Bri­tish 10K

ROAD – TOWN - FLAT If you fancy com­ing to Lon­don and see­ing a huge num­ber of the cap­i­tal’s sights in a very short time, this is the way to do it. Begin­ning on Hyde Park cor­ner, the route takes in the Lon­don Eye, Big Ben, the Ritz Ho­tel, West­min­ster Bridge

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GREAT MANCH­ESTER RUN ROAD - TOWN - FLAT Securing your place early is vi­tal for such an in-de­mand event. With bands all along the route, char­ity cheer points, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, thou­sands of spec­ta­tors and BBC cam­eras zoom­ing around, you’re sure to stay mo­ti­vated all the way to the finish line. A half marathon has been added this year. Manch­ester, May 28, greatrun.org/great-manch­ester-run

CITY OF LIN­COLN 10K ROAD – TOWN - FLAT An event that is get­ting big­ger by the year, thanks to the flat course and in­clu­sive at­mos­phere. Al­most 4,500 peo­ple fin­ished the race last year, with en­trants com­ing from all parts of the UK and abroad to take in some of Lin­coln’s fine his­toric land­marks, in­clud­ing the cathe­dral and the city’s Ro­man Walls. Lin­coln, April 2, run­forall.com/10k/city-of-lin­coln

LON­DON ZOO STAM­PEDE 10K ROAD - CITY - FLAT This is a run with a dif­fer­ence – you can un­leash your in­ner an­i­mal, with speedy chee­tahs and leisurely sloths both welcome. The open­ing and fi­nal sec­tions take place in Lon­don Zoo it­self, where you’ll run past more than a few furry friends (an­i­mal cos­tumes are not a good idea, as they may scare the res­i­dents – they don’t of­ten see tigers run­ning on two legs), while the mid­dle third of­fers the chance to put the ham­mer down in Re­gent’s Park. Lon­don, March 26, zsl.org

BATH SKY­LINE TRAIL - RU­RAL - HILLY Hilly, nar­row and tech­ni­cal un­der­foot in some places, this is one of those races where you should re­ally be tak­ing in the splen­did scenery but will prob­a­bly be too busy try­ing not to take a tum­ble on the way round. Start­ing and fin­ish­ing at the Univer­sity of Bath, the route takes you up into the coun­try­side im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing the city. Bath, Jan­uary 15, rel­ishrun­ningraces.com

SWANSEA BAY 10K ROAD – RU­RAL - FLAT The great thing about this race is – if you’ve brought your A game – that the fast route and wide turns will work in your favour; on the other hand, if you’re more both­ered about just en­joy­ing the morn­ing, you can bask in the mag­nif­i­cent sweep­ing views of Swansea Bay and take in some brac­ing sea air. Swansea, Septem­ber (date tbc), swanseabay10k.com

MULL OF KIN­TYRE 10K OFF ROAD – RU­RAL - FLAT A route fa­mous for its stun­ning beach (and, yes, all right, that song, if you re­ally must), this event has it all – a pic­turesque lo­ca­tion, a great at­mos­phere and post-race cel­e­bra­tions of Dan­ish pas­tries and ceilidh danc­ing. Camp­bel­town, Ar­gyll and Bute, May 28, mokrun.com

MINNOWBURN 10K TRAIL – RU­RAL – HILLY Start­ing at the Mary Peters Track – named af­ter GB’S 1972 Olympic Pen­tathlon Cham­pion – you’ll me­an­der along track, for­est trail and roads through the Na­tional Trust prop­erty at Minnowburn, then back along the banks of the La­gan river. Close to the city yet in the heart of the coun­try­side. Belfast, April 23, born2run­events.com

KENDAL MOUN­TAIN FES­TI­VAL TRAIL – RU­RAL – HILLY This weekend-long jam­boree of all things out­doors in­cludes videos, talks, hikes, art ex­hi­bi­tions and more. Nes­tled in there is a stonk­ing 10K with a mix­ture of wide trails, sin­gle-track and easy hills. And there’s a great town cen­tre finish. Cum­bria, Novem­ber (date tbc), moun­tain­fest.co.uk

LEEDS 10K ROAD – TOWN - FLAT Sea­soned run­ners can take ad­van­tage of this su­per-flat, fast route to com­pete for a PB, while new run­ners can em­brace the in­cred­i­ble at­mos­phere to achieve their own goal. With a truly elec­tric city cen­tre start and finish, and great sup­port around the course, this is one of the best ur­ban events around. Leeds, July 9, run­forall.com/10k/leeds

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