Running Events Directory For The UK: Find your next 5k, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra Marathon

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Understanding Event Disciplines

It wasn’t easy to decide on which ‘event disciplines’ to allow and include in this service and after lots of to-ing and fro-ing we decided to allow some events that are not just strictly running and the defining criteria is that the event discipline must involve moving on two legs for at least part of the event so events like Duathlons and Triathlons can be added however they are not fully supported in the fact that the swimming and cycling elements cannot be searched for using the filter system but they can be detailed on the actual event page.

If you are an Event Organiser you will need to pick from one of these choices to ‘best’ categorise your event. 

If you are someone looking for events of a certain discipline then this will help you narrow down your search results. For example, if you are looking specifically for Orienteering events then these categories can help filter the results so that you can easily find what you are looking for.

Running Events

A running event, you guessed it, is an event that is done using running as the primary mode of transportation and the aim is to get from A to B as fast or as slow as you want within the Event’s cut-off times. Along with Walking events, these are the simplest type of event in the sense that the only thing to consider is that you need to get to A to B without having to think about other factors such as Dogs, Obstacles or other disciplines such as cycling and swimming.

Runners taking part in a road marathon race

Walking Events

A walking event, you guessed it, is an event that is done using walking as the primary mode of transportation and the aim is to get from A to B within the Event’s cut-off times. Along with Running events, these are the simplest type of event in the sense that the only thing to consider is that you need to get to A to B without having to think about other factors such as Dogs, Obstacles or other disciplines such as cycling and swimming. A lot of walking events allow runners to take part and run them hence the inclusion on the website.

Walkers taking part in a walking event

Orienteering Events

Orienteering is an event that involves navigating through unknown terrain using a map and a compass. Participants in an orienteering race are given a map and must find a series of checkpoints or control points in a specific order. The objective of orienteering is to find the control points as quickly and accurately as possible while navigating through challenging and varied terrain, such as forests, hills, and swamps. Orienteering requires good navigation skills, physical endurance, and strategic thinking, and it is popular for both recreational and competitive purposes. Orienteering events can range from simple, beginner-friendly events to complex, multi-day races, and the sport is practiced in many countries around the world. Orienteering is often considered a combination of running and navigation, and it provides a unique and challenging outdoor experience for participants.

Runner reading map and compass during orienteering event

Canicross Events

Canicross is an event that involves running with a dog on a leash. The term “canicross” is derived from the words “canine” and “cross-country”. Participants run with their dogs, who are attached to them by a waist belt and a line that is attached to the dog’s harness. Canicross typically takes place in natural environments, such as parks and forests, and involves running over rough and challenging terrain, such as hills, mud, and streams. Canicross is a growing sport and is popular among dog owners and runners who want to combine their love of running with the joy of spending time with their dogs.

Runner running with his dog during a canicross event

Obstacle Course Events

An obstacle course event is an event which contains a series of challenging physical obstacles that participants must navigate through to complete the course. Obstacle courses can take many forms, including military-style boot camps, adventure races, and fun runs for families and children. The obstacles can range from simple barriers such as walls and ropes, to more complex and physically demanding challenges such as ropes courses, balance beams, and mud pits. The objective of obstacle courses is to test participants’ strength, agility, balance, and endurance, and to provide a fun and challenging experience. Obstacle courses are popular for both recreational and competitive purposes, and many obstacle course events and races are held throughout the world.

Runner taking part in an obstacle course event

Duathlon Events

A duathlon is a multi-sport event that combines running and cycling. Participants in a duathlon race first complete a running leg, typically consisting of a 5K or 10K, followed by a cycling leg, typically consisting of a 20K or 40K ride. The race finishes with a second running leg, usually of the same distance as the first. Duathlons are popular among both recreational and competitive athletes, and they provide a unique and challenging athletic experience that tests both physical endurance and racing strategy.

Runners taking part in a duathlon event

Triathlon Events

A triathlon is a multi-sport event that involves completing three disciplines in succession: swimming, cycling, and running. Participants in a triathlon race swim a specified distance, typically in a pool or open water, then cycle a specified distance on a bicycle, and finally run a specified distance, usually a 10K or half-marathon. Triathlons are popular among both recreational and competitive athletes, and they provide a unique and challenging athletic experience that tests both physical endurance and racing strategy. The Ironman triathlon, which consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike ride, and a 26.2-mile (42.20 km) run, is considered one of the most challenging and prestigious triathlons in the world.

Runners taking part in a triathlon event