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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.

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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 Oxford

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The Marlow Fugitive Twilight runs are a new addition to the highly popular 2018 Fugitive Triathlon event. The course is a beautiful run along the River Thames and surrounding Marlow. Soak up the atmosphere at twilight when the sun starts to set and the moon and starts start to appear. A relaxed vibe along a relatively flat course.

Accurate & scenic 5km/10km. Race is chip timed chips with timing mats at both the start and finish, and all finishers will receive a bespoke medal.

Fugitive Twilight Run – 5 & 10km

Marlow, Buckinghamshire, GB
2 races
£15£18
Fugitive Twilight Run – 5 & 10km
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With a race starting at 6 pm on a Saturday evening in August, the first edition of the new Summer Mapledurham 10km will give you a completely new challenge if you've tackled our muddy December races before.
This is one of our favourite places to run and the 10km course takes in a stunning route through woodlands, up hills, across fields and along private estate roads.

Summer Mapledurham 10k

Mapledurham Village, Oxfordshire, GB
Summer Mapledurham 10k
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The flat route embraces Reading's waterways for much of the distance, offering an appealing, multi-surfaced course that takes in rural, modern and historical areas of the town and surrounding countryside.

Reading O2O 10K, 3k and 1k

Reading, Reading, GB
Reading O2O 10K, 3k and 1k
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Marathon events in Oxford

The Abingdon Marathon was first held in 1982 and 2018 will mark the races 37th year since its inception. This will be the 36th running of the race unfortunately, the 2007 event had to be abandoned.

The marathon entry has grown over the years but has an entry limit of 1,200 again this year. We expect this number to be reached by the beginning of April, well before the closing date, so make sure you enter early to avoid disappointment.

The 2018 Abingdon Marathon will again incorporate the following championship events: Oxfordshire County Marathon Championships and Army AA Marathon Championships. In addition, the event has also hosted the Twin Towns competition where we have always extended a big welcome to our friends from overseas, especially from Argentan, France, Abingdons twin town.

Abingdon Marathon

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, GB
Abingdon Marathon
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5k Races in Oxford

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Inspired by the success of Race For Life, this event has been set up to give boys and men the opportunity to do their bit for Cancer Research UK. 5k or 10k for men and boys of all ages, also 1k Family Fun Run for boys, girls, mums, dads and any other family members you want to bring. Join us and walk, jog or run to help raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. Newbury Showground.

Boys Beating Cancer

Thatcham, GB
Boys Beating Cancer

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

The High Wycombe route is a lovely and flat out and back course, winding around The Rye. The route is mainly across grass with a small section on pathways.

Dont forget to bring your friends and family along to support you. There are multiple viewing points and a cheering station on the route. Refreshments, merchandise, facepainters and a bouncy castle will be available.

Race for Life 5k – High Wycombe

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, GB
Race for Life 5k – High Wycombe
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Ultramarathon events in Oxford

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A stunning route with scenery that's steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for a festival of river-side challenges - with 3 unique events to join!

Join the 'Main Thames Path Challenge' - 100km from Putney Bridge to Henley or on either 50km Half Challenge, or a Quarter section. Most will Walk at their own pace, some will Jog, and quite a few will Run the whole course!

Or perhaps the 'Thames Bridges Trek' - 25k from Putney Bridge through the heart of central London zig-zagging over 16 historic bridges, and a finish beyond Tower Bridge.
On Sunday it's 'The Henley 10K' for all the family to enjoy down by the river.

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

Thames Path Challenge

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, GB
Thames Path Challenge

Second stage of the 4-day Thames Challenge, which can be done as a single one-day Ultra. 66 miles from the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe, through Oxfordshire, much of the route following the Thames Path. Competitors of the Thames Challenge & the Cotswold Ultra, must arrive at Kemble Station for registration and equipment checks.

From the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe, the path leaves the river here for a while, returning at Skinners Weir and along to Pinkhill Weir. Between Wytham Great Wood and the Thames, the path leads on to Oxfords edge, the spectacular Sandford Weir and then Culham and Cholsey.
A departure from the river bank brings us through Moulsford, but soon returns, going past Streatley and Whitchurch-on-Thames. A short deviation through the town of Purley Park, past Tilehurst, Reading, finally arriving at Hurley Caravan & Camping which is Camp-Site Two for Thames Challenge competitors, or the conclusion of The Oxford Ultra.

The Oxford Ultra

Northmoor, Oxfordshire, GB
The Oxford Ultra

THE CW50 IS A 50 MILE SINGLE LOOP AROUND THE BEAUTIFUL CHILTERN COUNTRYSIDE. THE ROUTE TAKES IN 5600FT OF CLIMB AND VISITS PICTURESQUE VILLAGES, BURSTING WITH HISTORY, FEATURING LOCATIONS MADE FAMOUS BY BRITISH FILM & TELEVISION. THIS EVENT IS RACE 3 IN THE 50 MILE GRAND SLAM.

As with all Centurion events, runners will be fully supported by 5 well stocked aid stations, full medical support and a marked course. Race held under full UK Athletics Permit granted through the TRA (Permit Number Pending).

The race route consists of a single 50 mile loop through the Chiltern Hills. Starting and finishing in the riverside village of Goring On Thames, It begins by heading down the 'hilliest' section of the Thames Path National Trail to Whitchurch, before joining the Chiltern Way to Mapledurham. From there it is a short 4 mile section through to Sonning Common, before runners get in to some of the best climbs, descents, valleys and villages that the Chilterns have to offer.

Travelling first through Bix, runners then pay a visit to Stonor Deer Park and at Turville and climb steeply out of the village directly past Cobstone Windmill. It's on and down through rolling countryside from there to the Ibstone check point. Runners then continue on the Chiltern Way to the highest point on the course at Christmas Common (800ft), before a fast descent underneath Watlington Hill, to join the Ridgeway as far as Swyncombe Farm aid station. Runners then take the Chiltern Way extension first east, then west to rejoin the Ridgeway at Nuffield. From there it's Grim's Ditch until the final aid station and the turn for home on one of the fastest sections of the course.

Chiltern Wonderland 50

Goring, Oxfordshire, GB
Chiltern Wonderland 50

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