It’s Global Running Day today and many of us runners are marking it by running, reading about running and perhaps even entering running events. So basically, it’s just like a normal day for us. But if you are looking for an event to do later this year, here’s seven ideas for different types of race.
The obstacle course race – Spartan UK Stadion Race
When: Saturday 23rd November
Where: Twickenham Stadium
About: The first UK obstacle event of its kind to be held at a major sports venue inside a sports stadium, is being organised by Spartan Race. The Spartan Stadion is a 5km obstacle course race and it is the perfect distance for those competing in their first obstacle course race to the experienced racer, who is looking to race against the clock. Competitors will weave their way through sloping walkways, navigate the winding corridors and scale the stadium stairs. The famous Twickenham rugby stadium will be packed with a combination of 20 unique and challenging CrossFit style obstacles including box jumps, stair climbs, low crawls and carries as well as some of the more traditional Spartan obstacles. The race course will be mud free and the famous 30-burpee penalty for missing an obstacle, synonymous with traditional Spartan race events, has been reduced to 15 as this is a fast-paced course.
For further information and to register visit https://www.spartanrace.uk/en/obstacle-course-races/stadion
The greenest half – Royal Parks Half Marathon
When: Sunday 13th October
Where: Hyde Park, London
About: If you want to take part in a scenic, environmentally conscious and sustainably minded event then this half marathon is the one for you.
The 12th edition of the race will take 16,000 runners through four of London’s eight Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. As well as running through these historic parks, competitors also take in iconic landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
During the last 12 years the event has continued to promote its green credentials and for the first time in 2019, the Royal Parks Half Marathon will be plastic bottle free, replacing bottles along the course with compostable cups. The Royal Parks Half Marathon have gone a step further and included in their environmental policy that all partners, exhibitors and sponsors are not permitted to leaflet within the event site and are not allowed to use balloons. In addition, no single use plastic items will be distributed to people attending the event with all plates, cutlery and food servings being made from a compostable material and no products containing palm oil can be on the event site.
To sign up to run for charity visit https://royalparkshalf.com/
A 10k in the Capital – adidas City Runs
When: Shoreditch Sunday 14th July and Fulham Sunday 27th November
Where: London (Shoreditch and Fulham)
About: Can’t get enough of running in the city? adidas City Runs are a major series of closed road running events that are currently taking the Capital by storm.
The third edition of the original adidas City Run is returning to the streets of Shoreditch with a brand-new summer date. The flat 10k route will take runners along beautiful lanes, past iconic street art and past supporters lining the streets and DJ’s dropping tunes to get you to the finish line.
Adidas City Runs are also returning to Fulham on Sunday November 17 for the second edition of London’s flattest 10K giving you the chance to top off the running season with a 10k PB!
To sign up visit https://www.adidascityruns.com/
The ultra – Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones
When: Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July
Where: The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire to the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire.
About: Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is an award winning 100km ultra marathon that will see more than 2,500 people run, jog or walk along the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire to the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire.
At the 2018 annual Running Awards, Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones was voted Best Endurance Event in the UK. Participants can choose to either tackle the 100km in one day or, cover the route at a more leisurely pace and opt for the two-day package, covering 50km each day and spending the night at the festival basecamp. For those who opt for the two-day package, comfortable tents, massages, hot showers, delicious hot food, cold drinks and live entertainment awaits at the festival basecamp located at the halfway point. It’s the perfect ultra for first-timers.
Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is part of the Threshold Trail Series, which includes Race to the King and HEINEKEN Race to the Tower.
To sign up to the 2019 event or for more information on the 2020 series visit https://www.racetothestones.com/
Running and music festival – Love Trails Festival
When: Thursday 4th July to Sunday 7th July
Where: Gower Peninsula, Wales
About: Founded in 2016, Love Trails Festival is the world’s first music & running festival. From the main stage, an eclectic mix of iconic and new artists soundtrack three jam-packed days feat. Running adventures, talks, fitness, workshops, yoga, wellbeing, hot tubs and more! The backdrop is pristine beaches, tidal islands, woodland and coastal paths surrounding the festival site.
There is something for everyone with runs including the 14km beach run, the midnight festival run and the 20km run from camp to Bluepool Corner and a wild swim on the way back.
To sign up to the 2019 event or for more information on the 2020 event visit https://www.lovetrailsfestival.co.uk/
The fastest marathon – Yorkshire Marathon
When: Sunday 20th October
About: The Yorkshire Marathon is a popular and picturesque run and has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the UK’s sporting year. A sell-out every year since its launch in 2013, the Yorkshire Marathon is one of the UK’s most popular marathons.
The run has fantastic PB potential and takes runners past some of York’s most historic sights and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities. Runners will be spurred on by great support and entertainment around the route and the race has all the ingredients to make it an unforgettable experience.
To sign up visit https://www.runforall.com/events/marathon/yorkshire-marathon/
The urban adventure – Shelter Urban Rush
When: Sunday 6th October
About: This 15 mile (24km) running event takes place on open roads in London, which makes for a unique race experience as you navigate pedestrians and road crossings along the way. The route is signposted and marshalled, and both pedestrians and motorised traffic will be made aware that runners will be coming through. This London event takes you through the heart of the city passing by of London’s most iconic landmarks.