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Three London runs that are actually really fun

Alexandra Sims

Been staring at that same spot on the gym wall for too long? Get a change of scene on these races where breaking a sweat isn’t even the half of it. 

‘Where’s Wally?’ Fun Run

Prepare to look like a real wally on this fun run where hundreds of Londoners dress up as Martin Handford’s elusive creation to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. Friends and family can come and cheer you on – if they can spot you, that is. Clapham Common. Tube: Clapham Common. Sun Mar 17. £27.

Run with the Ancestors

You’ll feel miles away from Stratford on this 10k run taking you through 1 million years of British history. Download the app and feel like you’re racing past woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers while listening to scientists’ commentary. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Tube: Stratford. Sat Mar 16. £20.

5km Street Art Running Tour

Build up your calves and your brain on this run through spray-can-strewn east London. Spot works by Banksy, Zabou, Phlegm and more as you pound the pavements and learn all about their art and inspirations along the way. Starts at Dorsett City London Hotel. Tube: Aldgate East. Wed Mar 13. £17.

Find more alternative ways to break a sweat with our guide to London’s best alt-fitness classes.

Fed up of running solo? Check out the city’s best running groups.

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