Robin Hood Trail Runs
We are once again hosting the final event of our race calendar at the beautiful Sherwood Pines. The event is a combination of a duathlon and 3 different distances of running events: 10k, 5k and 2k fun run.
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;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
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 Robin Hood Trail Runs Course
Robin Hood 10km Trail Run
This event is open to anyone over the age of 15 years old. All abilities are welcome, this is an inclusive 10km run, which offers fantastic scenery through Robin Hood's beautiful forest. The course will follow the internal roads and trails within the park, providing competitors with a safe enjoyable event, whether you are chasing down a fast time or simply enjoying the woodland. All competitors will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line.
This course is UKA distance certified so you can accurately compare your time against other events that you run.
Robin Hood 5km Trail Run
If you don't fancy taking on the Robin Hood 10km why not give this a go. This event is open to anyone over the age of 11 years old and we expect to see a good mix of abilities. Whether you are training to get fit, raising money for charity or simply fancy setting yourself a challenge, why not try this 5km run in Sherwood Pines. All competitors will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line.
Robin Hood 2km Fun Run
It didn't seem fair to organise all these events without doing something for the kids, so here it is. The 2km fun run is for boys and girls from 4 up to 15 yrs old. We expect children of all abilities to take part, and hopefully this event will be full of fancy dress! Set within the safety of the park this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to a fun running event and they'll receive a bespoke finishers medal as a reward.
Off Road Trail Adventure
This event has something for everyone whether you are an adrenaline-junkie wanting to challenge yourself on the off road duathlon course or simply enjoy exercise and want to take part in one of the 3 running disciplines, this is the event for you!
This is an ideal family and corporate event set within the 1,200 hectares of woodland and open heath of Sherwood Pines Forest Park. This is your chance to become an ‘Adventure Challenger’ – one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men or Women.