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12 Fun Runs You Have To Try This Summer!

Lareese Craig
by Lareese Craig Published on 13 May 2015

Giant inflatable sumo suits, Wipeout style assault causes and Subway foot-longs - these summer fun runs aren’t about racing against the clock but running for the sheer hell of it instead. Whether you want to be blasted with dye or wade through the mud, make this summer an extra sweaty one by dusting off your trainers and getting stuck in. Here’s our top 10 fun runs you have to try this summer.

1. Rough Runner

Military style obstacles inspired by the game shows we love – Wipeout, Gladiator, Ninja Warrior you name it. Can exercise really get any better than this?

Rough runner combines distance running with punching walls, ball pits and slip’n’slides. Finally! We can relive our childhood and let off steam. Where's Wolf when you need him...

Date: 16th May / 19th & 20th September
Where: Oxfordshire / Clapham Common
Start Time: From 9.00 am

2. London River Rat Race

A unique 10km aquatic obstacle event, which sees participants run, jump, swim and kayak their way around the course.

The event will be partnering with the charity Shelter to help raise much needed funds for those facing bad housing and homelessness in the capital.

Got what it takes to be a #RatRacer? All you need is your trainers and a sense of adventure and you're good to go.

Date: 25th July
Where: Docklands, East London
Time: From 9am

3. RBC Race for the Kids

The RBC race for the Kids is the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity annual 5k race.

Whether you’re striving for a PB or just looking for a leisurely Sunday stroll, all ages and abilities are welcome to join in the family fun run in the park.

As little as £13 could help fund family accommodation so parents can stay close by when they’re needed the most. That’s got to be worth sweating for?!

Get a team together and help raise vital funds for a great cause. Every penny counts!

Date: 7th June
Where: Battersea Park London
Start time: 9.30am

4. Reebok Spartan Race

Like a challenge? Then you’ll love this. Reebok Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race, is challenging Brits to break out of their comfort zone and push themselves to the utter limit. Gulp.

Set to inspire even the most defiant couch potatoes to get off the sofa and Spartan Up, this race offers three options: a 5km ‘sprint’, a 13km ‘super’ and a 20km ‘beast’ course. We don’t even wanna know what that last one entails.

Sign up if you think you’re tough enough!

Date: 16th May
Where: The Allianz Park London Sprint
Start Time: Allocated wave time

5. Glow in the park

A glow party come foam party come paint blasting extravaganza. How are we only just hearing about this now? This hi viz event is made for the night runner.

Date: 29th August 2015
Where: Ipswich
Time: Details TBC (option to be notified via email)

6. Sure Run To The Beat

Mix incredible sets from some of the world's best DJs with an awesome 10K running route around London's Wembley Park and you've got one pretty good cardio sesh. Beats going to the gym eh? See what we did there...

Date: 13th September
Where: Wembley, London
Start time: First wave time 9.20am

7. Tough Mudder

Go big or go home! Tough Mudder London will make you earn every single last mile. The 10-12 mile obstacle course is designed to test your physical strength and mental grit on a whole new level.

Survive the rugged terrain, the uphill climbs and the mud-coated madness and you'll forever be remembered as a living, fire-dodging, cage-crawling legend. It'll be the most exhilarating thing you've ever done. That is until you reach the beer and burger part at the end. That's true exhilaration right there.

Date: 26th & 27th September
Where: Winchester, Hampshire
Time: Team start times on registration

8. Run or Dye

Inspired by the ancient Hindu festival of Holi or Festival of Colours, Run or Dye celebrates friendship and fun - all while blasting participants with safe, eco-friendly, plant-based dye powder. Count. Us. In.

With 16 events taking place across the country this year there’s really no excuses for staying clean this summer.

Date: 11th July
Where: Bournemouth
Start Time: 10am

9. Race For Life 5K

Show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink, especially a woman running just over 3 miles in pink. Step. Aside.

Team up with your BFFs and run, jog or walk you way around the course. Or if you're up for the challenge why not sign up to their first female-only marathon?!

Date: 19th July
Where: Hyde Park London
Time: From 11am

10. The Sumo Run

London's sumo run is officially putting the fun back into fun-run and what better way to do it than by wobbling your way round a 5K course in giant sumo wrestler suits? For real.

If there's one run you have to do this summer make it an inflatable one. It'll be the best thing you ever do. Good luck trying to pee though!

Sumo Run is organised by and raises money for Link Community Development, a charity improving the access to and the quality of education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: 25th July
Where: Battersea Park London
Time: From 8am

11. Subway Helping Hearts

The Subway 5K series, in aid of Heart Research UK, is open to all ages and abilities and offers lots of free entertainment to keep the kids entertained.

From face painting to bouncy castles and whacky inflatables inspired by the Subway menu, it's the perfect day out for the whole famo. Oh, and you'll even get a goody bag + Subway-to-go for all your hard work. Go earn yourself a footlong already.

All the money raised goes towards supporting the Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants scheme, which funds heart health initiatives in your area.

Date: 16th August
Where: Southwark Park London
Time: 10.30am

12. Mucky races 5K & 10K options

Sometimes a girl just needs to get her hands dirty every once in a while (ideally sans the physical demand of a tough mudder. Some of us just aren't beast enough y'know).

This slightly tamer course includes natural obstacles, crawling and wading through mud and water and a few hills but nothing too soul destroying.

The aim is to have fun so leave your cleanliness at the start line!

Date: 18th July 2015
Where: Colchester
Time: 5K 10am 10K 10.30am

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