Sporting Events in London 2016
Need some inspiration for a sporting challenge or new hobby in 2016? A quick glance at the London sporting event calendar will have you itching to get out and give a new activity a go.
London Marathon - 24 April
Every year, thousands of runners pound the pavement from Blackheath to The Mall for one of the world’s biggest marathons. And if you’re a Londoner, you’ve got yourself a front row ticket to one of the best sporting events of the year for free. You’ll be able to bag yourself a spot along the 26.2 mile route from which to watch some of the best runners on the planet battle it out at the front end of the race, but stick around to watch the masses too and get inspired to take part.
Inspired? Try starting small with a 5k. Parkrun puts on free 5k races in parks across the Uk and has locations across the capital.
FA Cup - 21 May
The culmination of the football season, the FA Cup is the highlight of every football fan’s year. if you’re not lucky enough to get tickets, pick a side and head to the pub to cheer on your team. And if it’s a local team that take the trophy, don’t forget about the open-top bus parade to thank the fans a couple of days later.
Inspired? Get your mates together and book a 5-a-side football pitch, or join a league. Power League has pitches across London.
Boat Race - 27 March
Last year, the epic battle between Oxford and Cambridge universities made history by having the women’s race on the same course as the men’s. While it’s commonly refered to as ‘The’ boat race, there’s actually four races on the day and with a free view along the Thames, it’s one of the best value sporting events of the year.
Inspired? It’s never too late to learn something new, so why not give rowing a go. The London Rowing Club has beginner friendly courses for you to try your hand.
Wimbledon - 27 June 10 July
Any event which is as much about the food and drink as it is about the sporting prowess on display gets my vote. Grab your strawberries and cream and mix up some Pimms, the summer wouldn’t be summer without Wimbledon.
Inspired? Has Andy’s recent success motivated you to dust off your racquet? The Lawn Tennis Association has been running Tennis Tuesdays to help get people into tennis.
Ride London - 30-31 July
A fairly new event on the London sporting Calendar (it’s been running for just three years) but already a popular one, Ride London takes over the city for two whole days. On the Saturday the women’s pros race around the streets of London while the Sunday sees the men’s peloton head out to the Surrey hills and back finishing as always with a nail-biting sprint down The Mall. Just like the London Marathon, there’s a mass participation event to watch too, and you might just spot a few famous faces going past on their bikes.
Inspired? Try out a few spin classes, perfect for getting bike fit during the colder wet months. Cyclebeat will get you started.
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Laura Fountain is a writer and running coach living in London. She’s run 15 marathons, a couple of ultra marathons and a few triathlons, but not that long ago she couldn't run 400 meters. She's the author of two books 'The Lazy Runner' and 'Tricurious', and the blog Lazy Girl Running. Laura is a qualified running coach and personal trainer, and uses her experience to help beginner runners work towards their goals.