The Best UK Running Events 2017

Running events are a great way to have fun and keep motivated. Check out our top 10 UK running events for 2017/18 – from the silliest fun runs for charity, to the most gruelling UK marathons, there is a race for you – whatever your fitness level. So gather your running buddies, lace up your trainers and challenge yourself to get fitter, stronger, faster.

Best UK Marathons

London Marathon

London Marathon

The London Marathon has become one of the world's biggest Marathons with thousands of people applying to take part every year. The London Marathon passes some of the most iconic London landmarks, starting in Blackheath and ending in the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Over £890 million has been raised for charities since the race was founded in 1981. It is without doubt, the best UK Marathon on offer and the biggest UK running event of the year.

The next London Marathon takes place on 22nd April 2018. For more information, visit www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Brighton Marathon Weekend

Brighton Marathon Weekend

Founded in 2010, the Brighton Marathon has evolved into an exciting 3 day running event in one of the UK's most beautiful coastal cities. The Brighton Marathon Weekend comprises of The Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races on the Saturday, the BM10k and Brighton Marathon races on the Sunday and the Event Village on Brighton beach, which is open Friday-Sunday.

The Brighton Marathon sets off from Preston Park in Brighton, winds through the streets of this cosmopolitan city and finishing on the seafront with amazing sea views. The next Brighton Marathon Weekend is 13-15 April 2018. For more information about this fantastic running event, visit www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk

Greater Manchester Marathon

Greater Manchester Marathon

The Greater Manchester Marathon prides itself on being UK's flattest, fastest and friendliest Marathon. In 2017, 86% of the top 50 recorded a PB or SB and 50% of the top 250 got a PB.  This race is YOUR best chance to get a marathon PB.

Known for their fantastic crowd support and glorious finish at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Club, all finishers receive a medal and ASICS technical t-shirt. 2018 dates TBC.

For more information about this uk running event, visit www.greatermanchestermarathon.com

New Forest Marathon

New Forest Marathon

The multi-terrain New Forest Marathon winds through the heart of the New Forest National Park, creating one of the most scenic running experiences in the country.

Enjoy a blend of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course, the famous New Forest ponies! The event boasts 7 races in one day: the full marathon, advertiser and times half marathon, New Forest health & leisure 10k , 5k, Junior 1k and 200m Race, SES Autoparts team challenge and woodland walk.

The next New Forest Marathon is 10th September 2017. For more information, visit www.newforestmarathon.co.uk

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

One of the biggest marathons in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is flat and fast, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB.

The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK. The festival offers a range of races for every age and ability: full marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10K, 5K, junior 5K, junior 2K, junior 1.5k, kids kilometre.

The Edinburgh Marathon route travels through the city, along the coast of Portobello and with views towards Arthur’s Seat along the way. The next Edinburgh Marathon Festival is 27th/28th May 2017. For more information about this running event, please visit www.edinburghmarathon.com

Best Obstacle Races

Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder

The Tough Mudder is no ordinary endurance event, Tough Mudder obstacle races are renowned for pushing physical and mental boundaries of what a human can do.

This year, they are putting on 18 Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half events throughout the UK: The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstable course designed to test your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. The Tough Mudder Half is 5 miles of mud and obstacles, specifically designed to test your teamwork and toughness.

For more information about the Tough Mudder obstacle race, please visit toughmudder.co.uk

Best Charity Fun Runs

Race For Life

Tough Mudder

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer.

With over 150 Race for Life 5k events across the UK, you won’t need to travel too far to find one. 5k (or just over 3 miles) is an achievable distance for all ages and fitness abilities - run, jog or walk your way around the course, just have fun and raise money for a very worthwhile cause. The Pretty Muddy is a muddy obstacle race that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through. Choose from their 5k or 10k Pretty Muddy events.

Race For Life also offer full and half marathons, hiking events and running events for kids. For more information about this charity fun run, please visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

The Colour Run

The Colour Run

The Color Run is a unique 5k fun run that promotes healthiness, happiness, friendship and having the time of your life! Thousands of runners start the day in a special edition white t-shirt, getting covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours at five stations around the course. You can choose to run, walk, skip or dance your way around the course – it’s all about having fun!

The event includes a finish festival with DJs, MCs, the famous ‘Color Throws’ and a host of giveaways. For more information about this 5K race, please visit thecolorrun.co.uk

Bubble Rush

Bubble Rush

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – it features lots of coloured bubbles! The 5k running event starts in a sea of bubbles and features four Bubble Stations along the route where cannons pump out coloured bubbles.  Courses are family friendly, so you can run, jog, walk or toddle through the foam.

Bubble Rush events are held throughout the UK from April to October and each one raises funds to support the work of local hospices. We think this is the best charity run if you want to get the kids involved. For more information about this family-friendly fun run, please visit bubblerush.co.uk

Park Run

Park Run

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These 5K running events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to take part.

For more information about this weekly 5K fun run, please visit www.parkrun.org.uk

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