The Bupa London 10,000 is organised by the same team behind the London Marathon so offers all the same elements of a mass participation race as its famous long distance predecessor. This means everyone from Olympians to beginners can take part and there are designated race entries for club runners and charities.

New to running and (almost) full of enthusiasm, Victoria Thake, 34, a journalist from Greenwich, London, reveals how she survived the Bupa London 10k and why it meant more to her than just a run…

This fitness centre in the Canary Islands is a haven for sports fans. The complex has a running track, Olympic-size swimming pool and stages 5k, 10k and half marathon races every week, as well as triathlon and cycling events.

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