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100 BEST RACES! Looking for your next running challenge? Check out these top 100 winter and spring 2017 races from around the UK and overseas. From 5Ks to ultras, and everything in between, you won’t want to miss these events…




CANCER RESEARCH UK RACE FOR LIFE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS Various dates Want to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer sooner? Sign up now for a Race for Life. Finding an event near you shouldn’t be a problem as there are now over 150 5K events to choose from across the UK.



THE GRAVESEND FLOODLIT 5K, KENT 5 January 2017 This two-lap evening race at Cyclopark in Gravesend is ideal for those wanting to work on their speed during winter. The undulating course is suitable for all abilities. The self-contained course also incorporates plenty of parking, great spectator viewing and refreshment facilities. HTTP://NICE-WORK.ORG.UK/

THE LEICESTER CITY 5K WINTER SERIES 1 February 2017 Head to Leicester’s Victoria Park and for this undulating two-lap event, with frequent water stops and distance markers at every kilometre. It’s a traffic–free course with supervised bag storage. All finishers receive a medal, prizes and finish-line goodies. HTTP://NICE-WORK.ORG.UK/

RUN ETON DORNEY, WINDSOR 4 February 2017 The Run Eton 5K race is the perfect winter training run. Ideal for notching up a quick time, the route circles the lake and offers smooth, flat and fast paths and roads. With memories of Team GB’s rowing achievements still lingering in the air, there’s no reason not to be inspired for

this one. Whether you’re looking to beat your personal best or not, don’t miss out! HTTP://VOTWO.MYSHOPIFY.COM/

RUN FOR CHOCOLATE 5K, VARIOUS LOCATIONS February 2017 Chocolate lovers, this race is calling you! You won’t be timed here, so forget about that PB and just concentrate on having a good time. Bring your friends and family along to cheer you on – they’ll love the party atmosphere, live music and unlimited luxury hot chocolate. Heaven! HTTP://WWW.RUNFORCHOCOLATE.CO.UK/

MILTON KEYNES FESTIVAL OF RUNNING 5K 5 March 2017 Starting at the Xscape Centre, this one–lap course leads you through town and country. All finishers receive a medal and this event, as part of a festival, offers competitors that large race feel. A well marshalled course, it’s perfect for a fast PB. HTTP://WWW.MKRUN.CO.UK/

THE SUFFERING 5K MUD RUN, LEICS 11 March 2017 This 5K obstacle race through the idyllic

grounds of Rockingham Castle is described as an ‘entry-level race’, but don’t be fooled. It’s tough. And great fun, too! So if you love a bit of mucky tomfoolery and obstacles (there are 15 of them) this is the one for you. HTTP://WWW.THESUFFERINGRACE.CO.UK/

INVERNESS 5K FUN RUN 12 March 2017 This race heads towards Inverness city centre before crossing the River Ness, then heading under Ness Castle and alongside the river. Runners then cross through the Ness Islands before heading into Queens Park Stadium. The race is beautifully scenic, and great fun! HTTP://INVERNESSHALFMARATHON.CO.UK/

THE 6TH LLANDUDNO EASTER 5K PROMENADE DASH, LLANDUDNO, CONWY 15 April 2017 Make like the Easter Bunny and hop to it along this fast and flat 5K course – good for both beginners and those looking to crack a new PB. There’s a kids race too, so this is a good event for the Easter weekend. Cross that finish line and you’ll be rewarded with seasonal goodies and – of course – Easter eggs. Sounds eggcellent! HTTP://

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WHERE’S WALLY? FUN RUN, LONDON 19 March 2017 This Clapham Common race is back; bigger and better than ever. Fancy dress is a must, but you won’t be hard to spot wearing Wally’s outfit in South London. It’s a real family affair with a 10K, 5K and 1K option available. All adults are asked to fundraise £100 to help the National Literacy Trust support those in need. HTTP://WWW.LITERACYTRUST.ORG.UK/SUPPORT/FUNDRAISING_AND_EVENTS/FUN_RUN

INFLATABLE 5K, WOLVERHAMPTON 21 May 2016 (TBC) Like a 5K and love a bouncy castle? Then this race is for you. Get on over to Wolverhampton and prepare for this inflatable challenge. Don’t expect to be walking on air though. You’ll be pitting yourself against 10 extreme inflatable challenges that will let you flip, bounce and boing your way to that finish line. HTTPS://WWW.UKRUNNINGEVENTS.CO.UK/INFLATABLE-5K-RUN

KNICKER KNACKER, BOX HILL, SURREY 1 January 2016 What a great name for a ladies’ race. Sounds apt, too, as the organisers say this is one tough 10K. Sign your man up for the Knacker Cracker (hee hee) and the little ones can take on the Nipper Knacker. Now, can you say all of that three times fast? HTTP://WWW.TRIONIUM.COM/KNACKERCRACKER/

ENDURANCELIFE COASTAL TRAIL SERIES, DOVER 14 January 2017 The Coastal Trail Series is incredible – whether in Suffolk or Northumberland, 44 miles in length or 10K. This edition sees runners take on a wonderful course near the iconic White Cliffs

tower. The coastal path skims the Kent Downs and makes for a fantastic, challenging route. HTTP://ENDURANCELIFE.COM/

VICTORIA PARK 10K, LONDON 22 January 2017 Held in London’s oldest park, this race is fast, flat and perfect if you’re after a PB. But why not take it slowly and enjoy the setting? It is listed on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, after all! HTTP://THERACEORGANISER.COM/VICTORIA-PARK-10K

CANCER RESEARCH UK WINTER RUN, MANCHESTER 12 February 2017 Whether you’re looking to liven up your standard 10K with some epic winter fun, train for a spring marathon or raise money to help beat cancer sooner – this is the event to keep you active this winter. Expect snow machines, partying penguins and cuddly polar bears. HTTP://WWW.MANCHESTERWINTERRUN.CO.UK/

QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK 10K RUN, LONDON 13 February 2016 Feel like an Olympian in this East London venue,

renamed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The race is a 10K jog through the park to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation, while taking in the world–famous London 2012 Olympic village. There’s also a 5K option. HTTPS://WWW.BHF.ORG.UK/

RICHMOND SPRING RIVERSIDE 10K 18 March 2017 Join The Fix Events for this fast and flat riverside race. The location is amazing with stunning scenery. Running along the riverside, from Richmond towards Kingston and back, you can enjoy views of the river for most of the way. HTTPS://THEFIXEVENTS.COM/RICHMOND-SPRING-RIVERSIDE-10K-2017

THE GLENLIVET 10K, CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK 9 April 2017 This race takes place in the stunning Glenlivet Estate in the Cairngorms National Park, giving it the title of the “most beautiful run in Scotland” according to some critics. The start and finish are based at the Glenlivet Distillery and every runner will receive a special event memento and a goody bag. All proceeds raised will go to the Scottish Charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. HTTPS://WWW.CHSS.ORG.UK/SUPPORTUS/

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INVERNESS HALF-MARATHON, INVERNESS 12 March 2017 This race attracts thousands of runners and it’s clear why. It starts along the banks of the River Ness and runs under the impressive outline of Inverness Castle, finishing at Queens Park Stadium. The friendly atmosphere and scenic route make for a great day out. HTTP://INVERNESSHALFMARATHON.CO.UK/

ASDA FOUNDATION CITY OF LINCOLN 10K 2 April 2017 The City of Lincoln 10K, which is a part of the Run For All 10K Series, is as good a race as you’ll come across. Full of character, the location fits the bill in terms of scenery and atmosphere, making the day a lively and entertaining occasion for runners and spectators alike. HTTP://WWW.RUNFORALL.COM/

GREAT RUN BRISTOL 10K 7 May 2017 Fancy beating your personal best? If so, the Run Bristol 10K might be for you. The race starts and finishes in Bristol’s historic harbourside, taking runners on a fast point–to–point loop. The route sees participants travel along the harbourside, through Avon Gorge and twice under Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Stunning! HTTP://RUNBRISTOL.COM/

SCIMITAR LIGHTNING RUN 12HR 10K, DERBYSHIRE 29-30 April 2017 Taking place in Walton upon Trent’s Catton Park, this event requires you to run as many times as you can around the 10K off–road course. Runners have 12 hours to tally up as many laps

as possible, and can run it solo or as part of a team – with runners switching after each lap. HTTP://WWW.PVSEVENTS.COM/

BUPA GREAT MANCHESTER RUN 28 May 2017 Televised live on the BBC, this race isn’t to be missed. Europe’s leading 10K starts and finishes in Manchester city centre, and includes a run– through shower and a few bands on the run, too! More than a quarter of a million runners have taken part in this fantastic race, so add to that number and sign up today. HTTP://WWW.GREATRUN.ORG/

VITALITY LONDON 10,000 29 May 2017 Starting and finishing in St James’s Park, this iconic 10K takes in the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament among many famous sights on the way to the finish line. It features the British 10K Championships this year. HTTPS://WWW.VITALITYLONDON10000.CO.UK/

CHELTENHAM CHALLENGE 18 June 2017 An off–road event with a scenic course on sections of the Cheltenham Circular

Footpath, Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way. This annual event is organised by County Community Projects, which provide a range of services aimed at preventing homelessness, strengthening families and supporting independence – so it’s all in a good cause. HTTP://WWW.CHELTENHAMCHALLENGE.ORG.UK

VITALITY BRIGHTON HALF-MARATHON 26 February 2017 Organised by the charity Sussex Beacon – which supports men, women and families living with HIV – this is one of the UK’s most popular races. Starting at the seafront on Madeira Drive, runners head north past the Brighton Pavilion before turning back towards the coast. HTTP://WWW.BRIGHTONHALFMARATHON.COM/

MILTON KEYNES HALF-MARATHON 5 March 2017 Part of the Festival of Running, this race is a real treat. Starting on the central dual–carriageways of Milton Keynes, runners enjoy a beautifully scenic and winding run towards the finish. The half-marathon is ideal for those wanting to train for a spring arathon but it’s also aimed towards new runners, so there’s no reason to hold back! HTTP://WWW.MKRUN.CO.UK/


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VITALITY READING HALF-MARATHON, READING 19 March 2017 Ideal for both the experienced and novice runner, this event caters for everyone. The fast and flat course begins at Green Park and then heads through the town centre of Reading. Runners then make their way through the stunning grounds of the University campus before finishing inside the Madejski Stadium. The course can yield a PB, but it is also a great choice for new or more leisurely runners.



CAMBRIDGE HALF-MARATHON 5 March 2017 Beginning on Victoria Avenue and ending on Midsummer Common, this race passes some of Cambridge’s most iconic locations. The roads are pretty flat, too, which makes for a great run. The event has sold out – but you can still bag a charity place, so sign up now to do your bit.

ADIDAS SILVERSTONE HALF-MARATHON, TOWCESTER, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 12 March 2017 Silverstone is full of famous memories, but now it’s time to create your own. The motor racing circuit plays a superb host to this fantastic race, which is a suitable choice for both novice and experienced runners.



WARWICK HALF-MARATHON 5 March 2017 Organised by the British Heart Foundation, this race is both good fun and in aid of a great cause. The half starts and finishes at Warwick Racecourse, following an undulating route through the town and its beautiful countryside. A great day out with friends and family.

VITALITY NORTH LONDON HALF-MARATHON 12 March 2017 Like your team sports? This might just be for you. The race starts at Saracens Rugby Club’s Allianz Park and goes on to Wembley Stadium. Here, a length of England’s iconic ground will be covered before heading back to a packed Allianz Park. Great fun for any runner!



VITALITY BATH HALF-MARATHON 12 March 2017 This city-centre race is a real cracker. Starting and finishing on beautiful Great Pulteney Street, runners tackle two loops of a fast and flat course. Locals line the route on both sides of the Avon, cheering runners on to a fast finish.

THE HASTINGS HALF-MARATHON 19 March 2017 Expect fantastic crowd support along this course which circumnavigates the ancient town of Hastings, starting at the seafront and following the route of William the Conqueror towards Battle, round the back of the town and down to the famous Old Town and fishing village


of Hastings. Although it’s tough at the start, the last two–thirds is flat or downhill as you make your way to the finish line on the Promenade. HTTP://HASTINGS-HALF.CO.UK/

THE BROOKS FLEET HALF-MARATHON, FLEET, HAMPSHIRE 19 March 2017 Now in its 35th year, this is one of the longest– running half-marathons in the UK. The race uses a flat course and takes runners across a mix of urban and rural roads. The event is perfect for those planning to run April’s London Marathon, and a few thousand participants are expected to turn up on the day. This is a well organised and friendly event, so give it a go! HTTP://FLEETHALFMARATHON.COM/

VITALITY LIVERPOOL HALF-MARATHON 25 March 2017 Get a ticket to run in the Fab Four’s hometown. This race starts and finishes around Pier Head. It’s mostly flat – the only incline comes after the one-mile mark, when runners head up Upper Parliament Street. The final stretch along the prom can also be quite windy, so save yourself for the end! HTTP://WWW.BTRLIVERPOOL.COM

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EMF EDINBURGH HALF-MARATHON, EDINBURGH 28 May 2017 Following the fast Edinburgh Marathon route, this half-marathon is just as quick. The course is incredibly flat so makes for great first– time racing, and it’s also ideal for those seeking a personal best time. This is one of the largest UK half-marathons, but it has sold out every year since 2012. Sign up quick to secure your place! HTTP://WWW.EDINBURGHMARATHON.COM/EVENTS/HALF-MARATHON/

PLUSNET YORKSHIRE HALF-MARATHON, SHEFFIELD 9 April 2017 This event attracts thousands of runners and spectators. With a city centre start and finish, the event boasts a super scenic route – with stunning views of the Peak District for those who conquer the climb to Ringinglow. As well as great memories, finishers will be rewarded with a technical t-shirt, goody bag and medal. HTTP://THEYORKSHIREMARATHON.COM/

ABP SOUTHAMPTON HALF 23 April 2017 Starting at Hoglands Park, this is a fairly flat race – but there’s a unique ascent up the Itchen Bridge, which will be specially closed for the event, so expect spectacular views over the river, the city and out towards the Isle of Wight. HTTP://WWW.ABPSOUTHAMPTONHALF.CO.UK/

SIGLION SUNDERLAND HALF-MARATHON 7 May 2017 After five years based at the Stadium of Light, this half (and the 10K) has a new home at Keel Square, a symbol of the city’s regeneration. Although this takes the race closer to the city centre, most of the city’s most iconic landmarks

will remain on the route. Great coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere are guaranteed. HTTP://WWW.SUNDERLANDCITY10K.COM/SUNDERLAND-CITY-HALFMARATHON/

VITALITY RUN HACKNEY HALF-MARATHON, LONDON 7 May 2017 Fancy a new PB? Then this flat race through Hackney and the iconic Queen Elizabeth Royal Park is for you. Enthusiastic spectators and live entertainment lend a carnival atmosphere to the event. There is a 5K option available, too. HTTP://RUNHACKNEY.COM/

HENLEY HALF-MARATHON TRAIL RUN 14 May 2017 If you’re not a local, this is a great opportunity to visit beautiful Henley-On-Thames. It starts and finishes at Temple Island Meadows, the start for the Henley Royal Regatta. There’s a 10K option, too – but the cut-off time for the half is 3hr 30mins so you can relax and enjoy the scenery. HTTP://WWW.F3EVENTS.CO.UK/


This highly–rated race is bursting with life and raises money for a number of local and national charities. The race starts on The Headrow and finishes in Cookridge Street – to the side of landmark Millennium Square – taking in the city centre and suburbs. HTTP://WWW.RUNFORALL.COM/

ESSAR CHESTER HALF-MARATHON 21 May 2017 Chester is full of character, and this race showcases it. Starting at Chester Racecourse, the route runs north–west out of the city before turning back and finishing outside the beautiful Town Hall and Cathedral. Definitely worth a go! HTTP://ALE.NIFTYENTRIES.COM/CHESTERHALFMARATHON

SNOWDONIA HALF-MARATHON 21 May 2017 Snowdonia National Park is a runners’ paradise. Starting and finishing in Llanrwst, this race is wonderfully inspiring. Deep forests, rocky mountains and cascading rivers accompany participants on their way to the finish. But be aware, as the surroundings make for a tough race. In particular, the hill towards the middle is a real test! Are you up for the challenge? HTTPS://WWW.RUNWALES.COM/



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BRIGHTON MARATHON 9 April 2017 This is one of the UK’s most popular events. Renowned for its lively and exciting atmosphere, the event seems to grow bigger and better year on year. Weaving through the streets of Brighton, the race then continues alongside the bright blue of the ocean before finally ending on the city’s magnificent seafront. This picture-perfect marathon boasts a support and feel like few others, so join in the fun!



ROYAL WINDSOR HALF-MARATHON RIVER TRAIL RUN 21 May 2017 Experience the historic Thames Valley with this fantastic race which starts and finishes at the foot of Windsor Castle. Follow trail paths along the banks of the River Thames, passing the landmarks which make Royal Berkshire so special. There’s a 10K option too. HTTP://WWW.F3EVENTS.CO.UK/

SOUTH DOWNS TRAIL HALF-MARATHON, HORNDEAN, HAMPSHIRE 17 June 2017 Don’t expect an easy ride here. The start sees runners tackle a mile-long climb up the South Downs Way to the radio mast at the top of Butser Hill. Then, at three miles, runners are given a downhill break, before joining the full marathon group down Staunton Way. Hilly and testing, this is a real off–road challenge. HTTPS://WWW.209EVENTS.COM/

SALOMON TRAIL HALF-MARATHON WALES, COED Y BRENIN, SNOWDONIA 17 June 2017 Wales’ Coed y Brenin forest, in Snowdonia National Park, is a place of amazing beauty. This

half-marathon takes runners on fully marked trails through these incredibly surroundings, as well as forest roads and paths. Truly stunning! HTTP://WWW.TRAILMARATHONWALES.COM/

TORBAY HALF-MARATHON 25 June 2017 If you like to be beside the seaside, try this coastal classic, now in its 26th year. Starting and finishing on Paignton seafront, runners are taken on a two-lap route where they’ll head towards Torquay – passing Torre Abbey and the Princess Gardens before returning to Paignton. HTTP://TORBAYHALFMARATHON.CO.UK/

JCP SWANSEA HALF-MARATHON 25 June 2017 Take in the sights of Swansea, from the historic castle, to stunning views over Swansea Bay and the famous St Helen’s Rugby Ground. As you head towards the Meridian Tower, the fast and flat promenade onto Swansea Marina will give you perfect conditions if you’re aiming for a PB. HTTP://WWW.SWANSEAHALFMARATHON.CO.UK/

STEYNING STINGER MARATHON, SUSSEX 5 March 2017 This isn’t called the Stinger for nothing. Taking

place on the South Downs, between Worthing and Shoreham–by–Sea, the race heads up towards the top of the Downs. The course covers countryside, roads and four hills (the ‘stings’). Hold on tight, as this is one bumpy ride! HTTP://STEYNINGAC.CO.UK/

ASICS GREATER MANCHESTER MARATHON 2 April 2017 The Greater Manchester Marathon is a real cracker. Held in Trafford, it gives runners the chance to partake in a fast and flat race. Participants will be buoyed by the great support and entertainment offered on the day. The course has a perfect finish at Manchester United’s famous Old Trafford ground. HTTP://GREATERMANCHESTERMARATHON.COM/

GREAT WELSH MARATHON, LLANELLI, CARMARTHENSHIRE 30 April 2017 - TBC Over 60 per cent of those who have taken part in this event have come away with a personal best – impressive statistic, isn’t it? Join their numbers on this traffic–free route, taking runners around Llanelli’s Millennium Coastal Park. It’s a speedy, scenic, seaside treat! HTTP://GREATWELSHMARATHON.ORG/

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VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON, LONDON 23 April 2017 The London Marathon is one of the world’s premier running events, drawing in world-class athletes, regular racers and fun runners. First held in 1981, the race has since exploded in size but still showcases the best of the city. The course is relatively flat and fast and runners are taken from Blackheath through to Buckingham Palace. This highly rated race is extremely popular, so if accepted to run – make the most of it!



BLACKPOOL MARATHON 23 April 2017 This fun event is a great day out for friends and family. The marathon is joined by a 10K and half-marathon, so there’s something for runners of all abilities and experience. The marathon itself is a PB-friendly two-lapper. HTTP://WWW.FYLDECOASTRUNNERS.COM/

BARRINGTONS GREAT LIMERICK RUN, LIMERICK, IRELAND 30 April 2017 Part of the Riverfest Limerick weekend, this race promises to be a good craic. The city will welcome over 14,000 runners and 40,000 spectators along the course with a route that takes in the city centre, the University and picturesque countryside and riverside locations. HTTP://WWW.GREATLIMERICKRUN.COM/

MILTON KEYNES MARATHON, MILTON KEYNES 1 May 2017 The Milton Keynes Marathon has a total elevation of just 315 feet, so ready that stopwatch. The race takes place on a traffic– free course, on closed roads and cycle paths, so the potential is there for a quick time. Starting

and finishing inside the MK Dons stadium, this is a must-race event! HTTP://MKMARATHON.CO.UK/

quiet back roads. It attracts runners from far and wide, with some in the past making the journey all the way from Dubai just to compete. HTTP://HALSTEADROADRUNNERS.ORG.UK/

DEEP RIVER ROCK BELFAST CITY MARATHON 1 May 2017 Most of the course is pretty flat, but expect a few hills through miles nine to 14. ASICS is now the official partner for the event and is offering training advice to all runners via MY ASICS; a free online service to help you achieve your goals. Expect amazing crowd support, too. HTTP://WWW.BELFASTCITYMARATHON.COM/

ROTARY SHAKESPEARE MARATHON, CHEADLE, STAFFORDSHIRE 7 May 2017 Starting and finishing in Stratford–upon–Avon, this race has a two–lap course through the town and surrounding countryside. Over 60 per cent of your entry fee is donated to charity. HTTP://SHAKESPEAREMARATHON.ORG.UK/

HALSTEAD AND ESSEX MARATHON, HALSTEAD, ESSEX 7 May 2017 This run, although mainly taking place on roads, makes use of the area’s rolling hills, forests and

BRATHAY WINDERMERE MARATHON, CLAPPERSGATE, CUMBRIA 21 May 2017 This marathon takes place in the heart of the Lake District. Starting and finishing at Brathay Hall in Clappersgate, the stunning course follows an anti–clockwise route around Lake Windermere. Tough at times but friendly enough for most runners, this scenic event is certainly one for the calendar! HTTPS://WWW.BRATHAY.ORG.UK/MARATHON-WELCOME

RICHMOND PARK MARATHON, SURREY 21 May 2017 If you’re looking for a race with fantastic scenery, then this is for you. The marathon takes place in Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks. The beautiful location is the capital’s biggest enclosed space, so makes the perfect place for a long-distance race. The route is not the easiest, but the setting makes for a great occasion! HTTP://WWW.RICHMONDPARKMARATHON.CO.UK/




Each year, Fix Events organises over 50 events across the UK, including the hugely popular MoRunning Series, triathlons, 5K and 10K runs, as well as charitable and corporate events. In addition, if you are looking to organise a run for your company or a team-building day, do get in touch to discuss bespoke event services. You don’t have to be super fit to join in. Fix Events welcomes entrants of all abilities and ages to their fun and friendly events such as the All Nations 5K and 10K runs, where you can feel like a champion representing your country as you take on the Olympic venue, Windsor’s

Dorney Lake. If you fancy a slightly bigger challenge, then take on their All Nations Triathlon on the same day, which is always a superb event full of great national spirit. In the historic Greenwich Park, there are the Tough Runs if you feel like tackling an undulating 5K, 10K or 15K, or the competitive Battle of the Boroughs which pits areas against each other to crown the top London borough! There are many more events on the schedule, so check out the Fix Events diary. Visit for more info and to book online, and follow thefixevents on Facebook and Twitter @fixevents.

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LIVERPOOL MARATHON, LIVERPOOL 28 May 2017 Love music? This marathon is the one for you. The start is at the Albert Dock, a few minutes walk from the Liverpool Echo Arena. This fun and friendly event has live bands playing round the course to spur you on, a great atmosphere and lots of runners in costumes. At the end, you’ll get a very blingy medal and plenty of food.



EDINBURGH MARATHON 28 May 2017 Now officially the fastest marathon in the UK, the Edinburgh race is the largest of its kind in Scotland. The course is fast and flat and has an elevation drop of almost 40 metres. Over 70 per cent of participants enter from outside of Scotland, making this a real global event. HTTPS://WWW.EDINBURGHMARATHON.COM/

BOLTON HILL MARATHON, LANCASHIRE 10 June 2017 This is one of the toughest marathons around. Extremely hilly, the course boasts a total ascent of 2,997 feet – reaching 1,050 feet on the first climb alone. Starting and finishing in the same area, the route follows some of the West Pennine Moors’ most beautiful country roads and trails. This one is brilliantly brutal! HTTP://HILLRUNNER.ORG.UK/

SOUTH DOWNS RELAY MARATHON, SLINDON, WEST SUSSEX 17 June 2017 This route takes in some of the South Downs’ most stunning scenery. The race itself is great fun, too. Starting at Slindon College, the relay race – consisting of teams of four – is split into

quarters, with each member running a separate leg. So give your mates a call, and give it a go! HTTPS://WWW.209EVENTS.COM/

MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN MARATHON, TALYBONT–ON–USK, POWYS 24 June 2017 The Midnight Marathon, held in Wales’ stunning Brecon Beacons, is a gruelling challenge. Runners have between 5:30pm and midnight to finish the race, which follows part of a route used by the British Special Forces – so don’t expect an easy ride! HTTP://BRUTALEVENTS.CO.UK/

VODAFONE MALTA MARATHON 5 March 2017 Runners here will feel like they’re taking a cultural tour as Malta has been described as ‘one big open–air museum’. Don’t be worried about over–heating, in March the thermostat averages around a cool 13°C – just right for a long-distance run. HTTPS://WWW.MALTAMARATHON.COM/

ZURICH MARATO BARCELONA MARATHON 12 March 2017 This urban circuit is one of the most attractive

in Europe, passing by the main city landmarks. This event has a real festival feel and there will be lots of animation points offering free entertainment from live bands. As well as the marathon, you can also take part in a free 4K breakfast where you can enjoy breakfast after the race . HTTP://ZURICHMARATOBARCELONA.ES

JERUSALEM WINNER MARATHON, ISRAEL 17 March 2017 This event mixes physical a challenge with exquisite landscapes, fresh mountain air and unique culture and heritage sites showcasing 3,000 years of history. There are also options for a half-marathon, 10K, 5K and a 800m community race, so everyone can get involved. HTTP://JERUSALEM-MARATHON.COM/INDEXEN.ASPX

ROME MARATHON, ITALY 2 April 2017 You know how the saying goes. When in Rome… run a marathon. And why not? This beautiful and ancient city with its winding marathon course may not be the ideal location to chase a new PB but it’s certainly one for your bucket list. Rome’s not a bad spot to go carb-loading either – enjoy! HTTP://MARATONADIROMA.IT/

! E S A E S I D T R A E H T S N I A G A T H G I F JOIN US IN OUR Take on a BHF Run in 2017 and join the fight for every heartbeat. From muddy trail runs, to running in World Heritage sites, to street jogs in the Capital, with 5k, 10k and Half Marathon distances to choose from, there is something to suit all. Sunday 26 February 2017

Wednesday 17 May 2017



Take on 10k or a Half Marathon across muddy off-road tracks and steep forest inclines, all set within the stunning grounds of Yorkshire’s historic Harewood House.

Sunday 5th March 2017


Starting and finishing at Warwick Racecourse, join thousands of runners on this completely traffic-free route around the beautiful town of Warwick and its surrounding countryside.

Saturday 18 March 2017


Join thousands of Heart Runners and choose from a 5k or 10k run at the Capital’s famous Royal park, with incredible views of London zoo.

Take on 5k or 10k and explore the wonders of this historic fortress at the Tower’s only running event.

September 2017


Run 5 or 10k at this popular street jog in the heart of London’s business district, a great way to end your working day, while joining the fight against heart disease.

Sunday 1 October 2017


This impressive World Heritage site provides the backdrop for the Half Marathon, 10k or 2k Family Fun Run, offering something for all ages and abilities.

Sunday 26 March 2017


Run 5k or 10k where Olympic greats made their name in 2012 and become a heart hero.

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HARMONY GENEVA MARATHON, SWITZERLAND 7 May 2017 This race takes in some of the finest views Geneva has to offer. Switzerland is a stunning country, and this city marathon is truly delightful. The course includes the picturesque city centre and some some beautifully scenic countryside areas. Considering the nature of the country, the route is relatively flat, too. So pack your bags, and prepare for a great trip!



MARATHON DES SABLES, MOROCCO 7-17 April 2017 Named by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth, this event – which is a little bit more than a marathon – is a classic. Runners have to be self–sufficient as they make their way though the Sahara Desert in five to six days. Are you tough enough? HTTP://MARATHONDESSABLES.CO.UK/

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC PARIS MARATHON, FRANCE 9 April 2017 The Paris Marathon is one of the biggest races on the international circuit. The flat course makes for a smooth race, which passes some of the city’s famous landmarks. Starting on Champs–Elysees, the course heads down the Rue de Rivoli and the outskirts of east Paris. HTTP://WWW.SCHNEIDERELECTRICPARISMARATHON.COM/US/

NN ROTTERDAM MARATHON, HOLLAND 9 April 2017 This marathon weekend combines sporting action with a festival feel. Events include fun runs, a pasta party and a quarter marathon. It’s all for a good cause, too, as money goes towards Jeugdsportfonds, the Youth Sports Fund which

creates sporting opportunities for children from low–income families. HTTP://NNMARATHONROTTERDAM.ORG/

ZURICH MARATHON, SWITZERLAND 9 April 2017 Noted for being well–organised, this race loops through the city centre so you can expect an amazing crowd of spectators to cheer you on. It’s not exactly flat – but there are no sizeable hills either, so this is a great choice if you’re after a more intermediate challenge. HTTP://ZURICHMARATHON.CH/

BOSTON MARATHON, USA 17 April 2017 From its beginning in 1897, the Boston marathon has become an iconic race. Starting from the rural New England town of Hopkinton and finishing at the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square at the heart of the city. As you would expect from such an established event, the facilities are second to none. HTTP://WWW.BAA.ORG/

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MADRID MARATHON, SPAIN 23 April 2017 This is one of Spain’s best running events, and

as such is given a lot of attention. The marathon, although quite hilly and challenging, is extremely popular. The route is changed and adapted each year but the course usually takes in many of Madrid’s most famous sites. HTTP://WWW.RUNROCKNROLL.COM/MADRID/

VIENNA CITY MARATHON, AUSTRIA 23 April 2017 Take a tour of Vienna’s most iconic sights on this marathon route. Run by the bank of the beautiful River Danube, past the famous opera house and Schönbrunn Castle. Make a weekend of it and drop by the Pancake and Carb–Loading party so you don’t miss your chance to sample some authentic Austrian pancakes. HTTPS://WWW.VIENNA-MARATHON.COM/EASIBIB

GOOD LIFE FITNESS TORONTO MARATHON, CANADA 7 May 2017 The Toronto Marathon is not only a wonderfully scenic race, but one that offers fantastic PB potential. In 2013, over half of the event’s participants clocked a personal best time. Starting at Mel Lastman Square in North York, the race takes runners on a fast, downhill route. HTTP://WWW.TORONTOMARATHON.COM/

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THE SEMI–MARATHON DE PARIS, FRANCE 5 March 2017 It may be the fashion capital of the world, but it’s time to swap couture for trainers to take on the Paris half-marathon. The race, which is in its 24th year, takes you past all of the tourist hotspots and it’s a good bet for anyone chasing a PB as the course is relatively flat and fast. HTTP://WWW.FITBITSEMIDEPARIS.COM/US

GOZO HALF MARATHON, MALTA 30 April 2017 If you fancy a half-marathon overseas, then try this race on the Maltese island of Gozo. The island is full of rustic, rural charm. The event, now in its 40th year, is smaller than most, so it’s ideal if you’re not a fan of big crowds.

historic sites, so you can make a weekend of it as well as enjoying the marathon. HTTP://WWW.RUNCZECH.COM/

GREAT WALL MARATHON, CHINA 20 May 2017 Races don’t get much more spectacular, or physically demanding, than the Great Wall Marathon. China’s iconic landmark is globally recognised, and tourists travel from far and wide to walk it. So, what is it like to race on? Tough – really tough. The stunning route sees runners travel through the lower valley and into the villages, on a monstrous journey. Buoyed by fantastic support, there’s no reason to shy away from this one! HTTP://GREAT-WALL-MARATHON.COM/


VOLKSWAGEN PRAGUE MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC 7 May 2017 This race plays host to around 10,000 runners and some elite athletes and goes through the streets of Prague, where the architecture and scenery will keep you occupied while you run. You’ll get a text message with your finish time at the end and free entry to selected museums and

SCOTIABANK OTTAWA MARATHON, CANADA 28 May 2017 Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Canada’s capital as you take on this fast course. The event is the finale of the Ottawa Race Weekend which includes a health and fitness expo, races for runners of all abilities and ages and a pasta dinner at the Marriott Hotel. HTTP://WWW.RUNOTTAWA.CA/

HELL DOWN SOUTH, LIPHOOK, HAMPSHIRE 14 January 2017 Longmoor Camp is the official home of the original HellRunner event. This race is tough and it’s grim, and now it’s wilder and wetter, hillier and hellier than ever before. So lace up, wrap up and prepare to do battle! HTTP://HELLRUNNER.CO.UK/HELL-DOWN-SOUTH/

COPENHAGEN MARATHON, DENMARK 21 May 2017 Runners will get to enjoy the sights of central Copenhagan as they make their way round this route, which starts and finishes at the harbor front on Islands Brygge. The course is mainly flat so it’s a good overseas option for first–timers. Little ones can take part in the mini marathon so there’s family fun to be had all round!

BRUTAL 10, BORDON, SURREY 25 February 2017 Even though this 10K event uses only natural obstacles to challenge your resolve, it really is brutal. Expect a lot of hills, water, mud and uneven ground, so make sure you’re wearing sturdy trail shoes. Great fun on your own or if you’re thinking of entering as part of a team.




WALT DISNEY WORLD® MARATHON WEEKEND, CALIFORNIA 4-8 January 2017 Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon with this spectacular weekend of amazing runs and endless fun in the most magical place on Earth. There’s more than one race on offer and runners can choose from a number of distances – and there’s also a fun run for the kids who would never forgive you if you left them at home. And, of course, you can expect plenty of magical entertainment to keep you amused when you’re not running.


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KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, KESWICK, CUMBRIA 8-11 June 2017 Catering for runners of all abilities, this festival is made up of numerous trail running events from 5K to trail ultramarathon. Each race offers a real mix of terrain and runners can expect wide open trails, tough descents and open valleys all set against beautiful scenery. Afterwards, camp out at the Festival Village where you can listen to live music, sample great food and drink and try your hand at various activities.



SPRING WOLF RUN, LEAMINGTON SPA, WARWICKSHIRE 8-9 April 2017 Whether you take it on as a lone wolf or as part of a pack, this 10K run will test you to your limits. The course is packed with man-made and natural obstacles. This is really wild running, taking you through woods, lakes and fields.

LIDL KINGSTON BREAKFAST RUN, KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES, SURREY 26 March 2017 This course takes you through the pretty market town of Kingston–Upon–Thames and you can choose distances from eight to 20 miles, making this a great practice run if you’re marathon training.



THE MIGHTY DEERSTALKER, INNERLEITHEN, PEEBLESSHIRE 11 March 2017 Head to the Scottish Borders for some pitchblack magic on this tough multi-terrain race. Pack a headtorch, run your heart out then head to the after party for grub, beers and bands.

GRIM CHALLENGE BEAST IN THE EAST, SWANLEY, KENT 6 May 2017 This super tough 10K will test your mettle. Make your way through mud, sand and hills of the country’s best motocross circuit. Be warned, the downhill is just as tough as the uphill!

LONDON GAUNTLET GAMES, TRENT PARK 24 June 2017 Londoners needn’t think they’re excused from mucky racing – take the Tube to the end of the Piccadilly Line, where you’ll find this frenzied fancy dress event. There are 15 obstacles to conquer, including Monkey Business, See Saw, and the worryingly named Swing and Smash.




THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGIONS MAJOR MIDLANDS, ALLCESTER, MIDLANDS 11 March 2017 Details of this race are still classified. However, we’re guessing runners should prepare themselves for obstacles, mud and some pretty cold water. Luckily a 40–strong band of elite troops will be on hand to give encouragement.

REEBOK SPARTAN SOUTH WEST SUPER SPRINT WEEKEND, GLOUCESTERSHIRE 20-21 May 2017 The Spartan Race Series is not for the fainthearted. The Hurricane Heat race has now sold out but you can still take part in Sunday’s Super Sprint, a 5-6K race with 20-23 obstacles standing between you and the finish line.

RACE TO THE KING, ARUNDEL, WEST SUSSEX 24-25 June 2017 Walk, run or jog through the stunning scenery of the South Downs on this 52–mile ultra. The rolling route takes you to a climatic finish on the steps of Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of the first Kings of England.




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