When it comes to marketing your race, you can’t get a better head start than listing it in as many free race calendars as possible. Listing your race in quality race directories will help increase awareness of your event, drive 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 calendars that you can enter your race on with a simple user signup (if that).
And here they are!
Free-to-list race calendars accepting all event types and distances (see more in international race calendars)
Runner’s World UK
Live races: 1,800+
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 list your race for free click on the link below.
Let’s Do This
Live races: about 10,000
Started in 2016 by a bunch of UK racing enthusiasts, Let’s Do This is fast becoming one of the most complete race directories in the country. Clearly there’s a lot of work that has gone into designing the website and helping visitors find the event they’re looking for. Which is why yours definitely needs to be up there!
To add you race on LetsDoThis.com, you can use the form below.
Live races: 3,000+ (number only includes running races)
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.
Live races: 3,000 (number only includes running races)
Racecheck is another beautifully presented race database with a predominantly UK footprint. Race 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 list your race on Racecheck, click the link below to sign up to the site.
Find A Race
Live races: about 2,000 (number only includes running races)
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 race 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.
Live races: difficult to say given duplicate entries, probably around 1,000 or more
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 list your race on is your choice, but make sure you do as this is an active online network and race listings are free.
Add a race listing on runABC Scotland (requires free user registration)
Add a race listing on runABC North (requires free user registration)
Add a race listing on runABC Midlands (requires free user registration)
Add a race listing on runABC South (requires free user registration)
Live races: about 2,000 (number only includes running races)
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. Race 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.
Good Run Guide
Live races: 1,000+
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 list your race on GoodRunGuide.co.uk under a basic listing (an ad-free Advanced race listing is also available at a cost) – just click on the link below.
Live races: 800+
RunningDiary 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 race 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.
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’.
Marathon & Half-Marathon Race Calendars
Free-to-list race calendars specifically for marathons and half marathons (see more in international race calendars).
100 Marathon Club
Live races: 300+
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, click on the link below and email the admin at the email provided at the bottom of the page.
Ultramarathon Race Calendars
A few more directories to try, if you’re planning an ultramarathon (see more in international race calendars).
Live races: about 250 (number includes UK listings only)
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 race 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.
Live races: 200+
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.
Ultrarunning World UK
Live races: less than 100
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 race listing format is simple with plenty of ultra-specific race info. No registration required to submit a race.
Mud, Obstacle, Trail & Adventure Race Calendars
A collection of free-to-list race calendars specifically catering to the mud, obstacle, trail and adventure racing scenes (see more in international race calendars).
Live races: 300+
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 race 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.
Live races: 300+
UKOCR is a great new portal for OCR enthusiasts that’s grown through the efforts of a few passionate racers and OCR RDs into a key resource for the sport in the UK.
With 30k+ visitors per month, listing your obstacle race on UKOCR is an absolute must – and it’s as easy as filling in a form (no user registration required).
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