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Looking for a race? Looking to publicise an event? Aiming to raise some charity cash? Well you've come to the right place. Whatever you want you'll find it here or you can get your event in front of thousands of people looking to run. Whether its Road Running, Trail, Triathlon, Ultra, Duathlon, SwimRun, Aquathon, Obstacle Course or Swimming this is the place to check out the details so you can enter and compete, raise money for a charity or just find an event to challenge yourself.

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Dorney Lake, Windsor

Distance: 5 km, 10 km, 15 km

These events are perfect for anyone looking to get fit, achieve a pb, or taking part in their first event. Dorney Lake is the perfect venue for running events - 100% accurate course and 100% traffic free. A fast and fun race.

Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot, S Wales

Distance: 10 km

The Buff Wales Trail 10k brings you that awesome experience of a 10k race that takes in panoramic views of Afan Country Park, mixed with some epic climbs, followed by a fast and fun downhill, before hitting the notorious ‘Wall’ at the end.;This event is open to seasoned trail runners and beginners. So why not join Tough Runner UK, start 2020 off with a bang and get off the road! From Bryn Bettws Lodge, Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot.;Start Time;11:00am

Dorney Lake, Windsor

Distance: 13.1 miles

If you’re looking for a half marathon PB this should be the one - it’s the flattest course in the UK!!! The race takes place on very flat, smooth tarmac roads and paths - completely traffic free, comprising 4.5 loops of the scenic Dorney Lake.

Betteshanger Country Park, nr Deal, Kent

Distance: 4.37 mile loops;6 hours

We love chocolate! We’re not so keen on the calories, which is why we run, so we can indulge - and at this running event, you can indulge! Run a lap, eat some chocolate, run a lap, eat some chocolate, you see the theme? Complete as many 4.37 mile loops and consume as much chocolate as can/wish within a 6 hour time limit. Run a marathon, run an ultra, run less, as long as you complete one loop, you’re a finisher! We do warn you though, this may be an event where you consume more calories than you burn off! Betteshanger Country Park (formerly known as Fowlmead Country Park).


Distance: 5.17 mile loops;6 hours

Following the huge success of Cakeathon in Kent we have expanded to cope with demand, and the number one request was for more events outside of Kent, and here it is. The course is a mix of very high quality bike paths and grassy trails along the River Nene and around several flood reservoirs, so plenty of wildlife and views to be seen. It’s pretty flat, only about 40’ of climb per lap. A modest sized bit of cake we are thinking per lap! The event will have a six hour time limit for you to run as many, or as few 5.17 mile loops as you wish.

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Distance: 100 miles

100 beautiful miles traversing the Brecon Beacons National Park. Starting from the heart of Abergavenny, amongst the majestic ruins of Abergavenny Castle, and following the Beacons Way National Trail with 10 Checkpoints along the way, the event has all the hallmarks of a classic, inspiring runners to take on this epic challenge!;With 6143m of ascent (20100 ft) over 100 miles, Live Online GPS Tracking via GB Race Tracker, breathtaking views and amazing support from the #GBUltras team, the event is also a 2020 UTMB qualifying race.

Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Distance: 10 km

A flat and fast 10k course around the picturesque Rother Valley Country Park. This is a 2 lap course which makes it perfect for pacing and gauging your effort. The charity for this race is Action for Blind People.;Start Time;10:00am


Distance: Marathon

The highest marathon in the world. The start is at Gorak Shep, 5184m, at the original Everest base camp. It finishes at Namche Bazaar, giving a descent of 2,795m and a punishing climb of 987m., over 26 miles.

Trekking to the start of the marathon is a challenge in it’s own right. We take 15 days to acclimatise naturally and take in the sacred Gokyo lakes and the remote Imja valley. We will be trekking in the traditional style, with our own team of porters, yaks, tents and cook team, who will be providing great food and taking care of us in true Sherpa style.

First run in 1987 as the Everest Marathon this event is now owned by Community Action Nepal, the charity set up by Doug Scott, CBE.
When you enter the event, there is the option of fundraising for CAN. This means yo are able to make a difference by supporting health education and welfare projects in the mountainous regions of rural Nepal.

As we trek to the start, we visit some of the CAN projects and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people.
The OEM is a 23 day holiday, starting and finishing in the luxurious Hotel Shanker, originally the residence of the Nepali royal family. After returning from the mountains there is time to visit the World Heritage Sites of Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple.


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