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What you need to know about Running

Running is the world’s most accessible sport. Park runs, colour runs, 5k, 10k, half marathons, marathons and ultras — all you need is a pair of trainers and off you go. Running events are hugely popular on Let’s Do This and it’s a sociable sport, so get some friends involved and achieve something extraordinary.

If you’re starting small, the 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing even if you’re training for a bigger challenge further down the line. Getting used to the atmosphere of an event is important. You’re so much more likely to hit a better time if there’s a crowd cheering you on, people in fancy dress and a big celebration at the finish line.

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Today, with international organisations, local clubs and national events to choose from, there are thousands of races to discover, and we want to help you find them quickly and easily. Below you’ll find selections by running type, running location and some exceptional events to take part in.

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The UKFast We Love Manchester 10k is well known as one of the most friendly 10k races around!

With over 3,000 runners covering all ages and abilities joining us at the Etihad Campus, we can't wait for another great event on Sunday July 8th 2018.

With its traditional start and finish on the Regional Athletics Track next to the impressive Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City FC its widely regarded as one of the most spectacular race venues in the region.

We are delighted to confirm that 1 of every single entry will be going direct to the We Love MCR Charity, the Lord Mayor of Manchester's own charity which is dedicated to raising funds and supporting a wide range of initiatives and projects in Manchester.

UKFast We Love Manchester 10k

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB
UKFast We Love Manchester 10k
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Our Asda Foundation Burnley 10K is one of the region's best-loved events, attracting around 2,000 runners each summer.Small in size, but not in spirit, what feels like the whole town turns out to support runners in this fantastic 10K challenge. Now in its sixth year, the race begins and finishes in Towneley Park, outside the majestic Towneley Hall, the jewel in Burnleys crown.

Asda Foundation Burnley 10K

Burnley, Lancashire, GB
1 race
£20.50£22.50
Asda Foundation Burnley 10K
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The Dog Jog series are unique 5k jogging events for you and your dog to get fit and have fun. Each event offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. They are also a great opportunity to meet like-minded dog owners in your area. Plus whats more, when you cross the finish line youll receive a fantastic Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both you and your dog, as well as Dog Jog Collar Keyring medal! Dog Jog is all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the great outdoors with your favourite four-legged friend!

Dog Jog – Manchester

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB
Dog Jog – Manchester
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Join us for our new Thursday evening event running around Media City in Salford. Starting and finishing in the centre of Media City you will head out around a 2.5km loop that runs over the canal and runs past the imperial war museum along with the ITV and BBC television studios.

Each kilometre will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to encourage you on your way to the finish line. Included in your entry fee is a themed medal, water and post race goodies. Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

Run Media City – August

Salford, Greater Manchester, GB
Run Media City – August
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Join us and thousands of runners on the streets of MediaCityUK to take on the popular UKFast City of Salford 10k to raise funds for some incredible causes, run their very first 10k, beat their personal best and support their loved ones around the course.

Ukfast City Of Salford 10k

Salford, Greater Manchester, GB
1 race
£19£21
Ukfast City Of Salford 10k
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2018 will see the 10th Anniversary English Half Marathon on Sunday 16th September in Warrington, Cheshire. This year will once again take in the spectacular Golden Gates finish!

Every Half Marathon and a 10k runner will receive a medal, t-shirt, and goodies at the finish line. Runners and spectators will also have access to a special event village with a bar, live music and so much more!

English Half Marathon

Warrington, Warrington, GB
English Half Marathon
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Set to hit the streets on Sunday 16th September, the Bury 10K is popular with people of all abilities.

The Bury 10K is staged in partnership with the Bury-based I Will If You Will (IWIYW) fitness movement, which is delivered by Bury Council with Lottery funds from Sport England.

Starting and finishing close to The Rock, the course is suitable for all ages and abilities from beginners just starting out on their fitness journey to experienced fast runners looking for a personal best. Click here to explore the route in more detail.

Why not grab a friend and run for fun, for a personal challenge or to get fit and healthy?

Asda Foundation Bury 10K

Bury, Greater Manchester, GB
1 race
£18£20
Asda Foundation Bury 10K
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With great success from lasts year inaugural Dark Peaks 30 Ultra Trail, and some fantastic feedback from competitors.
Being described by the elite field of runners as one of the best but hardest 30 mile ultras they have ever raced and truly a classic in the making. We where excited to bring this event back!!!

Starting from the village of Hope, This Ultra will take you into the heart of the Peak District national park, where the total elevation will be well over 7000ft!!

Starting off on the iconic Pennine way you will soon be greeted with some brutal climbs, high ridge lines and fast technical descending, with the time of year and the nature of this course this one will surely push you to your limits!!

Dark Peaks 30 Ultra Trail

Hope, Derbyshire, GB
Dark Peaks 30 Ultra Trail
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The organising team would like to wish you best of luck and promise that we will do everything we can to make this race the most enjoyable one you have entered this year.

If you only enter one half marathon this year, make it the Manchester Half Marathon.

One of the flattest and fastest around. The only 41m of elevation gain and a 2 mile + finishing straight, we expect to see some very fast times here.

Great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and glorious finish at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket Club, plus a medal and a technical t-shirt for all finishers!

To give you an idea of how fast this course is, 74% of the first 50 finishers ran a personal best or a season best. 56% of the top 250 ran a PB or SB. This is your half marathon to literally smash it!

Manchester Half Marathon

Stretford, Greater Manchester, GB
Manchester Half Marathon
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Electrifying light shows and energising beats will carry you around the course as you get your glow on in the Foam Zone, powder up in the UV Paint Blast Zone and get grooving in the Time Tunnel. Open to all abilities, young or old - whether you dance/walk/jog or run - Glow in the Park is your time to shine.

It's even more fun in a group! Book for 4 or more people for the reduced rate!

Location: Heaton Park, Middleton Rd, Manchester M25 2SW
Date: 27th October 2018

Glow In The Park – Manchester

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB
Glow In The Park – Manchester
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Starting from the beautiful village of Langsett, this new and exciting race will twist and wind you through some of the most scenic forest trails in the Peak District National park.

From there you will hit a single track that changes in elevation several times, from the top of this climb you will be greeted to a spectacular technical decent which will land you right into the heart of the Derwent valley.

With gentle rolling tracks along the Derwent water, you will eventually be hit head-on with some tough gritty climbs onto the outer edges of the Derwent valley.

This will lead you to the final climb onto the last ridge before you descend back to the finish for a well-earned cuppa!!!!

Navigation skills essential, lower parts of the course will be marked. A GPX file will be available to download and map of the route will be available on the website to print also the map will be handed out at registration.

Dark Peaks Trail 14 & Marathon

Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, GB
2 races
£22.50£35
Dark Peaks Trail 14 & Marathon
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Join us in Wythenshawe Park for this popular festive run.

Get your Christmas running season off to a great start with this Festive favourite. There are Christmas puds and other Festive goodies on offer plus a medal and a mince pie will be waiting for you at the finish.

Includes a Children's Race taking place shortly before the main race at 10:45 am.

Manchester Christmas Pudding 5 Mile Dash

Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, GB
1 race
£15£17
Manchester Christmas Pudding 5 Mile Dash

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