Searching for your next race? Looking for challenge to sign up to?
Runners in the United Kingdom are some of the most fortunate in the world. Whether you're looking for a fun-run or long-distance challenge, any of these fabulous road races would be a great way to add weight to your medal hanger.
Sometimes referred to as the “happiest 5k on the planet”, it's an international phenomenon that feels more like a festival than a race. No matter which Color Run you participate in, you will find a lot of first-timers running side-by-side with seasoned veterans. The smiles grow bigger at every mile-marker when participants are doused with various colors of powdered paint (tinted cornstarch).
A less messy 5k is the Big Fun Run which boasts “no times, no pressure, no sweat”. Perfect for runners young and not-so-young.
The Coastal Trail Series includes a challenging 10K (or a 44 mile ultra) featuring the marvelous Snowdonia Mountain Range as a backdrop.
If you’re looking for a Personal Best, the MadDog 10k is a fun, flat run featuring many costumed participants. Scenery includes a brief segment along the Southport shoreline, especially nice for those who enjoy wind with their running.
The Skyline 10k Series is held from November through February every year and provides the seasoned competitor with varied and challenging off-road courses. They are scenic and, like the snowflakes you may run in, no two are the same. This is a fantastic way to measure improvements in running fitness over a four-month period.
For those who wish to tackle a half marathon, consider the scenic Conwy Half in which participants experience the northern coastline of Wales running past Conwy Castle, Deganwy Beach, and through the charming Victorian town of Llandudno.
The Great Scottish Run is Scotland’s biggest running event with over 15,000 participants pounding the streets of Glasgow to the rhythm of drums and the hum of bagpipes. This flat course is perfect for a possible PB.
Another flat course is the Bristol Half Marathon, whose friendly spectators and festive atmosphere make it a must-run. Participants are wowed by a course which includes the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge.
Both first-time marathoners and veterans looking for a PB will love the Edinburgh Marathon, often described as the fastest marathon course in the world. This race is just one piece of a weekend festival that celebrates the best of the host city’s running community and history.
Considered to be one of the top six international marathons. This iconic British event attracts athletes of all levels, from Olympic Gold medalists to runners in fancy dress giving it their all for a cause close to their heart.
What do you think? When you look at the medals hanging on your Medal Display, what were your favourite UK running events?
By Elise McKinnon, a Mother of two children, with 12 half-marathons and a full marathon under her belt.