With the festive season over for another year, thoughts inevitably turn to expanded waistlines and New Year’s resolutions.
Fortunately, the region is blessed with a multitude of events throughout the coming year, offering everything from gentle jogs to strenuous, fat-busting efforts on foot, by bike, and in the water.
BORDERS CROSS COUNTRY
Borders Cross Country will be among those hitting the ground running in the new year with the final rounds of their winter programme.
On January 12 runners are to meet for the Norham leg (at Paxton), followed on the 26th by the event at Conundrum, outside Berwick. The events conclude at Dunbar on February 16, when there will be prizegiving.
If that loosens your legs then you might want to try the first Lindsays Borders Marathon and Relay at Kelso golf course, on Sunday March 2. Runners will ‘enjoy’ 23 and a half laps of the inside safety track of Kelso racecourse to reach the required distance.
All proceeds from this marathon will go to the Brathay Trust who work with the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’ children. Head to www.melroseroadraces.com/lindsays-borders-marathon-and-relay/ to register now.
Scotland’s capital gets in on the action in April, with the Edinburgh 10k run on the 27th. The city’s marathon will be held on the weekend of May 24 and 25.
GREAT NORTH RUN
South of the border, the tradition of the Great North Run continues to pound the pavements from South Shields to Newcastle in September. Ballots for entry start today.
Bowhill Winter Duathlon
If you’d rather try your hand at something with more variety, there are plenty of multidisciplinary events to look forward to.
After its launch last year, the Bowhill Winter Duathlon returns in February.
Now in its 12th year, this is a very popular series of low-key, back-to-basics off-road duathlons in the Borders. Originally held at Glentress Forest, the series was moved, with great success, to a new home at the Bowhill Estate near Selkirk in 2012.
The Medium event (30 minutes bike ride and a thirty minute run) will be held on Sunday January 26, while a longer event (40 minutes for both disciplines) takes place on February 23.
All the race information, including registration and a course guide, is available at the website www.durtyevents.com.
The Galashiels Triathlon on April 19 will put athletes through a 400m swim, a 10km road cycle, and then a 2.5km off-road run.
And less than a month later, on May 4, hardy souls can take on the Selkirk Triathlon, which means a mammoth effort, with a 1500m swim, 38.83km cycle and 10.01km run.
As the year progresses, and fitness regimes no doubt pay off handsomely, triathlons come thick and fast, with Kelso hosting one on August 10 and Eyemouth on September 22.
The Castles Challenge is a triathlon race series that will take place on the weekend of 27 & 28 July at Bamburgh Castle.
Originally set up in 2009, the series is comprised of Junior Triathlons, a Sprint Triathlon and also a Middle Distance (Half Iron) Triathlon. The swim, bike and run courses take place between some of Northumberland’s most beautiful landmarks.
Bamburgh Cricket Club is the headquarters for the Castles Challenge Triathlon Series and also serves as the transition area for the races and provides an amazing backdrop for the finish line.
The run section of this year’s Middle Distance Triathlon will actually pass through the grounds of the castle.
The Wooler Wheel cycling event rolls around again on May 17, raising money for the Radio Borders charity, Cash for Kids.
In a first for the area, riders will face a 170k cross border sportive which has been designed to be maybe even more challenging than the Etape Caledonia, and which takes them over even more diverse scenery.
And to be held on the same day is the first ever junior specific sportive in Britain, a 30k ride, ideal if your children are just starting out cycling.
Two shorter routes of 100k and 60k are also on offer.