Britain’s Top 10 Road Runs 2015

Top 10 Road Runs in the UK

The Bath Half Marathon

Sunday, 1 March 2015

There is few running events that go through a UNESCO World Heritage site, but Bath is one of them.

The two-lap course is mostly flat, traffic-free and as it takes place in early March, it’s the perfect build-up for spring marathon goals. This marathon event is known for large crowds, and drummers and live bands playing Chariots of Fire – it often tops best atmosphere polls.

More information at bathhalf.co.uk.

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Coniston 14

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Enjoy a run along a hilly route covering 14 miles of Tarmac around the edge of Coniston Water.

The course gives runners a beautiful panorama of fells and valleys, before leading back to the village and its welcoming pubs. First staged in 1982, the Coniston 14 is still organised by a small local committee.

More information at coniston14.co.uk.

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The London Marathon

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The London Marathon is a big, classic road run, one of the World’s six Marathon Majors and no other event beats it for atmosphere.

It has been run since 1981, when it was co-founded by Olympian and journalist Chris Brasher.

More information at virginmoneylondonmarathon.com.

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The Welsh Castles Relay

Saturday & Sunday, 6 & 7 June 2015

A two-day, 20-stage, 211-mile relay race mostly on road, but with several hills, mountains and bumpy parts on route is a big favourite in many running club calendars.

The race goes from Caernarfon to Cardiff with an overnight stay in Newtown. It has been organised since 1982 and is a team event (46 teams in 2014) with each team member running a 10-mile stage. However, individual stage winners do get valuable yellow castles sweatshirts and awards for achieving great things on the mountain stages.

More information at wcr.squarespace.com.

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 The Great North Run

Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Great North Run is the UK’s biggest running event (by competitor numbers) and with well over 50,000 runners also the world’s second biggest half marathon (after Gothenburg’s).

The 13.1-mile route from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields is lined with excited locals known for offering beer to runners. The race was co-created by Olympian and sports commentator Brendan Foster after he felt inspired by running New Zealand’s Round the Bays Race in 1979.

More information at greatrun.org.

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Swansea Bay 10K

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Go for a run and join Swansea Bay 10K with a picturesque route, which is a great chance to combine speed with coastal scenery.

Which 10k in the UK is fastest? There’s some debate about this issue. Is it Tamworth, Trafford, Telford, Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford Town and Gown, Leeds Abbey Dash, Chichester, Dewsbury, Swansea Bay or Salford 10Ks? Tough one since they all have course records under 30 minutes.

More information at www.swanseabay10k.com.

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 London Zoo Stampede 10K

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Do you think you can run as fast as a cheetah, or your form is as smooth as a gazelle’s?

Well you can check your running skills by running the London Zoo Stampede 10K. The course first goes through the zoo, then it opens to the general public, and continues into the relative wilderness of Regents Park. To help fellow runners, it might be helpful to shout “Run, the door to the lion cage seems to be open!”

More information at zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/whats-on/zsl-london-zoo-stampede.

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The Loch Ness Marathon

Sunday, 27 September 2015

If you better run when inspired by spectacular scenery, join the Loch Ness Marathon.

The 26.2-mile course is not as punishing as its location hints, or as remote as it may sound (the race ends in Inverness).

More information at lochnessmarathon.com

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The Snowdonia Marathon

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Most road marathons are organised in cities, which is great for crowds, but would you rather run by towering skyscrapers or massive mountains?

Held since 1982, this is a demanding and impressive route, surely the UK’s most scenic road race, encircling Snowdon. It includes three major climbs and a downhill finish into Llanberis and has a reputation for warm encouragement from locals who cheer runners in surprising numbers.

More information at snowdoniamarathon.co.uk

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10 mile Road Race Brampton to Carlisle

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Ten-milers are rare in the UK today and this is the oldest one in the country, having been organised since 1952.

Lots of big names have run it since its establishment including Steve Cram and Ron Hill, who both recorded wins. It’s a very fast, point to point course and the race record is Nick Sloan’s 45:50.

More information at borderharriers.co.uk.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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