• Running
Medals for the Yorkshire Marathon

Yorkshire Marathon

20 October 2020
North East
TBC

The Yorkshire Marathon is one of the UK's most popular marathons, with places selling out in five consecutive years.…

  • Running
People running the Vitality London 10,000

Vitality London 10,000

24 October 2020
London
£15

The recent surges in Covid-19 since lockdown was eased mean it’s not possible to stage the Vitality London 10,000 in…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Fun Run & Kids
A man takes part in the Muddy Runs Rocket Race Discovery

Rocket Race Discovery

24 October 2020
South West
£30-£55

Rocket Race rounds off its 5th season with Discovery. With the course distance now at a full 10k, Rocketeers will…

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

Peterborough Race for Life 5K & 10K

25 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
  • Cycling
  • Duathlon
A crowd of people running at the duathlon BallBuster

BallBuster

07 November 2020
South East
£69 - £130

The Winter BallBuster was one of the first events ever launched by Human Race in December of 1990. The notoriously…

  • Running
People taking part in the Brewery Trail Run

Brewery Trail Run

07 November 2020
London
£25

Trail running and beer. What more could you want?! Join us for a fun and instructive 10km trail run around…

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Triathlons
Event logo of Rocket Race Atlantis triathlons

Rocket Race Atlantis

15 November 2020
London
,
South East
£75

Brought to you by the team behind Rocket Race, Atlantis is a brand new alternative triathlon, consisting of SUP, Cyclo-…

  • Running
Magnificent views at the Snowdonia Half Marathon

Snowdonia Half Marathon

06 December 2020
Wales
£30 - £32

A scenic but tough Half Marathon set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, starting and finishing in…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Walking
Participants running the Winter 10K Build up series - January

Winter 10K Build up series - January

24 January 2021
South East
£10

Join us this winter for a pre-breakfast guided trail run through the beautiful woods and open ridgelines of the…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Walking
Athletes running the Winter 10K Build up series - February

Winter 10K Build up series - February

21 February 2021
South East
£15

Join us this winter for a pre-breakfast guided trail run through the beautiful woods and open ridgelines of the…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Walking
Athletes running the Winter 10K Build up series - March

Winter 10K Build up series - March

21 March 2021
South East
£15

Join us this winter for a pre-breakfast guided trail run through the beautiful woods and open ridgelines of…

  • Running
Participants running the Discover Run the Wild - Half Marathon

Discover Run the Wild - Half Marathon

10 April 2021
South East
£50

This half day running adventure based in the Chiltern Hills is all about you discovering what Run the Wild is all about…

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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