Beginner Friendly Running Events in East Midlands

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MAY19
Registration Perks
CHASEWATER COUNTRY PARK 5K/10K

Please join us for our series of 5k and 10K runs that will take place in 2019 all over the Midlands. We are organising these events to raise money for male types of cancers including prostate and testicular cancer.

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CHASEWATER COUNTRY PARK 5K/10K

Chasewater Country Park, Burntwood, Walsall WS8 7NL, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Please join us for our series of 5k and 10K runs that will take place in 2019 all over the Midlands. We are organising these events to raise money for male types of cancers including prostate and testicular cancer.

£5 - £15
CHASEWATER COUNTRY PARK 5K/10K
JUN24
Registration Perks
Walsall Aboretum 5k & 10k Run

5K & 10K run to raise money for prostate cancer. Men and women, all ages welcome, refreshments on site and facilities of the park available. FREE Manuptocancer T-Shirt.

There will be a published finishing order, certificates, Manuptocancer T-Shirt and a small prize for 1st in each category.

2 reviews
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Walsall Aboretum 5k & 10k Run

109 Lichfield St, Walsall WS1 1SZ, UKView event
2 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

5K & 10K run to raise money for prostate cancer. Men and women, all ages welcome, refreshments on site and facilities of the park available. FREE Manuptocancer T-Shirt.

There will be a published finishing order, certificates, Manuptocancer T-Shirt and a small prize for 1st in each category.

Reviews
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    I had not been before, I was worried about the route, but the marshalls were brilliant.Great race, me and the team will do it next year.Neil
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Sunny, hot day but mostly under trees and shaded
£5 - £15
Walsall Aboretum 5k & 10k Run
AUG22
Registration Perks
Chase the Sun Leicestershire - August
Prestwold, England, United Kingdom

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!

1 reviews
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Chase the Sun Leicestershire - August

Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, Loughborough LE12 5SQ, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

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!

Reviews
  • Did the 5k in 2018

    As this was my very first race I've every done, the atmosphere was really good and there was lots going on too. Everyone helped each other by cheering you especially the volunteers who helped run the series. Very well done can't wait til next year. The medal and t-shirt were a awesome addition.
£6 - £18
Chase the Sun Leicestershire - August
AUG22
Registration Perks
Chase the Sun Leicestershire - May

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!

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Chase the Sun Leicestershire - May

Leicester, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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!

£6 - £18
Chase the Sun Leicestershire - May
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 reviews
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Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Water Sports Centre, Nottingham NG12 2LU, UKView event
6 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

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.

Reviews
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Go to bed before midnight.Run more.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    I enjoyed this event, I know many people dont like laps as it can be boring, but it has its advantages as you nearly always have company, And easier to pace yourself, the only complaint the car park at 5 pound is a bit much, I managed to pay at reception, but was frustrated at the car park as a debit card was wanted to park as a runner I dont take my cards with me.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Great organisation! Yes the course is a little dull BUT there were toilets every mile, a well stocked feed station with water, electrolytes and food every lap and the course was flat. Perfect for me as a first timer
£6 - £33
Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
MAY12
Pretty Muddy Race for Life – Leicestershire
Prestwold, England, United Kingdom

Get down and dirty by taking part in a Pretty Muddy Race for Life event this year. It's a mud run where those of all abilities climb, jog and walk all over cancer - it can be as challenging as you want to make it!

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Pretty Muddy Race for Life – Leicestershire

1 Prestwold Ln, Prestwold, Loughborough LE12 5SH, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Get down and dirty by taking part in a Pretty Muddy Race for Life event this year. It's a mud run where those of all abilities climb, jog and walk all over cancer - it can be as challenging as you want to make it!

£10 - £19.99
Pretty Muddy Race for Life – Leicestershire
MAY25
Tour of the Derwent Valley Race 2

The start and finish are in the same place, about 300m from the Malt Shovel. The first 100m is slightly downhill before a left turn on to Breamfield Lane. After 1.7miles, and just before Alport Heights, you do a left hand loop before turning right to rejoin the course (2.9miles) and return by the same route as you started along.

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Tour of the Derwent Valley Race 2

52 Wash Green, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4BS, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

The start and finish are in the same place, about 300m from the Malt Shovel. The first 100m is slightly downhill before a left turn on to Breamfield Lane. After 1.7miles, and just before Alport Heights, you do a left hand loop before turning right to rejoin the course (2.9miles) and return by the same route as you started along.

£5 - £7
Tour of the Derwent Valley Race 2
MAY29
The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 1

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.

1 reviews
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The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 1

4 River Rd, Colwick, Nottingham NG4 2EW, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

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.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    A beautiful 4 mile course in the beautiful Rushcliffe country park. We set off after a short pre-run briefing consisting of “it’s pretty hot so if you feel like you’re going to collapse, stop running just before you do” – wise words! Thankfully there was quite a lot of shade as the course took us through trails and wooded sections as well as a few more exposed areas of fields and hills. It was a lovely undulating route with varied terrain and I felt very thankful to have forced myself out for an evening’s running in such beautiful surroundings, rather than being sat on the sofa watching TV moaning about how hot it is (typically British).This was the first of a series of four races, you can read my full review on my blog!
£8 - £10
The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 1
JUN2
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Stamford

This is a race suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Stamford

Unnamed Road, Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is a race suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Stamford
JUN2
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Nottingham

This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Nottingham

One Smile Dentist, 2 Victoria Embankment, Nottingham NG2 2JY, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Nottingham
JUN3
The Gordon Whelbourn Running Week

Organised by Newark Athletic Club, the event consists of 5 races, run on the Monday to Friday of the week, normally in the first week of June. Racers can run in as many races as they like but those running all 5 races will get a souvenir and be eligible for the Gordon Whelbourn Running Week prizes. The 10k road race run on Friday can also be run as an open event, there are separate prizes.

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The Gordon Whelbourn Running Week

19 Jubilee St, Newark NG24 4DA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Organised by Newark Athletic Club, the event consists of 5 races, run on the Monday to Friday of the week, normally in the first week of June. Racers can run in as many races as they like but those running all 5 races will get a souvenir and be eligible for the Gordon Whelbourn Running Week prizes. The 10k road race run on Friday can also be run as an open event, there are separate prizes.

£4
The Gordon Whelbourn Running Week
JUN7
Heanor Midsummer Festival 5k & 10k

An event incorporating a community 5k and midsummer 10k race evening. A perfect way to spend the Friday evening, families welcome.

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Heanor Midsummer Festival 5k & 10k

7 The Field, Shipley, Heanor DE75 7JH, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

An event incorporating a community 5k and midsummer 10k race evening. A perfect way to spend the Friday evening, families welcome.

£6 - £13
Heanor Midsummer Festival 5k & 10k
JUN8
Market Harborough Carnival of Running
Market Harborough, East Midlands, United Kingdom

This event continues to grow from strength to strength. With nearly a thousand runners across all distances last year, it is sure to be a great day of running. This year we are delighted that we are sponsored by both the Market Harborough Building Society and the Training Shed, St. Mary's Road.

41 reviews
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Market Harborough Carnival of Running

96 Burnmill Rd, Market Harborough LE16 7JG, UKView event
41 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

This event continues to grow from strength to strength. With nearly a thousand runners across all distances last year, it is sure to be a great day of running. This year we are delighted that we are sponsored by both the Market Harborough Building Society and the Training Shed, St. Mary's Road.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    I had ran a number of short distance races and it was time to tackle a half marathon distance again. I was hoping to complete it in sub 90 minutes but didn’t quite make it (92 minutes in the end).It was still an enjoyable race; it was well supported as it was the same day as Market Harborough Carnival.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Nice course and good drinks stations, great support too. Only downside were the shower facilities at the school were locked at the start even though they were meant to be available. Marshalls weren’t able to help either.
  • Did the event in 2018

    This is the fourth time I have run this half marathon and I have to say, this was the best year yet! The earlier start time, and cooler weather made for ideal running conditions. This year saw the addition of a 5km race, and together with the fun run, meant there really was something for everyone.Registation was easy, with the option of collecting your race number and timing chip in the weeks before, or registering on the day. The clear pre-race information email covered everything from parking to water stops.The course is varied, starting in the town, with the support of the carnival crowds, and leading out through the villages to quieter country lanes. There were plenty of amazing marshals  along the route with some traffic control measures at road crossing points. The route is undulating, with a nice hill towards the end for both the 10km and half marathon routes, followed by a gradual downhill towards the finish show ground.  A free massage was on offer for competitors. Overall a well organised, friendly and enjoyable run, with some challenging parts - thank you Race Harborough
£2.50 - £27.50
Market Harborough Carnival of Running
JUN9
Race for Life 5K – Loughborough
Loughborough, England, United Kingdom

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer

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Race for Life 5K – Loughborough

Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K – Loughborough
JUN14
Sunrise City 5k Birmingham

Starting and finishing in front of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the iconic Library building, the route initially takes you out into the City Centre and past landmarks including the Cathedral and Victoria Square.

1 reviews
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Sunrise City 5k Birmingham

236-238 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HG, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

Starting and finishing in front of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the iconic Library building, the route initially takes you out into the City Centre and past landmarks including the Cathedral and Victoria Square.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    A well organised and friendly event. It is not a closed road event but is held nice and early as the name suggests to most road traffic and pedestrian traffic is avoided!

    The T-Shirt and medal are great quality and very appealing to the eye also which is always a great bonus. As a local I will attend this event again and would happily recommend to any other runners looking for a 5K in Birmingham.

    There is a friendly warm up hosted by the organisers at the start and a nice welcome by them at the finish line also. This was a fast course with only two slight inclines and I was able to PB!

£15
Sunrise City 5k Birmingham
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.

34 reviews
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Grimsthorpe Gallop

Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens, Estate Office, Grimsthorpe, Bourne PE10 0LY, UKView event
34 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

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.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    Wonderful course, as beautiful as it is a challenge! And the feeling at the end is great.Don't wear yellow, green or orange though.
  • Did the event in 2018

    SBR event and superb organisation as usual. It was a very hot day and plenty of water was available.Marshalls were at all the crucial points so no chance of taking a wrong turn.Beautiful scenery and interesting course.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Relay enjoyed this run well organised great marshals different location regular water stops there were just 2 down sides to me 1 no way of spectators getting around corse to cheer us on 2 start time 1050am on a very hot day does not work we were all running in midday heat . If the start time was changed or time of year would love to do it again

    Organiser replied:
    Hi - We will be making the route earlier next year - but I can't promise the sunshine! Spectators were welcome to walk around parts of the route that are open to the public - we didn't close the course down. The grounds are open to the public :-) Amanda
£8 - £34
Grimsthorpe Gallop
JUN23
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Sutton Coldfield
Sutton Coldfield, England, United Kingdom

This is a course suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Sutton Coldfield

Thornhill Rd, Sutton Coldfield B74 3EW, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is a course suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Sutton Coldfield
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.

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The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 2

4 River Rd, Colwick, Nottingham NG4 2EW, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUN29
Pretty Muddy Race for Life 5K & Kids – Derby

Race for Life Pretty Muddy is our brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

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Pretty Muddy Race for Life 5K & Kids – Derby

Markeaton Park, Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Race for Life Pretty Muddy is our brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

£10 - £19.99
Pretty Muddy Race for Life 5K & Kids – Derby
JUN30
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Peterborough

This race is suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Peterborough

Ferry Meadows Country Park, Ham Farm House, Ham Ln, Peterborough PE2 5UU, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This race is suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Peterborough
JUN30
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Derby

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Derby

Markeaton Park, Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Derby
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!

1 reviews
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Gate Gallop

Brindley Dr, Tamworth B77 3QH, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

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!

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    second time doing this as it’s not every race you get a next bag with aftershave for the boys and perfume for the girls! Not sure whether they mean we stink when we are done tho
£3 - £14
Gate Gallop
JUL2
Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix – Victoria Embankment (Race-3)

Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix - Victoria Embankment (Race-3) will be a 5k Running event which will be a very flat riverside circuit.

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Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix – Victoria Embankment (Race-3)

Wilford Grove, Nottingham NG2, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix - Victoria Embankment (Race-3) will be a 5k Running event which will be a very flat riverside circuit.

£10 - £12
Holme Pierrepont Grand Prix – Victoria Embankment (Race-3)
JUL3
Peterborough Grand Prix 5K - Ferry Meadows

The Peterborough 5K Grand Prix is a series of 5 x 5k races hosted by local running clubs throughout the summer. Each fixture takes place on a Wednesday evening and includes a 3k junior race for under 15s and under 13s. A free t-shirt is given to all entrants who compete in 3 of the 5 races.

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Peterborough Grand Prix 5K - Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows Country Park, Ham Farm House, Ham Ln, Peterborough PE2 5UU, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Peterborough 5K Grand Prix is a series of 5 x 5k races hosted by local running clubs throughout the summer. Each fixture takes place on a Wednesday evening and includes a 3k junior race for under 15s and under 13s. A free t-shirt is given to all entrants who compete in 3 of the 5 races.

£3 - £7
Peterborough Grand Prix 5K - Ferry Meadows
JUL5
Sunrise City 5k Nottingham (July)

Sunrise City is a 5k run or walk that takes place at the unusual time of 5.30am on a Friday morning in the summer. But more than that, it is a community that is growing, with more and more people joining the Purple Movement and adding a wave of colour to their city streets when nobody is expecting it.

5 reviews
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Sunrise City 5k Nottingham (July)

Old Market Square, Nottingham NG1 2LN, UKView event
5 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

Sunrise City is a 5k run or walk that takes place at the unusual time of 5.30am on a Friday morning in the summer. But more than that, it is a community that is growing, with more and more people joining the Purple Movement and adding a wave of colour to their city streets when nobody is expecting it.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    Getting up at four in the morning is not my idea of fun at the best of times, but getting up this early for a race well…I had heard lots about the Sunrise 5k, so was willing to give it ago! Along with hundreds of other people! As it was early in the morning it was easy to find a parking spot along the streets of Nottingham.We were all grouped together and as soon as you noticed the people ahead of you were off, no race briefing? Unless you were lucky enough to be at the front. Now I am not one of the faster runners, hardly! I was more or less at the back!! There weren’t many marshals around but when it came to crossing some of the main roads in Nottingham we were herded across traffic lights with people stopping the minimal early morning traffic into Nottingham.From those closer to the front they faced bottle necks as everyone tried to get around the corner at once! Though this route was unique because of the earliness of it, I am pretty sure the Nottingham 10k’s follow much of the same route.Though there was plenty of signage, parkrun felt better marshalled! As I came towards the end of the race and it was just a case of following those in front of you. Had all the marshalls given up or were they poorly staffed? From a businesses I expected more!The registration for the process was pretty easy, with the option of picking your t-shirt up the day before. But again if anyone had an issue during the race of collapsed how would they know who I was with no number assigned to me. Yes we all filled in the registration process but think lone person at the back no marshals around? Like I said Parkrun is better marshalled!Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the experience and will most certainly sign up next year, I just worry more about what could have gone wrong!
  • Did the event in 2018

    I had ran the Derby in 2017 and was looking forward to running the Nottingham version this year. Great value for money and my son was able to run it with me this year which he loved as he normally isn't old enough. Collecting the t-shirts the day before made it easier on the morning. I wasn't on the initial entrants list, however an e-mail to the office and they confirmed my entry straight away. On the morning we arrived and it was already busy. I felt that there were too many people in the area where we were gathered. This was the same through the course and there were lots of bottle necks at various points. The marshalls all the way round were great and very encouraging, even taking some unwanted hassle from people who were held up. I would definitely do another sunrise run again  but would do the Derby again instead of Nottingham just because it is less busy.
  • Did the event in 2017

    This was the second year that I did this 5:30 run and there are a lot of improvements this year, especially in regards to the t-shirt and medal (which is awesome).The medal is really unique and provided by virtual running. I really like that you can rotate the sun to represent sunrise and sunset. It’s not a feature you really ever see on a race medal.I really enjoyed the fresh fruit provided at the end. It was all of high quality and a nice way to finish an early morning run.The marshals were really energetic (especially for that time in the morning) and really friendly. There were plenty placed over the course and stationed in key positions on the course. I did expect some sort of warm-up at the beginning especially considering the time of morning to ensure everybody was awake and ready for the run. It also would have bene helpful to have an area for those who were planning on walking the route behind the runners. There was a large group of walkers near the front of the start area who walked in a fairly straight line right at the beginning, it was difficult to get around them and a lot of runners were having to dodge each other as they tried to get around them. There were also some fairly narrow paths/turns fairly early on. The worst pile up was as we turned to get onto the canal path by the pub. There were quite a few near misses as you come around the corner fairly wide only to be faced with running into a bush or another runner. I’m not quite sure how that could be avoided, maybe taking the route a bit more into the car park. With so many runners it could be a bit of a hazard. Perhaps some signs for next year stating narrow turn etc, would be helpful. Overall a really friendly and well organised event. I cannot praise the marshals enough, I can’t imagine what time they had to be up this morning but they were very cheery and supportive.Events like this really bring out the best in people and it is a great way to explore the city with minimal traffic. The comradery amongst the runners was brilliant. It isn’t easy getting up and running at 5:30 in the morning, especially up those last two hills. The runners were all encouraging each other to make it up that last little bit before the home stretch. I highly recommend this event to all. It is a lot of fun, and such a nice way to explore the city (especially canal area) safely in the morning.
£15
Sunrise City 5k Nottingham (July)
JUL7
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Leicester

This race is suitable for all abilities. This is thousands uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Leicester

3 Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

This race is suitable for all abilities. This is thousands uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating cancer.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Leicester
JUL12
Sunrise City 5k Derby

Our official charity for Derby is When You Wish Upon a Star.

1 reviews
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Sunrise City 5k Derby

Guildhall Theatre, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AE, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

Our official charity for Derby is When You Wish Upon a Star.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    Running the city at 5.30am seemed like a good idea. When the alarm went off at 4am, not so much!This was the last event in the 2018 series and proved to be really enjoyable.  About 300 people gathered for the 5.30am start for the 5k route around Derby.  Nothing special about the route, but lots of people in high spirits and lots of smiling faces. No real local support (not surpriing at 5.30am!) but lots of friendly marshalls, who semed keen to make the experience worthwhile. Wearing of the event T Shirt was compulsory as there are no event numbers, good job it was a nice one! Lovely medal at the end and a bottle of water.All in all a recomended event and a pretty unique one.  Don't think I could handle a 4am get up too regularly though!
£15
Sunrise City 5k Derby
JUL13
The Big Fun Run series – Nottingham

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.

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The Big Fun Run series – Nottingham

The Meadows Recreation Ground, Wilford Grove, Nottingham NG2 2DU, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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 – Nottingham
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.

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The Nottingham 5k Summer Series – Race 3

4 River Rd, Colwick, Nottingham NG4 2EW, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

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Newstead Abbey Dash 5k

Unnamed Road, Nottingham NG15 8NA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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!

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Dog Jog – Derby

Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4NH, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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The Big Fun Run series – Derby

Markeaton Park, Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Nottingham Summer 5K Series – Race Four

4 River Rd, Colwick, Nottingham NG4 2EW, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

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Leicester City 5K Summer Series – August

3 Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
SEP8
Runforjoel Colour Blast

Join us on Sunday 9th Sept to take part in a 5K Competitive Race or a 3K Fun Run for all ages and abilities at Sandwell Valley Country Park. This year we have added the option for all runners to join in the fun at our Colour Blast Party.

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Runforjoel Colour Blast

Sandwell Valley Country Park, Salter's Ln, West Bromwich B71 4BG, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join us on Sunday 9th Sept to take part in a 5K Competitive Race or a 3K Fun Run for all ages and abilities at Sandwell Valley Country Park. This year we have added the option for all runners to join in the fun at our Colour Blast Party.

£5 - £15
Runforjoel Colour Blast
SEP29
The Tissington Trail Half Marathon Sunday

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!

3 reviews
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The Tissington Trail Half Marathon Sunday

Chapel House, Station Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1AA, UKView event
3 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

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!

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  • Did the event in 2018

    This is a gravel path half marathon which is ran mostly down hill. There are some really nice views of the peaks if you have the weather.
  • Did the event in 2018

    An thoroughly enjoyable, extremely well organised, event with outstanding scenery. The marshalls, as at all Nice Work events, were very supportive and friendly.
  • Did the event in 2017

    wow, what can i say? Superb organisation from start to finish, a coach trip from the finish to the start of this point to point race was seamless, we were met by the blustery wind as many of the club runners warmed up, portaloos a plenty, quick briefing and we were off on the klaxon.Following the tissington Trail which if you do not know, is a disused railway through the Peak District, rolling hills, dry stone walls made this course interesting and stunning, the weather held off and it soon warmed up.There were plenty of fuel stations, water, Jaffa cakes and jelly babies, were on offer, the surface was made up of compact gravel, so no need for trail shoes.The organisers do not have rights to the path, it is not a closed event, all the cyclists and walkers I passed were very encouraging, offered support.The final 400meters throws a curve ball, like every good story, I will not spoil the ending!Great quality medal, no goody bag, that did not reflect badly, certainty value for money.
£10 - £28
The Tissington Trail Half Marathon Sunday
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.

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Mencap Birmingham Sutton Park 5K &10K

Jamboree Stone, Thornhill Rd, Sutton Coldfield B74 3EW, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
NOV10
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Dawn or Dusk Run

Dawn or Dusk is your chance to run at a time of day that suits you and anything else you have going on at the weekend. Join us as the sun rises or, if you prefer, as it starts to set. If you really want to put yourself to the test you can take on both, or even all four events in the day!

1 reviews
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Dawn or Dusk Run

Unnamed Road, Nottingham NG11 6JH, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

Dawn or Dusk is your chance to run at a time of day that suits you and anything else you have going on at the weekend. Join us as the sun rises or, if you prefer, as it starts to set. If you really want to put yourself to the test you can take on both, or even all four events in the day!

Reviews
  • Did the Dawn 10K in 2018

    All was explained perfectly before the event. Communication was good.
£15 - £18
Dawn or Dusk Run
APR27
Registration Perks
Manuptocancer Beacon Park 5k/10k

Please join us for our series of 5k and 10K runs that will take place in 2019 all over the Midlands. We are organizing these events to raise money for male types of cancers including prostate and testicular cancer.

Men and women, all ages welcome. A small 1k run will be set up for children under the age of 8.

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Manuptocancer Beacon Park 5k/10k

Unnamed Road, Lichfield WS13 7AG, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Please join us for our series of 5k and 10K runs that will take place in 2019 all over the Midlands. We are organizing these events to raise money for male types of cancers including prostate and testicular cancer.

Men and women, all ages welcome. A small 1k run will be set up for children under the age of 8.

Booking Closed
Manuptocancer Beacon Park 5k/10k
MAY10
Sunrise City 5k Leicester

Starting in Victoria Park, the route takes you down the beautiful New Walk into the city centre. You then take in famous landmarks such as the clock tower and the cathedral before returning up New Walk and back to the finish.

Our official charity for Leicester is Vista. More info can be found in the official charity tab below.

2 reviews
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Sunrise City 5k Leicester

Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RY, UKView event
2 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

Starting in Victoria Park, the route takes you down the beautiful New Walk into the city centre. You then take in famous landmarks such as the clock tower and the cathedral before returning up New Walk and back to the finish.

Our official charity for Leicester is Vista. More info can be found in the official charity tab below.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2017

    5am start in Victoria Park, Leicester, this was an out-and-back into Leicester City Centre.£15 seems a lots for a 5k race, especially as there was no chip timiing, no feed stations needed, and the tech t-shirt needed picking up. Theyalso ran out of some sizes.Probably would give it a miss next year.
  • Did the event in 2017

    I certainly  did!  I never appreciated quite how much rubbish got discarded on Leicester streets, how may slept rough in doorways or how late (or early) partygoers stayed out having been high fives by a merry group of men outside McDonalds. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed the run, probably helped by it being a glorious morning. Everyone taking part seemed in good spirits despite the start time.  Race tshirt and finishers medal are great quality.
£15 - £17.50
Sunrise City 5k Leicester
MAY12
White Peak Trail Run

A popular longer trail running event on the footpaths, tracks and trails within the spectacular surroundings of the Southern Peak District including Thorpe, Dovedale, Milldale plus the Tissington Trail.

1 reviews
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White Peak Trail Run

Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1DR, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

A popular longer trail running event on the footpaths, tracks and trails within the spectacular surroundings of the Southern Peak District including Thorpe, Dovedale, Milldale plus the Tissington Trail.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2017

    I had wanted to run this event but I'd booked Nottingham 10k which then moved it's date and organisers offered refunds for those not being able to make the date. Woohoo! I took back the refund and booked the White Peak Trail 16 mile event. I was so pleased at this because the N10k also changed it's route and it no longer went through the city, not what you'd expect! WPT was set in the white peaks of the Peak District, an amazing part of the country, with the route utilising parts of Tissington Trail, Dovedale and many fields connecting the 2.If you want an event with views, flat tracks, steep inclines and some technical descents this is your race. Pre-race was straight forward, arrived well enough in advance and was thorough. The provided maps were useful if you wanted to self-navigate but wasn't essential as the course was very well marked.Registration was also a simple affair, picking numbers up from inside Ashbourne Leisure Centre, no faff or fuss. The start line acted as the briefing area and the finish line. From here we were set off in waves of 10 minutes in packs of around 20 runners. AWESOME! Small informal groups to spread out the total pack. This had clearly been thought out as Tissington Trail can get narrow in places.The post-race accolade was non-existent! I understand that this is a young company that's watching costs, but to be handed a sheet of scrappy paper back at registration that was only fit for the recycling was a little bit gutting. Especially as the info was printed on the wrong side and ineligible. A bit of paper doesn't cut it and let's the event down a tad!Overall, I can recommend this event. It was well delivered in a great location and without the over-hyped fluff you get with some races. Just needs an accolade be it T or medal.
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White Peak Trail Run

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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.

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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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