Updated: Monday, 11th December 2017 @ 2:23pm

Calling all girls up for a challenge… last chance to join the Women's Running 10k

Calling all girls up for a challenge… last chance to join the Women's Running 10k

| By Eleanor Simmons

No plans for this Sunday? Thinking about a short low key run? Why not head down to Wythenshawe Park for a fun, friendly and relaxed female only 10k.

Kicking off bright and early at 10am, this chilled out and supportive race is aimed at all standards of runners. The course is a pleasant two laps of tarmac, trail and grass and the weather is set to be sunny (for once!).

There will be pacers for those with a target in mind, and the sense of achievement when you’re finished will be second to none. (Not to mention the medal and goody bag worth over £40!)

Still unsure or stuck for inspiration? There are women running for every reason you can imagine, whether it’s to mark a milestone in their own lives, to battle against an illness, or to remember someone they have lost.  

Hilary Lowe will be running in memory of her daughter Lizzie, who passed away two years ago, while Jane Davies is using the event as the first stage in her preparation for a marathon to celebrate her 50th birthday in 2018.

Stephanie Busby-Childs is running to gauge her recovery from the partial parathyroidectomy that she was diagnosed with last year.

For the spectators among you, or for those who just fancy a great day out, Wythenshawe Park is a whole 109 hectares of beautiful scenery. It boasts wildflower meadows, open grassland, and historical and ornamental woodland.

Get 20% off the £26 entry fee with this DISCOUNT CODE: WRMDMAN

Need some 10k tips? Check out our guide below:

  1. Don’t over-train the week before:

Pre-race panic is always factor of any long run, and the temptation is to cram as much in as you can right up until the night before. In fact, you won’t gain any fitness in those last seven days, and the best thing you can do for optimum performance is to rest your legs.

  1. Warm up properly:

However great your preparation has been, everyone is vulnerable to a mid-race twinge if they haven’t warmed up properly. A slow jog, and a few dynamic exercises will do, especially if it’s a bit chilly!

  1. Keep hydrated:

There’s no need to overdo it with the water, but making sure that you have drunk enough will keep your legs fresh and prevent things like cramp and achy muscles. Don’t go chugging the lucozade either – this is a recipe for post-race vomit!

  1. Pace yourself:

The atmosphere and the runners around you might encourage you to blast off the start line with all guns blazing. But remember to keep focussed! You don’t want to hit that wall half way through, so make sure to establish your own pace, and go with how your body feels.

  1. Embrace it!

Runners enter big public events for a reason – the atmosphere! Organised runs are nothing like solo-running. The crowds, the music, and the runners alongside you make for amazing vibes that sweeps you round the course before you’ve had time to realise you’re tired!