New to running? Maintain motivation with a goal: choose your race here
Epilepsy Actions Reindeer Stampede 5K
Rope in the relatives and conquer your first 5k on this family fun run.
When: Sunday 9 December 2012 (10.00am)
Where: Roberts Park, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Jigsaw 5k Fun Run
Get exclusive access to the infamous BBC Top Gear track and help raise money for children with autism.
When: Sunday 2 December 2012 (11.00am)
Where: Dunsfold Park, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey
The Best 5km Fun Run
This flat, road run is a great first race. Participants are of mixed ability, so you won’t feel out of place whether you run, walk or jog.
When: Sunday 25 November 2012 (10.30am)
Where: Wythenshawe Park, South Manchester, M23 0AB
Alexandra Park 5k Women Series
This female-only run will help calm beginners nerves. The course runs around the park and is flat and traffic free.
When: Sunday 2nd December 2012 (10am)
Where: Alexandra Park, 180 Russell Street, Moss Side, Manchester, M16 7JL
Manchester Christmas Pudding 5mile Dash
Rudolf’s Red Nose Race
Lose yourself in the festive fun as you collect your free reindeer antlers and forget the gruelling 8k race ahead.
When: Sunday 23 December 2012 (11.00am)
Where: Forest Gate, Blackpool, FY3 9RA
Christmas Pudding Dash
What better incentive to race than Christmas nibbles and a piping hot mug of mulled wine waiting for you as you cross the finish line?
When: Saturday 15th December 2012 (10.30am)
Where: Ashburnham Place, Near Battle, East Sussex
If you’re put off by the crowds that city centre races attract, take on this New Year's Eve run through quaint country villages.
When: Monday 31st December 2012 (10am)
Where: Grafham Water, Buckden, Cambridgeshire
Kent Christmas Cracker
Take on two laps of Fowlmead Country Park, which incorporates a flat purpose-built cycling track to ensure a fast time
When: Sunday 16th December 2012 (10.30am)
Where: Fowlmead Country Park, Sholden, Near Deal, Kent CT14 0AR
Ulverston Xmas Pudding 10k
If you’re making the transition from 5k to 10k - be aware - this race covers a gradual uphill route.
Where: GSK Sports Club, North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 9DR
Capital Runners Richmond Park
The smooth two-lap 10k course is perfect for all runners. Absorbing the sights of London and its beautiful deer park.
When: Sunday 16th December 2012 (10.00am)
Where: Richmond Park (East Sheen Gate Car Park), Richmond, Surrey, SW14 8BJ
The After Adoption Regent’s Park 10k
Three laps and you've done your bit for National Adoption Week
When: Sunday 18th November 2012 (10.00am)
Where: Regent's Park, London
Portsmouth RNLI Santa Fun Runs 5k & 10k
Don't want to take your 10k too seriously? Enter the run and receive a free Santa suit to race in.
When: Sunday 16th December 2012 (10.50am)
Where: Speaker corner, Southsea PO5 3PG
The Bradford City Run 5k & 10k
This is a great event for sport enthusiasts or runners tooking to try something new. After the race, visit the Sport Village set up at City Park to find your next fit hobby.
Where: City Park, Bradford City Centre, West Yorkshire BD7 1AJ
Starting out? Follow this 5k training plan
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