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Running Events in London

London provides hundreds of incredible running events throughout the year, catering to all standards and distances. These races are amazing ways of building communities and seeing the capital city in a new light. There are now over 50 Parkrun locations for you to try a weekly 5k, or there are a whole range of fun runs and charity events over a similar distance. These are great for getting family, friends, and the local community involved. If you are looking for a longer distance, there are a number of 10k and half-marathon events that make the most of London's historic landmarks, beautiful parks, or the scenic Thames path. Big city running festivals in Richmond and Hackney offer several race options and always have an incredible atmosphere of crowds, music, and more. Of course, the flagship running event in London is the annual London Marathon, which has over 40,000 competitors and 800,000 spectators, and is one of the six world marathon majors.

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Running in London

Home to one of the largest marathons in the world, London is a hotspot for beginner and advanced runners alike. With dozens of huge parks and hundreds of races and events year-round, there'll always be an opportunity to put on those running shoes.

Frequently asked questions

How can I start running?
Running is the most accessible sport, and London boasts infinite opportunities to get those running shoes on with parkruns, color runs, and numerous beginner-friendly 5ks to ease you into your running journey. To stay motivated, pick a training plan and find a friend to train and run with.
What are the best running events in London?
The jewel in the crown of London's running calendar is undoubtedly the London Marathon, drawing over 40,000 participants every year. It might be the biggest, loudest and most well known, but it's not the only big event in London. From the Royal Parks Half to a range of fun runs, London's running scene is more vibrant than ever. Expect to meet awesome people from all over and probably get overtaken by someone in fancy dress.
Where are the best places to run in London?
Richmond Park boasts lovely trails with views of London, and is great for both short and long-distance runs. For something more central, the path along Regent’s Canal is very accessible by tube and runs for over 20 kilometers through the city. Victoria Park, Hampstead Heath and Brockwell Park are all popular running parks.