1. A flat and fast course
Three laps of flat, wide paths make this an ideal event for PB-chasers and first-time racers alike.
While we can’t promise you’ll definitely smash your best time, you’re in with a decent shot.
2. Gorgeous running surroundings
The Pride Run takes place in Victoria Park. Bounded on two sides by canals, it’s one of the capital’s most-visited green spaces with around 9 million visits a year.
It’s also a rather lovely place to run.
3. A fun, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere
‘We pride ourselves on being a race for runners from all backgrounds and of all abilities,’ says Race Director Minesh Patel.
‘We’re a 10k full of character as well – look out for rainbows, tutus and even unicorns as you complete those laps and cross the finish line.’
4. The weather is (usually) good
The great British weather may have become even less predictable of late.
But with the run happening in mid-September, conditions are likely to be warm but not too warm and, with any luck, dry.
5. A fun run for families
Taking place on the same day as the main race, the Pride Run Fun Run is a 2k race for all those aged 4–14 and their families.
6. You’ll get a fabulous Pride-themed medal
Let’s face it, most race medals are much of a muchness.
Only the Pride Run 10k has a gorgeous rainbow-themed medal you’ll never want to take off.
7. A fun after-party
The People’s Park Tavern pub is once again hosting the official post-race social, a short walk from the finish line.
Head there after your run for a burger, beers, prize giving and a raffle. Go on, you’ve earned it.
8. You’ll support a great LGBT+ charity
Since the Pride Run started, it has raised over £50,000 for LGBT+ charities.
This year’s race will be raising funds for Micro Rainbow International Foundation. They do fantastic work to support LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers – both in the UK and abroad – with things like employment, housing and social inclusion.
9. Meeting London Frontrunners
Come race day, you won’t be able to move for the red and white vests of London’s inclusive LGBT+ running club.
OK, that’s an exaggeration. But London Frontrunners will be out in force, and we’re a friendly bunch so come and say hi.
10. If you’re not running, you can volunteer
Finally, if running’s just not your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer.
Whether it’s helping set up, marshalling or handing out goody bags, volunteers are what make the Pride Run such a special event.