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Race Into Autumn

Our Top 10 Standout Races This Season

Want to be part of the excitement this race season, but haven't signed up to anything? Here are 10 upcoming races we're looking forward to. Explore our top picks for 10ks, half marathons, and ultras & learn which races still have available entries. Or even better, become part of the cheering crowds and support your fellow runners as they smash their racing goals!

The Great Scottish Run is a prestigious race held annually in Glasgow. Runners gather to conquer the vibrant streets, making it a well-known occasion in the running calendar. This year, you can run the 10k or Half Marathon, depending on your running level and style. Race entires are now closed, but instead, you can soak up the buzzing atmosphere by joining the bustling crowds that flood the streets.

Taking place in central London, the Royal Parks Half Marathon features four of eight London Royal Parks: Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens. The money raised by the Royal Parks Half goes toward maintaining each space. Although entries have now closed, why not take a trip to the capital and join the roaring crowds to cheer on fellow runners? 

The Bournemouth Half Marathon traces the former route of the full marathon. Following the coastline, it runs through the iconic Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers. Starting at the Hengistbury Head, you’ll make your way along the clifftops until you reach the promenade. With some small inclines here and there, most of the route is flat and alternates between the pier boardwalks and promenade.

Taking place on the 15th, the Oxford Half is a captivating race that weaves through iconic streets and past famous landmarks. It welcomes runners of all abilities, providing an inclusive atmosphere with cheering crowds and live music. Expect picturesque backdrops mile after mile, and get a taste of Oxford's rich history and architecture. Entries have sold out for this year, but keep your eyes peeled for the 2024 event. Or alternatively, take a trip to the city and cheer on your fellow runners! 

This year saw the Manchester Half Marathon sell out in record time, and the demand for spaces in the 2024 race is at an all-time high. Runners describe the event as an embodiment of Manchester’s energy, the wonderful people and their achievements. The route is flat, weaving through the cities heart and past several cheer stations. Secure your spot now for next year! 

Two people wearing blue running through the forest in autumn with yellow-leaved trees

Dubbed the Bath Half, the Bath Half Marathon is a popular autumn running event. For a hilly city, the course is surprisingly flat. The route offers idyllic views as it meanders along both sides of the River Avon Valley. General entries for the event this year are now closed, but you can still enter through the events selected charities if you'd like to run while raising money for a cause close to you. 

The beautiful Surrey town of Walton-on-Thames welcomes runners on 29th of October this year. Expect a route that’s flat, fast, scenic and largely traffic-free. This lovely course winds through picturesque landscapes with views of the river and surrounding countryside. Described as “ideal for those looking for a PB or completing their first half marathon”, it starts and finishes by the beautiful Walton Bridge - if you’d like to visit and show your support! 

As we venture deeper into autumn, prepare for the Endurancelife Gower Half Marathon — a race set in the heart of an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB). The course unfolds against breathtaking backdrops of cliff tops, downland, woodland, sand dunes, and Wales' iconic beaches. While the event is approaching full capacity, entries are still open for those seeking to challenge themselves in the 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, or Ultra distances. The terrain, classified as level 3 in terms of difficulty, offers a moderate challenge with a mix of grass, moor, beach, and rock. 

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the New Forest National Park with the New Forest Off-Road Half Marathon. The course meanders through the vast forest, featuring hard-packed gravel pathways that wind amidst trees, offering breathtaking scenery at every turn. The terrain is runner-friendly, catering to all levels. As you run, keep an eye out for New Forest ponies, horses, donkeys, and even deer freely roaming along your path. The event gives you the option to choose between the classic half marathon distance or a slightly shorter 16.4km route. Entries for this year are now closed, but you can register your interest for 2024.

Kick off December with the Secret Santa Half Marathon. This festive trail event unfolds in the heart of the picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park, offering a range of race distances, including the Half Marathon, 10-mile, and 12-km races. While wearing festive attire is optional, embrace the holiday spirit by bringing a small, wrapped gift valued at £5. After the race, choose a gift in return. As an added treat, the finish line welcomes you with mulled wine and a scrumptious mince pie. Do note that the race terrain poses a slightly more challenging course, and a recommended kit list can be found on the event website

Autumn 2023 is set to be a vibrant season, offering a variety of standout races to embrace the crisp air and breathtaking scenery. Whether you're an experienced racer or just supporting from the sidelines, there are ways for everyone to get involved.  


If you’d like advice on kit for race day, stop by your nearest store to speak to a specialist. Alternatively, book an appointment to find the right shoes and electronics to help you meet your running goals. 

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