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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.

Find local Running races

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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After a year's break, we are pleased to take on the organisation of this popular run and introduce a 5km option too.

Beale Park really is a stunning location for an evening run - with parts of the course near the Thames and others through the woods. One not to miss.

Location: Beale Park, Pangbourne, RG8 9NW.

Thames 10km & 5km at Beale Park

Reading, GB
Thames 10km & 5km at Beale Park
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The Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones is a fully supported 100km challenge along the iconic Ridgeway. You can run it or walk it from the start line in Oxfordshire to the finish next to the 5,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury. Complete the 100km non-stop or break it into two days staying at our overnight basecamp.

Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones

Watlington, Oxfordshire, GB
1 race
£124£144
Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones
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The Marlow Fugitive Twilight runs are a new addition to the highly popular 2018 Fugitive Triathlon event. The course is a beautiful run along the River Thames and surrounding Marlow. Soak up the atmosphere at twilight when the sun starts to set and the moon and starts start to appear. A relaxed vibe along a relatively flat course.

Accurate & scenic 5km/10km. Race is chip timed chips with timing mats at both the start and finish, and all finishers will receive a bespoke medal.

Fugitive Twilight Run – 5 & 10km

Marlow, Buckinghamshire, GB
2 races
£15£18
Fugitive Twilight Run – 5 & 10km
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With a race starting at 6 pm on a Saturday evening in August, the first edition of the new Summer Mapledurham 10km will give you a completely new challenge if you've tackled our muddy December races before.
This is one of our favourite places to run and the 10km course takes in a stunning route through woodlands, up hills, across fields and along private estate roads.

Summer Mapledurham 10k

Mapledurham Village, Oxfordshire, GB
Summer Mapledurham 10k
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A stunning route with scenery that's steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for a festival of river-side challenges - with 3 unique events to join!

Join the 'Main Thames Path Challenge' - 100km from Putney Bridge to Henley or on either 50km Half Challenge, or a Quarter section. Most will Walk at their own pace, some will Jog, and quite a few will Run the whole course!

Or perhaps the 'Thames Bridges Trek' - 25k from Putney Bridge through the heart of central London zig-zagging over 16 historic bridges, and a finish beyond Tower Bridge.
On Sunday it's 'The Henley 10K' for all the family to enjoy down by the river.

Key Partner Charities:
Alzheimer's Society
Breast Cancer Now
Cancer Research UK
Young Lives vs Cancer - CLIC Sargent
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Help for Heroes
Macmillan Cancer Support
Mind
NSPCC
Parkinson's
Children with Cancer UK
British Heart Foundation

Thames Path Challenge

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, GB
Thames Path Challenge
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Join other trekkers as we venture across the Capital taking in unrivalled views of the skyline from its best vantage points. Setting out from Putney Bridge - we head East towards the City, zig-zagging over the array of historic bridges - each with its own fascinating story - and a mid point stop in Vauxhall for some snacks & drinks. 25km later, it's a finish line celebration in Southwark past the majestic Tower Bridge.

A great opportunity to get out, get fitter, meet others, and explore the very best of London!

Key Partner Charities:
alzheimer's society
cancer research uk
great ormond street hospital
help for heroes
macmillan cancer support
make-a-wish foundation
nspcc
parkinson's uk

Thames Bridges Trek

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, GB
1 race
£30£75
Thames Bridges Trek
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Take part in the Conquer The Chilterns Trail Half Marathon this September, in the heart of the Thames Valley and only an hour away from London.

This is one of the most scenic trail runs in the country with a fantastic course around the Chiltern Valley and surrounding areas.

All runners will start together at 12:30pm

The event will have full car parking facilities available, which will be in operation to allow participants to come and go, whilst the event is still taking place and makes it perfect for spectators and family to attend and soak up the atmosphere.

Megilo Conquer The Chilterns Trail Half Marathon

Fawley, Buckinghamshire, GB
Megilo Conquer The Chilterns Trail Half Marathon
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The Cotswold Classic is a firmly established event in the local running calendar and is once again part of the Oxfordshire County 10 Mile Road Race Championship.

Its a relatively hilly/undulating course with one particularly long climb known locally as the hillzakilla (total elevation gain is 518ft). There is, however, a very fast finish with the last mile and a half being more or less downhill from New Yatt.

All advance-booking finishers will receive a long-sleeve technical shirt. We also expect them to be available for most on the day entries but cant guarantee it simply because we dont know how many runners will turn up (and we prefer profits to go into next years race or to our charity rather than down the plughole) so best to enter in advance.

The Cotswold Classic

Witney, Oxfordshire, GB
The Cotswold Classic
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The flat route embraces Reading's waterways for much of the distance, offering an appealing, multi-surfaced course that takes in rural, modern and historical areas of the town and surrounding countryside.

Reading O2O 10K, 3k and 1k

Reading, Reading, GB
3 races
£7£18
Reading O2O 10K, 3k and 1k
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Fall in love with Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, while running this flat and fast route!

Just a little over an hour away from London, come discover this city thats famous the world over for its University, architecture, and place in history.

Enjoy a fast and flat 13.1 mile route through historic Oxford that kicks off from City Centre. You'll speed by world-famous museums, universities, parks and more on this one-of-a-kind run. You're sure to finish feeling both accomplished and cultured.

Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon

Oxford, Oxfordshire, GB
Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon
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2 laps & potential PB course starting and finishing at Rivermead Leisure Complex. It will happen on 4th November 2018.

Reading Rivermead 10k

Reading, Reading, GB
Reading Rivermead 10k

Popular race for both the club runner look for a PB as well as a fun runner looking for well-managed and affordable 10km race. Start and Finish at Upper school playing fields, out through the historic town centre of Thame and back along the traffic-free Phoenix Trail. Race limit of 1000 normally full by early June. Awards/ mementoes: Medal T-Shirt Spot prizes Winners' prizes Goodies Venue facilities: Changing Toilets Showers Refreshments Supervised bag storage

CPM Thame 10k.

Thame, Oxfordshire, GB
1 race
£16£18
CPM Thame 10k.

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