Whether your New Year’s resolutions was to get active or you’re a dedicated runner looking for a challenge, taking part in a race this spring is an excellent goal.
We round up some of the best 5k, 10k, half marathons and marathons taking place in the UK in the first half of 2015.
Fun 5k Races
There are lots of enjoyable 5k events taking place in spring 2015.
The Hot Chocolate Run Series of races take place around Dorney Lake in Windsor, on a course perfect for first time 5k racers, and there are also 10km, 15km & 20km runs. Best of all, runners receive a complimentary hot chocolate at the end of the race! The upcoming spring Hot Chocolate Runs take place on 22 March and 18 April 2015.
One of the most fun 5k races is the new ‘Race or Dye’ series for runners of all ages and abilities. As you run the course you are showered in eco-friendly, safe powdered dye, so by the time you finish you’re rainbow coloured. Upcoming races take place on 16 May 2015 in Bath and Bristol, followed by Exeter on 30 May, Liverpool on 06 June, Cheshire on 27 June then other dates and locations through the year.
When you’re ready to step up your run to the next level, you’ll find plenty of excellent, dedicated 10k races in spring.
Age UK organise several 10k runs in the spring that help to raise funds to support vulnerable older people in the UK. The Age UK 10k runs take place at medieval Tatton Park on 01 March 2015, historic Harewood House on 08 March 2015, and around the dinosaurs of Crystal Palace on 22 March 2015.
The fun 2015 Liverpool Spring 10k takes place on 03 May 2015 in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, and is suitable for runners of all abilities. The course is flat, with entertainments like a Samba Band on hand to encourage runners.
On 10 May 2015 the streets of Manchester will be buzzing with activity as runners prepare for the biggest 10k running event in Europe, the Morrisons Great Manchester Run. The race takes competitors past attractions like the Imperial War Museum and Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
Half Marathons and Marathons
If you are a committed jogger looking to take your running to a new level, then challenge yourself with a spring marathon or half marathon.
The Spring Shakespeare is one of the first big runs of the season, taking place on 14 March 2015. The course is a 5k loop in an airfield in Stratford-Upon-Avon, so runners don’t need to worry about traffic or uneven surfaces. Affordable places are available for marathon runners, as well as for half marathon, 10k and 5k.
One of the best dedicated half marathons is the 2015 Vitality Reading Half Marathon, which takes place on 22 March 2015. The race starts and ends in the parkland of Green Park, and winds through the town of Reading. It’s suitable for experienced runners as well as beginner racers, so makes another good training run in preparation for a longer race.
The Edinburgh Marathon on 31 May 2015 is part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, the biggest event of its kind in Scotland. Over two days there are seven races on offer, including 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon. The quick course starts in the heart of the Capital, and takes racers by imposing crags of Arthur’s Seat, down to the city’s seafront, and past historic houses.
The most famous race in the UK takes place on 26 April – the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. The London Marathon is a flat and fast course which takes runners past landmarks like Greenwich, the River Thames, London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Buckingham Palace. Although the ticket ballot is now closed, you might be able to get a place on the race running for charity.
Have you ever been tempted to run a marathon?