• Running
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Participants in action at the Muddy Runs 5K Inflatable Run - Brands Hatch

5K Inflatable Run - Brands Hatch

31 July 2021
South East
£20 - £30

The Inflatable 5k is heading to Brands Hatch on Sat, 31st Jul 2021! The UK's biggest and best Inflatable…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the kids Bubble Rush Andover

Bubble Rush Andover

31 July 2021
South East
£9 – £50

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – lots of colourful, soapy bubbles! You’ll start in a sea of foam and then…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
Participants sliding on an inflatable slide at the Muddy Runs 5K Inflatable Run - Bicester

5K Inflatable Run - Bicester

07 August 2021
South East
£20 - £30

The UK’s best Inflatable obstacle course has got even bigger, bouncier and more incredible. We now have 15 Gigantic…

  • Running
Women taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

02 September 2021
Ireland
£30 - £32

On Sunday 2nd May 2021 at 9.00am, around 2,000 participants are expected to set off on their 13.1 mile…

  • Running
  • Walking
People walking up a hill in the South Coast Challenge charity walk

South Coast Challenge

04 September 2021
South East
£10 - £198

Take on some of England's finest scenery - up the stunning Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
Participants in action at the Muddy Runs 5K Inflatable Run - Manchester

5K Inflatable Run - Manchester

04 September 2021
North West
£20 - £30

The Inflatable 5k is heading to Manchester on Sat. Sept 4th 2021. The UK's biggest and best Inflatable…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
Participants in action at the Muddy Runs 5K Inflatable Run - Nottingham

5K Inflatable Run - Nottingham

11 September 2021
East Midlands
£20 - £30

The Inflatable 5k is heading to Nottingham on the Saturday 11th Sept 2021. The UK's biggest and best…

  • Running
  • Walking
Participants running on Thames Path Challenge charity walk

Thames Path Challenge

11 September 2021
Yorkshire and the Humber
£15 - £198

Take on the Thames Path Challenge following England's greatest river. Most will walk, many will jog, some will run, and…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
People taking part in the kids Bubble Rush Bristol

Bubble Rush Bristol

11 September 2021
South West
£8 - £54

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – lots of colourful, soapy bubbles! You’ll start in a sea of foam and then…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
People taking part in the kids Bubble Rush Ipswich

Bubble Rush Ipswich

11 September 2021
East of England
£8 - £54

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – lots of colourful, soapy bubbles! You’ll start in a sea of foam and then…

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Muddy Runs
A participant running the Muddy Runs Rat Race Coast to Coast

Rat Race Coast to Coast

11 September 2021
Scotland
£310 - £440

Rat Race’s original adventure race returns to the wild hills of Scotland. Join 1000 #RatRacers as they run, bike and…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the kids Bubble Rush Stoke on Trent

Bubble Rush Stoke on Trent

18 September 2021
West Midlands
£8 - £54

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – lots of colourful, soapy bubbles! You’ll start in a sea of foam and then…

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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