12 Races In The UK For Anyone Who Loves To Run

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The UK is an amazing place to live as a runner.

Big enough to offer a huge range of different types of route, yet small enough to allow you to feasibly run from one coast to the other, runners from all over the world come to this island to take on our races.

In the UK you can run by the ocean, over mountains, through trails and fields and through world famous cities and landmarks.

If you have the running bug and are at a loss for where to go next or what challenge to take on, don’t despair – we’ve put together a list of some of the best runs on offer across the British Isles.

Whether you’re into party runs, mountain runs, ultra runs or city jogs, there will be a race here for you to get excited about!

1) Run Bristol 10K

A new addition to the Great Run Series, the Great Bristol Run is a great race for those of us who don’t like trails, but still like a scenic route for their races.

A largely flat race, it both begins and concludes at the city’s historic harbour and runs past the amazing Aron Gorge along the way.

If you’re a casual runner looking for a new race, or someone who usually opts for the 5km option, this race is a great way to up your game this year.

Sunday 15th May – £28 Entry.

2) Torbay Half Marathon, Devon

Photo: Karen Stone

Ocean loving runners will like the sound of this race. The Torbay Half Marathon is a traffic free race which starts on the Paignton seafront and has consistent coastal views over the 13 miles.

The half marathon is a competitive event for some, with £450 prize money for the fastest man and woman and many other prizes awarded for different categories, from age 17 to 65+

If you fancy giving the race a go, check out the specialized training plans for the route, on the race site. 

Tuesday July 26th – £24 Entry  

3) Whipsnade Zoo Stampede

A race – through a zoo?!

That’s right, the Whipsnade Zoo Stampede is a 10k run, organised by the ZSL in which runners make their way through the London Zoo at 9am on a Sunday morning, past both human and animal spectators.

The race, which follows the route around the zoo, as well as into Regents Park in London, is organised to raise money for the ZSL twice a tear.

The best part of this race? Your entry price doesn’t only pay for your spot, but for entry into the zoo for the whole day after!

Sunday 18th September- £34 Entry 

4) London Marathon

We all know it, the big daddy of UK runs – Virgin Money London Marathon

Of course, this year’s race is already booked up (and let’s be honest, you need a year’s training anyway) but you can go for 2017’s ballot very soon.

The most famous of UK races, the London Marathon starts in Greenwich park, before running 26.2 miles into the heart of the city. It’s a race full of runners from professional athletes to seventy year old’s in rhino costumes.

This year’s ballot opens very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

April 2017 – Free With Ballot Place

5) Bennachie Hill Race

One for the hill climbers in the back.

This 12.8km race in Scotland has a 550m climb throughout and passes some seriously amazing scenery.

Organised by Garioch Road Runners, it’s one of the cheapest in this list and the best route for runners who like the hills, but not the ultra lengths that often come with them.

Make sure you get your fartlek training in beforehand!

Sunday 02 October 2016-  £7 Entry

6) Electric Run

Photo: Sandiegomagazine

Half run, half rave, all party.

The Electric Run is a 5km dash through London or Manchester, complete with neon outfits, beaming lights and electrifying music.

If you fancy trying a race, but don’t consider yourself to be a proper runner, this is a great event to pop your running cherry.

The quick three miles will pass in no time at all and even without any training, the adrenaline of the party around you will surely carry you to the finish line!

2016 Details Coming Soon 

7) Leeds Abbey Dash

Now in it’s 31st year, the Leeds Abby Dash is a local tradition.

The 10k run around the city is taken on by people of all ages and abilities and many of the people of Leeds come out onto the street to support the runners.

On the morning of the main race, Virgin Active run a warm up on the stage at the main start area at the old International Pool site. Make sure you’re there in time!

Sunday 6th November. Entry will open in May.

8) Centurion Running Trail, South Downs

Looking for a real challenge this year? How about this 100 mile race? Yep, this is The Centurion 

The South Downs is close to London, so this race regularly attract many city runners, looking for some green space and a chance to really stretch their legs.

The course travels along the chalk ridgeway, starting just outside of Winchester, the capital city of Saxon England and heading due east until the trail ends in Eastbourne.

The fastest time it’s ever been run? Just over 14 hours. Do you think you can beat it?

General Entries open in August 2016 – Participants are required to have completed a 50 mile race in order to compete

9) Colour Run, Various Locations

This race looks like a whole lot of fun. If you’ve not heard of  The Color Run, you’re missing out.

Either in a team, or on your own, you wear white and run five kilometres through many different colours of paint cannons.

There’s no winners in this race and there’s certainly no losers! What there is however, is thousands of people running through paint covered city streets on a weekend morning.

We’ll see you there!

Sunday 12th June – £27 Entry 

10) Race The Train

photo: spikesandheels

This is the craziest idea and we love it.

Race The Train is exactly what it sounds like. Runners take the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back and try and beat it’s time.

The terrain on this race is mixed and competitors have been returning every year for the last 33 years to try and improve on their performance.

Spectators can join in by watching from one of the race trains, or from a point on the side of the route and all money raised goes to the Odyssey Charity.

Saturday 20 August 2016

11) Yorkshire Hardmoors Races

photo: Time Outdoors

This trail can be ran in various different race lengths. The Hardmoors 15 mile, 26.2 mile, 30 mile, 55 mile , 110 mile and 160m races mean that no matter you’re ability level, you can still have the chance to have a go at running this awesome route.

Commencing in the North Yorkshire Market town of Helmsley runners have a time limit of upto 36 hours to complete the 110 mile single stage trail race.

The route passes through the North York Moors and the beautiful Cleveland Hills before following the stunning Cleveland Heritage coastline.

Not too be taken on lightly….

Races run throughout the year- £20 -£165 Entry

12) Snowdonia Half Marathon

Snowdonia is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, so there’s no surprise that people want to run there.

The Snowdonia Half is a well known trail race, held every year in North Wales.

The race will circumnavigate and eventually climb Wales’ highest peak, Snowdon, exploring stunning trails, spectacular panoramic views, and tough climbs.

Sunday 24th July- £24 Entry



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