How to choose your running event

Struggling to find the right race for you? Check out our timetable of the best runs happening up and down the country in 2013

how-to-choose-your-running-event_45505
how-to-choose-your-running-event_45506
Choose an event and location that’s best for you

March:

Advertisement

Reading Half MarathonSunday 17th

This is a flat, fast course, which starts at Green Park and includes all the beautiful grounds and highlights of the city centre. Starting at 10am, the half marathon is perfect for beginners looking to take their first step on the running map, as well as experienced runners looking for a new challenge.

Bath Half MarathonSunday 3rd

The ‘Bath Half’ is the largest charity fundraising event in the South West region and is one of the longest and most popular city centre road events in the UK. The two lap 13.1 mile traffic-free course is fast and flat, making it suitable for mums and dads at all kinds of abilities. 

Silverstone Half MarathonSunday 3rd

Whether you’re attempting your first half marathon, or looking for an event to help you prepare for the full thing, this is the race for you. Based at the historic Silverstone motor racing circuit, this race starts at midday and once you’ve crossed the finish line you’ll not only be greeted with cheers, but a fantastic goodie bag too.

April:

London MarathonSunday 21st

The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet with runners raising over £500 million for good causes since the race began in 1981. So if you’re thinking about raising awareness for a charity close to your heart, this non-profit race is the one for you.

Brighton MarathonSunday 14th

This exciting race that draws in masses amounts of crowds is an annual event for pro runners and beginners wanting to put their best foot forward. The 26.2 mile course around Brighton and Hove includes some of the town’s most picturesque locations and is a flat course throughout.

May:

Bupa 10KMonday 27th

Presented by the London marathon, this intense course, which starts at 10am, is a great first track for those wanting to build on their running skills. 

Great Manchester runSunday 26th

This 10K running event has seen over a quarter of a million enthusiastic runners pound the streets of Manchester since it’s first staging in 2003. A unique run that brings together top sprinters and enthusiatic amateurs, why not tag along on this purpose-built track that runs through the heart of the city centre. 

Edinburgh MarathonSunday 26th

Tipped as the fastest marathon in the UK, this spectacular course will take you around Edinburgh’s beautiful castle and gardens while onlookers cheer you on. This is not one to be missed!

July:

British 10KSunday 14th

A prestigious and sought-after 10K road race, with a great route through the heart of central London, 25,000 runners fill the streets each year to take part in this great event. The ability level for this track runs from charity fundraisers to Olympic champions, so there’s a space for all runners – whatever their abilities.

September:

Run To The Beat Half MarathonSunday 8th

This race is a half marathon with a BIG difference. ‘Run to the Beat,’ powered by Nike+, is a course designed to help keep runners motivated and focussed with the use of live music. Starting and finishing at the O2 arena, runners take in a whopping 16 muscial stations along the way. 

Great North RunSunday 15th

As the largest half marathon in the world, this event is one not to be missed. Devised by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster, runners will explore a track that runs between Newcastle Upon Tyne and South Shields in the North East of England. 

October:

Royal Parks Half MarathonSunday 6th

Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, this 13.1 mile route takes runners through four of London’s most beautiful parklands, Hyde Park, St. James’ Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park. As you run you’ll be inspired by some of London’s most iconic landmarks and may even rub shoulders with some celebrity sponsors. 

And finally…

Tommy’s Baby RacesJune, July & September

Based in a variery or areas, from Bluewater, Cambridge, Aylesbury, Glasgow, Northwich, London and more, these are a series of 8K events that you can either, walk, or power walk with your baby in their buggy. The routes all follow paths suitable for prams and are organised in partnership with pre and post-natal fitness experts. 

The Big Fun RunsFrom July to November

These 5K fun runs are untimed, in a relaxed environment, and based in locations with scenic views. Whether you’re raising money for a worthwhile cause or just trying to keep active, they are fun events that all the family can enjoy.

14 Jul 2012: Glasgow (Bellahouston Park)

15 Jul 2012: Edinburgh (Holyrood Park)

28 Jul 2012: Borders (Bowhil House, Selkirk)

4 Aug 2012: Liverpool (Sefton Park)

5 Aug 2012: Sheffield (Rother Valley Country Park)

11 Aug 2012: Manchester (Wythenshawe Park)

12 Aug 2012: Leeds (Roundhay Park)

18 Aug 2012: Coventry (War Memorial Park)

19 Aug 2012: Birmingham (Cannon Hill Park)

20 Aug 2012: Derby (Darley Park)

25 Aug 2012: Cardiff

2 Sep 2012: Milton Keynes (Willen Lake)

8 Sep 2012: South London (Crystal Palace Park)

8 Sep 2012: Cardiff (Bute Park)

15 Sep 2012: East Lothian (Musselburgh Racecourse)

22 Sep 2012: Aberdeen (Hazelhead Park)

23 Sep 2012: Perth (North Inch Park)

6 Oct 2012: Newcastle (Exhibition Park)

13 Oct 2012: Maidstone (Mote Park)

14 Oct 2012: Brighton

20 Oct 2012: Southampton (Southampton Common)

21 Oct 2012: Ipswich (Christchurch Park)

3 Nov 2012: London (Victoria Park)


Even if your chosen event has reached its capacity and can’t accept any more runners, don’t despair. It’s advisable to still attend and watch those taking part as it will leave you feeling inspired and ready take on your own challenge for a charity such as Tommy’s at the next available opportunity.

Let us know how you’re getting on on our Twitter and Facebook pages and we’ll tweet you some encouragement, use the hash tag #mumsontherun.
Visit the MFM Forum to chat to other mums on the run and share experiences, advice and tips.

Read more…

Advertisement

Comments ()

Please read our Chat guidelines.