Great Donington Run
Join us on Sunday 25 June 2017 for the Great Donington Run. From 5km up to 10 miles available throughout the day, including new for 2017, a 5 mile run, the Great Donington Run offers the chance for any aspiring runner to be part of a truly unique running experience! Why not kick start your summer by experiencing the thrill of being part of the world famous Great Run Series on a world famous racetrack?
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!
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.
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.
The Race Course for the Great Donington Run
Use one of Great Run’s easy to follow Training guides and complete any one of the distances on offer to get into shape for summer. With live music, 'come and try it' sports, food outlets, face painting and a summer market all on site it’s a day not to be missed. Our Family Mile gives a chance for everyone in the family from 5 to 15 to experience the thrill of running on a fantastic surface alongside accompanying adults! How competitive you make it is entirely up to you!! Whatever your run or your reason for running, the 2017 Great Donington Run has the perfect summer run for you, so why not get your mind and body in gear and enter today!
Come join us on Sunday 25 June 2017 and experience the thrill of being part of the world's favourite run series! Our 5k event gives you the chance to walk, jog or run around the world famous Donington Park Race Track and in a safe and friendly environment!
Whether you are a first time runner or just want to test your fitness, on your own or with friends, our 5k event will be perfect for you. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome, so come along to Donington Park and run into summer in style!
This could be the start of something amazing!
Our 10k event offers you a chance to test yourself on 2 laps of this world-famous and iconic race circuit. The smooth surface and trackside atmosphere provide a great opportunity to experience a new way to run 10k! Maybe this is your first ever attempt at the distance or you just want to take your running experience ‘off-road’ for a welcome change!
Whatever your reason, age or ability, the 2017 Great Donington Run 10k on Sunday 25 June is the perfect chance for runners who are seeking a fantastic running experience and a great day out.
So come join us!
New for 2017, The Great Run Company presents our very first 5 mile run! Starting bright and early on Sunday 25 June, this run gives you a great chance to combine the experience of running at an iconic sporting venue while seeing how you fare over the challenging distance of 5 miles.
Part of our 10 mile event, you will have plenty of company as you complete 2 unique laps of Donington Park Race circuit. Why not use this distance as stepping stone to other longer-distance Great Run events, or finally get the 5 mile PB you have been looking for!
Whatever your reason for running, enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the day....why not enter today?
Starting the day off in style is the Great Donington Run 10 mile event, which is the perfect challenge for any runner wishing to see what life is like beyond the 10k distance!
Running on a great surface you can test yourself and get valuable time-splits along the way as you pass through the world-famous starting grid on each lap! Perhaps you are thinking of an autumn marathon or half marathon and want to begin to stretch out those fitness levels in a great atmosphere and challenging course....if so, then this is the event for you!
So come join us and Sunday 25 June 2017 and enter now!