The best organised runs to do in London for 2018: from marathons to fun runs

Laura Hampson

Running can often be a daunting exercise, but seasoned runners know that the rush of endorphins you get make the challenge worthwhile.

London is home to a number of runs held throughout the year, ranging from 5km to full marathons (42km) and fun runs to serious races.

Whether you fancy dressing up as your favourite superhero or being doused in colour while running around Wembley Park, there is a run for every inclination and ability.

Below are the best runs you can do in London this year.

Where’s Wally Fun Run, March 18

Length: Walk, jog or run 1km, 5km or 10km

Location: Clapham Common

Entry fee: £10 - £26

There will be no trouble locating Wally in this race. Expect a sea of red and white stripes to take over Clapham Common in mid-March where participants can walk, run or jog their choice of 1, 5 or 10k. All money raised will go towards National Literacy Trust to support families in deprived communities, give books to disadvantaged children, support schools in their literacy teaching and help young people develop the communications skills and confidence to get a job.

literacytrust.org.uk/

Adidas City Run Fulham, March 18

Length: 10km

Location: Fulham

Entry Fee: £25 - £45

The first of four closed road running events held by Adidas in London this year, the Fulham version dubs itself as the ‘flattest closed road 10k in London’. All entrants will receive an Adidas tech t-shirt, access to exclusive training programmes along with discounts at restaurants around Fulham.

adidascityruns.com/fulham/

London Easter 10k, April 2

Length: 10km

Location: Regent’s Park

Entry Fee: £10 - £25

Returning for a sixth year, the Easter Run sees runners explore the scenic Regent’s Park. For the more serious runners there will be chip timing and prizes awarded to leading runners. If 10k isn’t your jam, try the 2 mile fun run or make it a family day out with the children’s 800m fun race. All finishers will receive Easter eggs and other seasonal goodies.

nice-work.org.uk/races/london-easter-10k

London Marathon, April 22

Length: 42km

Location: London

Entry Fee: £35 - £80. Although ballot entries closed in May last year, you can still gain entry by running for a charity.

Undoubtedly the biggest running race on the capital’s calendar, the London Marathon attracts an astounding 125,000 ballot entries each year with only around half being able to participate.

virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/

Tower of London Run, May 2

Length: 5km or 10km

Location: Tower of London

Entry Fee: £20

Choose between 5k or 10k while you walk, jog or run around the Tower of London’s fortress. The route is all grass and is made of 1k laps around the moat. This year celebrates four decades of the Tower of London Run. The entry fee covers the cost of the event and any money you raise goes towards the British Heart Foundation.

bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/

Superhero Run, May 18

Length: 5km or 10km

Location: Regent’s Park

Entry Fee: £25 or you can run for a charity and will need to raise at least £100

Dress up as your favourite superhero and take on Regent’s Park for this fun run. Creativity is encouraged and there will be a prize for the best costume. Choose between the 5k and 10k run and get costume planning.

londonsuperherorun.co.uk/

Hackney Half Marathon, May 20

Length: 21km

Location: Hackney

Entry Fee: £47 to £89

Enjoy a scenic run through east London past places like Hackney Downs and the Hackney Empire. There will be a live band and DJ at every mile to keep you going while you cross over 12 canals and explore some of London’s best green spaces.

uk.virginsport.com/event/hackney-2018/

The Colour Run, July 8

Length: 5km

Location: Wembley Park

Entry Fee: £21 - £23

Quite possibly the most unique run you can partake in, at the start of the colour run you are given a white t-shirt which will be covered in coloured powder during the course of the run. And you don’t even need to run, you can walk, skip or dance to the finish line. Once the race is completed there will be a finish festival so you can keep the party going.

thecolorrun.co.uk/

Virgin Sport British 10k, July 15

Length: 10km

Location: Westminster

Entry Fee: £44

Run past Trafalgar Square, Embankment and Big Ben before finishing with a street party in this flat road race.

uk.virginsport.com/event/westminster-2018

Richmond Runfest Marathon and Half Marathon, September 16

Length: 21km

Location: Kew Gardens

Entry Fee: £39.50

As part of Richmond’s Runfest, this 10k is a ‘pancake flat’ run through the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew where you can raise money for your chosen charity.

richmondrunningfestival.com/

Royal Parks Half Marathon, October 14

Length: 21km

Location: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens

Entry Fee: the ballot is now closed but you can run for a charity.

The Royal Parks half marathon takes you through four of the eight royal parks in our capital: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens.

royalparkshalf.com/

Richmond Park Christmas 10k, December 9

Length: 5km or 10km

Location: Richmond Park

Entry Fee: £11 to £20

Kick off the festive season with a festive-themed run through Richmond Park. With no significant hills the course is perfect for runners of all abilities. What better way to spend a Sunday morning than running through a gorgeous park?

nice-work.org.uk/races/Richmond-Park-Christmas