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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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10k Races in Exeter

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Set your alarms for this Summer Solstice run, as the sun comes up. There'll be hot coffee and bacon rolls to welcome you across the line as you finish in time to get home, get showered and carry on with your day!

This is a timed, all abilities race. Your race - Your pace, no cut off time. Free entries available for VI runners and their guides. Race Numbers to be collected during the week preceding the event. NOT ON THE DAY!

There will, as usual, be a stunning medal!!

Location:
Wicor Recreation Ground,
Cranleigh Road,
Portchester,
Hants
PO16 9JD

Harry Ledger 10k

Portchester, Hampshire, GB
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New for 2018, we have added a beast of a route. This is the toughest Inov-8 X Series route on our calendar, with over 2300m of elevation, it's 300m higher than the Inov-8 Snowdonia X Series event! That should give you some idea of the challenge that awaits you here in Devon.

We are sending you along part of The South West Coast Path which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1,014 km), running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest

The route starts at Caffyns Farm and heads along the coast path at Lynton, you will be met with towering cliffs and stunning sea views across to South Wales. Soak up the stunning sounds of seabirds nesting on the cliffs. As you venture along the coast you will enter the valley of rocks, a superb section of coast path well know for its herds of feral goats. This section is among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and is highly fossil ferrous.

As you continue on your way you will become lost in the splendour. We take you to Foreland Point, a rocky headland which is the most northerly point along the Devon and Exmoor coastline.

The route then sweeps back inland towards some special forested sections that make you feel like you're back in the heart of Devon. One stand out area is Watersmeet, we know you will be enchanted by this section of the route. There are many other hidden gems on the Exmoor X Series event, we dont want to spoil it too much for you, so come and join us! The outdoors awaits...

Location: Caffyns Farm, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6JW

Gates open: 7.00
Registration: 7.30
Race start: 9.00

The Maverick inov-8 X Series Exmoor

Lynton, GB
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The Wales 10k, now in its second year, will be taking part during the final day of the Long Course Weekend, on the fully closed roads of The Wales Marathon. Heading from Manorbier to Tenby's award winning red carpet finish, dedicated athletes and fun runners alike will earn themselves the knowledge that they have raced in the first year of what is sure to be a huge event for years to come.

The Wales 10k

Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, GB
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Marathon events in Exeter

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After 14 years we are making some changes to the format of the classic South Downs Marathon Day. The routes of marathon and half marathon themselves remain unchanged but we are taking out the marathon relay and introducing a trail 10km in Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Regrettably, the lack of safe parking at two of the relay changeovers make us believe the relay is unsafe as most cars arrive at the changeover points in the same time frame and it has become a hazard and probably an accident waiting to happen. To make up for the loss of this popular element of the marathon we have brought in a 10km route entirely within Queen Elizabeth Country Park that will cover the first 2.5 miles of the half marathon route, divert on the Staunton Way and rejoin the return section of both the marathon and half marathon on the South Downs Way at the Buriton car park entrance.

South Downs Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Petersfield, GB
1 race
£35£40
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New for 2018, we have added a beast of a route. This is the toughest Inov-8 X Series route on our calendar, with over 2300m of elevation, it's 300m higher than the Inov-8 Snowdonia X Series event! That should give you some idea of the challenge that awaits you here in Devon.

We are sending you along part of The South West Coast Path which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1,014 km), running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest

The route starts at Caffyns Farm and heads along the coast path at Lynton, you will be met with towering cliffs and stunning sea views across to South Wales. Soak up the stunning sounds of seabirds nesting on the cliffs. As you venture along the coast you will enter the valley of rocks, a superb section of coast path well know for its herds of feral goats. This section is among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and is highly fossil ferrous.

As you continue on your way you will become lost in the splendour. We take you to Foreland Point, a rocky headland which is the most northerly point along the Devon and Exmoor coastline.

The route then sweeps back inland towards some special forested sections that make you feel like you're back in the heart of Devon. One stand out area is Watersmeet, we know you will be enchanted by this section of the route. There are many other hidden gems on the Exmoor X Series event, we dont want to spoil it too much for you, so come and join us! The outdoors awaits...

Location: Caffyns Farm, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6JW

Gates open: 7.00
Registration: 7.30
Race start: 9.00

The Maverick inov-8 X Series Exmoor

Lynton, GB
Official Partner

Come experience our new revamped Ambit weekend for 2018!

Our Midnight Marathon is a new addition for 2018. Entrants loved running through the forest in the dark at the Ambit in 2017, this event is perfect for those wanting to experience that for themselves without having to take on the 24-hour challenge.

Our Ambit 12 & 24 is a 12 & 24-hour challenge that can be tackled solo or in pairs. Its perfect for those wanting to experience the cool weekend but not wanting to do the full 24-hours.

Ambit weekend

Brandon, GB
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5k Races in Exeter

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Join us and fundraise for Ty Hafan at the bubbliest 5k run yet as we give you four bubble stations positioned around the course filled with frothy coloured foam.

Run, walk or jog with friends, family, colleagues or even on your own through our mountains of bubbles. Our trained team of bubble blasters will make sure you get covered head to toe in the colored foam.

Don't let the fun end at the finish line, join us back at the event village for food and drink, children`s entertainment and games. Make a day of it with Ty Hafan.

By taking part in our Cardiff Bubble Rush you will receive a free exclusive t-shirt which you can pick up on the event day.

(Sponsor forms and fundraising packs will be sent to you directly by Ty Hafan)

Bubble Rush

Cardiff, Cardiff, GB
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For 2018 BRUTAL's muddiest race has been revamped to make it even muddier!! There are 2 more marshes and a pond to conquer as well as the familiar hills and bogs. Go for a single 5km or double 10km lap of this mud-fest. This is an excellent race for spectators - who are able to see the runners race through the water a number of times within 100m of the event village.

Brutal Run – Bordon

Bordon, Hampshire, GB
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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
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Ultramarathon events in Exeter

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The 'Marathon of the Coast' is run from St Dogmaels on the North Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border and takes in the entire 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (The UKs only coastal National Park) and finishes at Amroth on the South Pembrokeshire / Carmarthenshire border.

The path is made up mainly of rugged uneven ground which covers a diverse route that will see you run high along open and exposed sea cliffs as well as underneath them at sea level as you pass through the numerous fishing hamlets, villages and towns as well as taking you through some of the most iconic and historic locations in Wales.

The course is visually stunning and due to the nature of the terrain and the elevation loss and gain being over 30,000ft it is also one of the most difficult you will run anywhere in the world. This really is a bucket list run!

Marathon des Cote (180mile, 3 Day Ultra)

Saint Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, GB
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Come experience our new revamped Ambit weekend for 2018!

Our Midnight Marathon is a new addition for 2018. Entrants loved running through the forest in the dark at the Ambit in 2017, this event is perfect for those wanting to experience that for themselves without having to take on the 24-hour challenge.

Our Ambit 12 & 24 is a 12 & 24-hour challenge that can be tackled solo or in pairs. Its perfect for those wanting to experience the cool weekend but not wanting to do the full 24-hours.

Ambit weekend

Brandon, GB
Official Partner

After a successful 1st year, the Cotswold Way Challenge returns in 2018. Over 2,000 adventurers take on the historic path from Bath to Cheltenham - with most walking - others jogging, and some on the run of their life! It's a start by the magnificent Royal Crescent, and then the famous rolling hills with fantastic views towards the Severn Estuary, and idyllic villages nestling in between on an epic 100km journey - with full support and great hospitality all the way to the finish line.

The magical Cotswold Way crosses areas of outstanding natural beauty, with fantastic panoramic views and picturesque villages. It'a great setting for a new Ultra Challenge that heads out from the heart of historic Bath and 100k later, with a few hills en route, it's a finish line celebration in Cheltenham. 50k option available.

It's Your Challenge - Your Way and will be fun, rewarding, and absolutely achievable with some training, your resolve, and spirit. Join us for an unforgettable weekend in the magnificent countryside - and push yourself further in 2018!

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

Cotswold Way Challenge

Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, GB
4 races
£45£185

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