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Fitness challenge!

Nothing like a race looming to motivate you to go for a walk, run, swim or cycle on these chilly autumn mornings.

It’s National Fitness Day this Wednesday apparently and I don’t know about you but I’ll be celebrating by dressing as Olivia Newton-John in the Let’s Get Physical video, leading a full team ’80s-style aerobics work-out at Muddy HQ. Let me hear your body talk!

As anyone who knows me will testify, I love fitness and all things sporty (*hides doughnut under keypad*) so without further ado, here’s the Muddy guide to all the best tris, races and runs, both local and beyond, over the coming months. Which one will you sign up for? I’m thinking the ultra-marathon, obvs.



Windsor Women’s 10k run, 29 Sept

Hemel Hempstead Triathlon, 30 Sept

Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and 2k family fun run, 30 Sept



Colour Rush 5k walk/run (for Florence Nightingale Hospice), Aston Clinton , 7 Oct

Breeze Rides, cycling routes from Winslow to Quainton, 7 Oct, and round Chesham 13 and 18 Oct

Reading 10k, Thames Valley Park, 7 Oct

Ley Hill Challenge 5k and 10k trail run, 7 Oct, Chesham

Oxford Half Marathon, 7  Oct

UK Ride Social, cycling routes from Amersham around Chiltern villages, 19 and 20 Oct

Water of Life 10k and Half Marathon, Bisham Abbey, 21 Oct

 GoTri Oxford City Duathlon, 20 Oct (NB – this is perfect if the swimming bit puts you off a triathlon – this is a run, cycle, then another run.)

GoTri Reading at Green Park, 28 Oct (this is another duathlon).



Wendover Woods 50, five 10 miles loops running on woodland trails,  17 Nov



Reading Half Marathon, 17 March

Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, 17 March

Bicester Triathlon, 31 March

Groovy Baby, Walton-on-Thames, ’60s/’70s fancy dress races from 5k run up to an ultra marathon, 14  April

Colour Obstacle Rush 5k, Windsor, 18 May



Ridgeway Challenge, an 86 mile ultra marathon, 24/25 Aug


Have we missed any good ‘uns near you? Let us know in the comment box below!


Research: Georgia Collins

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