RW's Top 100 UK Races of the Year

Category by category - the races that you shouldn't be missing

Posted: 8 July 2002

Whatever success, or not, our elite endurance runners currently enjoy, there is no question that Britain has a thriving and healthy racing scene. On any given weekend, you can find up to 60 road races around the country, and there are more than 2500 throughout the year. Those races take in every major city and large sections of the countryside around them. They range from televised major national events, such as the Great North Run, to more modest affairs that would be delighted with a field of 100 runners.

Over the past year the staff and correspondents of RUNNER’S WORLD have spent most of their weekends travelling to a huge number of these events. Those travels, together with informal surveys of competitors and other reader feedback, provide the knowledge that sits behind this list of Britain’s best road races (and a couple from Eire).

As ever, any such assessment is a matter of opinion – if you disagree with this opinion, we would be delighted to hear from you – but we have tried to use an objective set of criteria to judge every race. Each race has been marked out of 1000 (the number you will see after the race in the list). There were 200 points available for organisation and quality of course and 100 each for atmosphere, potential for fast times, facilities, standard of competition, uniqueness and value for money. Last year’s position, if any, is listed in brackets, and future dates are given if known.

Although a number of important races, such as the Wilmslow and Reading half-marathons, were cancelled in 2001 due to foot and mouth restrictions, the standard was still high. To acknowledge this, we have expanded our overall list from the top 50 to the top 100 and also included individual listings for all the major race distances. The times you will see on the distance lists are for the men’s and women’s winners, which provide some insight into the overall quality of the field.

We've arranged the top 100 races by category:

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The Runners World staff who select which races make up the top 100 have missed out on our 5 miler. Its very flat and fast CR 24:07, has a great atmosphere, craft stalls and childrens painting to the rest of the family happy, a unique single loop course with views of the Thames, and at £3 excellent value for money. We also donate in excess of £2000 every year to Great Ormond Street. So if you want to set a PB next April - see you at The Nicola's 5 on the 27th April.
Posted: 22/11/2002 at 15:45

Hi Steve, just did a search and found this thread from a while back!

This looks a great run, and after getting a 5 mile PB yesterday on a course which was not flat, am raring to go for this one, anyway sent my form and a mates off on Thursday, so will see you then.

Anyone else running this? There is also a thread in the Events Forum for this race too.

Posted: 19/04/2003 at 06:42

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