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Walking and Running Events in London

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Published May 2nd 2011
This year's London Marathon has been and gone, but there are still plenty of running and walking events coming up in the capital. Entering a race could be the motivator you need to really get fit, or an opportunity to raise money for charity. But whatever your reason for entering, it's guaranteed to be fun, with a great feel-good atmosphere on the day (not to mention all the endorphins you'll produce).

Here are some of the walks and runs you can sign up for now…

If you're really raring to go, the Bupa London 10,000 is on 30 May, a 10k race starting and finishing in St James' Park, on the course likely to be used in the 2012 Olympics. Apparently Paul Radcliffe has entered, and this year the race will host the UKA 10,000m Championships for the first time.

On 5 June, Macmillan hosts its Mad Hatters Walks, starting from either Greenwich or Vauxhall, with options ranging from 4 miles up to 10 miles. The routes run alongside the river, and there's a competition for the silliest hat.


On 10 July, it's the British 10k London Run, which tours some of London's iconic landmarks. Four days later, the Standard Chartered Great City Race will see Square Mile workers leaving their desks to run a 3.5 mile course. Also in July is the Kidney Research London Bridges Walk, again through the heart of the city, around 7 miles long.

Marie Curie's twilight Walk 10 takes place on Clapham Common on 13 August, promising fun for all the family with picnics and an evening of entertainment. A week later the Pride Run, also 10k, starts from Victoria Park.

September brings Run to the Beat, a half marathon starting and finishing at the O2 arena, featuring a line-up of live music acts. Then October kicks off with Cancer Research UK's Shine Night Walk, either a full or half marathon. Later in the month is the London Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, which starts in Hyde Park and claims to be 'the most beautiful city run in the world'.

These really are just a few of the events coming up this summer. With such a huge selection there's bound to be one with the perfect length, location and ethos to suit everyone. So get your trainers out.
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Why? Get your blood pumping and your face smiling.
When: Throughout summer.
Where: All around town.
Cost: Varies; check websites.
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