We encourage our members to participate in local running events as they provide a great opportunity to socialise, meet fellow runners and motivate you to improve your running.
If you're looking to test yourself or to gain some points for the JR trophy, sign up for some of the local road races. Early entry is advised as the growing popularity of running has resulted in many races filling up quickly and entry on the day cannot always be guaranteed.
There's a comprehensive list of local races here, plus details and entry forms are available from the race folder at the club on Wednesday nights.
If pounding pavement is sapping your spirits and knackering your knees, why not get out in the mud for a change and try one of the many trail and fell races which offer a range of distances and difficulties.
Trail races are generally run on a mix of tarmac, gravel paths and hard-packed footpaths. Whilst they may be hilly and take you off road, they're not as lung-bustingly steep or as tricky to navigate as fell runs*.
*The accuracy of this statement cannot be verified and we take no responsibility for how steep or tricky these runs actually are.
Fell races tend to appeal to the more adventurous and those runners with a pronounced affinity towards mud, hills, brambles and mud. And did we mention the mud? Fell runs generally have entry on the day at the event and may require participants to carry waterproofs and emergency rations on the longer runs.
Falling over and coming home completely covered in mud is not obligatory but does seem to happen on a fairly regular basis... For more information on fell races, including the routes, results and advice, visit the Esk Valley Fell Club website.