Alternative distance UK races

Forget half and full marathons or the classic 10K, test your legs over new terrain with our pick of the best alternative distance races the UK has to offer.

Alternative distance UK races

Knowsley Summer Series the Fab Four

Where: Liverpool

When: 12 May 2017

Distance: 4 miles

How much: £3 - £5

Jazz up your Friday night with an evening of speedy fun. As well as a flat, fast, tarmac route with PB potential, you'll also receive a goody bag at the finish - for less than a fiver entry that’s pretty good going. If you complete all Fab Four races taking place throughout the summer you'll also receive a medal, which is a great incentive to keep on running.  

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Ripon 10 Mile

Where: Yorkshire

When: 14 May 2017

Distance: 10 miles

How much: £14 - £16

If views are your thing then a trip to run this Yorkshire race should definitely be on your radar. Starting and finishing on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, there's a reason this is coined as one of the most scenic multi-terrain races in England. With picture perfect sights you won't even notice the sneaky hills.

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Bluebell 5 Miles

Where: Essex

When: 14 May 2017

Distance: 5 miles

How much: £10.67

Acres of spring flowers, ancient woodland and lush meadows; what more could you want from an early summer race? This undulating course will take you away from the hustle and bustle of roads and lead you through to the beautiful Little Haven Nature Reserve. As an added bonus, all funds raised go to the Essex Wildlife Trust, too!

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The London 10 Mile

Where: London

When:  4 June 2017

Distance: 10 miles

How much: £45

Race on the beautiful roads of Richmond Park and be a part of the first ever London 10 Mile race. From roaming deer, to endless fields of greenery, this 10 mile route is the perfect addition to your race calendar if you fancy some breathtaking views in one of London's most stunning Royal Parks. Spectators can make the most of the day too, with a free post-race picnic in the park. It's a win-win event. 

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The Oval Run

Where: Hertfordshire

When:  17 June 2017

Distance: 5 miles

How much: £10 - £12

This 5 mile route offers up a mixture of road and trail, sandwiched in between a start and finish at Herfortshire's iconic Highfield Oval. As an added bonus you also get to enjoy the treats of the Oval summer fair after crossing the victorious finish line. 

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Southport Mile Fun Run

Where: Southport

When:  2 July 2017

Distance: 1 mile

How much: £9

Taking place within Southport’s beautiful Victoria Park, this mile long route is a great chance for all of the family to soak up the excitement of race day. If you're tempted to run further you also have the option of running a 10K or half marathon too. 

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Sway Carnival 5 Mile Run

Where: Brockenhurst

When: 2 July 2017

Distance: 5 miles

How much: £8 - £10

With all manner of sights to see, you'll probably wish this race was longer! This 5 mile route will take you through New Forest's beautiful Wilverley Enclosure and alongside vast, open fields passing horses and donkeys as you speed on by. 

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Surrey Hills Sunset Run

Where: Surrey

When: 12 July 2017

Distance: 10 miles

How much: £15

The Sunset Run is one of the wild cards on our list, with good reason. This led run starts in Guildford, guiding runners through some of the best scenery in the Surrey Hills into the setting sun. Aimed at runners keen to experience the thrill of deserted trails at dusk, this grouped run sounds perfect to us.

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