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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