The best 10K races to sign up to this summer

Looking for a summer racing challenge? We’ve rounded up some of the best summer 10K races, all over the country.

Once you’ve got your place, take a look at our ultimate guide to running the perfect 10K – from training plans to nutrition advice, we’ve got it covered.

Great Bristol 10K 

When: Sunday 13th May 2018, 10.00am

Where: Anchor Road, Bristol 

Lowdown: A fast, flat course, the Great Bristol 10K is one for those aiming for a PB this summer. Running parallel to the historic Bristol Harbour, along Avon Gorge before taking in the sights of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, it’s a nice, picturesque route.

Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10K 

When: Sunday 20th May 2018, 12.30pm

Where: Manchester City Centre, Manchester

Lowdown: A flat race that starts on Portland Street, before following a route around the city. Sightseers, look out for Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the Imperial War Museum and Coronation Street’s cobbles along the way.

Vitality London 10,000 

When: Monday 28th May 2018, 10.00am

Where: The Mall, London

Lowdown: For anyone who has run or watched the London Marathon, the Vitality 10,000 will feel pretty familiar. Starting and finishing around St James’s Park, this race gives you the chance to run down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace without the pressure of running 26.2 miles.

Related: 10 tips on running a 10K 

Staplehurst 10K 

When: Sunday 10th June 2018, 10.00am

Where: Surrenden Road Playing Fields, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0LY

Lowdown: A fast, virtually flat, adult-only 10K, if you’re aiming for a PB, this is a good one to enter. The course is pretty rural, mainly on country lanes. There’s a bag drop, and drinks at the half way point.

Offerton 10K 

When: Wednesday 20th June 2018, 7.30pm

Where: Stockport, Manchester

Lowdown: Experienced runners looking for a challenge can’t get much better than the Offerton 10K. The well-established race has been running for over 30 years, with a hilly three-lap course that runs through Woodbank and Vernon Parks.

Hitchin Hard 10K 

When: Sunday 24th June 2018, 9.45am

Where: Hitchin Priory, Hitchin, SG5 2DL

Lowdown: As the name suggests, this Hilly 10K has an elevation of 154 metres. The course takes you from Hitchin Priory up to Preston village and back via Gosmore. It’s a multi-terrain course, with approximately 1.5K on footpaths.  

Chase the Sun 10K 

When: Wednesday 4th July 2018, 7.00pm

Where: Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Lowdown: A flat run around the well paved paths of Clapham Common, this is a great race for a PB. The aim is to try and beat the setting summer sun.

Related: How to handle the middle miles of a 10K 

The Wales 10K 

When: Sunday 15th July 2018, 1.30pm

Where: Manorbier, Tenby

Lowdown: The first ever Wales 10K run will allow runners to speed along fully closed roads, from Manorbier to Tenby. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, the 10K is taking place alongside The Wales Half Marathon and Full Marathon.

Virgin Sport British 10K 

When: Sunday 15th July 2018, 9.30am

Where: Piccadilly Circus, London

Lowdown: A 10K through the heart of London, along the Embankment, past Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. The price is at the top end of the spectrum, but includes race entry, photos, an ASICS tee, medal, tote bag and spectator app.

Durham City 10K

When: Wednesday 18th July 2018, 7.25pm

Where: Millennium Square, Durham

Lowdown: Your chance to run 6.2 miles through the cobbled streets of The World Heritage Site in Durham, the race finishes at Palace Green, in between the Cathedral and the Castle. There’s also a 5K race, starting 10 minutes before.

Rye Summer Classic Series 10K

When: Friday 3rd Augusts 2018, 7.30pm

Where: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TU

Lowdown: Celebrating its 13th anniversary this year, the Rye Summer Classic Series opens with this flat 10K. Set on a traffic-free route through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, this race is the perfect way to kick off a weekend at the coast. Also includes a one-mile children’s race.

Related: The most common 10K problems, solved 

Stratford’s Big 10K 

When: Sunday 9th September 2018, 9.30am

Where: Stratford Recreation Ground, CV37 7LS

Lowdown: The 10th Anniversary of this popular 10K, what better way to see Shakespeare’s birthplace than on foot? The route follows roads past the Greenway, the Racecourse, the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre and the Courtyard Theatre before finishing at Bancroft Gardens.

Richmond RUNFEST 10K 

When: Saturday 15th September 2018, 8.30am

Where: The Orangery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AB

Lowdown: The flattest 10K in London, this is a good one to hunt down that PB! It's a beautiful course running entirely inside the Royal Botanic Gardens. Book your place soon, as this one is bound to sell out. 

Ashted 10K 

When: Sunday 16th September 2018, 11am

Where: Ashted Common, Surrey

Lowdown: This trail run takes place entirely enclosed on Ashtead Common on an out and back route. Consistently voted one of the best 10K races in the UK, it also prides itself on being entirely eco-friendly. Think biodegradable cups, race numbers printed with vegetable based ink, t-shirts printed on pesticide-free cotton - and a unique wooden medal, made right here in the UK, to add to your collection.

Sandown and Shanklin 10K

When: Sunday 23rd September 2018, 10am

Where: Browns Golf Centre & Café, Culver Parade Sandown

Lowdown: This flat course offers you a beautiful view of the English channel as the route follows the seafront promenade from Sandown to Shanklin and back.

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