If you're making a new year's resolution to exercise more and improve your fitness, you might find signing up to a sporting challenge helpful.

There are lots of great fitness events taking place in 2017 to help motivate you and achieve your goals , including half marathons, 10K's and cycling races.

Farnborough Half Marathon and 5K

About: The inaugural winter Farnborough Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run will start and finish at the historic Airship Hangar structure in Farnborough Business Park. The first 5km of the largely flat and rural route will be traffic-free, as it will double as a fun run, open to all runners over the age of eight years (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult).

When: January 22, half marathon starts 9am and 5K fun run starts 9.30am

Where: Farnborough Airport, Farnborough , GU14 6XA

Sign up: To enter online, go here . Entries close on January 16 unless capacity has been reached before that date

Farnborough Half Marathon will take place on January 22, 2017

Surrey Hills Tri-Adventure

About: The event involves races and activities, including trail running , mountain biking and navigation to challenge people of all levels. Adventure racing is one of the fastest growing multi-sports in the UK and is quickly gaining momentum as more and more people discover it.

When: February 5, registration opens at 8.30am and races open at 10am

Where: Thursley Cricket Ground, Dyehorse Road, Thursley, near Godalming , GU8 6QD

Sign up: Confirm your place online at triadventure.co.uk

Enjoy the great outdoors

Hampton Court Half Marathon

About: The original Hampton Court Half Marathon is run over a fast, flat and visually interesting course that borders the riverside grounds of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

When: February 19 at 8.30am

Where: The race will start and finish in the grounds of Esher College in Thames Ditton

Sign up: Confirm your place online at hamptoncourthalf.com

Brighton Half Marathon

About: A beautiful seafront course, amazing crowd support and one of the first half marathons on the running calendar.

When: February 26, race starts at 9am

Where: Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1EN

Sign up: Confirm your place online at brightonhalfmarathon.com

Thorpe Park Half Marathon

About: From the organisers that brought you Hampton Court Half Marathon , Runthrough events will be launching a fully road closed half marathon run in Thorpe starting and finishing at the famous family attraction Thorpe Park .

When: February 26 at 9.30am

Where: Thorpe Park , Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PN

Sign up: Confirm your place online at thorpeparkhalf.com

Surrey Half Marathon and 5K

About: Surrey Half Marathon 2017 is set to be "bigger and better" than ever when thousands of runners take to Woking's roads to beat personal targets and raise funds for charity. There will be a new 5km run alongside the half marathon and children's 2km fun run.

When: March 12

Where: Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9BA

Sign up: Secure your place online at surreyhalfmarathon.co.uk

Fleet Half Marathon

About: Since the first event in 1982, thousands of runners have completed the race which is an ideal build-up to the London Marathon. It is a gently undulating course with a good chance to achieve your personal best time. The course is traffic-free.

When: March 19 at 10.30am

Where: Calthorpe Park, Hitches Lane, Fleet, GU51 5JA

Sign up: Secure your place online at fleethalfmarathon.com

Fleet Half Marathon 2016

Reading Half Marathon

About: Starting in the stunning parkland of Green Park, you will run through the town centre, pass the university campus and on to the Madejski Stadium.

When: March 19, race starts at 10.15am

Where: Runners start from Green Park near the Madejski Stadium

Entry: Secure your place online at readinghalfmarathon.com

Richmond Half Marathon

About: Following a scenic route with plenty of history, this race takes in one of the most beautiful urban courses on the outskirts of Surrey, passing Kew Gardens, Ham House, Teddington Lock and Richmond Green. There is also a 10K run and 'mini mile'.

When: March 19, 10K starts 8am, half marathon starts 6.30am-8.55am

Where: Old Deer Park, Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2AZ

Sign up: Secure your place online at richmondhalf.com

Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

About: The route is a mix of coast, city and parks, along which runners will pass impressive local landmarks including Bargate, QE2 Anchor and St Mary's Stadium. There is also a half marathon and a 10K race.

When: April 23, marathon starts 9am, half marathon starts 10am, 10K starts 10.45am

Where: Guildhall, West Marlands Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP

Sign up: Secure your place online at abpsouthamptonhalf.co.uk

RideLondon

About: Professional and amateur riders can now sign up to the Mayor of London's 2017 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling. It combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race.

When: July 28-30

Where: Various points including The Mall and LeeValley VeloPark, London

Sign up: Secure your place online at prudentialridelondon.co.uk

Run Reigate and 10K

About: Held every year in aid of good causes, the event will see competitors take part in either the half marathon or a 10K race . It's a real family fun event complete with a food village selling burgers, bacon rolls, beer, hog roast and pizza, plus live music and free activities for children.

When: September 17, 10K starts 9am, half marathon starts 9.15am, kids' race (4-15 years) starts 12pm

Where: Priory Park, Bell Street, Reigate , RH2 7R

Sign up: Secure your place online at jellyfish.co.uk/runreigate . Registration closes on September 16 at 9pm

Run Reigate 2016

Surrey Hills Challenge

About: People of all ages and fitness can participate in four different running and walking challenges. The Greensand Way will form the backdrop to the event where the super fit can face the ultimate challenge with The Ultra, a 60km run, The Half, no ordinary walk (or run) in the park of 21km, The Ten, a fast and furious 10km or The Five, a family challenge 5km event.

When: September 24, staggered times from 6am

Where: Surrey Hills Area on the Greensand Way

Sign up: Secure your place online at surreyhillschallenge.com . Entries close on September 22 at 12pm