Top 10 Boxing Day Races

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Boxing Day running races

For many, Boxing Day means turkey sandwiches, games of Monopoly and watching repeats of Home Alone. For us crazy runner types, it means that too. But first, a race! Drag a few reluctant family members along with you and earn those treats!

To help you on your way, we've listed ten of our favourite:

1. Round the Lakes 10k - Poole

Starting of course with our local offering, the annual Round the Lakes 10k sees local runners drag themselves round the lake in Poole Park several times before being handed a bottle of bubbly at the end. 

2. Pinewood Trails 5k - Slough

Leave the piles of hastily torn wrapping paper and head off to Black Park Country Park! Run around the boundaries of the famous Pinewood Studios and return to the finish at the country park.

3. Devils Punch Bowl 3.5m Fun Run - Hindhead

3.5 miles taking in Hindhead Commons, Gibbet Hill and the Devils Punch Bowl, this race provides the option to have a winter ale at the 2 mile point! Enter here

4. Leyland Boxing Day 10k - Worden Park, Leyland

Work off that turkey and trifle/Christmas pudding, with a Boxing Day run around Worden Park, Leyland.

5. The 43rd Saltwood Boxing Day 10k - Hythe

This is an off roader sure to get you coated in a refreshing coat of mud - people pay a fortune for that at a spa! Enter in advance by emailing them here, or on the day.

6. Glynneath Boxing Day 5 Mile Road Race - Glynneath (Nr Port Talbot)

Fast and flat, this is run that attracts a number of club runners - Boxing Day or not. A closed-road course, this popular race has been , ahem 'running', since 1986. Enter here - be quick!

7. Witham Running Club 5 Miler - Witham

Get to Witham Rugby Club for 11am and you'll find a race with the perfect combo of being on-road, yet rural and certified by UKA. Find out more here

8. East Hull Harriers Boxing Day 10k - Hull

To the north-east of the city, Sutton Park plays host to this Boxing Day 10k, taking runners on a looped course out to Ganstead and back. More here

9. Aylesbury Boxing Day 5k - Aylesbury

A race that really is at the hear of the local community, with the course taking entrants around the Market Square, before racing around the town centre and finishing in Kingsbury Square. Find out more here.

10. Essar Chester Round the Walls 6k(ish) - Chester

Now in it's 46th year this claims to be one of the oldest in the country! Starting and finishing at Chester Racecourse (also one of the oldest in the country), this is the perfect way to 'horse around' on Boxing Day. Sorry. More here

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