If you’ve been inspired to work up a sweat following this year’s London marathon, then these five fun fitness events might be just the excuse you need to dust off your trainers and get moving. You’ll be able to enjoy a well-deserved post workout cool-down on your return journey home when you travel by train.
Whether you’re a beginner finding your feet or an experienced runner on a quest to beat your personal best, this fun run at the iconic Tower of London offers walkers, joggers and runners the chance to lap around the Tower’s most famous moat – all in aid of The British Heart Foundation. Explore the wonders of this London landmark as you take on either the 5k or 10k run. The first wave of runners set off at 4:30pm and the course closes at 8pm.
Cardiff, 16 May
The Big Social Run returns to Cardiff, beginning, as last year, outside Cardiff museum, taking participants through the beautiful Bute Park. Suitable for runners of all abilities, this is a chilled-out and free run that you can enjoy with friends, or use as an opportunity to meet new people.
Windsor, 18 May; Newbury, 25 May; London, 8 June; Brighton 22 June
Get ready for the fun running event of the year. Expect inflatable obstacle courses, clouds of colour powder and the atmosphere of a music festival. This fun run is the perfect activity for those wanting to get up on their feet and take on some non-serious exercise. Get your friends together for the Color Obstacle Rush challenge, which is touring druring May and June.
London 17–19 May
Festivals aren’t just a thing for music lovers. Get up and get moving at this year’s Hackney Festival of Fitness, which is offering something for everyone including the super-club spin-off Ministry of Sound Fitness, yoga classes, meditation sessions, a community 5k run, a half marathon and loads more. You’ll have tons of fun finding your workout jam. There’s even a fitness festival village at Hackney Marshes where you’ll find local food and drink trucks to keep you fuelled throughout the weekend.
See the London sights by bike at night. This awesome charity cycle ride is back for its 10th anniversary. Two routes are available – a 50km and 100km ride. Both are circular and start and finish at the iconic Lee Valley VeloPark. What we love about this fitness event is that it isn’t a race, and isn’t timed, either, so feel free to pump those wheels at your own pace and enjoy the ride.
An ‘own place’ costs £99 and a ‘charity place’ costs £45, with a commitment to raising money for one of the Nightrider partner charities.
Oldbury Court, Bristol, 15 June
Probably the most colourful event you’re likely to attend this year, the Colour Fun Run is an untimed event that will, come the end, see you looking like a rainbow. Every kilometre along the route (there are five), is a colour station, where race marshals do their best to get you covered in powder paint.
Anything goes, and you can choose to run, jog, prance or crawl. Dress all in white or break out the fancy dress, it’s really up to you. Even better, proceeds go to Bristol homeless charity See Change.
London, 15 June
Help fundraise for Mencap (a UK charity for people with a learning disability) as you take on either a 5km or 10km run at London’s stunning Hyde Park. A 1km run is also available for families, which is great fun for little ones. Walk, jog or run at your own pace, or go with gusto and challenge yourself to take a personal best.
An ‘own place’ costs £30 and a ‘charity place’ costs £15 with a commitment to raising at least £100.