2017 London Running Events

If, like us, you spent Christmas living like you were in some sort of fortnight-long eating contest, you’re probably starting to devise a plan to get back on track. It’s around this time that we plough through the various races coming up in an attempt to gain a bit of fitness focus. Sure, going out for a run is all well and good, but it makes it a lot more likely to happen if you actually have something to train for.

That’s why we’ve pulled together our list of favourite running events taking place in London over the next twelve months. We’ve done them all before by the way, so you can trust us if we say they’re good.

RunThrough Events

RunThrough Wimbledon Common Half Marathon

As London races go RunThrough are damn good value for money. They’re also really good at organising races that have a sort of friendly camaraderie. Great for beginners who are a bit nervous about taking part in their first race as well as veterans. Amazing medals as well. Seriously they’re next level.

Where: All over London

When: All year (like seriously, there are loads of events)

Distance: 1 mile to half-marathon

How Much: Between about £10 and £25

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Vitality Hackney Half Marathon

We weren’t actually very keen on this race when it launched in 2014, largely because they decided to put it slap bang in the middle of the summer – it almost killed us. Last year they moved the date forward a couple of months; a decision which made it significantly more enjoyable for the runners. Was still pretty damn hot in 2016 though.

Now it’s one of the best half marathon courses in the city, taking runners on a very enjoyable tour of East London. Vitality is also, as you’d hope, on the ball when it comes to event organisation, making the whole thing run seamlessly.

Where: Hackney

When: Sunday April 30th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £39 (2016 price) – booking isn’t open yet, but you can pre-register for free

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k

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If you’re looking for a no frills 10k that’s easy to get to, then this Stratford event is one of the best. A three lap loop of the Olympic Park isn’t the most scenic route in the world, well, at least not after the first lap, but it’s pretty much pedestrian free.

The nicest thing about the QEOP 10k is the fact that it starts and ends at the restaurant cafe next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, so even in winter you can sit in the warm before it all kicks off. If you’ve got any spectators coming along they’ll thank you. It also runs every month, so no need to worry about missing it.

Where: Stratford

When: First Saturday of every month

Distance: 10k

How Much: £17 (£15 club affiliated)

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Cancer Research UK London Winter Run 10k

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Central London races are pretty rare due to the difficulty in closing off the roads. So we were pretty chuffed when they launched the Winter Run last year, especially considering we much prefer running in the cold.

It may be a bit too soon for some people, but starting off the year with a race is a nice way to get into the right mindset. Even if it does mean you realise you may have had a bit too much fun over the festive period.

Where: Central London

When: Sunday February 5th

Distance: 10k

How Much: £45

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The Fix Event Series

A great series of no frills events that take place all across London. We’ve done a fair few of them now and we’ve never had any complaints. Our favourite by far are the Richmond and Bushy park ones. What can we say, we like deer. They also run the hugely successful MoRun series in support of Movember.

Where: All over London

When: All year

Distance: 5k, 10k

How Much: From about £14

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Energized Sports Event Series

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Some great little 10ks and half marathons largely focussed in south-west London. The kind of races that are perfect for if you’re preparing for a big event and need something affordable to test your progress.

Where: All over London

When: All year

Distance: 10k to half-marathon

How Much: From about £20

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Regent’s Park 10k Summer Series

A race series that runs over a six month period in the summer. This 10k is a three lap route around Regent’s Park which is perfect for anyone from beginners to veterans. Aside from the obviously nice scenery, they often have home-cooked flapjacks at the end. And, if you’re lucky, you may get to see the giraffes as you run up the final kilometre past London Zoo (not guaranteed though).

Where: Regent’s Park

When: April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd

Distance: 10k

How Much: Price: £18 (£16 club affiliated)

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Vitality British 10k London Run

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If big London events is what you’re after then this is the one for you (unless you’re a marathon runner, obviously). An impressive course that takes you past some of the cities most famous sights. There are a hell of a lot of runners though, so maybe not one to aim for if you’re hoping for a fast time. Make sure you get there early as well, especially if you’re likely to need the toilet.

Where: Central London

When: July some (probably – not confirmed yet but you can pre register for free)

Distance: 10k

Price: £50 (based on 2016)

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Richmond RUNFEST Marathon/ half marathon/10k

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This was our favourite half marathon of 2015 for a number of reasons and a damn fine marathon in 2016. Firstly, the start is located in the grounds of Kew Gardens, which in itself is pretty cool. The first few kilometres of the course take you through the various tree-lined paths before you head out down the river to Teddington. It’s a hell of a nice route and ends at a little festival ground in Old Deer Park. You’d also be hard-pressed to find a finishers T-shirt and medal as good as these anywhere else.

Where: Richmond

When: Saturday September 16th (10k), Sunday September 17th (Marathon and half marathon)

Distance: Marathon, half marathon, 10k

Price: TBC

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Amba Hotels City Of London Mile

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Not often you get a free race in Central London that includes a medal. Seems too good to be true doesn’t it? Well it isn’t. Now in its third year, the City of London Mile continues to grow in popularity. For anyone who’s never ran a mile race before, it may seem easy, but as distances go it’s pretty damn tough. The first time we tried it we were bent over at the finish line feeling completely defeated.

Where: St Paul’s

When: TBA

Distance: 1 mile

Price: Free (yes really)

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Salomon Richmond Half Marathon and 10km

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If you were to tell us we were allowed to pick one place in London to run for the rest of our lives, it would probably be Richmond. You’ve got the river, the architecture, the scenery, and that’s not to mention all the bars and cafes you can nip into after you’ve finished.

This is the fourth year the race has taken place, and it’s been growing in popularity since it started. Great organisation, great location, and perfectly timed for anyone doing the London Marathon.

Where: Richmond

When: March 19th

Distance: 10k, Half Marathon

Price: From £27 (10k)

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ZSL London Zoo Stampede 10km

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If, like us, you’re the kind of runner that gets a bit bored during a race then this is the event for you. A 10km that not only takes you for a lap of Regents Park, but also around the zoo itself. Trust us, you’ve never ran a race until you’ve been cheered on by Gorillas and Llamas.

Where: London Zoo

When: March 26th, September 17th

Distance: 10km

How much: £34 (with a £50 fundraising target)

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Ealing Half Marathon

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We’ve done every single one of these so far and we’ve never been disappointed. One of London’s most popular half marathon events that get’s better every year. A great route, brilliant organisation, massively supportive crowds and a damn nice medal at the end.

Where: Ealing

When: September 24th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: From £38

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Palace Half Marathon

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A beautiful half marathon taking place in March, so perfectly placed for all you marathon trainers. One of only two surviving palaces that King Henry VIII owned, The race starts inside the gates of Hampton Court Palace and finishes within the famous gardens. After that you can head for a wander around the maze or visit the world’s largest grape vine. Which is not something we often suggest when we talk about a race.

Where: Hampton Court

When: Sunday March 19th

Distance: Half-marathon

How Much: From £36

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Vitality North London Half Marathon

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One of the few running events to take place in North London, this half marathon may not be the most scenic but it delivers the crowds, is well placed for the marathon runners and is very well organised. Even had Mo Farah there one year.

Where: Wembley

When: Sunday March 12th

Distance: Half-marathon

How Much: From £43

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River Thames Half Marathon

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A really flat race which takes in some of the nicest areas you’re likely to find on the Thames. Start of at Walton-on-Thames before heading to Hampton Court and back through Shepperton. Quite delightful.

Where: Walton-on-Thames

When: October

Distance: Half-marathon

How Much: From £31

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Vitality London 10,000

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The other big 10k in the city is always ridiculously popular, and rightly so. It’s an awesome route, has great organisation and the crowds love it. Much like a mini London marathon.

Where: Pall Mall

When: Monday May 29th

Distance: 10k

How Much: From £28

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Vitality Westminster Mile

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Taking place on the Sunday before the London 10,000, the Westminster Mile is a great chance to see wat running a mile is really like (hard, trust us). I

Where: Pall Mall

When: Sunday May 28th

Distance: 1 mile

How Much: From £8

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Did we miss anything? Let us know if you think there’s a race that should have been included. Send us a Tweet or an email and we’ll take a look.

Picture Credits: RandR Photos, Vitality, The Race Organiser, The Winter Run, Ealing Half Marathon, Vitality, Harry Hawkes 10, River Thames Half Marathon, RunThrough, The Race Organiser, Human Race, The Fix Events, Hampton Court Half Marathon