As we enter in to January it is the time for a lot of people to making their resolutions for the new year.

If yours is to get fitter then take a read of this article that includes big events you should be looking for in your diary.

Great Bristol Half Marathon

Bristol Harbourside - Sunday, September 23

Yes this one involves you running 13 miles but by September it gives you a realistic goal to achieve over the next nine months.

The route itself takes you through Bristol on a relatively flat circuit. If you are going to be attempting to tackle a half marathon at some point this year, this one would be a good choice if you are slightly inexperienced. A realistic aim for people with a promise to get fit.

You can get involved at:

Circuits and other classes at Circadian centres

Yate, Thornbury, Kingswood and more.

This will incur you a slight cost but is definitely a good way to improve your health as 2019 starts.

The many classes on offer at the Circadian Leisure Centres provide something for everyone of all levels of fitness.

Membership for these classes and facilities could set you back around £40 per month, however if you are going to struggle to motivate yourself then it could be a good way to get in to it.

Membership can be looked at here:

Yate Relay For Life

YOSC - 6/7 July

This is a fantastic event that will exert a lot of physical energy, as well as raising money for a fantastic cause.

Relay For Life involves a team of between 3-15 people each taking it in turns to keep a member of the group on a running track at all times throughout a 24 hour period.

Each team will also usually fundraise for Cancer Research for the event.

It runs between 12pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday, with the event in Yate taking place at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex next to Brimsham Green School again.

You can set up a team here:

Look at our latest article on this event:

Tough Mudder

Badminton Estate - August 17/18

This is definitely one to look out for.

A fantastic event that will test your strength and endurance to the extreme.

Based over a 13-mile stretch and involving numerous obstacles that are hard to negotiate in a team, let alone on your own, so be sure to rope three or four friends in to this one with you.

For this event on the Badminton Estate, thousands of people descend ready to get muddy, wet and miserable in a way that is only achievable at a Tough Mudder event. Definitely one to put in the diary.

You can sign up here:

Sodbury Slog

Chipping Sodbury School - Sunday November 10

This again is another event which takes place late on in to the year which gives plenty of time to prepare.

A run through the fields in and around Sodbury and also down the main High Street in front of a huge cheering crowd.

A run that takes in much for nearly 10 miles often gets a few hundred competitors.

Another chance to get a little bit muddy and also test your endurance.

You can book your place online at:

Take a look at our article on it last year here:

Sodbury Sportive

The Ridings Chipping Sodbury - August 11

If riding is more your thing instead of running then this event could be a good one for your to have a look at.

Running annually the Sodbury Sportive has quickly become one of the best sportives in the country.

Hundreds of riders get involved with the event which takes in 3 routes, with the toughest being a 100 mile ride for the more experienced riders.

A great event to get involved with, usually in glorious sunshine.

You can take part by signing up at:

Take a look at our latest article on the event here: