• Running
Event location of the Windsor Half Marathon

Windsor Half Marathon

27 September 2020
South East
£37.50 - £48

Windsor Great Park, the only Royal Park managed by The Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the Stevenage Race for Life 5K & 10K

Stevenage Race for Life 5K & 10K

27 September 2020
East of England
£10 - £14.99

Enter the Race For Life and help beat cancer! In East Anglia: 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Fun Run & Kids
Participants in action at the Muddy Runs Bedford Race for Life Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids

Bedford Race for Life Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids

03 October 2020
South East
£10- £19.99

Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event.  It's a 5k muddy obstacle course that everyone, no matter…

  • Running
People running the MBNA Chester Marathon

MBNA Chester Marathon

04 October 2020
North West
£43 - £55

The multi-award winning and UK’s only international marathon from the historic Roman/Medieval international destination…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
Children running on kids Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run

Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run

04 October 2020
Scotland
£5 - £12

If you’re new to running or looking for a shorter distance, the popular Baxters River Ness 5K could be the…

  • Running
Athletes running the Cardiff Half Marathon

Cardiff Half Marathon

04 October 2020
Wales
£32 - £76

The 2020 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 4 October. The 2019 race sold…

  • Running
People running the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

04 October 2020
Scotland
£35 - £54

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With…

  • Running
People running the Bournemouth Half Marathon

Bournemouth Half Marathon

04 October 2020
South West
£ 35.50

The Bournemouth Half Marathon course follows the Full Marathon route, taking in both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the St. Albans Race for Life 5K & 10K

St. Albans Race for Life 5K & 10K

04 October 2020
East of England
£10 - £14.99

Enter the Race For Life and help beat cancer! In East Anglia: 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
People taking part in the Bedford Race for Life 5k & 10k

Bedford Race for Life 5k & 10k

04 October 2020
South East
£10- £14.99

The Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. It gives people of all…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the Colchester Race for Life 5K

Colchester Race for Life 5K

04 October 2020
East of England
£10 - £14.99

Enter the Race For Life and help beat cancer! In East Anglia: 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each…

  • Running
  • Walking
A group of people running the Atlantic Coast Challenge

Atlantic Coast Challenge

09 October 2020
South West
£60 - £425

Now in its 16th year the more windswept and, some might say, interesting younger sibling of the Jurassic Coast…

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events


Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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