A new infographic from MoneySuperMarket has spotlighted the best cities in the UK for running, swimming, cycling, triathlon and obstacle events. According to financial advice website MoneySuperMarket:
- London was the number one endurance sport hotspot
- Coventry has the most options overall outside of the UK capital
- Manchester had the highest number of cycling events in 2016
A release from MoneySuperMarket adds that endurance sports are more popular than ever before; and London has been found to be the UK location with the best options in endurance sport events across running, swimming, cycling, triathlons and obstacle courses.
While the capital’s presence at the top of the list may not be a surprise due to its high population density and size, the next most popular city for endurance sports was Coventry in the Midlands, which… ‘had the highest number of triathlons nearby out of all the cities researched, as well as some of the lowest average costs to enter each of the events, making it an excellent choice for endurance sport lovers looking for a location outside of London.’
- Greater London – London had the highest number of events in all sports save for triathlons, with its weakest point being a midrange score for obstacle courses or mud runs, such as Tough Mudder.
- Coventry – Coventry had the highest number of triathlons at 30 events, beating London by one – but also having a significantly lower average cost at only £25.54, compared to London’s £40.20 and a national average of £47.75.
- Greater Manchester – Manchester scored highest individually for cycling events, with 136 in total – more than London (113 events), but at an average cost of £24, compared to London’s £9.65.
- Bath – Bath had the third most running events in the country, and scored fourth on triathlons and obstacle courses, with an average cost of £28.14 across all sports, compared to a national average of £28.14.
- Birmingham – Birmingham came fifth on swimming and triathlons, but only had 56 events overall, compared to London’s 356 and Manchester’s 175. Its average event cost was £28.69, slightly higher than the national average of £28.14.
While London was the city with the most major swimming events (18 annually), Peterborough was the second best option. It had 9 major events, 6.5 higher than the UK average, and a cost of £20, which was £1.49 lower than the national average cost.
London was once again the top city when it came to running events, with access to over 170 events according to MoneySuperMarket, and an average cost of £29.39 (compared to a national average of £27.55); but the next top location was Aberdeen – where the number of events was low, at only 4, but the average cost was £9.96, £17.58 lower than the average.
The most event-dense location outside of London was Portsmouth, with 34 events during 2016, and an average cost of £28.20.