The 10K Countdown: UK Running Routes for Training

Getting to the point where that 10K you signed up for as your New Year’s Resolution is getting that little bit more real? With the race in sight, you’re probably starting to take your training more seriously.

Getting home and binge-watching Netflix is the preferred option for some. But running not only improves your health, mood and sleep, it will also push you towards that KILLER summer bod. Whether you’re racing for charity, for fun, or you just enjoy the fresh air, we’ve collated a few of our favourite UK 10k’s to get you in gear…

10k Countdown - 10k Running Routes

Chorlton Water Park – 9.7K

Bringing you next-level scenery around the Chorlton area, this route cuts just short of 10K. Covering grass, road, sand and dirt, you’ll need to lace-up in your hardcore broken-in sneaks for this one.

With free street parking spaces available at the beginning/finish point, this run is super accessible to get you enjoying the scenery and giving you a feel of what it’ll be like on the day.

Westminster & St James Park

Heading down south and want to get to know the city while working on ya fitness? The Westminster and St James Park run takes you from King’s College, along The Thames, through the beautiful scenery of Buckingham Palace Garden, The Green Park and St James Park and back over Waterloo Bridge.

While fitting some monumental sightseeing into your run, the kilometres fly by and you’ll finish feeling oh so cultured.

10K Countdown - Chorlton Water Park
10K Countdown - Westminster

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Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run 

Now we all love to be beside the seaside! Who needs a Spain getaway when you can get a breath of fresh air and take in the local scenery of Cardiff Bay.

With the smell of fish & chips and the thought of dunking your feet in the sea dragging you to the finish line, the flat path gives you the confidence that the mile ahead isn’t harder than the last…

Heaton Park

Up your game and get a taste of the real thing. Whether or not you’re participating in the Manchester 10k, Heaton Park is a fantastic run for those wanting a quick break from the city for a breath of fresh air.

With much of the route taking you through fields and pathways, it can get pretty samey – so maybe go through the route a couple of times before you start!

10k Countdown - Cardiff Bay 10k
10k Countdown - Heaton Park

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Edgbaston Reservoir

Fancy a warm-up run that isn’t quite the full whammy? Edgbaston Reservoir is the perfect escape. With a total distance of 5k, it’s the ideal length to clear your head and get you feelin’ fit, and gives you the chance to push yourself the extra loop if you fancy it.

Taking your through gravel routes, dirt paths and everything in between, this run just outside Birmingham city centre gives you the country escape you’ve been looking for. The perfect route of summer strolls, give a nod to the ducks and enjoy cooling your feet in the reservoir at the finish line.

Now all that’s left is to make sure you’re kitted out. Pushing you the extra mile, check out our collection of running trainers from all the top brands like Nike and adidas. Time to GET RUNNING! 🏃🏃🏃

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