Ten of the best summer 10K races

Posted by Stuart Morrison on

It's summer, and it's hot out there! Our sympathies go to those training for marathons right now, as it's no weather to be running mile after mile after mile. And we'd gladly forgive anyone who didn't want to run any further than 10 miles, or less. However, many of us will still want to get out there and run. So, how do we feed that running addiction? Running shorter, less insane, distances is probably part of the answer.

With that in mind, we've compiled a list of ten 10k races taking place during the summer months (June, July, August) that we think are well worth considering.

Let us know what you think. And tell us if there's any unmissable races that we've missed out.


Sutton Beast 10K
Runners of all abilities are encouraged to join this community event. Run 10km over a multi-terrain, mainly flat course across the Fens and Droves at Sutton Gault.

Sutton Beast start line
When : June
Start time : 10:30 a.m.
Location : Ely, Cambridgeshire
Cost : £13 / £15
URL : http://www.suttonbeast.com


Cheddar Gorge 10K
An unmissible 10k through Cheddar Gorge, one of the Seven Wonders of the UK. This multi-terrain race takes runners across the Somerset levels, including a climb up the infamous Hell Steps and amazing views of the Gorge.

Cheddar Gorge 10k
When : June
Start time : 5:30 p.m.
Location : Blagdon, North Somerset
Cost : £18 / £20
URL : http://www.relishrunningraces.com/cheddar-gorge-10km.php


The Wales 10K
Taking place alongside The Wales Marathon, athletes will line up at the start line in Manorbier to compete in The Wales 10k, heading along fully closed roads back to Tudor Square in Tenby.

Wales 10k
When : July
Start time : 1:30 p.m.
Location : Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
Cost : £20
URL : https://www.thewales10k.com

Asics London 10K
A bit pricey, but very popular race through the centre of London. Sign up while you can. This race is sure to sell out.

Asics London 10k
When : July
Start time : 9:30 a.m.
Location : London
Cost : £50
URL : https://uk.virginsport.com/event/asics-london-10k-2019


Leannachen Forest 10
Part of the Fort William Running Festival. A figure-of-eight race through the stunning Leannachen Forest around the Nevis Range.

When : July
Start time : 11:00 a.m.
Location : Fort William, Highland
Cost : £15
URL : http://fortwilliamrunningfestival.com

York 10K
A flat and fast race, with an amazing atmosphere. Attracting impressive feedback, this friendly race is an absolute gem!

York 10k runners
When : August
Start time : 9:30 a.m.
Location : York, Yorkshire
Cost : £27 / £29
URL : https://www.runforall.com/events/10k/york-10k/

Barry Island 10K
Sun, sand and sea provide the background for this popular event. It's hilly, but popular too. So. apply when you can. This race fills up quickly!

Barry Island 10k
When : August
Start time : 10:00 a.m.
Location : Barry, South Glamorgan
Cost : £23 / £25
URL : https://barryisland10k.co.uk

St Levan 10K
Often described as a "friendly" race with a great atmosphere. Organised by the local running club, Mounts Bay Harriers, this 10k attracts a lot of local entries. Similar to other events organised by running clubs, it is less expensive than most other races.

St Levan 10k
When : August
Start time : 7:00 p.m.
Location : Penzance, Cornwall
Cost : £14 / £16
URL : http://www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk/st-levan-10k-and-childrens-2-mile-run-friday-17-august-2018/


Run the Lights 10K
A fun 10k in the evening. Experience the world famous Blackpool Illuminations on a traffic free promenade. Take in the sights and sounds of the Golden Mile and all the sights and sounds the amazing light show has to offer. All finishers receive an amazing bespoke glow in the dark medal. 

Blackpool lights
When : August
Start time : 9:00 p.m.
Location : Blackpool, Lancashire
Cost : £16 / £18
URL : https://www.runthelights.co.uk

Hillsborough Castle Running Festival 10K
Start and finish a 10k in the beautiful Grounds of Hillsborough Castle.

Hillsborough Castle Running Festival
When : August
Start time : 9:30 a.m.
Location : Hillsborough, Northrern Ireland
Cost : £18.50
URL : https://www.runthrough.co.uk/event/hillsborough-castle-gardens-running-festival-2019/