Harrow Hill 6 (Sept 5)
If you like hills then this is a must-do race. Virtually no flat along this tough scenic route
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Kingston Running Festival, Surrey, Oct 10
There’s something for all levels of ability at the Kingston Festival, with a marathon as well as 16- and 8.2-milers. All three races start and finish in the Ancient Market Place, in the heart of Kingston. The courses are flat and fast with the only ‘hills’ coming at the Kingston and Hampton Court Bridges. The route takes in the scenic Thames Towpath along the banks of the River Thames up to Hampton Court Palace.
Keith Robbins: "Great riverside course and a large enough field to find company at your own pace."
Leyton De Lange: "I've run it three times. It's a great race, that's well organised and very scenic."
Henley Half-Marathon, Oxon, Oct 10
Starting and finishing at Henley Rugby Club the race proceeds into the centre of Henley and along the banks of the River Thames. From there you'll run through the historic grounds of Fawley Court, after which the race winds through the Chiltern Hills before heading down towards the finish. If the mile-long-climb at eight miles sounds just a tad too daunting, why not try your hand on the less demanding six-mile course, run over the first part of the half-marathon route?
Emma Crookes: "A fantastic course with one killer hill that is so bad you’ll have to laugh!"
Tom Bulkeley: "A great first half-marathon in beautiful surroundings."
Stansted Slog Half-Marathon, West Sussex, Sept 19
If you’re not familiar with the joys of trail running, then this a great excuse to find them out. Starting and finishing in Stansted Park, near Rowlands Castle, the race is run over forest trials and farmland with only 1200 metres of tarmac to cover. Don’t expect a pancake-flat course though. The race is littered with long sweeping drags and energy-sapping hills, with 1400 feet of climbing in total.
If that sounds too demanding, why not try the eight-mile run? Apart from the obvious shorter distance, there’s less in the way of hills.
Julia Shepherd: "The best of Hampshire and Sussex countryside with wonderful views in all directions."
Monkey business: The Great Gorilla Run 7K
Great Gorilla Run 7K, London, Sept 19
Ever wanted to run through London dressed as a gorilla? Well here’s your chance to join over 600 fun runners for a 7K dash around some of the capital’s most majestic sights, including the Tate Modern and Tower Bridge.
Last year the Runner's World Forum Team won the prize for the biggest gorilla family, with 28 members. Can that be bettered this year?
Louisa Harold: "Just loads and loads of fun, and you feel good about helping a great cause too. Plus there’s much potential for your mates to have a big laugh at you!"
Marianne Taylor: "This race really did make my year - brilliant fun."
Quicksand 15, Kent, Sept 19
If you missed out on a place at the Grizzly, this could be the next best thing - a well-organised 15-mile multiterrain beach race. Starting at Margate and run over sand, paths, promenades, mud and too many steps to count, this out and back course is only for the masochistic Tough Guy wannabies with a penchant for punishing courses. Due to the tides there's a four-hour time limit for brevity
Prince's Trust 10K @ Legoland, Berks, Oct 17
A new event with a challenging course, moderate amounts of climbing and fine scenery throughout. The route takes you through the stunning Crown Estate forest (not normally accessible to the public) at Highstanding Hill Wood and the grounds of Legoland. Expect a field of around 5000 runners at the start.