, but the lure of an exhilarating race lingers.

Fancy giving yourself some fitness motivation too? Here is my curated hit list of the best local triathlons, runs, and more unusual local events to pique your interest, whatever your ability level.

Add some cool fitness gear, a sunny day, and let’s do this people!

1/ Color Obstacle Rush, Bristol 23 July & Wolverhampton 25 June

The most fun run on earth? Very possibly. The Color Obstacle Rush is a unique event combining the fun of colour powdered runs, the thrill of an obstacle course, and the atmosphere of a music festival. The only fun run with 20 obstacles, 6 colour stations, 20 music zones, foam and more, take the kids (12 and over) along to this one and get them hooked for life.

2/ Muddy Dog Challenge, Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham, Sat 10 September

One I tried out earlier …

Want a tried and tested run? I did the Muddy Dog Challenge in Cheltenham a couple of years ago and it was so much fun! (see above). One for the pet-lovers, take on this 2.5K and 5K obstacle course with your dog by your side. Run, walk, or stumble like we did. It’s a really fun way to raise cash for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. This year it is being held at Sudeley Castle, a 20 minute drive from Cheltenham city centre. 

3/ The Great 10k Bristol Run and Half Marathon, Sun 25 September

For the second time you can take part in two of Bristol’s most prestigious sporting events – the Great Bristol 10k and Great Bristol Half Marathon – on the same day. This exceptional route will treat you to the sights of Bristol’s Harbourside, before running alongside the Avon Gorge and twice passing under Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Good for either novices who fancy a challenge, or a seasoned competitor looking for your next personal best. Sign up and help raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Cost £27.

4/ Tewkesbury 10k Half Marathon, Tewkesbury, Sun 15 May

The Tewkesbury 10k is for ages 17+ and starts at Tewkesbury Leisure Centre. It costs £35 to enter and included when you make it around are a finishers medal, t-shirt and bottle of water.

5/ Race for Life, 10k, Gloucester, 23 May and Cheltenham 02 – 03 October

Raise money for the very worthy Cancer Research UK on this 10k run, which is generally completed in two hours (or more!). Starts at 10am and costs £14.99 for adults to enter and £10 for children.

6/ Gloucester Half Marathon, Gloucester, 23 Jan

Crush your personal best (or just limp around) at the Gloucester Half Marathon. Run with friends or solo, on a flat and traffic free route that takes in some fabulous scenery through Haresfield and Colesthorp village. Grab your well-earned medal and t-shirt at the end, and high 5 everyone.

7. Cotswold Way Challenge, 25 – 26 June, Glos

Starting from a base-camp in Cirencester this 100 km looped route through the heart of the Cotswolds sees 2,000 adventurers yearly testing themselves for charity. There are rolling hills, villages, the magical Cotswold Way, footpaths & trails, with some fabulous views en route – and a few tough hills in between! Money raised goes to a variety of big national charities. Run it, walk it or anything in between, and do half or quarter challenges instead.

8/ Race to the Tower, Broadway & Cotswolds, 25 – 16 June

This endurance run / walk lets you sample quintessential English scenery along the majestic Cotswolds Way including the spectacular Broadway Tower, entrance costs from £45 and pick one of his major charities to support.

9/ Stroud Half Marathon, Stroud, 23 October

It’s the 40th anniversary for this popular event. Although not flat, the course is a great place for a fast time. Suitable for racers, recreational runners and novices alike. The race starts and finishes on the Cainscross Road, adjacent to Marling School field.

10/ Worcester Lakeside Triathlon, Worcester, 22nd May

Power up and take part in this triathlon which consists of a sprint, 750m open water swim in a freshwater lake, 30km bike ride and 5k run. The bike route is made up of undulating and twisting roads round the Worcestershire lanes with some flat areas, fast descents and tougher rolling roads especially the climb out of Great Whitley. The run is held on farm tracks, paths and fields. This year 10% of all registration fees go towards supporting chosen charity St Richard’s Hospice.

11/ Mini Mudder, Badminton, Glos, 20 – 21 August

Mini Mudder is a 1 mile obstacle course, mud run designed specifically for adventure-seeking kids. The course gives kids the chance to work as a team, get muddy, and experience the thrill of adventure. Costs just £10 to enter and kids must be aged between 5 – 12.

12/ Run off Christmas for Great Ormond Street, anywhere and everywhere! January 2022

Run off Christmas with this great new year challenge you can do wherever you live. The challenge is to run 31 miles throughout January. It’s a fresh start in the fresh air and the freedom to run, walk or wheel where, when and how you like. Make your miles count by raising money to support around 600 children that arrive at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) everyday. Everyone who raises over £100 by 28 February will receive a Running Off Christmas medal. 

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