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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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This one is just for the females amongst us! The Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon has evolved into a full female-only multi-sport day. Take your pick; theres something for everyone. So, whether its about taking on a challenge for the first time for the official charity Breast Cancer Care, or just to challenge yourself to better your time, the atmosphere at Dorney Lake makes this the perfect event at which to do this.

The event, held at the Olympic rowing venue Dorney Lake, Eton, provides a flat tarmac run and bike track as well as a lake with clean, calm waters to swim. As well as being a very safe and supportive venue, it also offers superb spectator viewing.The triathlon is always popular, offering a range of distances to either dip your toe into the water for the first time; to push yourself with a longer distance; or even to challenge yourself against the best in the Sprint Distance Triathlon.

Timetable:
9am Scootathlon
9.30 5k run
9.30 Duathlon
9.45 Olympic
10.20 Challenge
10.40 Sprint Wave 1
11am Sprint Wave 2
11.20 SuperSprint Wave 1
11.30 SuperSprint Wave 2
11.45 Novice Triathlon Wave 1
11.55 First Timer Wave
12.00 Prize Giving

Location: Eton College Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake, off Court Lane, Dorney, Berkshire, SL4 6QP

There is plenty of parking at Dorney lake.

Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon and 5k

Windsor, GB
Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon and 5k
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The classic Gut Buster just got hotter! It's the 2nd race in the new Summer Trail Series

You'll find a completely different challenge to the legendary December event, with a reasonable chance of seeing a lot less mud! Instead you'll see our beautiful course in a whole new light, and we know you'll love it.

With a race start at 6pm on a Sunday evening this will be something different; you can finish in time for tea!

Summer Gut Buster 10k

Reading, GB
Summer Gut Buster 10k
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This series back for the SEVENTH year organised in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council has become a firm favourite with runners of all abilities and 2018 marks our seventh summer season!

Follow one lap of a lovely off-road, traffic-free route around Dinton Pastures Country Park, near Hurst, Reading, to clock up 5km, or go round twice for 10km. Either way, its pancake flat and if you enter more than one race youve a great chance of seeing that PB come down month by month!

Location: Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Berks, RG10 0TH

Dinton Summer Series – July

Hurst, Wokingham, GB
Dinton Summer Series – July
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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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Run this gloriously scenic, flat, multi-terrain, point-to-point half marathon along the Thames towpath. Mainly traffic free.

Run in reverse directions each year; this year it is "Up Flow" therefore starting in Windsor and finishing in Marlow, taking in Bourne End, Cookham & Maidenhead along the way.

As this is a point-to-point race, you can park at the finish in Windsor and take the coach provided to the start - once you've finished the race your car will be there waiting for you! Spectator friendly route and finish area with refreshments, so bring the family!

Starts: Alexandra Gardens, Barry Ave, Windsor, SL4 3HY
Finishes: Riverwoods Drive, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1QU

Up Flow Down Tow Half Marathon

Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, GB
Up Flow Down Tow Half Marathon
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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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This series back for the SEVENTH year organised in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council has become a firm favourite with runners of all abilities and 2018 marks our seventh summer season!

Follow one lap of a lovely off-road, traffic-free route around Dinton Pastures Country Park, near Hurst, Reading, to clock up 5km, or go round twice for 10km. Either way, its pancake flat and if you enter more than one race youve a great chance of seeing that PB come down month by month!

Location: Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Berks, RG10 0TH

Dinton Summer Series – August

Hurst, Wokingham, GB
Dinton Summer Series – August
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A great opportunity to run on closed roads on a fast, flat course! Voted 3rd in the 'PB POTENTIAL' category in Runners World Races of the Year 2013 Awards. Suitable for beginners, PB-Hunters and competitive athletes alike.

Now in its 8th year, the Maidenhead Half Marathon is an established favourite in the local race calendar: it is known for its enthusiastic spectator support, impeccable organisation, and most of all its undisputed PB-potential. Held on closed roads around urban Maidenhead and scenic Cookham, this is a fast race on a flat course, and will delight everyone whether you want to improve your race time or embark on your very first half marathon.

Maidenhead Half Marathon

Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, GB
Maidenhead Half Marathon
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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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