Summer ’17 is just around the corner, and the flowers aren’t the only thing that are beginning to appear along the roadside. The runners are back! They’ve come out of winter hibernation and are back pounding the pavements. And what better weather to get out and join them. Yes, just because we’re students doesn’t mean we can’t be fit and active, and especially around the exam period now is a great time to get your trainers out and get running, to boost our energy levels and reduce mental fatigue!

Whether your university is in the city centre or in the middle of absolutely nowhere – there’s a run for everyone regardless of your fitness levels. Here’s a quick round-up of info about our number 1 go to event for students up north (Simply Health Greater Manchester 10k run) as well as a list of other awesome runs across the country you can get involved with. (Anyone up for a colour run?)

Simply Health Greater Manchester 10k run

Right near Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University and Salford University, this run is always a popular one for us students. With music, food and entertainment from start to finish, this event is a crowd pleaser year in year out. If you’re looking for a running event where you can experience a true Manchester welcome, then look no further. The run is on 28 May 2017 – you can still sign up! 

The start line is on Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Street. En route, take in the views of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the award-winning Imperial War Museum and The Lowry. You will also pass the famous cobbles of Coronation Street’s new set. Perhaps the most significant landmark will be Beetham Tower, the 47-storey skyscraper which almost marks the finish line for you!

And afterwards, you will not only be rewarded with a pretty damn cool goodie bag, t-shirt and medal, but 25% off drinks at Beat Street for the day before and day of the run (235 Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Warehouse, Manchester, UK, M3 4EN) – running is thirsty work!

Vitality London 10,000 – Date for the diary: 29th May

Run Regents Park Date for the diary: 11th June

The Colour Run – Date for the diary: 11th June (London), 1st July (Manchester) and 23rd September (Brighton)