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Cardiff Half-Marathon (Cardiff, October 19)
More than 10,000 runners are expected to turn out in the Welsh capital for this whirlwind tour of its most iconic sights, along with a team of RW pacers.
National Highlights...Great Yarmouth Half-Marathon (Norfolk, August 10)
Once upon a time, Great Yarmouth was one of the wealthiest towns in Britain thanks to its prosperous herring industry. There’s nothing fishy about this classic seaside town’s half-marathon though.
It’s a gently undulating two-lap race that starts in Gorleston, just south of Great Yarmouth itself, and weaves along the rural roads of the Suffolk-Norfolk border. If you can avoid filling up on candy floss, fish and chips and rock before the race, you might score a personal best too.
More half-marathon highlights...
27th Newark Half-Marathon (Nottinghamshire, August 10)
Isle of Wight Half-Marathon (Isle of Wight, August 17)
Ufdance Runner's Quest Half-Marathon (London, August 17)
Leek Half-Marathon (Staffordshire, August 24)
Pewsey Vale Half-Marathon (Wiltshire, August 24)
In just five years, the London Pride Run has become the UK’s largest mass participation event for the gay and lesbian community. So show your support by joining the hundreds of other runners in London’s Victoria Park for this three-lap traffic-free race. But don’t hang around, the race limit is likely to be reached well in advance.
Race organisers are hoping to raise at least £3,000 for the charity Stonewall. This year all runners will receive medals and mementos of the event – not to mention the ever-popular bagels to refuel with. Once you’ve recovered it’s just a short hop across town for the free party for all competitors in Camden.
More 10K highlights...
Midhurst 10K (West Sussex, August 10)
The Sherwoods Chevrolet Darlington 10K (Durham, August 10)
Merthyr Police 10K (Merthyr Tydfil, August 17)
Moulton 10K (Northamptonshire, August 24)
Runners are a pretty easy-going bunch. In fact, the promise of a Mars Bar at the finish is enough to keep entrants coming back year after year to the Burnham Beeches Half. Or could it be that they're attracted to this two-lap 13.1-miler because of its excellent organisation, upbeat marshals and the opportunity to enjoy an undulating run on closed roads through shaded woodland?
Join around 1,000 other runners and find out for yourself this August. And don't forget your swimming costume: once you've put that Mars Bar away, enjoy a free swim to soothe your tired legs.
Fleetwood Half-Marathon (Lancashire, August 24)
It’s been 16 long years since Fleetwood last hosted a half-marathon, so this year’s race – which takes in much of the old route along coastal footpaths – will be a trip down memory lane for local runners who took part in the original race.
If it’s your first half, the exceptionally flat course will ease you into the distance while speed demons will be attracted to its PB potential. And with Blackpool just down the coast, it’s the ideal opportunity to inject a turn of pace into a Bank Holiday weekend break. The race will be strictly limited to 500 entrants so book your place now.
Grimsthorpe Castle 10K (Lincolnshire, August 25)
If English eccentrics Wallace and Grommit were to enter a race, it would be the bank holiday Grimsthorpe Castle 10K. Described as a grand day out, it isn’t so much a race as an all-day festival of fun. Your race entry gives you and a guest access to a fun day that features vintage aircraft, classic cars, a jazz band, fairground rides, and country crafts and stalls.
Just don’t become so distracted by all the other diversions that you miss the single lap multi-terrain course: it’s a challenge, but supportive marshals and a great atmosphere guarantee that fun is had by all – as you’ll need to remind yourself when you’re tackling the tough hill at the finish.
More multi-terrain highlights...
Maiden Newten Madness 10K (Dorset, August 9)
Sidmouth Festival 10K (Devon, August 10)
The Conkwell Killer (Wiltshire, August 17)
Pilgrim's Way Run (Kent, August 24)
Alice's Run (West Yorkshire, August 31)
The Beast (Dorset, August 31)
With a name like ’The Beast’ there’s no glossing over the, ahem, breath-taking nature of this 13-mile multi-terrain race, but it could equally have been dubbed the ‘most spectacular race in England’ according to previous participants.
Magnificent Corfe Castle on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck provides the backdrop for the race’s ups, downs, stiles and 200 steps, while the distant sea views and encouraging marshals should distract you from the burning sensation in your legs. Remember that the beast must be slain and look forward to pulling on your souvenir T-shirt with pride at the finish.