Commit to fit – 2021 events to train for now
Get set and go book these local city, countryside and coastal runs and triathlons in and around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Who’s in need of an endorphin hit? I know I am. The gym might be on pause but there’s always virtual fitness, the great outdoors and an essential splurge on fashion-forward fitness gear to get us motivated. Christmas couch to 5k (ahem, yes) or caged lockdown tiger raring for your next competitive fitness fixture, there’s plenty of options for all abilities. Let’s do this people!
Winchester May Day Triathlon, Winchester, Hampshire
When: 3 May 2021
What to expect: Spring into the 2021 triathlon scene with this Winchester event: a 400m swim, 22km bike and 5km cross-country run over hilly terrain in the ancient capital. For newbies there’s a new Novice Triathlon with less gruelling 200m swim; 11km Bike and 2.5km Run.
Isle of Wight Festival of Running, various locations around West Wight
When: 30 May – 6 June 2021
££: £17.50 – £24
What to expect: Five circular cross-country routes with gorgeous coastal views to distract when you start to feel the burn. For the most serious, the Headline event is the Needles Half Marathon, but there’s also the Tapnell 10k, newbie-friendly 5k Duver Dash and a 1km route for kids.
Beale Beastie triathlon, Berkshire
When: June 2021, dtbc
££: £52.63 – £26.32
What to expect: Just over the border in Berks, this triathlon kicks off with an adult race in the morning (400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), followed by Wee Beastie races of varying lengths for kids aged 8 – 16. A good one for the hardiest little fishes, it’s one of the only junior triathlons with an open water swim across a freshwater lake.
The Serpent Trail Race, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire
When: 3 July 2021
££: £26 – £96
What to expect: Go big, bigger or biggest on the Serpent Trail, from 10k up to 100k, the entire length of this stunning long distance route in the South Downs National Park. Running from Haslemere in West Sussex through Surrey and over the border to Petersfield, Hampshire, there’s miles of woodland, ridges and heathland to enjoy along the way. If the whopping 50k or 100k events sound too epic, sign-up for the 10k tail-end of the Serpent for less of a sting.
Andover Trail Marathon, Andover, Hampshire
When: 5 September 2021
What to expect: One for seasoned runners, this North Hampshire run is a challenging 26.2 miles, taking in steep climbs up to 280m for panoramic views and equally-scenic descents through meadows and valleys.
Bournemouth Half Marathon, Dorset
When: 10 October 2021
What to expect: Just over the border in Dorset, breathe (or gulp) in plenty of sea air on the Bournemouth Half. It heads out from Hengistbury Head and winds along clifftops, seafront and promenades, ending up at Bournemouth Pier. A bonus, finishers get official bragging-rights merchandise including a t-shirt and shiny medal.
The Great South Run, Southsea, Hampshire
When: 17 October 2021
What to expect: Ahoy! Pound the road on this famous city 10-miler along the Southsea seafront and into the dockyard, with a medal and t-shirt for crossing the finish line. Check out the site for great training and event day tips.