Newham London Anniversary Run
The National Lottery Newham London Anniversary Run is back for 2014. Following the jubilant scenes of last years event, runners will have the opportunity to celebrate London 2012s legacy in style once again. This time around there will be no stadium finish, with the five-mile course instead featuring a number of the prestigious arenas that housed such inspirational scenes two years ago.
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 Newham London Anniversary Run Course
The National Lottery Newham London Anniversary Run will take place on Sunday 20 July. Taking in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the course includes the Velodrome, London Aquatics Centre and the Copperbox. You'll get the chance to see the athletes former basecamp as you run through the East Village, as well as experience the beautiful new parklands and river ways. The event will return to the Stadium in 2015. If you get a place in this year's run you will automatically get priority for a place in 2015. There will be a shorter distance available for children in the Family Run, which offers an opportunity for younger runners aged 5 years and older to take part with an accompanying adult. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be fully open to the public when the run takes place, so you will be able to bring as many friends and family along with you on the day to cheer you around the course. By playing The National Lottery, the public provides crucial funding to our Olympic and Paralympic athletes and have most recently supported a glorious return of medals from the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi. The National Lottery Newham London Anniversary Run, staged in partnership with the London Borough of Newham, celebrates this contribution and the life-changing support players continue to give both grassroots and elite sport in the UK. Newham residents will also have the chance to take part in this year's run for free, thanks to 1,000 adult and 300 family places secured by Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales. N.B. Please note, the 2014 event will NOT be taking place in the Stadium, as in 2013, due to it's redevelopment.