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Looking for your next running challenge? Check out these top 100 winter and spring 2017 races from around the UK and overseas. From 5Ks to ultras, and everything in between, you won’t want to miss these events…

Welcome to the Ultimate Race Guide! If this is the first time you’ve opened one of our guides, and you’ve never raced before, you might be wondering whether racing is all it’s cracked up to be. It might bring back haunting memories of school sports days, being forced to pitch yourself against your classmates, knowing you’d come last. Or you might just be happy as you are, running your favourite routes, and never having to get stressed if you miss a session. But racing doesn’t have to be stressful – you can approach it however you like. Here are our top seven reasons why you should enter an event this year.


Running as and when you feel like it is a wonderfully freeing experience, offering you a space to clear your head and keep your fitness ticking over. Once you enter a race, though, you are forced to give your training a bit more structure. You don’t have to run to a strict timetable. You’ll just follow a gradually progressing training plan that sees you build distance and speed each week. And following a plan like that can actually make training easier: you don’t have to think of a run to do, because it’s decided by your training plan. Most training plans will also add variety into your running – ideal if you’ve got into the habit of doing the same route or distance each time you go out.

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Get set for a great year with the new issue of Women’s Running! We’ve got three four-week plans for you to set up a brilliant year of running and get back into shape – and we’ll show you how to hit your racing weight when you’re training for marathon. Fundraising for a spring marathon? Find out how to raise thousands of pounds by the women who’ve done it. And don’t enter your 2017 races without reading part one of our 2017 Ultimate Race Guide, with 100 brilliant events you’ll love to do up to June this year. Plus, we’ve got healthy recipes for runners, a guide to avoiding fatigue while you’re training, and six of the best running watches for women. Grab your copy today!