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A group of people taking part in the duathlon London Duathlon

London Duathlon 2020

25 April 2021
London
£74.50 - £81.50

The London Duathlon, the world's biggest run-bike-run event, will take place on Sunday 25 April 2021. A duathlon…

  • Running
People running the King’s Lynn - Gear 10K

King’s Lynn - Gear 10K

02 May 2021
East of England
£18 - £24.60

The Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K will take place on Sunday 2nd May 2021. This well established run is being…

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

5K Inflatable Run - York

08 May 2021
Yorkshire and the Humber
£20 - £30

The Inflatable 5k is heading to York on the Sat. May 8th 2021. The UK's biggest and best Inflatable obstacle course 5k…

  • Running
Participants running the Montane Trail 26 & 13 Howgills

Montane Trail 26 & 13 Howgills

09 May 2021
North West
£30 - £35

The third race in the Montane Trail Tour is the Howgills Trail 13 & 26, half and full marathon course. The event is…

  • Running
People running the Canterbury Riverside 10k

Canterbury Riverside 10k

09 May 2021
South East
£15 - £17

One of the most scenic 10k runs around, on the new tarmac and hard stone path linking Chartham with the centre of…

  • Running
A woman running in the Chilterns 30

Chilterns 30

15 May 2021
South East
£75

The Chiltern Hills provide beautiful trails to explore on this 30 km trail running adventure! It's a great…

  • Running
Runners taking part in the Chiltern Hills Challenge

Chiltern Hills Challenge

15 May 2021
South East
£275

The Chiltern Hills provide an incredible backdrop for this 2 day trail running adventure! We cover around 18 miles each…

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

5K Inflatable Run - Chichester

16 May 2021
South East
£20 - £30

The Inflatable 5k is heading to Chichester on Sunday 16th May 2021. The UK's biggest and best Inflatable obstacle…

  • Running
Magnificent views at the Snowdonia Half Marathon

Snowdonia Half Marathon

16 May 2021
Wales
£30 - £32

A scenic but tough Half Marathon set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, starting and finishing in…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
Participants taking part in the 5K Inflatable Run - Chester

5K Inflatable Run - Chester

22 May 2021
North West
£20 - £30

The Inflatable 5k is heading to Chester on Saturday 22nd May 2021. The UK's biggest and best Inflatable…

  • Running
People running the Great Birmingham 10K

Great Birmingham 10K

30 May 2021
West Midlands
£22.40

The event will be staged on an exciting new course incorporating the historic heart of Birmingham and world-famous…

  • Running
Runners taking part in the London Cardiff 24

London Cardiff 24

04 June 2021
London
From £60

Start in London with your team of up to 12 runners. Relay run the 160 miles and arrive in Cardiff, exhausted but elated…

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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