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UK Athletics

facts and figures from runbritain 

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20 January 2016 

runbritain have collected data from 2015 and looked at the health of the UK's road running scene.

Once again, the statistics show that there has been significant growth in the number of performances recorded as well as the number of events that were on the calendar in 2015.

There is an increase of more than 1,000,000 performances between 2014 and 2015 and more exact figures for the past five years can be seen below.


Year parkrun non-parkrun total
2011 0.516m 1.081m 1.598m
2012 0.904m 1.138m 2.042m
2013 1.530m 1.206m 2.737m
2014 2.367m 1.339m 3.706m
2015 3.249m 1.472m 4.722m


Handicap score claimants

The runbritain hanidcap scoring system was launched mid-way through 2010 and each year there has been an average of almost 10,000 signing up to the system that tracks race and parkrun performances and gives every runner in the UK a handicap score that reflects fitness and commitment levels.

The year-on-year figures are:

2010 - 7,936

2011 - 16,215 (+8,273)

2012 - 29,487 (+13,272)

2013 - 39,671 (+10,184)

2014 - 50,464 (+10,793)

2015 - 60,491 (+10,027)

Events licensed online by runbritain

In addition to the below races, all weekly parkruns are insured and licensed online and offline. 

2012: 3033

2013: 3175

2014: 3254

2015: 3715

For more information on the runbritain race calendar, click here.