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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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For all athletic abilities, the great day of running will feature both the 10k and half marathon distances.
The internationally renowned 10k will be staged for the 16th time, with the day also including a half marathon in the heart of the city.
On a special day in the sporting calendar, the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run demonstrates the spirit, determination and togetherness of the city.
From the worlds greatest distance runners to the thousands of people raising money for a host of good causes, the streets of Manchester are taken over for a running party in Manchester!

The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is suitable for all athletic abilities, the great day of running will feature both the 10k and half marathon distances.
The internationally renowned 10k will be staged for the 16th time, with the day also including a half marathon in the heart of the city.
On a special day in the sporting calendar, the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run demonstrates the spirit, determination and togetherness of the city.
From the worlds greatest distance runners to the thousands of people raising money for a host of good causes, the streets of Manchester are taken over for a running party in Manchester!

Great Manchester Run

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB
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Are YOU tough enough to break out in time?

Team event involving 6 individual challenges that must be met in order to find the key to free the team's medals. 12 hour challenge involving tough terrain, tough conditions, and tough challenges.

Food will be available, but be prepared to rough it: this is a test of fitness, character, teamwork and grit. Are YOU game enough?

This is a 6-part challenge event designed to take anywhere between two and 12 hours, depending on how many parts of the challenge you complete and how fast you/your team are. Food and refreshments will be available for the real hardcore amongst you. How many km can you complete within the time - and can you crack all six parts of the challenge?

It's rough, it's tough, and it's hard. Are you SURE you're up to the challenge?

Note: if booking for a group, only one's person's details are needed. We will follow up with you to get your teammates' details.

Starting point: Castleton, Derwent Edge
Start time: 10am

JailBreak 12-hour Challenge Race

Hope Valley, GB
1 race
£35£175
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The race takes in the idyllic beauty spots of the reservoir, along with the elevated fells high above. The whole course gives you panoramic views of the surrounding Dark Peak district. This area is described by fellow runners as,the most scenic trail running route in the Peak District'. So whether you're new to running, an experienced athlete or simply looking for a new challenge, then this race will be right down your street.

The Ladybower Trail Marathon is set in the idyllic beauty spot of the Peak District national park, the course is surrounded by the elevated fells set within the Derwent Valley. Described by fellow runners as one of the most scenic trail marathons in the Peak District this one is not to be missed.

Ladybower Trail Marathon

Hope Valley, GB
1 race
£32.50£35
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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
1 race
£19£21
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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We have designed a lightning-quick 5k in a fantastic location in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. This race is becoming a favourite for PB chasers across the region. The race has gained such a reputation that in spring 2017 we hosted the England Athletics 5k Road Running championships and we attract runners from across the country.
Race HQ is Kingsley Cricket Club Kingsley Cheshire WA6 8HY. There will be parking there as well as in the nearby fields. The race starts and finishes on Ball Lane where a full rolling road closure will allow you to concentrate on the race and not the oncoming traffic.

Mid Cheshire 5k – Spring

Barnton, Cheshire West and Chester, GB

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