- Edinburgh Marathon Festival23MAY
Edinburgh Marathon FestivalRunning ‧ Edinburgh26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£10(13)
- St Albans Half Marathon14JUN
St Albans Half MarathonRunning ‧ St Albans13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi£8 - £32(11)
- Simplyhealth Great South Run17OCT
Simplyhealth Great South RunRunning ‧ Portsmouth10.0 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.6 mi • 0.9 mi£15(50)
- Milton Keynes Festival of Running15MAR
Milton Keynes Festival of RunningRunning ‧ Milton Keynes20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£6 - £30(1)
- Surrey Half Marathon8MAR
Surrey Half MarathonRunning ‧ Woking13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi£12 - £45(56)
- The Official 5K Rev Run12APR
The Official 5K Rev Run5k ‧ London3.1 mi£19.99
- Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend3MAY
Milton Keynes Marathon WeekendRunning ‧ Milton Keynes26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi£9 - £52
- Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, Marathon, and 10K12SEP
Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, Marathon, and 10KRunning ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi£48.50(4)
- Fun Colour Rush Nottingham21JUN
Fun Colour Rush Nottingham5k ‧ Nottingham3.1 mi£12 - £48(1)
- Fun Colour Rush Northampton 26JUL
Fun Colour Rush Northampton5k ‧ Northampton3.1 mi£12 - £48(2)
- Blackpool Music Run26JUL
Blackpool Music RunRunning ‧ Blackpool6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£8 - £26(7)
- Fun Colour Rush Reading23AUG
Fun Colour Rush Reading5k ‧ Reading3.1 mi£12 - £48
- The Great Scottish Walk and Run Festival28JUN
The Great Scottish Walk and Run FestivalRunning ‧ Edinburgh6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.6 mi£5 - £22
- Coventry Festival of Running5APR
Coventry Festival of RunningRunning ‧ Coventry13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.6 mi£15 - £38(1)
- Cheltenham Running Festival - June7JUN
Cheltenham Running Festival - JuneRunning ‧ Cheltenham13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20
- Birmingham Running Festival - February22FEB
Birmingham Running Festival - FebruaryRunning ‧ Sutton Coldfield13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£18
- RunThrough Beat Box Hill 5k & 10k20JUN
RunThrough Beat Box Hill 5k & 10kRunning ‧ Tadworth6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£26
- The Peterborough 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run9FEB
The Peterborough 5k and 10k Winter Warmer RunRunning ‧ Peterborough6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£16
- The Nottingham 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run9FEB
The Nottingham 5k and 10k Winter Warmer RunRunning ‧ Nottingham6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£16(3)
- Run Aintree 5K, 10K & Half – July26JUL
Run Aintree 5K, 10K & Half – JulyRunning ‧ Liverpool13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20(8)
- The Poole 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run15FEB
The Poole 5k and 10k Winter Warmer RunRunning ‧ Poole6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£16
- The Milton Keynes 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run16FEB
The Milton Keynes 5k and 10k Winter Warmer RunRunning ‧ Milton Keynes6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£16
- The Aberdeen 5K and 10K Winter Warmer Run23FEB
The Aberdeen 5K and 10K Winter Warmer RunRunning ‧ Aberdeen6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£16
- The Birmingham 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run8FEB
The Birmingham 5k and 10k Winter Warmer RunRunning ‧ Sutton Coldfield6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£16
About 5k events in the UK
5k (or 3.1-mile) is a great distance for all ability levels. Usually run or walked on road, they are hugely popular in the UK. Hundreds of people attend Parkruns every weekend, in 645 locations, from complete beginners taking on their first race to speedsters trying to smash a personal best. Whilst 5k runs are great for beginners, the distance is also a favourite of running legend Mo Farah. 5k runs come in many formats: night runs, colour runs, fun runs and charity runs and tend to happen all year round, regardless of weather.
What are the best 5k events?
5ks are the place to have fun. Expect fancy dress, friendly runners and maybe even a charitable cause to bring people together. Cancer Research UK host over 100 races of 5-10k in the UK each year, with varying themes. If you are looking for a big atmosphere, larger events such as the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and the Bournemouth Marathon Festival host 5k and 10k races alongside their longer flagship events.
What is a good time for a 5k run?
Finishing times for a 5k vary widely depending on your goals and whether walking or running. Finishing in under 28 minutes would be considered a good time by much of the running community. This would require you to run at 9 minutes per mile (or better) for the duration of the race. The fastest competitors can finish a 5k in under 14 minutes, whereas those who prefer to walk can take up to an hour or more.
How long should I train for a 5k?
How hard you should train depends largely of your fitness levels and experience. Those who are running for the first time and don't regularly participate in other forms of exercise should take on a 5k training programme to prepare themselves for the race. This will lower the risk of injury and also help to keep you motivated. Take a look at our 6 week training plan to get you up to speed.