5k Runs in the United Kingdom

5k (or 3.1miles) is one of the most popular distances for running events. These races are often hugely enjoyable, getting the local community, friends, family, kids, and even dogs involved! If you're just starting as a runner, this is a great distance. Beginners should aim to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, and more regular runners can set themselves a challenge of finishing in under 20 minutes. The most popular regular events are Parkruns, which are now held in over 650 locations across the UK, so it is easy to find a 5k race near you. These are great for maintaining fitness or aiming for a new PB. Fun runs always have a great atmosphere, and give you an opportunity to get into your favourite fancy dress, and get covered in coloured paint, bubbles, or mud. Alternatively, some of the most popular running festivals offer a 5km option, such as the Sydney Running Festival, which has over 35,000 participants each year.
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  • OCT19

    Simplyhealth Great South Run

    Portsmouth, South East, United Kingdom

    Experience the south coasts best 10 mile event and celebrate everything that's great about Portsmouth. If you're looking for a PB, this flat and...

    £15 - £21
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10 Miles
  • MAY23

    Edinburgh Marathon Festival

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K race? The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has them all. The course starts in the city of Edinburgh and takes you along...

    £10 - £45
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JUN14

    St Albans Half Marathon

    St Albans, East of England, United Kingdom

    A community focused event, St Albans Half Marathon aims to raise money for local charities and organisations as well as put on a great day out for all the...

    £8 - £32
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • MAR8

    Surrey Half Marathon

    Woking, South East, United Kingdom

    Surreys largest half marathon boasts UKA sanctioning and the British Association of Road Races (BARR) Gold Award for outstanding race management. The Mercer...

    £12 - £38
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT6

    Bournemouth Marathon Festival

    Bournemouth, South West, United Kingdom

    Stunning seaside views, a chance to run on two piers, and a spectacular finish make this event one to remember. Runners will get the chance to feel the...

    £17.50 - £53.50
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT13

    Exeter’s Great West Run

    Exeter, South West, United Kingdom

    This is a fantastic half marathon taking place on fully closed roads. Featuring plenty of on course entertainment, the 3 different distance choices are open...

    £5.50 - £43
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • DEC8

    RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - December

    Chichester, South East, United Kingdom

    Join us for a unique opportunity to run a Half Marathon, Marathon, 20 mile, 10k & 5k at Goodwood Motor Circuit organised by RunThrough Events. Run at...

    £21
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • SEP29

    RunThrough Beat Box Hill 5k & 10k - September

    Tadworth, South East, United Kingdom

    Zig zag road will be closed for only the 3rd ever time (one of those three was for the London 2012 Olympics) for you to be able to run it. Box Hill lies...

    £25
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT5

    Run Aintree - October

    Liverpool, North West, United Kingdom

    Join us for a unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, best known for annually holding the world-famous...

    £18 - £26
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT13

    Guildford 10K

    Guildford, South East, United Kingdom

    Starting from the cobbled high street in Guildford town centre, participants will follow a professionally marked and measured route out through Burpham,...

    £21 - £45
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV17

    The Brighton 10K

    Brighton, United Kingdom

    The Brighton 10k is one of the South East's longest running 10k road race and the oldest 10k in Brighton and Hove. Established by Brighton and...

    £20 - £22
    • Running
    • 5k
  • DEC1

    Running Grand Prix Oulton Park – December

    Little Budworth, North West, United Kingdom

    Outlon Park has been home to many motor racing events since the 1950s and has previously hosted the British Touring Car Championship, British F3 and British...

    £18 - £30
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC8

    Do It For Charity Santa Run – Victoria Park, London

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Hitch up your sleigh for Londons largest Santa Run and bring a flash of red to the streets of London with thousands of runners dressed as Santa Claus to...

    Charity Tickets
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC15

    Run Aintree - December

    Liverpool, North West, United Kingdom

    Join us for the final chance to run a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon in 2019 at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, best known for annually holding the...

    £18 - £26
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT6

    Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

    Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

    The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly...

    £5 - £57
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT19

    Birmingham Running Festival

    Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    Come and join us for the BRAND NEW Birmingham Running Festival at the wonderful Sutton Park. With the option to run a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon distance...

    £18
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • JUL26

    Blackpool Music Run

    Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

    Join us for another Blackpool Music Run 10K and 5K Fun Run, with live music on performance areas along Blackpool Promenade!

    The run will start and...

    £8 - £24
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT27

    RunThrough Bedford Autodrome Grand Prix – October

    Bedford, East of England, United Kingdom

    Come and run a chip timed 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or marathon around the flat and fast Bedford Autodrome.

    Designed from scratch by former F1 driver...

    £18 - £30
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC14

    RunThrough Olympic Park 5k & 10k - December

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Come and run a chip timed 5k or 10k through the incredible grounds of Londons Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The RunThrough Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 5k...

    £24
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT6

    Plymouth 10K & 5K

    Plymouth, South West, United Kingdom

    Plymouth 10K holds an undulating course, suitable for runners of all abilities. Starting in the city centre, you'll head out towards Marsh Mills along...

    £8 - £25
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT12

    Victoria Park 5K, 10K & Half - October

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Looking for a PB course, or wanting to try out a new distance this is the race for you. Come and run a chip timed 5k, 10k or Half Marathon around the wide,...

    £18 - £26
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR15

    MK Half Marathon & Festival of Running

    Milton Keynes, South East, United Kingdom

    The festival consists of a family friendly or super-swift 5k event, our classic 10k distance race, our ever popular half marathon distance race and our 20...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV16

    Victoria Park 5K, 10K & Half - November

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Come and run a chip timed 5k, 10k or Half Marathon around the wide, flat paths of Victoria Park on Saturday 16th November 2019. Whether you are finishing...

    £18 - £26
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT20

    Thoresby 10

    Newark, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    Thoresby10 is back for our annual autumnal trail run in the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Park, north Nottinghamshire. Choose from a race over 10k or...

    £8 - £45
    • Running
    • 10 Miles
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • NOV24

    The Great Skipton Santa Fun Run

    Skipton, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    The run takes place with the help of officers from Skipton Town Council and from Craven District Council and in addition to many of the runners own...

    £8 - £15
    • Running
    • 5k
  • DEC15

    Christmas Victoria Park 5k,10k & Half Marathon

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Join us for the Christmas Victoria Park event. Get into the Christmas spirit and run a chip timed 5k, 10k & Half Marathon around the flat and wide paths...

    £18 - £26
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC22

    Wimbledon Christmas Run

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Come and spread the Christmas spirit by running a 5k or 10k around the beautiful Wimbledon Common and earn those extra mince pies and roast...

    £24
    • Running
    • 5k
  • SEP28

    The Tissington Trail Half Marathon Weekend

    Buxton, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    The Tissington Trail Half Marathon has established itself as a real favourite with runners, often selling out months in advance, and we hold this race on...

    £10 - £28
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • JAN12

    The Oundle New Year 10K & 5K

    Oundle, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    Looking to get fit in the New Year? Then why not join us in the historic market town of Oundle, for the Oundle New Year 10K. Also new for this year, we will...

    £3 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • FEB2

    The Cardiff 5k & 10k Winter Warmer Run

    Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

    A chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. So come on, let's do this! Secure your...

    £16 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV10

    RunThrough Heaton 5k, 10k & Half Marathon – November

    Manchester, North West, United Kingdom

    This large park, just north of Manchester and home to a Grade 1 listed neoclassical 18th century house, is the perfect setting for a fun and frantic day...

    £20 - £24
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR1

    Rushcliffe 10K and Fun Run

    Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom
    £1 - £17
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV2

    The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running

    Aylesbury, South East, United Kingdom

    Following the success of our inaugural March Festival of Running, we return to Buckinginhamshire for an autumn edition.

    The festival includes a...

    £5 - £22
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • 10 Miles
  • NOV30

    Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

    Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    Join the Time2RunEvents Team for this Festive 2 Days of Running around the National Water Sports Center in Nottingham. Both Days There will be Live Music,...

    £6 - £38
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • FEB22

    The Glasgow 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run

    Saltmarket, Scotland, United Kingdom

    A chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. So come on, let's do this! Secure your...

    £16
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT31

    London Halloween 5k & 10k

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Under the moonlight, run a chip timed 5k or 10k around the flat and fast grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to the 2012 London Olympics, but...

    £22
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN26

    Farnborough Winter Half Marathon & 5k Fun Run

    Farnborough, South East, United Kingdom

    Sunday 26th January is an important date for Farnborough as it hosts the fourth Farnborough Half Marathon, an instant success, it has sold out every year...

    Free - £35
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB9

    The Nottingham 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run

    Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    A chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. So come on, let's do this! Secure your...

    £16 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV30

    The Chasewater Pudding Dash

    Burntwood, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    Why not get the festive season off to flying start and join us for the Chasewater Christmas Pudding Dash 10k & 5k?

    This festive race uses the...

    £12 - £17
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • FEB1

    The Bristol 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run

    Long Ashton, South West, United Kingdom

    A chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. So come on, let's do this! Secure your...

    £16
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • MAR8

    Victoria Park 5K, 10K & Half – March

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Come and run a chip timed 5k, 10k, or half marathon through the incredible grounds of Londons Victoria Park. This course is not only flat and fast, but also...

    £18 - £26
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC15

    Muddy Welly

    Crowthorne, South East, United Kingdom

    The rose between two thorns, the Mapledurham 10 is back for a 5th year, at the great Wellington College. Time to take a beather with a choice of either a...

    £20
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • FEB16

    The Milton Keynes 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run

    Milton Keynes, South East, United Kingdom

    A chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. So come on, let's do this! Secure your...

    £16
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT9

    Chase The Moon Olympic Park - October

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Join us for the Chase the Moon Olympic Park 5k & 10k for a unique 5k and 10k event around the Olympic Park.

    Racing around the incredible grounds...

    £22
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • FEB23

    The Aberdeen 5K and 10K Winter Warmer Run

    Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

    A chance to lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. So come on, let's do this! Secure your...

    £16
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • JUL12

    Ironman UK

    Bolton, North West, United Kingdom

    Dubbed one of the UK's friendliest towns, Bolton has something for everyone in the IRONMAN family. Athletes can take a nature walk with the kids, go...

    £410
    • Triathlon
    • Ironman
    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV13

    Chase the Moon Olympic Park - November

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Join us for the Chase the Moon Olympic Park 5k & 10k for a unique 5k and 10k event around the Olympic Park.

    Racing around the incredible grounds...

    £22
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV23

    Spartan Race – Twickenham

    Twickenham, London, United Kingdom

    Spartans, you asked and here it is... Stadion race at Twickenham. One of the UKs most beloved stadiums with a capacity of 82,000 will play host to thousands...

    £20 - £85
    • Obstacle
    • Running
    • 5k
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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.