The Best UK Running Events 2021/2022

It’s time to shake off the lockdown cobwebs, get outside and get motivated! We've compiled some of the best running events in the UK to kickstart your running journey. Take a look at our best UK running events from across the country, from fun runs to marathons there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take part in one of these incredible events, challenge yourself and achieve your fitness goals.

Best UK Marathons

Hackney Half Marathon

UK Running Events-Hackney Half Marathon

Run through vibrant East London on a flat city route. Cruise past the famous town hall to a carnival of sound. Pace through the historic Broadway Market & Hackney Wick, flush with vibrant street art. There is no need for headphones as there is live entertainment at every mile mark. Enjoy the joyful spirit of jazz performed by the Old Jelly Rollers and eclectic grooves by Brass Bound. This talented and unique collection of musicians will keep you motivated & inspired throughout.

To find out more visit HackneyHalfMarathon.com

The Great North Run

The world’s largest half marathon will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2021 with 55,000 runners in attendance. Devised by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster. The route takes you through Newcastle upon Tyne. Crossing the iconic Tyne Bridge, before finishing on the Great North Road.

The Great North Run also offers the ‘Run up to Race Day’ Challenge! Participants must complete 25 runs or more in the 8-week build-up to the Great Run. The challenge aims to prepare you for your final half marathon. A great way to keep motivated! To find out more visit GreatNorthRun.com

Loch Ness Marathon

UK Running Events - Loch Ness Marathon

One of our best UK running events is The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. Arguably one of the most picturesque marathons in the world. With unrivalled scenery, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting. Continue through stunning Highland scenery, to finish in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands.

This run offers a beautifully striking route and an unforgettable atmosphere complete with a festival finish. An event that will truly provide an unforgettable experience and memories to last a lifetime. Sign up for the Loch Ness Marathon at lochnessmarathon.com

South Downs Off-Road Half Marathon

UK Running Events - South Downs Off-Road Half Marathon

Prefer to miss out on the crowds? This is the half Marathon for you. The quiet scenic routes and impressive natural surroundings will ease your mind. This peaceful, well-crafted off-road trail will guide you from Goodwood along a forest route, skirting Levin Down. The main bulk of this track takes you along the iconic South Downs. Offering magnificent countryside views before the rewarding downhill run towards East Dean. There is one final push up the hill to the finish line at Goodwood. The trail includes a mixture of bridleways, forest trails, and tree-lined tracks keeping you stimulated.

For more information, visit southdownsoffroad.com

Exmoor Coastal Marathon

UK Running Events - Exmoor Coastal Marathon

The race takes place in the western area of the Exmoor National Park. Where a trail running utopia lies. This trail run is not for the faint-hearted. The challenging terrain, steep hills, and dizzying cliffs will keep you sharp and alert. This asperous coastline features spectacular views of open moorland, thickly wooded valleys, and historical ruins. Heddon’s Valley and Trentishoe Down. Two of the breathtaking sites on route, both vast open landscapes of outstanding beauty.

The Exmoor course is widely regarded as one of the hardest trail runs in Britain. Testing the endurance of even the most experienced trail runners. Train hard before you arrive and bring your A-game with you! Find out more at exmoorcoastalmarathon.com

Atlantic Coast Challenge

UK Running Events - Atlantic Coast Challenge

Another of our best UK running events is the Atlantic Coast Challenge. This 1-3 day event boasts the choice of 3 back to back marathons. Complete up to 78.6 miles by walking, running, or crawling to the finish. The Atlantic Coast Challenge is for experienced runners. Testing your mental and physical ability against some of the wildest coastlines in Britain. Because this event takes place over three days there is a sense of genuine community. Build friendships along your way and support your fellow racers during this phenomenal course.

For more information visit atlanticcoastchallange.com

Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon

Start the year right, brave the frost with the Hamsterley Forest Winter Trail Half Marathon. Hamsterley Forest is made for a trail running event. With a mix of forest trails, woodland tracks & elegant scenery of the valley. Undulating but rewarding this race will prepare you for the year ahead. Wrap up warm, breathe in the crisp winter air and enjoy this winter wonderland.

For more information about this UK running event, visit hamsterleyforesthalfmarathon.com

Running Grand Prix

UK Running Events - Running Grand Prix

Are you a car enthusiast? A motorsports fan? Ever wondered what it might be like to race around a Grand Prix track yourself? Give the Grand Prix a go on your own two feet. The Running Grand Prix is a series of courses across three different venues. Oulton Park, Goodwood Motor Circuit and Bedford Autodrome. Chose from a marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k run. The track was designed by former F1 driver Jonathon Parker. A smooth, traffic-free tarmac offers runners a steady terrain to compete on.

Don’t miss your chance to race around this unique course. Find out more information about this amazing UK running event at runninggrandprix.com

Steyning Stinger

UK Running Events - Steyning Stinger

A lesser-known but still one of our best UK running events; The Steyning stinger. Created by the Steyning Athletic Club who formed in 1951. This multi-terrain marathon first took place in 2002. It repeats annually on the first Sunday of March with over 500 competitors. The Steyning Stinger gets its name from the ‘stings’ that are on route. These consist of four hills that will make you feel the burn! There is also the option to complete a half marathon of the stinger.

Whether you’re going for the full marathon or half, enjoy the rolling hills! Sign up for the stinger here steyningac.co.uk

Best Obstacle Races

Zeus Obstacle Run

UK running events - Zeus Obstacle Run

We have all heard of Tough Mudder. But have you heard of Zeus? If you want a challenge with a muddy twist. This is the course you’ve been waiting for. This 60 obstacle event run by Zeus Races is fit for first-timers and obstacle veterans. An epic family-friendly adventure. Challenging participants to make their way through a 7k course. Expect innovative obstacle design, water, mud, and more mud! This event has been nominated for 8 Mudstacle awards in the past so prepare to get messy.

Enjoy getting stuck in! Get muddy and sign up now at zeusrace.com

Best Charity Fun Runs

Glow in the Park

UK running events - Glow in the Park

The ultimate nighttime neon event for families & friends! The Start party is designed to get your energy levels up before the big race. Think neons, disco, and an energizing DJ set you will be sprinting to the finish. Racers 6 years old and above must be accompanied by an adult to join the luminescent spectacle.

This 5k run includes 9 different glow zones. Areas where lighting and special effects have been installed to enhance your experience. This year there will be a time tunnel, foam zone, lasers, strobes, and much more! Bring your loved ones and enjoy the party! Sign up now glowinthepark.co.uk

Superhero in the City

UK running events - Superhero in the City

Have you got what it takes to become a real-life superhero? Do you think you would look great in a cape? Pick your charity, raise awareness and funding by taking part in the Superhero city race. Embrace your inner superhero in this 5k around London's iconic sights. Get the whole family involved in this marvellous family affair. Whether you want to run, hop, or soar, everyone gets a superhero costume and medal.

This is a wonderful 5k event for families and friends. All children under the age of 18 run for free. Grab your cape and fly to the finish! For more information about this UK running event, visit superherointhecity.co.uk

Mo run

UK running events - Mo Run

In 24 different locations across the country, this is possibly one of Britain’s most treasured races. The infamous Mo Run is in support of Movember. The only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale year-round. Join this family favourite with mini 1.5k, 5k, and 10k events. Fancy dress and fake moustaches are encouraged. All runners will receive a Mo running headband and bespoke moustache medal.

Why not bring your whole family or a group of friends for this special event. Laugh your way to the finish with silly costumes and giant moustaches. Become part of the MoRunning community and know that you’re helping to make a difference. For more information about this family-friendly run, please visit mo-running.com