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The Must-See UK Sporting Events of 2020

13th February 2020

While the Tokyo Olympics is the main meal on the 2020 sporting calendar, the UK will still serve its fair share of memorable courses. From Europe’s biggest football tournament to the next instalment in tennis’ most prestigious contest, here are the pencilled in UK-based sporting events you cannot miss this year:

The Grand National 

On April 4, Aintree maintains its 181-year run as the venue for Europe’s most valuable steeplechase. The Grand National is an event that has become ingrained in British culture. Horse racing fanatics are joined by the general public, where the fun of betting on their favourite runner – whether it’s down to analysing the odds or due to a witty name – enhances the thrill of the race. 

This year’s event adds an extra element of intrigue. If entered, Tiger Roll will be attempting to add an extra layer to its already legendary career. After finishing first in the previous two races, this dynamo is in line to become the first-ever horse to win three consecutive National’s. 

World Snooker Championship 

Snooker can offer twists and turns, unlike any other sport, with players having to battle their own minds more than their opponents. This mental fortitude is tested at one event more than any other: the World Snooker Championship. 

Starting in the middle of April and finishing on May 4, this year’s world championship is sure to throw together an exciting mixture of drama, tactical battles, and mesmerising break building. 

Judd Trump, after finally realising his potential, will return to defend the crown he emphatically won the previous year. His defence of the title won’t be easy, however, as some of snooker’s greatest players – including John Higgins, Neil Robertson, and Ronnie O’Sullivan – will be aiming to add to their world title tallies. 

London Marathon 

As far as marathons go, none are bigger in the UK than the London Marathon. Taking place on April 26 in the capital (of course), this 26.2-mile trek is completed by some of the world’s best long-distance runners. Sadly, local hero, Mo Farah won’t be competing as he focuses on the Olympics. 

Although the main race is popular, the real fun of the London Marathon is the general public taking part. A mix of amateur runners, celebrities, and those in fancy dress all compete for the sake of raising money for charity. Last year, more than 40,000 competitors helped to fundraise and generate a staggering £1 billion for charity

Euro 2020

As a celebration of the tournament’s 60th birthday, Euro 2020 is taking on a unique format this time around. Instead of being based in just one area, the competition will take place in 12 different countries across the continent between June and July. The countries include Scotland and England. 

Scotland will host both a group and a round of 16 games. England, however, is responsible for the semi-finals and the final of this historic tournament. The final will happen on July 12 at Wembley Stadium. 

For England to lift the trophy on home soil, they will have to overcome 23 other teams, including Italy, the Netherlands, and current champions Portugal. Outside of the United Kingdom, other matches will take place across cities such as Dublin, Baku, and Bilbao. 


The grandest stage in tennis is always an event worth marking in the calendar. Starting at the end of June, Wimbledon serves up thrilling action alongside a hefty quantity of strawberries and cream. Fun fact: almost 200,000 strawberries and cream portions were consumed at last year’s tournament. 

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will both be returning to defend their men’s and women’s singles titles respectively. Legendary tennis figures, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams, will attempt to add to their glittering accomplishments. There’s also hope Andy Murray will quell his injury problems to mark his first Wimbledon singles appearance since 2017.  

Amusingly, the final of the men’s singles final is July 12. The same date as the culmination of Euro 2020. This ensures this Sunday will be one to remember – and one where a clear scheduled is highly recommended! 

The Open

Between the 16th and 19th of July, Royal St George’s will host one of golf’s four major tournaments. The Open isn’t simply a major, either. Beginning all the way back in 1860, this four-day event is known as the world’s oldest golf competition. 

Irishman Shane Lowry, who won with a six-shot lead in 2019, will return to defend his Claret Jug against a field of 155 other players. As for that 155, the number will be made up with famous names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy.

British Grand Prix

As part of the annual Formula One World Championship since 1950, the British Grand Prix will happen on July 19 at the legendary Silverstone Circuit. The British race has the distinction of being the oldest on the world championship calendar, which provides the event with an even greater level of prestige. 

Lewis Hamilton, who is on course to match Michael Schumacher’s record seven Formula One drivers’ titles, will be seeking to repeat his winning performance from last year. If he does, the home favourite – arguably the greatest Formula One driver of all time – will add to his record six wins at the British Grand Prix. 

Quilter Internationals 

The 2020 Quilter Internationals is a feast for rugby fans. Scheduled throughout November, the England national team will attempt to turn Twickenham into a fortress with four back-to-back matches against world-class opposition. 

While one opponent is still to be announced, it has been revealed England will welcome Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand for the Quilter series. Each game will be savoured by enthusiasts, but interest is taken to the next level when the All Blacks arrive in the capital. 

The New Zealand game is scheduled for November 7. Although the All Blacks have a much superior head-to-head record, England will be looking to extend their winning streak after stunning New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.

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