Commit to fit: 2022 events to train for now
On your marks, get set, go! Fancy challenging yourself in the New Year? Then get booking your place on these Herts and Beds races. Trainers on, take a breath, and dig deep.
Watford Half Marathon, Watford
When: 6 February 2022
£: From £10
What to expect: Choose between the Half Marathon (challenging route through country lanes) and the 1.8km family fun run, which stays within Cassiobury Park. This race has taken the charming decision to plant a tree per every £100 made, instead of offering winners’ t-shirts. So you can be lean AND green!
Berkhamsted Rotary Half Marathon, Berkhamsted
When: 6 March 2022
£: £27 – £31
What to expect: A Half Marathon, often run by those training for the London marathon, or a gentler five mile run. Plenty of picturesque Chilterns countryside to keep your spirits up.
Discover Run the Wild, Tring
When: 16 April 2022
What to expect: A half marathon through undulating chalk hills and local woods, with a refreshment point at just over halfway.
Chiltern Ridge Ultra Trail 50km, near Hemel Hempstead
When: 7 May 2022
What to expect: An ultra marathon through pretty Chiltern Hills landscape, passing along The Ridgeway, Chiltern Way, and Ashridge Estate.
When: 7-8 May 2022
What to expect: Now this is a race! A two-day guided run through the Chiltern Hills, involving trail running technique tuition, luxury refreshment stop each day, bag transportation, accommodation at a countryside inn, dinner and breakfast, and films and talk in the evening.
Hertfordshire Triathlon, Welwyn Garden City
When: 22 May 2022
£: From £52
What to expect: Choose from standard, sprint, or super sprint triathlons, all with relay and aquabike options. The run is entirely traffic-free, and on grass.
St Albans Half Marathon, St Albans
When: 12 June 2022
£: £16 – £34
What to expect: There’s something for everyone with a Half Marathon, a Walking Half Marathon, a Wheelchair Half Marathon, a 5K race and a 1.5 mile fun run.
Lea Valley 50km, Welwyn Garden City
When: 18 June 2022
What to expect: A fast 50 km from Welwyn Garden City to Hackney Wick in East London.
Barkers 6 Hour Challenge, Bedford
When: 26 Feb 2022
What to expect: Complete as many laps as you can around Bedford International running track in 6 hours. It’s completely flat, and you can stop to refuel as often as you’d like.
Running Grand Prix, Bedford Autodrome
When: 27 March 2022
£: £24 – £140
What to expect: Run a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 20 mile, or Full Marathon around the smooth track of Bedford Autodrome.
Marston 24-Hour Challenge, Bedford
When: 25-26 June 2022
What to expect: Does what it says on the tin: how far can you go in 24 hours? You go at your own pace round the beautiful Millennium Country park.
Woburn Abbey triathlon, near Milton Keynes
When: June, exact date TBA
£: £65 – £195
What to expect: One of the UK’s most loved triathlons, this weekend promises charity fundraising, family fun, and athletic challenge, all at the iconic Woburn Abbey. Challenge yourself to a 1,900m swim, 90km bike, and 21.1km run, or sprint your way through the 750m swim, 22km bike, and 5.25km run.
Great Estates Race, Turvey House
When: 3 July 2022
£: £4.95 – £19.99
What to expect: A beautiful, flat race around Turvey House and its surrounding parklands. Opt for a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, or fun run.