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Three fun London running events worth training for this summer

Matilda Egere-Cooper

So you’ve just witnessed your nearest and dearest run 26.2 miles around London and now you’re itching to smash a marathon. Steady on, Mo Farah. If you've only ever run to catch a bus, here are three events that should help you work your way up to running laps around the capital in no time.    

The Elephant Run, June 11

If you don't mind traipsing around Clapham Common dressed like an elephant, this race is for you. You can pick a 5k, 10k, or 15k distance and not only does your entry fee include the costume, but all proceeds go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to protect African Elephants. 

The Color Run presented by Skittles

The Color Run, June 12

What’s that? Big tunes? Day-glo? Multi-coloured clouds of powdered paint at every kilometre? It can only be the Colour Run – a casual 5k race so glorious, you’ll forget you’re actually doing any sort of exercise. Run rainbows around Wembley Park with your fellow unicorns and finish it off with a shed load of freebies at the end.

The Royal Park Foundation Half Marathon, October 9

This popular autumn race is 13.1 miles of gorgeous greenery and top landmarks as runners fly through four of the capital’s Royal parks. Although all the ballot places have been snapped up, you can still run for a charity, including the Royal Parks Foundation.

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