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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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A return of the very popular Bridport 5 km & 10 km will start and finish at St Mary's field by the football club on the western edge of Bridport.
The route will be open to traffic, however, there are plenty of places you run on wide pavements and cycle-paths and with plenty of marshals around the course (32 Last year), the run is a safe, scenic route around Bridport Town.

With lots of places for family and friends to cheer you on as with last year we have tried to make the route touch as many parts of the Town we could within the 10 km route, the 5 km is mostly through the parks and cycle paths to encourage 14's and under to run, and this makes it super safe.

Prizes for first place Male, Female and child, but everyone gets a superb medal.

Bridport 10km & 5km

Bridport, Dorset, GB
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New for 2018, we have added a beast of a route. This is the toughest Inov-8 X Series route on our calendar, with over 2300m of elevation, it's 300m higher than the Inov-8 Snowdonia X Series event! That should give you some idea of the challenge that awaits you here in Devon.

We are sending you along part of The South West Coast Path which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1,014 km), running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest

The route starts at Caffyns Farm and heads along the coast path at Lynton, you will be met with towering cliffs and stunning sea views across to South Wales. Soak up the stunning sounds of seabirds nesting on the cliffs. As you venture along the coast you will enter the valley of rocks, a superb section of coast path well know for its herds of feral goats. This section is among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and is highly fossil ferrous.

As you continue on your way you will become lost in the splendour. We take you to Foreland Point, a rocky headland which is the most northerly point along the Devon and Exmoor coastline.

The route then sweeps back inland towards some special forested sections that make you feel like you're back in the heart of Devon. One stand out area is Watersmeet, we know you will be enchanted by this section of the route. There are many other hidden gems on the Exmoor X Series event, we dont want to spoil it too much for you, so come and join us! The outdoors awaits...

Location: Caffyns Farm, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6JW

Gates open: 7.00
Registration: 7.30
Race start: 9.00

The Maverick inov-8 X Series Exmoor

Lynton, GB
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Combine trail running and the magic of music in this inspirational 3-day trip into the best of the British countryside. With the outstanding beauty of The Gower Peninsula as your backdrop, you'll explore beaches, cliffs, coastal trails, ancient woodland and dunes on day & night-time guided runs.

Revel in the best trail running has to offer, while only four kilometres away from the festival site you can explore Rhossili Bay, officially named the UK's best beach. Guided trail runs from as short as 3km all the way up to 60km, with varied pace groups, means there is something for everyone and all abilities.

Get involved in the beer mile relay, the legendary pub crawl run, secret adventures, treasure hunts & wild swims, among other adrenaline-spiking activities like surfing before you ease off with some well deserved wellness activities; from outdoor yoga sessions through to an invigorating soak in the open air hot tubs.

At night, settle by the crackling fire of the Campfire Stage and listen to a host of inspirational talks from a carefully curated line-up of adventure athletes, explorers & thought leaders, then let go to the sound of live music and DJs as the sun falls and the stars come out.

Where: Weobley Castle, Gower Peninsular, South Wales
When: 13th - 15th July 2018

Love Trails Festival

Swansea, GB
1 race
£115£135
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Dorset's fabulous Jurassic Coast provides a stunning setting for this new and testing challenge - with some glorious views enroute and a few hills in between! A Saturday morning start in Poole, past Sandbanks, a short ferry ride, and 100km of trails and famous landmarks before the finish line and an overwhelming sense of achievement.

Whether you're a regular walker and new to endurance events, or an occasional marathon runner looking to up the distance, this challenge is for you, with full support & the best hospitality through day & night. Your journey will be unforgettable, and with some determination, spirit, and resolve - anyone can take on the Jurassic Coast!

Key Partner Charities:
Alzheimer's Society
Breast Cancer Now
Cancer Research Uk
Clic Sargent
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Help for Heroes
Macmillan Cancer Support
Mind
NSPCC
Parkinson's Uk
Down's Syndrome Association
Cats Protection
Make a Wish
Bowel Cancer UK
Diabetes UK

Jurassic Coast Challenge

GB
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A return of the popular powder fun from 2016 and 2017, gets entrants covered from head to toe in a variety of colours at various points of the course. Oh, and did we mention it's not even a run? You can choose to walk, skip or hop your way around if you feel like it. Its all about the fun and what gives you the biggest smiles!

It's not timed or really a proper run, its more for fun and we would encourage you to raise money for local charities, charities that normally don't have large-scale donations. So not only will you have great fun, get a really cool medal but you can help local good causes as well!

A return of the bouncy castle, face painting, food and drink, Its going to be a fun packed day, we strongly encourage you to bring blanket and just chill in the sun, hopefully it will build into another great community event, with your help that is.

Please share the event via social media, and lets make it a great event.

Bridport Powder Run

Bridport, Dorset, GB
1 race
£5£15
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Glastonbury is a town in South West England. It's known for its ancient and medieval sites, many rich in myth. Glastonbury Tor is a tower-topped hill linked to Arthurian legend, overlooking the marshy Somerset Levels. Once said to be King Arthurs burial place, Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century. Nearby, centuries-old Glastonbury Tribunal has a museum with Iron Age artefacts.

The event is a 5 mile loop around the drove ways of the somerset levels, a stunning run on flat (Pan flat) and safe (Limited traffic), tarmacked road, if you're doing the 10 mile run or 10 mile CHALLENGE (TMC), you will do two laps.

The Beast Challenge – South West

Glastonbury, Somerset, GB
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The Thorney run fest is a running festival in every sense of the word, its a pan flat off-road trail run, we have purposely designed it to be inclusive to all, with open spaces, woodland and circumventing two spectacular fishing lakes with distances including, 5km, 10km, Half and 6 Hour Enduro (INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM), you can even pick a start time.
Whether youre setting yourself a fitness target, looking to achieve a new PB, raising money for your good cause or just coming to join the Hundreds of other runners who are running for their own goals, you know you can also run just for fun.
With on-site camping, including electric hook up (Fee payable), free parking, showers and a relaxation Marquee, we will even have a very small bar for Friday and Saturday evening, with DJ entertainment, food and drink are also available to purchase.

Thorney Run Festival

Thorney, Somerset, GB
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This genuinely epic ultra starts in Lynmouth and finishes in Ivybridge (100 miles) with the option of continuing to Wembury if you finish within 30 hours (111 miles). You will run through the night and anyone who gets to Ivybridge inside 24 hours will receive a special prize!

This is a very challenging self navigation ultra, and isn't to be taken lightly. You'll be crossing two national parks: Exmoor in the north of Devon, Mid Devon and Dartmoor National Park, following the recently relaunched Two Moors Way. Despite the minimal ascent, only experienced ultra runners or participants with good navigation skills will be accepted. Even in September, good weather can not be assured and parts of the route can become boggy.

Dont be fooled, this is no baby ultra! Its a fully fledged Dartmoor Crossing, following the Two Moors Way, which will require self navigation skills.

Two Moors Ultra Exmoor to Dartmoor

Manor Gardens, Devon, GB
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Join our Cardiff Half Marathon team and 18,000 others in a race through the Welsh capital. The Cardiff Half Marathon has grown into one of the largest road races in the UK, taking you through the beautiful scenery and historic buildings of the city centre.

The route will take you past some of the Welsh capital's most iconic landmarks, with stunning scenery and beautiful buildings. Along the way you will pass the glorious Penarth Marina before crossing the barrage and heading to Cardiff Bay, where you will run right through the heart of the bay taking in the Norwegian Church and the Wales Millenium Centre.

The flat roads along this course make this the perfect race for experienced and novice runners alike.

Cardiff Half Marathon

Cardiff, Cardiff, GB
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A well-established road race and one of the ultimate favourites in the South West running calendar. This popular half marathon gives runners an exciting challenge for the Autumn, taking a route through the heart of Exeter and the beautiful country lanes towards Stoke Woods. The course has been designed to provide great running conditions on traffic-free roads, with the opportunity for great spectator support. This half marathon has it all: the energy of a city centre road race, combined with pretty country lanes and stunning views across Exeter.

Exeter’s Great West Run

Exeter, Devon, GB
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The marathon will return in 2018, still based at the home of Ciderology, the fantastic Bredy cider farm on the edge of Burton Bradstock, where you can camp the night before if you wish. (You must book through Bredy farm)

With parking close by and the start within 50 meters of the Cider bar, its something to look forward to at the end (as long as someone else is driving!). Its also a great place for your family to relax as you do all the work.

The routes are on nice quiet country roads, with aid stations on route and our as always welcoming environment, we want everyone to finish the marathon who starts and if you can manage 7 hours and under then #PUSHYOURLIMITS and enter now.

Burton Marathon

Burton Bradstock, Dorset, GB

The 2018 Whitford Point Multi Terrain Race will take place on Wenesday 25th April. and will start at 7:00 pm on the road outside the village hall in the picturesque village of Llanmadoc in the glorious Gower Penninsular (Satnav SA3 1DB). The race is run over a challenging scenic course 5.6-5.9 miles long (depending on the route taken along the beach) consisting of road, beach and forest trails. Please note that the race is not suitable for wheelchair racers. Minimum age 18 on day of race.

Whitford Point Multi Terrain Race

Swansea, GB
1 race
£10£12

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