A couple of post-Christmas races to test your will and power

New resolutions can be tested in Sunday’s RIBBLE VALLEY 10K at Clitheroe, on a fast course, or at the HOT TODDY ROAD RACE at Todmorden, where all finishers get a hot toddy drink.

Entries can still be made online, and entries on the day will be taken before 10am.

The Clitheroe race drew 1,078 runners last year, with the winners nearly breaking 30 minutes.

The Hot Toddy draws over 300 on its 5.8mile course, which includes a stiff, scenic climb after a flat opening mile.

Bradford's mass-participation races for 2014 are all scheduled. The BRADFORD 10K, organised by Epilepsy Action, takes place on March 16, on an even faster course this year, from City Park via Little Germany, along Canal Road to Shipley and back. A perfect course for a personal best.

Keighley’s BBIGK 10K on Mothering Sunday, March 30, takes in the town’s four parks, in support of Sue Ryder.

Entries are now open for both races, which each attract over 1,000 runners.

The THREE-IN-ONE CITYRUN is on October 26, with 5K, 10K and half-marathon options on the lapped course around the university campus and City Park. A kids’ run should also be added to the menu this time.

Other major races for the diary include the GUISELEY GALLOP 10K on Easter Sunday (April 20), the third in the series of JOHN CARR 5Ks at Esholt (May 21), the WEST YORKSHIRE 5-MILER at Birkenshaw in August and the off-road YORKSHIREMAN HALF AND FULL-MARATHON from Haworth (September 14).

Meanwhile, every Saturday morning at 9am free to enter PARKRUNS take place.

The Lister Park Bradford run attracts over 300 regularly, while the Skipton run at Aireville Park had a record 194 at its inaugural race in September.

If you want to get fit for these races, with enhanced training support, weekly gym-based sessions to build your core-body strength are offered at Bradford Grammar School gym on Mondays (7-9pm). And on Wednesdays (7-8.30pm).

Drills and speed sessions are organised at the UAK track on Greenhead Road, Keighley. Fifteen-week programmes start in early January until April (details at sportsshare.org/ET).

All local running clubs offer supervised training during the dark winter months, mostly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Eccleshill Road Runners, however, provide sessions on the three other evenings. And the Bradford athletics network provides a programme for 14 to 25-year-olds through its Club 1425 programme (sportsshare.org/training-coaching/club1625/).


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