There are a number of companies that organise regular races in and around London so if you fancy taking part in one, the chances are you will be able to get a spot at short notice.
If you have an interest in running and have not heard of Parkrun, which rock have you been living under?
Parkrun is an organised, free, weekly, 5km timed that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am. It’s open to everyone, safe, easy to take part in and take place mostly in parks.
You can just turn up and run without getting a finishing time, or you can sign up, get a barcode and get your finishing time and place email and text to you. It’s really worth experiencing the phenomenon that is Parkrun and the community that it breeds. See the Bushy Park page, for some further information about the home of Parkrun. Just remember – it’s not a race!
Where: All over London and the UK
When: Every Saturday
Distance: 5 km
How Much: Free
Website : www.parkrun.org.uk
RunThrough organise 5km, 10km and half marathons in and around London mainly focusing on the Battersea, Wimbledon, Clapham, and Stratford areas. The races are well organised and have a friendly atmosphere with great medals and possibly some cake!
Where: All over London
When: All year (3-4 a week)
Distance: 5km to half-marathon
How Much: Approx. between £15 and £30
Website : www.runthrough.co.uk/
The Fix Event Series
The events in London are mainly focused around Richmond Park. As you can see from the Richmond Park page on this site, it’s a beautiful place to run.
When: All year (every 2 weeks)
Distance: 5k and 10k
How Much: From about £15
Website : thefixevents.com/
Well organised and welcoming events over 5kms, 10kms and half marathons around South West London mainly Putney, Richmond and Wimbledon.
Where: All over London
When: All year
Distance: 10k to half-marathon
How Much: From about £20
Website : www.runuk.co.uk
Regent’s Park 10k Summer Series
A series or races taking place on the first Sunday of each month from April to September. Its three laps of The Regents Park in Central London past and around the beautiful lakes, gardens, monuments and zoo!
Where: The Regent’s Park
When: the first Sunday of each month from April to September at 9:30am
How Much: Price: £19 (£17 club affiliated),
Entry on the Day: Subject to a £2 surcharge (cash only, subject to availability).
Website : www.regentsparkraces.org/