With 2020 nearly done and dusted and next season looking brighter, it’s a great time to think about what races you might want to take on in 2021. With many events cancelled or postponed this year (leaving many of us disappointed), it’s a great idea to get motivated by looking forward to next year!
One great way of keeping up the motivation over the winter is to have an event lined up to work towards, and 2021 looking up for races and events, now is the perfect time to book in your next challenge!
We’ve picked out a range of events from all over the country with different difficulties and atmospheres – both with HIGH5 on course and without.
Here are our top tops for UK running events in 2021:
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon – 3rd October 2021
For the extraordinary scenery alone, Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is a must do. The Highland views couple with the onset of autumn colours makes for a spectacular and unique running experience. The organisation is all you would expect from a high-profile event, and yet still maintains a friendly appeal, managing to make every runner feel like an intrinsic part of the weekend.
On the course feed stations you can look forward to HIGH5 fuelling you to the finish line.
Oxford Half Marathon – 10th October 2021
Fast and flat, this half marathon is perfect for beginners or PB hunters. Throw in a stunning route through the winding streets of the historic city, it’s not one to miss. Passing through sights such as Old Marston village, River Cherwell, and Oxford University with on course entertainment, you certainly won’t find yourself bored on course! If that’s not enough, Oxford Half is the largest race route outside of London to go plastic free – so you can feel good about taking part too.
Brighton Marathon Weekend – 11th September 2021
It’s tough to beat the atmosphere of a big city marathon, and the Brighton Marathon Weekend is no exception. As a local Brighton based business, we might be a little biased, but we think it’s a must do! A mostly costal route with streets lined by supporters full of enthusiasm helps drive you towards the finish line with a smile on your face. There is also a huge event village right on Brighton beach, making the most of everything our vibrant city has to offer.
If you’re taking part in Brighton Marathon, HIGH5 will be on course to support you across the finish line.
Snowdonia Trail Marathon – 11th July 2021
One of the UK’s most challenging trail races, this incredible route takes you through the sights of the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Tough climbs are rewarding with incredible panoramic views, and with four different lengths from 10k to ultra-marathon, there’s something for every runner.
HIGH5 will be there to support you on course with Energy Gels and Energy Drink.
Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones – 10th July 2021
If it’s a challenge you’re looking for, then look no further than the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones. The 100km route is set on what is celebrated as Britain’s oldest path. This historic trail is surrounded by beautiful scenery and lined with historic bronze-age forts, before reaching the ancient stone circle at Avebury. The organisers provide the highest level of support for this challenge, including an overnight basecamp – making it achievable for both runners and walkers alike.
Throughout the challenge you can grab a HIGH5 hit at any of the pit stops along the way.
Leeds Half Marathon – 9th May 2021
If you’re after the loudest crowds, Leeds Half Marathon is the one to go for. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome, and the support along the side lines is always incredible – rain or shine! Well organised and full of fun, this race isn’t one to miss.
Throughout the race you’ll be able to grab Energy Gels and ZERO at the HIGH5 fuel stations.
Bath Half Marathon – 5th September 2021
Winding through the beautiful city centre, Balf Half is one of the olders and most popular half marathons in the UK, attracting over 13,000 runners each year. It promises to surround you with beautiful architecture and cheering spectators from start to finish.
HIGH5 will have your back on course with HIGH5 Energy Gel Aqua.
MBNA Chester Marathon – 3rd October 2021
Taking place in Chester's historic Roman/Medieval city centre, the MBNA Chester Marathon is brimming with beautiful scenery and passionate supporters. The organisers keep the field to under 5000 runners to ensure you get plenty of space to enjoy your race, which is just one of the reasons the MBNA Chester Marathon has won the UK's Best Marathon up to 5000 runners for the last 3 years running!
HIGH5 will have your back with nutrition on course.
If you’re taking part in any events this year, be sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and show us how you use HIGH5 to keep you fuelled on race day! You can also check out our guides on half marathon and marathon nutrition.
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