If the start of the second round of sporting giants showcasing at the Paralympics in Rio has whet your appetite then rest assured, you don’t have to go long-haul to get the sports fix you’re looking for. Rio may have played host to the Olympics, and is currently humbling and inspiring us all with the Paralympics, but Yorkshire has plenty to offer the local sports enthusiast.
So whether you’re a hardened runner, or just someone who’d like to give something active a try, take the bull by the horns and use your current Paralympian inspiration to get out and try some of these up and coming Yorkshire sports fixtures this month.
What about the landscape? Well we can’t claim Copacabana, or Sugar Loaf Mountain, or Christ the Redeemer, but if sport in awesome landscape is what you’re after then you don’t need to go far. Check out the Yorkshire 3 Peaks 12-hour challenge running on 10th September, with more dates to follow. It could just be a chance to get active again.
If you’re looking to try something completely new on the back of the athletics you’ve been watching then consider attending the Flying Coach Visit for Discus and Shot Put which is taking place on Wednesday 21st September in Scarborough.
Cycling fever has gripped the nation in a big way in recent years and with good reason – we all felt the buzz of our Olympic champions. Yorkshire is a natural playground for cyclists, but if you’re looking for an organised event then join in the Otley Sportive Road Cycling event on 11th September.
Swimmers should consider the Amphibian Long Course Swim Challenge in Womersley, North Yorks later this month on the 18th. With options for 2k, 5k and 10k swims, there’s something to challenge all abilities.
Runners unite at the next two marathons of the region – the Vale of York Half Marathon in Leeds on 11th September and the Hull Marathon on the 18th. If a marathon seems a bit much, but you still want to enter a run, then there is the Castleton 10k road run on 10th September.
If you want to try and combo then Triathlon could be for you. Yorkshire has a fantastic offering for tri-athletes which brings together swimming, cycling and running. Beginners should head to Skipton on Sunday 2nd October for a beginners event called Go Skipton run by the Craven Energy Triathlon Club. For more experienced tri-athletes then join in the Cleveland Relays or the Leeds Triathlon.
Let’s not forget the kids, and if you’re looking to capture their enthusiasm on the back of the Paralympics then enter them for the Kirkstall Abbey Junior Race, a 2 mile run for kids on the 18th September: Enough to get into the competitive spirit and get active.
Whatever sport you choose, Yorkshire is the place to try it. The region long-hailed the unofficial cricket capital certainly doesn’t excel in only one sport. And don’t forget, active bodies need refuelling: stash a pork pie in your training bag for after the event.