The UK’s toughest 10km is back! A 10km run if you can shoot straight. Air-rifle and shotgun challenges await you in this cross-country race. Rifle Run is the first and only civilian event of its kind – based on a military exercise called a march and shoot, it combines three shooting challenges with a 10km cross-country run.
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.
Charity Challenge Details
Based on an Army basic training exercise called a march and shoot, Rifle Run is a 10km run, if you can shoot straight. The first and only event of its kind. Hit the target or face the penalty. Experience the adrenaline of a cross-country running race, combined with the thrill of shooting.
- One 10km cross country running course.
- Three shooting challenges.
- 20 targets for you to hit in total.
These are a mixture of air-rifle or shotgun.
For every shot you miss, you face a 250m penalty lap.
- Hit 20/20 and run 10km.
- Hit 0/20 and run 15km.
- Hit 15 or more shots and you reach ‘marksman’ status.
Early-early-bird registration: £39pp, or £156 for a team of 5.
Early-bird registration: £44pp, or £176 for a team of 5.
Full priced Registration: £49pp or £196 for a team of 5.
The minimum fundraising target for Rifle Run is £100 per person.
We’ve got some great incentives to help you raise as much as possible – visit the ‘fundraising’ tab on the website for more information.
- Everything you need for a full day’s shooting. This includes one-on-one tuition from British Shooting and E.J. Churchill’s qualified instructors.
- A fully signposted, cross-country run: route marshals, first aid cover and that all-important finishers medal!
- Fundraising support: a dedicated point of contact at The Soldiers’ Charity, fundraising pack and all the wristbands and supplies you could need.
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