As a newby to the running scene, the word ‘marathon’ terrifies me. If you’re like me and still taking it slow and steady (and let’s not forget that slow and steady wins the race!), check out these fab alternative fun runs coming up this September…
Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
First up, we’ve selected Run Bacchus. Aptly named after the Roman god of wine, Run Bacchus shuns the norm of conventional refreshment stations providing energy -boosting gels, and in addition, offers participants food and wine! Hailed as the English version of the Marathon du Medoc and held in the stunning, award-winning Denbies Wine Estate, the event gives runners the option of a marathon, half marathon, and the new to 2018 5-mile run/walk. You can think of this run as a great one for fitness enthusiasts and wine-lovers alike.
Battersea Park, London
For those who have always fancied trying a triathlon, global yoga and wellness festival, Wanderlust-108, offers the world’s only ‘mindful triathlon’. This unique triathlon consists of a 5k run/walk, a 90-min yoga session (with Goldie on the decks throughout) and a 30-min mass meditation. The popular event will also hold various other activities focusing on general wellbeing, including cookery lessons, now-trendy acro-yoga, singing bowls, breath work, sound healing and forest bathing.
Battersea Park, London
If you fancy yourself as more of a walker than a runner, then the MS Walk is for you. Raising vital funds for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) community, the annual event is this year introducing the new 1km route, which will run in addition to the existing 6, 10, and 20km routes, ensuring there is a distance for all abilities. Along the routes, participants can enjoy some of London’s finest views and iconic landmarks along the River Thames. Charitable, inclusive of all abilities, and stunning views of central London – sign us up.
Journey to the Centre of the Eye
24 September 18 – 11 October 18 (World Sight Day)
Any time and anywhere of your choice!
What about a virtual run? Starting during National Eye Health Week, leading eye research charity, Fight for Sight, is inviting people to take part in a virtual running event that will take them on a ‘journey to the centre of the eye’! With this event, you can race anywhere you want, at any time, whether it be during your walk to work or on the treadmill; entrants need only download an app and listen to an audio story while running, jogging, or walking a 10k. The website states that “you’ll be shrunk down and chase a photon of light through the eye and on to the brain – discovering how it is your eyes bring the wonders of the world around you to light.” Well, we can’t wait! The interactive app will use GPS to give updates to runners at different stages of the course, revealing wonders about the eye and eye health tips along the way. If it’s the competitive nature of running with a group that you love, worry not, for the results of your run will be uploaded to a live, worldwide leaderboard, so you can compare yourself to others.