Races of the Year 2010: 10K

Our 10K number one: the Trionium New Year Box Hill Knacker Cracker 10K

1. Trionium New Year Box Hill Knacker Cracker 10K

Surrey, January 1   

What better way to kick off the year than by running one of the UK's toughest 10Ks? The course over the North Downs is picturesque, but most of the runners have no time to sightsee, saving their energy instead for tackling the four enormous hills. The sight of hundreds of fancy-dressed runners staggering uphill with pounding hangovers is worth the price of entry alone.

2. BUPA London 10000

London, May 31  

Runners got the chance to compete on the course that's likely to be used in the 2012 Olympic Games Marathon at this capital city run, ticking off landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tate Modern art gallery, St Paul's Cathedral and Nelson's Column.

3. Pride Run 10K

London, August 14  

This race was voted top London 10K in 2008 and has continued to perform well since. The route, through East London's leafy Victoria Park, is well thought out, with runners praising the mix of speed and scenery on offer. The cream cheese bagels at the finish aren't bad either.

4. Military 10K (North)

Lancashire, October 9    

If you like to keep your trainers pristine, steer clear. This race in Prestwich Park, Whitefield saw competitors challenged by ditches, climbs, water and plenty of mud. Judging by the grins at the end, racers were as happy as pigs in, er, muck. Enter online now.

5. Silverstone Grand Prix

Northants, May 4   

Silverstone attracted over 1,000 runners this year, an exceptionally large field for a midweek race. Comprising two laps of the Formula 1 circuit, appropriately enough the potential for a fast time is good - as long as you remember to follow the racing line, of course! Enter online now.

6. Ashstead 10K

Surrey, September 19  

With its wooden medals, organic cotton T-shirts and biodegradable race numbers, Ashtead bills itself as 'Britain's greenest race'. That adjective certainly holds true for the race course, comprising an out-and-back route along the the grassy expanses and undulating bridleways of Ashtead Common.

7. Ashford & District 10K

Kent, February 7 

Worried you won't be race-ready come spring marathon season? This event is perfectly timed to help you gauge your fitness. Watch out for the challenging hill at the 7K point - but thanks to its traffic-free, rural route, good times can be had by all. Enter online now.

8. Longleat 10K

Wiltshire, February 7 

You'll certainly feel a sense of accomplishment after tackling the Longleat Estate's hills. The figure-of-eight-shaped course undulates, building up to an exhilaratingly long final downhill that takes you across the finish line in front of the beautiful Longleat House. Enter online now.

9. Bupa Great Manchester Run

Manchester, May 16 

Televised by the BBC and traditionally attracting a stellar elite field (it was run last year by long-distance legend Haile Gebrselassie), it's not hard to see why this 10K is Britain's biggest. The route takes in Old Trafford, Deansgate Locks and other Mancunian landmarks.

10. City of Lincoln 10K

Lincolnshire, March 21 

Perfect for beginners, this figure-of-eight route sticks to flat, well-paved and traffic-free roads. The only real challenge is likely to be for tired runners bouncing over the cobble stones at the finish in front of Lincoln Castle. Race-day events include a separate wheelchair 10K and baby jogger race. Enter online now.

11. The Old Deer Park Richmond 10K, London

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12. Bluewater Sweatshop 10K, Kent

13. ASICS British 10K London Run, London

14. Hampshire Chronicle Winchester 10K, Hampshire

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15. South London 10K, London

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16. Fradley 10K, Staffordshire

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17. Sutton Coldfield 10K, West Midlands

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18. Kingsbury Water Park 10K, Warwickshire

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19. F1 Chicken Run 10K, Northants

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