Autumn Races 2016

Whoah, whoah, whoah. How did we get into the second half of the year already? What the hell is going on? Depressingly that means we only have a few weeks left of sporadic summer days and then the nights are going to draw in. Sorry guys.

But with the colder days comes the saving grace of the autumn, the races. But which ones should you sign up for? Don’t worry, we’ve already done the hard work for you. Here’s our pick of the races to sign up for in the second half of the year. You know, to give you something to look forward to.

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 25th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £38 (£36 affiliated)

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Richmond RUNFEST Marathon

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This is the first year RUNFEST is upping the distances to include a full marathon. To say we’re excited is an understatement. Starting in Kew Gardens, the route takes you round some amazing scenery in one of London’s nicest areas. There’s even a big festival at the end. Could well be a great alternative for all those people who don’t get into London.

Where: Richmond

When: September 18th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £45.50 (43.50 affiliated)

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Lincoln Half Marathon

We’re a bit biassed as this is are home town, but even so this is set to be a pretty damn good addition to the race calendar. Up until now Lincoln has only hosted the massively popular 10k that takes place in April every year. We have very high hopes for it, not just because it means we can get a home-cooked roast afterwards.

Where: Lincoln

When: October 2nd

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £32 (£30 affiliated)

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English Half Marathon

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We’ve heard good things about this northern addition to the list. Not least because the latest medal looks like an absolute beast (it’s got a spinny bit on it). Taking in the various landmarks around the area and containing some pretty heavy inclines, it’s unlikely you’re going to get bored.

Where: Warrington, Cheshire

When: September 18th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £32 (£30 affiliated)

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New Forest Marathon

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It’s a marathon in one of England’s most beautiful locations, not much more we need to say about it really. Aside from the inevitable horses ambling around as they please, you’ll need to be prepared for a multi-terrain course. Afterwards you can nip over to one of the amazing pubs dotted around the area. Actually just go and do that even if you don’t like running.

Where: The New Forest

When: September 11th

Distance: Marathon

How Much: £47 (£45 affiliated)

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Urban Rush

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A new Central London race that takes you from Stratford all the way to Putney. Which is a damn nice route if ever we’ve heard one. The 15 mile distance makes this perfect for anyone stepping up from half marathon distance. You can also run as a team and save a bit of money. Putney has some great restaurants and bars as well. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Where: London

When: October 2nd

Distance: 15 miles

How Much: £30 (£100 team of 4) + sponsorship

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Leicester Marathon

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We’ve added this marathon for two reasons. Firstly it’s in a pretty good location to get to from a lot of places in the UK, so you can head there without too much hassle. Secondly it’s a massively under promoted event. We only know about it because we have family that live there.

Where: Leicester

When: October 23rd

Distance: Marathon

How Much: £28

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Manchester Half Marathon

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Yeah okay, it’ll probably be raining, but some of us like running in the rain. It’s also ridiculously flat, so great for any of you PB-lords out there. It starts and finishes around Old Trafford, which is kind of cool to look at whist you’re running.

Where: Manchester

When: October 16th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £33 (price will increase nearer to date)

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RunThrough Wimbledon Half Marathon

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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: Wimbledon Common

When: October 16th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: £24 (£22 affiliated)

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Windsor Half Marathon

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Just look at that scenery. Who wouldn’t want to be looking at that as they puff and pant their way to the end of 13.1 miles? That’s Windsor for you, ruddy lovely place. Probably one of our favourite castles in fact. And we have a lot of favourite castles.

Where: Windsor

When: September 25th

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: Price: £30.50 (£28.50 affiliated)

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Yeah we know there are loads more. If you think we’ve missed anything important then let us know by sending us an email or a tweet.

All prices correct and entries available at time of publishing (10th July 2016)

Picture Credits: Ealing Half Marathon, OSB Events, English Half Marathon, New Forest Marathon, Shelter, Leicester Marathon, Manchester Half Marathon, Windsor Half Marathon