It is often said (mostly by non-runners) that running isn’t good for you. I think the evidence to counter that is pretty clear, although some people will always be unlucky.
But us runners are a funny bunch, we like a challenge and we like nothing more than when somebody tells us it’s tough. How tough? The tougher the better. So much so that race names that reflect the fact that you might even die are commonplace.
How blatant does a name need to get before you stop and question it? You Will Definitely Die Marathon; Fatal Fartlek Challenge; Pop Your Running Clogs Canter; Death With a Medal?
Here are a list of some of the cheerily named races. Anyone tempted? Know anything worse?
A challenging multi-terrain course of approximately 11 miles with a gentle start across fields and a canal towpath. It then gets serious with several climbs, a sting in the tail and a free shoe-wash.
Hell On The Humber
Hell On the Humber takes place on the world famous Humber Bridge, and is truly an endurance race like no other. Competitors start the race on a Saturday in August and run, jog, walk or crawl their way through 6, 12 or 24 hours of soul destroying and body breaking 4 mile laps of the bridge walkway, racking up as many miles as they can before crossing the finish line at 7am on Sunday.
The Black Death Run
The Black Death Run, probably the toughest off road run in the Country, yet still very achievable for even a modest runner. It is estimated that less than 3% of last years runners ran the entire course, most walked the steepest hills. So join the crowd, run when you can, walk when you cannot, and enjoy the fabulous surroundings.
The Grim Reaper
The Grim Reaper is a non-stop race that continues through the night. The route incorporates multiple loops through the beautiful grounds of the Grimsthorpe estate. Solo and Team categories will compete over various race distances (40, 70 and 100 miles) with all categories and distances starting at the same time and all having the same time limit of 26 hours.
Canadian Death Race
Since the start of the millennium, elite racers have come to the Canadian Rockies to cheat Death in one of the world’s toughest adventure races. The 125 km course begins and ends on a 4200 foot plateau, passes over three mountain summits and includes 17,000 feet of elevation change and a major river crossing at the spectacular Hell’s Gate canyon at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers. Extreme athletes, individually and in relays, push themselves to the limits of their endurance against the breathtaking background of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Each year, well-trained and totally committed, they battle heat, cold, altitude and themselves. Finishing is the prize.