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Racecheck reveals UK’s best 2019 endurance events as rated by athletes


Racecheck has announced 51 endurance events that have been rated as the highest performing races across the UK by participating athletes. More than double the number of events have qualified for a 2019 Racecheck Athlete-Rated Award over the previous year. According to race review site Racecheck, this ‘demonstrates the growing trend of reviews being recognised as a key driver in consumer decision making.’

‘The awards are based 100% on actual race participant experiences with the criteria being a minimum of 30 reviews and a rating of 4.6 or above.’

The company adds that peer reviews and recommendations are a key driver in encouraging sign ups; and event winners of the Racecheck Athlete-Rated Awards in 2018 have ‘reported unprecedented growth on the back of the accolade.’

All award-winning events will receive award badges for use in their own 2020 marketing activity, priority listing on Racecheck, inclusion in a wider awards marketing campaign and free review widgets for their websites. This profiles reviews and recommendations as athletes make the decision on signing up online.


  • 2019 sees the first cycling and swimrun events qualifying as top-rated event categories on Racecheck.
  • The event with most reviews is the British Airways Run Gatwick with 657 reviews.
  • Swim event organiser Henley Swim gets an award for every event it hosts (four open water swimming events).

Racecheck Co-Founder, Alex Tanti said “It’s great to see such an uplift in events qualifying. We hope these awards inspire athletes when looking for the next challenge. Thank you to all athletes who shared their race experience by posting a race review and to all organisers who believe in Racecheck and want to make their events the best they can possibly be.”

2019 top rated events

  • Top rated obstacle race: Commando at Hever Castle, with 4.72/5 score (also won award in 2018)
  • Top rated swim: Thames Marathon (14km Henley to Marlow), 4.91/5 (also won award in 2017 and 2018)
  • Top rated triathlon: The Lakesman Triathlon, 4.97/5 (also won award in 2018)
  • Top rated road run: London Marathon, 4.88/5
  • Top rated off-road run: Birch Challenge, 4.95/5
  • Top rated swimrun: Hokey Cokey, 4.92/5
  • Top rated cycling: Kelly’s Cycle Challenge, 4.78/5

Gold Award events
The Hilly Helmet Challenge 4.94/5
The RAT — Roseland August Trail 4.92/5
Manvers Dusk Till Dawn 4.89/5
St Illtyds Trail Race 4.89/5
Selkie Henley Classic 4.88/5
Gato Sports Head Torch 10K — December 4.88/5
Club to Pub 4.87/5
Salcey Forest Winter 4.87/5
Eastbourne Triathlon 4.86/5
Dirt Half Challenge 4.86/5
The Longhorn 4.85/5
The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon 4.85/5
Breakfast Run Loseley 4.85/5
Thoresby 10 4.84/5
Outdoor Swimmer Henley Swim Festival 4.83/5
Virtual Runner Live — January 4.83/5
New2tri — Open 2 the Elements 4.82/5
London Landmarks Half Marathon 4.80/5

Silver award events
Frome Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Family Run 4.79/5
Intersport Run Reigate 4.79/5
The Ciderthon 4.78/5
Hard as Snails Run 4.75/5
JCP Swansea Half Marathon 4.74/5
British Airways Gatwick Family Run 4.74/5
Polar Bear Challenge (previously Big Bear Challenge) 4.73/5
The Fox 4.72/5
Devizes Half Marathon and Fun Run 4.72/5
MK Marathon Weekend 4.70/5

Bronze award events
ASDA Foundation Yorkshire Marathon 4.69/5
Trail Monkey Double Top Ultra Marathon 4.69/5
MK Rocket 5K 4.69/5
Castle Howard Run Series 4.69/5
British Airways Run Gatwick 4.65/5
Twickenham 5km Stadion Race 4.65/5
Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon 4.63/5
Grant & Stone Marlow 5 4.63/5
Run Silverstone — November 4.63/5
Swindon Half Marathon 4.62/5
Brighton Marathon 4.6/5
Kelly’s Cross Country 10th Anniversary Run 4.6/5
Chessington Running Wild 4.6/5
The Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon 4.6/5
Surrey Half Marathon 4.6/5
The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon 4.6/5

Racecheck’s Alex Tanti continued, “Data from a Trustpilot Study shows that 61% of consumers read online reviews before purchasing and on the flip side 92% have difficulty purchasing with no review. Reviews have an ability to increase both consumer knowledge and brand trust; and our platform helps organisers share these independent reviews to drive event credibility and growth.”




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