• Running
Event location of Vitality Oxford Half Marathon

Oxford Half Marathon

11 October 2020
South East
TBC

Oxford’s glorious 13.1 mile route starts on Broad St. and takes in the famous Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre…

  • Running
Participants taking part in the Great Birmingham Run

Great Birmingham Run

11 October 2020
West Midlands
£28.80

Well done to every single person who took part in this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run – you’re all amazing!…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants taking part in the Bury St. Edmunds Race for Life 5K & 10K

Bury St. Edmunds Race for Life 5K & 10K

11 October 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
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
Participants at the starting line during the Northampton Race For Life 5k & 10k

Northampton Race For Life 5k & 10k

11 October 2020
South East
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South West
£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
Athletes running the Discover Run the Wild - Half Marathon

Discover Run the Wild - Half Marathon

17 October 2020
London
£48

This half day running adventure based in the Chiltern Hills is all about you discovering what Run the Wild is all…

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

Chelmsford Race for Life 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy 5K & Pretty Muddy…

18 October 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 taking part in the Muddy Runs Welwyn and Hatfield Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5K & Pretty Muddy Kids

Welwyn and Hatfield Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5K & Pretty Muddy…

18 October 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
  • Fun Run & Kids
A bespoke medal at the Flintshire 10K & 5K

The Flintshire 10K & 5K

18 October 2020
Wales
£3 - £22

The Flintshire 10k & 5K, the race starts and finishes at the Mold Leisure centre and takes a loop around the town,…

  • Running
  • Fun Run & Kids
  • Walking
People taking part in the Aylesbury Race for Life 5k

Aylesbury Race for Life 5k

18 October 2020
South East
£10- £14.99

The Aylesbury Race for Life takes in the picturesque grounds of Waddesdon Estate. There is a steady incline at the…

  • Running
Medals for the Yorkshire Marathon

Yorkshire Marathon

20 October 2020
North East
TBC

The Yorkshire Marathon is one of the UK's most popular marathons, with places selling out in five consecutive years.…

  • Running
  • Muddy Runs
  • Fun Run & Kids
A man takes part in the Muddy Runs Rocket Race Discovery

Rocket Race Discovery

24 October 2020
South West
£30-£55

Rocket Race rounds off its 5th season with Discovery. With the course distance now at a full 10k, Rocketeers will…

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

Peterborough Race for Life 5K & 10K

25 October 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 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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