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With its rugged fells and glacial lakes, the Lake District is the prize offering of the North West and a beacon for anyone wanting to explore the great outdoors. Discover a wide range of events in the North West and the active clubs who make them happen, right here.

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The UK's Number 1 Mountain Festival! Sport, Speakers, Live Music, Activities, Good Times. A full multi-sport and entertainment festival with exciting new changes for 2024!
  • Fri 17 - Sun 19 May
  • £30
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Keswick Mountain Festival

The UK's Number 1 Mountain Festival! Sport, Speakers, Live Music, Activities, Good Times. A full multi-sport and entertainment festival with exciting new changes for 2024!

  • 5K run
  • 10K run
  • Half marathon
  • 50K ultra run
  • Fell run
  • + 12 more races
Take on a challenge and join Macmillan at the Lake District Mighty Hike - where you'll trek through the stunning National Park to support people living with cancer.
  • Sat 15 - Sun 16 Jun
  • £20-£25
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Mighty Hikes | Lake District

Take on a challenge and join Macmillan at the Lake District Mighty Hike - where you'll trek through the stunning National Park to support people living with cancer.

  • Hike 2
An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to road bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.
  • Sat 7 Sep
  • £49.50-£99
  • 50% off
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Race the Sun | Lake District Keswick

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to road bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

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  • 40 miles road cycling
  • 10.5 miles hiking
  • 2 miles kayaking
An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.
  • Sun 8 Sep
  • £49.50-£99
  • 50% off
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Race the Sun | Lake District Keswick Off-Road

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

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  • 0.5 day mountain biking
  • 10.5 miles hiking
  • 2 miles kayaking
An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.
  • Sat 13 Jul
  • £49.50-£99
  • 50% off
Coniston, Cumbria, UK

Race the Sun | Lake District Coniston Off-Road

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

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  • 28 miles mountain biking
  • 2.5 miles hiking + 803 m ascent
  • 2 miles kayaking
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Grab a team mate and head to the Lake District to pedal, paddle, peak and party on this full-day, multi-activity challenge.
  • Sat 6 Jul
  • £48.75
  • Entries closed
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Pedal Paddle Peak

Grab a team mate and head to the Lake District to pedal, paddle, peak and party on this full-day, multi-activity challenge.

  • 15 miles mountain biking
  • 2 miles canoeing
  • 1 mile mountain biking
  • 4 hrs hiking
  • 15 miles mountain biking
Tackle 200 gnarly miles of some of the UK's finest mountain biking on tracks and trails through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors from coast to coast.
  • 3 nights from £995
Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK

Rat Race | The Crossing

Tackle 200 gnarly miles of some of the UK's finest mountain biking on tracks and trails through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors from coast to coast.

  • 3 days mountain biking + 16300 ft ascent

Events in Manchester

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Make some noise for the biggest kids’ run in the North West! It’s an incredible event, all part of the iconic Great Manchester Run weekend of running where juniors have their own day on centre stage.
  • Sat 25 May
  • £19
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run

Make some noise for the biggest kids’ run in the North West! It’s an incredible event, all part of the iconic Great Manchester Run weekend of running where juniors have their own day on centre stage.

  • Fun run 2
The city’s original and best-loved running event! With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.
  • Sun 26 May
  • £42-£49
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Great Manchester Run

The city’s original and best-loved running event! With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.

  • Half marathon
  • 10K run
Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.
  • Sun 13 Oct
  • £44
  • 10 charities
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Manchester Half Marathon

Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.

  • 13.1 miles road running
Experience the UK’s friendliest and flattest major marathon with huge crowd support on a route with PB potential plus chunky medals and relay options.
  • Sun 27 Apr 2025
  • £59
  • 1 charity
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

adidas Manchester Marathon

Experience the UK’s friendliest and flattest major marathon with huge crowd support on a route with PB potential plus chunky medals and relay options.

  • 26.2 miles road running

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Tackle 200 gnarly miles of some of the UK's finest mountain biking on tracks and trails through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors from coast to coast.
  • 3 nights from £995
Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK

Rat Race | The Crossing

Tackle 200 gnarly miles of some of the UK's finest mountain biking on tracks and trails through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors from coast to coast.

  • 3 days mountain biking + 16300 ft ascent

Spring events in the North West

From Lakeland fell runs to Mancunian mass-participation events, get all the latest race updates and exclusive offers delivered to your inbox in our newsletter.

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Epic mud-fuelled assault course designed by Elite Royal Marine Commandos, featuring obstacles designed to inspire greatness. Have you got what it takes to survive?
  • Sat 27 Apr
  • £53.24-£63.85
Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK

Born Survivor | Cheshire

Epic mud-fuelled assault course designed by Elite Royal Marine Commandos, featuring obstacles designed to inspire greatness. Have you got what it takes to survive?

  • Obstacle race 2
MS Walk Manchester is back for another successful year and will start and finish in the beating heart of Manchester city centre. Sign up today and walk, roll or stroll to stop MS.
  • Sat 11 May
  • FREE-£15
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

MS Walk Manchester

MS Walk Manchester is back for another successful year and will start and finish in the beating heart of Manchester city centre. Sign up today and walk, roll or stroll to stop MS.

  • Charity walk 3
The UK's Number 1 Mountain Festival! Sport, Speakers, Live Music, Activities, Good Times. A full multi-sport and entertainment festival with exciting new changes for 2024!
  • Fri 17 - Sun 19 May
  • £30
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Keswick Mountain Festival

The UK's Number 1 Mountain Festival! Sport, Speakers, Live Music, Activities, Good Times. A full multi-sport and entertainment festival with exciting new changes for 2024!

  • 5K run
  • 10K run
  • Half marathon
  • 50K ultra run
  • Fell run
  • + 12 more races
One of the UK’s longest established and most highly regarded half marathons, starting and finishing in this historic Roman/Medieval city. Come and celebrate over 40 years of running in Chester!
  • Sun 19 May
  • £6.60-£49
Chester, Cheshire, UK

Essar Chester Half Marathon and Fun Run

One of the UK’s longest established and most highly regarded half marathons, starting and finishing in this historic Roman/Medieval city. Come and celebrate over 40 years of running in Chester!

  • Half marathon
  • Fun run
Make some noise for the biggest kids’ run in the North West! It’s an incredible event, all part of the iconic Great Manchester Run weekend of running where juniors have their own day on centre stage.
  • Sat 25 May
  • £19
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run

Make some noise for the biggest kids’ run in the North West! It’s an incredible event, all part of the iconic Great Manchester Run weekend of running where juniors have their own day on centre stage.

  • Fun run 2
The city’s original and best-loved running event! With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.
  • Sun 26 May
  • £42-£49
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Great Manchester Run

The city’s original and best-loved running event! With a 10K or a half marathon distance to choose from, over 99% of Manchester runners say they’d recommend it to a friend.

  • Half marathon
  • 10K run
  • Wed 17 Apr
  • £6
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Grisedale Grind

Distance: 4km with 480m of ascent

  • 4 km fell running
  • Thu 18 Apr
  • £16-£18
Lancaster, Lancashire, UK

Farm Yard Five

We PFW Running have teamed up with Farm Yard Brew Co. again for the second running of this event.

  • 5 miles road running
  • Thu 18 Apr
  • £6.50
Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Clowbridge 5K Spring Series - Race 2

A Trail 5k around a popular route off the Pennine Bridleway.

  • 5 km trail running
  • Sat 20 - Sun 21 Apr
  • £6-£40
Blackpool, Lancashire, UK

Blackpool Festival of Running

Welcome to the exhilarating world of the Blackpool Festival of Running 2024!

  • Fun run
  • 5K run
  • 10K run
  • Half marathon
  • Marathon
  • Sat 20 Apr
  • £33-£80
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

TEC Lake District

A stunning run around the famous and beautiful Lake District.

  • Trail run
  • Half marathon
  • Marathon
  • Ultra run
  • Sat 20 Apr
  • £50
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Lakes Mountain 40

Forty fell miles with around ten thousand feet of ascent and descent.

  • 40 miles fell running

Summer events in the North West

Make the most of the good weather with these rides, runs and walks in the North West! Sign up to our newsletter for event offers and updates.

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Mighty Hike | Lake District
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Mighty Hike | Lake District

Hike through the Lake District from Dalemain Mansion with stunning views across Ullswater.

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Run, bike, kayak and adventure through the Peak District on this event open to solos and teams of all abilities. Price includes two nights' camping and two meals.
  • Sat 8 - Sun 9 Jun
  • £120-£170
Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK

Peak District Adventure Race Weekend

Run, bike, kayak and adventure through the Peak District on this event open to solos and teams of all abilities. Price includes two nights' camping and two meals.

  • Sprint adventure race 2
  • Sprint orienteer
  • MTB orienteer 2
Take on England’s finest countryside for charity, at your own pace, with stunning views en-route. With distances from 10km right up to 100km there’s a Lake District Challenge for everyone!
  • Sat 8 - Sun 9 Jun
  • £10-£40
  • 7 charities
Kendal, Cumbria, UK

Lake District Ultra Challenge

Take on England’s finest countryside for charity, at your own pace, with stunning views en-route. With distances from 10km right up to 100km there’s a Lake District Challenge for everyone!

  • 1 day trail running
We put you on a bus... We blindfold you... We take you to an unknown location... You have no tech, no map, no watch, no idea where you are... Will you make it back to HQ or be lost for ever?
  • Sun 9 Jun
  • £42.40
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK

The Drop | Carlisle

We put you on a bus... We blindfold you... We take you to an unknown location... You have no tech, no map, no watch, no idea where you are... Will you make it back to HQ or be lost for ever?

  • 10 miler
  • Multi-terrain run
Take on a challenge and join Macmillan at the Lake District Mighty Hike - where you'll trek through the stunning National Park to support people living with cancer.
  • Sat 15 - Sun 16 Jun
  • £20-£25
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Mighty Hikes | Lake District

Take on a challenge and join Macmillan at the Lake District Mighty Hike - where you'll trek through the stunning National Park to support people living with cancer.

  • Hike 2
Race through the beautiful grounds of the Cholmondeley Castle estate on an event of your choice from starter to elite then celebrate with friends and family in the festival village.
  • Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jun
  • £28-£295
Malpas, Cheshire, UK

Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon and Multisport Festival

Race through the beautiful grounds of the Cholmondeley Castle estate on an event of your choice from starter to elite then celebrate with friends and family in the festival village.

  • Relay triathlon 2
  • Kids triathlon 4
  • Novice triathlon
  • Super sprint triathlon
  • Sprint triathlon 2
  • + 15 more races
A stunning bike ride across Britain. This iconic 150-mile route will take you through 3 of England’s finest National Parks in a day - the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors!
  • Sat 22 Jun
  • £95-£115
Seascale, Cumbria, UK

Coast to Coast in a Day

A stunning bike ride across Britain. This iconic 150-mile route will take you through 3 of England’s finest National Parks in a day - the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors!

  • 150 miles road cycling + 4500 m ascent
Possibly the flattest marathon in the country. All distances are fast, officially measured, PB courses on quiet country roads through pretty local villages.
  • Sun 30 Jun
  • £19.47-£44.74
Wigton, Cumbria, UK

Sport in Action Festival of Running

Possibly the flattest marathon in the country. All distances are fast, officially measured, PB courses on quiet country roads through pretty local villages.

  • Marathon
  • Half marathon
  • 10K run
Join Alzheimer’s Research UK in summer for this brand new family-friendly 5K fundraising walk. More than just a walk in the park, it's a collective journey towards a cure for dementia.
  • Sun 7 Jul
  • FREE
Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Walk For A Cure | Liverpool

Join Alzheimer’s Research UK in summer for this brand new family-friendly 5K fundraising walk. More than just a walk in the park, it's a collective journey towards a cure for dementia.

  • 5 km
An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.
  • Sat 13 Jul
  • £49.50-£99
Coniston, Cumbria, UK

Race the Sun | Lake District Coniston Off-Road

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

  • 28 miles mountain biking
  • 2.5 miles hiking + 803 m ascent
  • 2 miles kayaking
Head to the Lake District and take on the challenge of conquering England's highest mountain with a group of cat lovers to raise vital funds to help cats and kittens in the UK.
  • Sat 13 Jul
  • £25-£55
Seascale, Cumbria, UK

Scafell Pike Trek

Head to the Lake District and take on the challenge of conquering England's highest mountain with a group of cat lovers to raise vital funds to help cats and kittens in the UK.

  • 1 day hiking + 964 m ascent
Your aim is to complete as many full laps of the 5K circuit through lovely parkland within a 6 or 3-hour time limit, as an individual or as part of a relay team of 2, 4 or 8 people.
  • Sun 21 Jul
  • £18-£37
Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK

Wilmslow Relays and Ultra Challenge

Your aim is to complete as many full laps of the 5K circuit through lovely parkland within a 6 or 3-hour time limit, as an individual or as part of a relay team of 2, 4 or 8 people.

  • Multi-terrain run 2
  • Sat 1 Jun
  • £32
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Aquasphere Epic Lakes Swim Ullswater | 750M

The Aquasphere Epic Lakes Swim Ullswater takes place from Park Foot Holiday Park, near Pooley Bridge, which provides a stunning backdrop for the event.

  • 750 m lake swimming

Autumn events in the North West

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A renowned, challenging and unique event where the toughness of the course is only matched by the stunning scenery of the Lake District National Park. Not just another race but highly demanding.
  • Sun 1 Sep
  • £95-£111
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Helvellyn Triathlon | Triathlon

A renowned, challenging and unique event where the toughness of the course is only matched by the stunning scenery of the Lake District National Park. Not just another race but highly demanding.

  • 1.5 km lake swimming
  • 59 km road cycling
  • 15 km trail running
A renowned, challenging and unique event where the toughness of the course is only matched by the stunning scenery of the Lake District National Park. Not just another race but highly demanding.
  • Sun 1 Sep
  • £75
Penrith, Cumbria, UK

Helvellyn Triathlon | Aquabike

A renowned, challenging and unique event where the toughness of the course is only matched by the stunning scenery of the Lake District National Park. Not just another race but highly demanding.

  • 1.5 km lake swimming
  • 59 km road cycling
Taking THE ROC into the Lake District, this is an opportunity to test your resolve and focus in one of the most inspiring locations in Europe. Face up to the mountain.
  • Sat 7 Sep
  • £230-£235
Ulverston, Cumbria, UK

THE ROC ENGLAND

Taking THE ROC into the Lake District, this is an opportunity to test your resolve and focus in one of the most inspiring locations in Europe. Face up to the mountain.

  • 1.5 km lake swimming
  • 92 km road cycling
  • 18.5 km multi terrain running
An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to road bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.
  • Sat 7 Sep
  • £49.50-£99
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Race the Sun | Lake District Keswick

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to road bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

  • 40 miles road cycling
  • 10.5 miles hiking
  • 2 miles kayaking
An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.
  • Sun 8 Sep
  • £49.50-£99
Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Race the Sun | Lake District Keswick Off-Road

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

  • 0.5 day mountain biking
  • 10.5 miles hiking
  • 2 miles kayaking
Epic mud-fuelled assault course designed by Elite Royal Marine Commandos, featuring obstacles designed to inspire greatness. Have you got what it takes to survive?
  • Sat 14 Sep
  • £53.24-£63.24
Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK

Born Survivor | Lancashire

Epic mud-fuelled assault course designed by Elite Royal Marine Commandos, featuring obstacles designed to inspire greatness. Have you got what it takes to survive?

  • Obstacle race 2
The Bury Mini and Junior Run is a great way to get active this year!
  • Sun 15 Sep
  • £8-£30
Bury, Greater Manchester, UK

Bury Mini and Junior Run

The Bury Mini and Junior Run is a great way to get active this year!

  • Fun run 2
The Bury 10K is back and is guaranteed to be a fun and friendly event for all abilities, whether you’re a beginner just starting out on your fitness journey or an experienced runner looking for a PB.
  • Sun 15 Sep
  • £22-£34
Bury, Greater Manchester, UK

Bury 10K

The Bury 10K is back and is guaranteed to be a fun and friendly event for all abilities, whether you’re a beginner just starting out on your fitness journey or an experienced runner looking for a PB.

  • 10 km road running
A multi-award winning event, three-time winner of the 'UK's Best Marathon Up to 5,000 Runners' and the UK’s only marathon from the City of Chester, plus a rare Metric Marathon on race day too!
  • Sun 6 Oct
  • £10-£59
Chester, Cheshire, UK

MBNA Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon

A multi-award winning event, three-time winner of the 'UK's Best Marathon Up to 5,000 Runners' and the UK’s only marathon from the City of Chester, plus a rare Metric Marathon on race day too!

  • Marathon
  • Half marathon
  • Fun run
Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.
  • Sun 13 Oct
  • £44
  • 10 charities
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK

Manchester Half Marathon

Round off the season with a flat and fast half on fully closed roads with some of the best crowd support around and receive your chunky medal near Old Trafford.

  • 13.1 miles road running
  • Sun 1 Sep
  • £15-£20
Preston, Lancashire, UK

Garstang Half Marathon

The 37th Garstang Half Marathon Established 1987 and still as scenic!

  • 13.1 miles road running
  • Sun 1 Sep
  • £17-£25
Morecambe, Lancashire, UK

The Golden Ball 20 Miles & Riverside 10 Mile | Riverside 10 Mile

The Golden Ball 20m Lancaster is flat and fast and Lancaster Race Series look forward to seeing you cross the line!

  • 10 miles road running

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