• Running
  • Muddy Runs
People taking part in the Muddy Runs 5K Inflatable Run - Basildon, Essex

5K Inflatable Run - Basildon, Essex

26 September 2020
East of England
£27.50

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

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the Muddy Runs Norwich Race for Life 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy 5K, Pretty Muddy Kids

Norwich Race for Life 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy 5K, Pretty Muddy Kids

26 September 2020
East of England
£10 - £19.99

Enter the Race For Life and help beat cancer! In East Anglia: 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants in action at the Muddy Runs Reading Race For Life Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids

Reading Race For Life Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids

26 September 2020
South East
£10- £19.99

Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event. It's a 5k muddy obstacle course that everyone, no matter their…

  • Running
People running the Ealing Half Marathon

Ealing Half Marathon

27 September 2020
London
£25 - £40

Get the #EalingFeeling at the Triple Gold award-winning UK No1 Half Marathon.

  • Running
Runners taking part in the ASDA Foundation Sheffield 10K

ASDA Foundation Sheffield 10K

27 September 2020
Yorkshire and the Humber
£20 - £25.80

It’s back… following its success in 2018 and 2019, the much talked-about Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K returns on…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
People running the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10K or 2K Fun Run

Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10K or 2K Fun Run

27 September 2020
South East
£5 - £35

Head to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Sunday 27 September 2020 and join us at the start line of one of the most…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants at the starting line during the Reading Race For Life 5k & 10k

Reading Race For Life 5k & 10k

27 September 2020
South East
£10- £14.99

The Race for Life is a series of events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. It gives people…

  • Running
People taking part in the Great Bristol Half Marathon

Great Bristol Half Marathon

27 September 2020
South West
TBC

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon, we hope you had a…

  • Running
Event location of the Windsor Half Marathon

Windsor Half Marathon

27 September 2020
South East
£37.50 - £48

Windsor Great Park, the only Royal Park managed by The Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest…

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

Stevenage Race for Life 5K & 10K

27 September 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
  • Muddy Runs
  • Fun Run & Kids
Participants in action at the Muddy Runs Bedford Race for Life Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids

Bedford Race for Life Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids

03 October 2020
South East
£10- £19.99

Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event.  It's a 5k muddy obstacle course that everyone, no matter…

  • Running
People running the MBNA Chester Marathon

MBNA Chester Marathon

04 October 2020
North West
£43 - £55

The multi-award winning and UK’s only international marathon from the historic Roman/Medieval international destination…

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

 


Related Posts

Winter Running Gear

How to recover from a run

Does Listening to Music make you faster?

How to Pick the Right Running Shoes