Are you feeling motivated to do a race but are now kicking yourself because all the good ones are sold out! Don’t fear, we’re bringing you our guide to 5 must-do races you can still get an entry for this year!
- The Keswick Mountain Festival, 8th – 10th June 2018. This festival has a multitude of races to suit any runner (or swimmer, or cyclist, or triathlete!). There’s a 5k, 10k, 25k and a 50k. There’s even a separate 5k for juniors (11 – 17). And as well as the races, there’s a whole weekend of activities to take in, from music acts to films and speakers (including Chrissie Wellington this year). You can also camp and make a holiday of it. All with the spectacular backdrop of Derwentwater.
- Charmouth Challenge, 7th July 2018. This would be one of my must-do races in the UK. This is officially classed as a fell race, but it’s marked and it’s pretty accessible to all runners as long as you like hills! It’s 8 miles long and it takes in a stretch of the Jurassic Coast, including a nice climb up Golden Cap. You can make a weekend of it, with many great campsites and hotels nearby.
- Farnham Pilgrim Half and Marathon, 9th September 2018. This is a scenic, undulating (in the Surrey Hills) race, much beloved by those who’ve taken part in it. There are lots of activities at the finish, as well as a free family walk, making it a good race for keeping small spectators, who might not find running as interesting as you do, occupied.
- Richmond Runfest, 15th – 16th September 2018. One for those who are looking for a bigger event in the capital, but with beautiful scenery and the aspects that makes a race unique. This event incorporates the Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half (public entries sold out for the marathon and half but charity places still available) and the Kew Gardens 10k. They claim that this is London’s flattest 10k so you should have PB potential! An entry to the 10k will also get you 2 adult and 2 child passes for entry into Kew Gardens so this is another race with family day out potential. And there’s a free beer at the finish!
- Langdale Marathon and Half, 20th October 2018. Road races don’t come any more scenic than this race in the Lake District. 2018 also marks its 30th anniversary, so it’s as historic as it is hilly (there is 3400 feet of ascent). There are so many things to love about this race, from the Langdale Valley, to the pubs on the course, to the fact that the entry price for the marathon is currently £26. £1 per mile is rare value these days, especially for a race as spectacular as this one!