12 awesome challenges to try in June in the UK

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12 awesome challenges to try in June in the UK

Do you have space in your event calendar for one more event in June? Then we’ve got you covered. In today’s blog, we go over 12 awesome last minute challenges here in the UK that still have spaces open.

We have three events each for running, cycling, OCR & triathlon.


St Albans Half

Date: 11th June 2017
Distance: Half marathon, 5km
Price: From £15
Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire

The award-winning event is returning for its 36th year.

A community focused event, the St Albans Half Marathon aims to raise money for local charities and organisations as well as put on a great day out for all the family.  Those looking for a challenge can take on the scenic Half Marathon or Walking Half Marathon, which takes you on a challenging but rewarding route through the country lanes of St Albans.

The 5K is open to all ages and takes you on a route around Verulamium Park.  This is a great race for those looking to start their running journey but who aren’t quite ready for the half marathon distance.  You’ll still experience the great atmosphere we are famous for and help to support local charities and organisations!

Get your tickets here.

Dragon Seeker 60k Ultra marathon – Wolf Pack Running

Date: 10th June 2017
Distance: 37 miles
Price: £80
Location: Severn Bridge, Wales

The Dragon Seeker 60 is a challenge where you to run from the Severn Bridge to Cardiff by foot with only a few essentials in your backpack, and Wolfpack Running supporting you. You have 10 hours to complete the challenge. Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

This is a stunning, highly scenic route covering just over 60k, starting on the Severn Bridge and finish in the centre of Cardiff. The route includes trails, footpaths, country lanes and roads so there will be plenty to see along the way.

If you’ve never run an ultra this is one of the UK’s best first ultras!  If you are doing a Spring marathon, and are looking for the next challenge, then look no further.  You’ve done the groundwork already, come and have a go at ultra running – it’s a completely different experience!

At the time of writing, there are only a couple of tickets left, so get yours quickly here.

Rat Race The Wall

Date: 17th June 2017
Distance: 69 miles
Price: From £215
Location: Carlisle

Welcome to the Wall. 1,000 of you will run on paths and tracks where many thousands of Romans have gone before. Prepare for open countryside views that extend as far as the eye can see throughout Hadrian’s Wall Country. This area is steeped in history going back thousands of years, but when the 17th June 2017 arrives, you’ll have the opportunity to soak it all in as you power through your Ultra! Of course running 69 miles is no mean feat, so we have put together all the information you need to ensure that all you have to do on the day is concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other to complete this epic challenge.

The event team salute you for stepping up to the challenge and wish you the very best of luck. We hope to meet many of you along the route and you can rest assured that we have your safety, welfare and running enjoyment at the front-of-mind at all times.

Be prepared to hit The Wall…

You can get you tickets here, there is no registration on race day so make sure you get in there quickly!


Isle of Mull Sportive

Date: 4th June 2017
Distance: 43 or 87 miles
Price: From £30
Location: Tobermory

Why not come and take part in a unique island-based sportive that combines scenic beauty with a challenging ride. We’ll take you along miles of twisting single-track that circle the island, past the wildest, most beautiful coastline you will find on any ride in the UK.

The Isle of Mull Sportive is an entirely volunteer-run event, where you’ll find a warm welcome, good organisation and a fast-growing group of Mull regulars who come back year after year.

Get your tickets here.

NightRider London

Date: 10/11th June 2017
Distance: 50 or 100km
Price: From £30
Location: London

Nightrider is a 100km or 50km fully supported night-time charity bike ride through an iconic city.

The confirmed 2017 rides are:

London: 10/11 June 2017
Bristol: 1/2 July 2017
Liverpool: 15/16 July 2017

A fantastic way to get together with friends and family or team up with work colleagues to have a Saturday night like no other! The event is not timed and it’s not a race – it’s about having a great night, seeing the sights and raising funds for your chosen charity.

If you want to take part in the London event, get in there quick because registration closes on the 29th May, get your tickets here.

Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales

Date: 11th June 2017
Distance: 100km & up
Price: From £47
Location: Port Talbot

Human Race and ASO bring you Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by le Tour de France! As one of the most iconic sportives in the UK (returning for its 14th year in 2017), Dragon Ride has been selected by ASO as the perfect representation of the world’s most famous cycle event, and will offer the same inspiring le Tour de France riding experience to UK cyclists.

“Following the extraordinary reception Le Tour de France riders enjoyed in the United Kingdom over the last few years, it is a true honour to bring Le Tour de France’s spirit to Wales. This spirit, of course, remains in the passion for cycling and Le Tour de France itself but it is also linked to an ideal sportive course and Wales’ incredible nature and landscapes. The Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France has a route reminiscent of one of Le Tour de France’s most magnificent stages.” – Christian Prudhomme, General Director of le Tour de France


Castle Triathlon – Cholmondeley

Date: 24/25th June 2017
Distance: Multiple distances
Price: From £40
Location: Cheshire

The Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon takes place in the beautiful grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, where the Cholmondeley family have resided since the Norman era of the 12th Century.

The estate features extensive parkland covering 500 acres including two lakes, the larger of which, Deer Park Mere, is the setting for the open-water swim section of the triathlon.

To the south of Cholmondeley Castle, Tower Hill is the highest point of the run section, where athletes will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Beeston and Peckforton Hills, which they will have just covered on the undulating bike section, with the Welsh Hills looming in the distance.

Get your tickets here.

Llandudno sea triathlon

Date: 25th June 2017
Distance: Sprint, standard, middle
Price: From £65
Location: Llandudno Beach

Returning for 2017, Xtra Mile Events are working with British Triathlon and the sprint distance event will be an ITU Sprint Distance World Championship qualifier and will be draft legal.

Each of the middle, standard and sprint triathlons incorporate the thrill of a sea swim, and a challenging cycle section on closed roads around the Great Orme with its glorious vista over the North Wales Coast (the rest of the middle distance cycle leg will be on open roads). The run route goes out along the Victorian Promenade and then over the Little Orme to Penrhyn Bay. Turn around, then run back over the Little Orme and along the promenade with a sea breeze to cool you to the finish! All finishers receive a fantastic medal and free photo to download.

Get your tickets here.

Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon


Date: 18th June 2017
Distance: Sprint, Olympic, Team relay
Price: From £89
Location: Windsor

26 years and counting! Awarded the BTF’s ‘Event of the Year’ a remarkable seven times, the Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon is one of the best Olympic distance triathlons in the UK. The triathlon celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, and has stood the test of time with its quality delivery, stunning location and great event village.

In 2017, the triathlon will be known as the Nuffield Health Royal Windsor Triathlon which coincides with a stunning new run course taking place on royal grounds! Participants will start from the gates of the castle and go into Windsor Great Park and along the spectacular Long Walk.

You can get your tickets today, here.


Back 2 The Trenches – The Big Push

Date: 11th June 2017
Distance: 6, 12, 24km
Price: From £55
Location: London

Back to the Trenches have updated their challenging obstacle fun mud run to push you further than ever before. We have 6k or 12k for the not so mad runner to push yourself and for the really mad runner we challenge you to two laps to see if you can handle 24? The hills will make the distance feel even longer.

Expect new varied obstacles along the way including massive water slides, mud, walls, tyre mangles water, steep climbs and falls, and as usual when you run ‘Back 2 the Trenches’ you must always expect the unexpected!

Our hills and obstacles will challenge you, the therapeutic mud will make you smile. We will be adding more challenges to the courses with loads of new obstacles this year.

Get your tickets here.

Total Warrior – Leeds

Date: 24/25th June 2017
Distance: 12km
Price: From £59
Location: Leeds

Total Warrior is the pinnacle of obstacle racing, providing the most innovative and highest quality obstacle event in the UK. With around 30 punishing obstacles in each of the three courses, Total Warrior also offers greater variety and more obstacles-per-kilometre (or pain-for-your-pound!) than any other race.

Total Warrior provides the ultimate test of stamina, strength and determination for individuals and teams and offers a challenge for everyone, regardless of fitness levels.

The guys at Total Warrior have won plenty of awards so make sure you get your tickets quickly here.

World War Run – Pukka Races

Date: 25th June 2017
Distance: 5 or 10 mile
Price: From £49
Location: Dorking, Surrey

World war run is a 10 mile / 5 mile Obstacle Race created to commemorate 100 years since WW1 and honour our fallen heroes.

WORLD WAR RUN will take you through – some of the toughest mud pits you’ll ever jump in, hilly terrain, barbed wire crawls, 80+ obstacles, mustard smoke and our famous paintball gauntlet!

Every runner will receive:

– Pukka Races Custom Medal
– Pukka Races t-shirt
– Goodie Bag
– Free Race Photos

Want to give it a try? Get your tickets here.

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