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The best local races 2020

Looking to get fit for 2020? Start with our curated guide to the best local triathlons, runs and fun events. See you at the finish line.

Ready, steady… oh wait, hang on a minute while I just finish off the last of the Celebrations. Yes, the days when I would describe myself as ‘sporty’ are in the distant past, but even I have to admit that my relationship with multi-pack chocolates has gone way past couch potato stage.

But, this year I’m back – whoo hoo! – with what I hope will be a more mature, positive attitude to my health. I’ve signed up to a training programme with the aim of feeling fit and buzzy again, and I plan to do my first half-marathon.

Fancy giving yourself some fitness motivation too? I’ve curated a hit list of the best local (ish) triathlons, runs, and more unusual local events to pique your interest, whatever your ability level.

Add some cool fitness gear, a sunny day, and let’s do this people!

TRIATHLONS

Woman swimming

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70aks Triathlon, Sevenoaks, Kent
When: 19 April 2020
££: £42-£70
What to expect: This is a popular triathlon with a 400m pool swim at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, a 25km bike leg through the beautiful Kent countryside, and a 8km run through the stunning Knole Park.

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Uckfield Spring Triathlon/Duathlon, Uckfield, Sussex
When: 19 April 2020
££: £35-£43
What to expect: A great small friendly event with quiet wide roads and a tree lined run route. It has three triathlon distance events (600m-22k-5.25k; 400m-16.5k-3.5k; 200m-10.5k-1.75k), plus a Youth and Junior Triathlon (15-19yrs), and also a Duathlon for those that don’t like getting their feet wet.

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All Nations Sprint Triathlon, Dorney Lake, Windsor, Berks
When: 9 May 2020
££: £50
What to expect: You’re at an Olympic venue here (2012 rowing events were held on the lake), so all the more motivation to cross the finish line. This race has a buzzing atmosphere, plus it’s a flat and friendly course, all abilities welcome (400m swim, 20k bike, 5k run).

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East Grinstead Triathlon, East Grinstead, Sussex
When: 10 May 2020
££: £26-£40
What to expect: There are four races to chose from – the classic Sprint; the Ladies only Tri is a shortened version of the main race for women who want to see what triathlon all about; the Youth/Junior (15-19yrs) Tri, and the Aquabike event. It’s a popular race, and the women’s only event is a popular one for attracting newbies.

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Haslemere Triathlon, Haslemere, Surrey
When:
24 May 2020
££: £46-£88
What to expect: On the edge of the South Downs this is a gloriously scenic swim/bike/run. There’s a 400m pool swim, 20k road cycle and 5k mixed-terrain run for the sprint triathlon. The event also features a team relay option and a brand new Aquathlon (400m swim, 5K run).

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Classic Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon, Marlow, Berks
When: 24 May 2020
££: £65/£75
What to expect: Now in its 10th year this event is open to all abilities (newbies welcome) with a shorter sprint race and an Olympic distance route *gulp*. Both start with a swim across the River Thames (750m/1.5km), followed by a cycle (24.5k/37km) and sprint (5km/10km). There are prizes for first, second, third overall male and female, plus everyone who takes part gets a medal.

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The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon, Woodstock, Oxon
When: 30 – 31 May
££: From £35
What to expect: You’ll get a scenic tour of Blenheim’s beautiful grounds with the route looping around the palace. There are four entry options – sprint (750m swim, 19.8km bike, 5.4km run), super-sprint (400m, 13.2km bike, 2.9km run), Olympic, and the Weekend Warrior where you can go for as long and as far as you can. You can enter in a team, with all entrants encouraged to raise funds for Bloodwise, a charity supporting blood cancer.

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Go Tri at Manor House School, Bookham, Surrey
When: 7 Jun 2020
££: TBC
What to expect: This is the 4th year of holding events at Manor House School in Bookham, Surrey – and there will be a full catalogue of events, covering triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon for all age categories. The swim takes place in the heated outdoor pool, while the internal tarmac roads provide a safe and enjoyable route for those new to the sport, with quiet Surrey roads off site for those wanting a longer course. A scenic run route takes an off-road route around the School grounds, ending with a lap of the Summer athletics track.

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Beale Beastie, Berks
When: 7 Jun 2020
££: £52.63/ £26.32
What to expect: Just over the border in Berks this event kicks off with an adult race in the morning (400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), followed by five different races of varying lengths for kids 8 – 16. This is one of the only junior triathlons with an open water swim (it’s across a freshwater lake, wetsuit compulsory), plus participants will also get discounted entry to Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens.

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Royal Windsor Triathlon, Windsor, Berks

When: 14 June 2020
££: £94.50-£185
What to expect: 
Now in its 30th year, Windsor Triathlon is one of the most iconic races with a royal route taking you past some fantastic sights. There’s a 750m/ 1500m swim in the River Thames, followed by a bike leg (20/40km) through the streets of Windsor, passing Windsor Castle and out into the countryside. Finishing with a 5k/10k run into Windsor Great Park and along the spectacular Long Walk. Sprint and Olympic distances, both with relay options available.

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KidsTriUk Horsham Triathlon, Horsham, Sussex
When: 21 June 2020
££: £20-£27
What to expect: It’s all about the kids at this one. The swim is in the indoor pool at the Pavillions Leisure Centre Park, in Horsham, with the lapped cycle and lapped run sections on the sports field next to the pool, and it’s all traffic free.

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Banana Triathlon, Windsor, Berks
When: 27 June 2020
££: £32.50-£72.50
What to expect: It doesn’t have to be blood, sweat and tears. The Banana Triathlon is a fun event for all the family. There are a total of six different races, the Banana Split, Half a Banana, a Banana Fritter, a Whole Banana (relay option also available for this distance), or a Jumbo Banana, there’s something for all abilities and ages. Also duathlon and scootathlon options. Extra points for if you wear yellow.

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Trinity Triathlon, Croydon, Surrey
When: 28 June 2020
££: £30-£35
What to expect: Trinity Triathlon is a children’s race set up as a legacy event from the 2012 Olympics and it’s for kids from newbies to elite from age 6 to 19 years. It’s held on closed roads, with the swim being in the Trinity School pool and run on the school playing fields. There are separate races for Junior, Youth, TriStar3, TriStar2, TriStar1 and TriStar Start categories.

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Guildford Triathlon, Guildford, Surrey
When: 12 July 2020
££: £56-£88
What to expect: This is Guildford’s largest triathlon event, featuring a sprint triathlon for adults and aquathlon races for children as young as 8. Taking place at a state-of-the-art Surrey Sports Park, both novices and veterans will enjoy a pool swim, road bike and trail run.

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Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon, Chertsey, Surrey
When: 12 July 2020
££: £70-80
What to expect: This event takes in a lake swim is followed by a bike leg which heads out of the Park onto the surrounding local roads, and a new run route for 2020 which consists of two 5k laps around the outskirts of Thorpe Park. And the bonus here is that all competitors get free access to Thorpe Park during and after the event.

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Henley Triathlon, Henley-on-Thames, Berks
When: 12 July 2020
££: £59.95/£23.00
What to expect: This is the 11th year of Henley Triathlon which takes place at Henley Leisure Centre and within the grounds of Gillotts School. The swim (400m) takes place in a heated pool, followed by a cycle around rural Oxfordshire (25km) and a flat grass run (5km). There’s also a super-sprint and women-only race (200m swim, 12.5K cycle, 2.5k run). There’s also a brilliant children’s race with a relaxed, family atmosphere.

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Castle To Coast, Windsor, Berks
When: 
25 July 2020
££: 
£144.50
What to expect: 
A new event on the triathlon calendar and the clues in the name, you’ll be swimming, cycling and running from Windsor the coast… Brighton to be precise. This is an epic one day race that kicks off with a 2k swim at Eton Dorney, then a 65 mile bike ride down to Hassocks, finishing with a half marathon trail run down to the sea front.

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RUNNING

Parkrun UK

When: various dates
££: FREE
What to expect: Parkrun organises totally free 5k timed runs in 692 locations (and counting) around the world open to all ages and abilities. All you need to do is search your hometown to find your nearest run, sling on your trainers and go! Parkrun also organises junior races.

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Fitstuff G3 Series Race 2, Newlands Corner, Guildford
When: 
18 January 2020
££:
£25.50-£29.68
What to expect: 
A 15-year-old hilly run attracting the very best and most fun-loving of runners. This popular event is well renowned for its tough cross country routes, with hills, mud, sand and more hills, and sells out super fast. There are 10k and 15k options, and all finishes get a medal.

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Surrey Half Marathon, Woking, Surrey
When: 8 March 2020
££: £13.18-£43
What to expect: One of Surrey’s greatest annual events, attracting runners from all backgrounds and abilities. This scenic, single-lap event is set in the glorious countryside surrounding Woking and Guildford, and follows a fully closed route out from Woking town into the rural delights of nearby quaint villages. It has a great community spirit.

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Run Dorney Lake, Eton
When: 
Monthly
££: £20/£25/£35
What to expect: If you’re new to competitive running or just want to push yourself to a new distance, the flat course at Dorney Lake is perfect to build stamina and confidence, with 5K, 10K and half marathons to run. It was also a London 2012 Olympic venue so you imagine you’re going for gold and bask in your own glory.

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Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k
When:
various dates 
££: 
£16.50-£19.80
What to expect: 
These races will take you around superb parkland – with just a few hills to make it more fun! There’s the option of 5k or 10k in super fun, friendly and beautiful surroundings! These runs are very limited and sell out quickly.

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Phoenix Doughnut Dash, The Xcel Leisure Centre, Walton on Thames, Surrey
When: 18 January 2020
££: 
£37.95-£39.95
What to expect: The Race is a 6 hour timed event where you choose from 5k to ultra marathon; you can complete as many, or as few, laps as you like of a 5.3k, 3.28 mile, out and back, course along the beautiful River Thames. All abilities are welcome – complete one lap and you’re both a finisher and a winner, or keep going and see how far you can get in the full 6 hour time limit and everyone gets a finishers’ medal.

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Richmond Park Half Marathon, Richmond, Surrey
When: 18 January 2020
££: 
£32
What to expect: Kickstart the new year with a half! Richmond Park has been managed as a Royal deer park since the 17 century, and it’s likely you’ll spot some deer around the course! Included in the price is a tee-shirt, a medal, secure bag drop, water and hopefully a great half time!

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The Vale Gallop 10k, near Tadworth, Surrey
When: 26 January 2020
££: 
£18
What to expect: 
A chip timed 10k proper cross country run. Now back for its 10th year, the Vale Gallop is a cross country running event with beautiful scenery, and a relaxed friendly atmosphere, run on private farm land, bridleways and quiet country roads, with lovely views of the famous Epsom Downs racecourse.

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Thorpe and Egham 10km and Half Marathon
When: 2 February 2020
££: 
£24 (10k), £30 (half)
What to expect: The 10k is 
brand new this year,  open to runners of all abilities, whether it will be your first race or your 50th. This fast route offers a perfect chance for a chip timed PB, with full road closures during the event. It’s the fourth year the Half has been held

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Kelly’s Guildford 10k, Surrey
When: 
22 February 2020
££:
voluntary contribution to raise money for local charities, Oakleaf Mental Health Charity and Cystic Fibrosis Trust
What to expect: 
This is your chance to run past the iconic landmarks of Guildford, starting and finishing with a tour of the impressive buildings on the University campus. Expect a winding route on walkways exploring the Campus grounds. The 10k then branches out along the river, before heading into town, passing Guildford’s landmarks including its Cathedral, and back along the towpath. Also 5k option.

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The Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon, Gigg’s Hill Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey
When: 
23 February 2020
££: 
£33-£35
What to expect:
A fast and flat route over a super-pretty course that borders the river-side grounds of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace offers definite PB possibilities here. The route is pavement, pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks.

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The Kempton Park Racecourse 5k, 10k and Half Marathon, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey
When: 
1 March 2020
££: 
£20-26
What to expect: 
The race involves laps around the circuit – 1 lap for the 5k, 2 laps for the 10k and 4 laps for the Half Marathon – and the course is flat and quick.

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Mad March Hare, Woldingham
When: 15 March 2020
££: 
£8-20
What to expect: 
Mad March Hare is a charity 5k and 10k held in the grounds of Woldingham School, near Caterham – traffic free, on tarmac and suitable for all abilities, from club runners to walkers, adults to children. All proceeds are donated to ‘Meningitis Now’. Medals for all finishers and trophies for winners.

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Reigate Priory Park 10k, Surrey
When: 
22 March 2020
££: 
£16.50
What to expect:
A popular event, this swift four-lapped course starting and finishing at Reigate’s Priory Park offers runners a great chance to set a PB in a stunning setting.

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The Fox Ultra, Godalming, Surrey
When:
25 April 2020
££: 
£76.97-£93.43
What to expect:
Not for the feint hearted. A 60km circular ultra run route around Guildford. The route will be fully marked and offer 5 aid stops along the Fox Way. This scenic circular course was devised by Richard Fox, an avid local walker who was amazed by the beautiful and varied countryside he found along the route.

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Run Frimley 10k and 2.5k, Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley
When: 3 May 2020
££: 
£20
What to expect: 
A charity event to raise money for the Frimley Park Hospital Stroke Appeal. The 10k road race and 2.5k Fun Run feature chip timing, and a finishing medal and refreshments for all. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and this year’s theme is “Your Favourite Disney Character”. There are lots of prizes for top runners as well as the best fancy dress.

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All Nations 5K & 10K, Dorney Lake, Eton
When: 
9 May 2020
££: 
£17.60-£19.80
What to expect: 
Run for your country. Well sort of., At least you get to race in the team colours. The All Nations 5k and 10k run is set at the stunning Olympic venue Dorney Lake, and is open to all. A fast, flat course, it’s time to go for gold.

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Woodland Woggle, Seale, Farnham, Surrey
When: 10 May 2020
££: 
£12-£15
What to expect: This one lap trail race covers both the beautiful Hampton Estate and Puttenham Common, with some undulating hills, great views, stunning bluebell woods, and a large lovely smelling pine forest. That sounded nice, but in reality it’s a tough cross-country run designed by runners for runners – the last kilometre is downhill! Also 6k Trail Race and Family Walk.

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Box Hill 5k and 10k, Box Hill, Surrey
When: 
20 June 2020
££: 
£26-£28
What to expect: Run Box Hill’s famous Zig zag road which will be fully closed this event. Situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Box Hill featured prominently on the route of the 2012 Summer Olympics cycling road race events.

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Windsor Half Marathon, Windsor Great Park
When: 
27 Sep 2020
££: 
£42
What to expect: The one I have my sights on. The Windsor Half is the UK’s most picturesque half, taking place ini Windsor Great Park. The course itself is all on road and quite challenging, and it’s pretty hilly. But, what goes up must come down!

 

 

FANCY SOMETHING A DIFFERENT?

Girl jumping for joy in exercise gear by a shabby cream wall

Running off Christmas
When: Jan
££: FREE
What to expect: I love this idea! Organised by Great Ormond Street Hospital, Running off Christmas is a sponsored new year challenge to run as far a you can in January.The idea is to run 31 miles in the month, wherever and whenever you want, whether you run a mile a day or run a few times a week.

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Nuts Challenge Winter, Dorking, Surrey
When: 7 March 2020
££: 
£46.99-£84.99
What to expect: 
The ultimate mud run over one of the most challenging military assault courses in the World. This obstacle course begins with a ‘country mile’, then pushes individuals to the limit! Four distance options for different abilities: 7k, 14k, 21k, 28k, with mud, a water assault course, climbing, crawling and challenging obstacles all the way round.

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Color Obstacle Rush, Windsor
When: 16 May 2020
££: 
£29.50
What to expect: 
Putting the fun into running, The Color Obsctacle Rush will finish with you looking like a unicorn. But first you have to tackle the 5K obstacle course,with 20 inflatable obstacles, 8 colour stations, space hopper racing and water fights, plus 20 music zones, a chill out area… and much more!

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Tough Mudder, Culden Faw Estate, Henley
When: 29 May 2020
££: £79/£49
What to expect: This one’s all about getting muddy so, naturally, we’re all for it. The Classic Tough Mudder is an 8-10 mile race including 25 obstacles and – you guessed it – rolling around in loads of mud. There’s also a shorter, 5km version with 15 obstacles.

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Mud Monsters, East Grinstead, Sussex
When: 7 June 2020
££: £35-75
What to expect: An award winning mud and obstacle run that will not leave you disappointed. You will be taken on a journey across muddy fields, up steep hills, through woods, washing off in water crossings, navigating through craters, fighting your way through deep muddy bogs, with up to 135+ obstacles and many more muddy surprises along the way. Choose from either 5km, 10km or 20km (double lap) – and get dirty!

 

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1 comment on “The best local races 2020”

  • Sally Jenkinson January 8, 2020

    Hogsmill 5 entries are LIVE. Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club

    Keep those 2020 running goals on track and sign up to our ladies beginner friendly 5 mile race!

    https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/Hogsmill52020

    Could you add this ladies-only race to your running list?

    Many thanks

    Sally

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