The London Race List

If we know about anything over at The Allrounder, it’s London running events. It’s kind of our thing in fact. So we thought to ourselves, why not write a list of all our favourites so you lot can start planning? And here it is, our carefully chosen selection of the best running events going on in the capital over the year.

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

Distance: Half Marathon

How Much: About £38

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Richmond RUNFEST

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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

Distance: 10k, Half-Marathon, Marathon

How Much: Between about £30 to £46

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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 £24

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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.

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: May

Distance: 1 mile to half-marathon

How Much: About £39

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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: The Olympic Park

When: First Saturday of every month

Distance: 10k

How Much: £17

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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: Trafalgar Square

When: January

Distance: 10k

How Much: From about £38

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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 to September

Distance: 10k

How Much: £17

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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: Pall Mall

When: July

Distance: 10k

How Much: About £50

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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 Pauls

When: June

Distance: 1 mile

How Much: Free (yes really)

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The London Marathon

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You may have already heard of this one. The London Marathon is a British institution with more people taking part every year (39,000 on the start line in 2016). It’s a phenomenal experience if you can get through the ballot (which in many ways is harder than the race itself). Relatively flat, amazing crowds and some great scenery.

Where: Starts in Greenwich Park, ends at Pall Mall

When: April

Distance: Marathon

How Much: About £40 in the ballot

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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: March

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: March

Distance: Half-marathon

How Much: About £35

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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: May

Distance: 10k

How Much: About £30

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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: May

Distance: 1 mile

How Much: About £8

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Harry Hawkes 10

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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: Thames Ditton

When: June

Distance: 10 Mile

How Much: £25

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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.

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