Castle Combe Half Marathon
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
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Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The Castle Combe Half Marathon Course
Wiltshire and the Cotswolds provide stunning countryside and few places more so than at Castle Combe. The village of Castle Combe is often called 'The Prettiest Village in England' and with good reason as it has been a tourist attraction for over 100 year's and with a history that goes back to before the Romans, who build a Fort here because of its proximity to the Fosse Way.
In more recent times films such as War Horse have been filmed there as it retains its original charm.
This half marathon takes in this gorgeous Cotswold countryside, runs along the ancient Roman Road, the Fosse Way and through the picture postcard village of Castle Combe.
The race start and finish are on the nearby Castle Combe motor racing circuit, which gives a safe start area and flat traffic free opening and closing 2 miles. Out on the open road the route can be described as undulating with a few sharp dips and rises along the Fosse Way until you reach the outskirts of Castle Combe Village where you drop down hill a long way intp the village before the 'Sting-in-the-tail' climb back out of the village from approx 10 miles up onto the motor racing circuit where it is flat to the finish.
There will be a 3km Fun Run on the circuit starting just after the Half Marathon has departed - entry on the day at just £5.