Racecheck reveals the best events of 2019 as rated by participating athletes

Yvonne Turner
Jan 17 · 4 min read

Racecheck has today announced the 51 races 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 year before, again demonstrating the growing trend of reviews being recognised as a key driver in consumer decision making.

The awards are unique in the industry, based 100% on actual race participant experiences with the criteria being a minimum of 30 reviews and a rating of 4.6 or above. 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 the wider awards marketing campaign and free review widgets for their websites* profiling reviews and recommendations as athletes make the decision on signing up.

· 2019 sees the first cycling and Swimrun events qualifying as a top-rated event categories

· Event with most reviews is the British Airways Run Gatwick with a stunning 657 reviews

· Swim event organiser Henley Swim gets an award for every event they host (four celebrated open water swimming events)

Racecheck Co-Founder, Alex Tanti comments: “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.”


Top Rated Obstacle Race; Commando at Hever Castle 4.72/5 (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


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


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


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

Alex Tanti continues: “Data from the 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.”

Event organisers interested in learning more about the impartial review platform, Racecheck, and how reviews can help convert race entries can contact Racecheck at katerina@racecheck.com.

Racecheck is a platform helping athletes find, book and plan great endurance events through the power of race reviews, while also helping organisers promote their races to a highly targeted audience and generate more sign-ups.

*Top performing event winners get a free widget for a year and other award winners can enjoy the widget free for a month.


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Our website and mobile app bring the global endurance community together, offering event search, registration, sharing of experiences through tens of thousands of race reviews and the connection of participants — all in one welcoming community.

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