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London Pride Run 10K (August 15)
Renowned for its fantastic atmosphere and friendly crowds, this is a fast, flat course comprising three circuits of London’s leafy Victoria Park.
New Forest Half-Marathon (September 27)
The New Forest Marathon may have already sold out but you can still sample some of the course's beautiful scenery and plentiful local support in this shorter sister event.
Admiral Swansea Bay 10K (September 27)
Popular out-and-back coastal fixture, boasting welcoming crowds and definite PB potential.
Buxton Carnival 5 (Derbyshire, July 11)
Head to the Peak District for an exhilarating mix of challenging climbs and festival fun. The Buxton Carnival 5 has been going strong for over 30 years, offering a road course complete with testing uphill slogs and long downhill slopes – so make sure your quads are ready!
Even if it gets tough, the beautiful Peak District scenery around Buxton is sure to take your mind off the pain. With a course that closes after an hour, this is a tough race that should not be underestimated, but you’ll be amply rewarded with a finish right into the heart of the carnival, with hundreds of revellers cheering on the small field of runners. And make sure you hang around at the finish – you’ll be just in time to watch the Buxton Carnival floats go past.
Hampshire Chronicle Winchester City Centre 5K (Hampshire, July 16)
A successful road race can be a deceptively simple affair – plot a fast (if not entirely flat) course through quiet Hampshire roads, add a stunning setting and a dash of efficient organisation, and you’ve got a classic on your hands.
Leafy Winchester is blessed with some magnificent sights, with spectacular architecture leftover from its long history, and this three-lap road race will lead you on a tourist-friendly trail through the city, along the quiet river and past Winchester’s famous cathedral before finishing in the pretty surroundings of the park.
Swanage Half-Marathon (Dorset, July 18)
Become a little part of history by entering the oldest County Championship road race in the UK. Originally a 12 mile event, the race has been a half-marathon since 2005 and the revitalised route now takes in a testing course on roads from Swanage Bay out through the beautiful Purbeck Hills.
As the name suggests, the Purbeck Hills will need to be scaled – but you’ll be rewarded with some truly stunning sea views across Poole Bay from the summit around Corfe Castle, the out-and-back course’s midway point. Sunny weather is almost guaranteed on this stretch of coastline, and you can celebrate in style afterwards on the beach with hordes of other finishers in the party atmosphere of the Swanage Carnival.
More half-marathon highlights...
Surrey Slog Half-Marathon (Surrey, July 19)
Dartford Half-Marathon (Kent, July 19)
Grant & Stone Wycombe Half-Marathon (Buckinghamshire, July 19)
NSPCC Milton Keynes Half-Marathon (Buckinghamshire, July 26)
Sherwood Pines 10K (and 5K) (Nottinghamshire, July 19)
Head to the iconic surroundings of Sherwood Forest for this pair of trail races in a stunning rural setting. Whether you opt for the 5K or 10K, you and hundreds of other runners will be treated to a tour of the beautiful forest on the perfectly groomed Forestry Commission trails, footpaths and bridleways.
The well-marked trails will lead the field up and down the slopes winding through this peaceful forest setting. And once you’re done, Sherwood Forest is the perfect place to stick around for a day out – there’s a picnic area and barbecue facilities, bike hire, playgrounds for children and even a Go Ape activity centre.
More trail highlights...
Saab Salomon Forest Trail, Delamere Forest 10K (Cheshire, July 9)
Devil's Chimney Chase - An 'Almost' 10K (Gloucestershire, July 18)
Moors The Merrier Marathon 26/21 (West Yorkshire, July 18)
Dinosaur 10K (Kent, July 26)
Tour the Kentish coast as part of Deal Regatta Week in this charming road race. As well as taking in the historic castles of Deal and Walmer, the course kicks off in Deal before winding through quaint seaside resorts and into idyllic Kingsdown village.
With a challenging climb at the midway point, you’ll be glad of the final four kilometres, which slope back down to Deal with a fast and flat finishing stretch. The seaside views are another highlight of the Dinosaur 10K – the race is the opening event for Deal Regatta and Carnival Week and the bustling celebrations provide fantastic crowd support for hundreds of worn-out finishers.
Kymin Dash 7.1 (Monmouthshire, July 26)
Grab the rare opportunity to combine Sunday morning lie-in and Sunday morning racing – the Kymin Dash has a leisurely 11.30am start.
The course’s 260m climb to the top of the Kymin, a beautiful hill in the middle of a National Trust site will soon wake you up though – and you’ll enjoy amazing views over south Wales when you get there. The rough-and-tumble course circles Monmouth before scaling the Kymin, taking in forest tracks, fields and country roads along the way.
It might not be quite a ‘dash’ thanks to its tough ascent coupled with potentially soaring July temperatures, but the long, shaded downhill in the second half of the race, and the carnival atmosphere at the finish with live music and a bustling crowd will soon raise runners’ spirits.
Wizard 5 (Cheshire, July 29)
Take time out midweek to tour the beautiful National Trust landscapes around stunning Alderley Edge on well-maintained trails and lanes. Join a small and friendly field for this one-lap course, packed with fun for trail runners hungry for tracks, trails and lanes complete with ups, downs, and some handy flat sections that’ll allow canny runners to pick up speed.
With a relaxed, but competitive feel and a warm breeze, this could just be the perfect way to spend a summer evening – leave work behind and get away from it all in the Cheshire countryside.