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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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A whole rainbow of fun with a whole lot of running thrown in too.

Burn off some energy, work up a bit of colour and have a WHOLE lot of fun!. It's a family friendly 5k,10k, 10 miler or half marathon with a medal and a FREE goody bag for all finishers!

Bring your family and friends and join us as we take to the streets for the 2018 Sheffield Colour Run. Choose your distance - 5km, 10km, 10 miles or half marathon -and get going before the colour gremlins get you. Run on your own, as a pair or in a team. FREE white t-shirt and bespoke medal for all runners; friendly marshals & refreshments available too. Get your colour on!

Full route details will be available shortly but the event will start & finish on the canal towpath behind The Source (within a short walking distance of Meadowhall, meaning that you shouldn't have any parking problems). Afterwards you can head off to the Meadowhall to grab yourself a bargain, or have lunch. Its time to dust off your running shoes, earn a medal, and sign up for this amazingly colourful event on 13th May 2018!

Choose your distance (5km, 10km, 10 miles, 13.1 miles)

Parking & toilets close by. Fast, flat course with huge PB potential. Family friendly, wheelchair friendly, pram friendly; no time limits, no pressure - just LOADS of fun. Come and join us!

JailBreak 12-hour Challenge Race
12hr BreakOut race. Solos/Teams/Pairs.

Are YOU tough enough to break out in time? Only the tough need apply.

Tough team event involving six individual challenges that must be met in order to find the key to free the team's medals. 12 hour challenge involving tough terrain, tough conditions, and tough challenges. Only the strong (or certifiable) need apply.

Food will be available, but be prepared to rough it: this is a test of fitness, character, teamwork and grit. Are YOU game enough?

This is a six-part challenge event designed to take anywhere between two and 12 hours, depending on how many parts of the challenge you complete and how fast you/your team are. Food and refreshments will be available for the real hardcore amongst you. How many km can you complete within the time - and can you crack all six parts of the challenge?

It's rough, it's tough, and it's hard. Are you SURE you're up to the challenge?

Location: Meadowhall Way, Sheffield S9 1EA
Start time: 10am

MAYhem Colour Run

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, GB
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The whole of the UK (and most of the world) will be glued to their TV's this afternoon to watch Harry and Meghan get hitched. Whether you're celebrating with them or sick to death of the whole thing, come and join us in a splash of red, white & blue as we colour up the Sheffield Tinsley canal towpath.

The route is totally runner/ family/wheelchair/pram friendly with frequent refreshments and friendly marshals. A scenic, fast and flat out-and-back route great for PBs. Parking, toilets, and facilities very close by; choose your distance (5km, 10km, 13.1 miles).

Bespoke medal and goody bag for all finishers: friendly marshals, scones and jam (what else?) at the finish line. Fancy dress is optional (but encouraged!) : there will be flags, tea & coffee, and souvenirs available at the start line. Fast, flat, fun course.

Come on - give it a go! Family friendly, wheelchair friendly, pram friendly route. No time limits, no pressure - just lots of fun!

Location: Sheffield Tinsley Canal Towpath, Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, S9 1BX
Start time: 10am (if you're quick you can still be home in time to watch the main event on your own TV!)

Right Royal Rumble 5km, 10km & Half Marathon

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, GB
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Take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and explore the beautiful views of Edinburgh. It will be held on 26/27th May and offers a marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k.

The Edinburgh Marathon was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World. Enjoy a fantastic all-encompassing route taking in some of Edinburghs most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.

Directly preceding the Marathon, the EMF Half follows the same fast and flat route, offering genuine PB potential. This increasingly popular race distance is a fantastic alternative for those that dont fancy the big 26.2.

The 10K & 5k fall on the Saturday of the Festival weekend and are run in the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park. Starting and finishing near Dynamic Earth, this routes offer striking panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GB
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KAPOW!!! Defeating Dementia one step at a time!

Join us for the FIRST EVER Sheffield Defeat Dementia Superhero Sprint on Saturday 9th June 2018.

This brand new Superhero/Supervillain sprint event consists of a 5km fun run, a 10km and a half marathon race and costume contest on the beautiful Sheffield/Tinsley canal towpath. Wear your favourite superhero or supervillain gear and use your superpowers to walk, run or sprint to the finish line. Its going to be a whole comic strip of fun with a whole lot of running thrown in too!

Burn off some energy, use your superpowers and have a WHOLE load of superhero or supervillain fun!. It's a family friendly 5k,10k or half marathon with a medal and a FREE goody bag for all finishers!

Bring your family and friends and join us as we take to the streets for the VERY FIRST Sheffield Superhero Sprint. Run on your own, as a pair or in a team. FREE goody bag and bespoke medal for all runners; friendly marshals & refreshments available too. Get your capes on!

The event will start & finish on the canal towpath behind The Source (within a short walking distance of Meadowhall). Afterwards you can head off to the Meadowhall to grab yourself a bargain, or have lunch. Its time to dust off your running shoes, earn a medal, and sign up for this amazingly comical event on 9th June!

Choose your distance: 5km, 10km, or 13.1 miles

Fast, flat & beautiful course with huge PB potential. Family friendly, wheelchair friendly, pram friendly; no time limits, no pressure - just LOADS of fun. Come and join us!

Sheffield Superhero/Supervillain Sprint 5km, 10km & Half Marathon

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, GB
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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!

Dog Jog – Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB
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Join us for a unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, best known for annually holding the world-famous Grand National steeplechase.

Each Mile will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish. Included in your entry fee is a themed medal, event t-shirt, water and post race goodies. Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

Run Aintree – July

Liverpool, Merseyside, GB
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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!

Dog Jog – Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GB
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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!

Dog Jog – Sheffield

Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire, GB
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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!

Dog Jog – Manchester

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB
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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!

Dog Jog – Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside, GB
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2018 will see the 10th Anniversary English Half Marathon on Sunday 16th September in Warrington, Cheshire. This year will once again take in the spectacular Golden Gates finish!

Every Half Marathon and a 10k runner will receive a medal, t-shirt, and goodies at the finish line. Runners and spectators will also have access to a special event village with a bar, live music and so much more!

English Half Marathon

Warrington, Warrington, GB
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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!

Dog Jog – Gateshead

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, GB

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