Here in the UK we have a group called the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) and on a regular basis the organisers have events that have become very popular with runners. The main reason is that they are very cheap, the courses challenging and are billed as events, NOT races.
I am a real lover of one called the Sevenoaks Circular which is in the South East of England just south of London, the run is very tough, hilly, stoney and very muddy in places, everything I look for in a run
Here is a flavour of the day....enjoy
Jerry A runners blog-updated daily