Beginner Friendly Running Events in East Midlands

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AUG22
Registration Perks
Chase the Sun Leicestershire - August

Run 5k, 10k or the Move Mile around the flat and fast Airfield at Prestwold Hall and battle to get around the course before the sun goes down. This is a perfect venue for testing yourself over a new distance or going for a personal best!

Each kilometre is accurately marked out with distance flags and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish. At the end of the race, you will each get a themed medal, water, fruit & flapjack and free event photographs!

This is a chip timed race and all runners will receive an accurate official time!

£6 - £18
Chase the Sun Leicestershire - August
NOV30
Registration Perks
Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Join the Time2RunEvents Team for this Festive 2 Days of Running around the National Water Sports Center in Nottingham. Both Days There will be Live Music, Great Atmosphere with grandstand Finish, Open to all Abilities with a 7 Hour Cut off Marathon & 4 Hour Half.

You must be 12 years and over for the 5k and 17 years & Over For The Half & 18 Years & Over For Full Marathon.

Please note: 2019 Chips/Race Numbers & Instructions Will be Posted Out 2 Weeks Before the Event There is No Need to Register on the Day Go Straight to the Start.

£6 - £38
Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
JUN23
Grimsthorpe Gallop

Grimsthorpe Gallop back for it's 3rd year! Join us on this beautiful trail run...

Set in the beautiful grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle, in the delightfully charming Lincolnshire countryside just 10mins off the A1. This event makes for a perfect summer race, whether you take on the family friendly 5k or go for the longer challenges of 10k, 10miles or 13.1 miles.

£8 - £34
Grimsthorpe Gallop
JUN26
The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 2

This Wednesday night summer series is growing in popularity, welcoming runners of all standards, including beginners. Part of a four-race series, there will be a medal and finish line goodies to all finishers at each event.

There are also prizes and trophies for winners and winners of vet categories, plus team prizes and a special series prize for 1st Male and 1st Female. Points scored in each race count towards the overall Series prizes (the first 100 male and female finishers in each race score points), with points awarded for race positions and the best three races to count towards series results.

£9.40 - £11.60
The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 2
JUN30
Gate Gallop

It is an off road, traffic free event organised by the Peel Road Runners and is part of the Burton District Summer League. Offering a childrens run, a 4.4k fun run (ages 9 and above) and a 10k Race (ages 15 and over) it has something for all the family. The event has been run for over 25 years raising an amazing 100,000 for St Giles Hospice and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Peel Road Runners and all of the Gate Gallop entrants for their continued support!

£3 - £14
Gate Gallop
JUL24
The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 3

This Wednesday night summer series is growing in popularity, welcoming runners of all standards, including beginners. Part of a four-race series, there will be a medal and finish line goodies to all finishers at each event.

There are also prizes and trophies for winners and winners of vet categories, plus team prizes and a special series prize for 1st Male and 1st Female. Points scored in each race count towards the overall Series prizes (the first 100 male and female finishers in each race score points), with points awarded for race positions and the best three races to count towards series results.

£8 - £10
The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 3
JUL26
Newstead Abbey Dash 5k

The Newstead Abbey Dash will be back again in 2019 on Friday 26th July. This is a little earlier in the summer than previous years in order to accommodate other bookings at the Abbey. We will again be hosting the Notts AAA County 5k Championships, but also look forward to those new to running trying this out as their first 5k road race.

£8 - £10
Newstead Abbey Dash 5k
AUG11
The Big Fun Run series – Derby

Big Fun Run is a series of 5k untimed runs staged within scenic settings throughout the UK from July to October. Run for fitness, run for charity, run for funjust run! Theres no pressure, just some easy moves and lots of laughs. Its all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the whole experience of the day.

£14 - £16.25
The Big Fun Run series – Derby
AUG11
Dog Jog – Derby

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!

£5 - £13.50
Dog Jog – Derby
AUG28
Nottingham Summer 5K Series – Race Four

This Wednesday night summer series is growing in popularity, welcoming runners of all standards, including beginners. Part of a four-race series, there will be a medal and finish line goodies to all finishers at each event.

There are also prizes and trophies for winners and winners of vet categories, plus team prizes and a special series prize for 1st Male and 1st Female. Points scored in each race count towards the overall Series prizes (the first 100 male and female finishers in each race score points), with points awarded for race positions and the best three races to count towards series results.

£8 - £10
Nottingham Summer 5K Series – Race Four
AUG29
Leicester City 5K Summer Series – August

This popular summer series returns for the seventh year. A fast two lap circuit, using an accurately measured 5K course, the race would suit runners of all standards including beginners. The race carries a UKA license.

This is the fourth and final race in the series, with the previous races taking place in May, June, and July.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the leading runners and age category winners, plus team prizes and a special series prize for 1st Male and 1st Female across all races. The series comprises four 5K races and points are awarded by race position, with the best three races counting towards the series results.

£12
Leicester City 5K Summer Series – August
SEP29
The Tissington Trail Half Marathon - September

The Tissington Trail Half Marathon has established itself as a real favourite with runners, often selling out months in advance, and we hold this race on two dates across one weekend to accommodate as many runners as possible. We're proud that the race regularly features in the Runner's World top 10 UK trail races.

The Tissington Trail, the site of a former railway line from Ashbourne to Buxton, runs along a 13 mile route from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal for a cracking half marathon and, because the route is slightly downhill all the way, you've got gravity on your side!

This race features chip timing, a quality bespoke medal for all finishers, plus well-stocked aid stations and finish line goodies! Commemorative finisher's technical t-shirts will also be available to purchase.

Prizes from the event are generously sponsored by Big Bobble Hats who will be present on the day of the event.

We are also pleased to welcome Much Better Adventures on board as one of our event partners, an award-winning platform for booking unique, ready-made adventure weekends with amazing local hosts. Join a small social group of like-minded people, or book privately just for you and friends. From Kayaking and Wildcamping the Norwegian Fjords to climbing Mt Toubkal in Morocco, check out the amazing adventures you could have on your next weekend away.

As an event entrant, you can get 25 credit to use on any adventure weekend and we'll also have one place on one of their trips available to win for one lucky entrant!

£10 - £28
The Tissington Trail Half Marathon - September
OCT5
Mencap Birmingham Sutton Park 5K &10K
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Aim for a personal best or take your time, either way, by tying your laces and clocking up the kilometres for Mencap you're tackling the inequalities faced by people with a learning disability head on. Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, it's the money you raise that improves lives and fights for a future where everyone is valued equally, listened to and included.

£5 - £30
Mencap Birmingham Sutton Park 5K &10K
APR12
The Chasewater Easter Egg 10k & 5k

Why not get your Easter Sunday off with a bounce at the Chasewater Easter Egg 10k & 5k?

Using the undulating paths and trails around Chasewater Reservoir, this race is a real running treat! Dress up as your favourite Easter character and take part in the either a 10k or 5k race. The event also includes a short childrens race.

Booking Closed
The Chasewater Easter Egg 10k & 5k

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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

Find the right running event for you

To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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