The Xtreme Challenge – Sunday 8th Feb 2015 10.30am – Catton Hall, Staffordshire
Voted in top 4 adventure races by Runners World in 2012.
We fear nothing and no-one in our quest to make the Xtreme Challenge 2015 the muddiest, dirtiest, hilliest, most slippery, most tiring, most smoke, most electricity and possible snowiest Adventure Race of 2015!!
The venue is Catton Hall Estate once again and this 10k Xtreme Challenge is a different level of cross country running with natural obstacles, man made obstacles, water features, electric fences, smoke bombs, cargo netting and all with beautiful views of the local countryside.
Catton Hall is a private country house with acres of parkland along the River Trent, a perfect location for large outdoor events, music festivals, caravan rallies, equestrian events, mountain bike rallies as well as corporate hospitality, team building days, and product launches.
THE XTREME STARTS in 9 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
ENTRY FEES: £23 affiliated, £25 non-affiliated.
XTREME PRIZE DRAW – for 3 Months Gym Membership
Our friends and event sponsors from the Lichfield Health and Fitness Club have a nice New Year prize possibility for all the entrants in the Xtreme Challenge. Every person entered for the race will be entered into a prize draw on the day after with a first prize of 3 months membership FREE at the Lichfield Health and Fitness Club the with 3 runners up prizes of 1 month free membership. You can view their facilities at LichfieldHealthandFitnessClub.co.uk but the friendly team of personal trainers will be battling it out at the Xtreme Challenge so say hello and get to know Adam and his team.
Video – The Xtreme Feb 2012
Video – The Xtreme Feb 2013
Adam McDermott a Personal Trainer at sponsors Lichfield Health and Fitness Club and Xtreme Challenge veteran has a few tips to pass on:
It’s come around to that time again where the New Year has rolled in and the Xtreme challenge is in sight. This years race is on the 8th February so that gives us just over 5 weeks to prepare for what is bound to be the toughest challenge yet. So first things first what should you expect? Well depending on the weather literally anything from a frozen snow covered ground one year to wet and extremely muddy the next we have seen everything. What we can guarantee is you will do a 10k circuit, there will be a multitude of obstacles for you to deal with, you will get wet and it will be dirty. So my first tip is to get outside and get running, hills and fields will be your friend from now on so get stuck in to it.
This race will be across some rather awkward terrain and if you’re not used to running in muddy fields it may come as a bit of a surprise. The first thing you will notice is that this kind of running is quite different to road running but it can also be a lot more fun, a good idea is to find yourself somewhere with various different types of terrain and some hills as it will all come in handy. Remember the first few times you go running to look down as there are a lot more obstacles and tripping over a tree branch isn’t an ideal way to end a run. Hills, uneven ground, obstacles and water will all be involved in the race (the water being one if the most fun parts) so getting used to dealing with these will be imperative, although I wouldn’t recommend jumping in any ponds just yet. Most of all have fun getting out in the mud and get stuck in!!
Update 28th Jan 2015
We’re just over a week away form the race now and you should be pretty prepared. One thing that is very important is equipment, with the weather forecast predicting that it’s likely to be pretty cold and there’s a good chance we will see some rain or snow. This means that you will need to wrap up warm, as in previous years I will be taking advantage of some SKINS to do this, not only can you get some great clothes that are comfortable and light they will also keep you warm throughout which is a necessity at the start of February. You will also need some good trainers as it gets incredibly muddy on some parts of the course and something that gives you grip and is good on various different terrains will be more than helpful. Trail running shoes will be perfect for this, if you scroll down the side of this page you will see a few stockists that can help you get the right fit. My last tip is to make sure you don’t wear too many layers, dragging yourself out of the water with lots of clothes becomes increasingly difficult the closer you get to the end. Most importantly have fun!!
READ MORE: Training Tips for the 10k Xtreme
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The Florette Fradley 10K is a popular run and attracts around 1,000 entrants each year. Covering flat, country roads, its a great event for beginners and pros alike. Sponsors Florette UK, the bagged salad specialists, are having Team Florette currently trained up by KP Events own personal trainer Sarah Janes, watch out for blogs and photos on their progress in the next few weeks.
Back for 2015 is the Fradley Fryer Junior 2K. The Fradley Fryer takeaway prides itself on its healthy options menu and proprietor Mike Pitsillidis is happy to be involved: “We just love to support local events and the junior 2k is all about youngsters having fun and staying active which we are happy to promote”. The Fradley Fryer is at Unit 9 The Stirling Centre, Tye Road, Fradley. You can register your interest in the 2k by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, the cost is £3 per runner payable on the day.
Event starts in 1 month, 16 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
- DATE: SUNDAY 15th March 2015
- START TIME: 10.30am
- VENUE: Fradley Village, near Lichfield, Staffordshire
- 10k ENTRY FEE: £16 Club Runner / £18 Non-Club Runner
- Entry on the day is £1 extra
- INSURANCE: Full public liability cover
- MEDALS: To all finishers
- TROPHIES: To first 3 men, first 3 ladies
Violets in Bloom 5k Family Fun Run – 19th April 2015, sponsored by Dan Berry Freestyle MA Academy and supported by the M6 Toll and Citrus Research.
This is one for all the family. A fun and friendly 5k event that you can run, jog or walk in Alrewas, Staffordshire.
Join us on 19th April 2015 at 10:30am. It’s not just for serious runners. This is also for mums with prams, dads with toddlers and groups running together. Personal times are available if you want this but there is no pressure, no sweat – just enjoy, have lots of laughs and help us raise money for an exceptional local cause. Medals for all runners who compete.
Entry fees: adult £10, child £5.
Event starts in 2 months, 20 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
Violets in Bloom is a local charity born out of a family’s tragic loss. Violet Mornington was a bubbly beautiful little 5 year old girl who had just finished her first year at St Stephen’s School in Fradley – but she lost her life to a rare blood disorder in 2013. Her loss has left a huge hole in her parent’s lives, but they turned their grief into something positive to help all parents who have lost their own little angels.
Since Violet passed away, friends, family and the local community have rallied together to raise both funds and awareness of HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis) the condition that took her life, and have raised over £20,000 for the Histio Research Trust and Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital.
Violets in Bloom has begun raising funds to build a unique, magical memorial garden for children within the grounds of Lichfield and District Crematorium in Fradley to provide the opportunity for parents to place a memorial, seek solace and connect with their child.Violets in Bloom is a registered charity, number 115816.
Here’s two photos from the launch of the Violets in Bloom 5k Family Fun Run:
The Lichfield Half-Marathon – Sunday the 3rd May 2015
Event starts in 3 months, 4 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
The highly popular Lichfield Half-marathon attracts in excess of 1,500 competitors. It is located in the historic market city of Lichfield, famous for its three spired cathedral and Dr Johnson’s birthplace (author of the first English dictionary). Lichfield retains an unspoilt quality with many listed buildings leaving a Georgian legacy. The city is located 16 miles north of Birmingham and easily accessible via the M6 Toll and A38.
The first three runners of the Ladies and Gents races will be presented with trophies. Every finisher will be presented with a medal showing their participation in the Lichfield Half Marathon along with a goody bag containing water, energy bar and a piece of fruit. Refreshment stations will situated at several places around the course. The race will use chip timings.
- START TIME: 10.30am Sunday the 3rd May 2015
- STARTS AT: King Edward VI School, Upper St. John Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire
- FINISHES AT: Stowe Fields. Lichfield
- ENTRY FEE: £23 Affiliated/Club Runner/ £25 Non Affiliated Club Runner
- INSURANCE: Full Public Liability
- GOODIE BAGS: for all finishers
- TROPHIES to first 3 men and first 3 women