Welcome to the Runner’s World Races of the Year, your essential guide to the very best of British racing. Last year, the 680,000 members of runnersworld.co.uk placed 18,594 reviews of over 3,600 events. We’ve combed through them all to find the cream of the crop, so you can plan your perfect year of racing in 2012.
2011: The Year in Racing
From your ratings and reviews, it was clear to see: 2011 was the year of offroad running. As well as a new Adventure category, we saw the Trail Races chart become the most competitive of the lot – many of the top 10 trail events could have appeared in other charts, from Scenery to Atmosphere (if perhaps not PB potential).
Half marathons also had a strong showing – you raved about dozens of them. Many of these longer races were surprisingly rated highly for beginners; in fact, you might be wondering where the 5K chart is. Well, we simply didn’t have any standalone 5K races that had enough ratings to include in our guide. To see Runner’s World readers running longer and harder shows that British runners have become an ambitious bunch, who are always on the lookout for the next challenge.
Now it’s time to get your diary out and read on – our Races of the Year chart is your essential 2012 event planner, packed with inspiration for another year’s happy running.
Top Races: Other Distances
Top Adventure Races
Top Trail Races
Top Races: Beginners
Top Races: PB
Top Races: Scenery
Top Races: Atmosphere
How we did it
We have listed the most popular events that have over 25 ratings on runnersworld.co.uk. To avoid duplication – and the prospect of a few races sweeping the board – where races were ranked in more than one category, we only listed each race once. Although the performances of these races were undoubtedly impressive, we wanted to share the huge range of races you loved last year.
If a race appeared in a distance top 10 (for example 10K) as well as another (such as Scenery) we left it in the relevant distance chart. If a race qualified for two categories (eg Scenery and Atmosphere), we kept it in the category in which it performed best. It is important to note that while the rankings and reviews are based on the 2011 events, all dates shown are for 2012 to help you plan your racing calendar more easily.
Off-road races were only rated in the Trail or Adventure categories - so if you're looking for a trail 10K, for example, you'll find it in Trail rather than the 10K chart.
How to rate a race
Your opinion counts! To rate a race, find it by searching backwards on our event search page, click the race name and scroll to rate it at the bottom of its page.
You can see all ratings using the event search, or the 'latest ratings' pages.