Our pick of the 6 best reasons to get out of London on a weekend. These UK running events will inspire you to leave the great capital and stretch your legs - with races from 10k to a marathon, we’ve got reasons to see the rest of the UK!

Brighton Marathon

Date: 14th April 2019

About: Brighton hosts one of the largest marathons in the UK, and is celebrating 10 years with a weekend running festival in 2019! Run the second largest marathon in the UK along the seaside, or take on the 10k for a slightly easier ride - all with the promise of a beachside ice cream beckoning. There’s also a kids and teens mini mile race to ensure the whole family is included. Join the party - it’s bound to be a big one.

Edinburgh Marathon

Date: 26th May 2019

About: Another running festival, the Edinburgh Marathon weekend ensures there’s something for everyone with events from 5k races to a full marathon, including a 4 person marathon relay option! The marathon takes you on a tour of the city, with views of the iconic Edinburgh Castle and Arthurs Seat, before finishing the race along the coast - with a view of the finish line to keep you going. Previously voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World this flat and fast course is one to sign up for!

Reading Half Marathon

Date: TBC March 2020

About: Take a tour of Reading and see highlights of the town centre and the beautiful University grounds. The event has lots of crowd support - over 15,000 people turn up to cheer on the competitors before they cross the finish line outside Reading’s Olympic stadium. The race isn’t far from London, only a 25-minute ride from Paddington Station, meaning you can pop over just for the half marathon or make a weekend out of it - the choice is yours!

Great Manchester Run

Date: 19th May 2019

About: One of the great cities in the north of England, Manchester plays host to a buzzing running festival every May. The Great Manchester Run is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the UK running calendar. Besides the famous 10k event, the running festival has multiple options, with a half marathon for adults, and 1.5km and 2.5km options for the juniors. No matter which distance choose, the booming anthems across the city’s streets are sure to keep you going and the incredible supporters will see you across the line.

Bristol 10k

Date: 5th May 2019

About: Come to Bristol to run a 10k with a view - take in the scenes of the iconic Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension bridge whilst you push for a PB or take a more leisurely pace as you enjoy the views. The event starts and finishes on Anchor Road, making it easy to liaise with friends and family post-race. It’s also the perfect location to find food and drink, near Harbourside, and you’re bound to work up an appetite. There’s also the option for a 1-mile family run - so bring the whole family for a weekend escape!

Oxford Half Marathon

Date: 13th October 2019

About: Take a tour of one of the most iconic university towns - the Oxford Half Marathon takes you through the historic city and past the spectacular University Colleges. This race has live music, local bands and DJs along the course and the buzzing atmosphere will keep you going for a strong half marathon finish. As with most events on this list, it’s heavily oversubscribed and this year, for the first time, they are holding a public ballot for tickets - best of luck!

Conclusion

If you've you’re new to running you might want to consider warming up with a UK 5k or 10k event. However, if you’re old hat, then you might want to stretch yourself with a half marathon, marathon, or even an ultramarathon event - it’s a great opportunity to explore a new city or the open fields of the countryside!