Discover brilliant 5k runs, 10k runs, half-marathons and marathons in London in 2019.
The London Marathon attracts a lot of publicity, but it’s so bloody popular it’s very difficult to get a spot. Thankfully, there are a whole lot of fun, alternative London running events in 2019 you can still sign up for – the perfect inspiration to hit the gym in the New Year. Here are some of our favourites…
1. Year round, all over London: ParkRun
This weekly tradition brings people together on Saturday mornings to run a 5k in a local park. It really is that simple. There are 49 runs all over the city, from Ally Pally to Wimbledon, and hundreds of people of all abilities take part of each, so it’s the perfect event no matter. And it’s free to join in! Find one near you here.
2. March 10: The Vitality Big Half
Starting at Tower Bridge and finishing in Greenwich, this half marathon passes through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham, too. General entry is now closed but there are still charity and community places left! Find out more on their website.
3. March 24: The Landmarks Half Marathon
This 13.1 mile run through central London offers closed roads and a flat route, heading past some of the most iconic sights in both the City and the West End. 13,000 runners are expected to take part – join in here.
4. April 7: adidas City Runs – 1 Hour
The goal with this closed-road running event is to see how much distance you can cover in 60 minutes, so you end up with a finish distance, not a finish time. As you’re enjoying the views of London, specially-designed ‘timing mats’ will track how far you’ve covered. Sign up here.
5. April 28: London Marathon
You’ll already know if you’re taking part in 2019’s edition – the entry ballot is always hugely oversubscribed, and the 2020 ballot will open on April 30, the day after this year’s race. At least you’ll have plenty of time to train. Apply here.
6. May 19: Virgin Sport’s Hackney Half
Part of a three-day festival of fitness on Hackney Marshes, this looping half-marathon route swoops past Hackney Downs, Hackney Empire, Hackney Lido, and Hackney everything. It’s called the Hackney Half for a reason, duh! Sign up here while spots are available.
7. July 21: Asics London 10k
A ten-kilometre running event through central London – Regent Street, the Stand and Embankment are all part of the route – offering bands and DJs every kilometre and over 10,000 runners taking part. Get your tickets here.
8. September 14-15: Richmond RunFest (5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon)
This weekend of running offers the chance to take part in a 5k, 10k, half-marathon or full marathon! Either way, you’ll get the chance to run through Kew Gardens and along the Richmond riverside, making it one of the prettiest routes in the city. They call themselves ‘the UK’s most exclusive marathon’, but it doesn’t seem especially expensive, so we’re guessing they don’t have too many places. Best register now then! (Bonus: you’ve got ages to train and you can do it over the summer!)
9. September 29: Ealing Half Marathon
This West London race was voted the UK’s best half marathon three years in a row (I’m not sure what makes it so good – perhaps someone gives you a piggyback part of the way? We can but hope!) It too boasts fully-closed roads so you can veer about all over the place, should you so desire. Enter now, here.
10. October 6: Urban Rush
A 15 mile run, all the way from the Olympic Park in Hackney to Putney in deepest south-west London, this is a race that’ll truly transport you. (Fortunately a van takes all your bags to the other end!) It’s organised by Shelter and raises money to help the homeless in London. Find out more here.
11. October 13: The Royal Parks Half Marathon
This picturesque route, all on closed roads, snakes through Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. What a breath of fresh air! Register your interest here ahead of the ballot opening.
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