Whether you’re looking to get fit and healthy, raise money for charity, or embark on a new challenge, lace up your running shoes and sign up to some of Bristol’s most extreme, fun and challenging races taking place in 2016.
Ranging from brutal challenges of stamina and endurance to thoroughly good fun in full fancy dress, there’s something for all abilities, with SoBristol’s handpicked hot list.
Take part in a celebration of wellness and fitness and enjoy a yummy challenge at the Run for Chocolate 5k race at Blaise Castle on Saturday 30 January 2016, offering a fun event for all levels of fitness and ages, whether you walk jog or sprint the distance.
As well as the chance to get fit for 2016, the 5k run will see one of the best motivators of all time, chocolate, with a warm mug of luxury Cadbury’s hot chocolate for all runners who cross the finish line, as well as music, treats and a party atmosphere.
Make sure you pack some plasters, water and head torch to see if you can complete The Green Man Challenge, a staggering 45-mile circuit around Bristol, with the fastest time to beat currently standing at six hours, 25 minutes.
Taking place on Saturday 5 March 2016, the route follows the Community Forest Path around Bristol, and while it is a challenging cross-country trail, runners can expect stunning views, with a medal, t-shirt and signed certificate upon completion, along with trophies for the winners.
Budding athletes looking for a fun run with a challenging edge can get involved in the Battle of Lansdown 5k Youth Run on Saturday 26 March 2016, designed to give 10 to 16-year-olds the chance to take on a host of obstacles.
Taking place at Manor Farm in Upton Cheyney, fit young runners can expect to find extreme terrain, cold water and 15 large obstacles including a water slide, with a free medal for all children crossing the finish line.
While not strictly a run, the Superhuman Games at Greville Smyth Park will certainly test the endurance and disciplines of even the toughest of athletes. This gruelling fitness event will push contestants to the limits, with five challenges to get through.
Tacking place on 28 May 2016, contestants can expect assault courses, tyre flips, burpees, shuttle sprints, block lifts, sandbag drags and more, in what has been described as a battle for respect.
Get involved in one of Bristol’s most colourful fun races, with the chance to run, jog or walk through 5k of colour explosions, in the fourth annual Rainbow Run on Saturday 18 June 2016.
Taking place at Bristol Downs, runners will start the race in a crisp white t-shirt, before being covered in every colour of the rainbow throughout the course. What’s more, 2016’s event has lowered the age range, meaning little ones from five and up can also join in the fun.
Men – and boys – start your engines for the return of the Sanlam Go Dad run this June, with the all-male, all-ages 5k and 10k races raising donations and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
All runners will receive big pair of blue underpants to wear over their running shorts before walking, jogging or running the route, with timing chips to track your running time, Go Dad Run medals, and a goodie bag upon completion.
Get your pink tutus, novelty glasses and an old pair of trainers ready as Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy is set to return to The Downs on Saturday 2 July 2016.
Set to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK, girls can get stuck in with a 5k muddy obstacle course which will see slides, mud pools, rope courses and more, promising a fun way to get fit for a great cause.
Expect trenches, ring grappling, slides, airbags and more at Blaise Castle on Saturday 13 August 2016, when Adrenaline Rush hits the city.
Runners can tackle a challenging 5k or 10k urban route, with over 30 obstacles to conquer on the way and guaranteed mud. Entrants will receive a finishers t-shirt and medal, while the event village will be offering great music food and drink.
Ladies, get ready for a weekend of exercise, obstacle courses, parties and even a nail bar when The Filthy Girl comes to Blaise Castle on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September 2016.
With the chance to camp for the entire weekend, girls will embark on a 5k or 10k route on the Saturday, entailing mud pits, a slippery slide into a giant bubble bath, and even a spray tan zone, with a glass of Champagne awaiting all runners at the finish line.
What’s more, runners can then treat themselves to a shower, manicure, blow dry and a massage before a themed after-party, boasting live music, a DJ, chill out zone and Prosecco and Pimms bar.
This popular annual event is set to see a whole host of Santas dashing through the snow, with a fun and festive 2k run set to take place at Bristol Harbourside in December 2016.
Adults, children and well-behaved pets alike will be painting the streets red in all their festive glory, with a full Santa suit provided for all runners, as well as a medal and festive treats.
Will you be taking part in one of Bristol's extreme runs or do you know of an event we've missed? Let us know in the comments below!
By Alice Lloyd
Wednesday 20 January 2016
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