Sportsmanship and healthy competition are prevalent throughout the UK – but nowhere more so than in the capital. There is always a race to partake in, whatever the season and in London, you’re never short of opportunities to get your running shoes on – here are our top choices for Winter Races in London. Of all the hotels in Surrey, the Mitre Hampton Court boasts an excellent location to enjoy any of these races.
Sunday 4th February 2018, Central London
Cancer Research Run has already sold out, but you can still show your support by cheering along the side-lines. More than 16,500 runners took part last year and offers participants a rare chance to take in the Capital’s most stunning landmarks without traffic in the way. Raising money for a worthy cause, if you didn’t sign up before it sold out then be sure to get your number next year!
Sunday 11th February 2018, Victoria Park
Also held in March, the Victoria Park Winter 10k gives runners the chance to run around one of London’s most important historic parks. Renowned as London’s oldest public park, the site has been visited by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years and is beloved by many thanks to the memories it provides. Known locally as a place of recreation, sports, play and relaxation in the city, this 10k will see you run in beautiful surroundings, whatever your ability.
Sunday 11 February 2018, Cock Lane, London
For those who like to exercise and learn at the same time, this x-rated Sex in the City running tour will see you undertake a 10km run as you learn all about London’s raunchy and adult past. Only suitable for adults, this stop-start tour is supervised by a guide who will tell you all about the naughty goings-on from London’s past. A novel and unique way to explore London and get fit at the same time!
Wednesday 14 February 2018, Olympic Park
Born from the competitive spirit of the Olympics, this unique 5k and 10k event will see participants test their stamina around Olympic Park. Flat and fast, this course is the perfect opportunity to achieve a chip timed personal best as you take in the atmosphere that remains from the 2012 Olympics. The perfect running event to sign up for is you want bragging rights, and arguably the closest many of us will get to the Olympics
Saturday 24 February 2018, Royal Victoria Dock, London
Suitable for all levels and abilities, the series will host 10k and 5k races as well as a 1.5k kid’s race. Accelerator Run is brand new for 2018 and allow families the chance to discover London Docklands and the ExCel centre.
Sunday 4 March 2018, Hampton, Greater London
This 10k is a two-lap race through 445 hectares of parkland. You will pass herds of deer, navigate around lakes and whip along avenues of vast trees – there’s no other run quite like the Bushy Park 10k! Runners will receive a medal and t-shirt and the top 3 runners will claim a trophy. Just 15 minutes away from the hotel, this is one run you won’t want to miss – afterwards you can retire to one of our comfortable bedrooms for some well deserved rest.
Sunday 18th March 2018, Fulham
Brand new and the first of four closed road events, this Adidas City Run is believed to be the flattest closed road 10k in London. Participate and you’ll receive: an Adidas t-shirt, training program access, free race day photos, discounts and a finisher’s medal. There’s nothing quite like testing yourself on the streets of London.
Sunday 18th March 2018, Clapham Common
Offering various distances including a 1k for kids and a 5k or 10k for adults, this fantastic Where’s Wally run is fun for all the family. With live music, food stalls, a book sale, face painting as well as rides and games for the kids, it’s the perfect chance to get out the fancy dress and have fun with your nearest and dearest.
As with all the runs, it’s the taking part that counts. So whether you’re competitive and looking to beat your personal best or wanting to take your time and enjoy the sites, there’s a run for everyone this winter in London. As one of the best hotels by the River Thames, our hotel is the perfect place to prepare or recover from your race.