When it comes to promoting your race, you can’t get a better head start than listing it in as many free race directories as possible. Including your race in quality directories will help increase awareness of your event, drive potential participants to your registration page and boost your website’s rankings.

We’ve scoured the length and breadth of the internet for UK’s largest and most popular free race databases that you can enter your race on with a simple user signup (if that).

And here they are!

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1. Runner’s World UK

Live races: 1,800+
Types of events listed: all running events

With the backing of UK’s largest running mag and a huge database of articles driving tons of organic traffic online, RunnersWorld.co.uk is the place to start when it comes to race listings. The site received a total revamp fairly recently and is as popular as ever with UK runners.

The RWUK database is one of the largest running databases out there and your race needs to be on it, whether it’s a 5k, obstacle race, colour run or ultra. To add your race for free click on the link below.

Add your race on RunnersWorld.co.uk (requires free user registration)

2. Fetch Everyone

Live races: about 2,000 (number only includes running races)
Types of events listed: all running and other endurance events

FetchEveryone.com has built a very active community of nearly 90,000 members (or Fetchies, as we believe the technical term is), as well as a very impressive race and results database that includes events from all major endurance disciplines. Listings are as basic as they get, which is not necessarily a bad thing as the FE directory focuses on location browsing, making it easier for runners to find local races.

Tip: Keep monitoring the bottom of your FE race entry page for Fetchies having entered your race.

Add your race on FetchEveryone.co.uk (requires free user registration)

3. The Running Bug

Live races: about 1,000
Types of events listed: all running events

Since it’s launch, The Running Bug has been going from strength to strength for good reason. The site is very well-designed, informative with a vibrant online community of runners both on TheRunningBug.co.uk and TRB’s Facebook page.

The TRB database comes with a basic but elegant listing format that allows organisers maximum flexibility in presenting their event – click below to add your event.

Add your race on TheRunningBug.co.uk (requires free user registration)

4. Time Outdoors

Live races: 3,000+ (number only includes running races)
Types of events listed: all running and other endurance events

Time Outdoors is a huge resource for anything, well, outdoors. Although it may not have the most fanatical of running audiences, like The Running Bug or Fetch Everyone, the website claims a 100k+ subscriber. It also features the largest database of UK running events we could find.

You can submit you race to the TimeOutdoors.com directory for free by clicking on the link below.

Add your race on TimeOutdoors.com (requires free user registration)

5. RaceCheck

Live races: 1,500+ (number only includes running races)
Types of events listed: all running and other endurance events

RaceCheck is another beautifully presented race database with a predominantly British footprint. Listings on the website come with full social media feed support, as well as maps and an image gallery. Participants can even leave race reviews of your race that the good folk at RaceCheck help highlight through their very active Twitter account.

To add your race on RaceCheck, click the link below to sign up to the site.

Add your race on RaceCheck.com (requires free user registration)

6. Find A Race

Live races: about 2,000 (number only includes running races)
Types of events listed: all running and other endurance events

FindARace.com is another purpose-built race discovery website with a great aesthetic. Now leveraging a network of partner websites using FAR race search widgets (including the NHS) totalling 450,000+ users, this is not a race directory to overlook. The FAR team offers a free listing to the directory that can be further promoted, if desired, for a fee across the FAR website and social media platform.

To add an event to the directory you will need to sign up for a free account and then click on the “Submit an Event” button on the dashboard side panel.

Add your race on FindARace.com (requires free user registration)

7. runABC

Live races: difficult to say given duplicate entries, probably around 1,000 or more
Types of events listed: all running events

runABC is the new name for four different regional websites: the Scottish, Northern, Midlands and Southern Running Guides, now known simply as runABC Scotland, runABC North, runABC Midlands, runABC South. Although the regional websites are meant to cater for their respective regional running communities, listings in the respective race databases are a bit more relaxed. So, you may find that runABC South includes mostly races taking place in the South with a few odd rest-of-UK and international events thrown in the mix.

Which sites you decide to add your race on is your choice, but make sure you do as this is an active online network and listings are free.

Add your race on runABC Scotland (requires free user registration)
Add your race on runABC North (requires free user registration)
Add your race on runABC Midlands (requires free user registration)
Add your race on runABC South (requires free user registration)

8. Challenge Finder

Live races: 600
Types of events listed: all running events

Not the largest of directories, but a well-conceived and user-friendly one. Challenge Finder hosts events across all running types, as well as cycling and multi-discipline sports, and hopes to become the global challenge marketplace by 2025.

To add your event on ChallengeFinder.com, all you need to do is register with the site as an organiser. Listing is free with options available to further promote your event through paid advertising.

Add your race on ChallengeFinder.com (requires free user registration)

9. Good Run Guide

Live races: 1,000+
Types of events listed: all running events

Good Run Guide has been a popular curator of running routes across the UK, offering a valuable service to runners looking for a change of scenery. Alongside its running routes directory, GRG also offers a substantial race directory presented in a nice free-text narrative format.

It is free to add your race on GoodRunGuide.co.uk under a basic listing (an ad-free Advanced listing is also available at a cost) – just click on the link below.

Add your race on GoodRunGuide.co.uk (requires free user registration)

10. Running Diary

Live races: 800+
Types of events listed: all running events

RunnindDiary.co.uk is a no-frills UK race directory that has built a considerable database over time and remains popular with runners and race organisers alike. By listing you race on RunningDiary.co.uk you get the benefit of mirroring your listing on a number of other sites that use the RunningDiary.co.uk directory. In addition, you can receive instant runner interest through RunningDiary’s race alerts service, which sends regular updates of new listings to runners looking for similar races.

It’s free to add your race on RunningDiary.co.uk and there’s also a registrations service available for your race, should you be looking for one.

Add your race on RunningDiary.co.uk (requires free user registration)

11. Racebook

Live races: 700+
Types of events listed: all running events

Racebook is brought to you by the team behind Men’s Running and Womens’ Running magazines and is another excellent directory to list your race on.

A basic listing on Racebook is free and only requires that you register as a user on the site. If you’re looking for a bit more exposure, you can opt instead for Racebook’s Enhanced or Premium listings for a monthly fee.

Add your race on Racebookuk.co.uk (requires free user registration)

12. UKRunChat

Types of events listed: all running events

You may know UKRunChat as the UK’s most popular Twitter chat about all things running. Well, they are a lot more than that these days: apart from organising their own events, they also host a race calendar for UK races on their website that anyone can add to.

The UKRunChat race directory is not the largest out there and it feels like its just being built out. Should you list? Our answer is a definitive ‘yes’.

Add your race on UKRunChat.co.uk

13. Run247

Live races: about 300
Types of events listed: road marathons, trail marathons and ultras

Run247.com has a very strong presence on Twitter with 7k+ followers and a busy Facebook page, both of which receive regular updates. Not the largest of race directories on the website, but we recommend that you register your race nonetheless due to the popularity of the entire Run247 platform.

Add your race on Run247.com (requires free registration)

14. 100 Marathon Club

Live races: 300+
Types of events listed: road marathons, trail marathons and ultras

A race calendar in its most basic form, 100MarathonClub.org.uk lists races by date and type (road marathon, trail marathon or ultra).

To submit your race, please email the admin at the email provided on the link below.

Add your race on 100MarathonClub.org.uk

15. Muddy Race

Live races: 300+
Types of events listed: obstacle and trail races

If you organise a trail or obstacle race, Muddy Race is definitely a database to consider. The site boasts 80,000 monthly visitors as well as a 2,000+ Facebook group.

MR offer two types of listing, a free listing you can submit through a form by clicking the link below and a paid entry that gets you more visibility and listing features for £10 pcm.

Add your race on MuddyRace.co.uk

16. RunUltra.co.uk

Live races: about 250 (number includes UK listings only)
Types of events listed: ultramarathons

RunUltra.co.uk maintains a significant database of ultramarathons from across the globe with about 250 UK events listed on the website. Unlike other larger directories towards the top of this list, RunUltra lists multiple event distances under a single directory entry, so the actual number of races on the database is much larger than the headline figure.

RunUltra is first and foremost a race database and the functionality, information richness and look of entries is amongst the best you’ll find. All listings come with user reviews at the bottom and the ability to add video and photo carousels to your race page, so if you decide to list make the most of it.

Add your race on RunUltra.co.uk (requires free user registration)

17. Ultramarathon Calendar

Live races: 200+
Types of events listed: ultramarathons

UltramarathonCalendar.co.uk is a simple but very popular directory of ultramarathons in the UK. All races are shown on a single searchable table ordered by date and include information ultrarunners are keen on, such as elevation and race format.

You can submit a race on UltramarathonCalendar.co.uk without registering by clicking the link below.

Add your race on UltramarathonCalendar.co.uk

18. Ultrarunning World UK

Live races: less than 100
Types of events listed: ultramarathons

A smaller directory of ultramarathons, UltrarunningWorld.co.uk is nevertheless free to list on and is regularly updated with news for the ultrarunning community. Like UltramarathonCalendar.co.uk, the listing format is simple with plenty of ultra-specific race info. No registration required to submit a race.

Add your race on UltrarunningWorld.co.uk

SEE ALSO: 19 Free International Race Directories to List Your Race On

 

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Do you know of a free UK race database not on this list? Please let us know in the comments section below.

 

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