10 must-run events in 2014

From fun runs to marathons, here are The Running Bug's 10 must-run events of 2014. 

Let us know which events you've signed up for and tell us what's on your running bucket list this year

And if you haven't found the perfect event for you yet, go to The Running Bug events hub now and see what's happening in your area

  

Virgin Money London Marathon 

The daddy of all marathons, VMLM is British running at its best. Take in all the iconic landmarks of the capital while soaking up the most awesome atmosphere in the world. 

The Coastal Trail Series Sussex 10k

Want to have your breath taken away by more than just the running? Experience some of the UK's most beautiful running routes in the picturesque Sussex countryside. This race is one of seven in a series of off-road races that showcase the best trails in Britain. 

Heroes vs Villains Run

Want to do something different this year? This is a race with a twist! When you sign up you decide whether you want to play the role of goodie or baddie. On race day, the villains set off before the heroes and it's the heroes job to catch them. Sign up and save the day (or ruin it...your choice).

London to Brighton Challenge


Feeling energetic? This challenging ultra allows you to test your limits while supporting a number of great charities. Perfect for a first time ultra runner or a seasoned distance enthusiast, it doesn't matter if you walk, jog or run, it's all about completing the distance. 

Swansea Bay 10k

If your looking for a personal best time, this fast, flat course offers the perfect opportunity to run a fast race while taking in the fantastic views of Swansea Bay. This is one of the fastest 10k courses in the UK so prepare to smash your PB.

The Bath Half Marathon

The Bath Half is one of the longest running and most popular road events in the UK. The course is fast and flat with PB potential. It's also perfect if your signing up for your first half, and you get to see all the stunning sites in the historic city of Bath.

The Where’s Wally 5k

Fancy dressing up like a wally? No, sorry that's Where's Wally. The guy in the red and white jumper? The second running of this unique event looks like it's going to be even bigger and better than ever. There's even a 10k for the more daring among you. Sign up to have fun while raising money for charity in style.

Bournemouth 5k 

The Bournemouth 5k race course follows a beautiful coastal route, taking in the Bournemouth Pier at dusk. Run along the promenade with hundreds of other runners all carrying flashing lights to add to the atmosphere and light up the night. 

Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k

Take in the beautiful views of Richmond Park in this challenging but rewarding race. You can choose between a short and speedy 5k or challenge yourself with a 10k. Watch out for the park-dwelling deer that may just decide to join in!

The Great Manchester Run

The Great Manchester Run is part of the famous 'Great' series of races. Toe the line with fun runners and elites alike and be part of one of the biggest 10k races in Europe.

 

Let us know what other races you've signed up to in 2014

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Wow. amazing luck that all the best races are in the south of England. Shame I live in Wales...

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Already did the Yangon Marathon, will also do the Phnom Penh Half, the Borney Marathon and, my favorite, the Siem Reap Half.

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Totally agree about the lack of Northern runs listed, but hey ho - it keeps them nice and quiet for us. Who wants to spend all weekend trekking to the South East and paying over the odds for accommodation?

And it's not about being 'touchy' its about regional bias!

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No Northern Ireland either.

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Quite like the idea of the heroes v villains race although not sure which is worse- to be caught by a hero or set off as a hero and catch no-one!

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I'm signed up for running the New Forest ladies 10k, The General (Winchester 10k) and The Honiton Hippo (7miles) so far and probably will try and sign up for one or two of the Brutal series (as long as my partner doesn't mind as he is the 'support')

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I'm with emso :)

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Southern softies don't like the northern hills!

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I'm with emso!

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I run Loch Ness last year and it 100 percent should have been on this list! I was running with a slack jaw looking around...spectacular event and place :) Gutted I can't do it this year due to my work schedule ;(

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English national cross country for me

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I run Loch Ness last year and it should have been on list!  It left me slack jawed as I run along the loch! It helped being 18 degrees and sunny ;)

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I'm planning on running in the Zombie run this year. Just not sure if I want to be a human or a zombie.....

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david pennycuick is right the aviemore half or loch ness marathon ill bet are a lot more scenic than some of the ones listed

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Na, the must-run event of 2014 is Brighton Marathon and it isn't the rather delightful sounding power station or the 5 mile section into the wind or the extortionately priced hotels that's the draw...bring on the Big Bug Brighton Bash!

Oh, and I know it's another southern event but I'm team North all the way...lets get them Southerners beat!

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I take it there's no runs north of Manchester that's worth taking part in then?? And here's me thinking I made a good choice registering for the Great North Run, i thought it was the best half marathon in the world, obviously i got that wrong, along with the other 56,000 runners that take part!!!

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Seem to be a bit touchy up North ?

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I would not rank any of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival runs in the top 10 as unlike almost any race worthy of its name, they refuse to publish official results except for the top ten finishers - which makes it impossible to compare one's finish with friends and others.  Even the results submitted to Run Britain were seriously incomplete.

Their website says "10.when will I receive my results?

All your personal data and information, including your running times, are treated with great respect. As such your result information is exclusively available to you within your my details account after you have completed the race.  We will only openly publish the top 10 finishers of each race.  You will need to log in to get your times, splits and finishing position within the race. You can then choose to share this information as you see fit. They are your results and times. "

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I would not rank any of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival runs in the top 10 as unlike almost any race worthy of its name, they refuse to publish official results except for the top ten finishers - which makes it impossible to compare one's finish with friends and others.  Even the results submitted to Run Britain were seriously incomplete.

Their website says "10.when will I receive my results?

All your personal data and information, including your running times, are treated with great respect. As such your result information is exclusively available to you within your my details account after you have completed the race.  We will only openly publish the top 10 finishers of each race.  You will need to log in to get your times, splits and finishing position within the race. You can then choose to share this information as you see fit. They are your results and times. "

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After I posted the comment I actually seen the Swansea 10k! Ha and Tim your rite about keeping the trax clear for us up here.. I'm doing the Glencoe mountain marathon an I'm sure that would wipe the floor with running around London!

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David is right about the Scottish races, apart from 1 race in Manchester and I in Swansea it is all London and south of London.  It keeps the hills and moors clear up North I suppose.

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Run Balmoral. It's a fantastic running weekend with something for everyone amidst fantastic countryside. Probably a bit far too travel for the majority on here, but for those within striking distance, I can highly recommend it.

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Take it the top 10 runs are just in England! Never mind about the fantastic scenery of the Scottish highlands also events in Wales?? Your website should just be runningbug.england bollocks

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