Even though the weather is turning a tad chilly, here in Yorkshire we’re all still out and about this month getting up to all sorts of sports! After all the training, reward yourself with a tasty craft beer and a pork pie – we’re fancying a cheese and pickle pie.
On the 3rd September in Sheffield, there’s a Decathlon Sports Series 2017– there’s a 5km race for the under 16 and one for ages 16+. This is offered for everyone – from those new to running to those into the sport wanting to beat their personal bests. A free event once you’ve signed up, this looks like one you’ll want to sign the whole family up for!
On the 10th September, there’s a Vale of York half marathon held in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire. Covering a distance of 13.1 miles, it’s a ‘must-do, sell-out’ event. Taking a scenic route, it’s suitable for everyone from novice runners to long distance runners looking to out run their personal bests. It’s in aid of Sue Ryder, so it’s an incredible event to get some fund raising going for. Even if you don’t personally run, head down to give some support and some donations.
In Womersley, North Yorkshire on multiple days in September, you’ll find The Blue Lagooners, open water swimming sessions where you can train for triathlons and open water swimming. It looks a beautiful area where you can also go paddle boarding, running, cycling and scuba diving. The water temperature might make you shiver, but once warmed up you’re sure to have an amazing time!
We seem to have been gripped by the cycling bug here in Yorkshire ever since the Tour de France visited our county. With so many rides to choose from, it’s hard to pick. On the 30th September, there’s the Wiggle ‘Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive’ which we like the description of, “You might think that ‘ay up’ is nothing more than an affectionate greeting in this part of the world, but the phrase also hints at what you’ll be doing in the Ay Up Wiggle sportive — you’ll head up, then up, then up once more, on a series of testing hill climbs along the route.” Simply because it makes us laugh. If you take part in the event, we salute you – we’ve seen the route and it seems no easy feat!
Not particularly the same as our other choices in the fact it’s a qualification more than a fun day out, but worth a mention as such a valuable qualification to have – even if you’re not planning to be a lifeguard. A 42 hour course, you will receive a ‘National Pool Lifeguard Qualification with Emergency First Aid & AED’ following the completion of the course. Held at Leeds Beckett, these seem to be a course they run often, so look out for them in the future if you’re unable to attend this one.
Yorkshire’s such a diverse county, filled with wonderful things to do. Our sports are no exception – no matter which sports you enjoy, we’ll have an event for you somewhere! Remember that you’ll be hungry after an event or training session – so put some pork pies in your sports bag for afterwards!