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Hexham, Northumberland

Distance: 10 km

Come and beat the Bull! Run the Kielder 10k around the stunning Bull Crag Peninsula of Kielder Water. If a full marathon is 20 miles too long, panic not, you can still enjoy the stunning scenery at the Kielder Marathon Weekend, with possibly the most beautiful 10k in the UK! You will be absorbed by your surroundings as you churn out the miles… meandering through the forests and heathland, this is a highly enjoyable race in a stunning location. Part of a fabulous weekend of events in this beautiful part of the country. Includes marathon, half marathon and run/bike/run.

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Distance: 10 km

A new 10k road race on closed roads - at night! Fully lit roads will givs the event a truly unique feel and experience for those taking part! From Wakefield Hospice, Aberford Road.

Swallow, Lincolnshire

Distance: 10 km, 13.1 miles

A challenging multi-terrain half marathon and 10k to be run in pairs over beautiful countryside on the Lincolnshire Wolds. Starting and finishing in the lovely village of Swallow, this race will test your fitness. This race is loved by many, due to the views, comradeship and not forgetting the famous beanie hat, sausage roll or pasty and cuppa at the end. Entries for this gem of a race are now open.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Distance: 5 km, 10 km

We’re back with The Ovarian Cancer Walk | Run this October, with a 5k or 10k multi-terrain, single lap route in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Get your trainers on and go the distance to transform the future for women with ovarian cancer. It doesn’t matter how you take part, walk or run, this event is for all ages and abilities, with accessible routes for wheelchair users.;Transforming the future for women with ovarian cancer is possible. We know the way. Take steps so we can reach the finish line together. Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity. We work to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer.;We ask all adults to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

Delamere Forest, Northwich, Cheshire

Distance: 10 km, 13 miles, 26 miles

This is the UK’s toughest half marathon (North of our southern event of course! You decide which is hardest). Many make the claim of being the toughest. We’ll let your punished sole judge for itself. This event set the bar for off-road running at a new level when it extended its distance from a measly 10 miles in 2014. The terrain at Delamere Forest is unforgiving, peppered with water features and beyond rough underfoot.;Now in its 6th year at Half Marathon distance, witness HellRunner’s signature features, including the legendary Bog of Doom, the Devil’s Disco, Hills of Hell, Lucifer’s Lido, Fire Service hose wash, fabulous runner rewards, a cracking event village with brand new bar, more food choices, heated marquee, premium changing option with showers, Rat Race Store, live MC and of course, a Devil on stilts! Option of 10k, 13 miles and 26 miles.

Nr Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Distance: 6 km, 15 km, 21 km

Maverick invo-8 Original Oxfordshire holds a special place in all our hearts, and our Original series season finale has three new trail running routes starting from the 850 year old Manor House of Stonor Park, all three weaving through the Estate and surrounding Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But it’s not all a blissful fairytale, or a chance to spot rare wildlife, there are some ferocious trails to negotiate, with climbs and descents reaching gradients of 22% in parts. You’ll need your head firmly focused on the task ahead to get through some parts of this event.;Original Oxfordshire ensures that trail runners of abilities will be challenged, and we are sure that saying ‘I do’ to this event is something you won’t regret. 6k, 15k, 21k.

West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Distance: 31 miles;26.2 miles;13.1 miles

A beautiful run through the Kings Forest, which is just 4 miles outside Bury St Edmunds. The course is off-road and traffic free, using footpaths and tracks across breckland and in the Forest. The route is flat and should prove to be a fast one!

Betws-y-coed, Conwy

Distance: 100 miles

The return of the remarkable Snowdon Ultra 100 Mile race, sarting from the beautiful Betws-y-Coed, with 13 checkpoints and 7436m of ascent over 100 stunning miles! This is GB Ultra’s support at its very best throughout.;Taking in the Snowdonia Slate Trail, and a series of mountain trails along Heather Terrace on Tryfan, Snowdon, Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn and Pen yr Helgi Du, following an unmarked route, therefore classed as a navigation event..

Goring, Berkshire

Distance: 100 miles

A 100 mile trail race based in the twinned villages of Goring & Streatley on the River Thames. Takes runners on 4 different 25 mile out-and-back spurs, using sections of the Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails. Previously the Winter 100.

Krynica Zdrój, Poland

Distance: 30km;48km;70km;100km;150km

Lemkowyna, the land of Lemkos, invites you for an unforgettable trail experience. Breathe in the wild, breathe out happiness.;Modern world is a global village. Even distant locations are easily accessible. Satellite maps give you a preview of adventure. There are few places without phone signal and Internet access. Yet in Poland, a country which has gone a long way in last decades and has gained well-deserved recognition worldwide, there is an enclave where the hands of the clock are moving slower than anywhere else. It is the land of Lemkos, an exquisite ethnic group who has lived here for hundreds of years. Run through old-forgotten villages and see the wooden orthodox churches. Listen to the wind gusting in the woods and hear simple yet beautiful melodies of Lemko music. Stop at one of the springs and taste pristine water. Stop at the aid station and taste pumpkin soup. Savor all smells, tastes and emotions, filling the atmosphere of Lemkowyna Ultra-Trail.;You will need a lot of strength, both physical and mental. You will run in the mountains on an October night, lighted only with thousands of stars. Your feet will sink in the mud and sometimes you might shiver from cold air of “golden Polish autumn”. Yet at every aid station we are going to wait for you with heart-warming welcome, and even;though the road may seem far and tough, you will cross the finish line with genuine happiness at heart, accompanied with the sound of hundreds of hand-crafted bells, one of which is going to be hung on your neck as a finisher’s gift.;Don’t miss the opportunity for an ultimate trail experience.

Hope, Derbyshire

Distance: 30 mile Ultra - SOLO;30 mile Ultra - PAIRS;>30 mile Ultra - SOLO;>30 mile Ultra - PAIRS

After some fantastic feedback from competitors, who described this event as the ‘best but hardest 30 mile ultra they have ever raced and truly a classic in the making’, we bring this event back for 2019.;Starting from the village of Hope, the Dark Peaks Ultra - in association with Raidlight - will take you into the heart of the Peak District National Park, where the total elevation will be well over 7000ft. Starting off on the iconic Pennine way you will soon be greeted with some brutal climbs, high ridge lines and fast technical descending - with the time of year and the nature of this course this one will surely push you to your limits!!;Start Time;09:00am

Uckfield, East Sussex

Distance: 6 hour limit;5.24 mile loops

The nice folk at Ashdown Forest have given us special permission to run around Ashdown Forest around the very locations that inspired Christopher Robin and AA Milne to write the famous loveable bear books. In 2019 we intend to have Heffalump and Ashdown Forest themes after the success of the 2016-2018 events! The 2019 themes will be the Heffalump Puffalot Challenge and SVN Adventures in Winnie-the-Pooh Land! The event will be a six hour timed challenge around 5.24 mile loops. Events 12/13 October.

Tisbury, Wiltshire

Distance: 50 km

Starting at the National Trust in Tisbury, nestled in the heart of the Nadder Valley and smack bang in the centre of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB, the route will take you through some of the most truly stunning and visually stimulating countryside that the South West, indeed the Country, has to offer. You will find yourself making your way around the Fonthill Estate and the Vale of Wardour, completing an overall elevation of some 3600 ft. Eventually, after approximately 32.27 miles, you will end up exactly right back where you started your journey, in Tisbury.

Lincolnshire Showground, Grange de lings, Lincoln

Distance: 5 km

This is no ordinary 5k. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. To come together. To raise money. To beat cnacer. 5k (or just over 3 miles) is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities. You can take part however you like and choose to run, jog or walk your way around the course.

Betws-y-coed, Conwy

Distance: 50 miles

Starting from the beautiful Betws-y-Coed and following a series of trails along the Snowdonia Slate Trail and mountain trails leading to the epic Heather Terrace on Tryfan, Snowdon summit, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr, before heading up the amazing ascent of Pen yr Ole Wen and onto the summits of Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn and Pen yr Helgi Du - 50 miles you’ll always remember, with 4192m of ascent and phenomenal GB Ultra support throughout.

Buxton, Derbyshire

A monthly, multi-terrain, flat 5k race in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens. These races are open to runners of all standards – the only qualification is that you must feel like running 5k on a Saturday morning! And registration is free! All races are held on the same course on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln

Distance: 5 km, 3 km or 2 km x 2 events

Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids is our brilliant muddy obstacle course just for the little ones. They can take on the obstacles, crawl through the mud pit and have fun with friends, all the while helping raise valuable funds for life-saving research.;All of our Pretty Muddy Kids events are approximately 5km. At the majority of venues, there will be a shortcut available at approximately 2km or 3km, which will lead back to the finish line.

Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln

Distance: 5 km x 4 events

Cancer plays dirty but so do we. Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event. It’s a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through. However dirty you get, this is beating cancer.

Studley Roger, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Distance: 35 miles

This is a 35 mile circular route which starts and finishes in the pretty North Yorkshire village of Studley Roger. The route includes stunning scenery, picturesque Yorkshire villages, woodland tracks, open moorland, and a World famous heritage site, with a wonderful downhill run through Studley Royal deer park. One of the few Northern ultras East of the Pennines, the Round Ripon combines a relaxed village start, well stocked checkpoints, free refreshments with a testing 35 mile run!

Caldbeck, Cumbria

Distance: 50 miles

50 miles, 4000m ascent a journey on foot from the very top of the Lake District at Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere. It might not be the easiest traverse but it will be the most spectacular


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