Running events in York

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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 York

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The Castle Howard Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly almost entirely off-road 10.5K circuit.

Starting on the North Lawn, a few yards from the main entrance to the castle, competitors initially head downhill towards the Boathouse and Lake before circumnavigating the enchanting woodland garden of Ray Wood. The next 5K is on a network of estate tracks and bridle paths that wind their way in a clockwise direction, always in sight of the impressive Mausoleum, passing through the ancient Bog Hall, Spring Wood, Alamo Trekking Centre and High Gaterley Farm.

At the 7K point and just after the well stocked Feed Station, competitors enter the aptly named Pretty Wood passing the Temple of the Four Faces and a couple of curious pyramids. The last 1.5K of the route builds through the formal gardens of the estate starting with New River Bridge and moving onto the South Lake, The Atlas Fountain and the South Lawn.

A final, cruel, climb to the top of Ray Wood is a precursor to a view of the Finish Line from the reservoir at the top of the hill. Lap 1 complete, runners then rejoin the same circuit for their second before entering the 500m long spectator lined finishing straight, crossing the finish line with the world famous castle backdrop, to receive their medal and classy finishing line banquet!

Castle Howard Half Marathon & 10k Run

York, GB
1 race
£27£30
Castle Howard Half Marathon & 10k Run
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Arguably the most beautiful city in the UK! A rare chance to run through the ancient city walls and marvel at its medieval gems. When it comes to stunning scenery, the York 10K is hard to beat! Extremely popular, the flat route takes runners right through the historic heart of this beautiful city.

A flat, fast course taking runners on a tour past the York Minster, the city walls and attractions such as Clifford's Tower and the Shambles. Starting and finishing at the Knavesmire, the York 10K is a fantastic challenge for all abilities.

Asda Foundation York 10k

York, York, GB
1 race
£20.50£22.50
Asda Foundation York 10k

This race starts and finishes at Ampleforth College and uses roads and tracks within the estate, lending itself to a great traffic free route for runners. The Half marathon is 2 laps of the estate. This race starts and finishes at Ampleforth College and uses roads and tracks within the estate, lending itself to a great traffic free route for runners. The 10k is 1 lap of the estate.

Run Yorkshire Ryedale Running Festival

Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, GB
1 race
£18£20
Run Yorkshire Ryedale Running Festival
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Marathon events in York

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The Yorkshire Marathon remains one of the UK's most popular marathons, with places selling out in five consecutive years. Demand in 2018 is set to be equally high, so move fast or you may be disappointed.

The Yorkshire Marathon has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the White Rose County's sporting year. This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of York's splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.

Described by the Daily Mirror as the Number 1 Alternative to London and by the Guardian as a course on which to smash your PB, this race has written its own place in the running calendar.

Achieve a coveted personal best or simply be spurred on by great support and entertainment around the route - the Yorkshire Marathon has all the ingredients to make this an unforgettable experience. To get a flavour of the marathon take a look at the video below!

The Yorkshire Marathon

York, York, GB
1 race
£48£50
The Yorkshire Marathon

This is a 35-mile circular route, part of the popular Scott Series, which starts and finishes in the pretty North Yorkshire village of Studley Roger. The undulating route follows part of the Ripon Rowel and takes in varied terrain including the trail, woodland and moorland of the Yorkshire Dales. This is the perfect event for anyone looking to test their endurance over the whole course.

Round Ripon Ultra

Studley Roger, North Yorkshire, GB
Round Ripon Ultra
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5k Races in York

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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
Dog Jog – Leeds
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Ultramarathon events in York

The Leeds Country Way Relay is an annual race which has been organised by Kippax Harriers since the race was first established in 1990. It is held around the end of August or the beginning of September and comprises of 6 pairs of runners in each team, with each pair running a leg (section) around the actual LCW route.

An approximate total of 64 miles is covered, in a total time of around 7 hours. There are trophies for the fastest legs and teams, men and women, with a beautiful memento for each finisher. Presentations are held at the Podger in Garforth after the event, with food for all.

Leeds Country Way Relay

Garforth, West Yorkshire, GB
Leeds Country Way Relay

Two days of races on the trails around Kirkstall Abbey. Whether you take on the challenge of the 31 mile ultra, or opt for the marathon or half marathon, or a combination, the choice is yours. You can run on Friday or Saturday, or both. Three undulating multi-terrain lapped races consisting almost entirely of trails, with short road sections.

Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival

Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB
Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival

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