The Milton Keynes Half Marathon and Festival of running take place on the 8th March, which gives you just under 2 months to train if you start now! The races start on the central dual-carriageways of Milton Keynes and then continue around some great scenery. There are 5K, 10k, the half marathon and a new one for this year, the MK20 miler. This means you've got the choice with whether to aim high and train hard, or go for the shorter 5k, which will still be a challenge but a bit more fun and relaxed (you'd hope!) Entry fees vary depending on the distance, but prices start at £8 for the 5K. For more information, prices and to sign up, click here.
For the ladies, the sign ups for Race for life are now open. There's a 5k and a 10k to choose from, and it's not until the 28th June, so you've got a while to get out and running! The 5k particularly is great for all abilities, and can be done at your own pace. It takes place in Campbell park, and can be great fun, especially if you sign up with a group of friends, as well as enabling you to raise money for a great cause. Click here to find out more and sign up, and on top of all that it's a great way of giving you something to aim for fitness wise!
If you're aiming high, the Milton Keynes Marathon is in 4 months time. Taking place on the 4th May (bank holiday monday) there's the choice of either the full marathon or the half, as well as the superhero fun run, or walk, for those wanting to be involved but not necessarily to the running! It starts at the MK stadium and travels around the city, through woodlands, parks, lakesides and more, all within the city boundary, it's definately a scenic race, something to take your mind off the running maybe!
For something a bit different, why not try the 'Rock Solid' obstacle race and run, a challenge involving 50 testing obstacles, such as water, climbing, crawling and a lot of mud, it's a tiring but different one which is sure to be fun! The races are held at Silverstone just outside Milton Keynes on the 19th September, and there are 5k, 10k or 15k races to choose from. Click here to register, and for more information.
Looking for a New Year's kick-start? Why not try the NHS couch to 5k, a podcast series which talks you though working up to 5k in an achievable way, even if you've never run before. Click here to find out more and to download the podcasts.
This should be enough to get you started, one of the best ways of keeping those New Years resolutions is to have something to aim for, so why not get researching, enlist your friends and sign up for a run this year!