First race on the horizon? Pick one of these for a memorable welcome to our sport
1. Mull of Kintyre Half-Marathon
Argyll and Bute, May 30
This race makes it into the beginner category for much the same reasons as it made it into atmosphere and half-marathon top 10 – it’s just a race that’s really good fun to run, the vibe is friendly and the scenery is enough to distract from any fatigue. Enter online now.
2. BUPA London 10000
London, May 31
Put together by the team behind the London Marathon, the Bupa London 10000 is well-organised, had helpful marshals, and has a relaxed atmosphere. And, of course, playing landmark bingo on the way round the centre of London is bound to keep anybody interested.
3. Bupa Great South Run 10
Portsmouth, October 24
This 10-mile race along the south coast through Southsea and Portsmouth is flat, while the distance is perfect for those taking the next step up from 10K. Plus the fresh sea air, music and great support from the crowds help keep spirits high.
4. London Santa Run 6K
Battersea, December 5
Two thousand Santas legging it through Battersea Park is a sight to behold, and even more fun to be part of. The 6K distance is ideal for first-timers, and the time of year, with festive spirit abounding, means you won’t get stressed out.
5. Bupa Great Manchester Run 10K
Manchester, May 16
Flat, well-attended, enthusiastically supported, slick organisation, an atmosphere the Notting Hill carnival would be proud of, a city-centre route and a varied field from international superstars to absolute beginners... need we say more?