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UK 5k Runs: 2023 - 2024

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5k (or 3.1 miles) running events are some of the most inclusive events around. When you make your way to the start-line you’re going to find a true array of participants - from people who’ve just completed their couch to 5k training, to seasoned runners who are looking to topple their personal best. It’s people coming together for the sense of shared experience which makes these events so great and has been so central to organisers like Parkrun’s success. What better way to kickstart your weekend than by knocking off a 5k run around your local park? Even better, why not head down with a group of friends and grab a coffee or some brunch after. If a generic run sounds a bit bland for your liking then why not spice it up a bit, with a more unique style of event, like a colour run, a charity event, a night run, or even an alcohol-infused 5ks. Whatever it is you’re after, the inclusivity and variety of this category means that there is something for everyone.
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Popular UK 5k Runs

MK Festival of Running

Sunday, 12 Mar 2023

MK Festival of Running

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Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes

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half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

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(26 reviews)

FilledTicket£8 – £31
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ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2023

Sunday, 2 Apr 2023

ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2023

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Southampton, Southampton

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marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

Star4.5

(8 reviews)

FilledTicket£5.37 – £48.33
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AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run 2023

Sunday, 7 May 2023

AJ Bell Great Birmingham Run 2023

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Birmingham, West Midlands

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half marathon, 5k and more

Star4.5

(197 reviews)

FilledTicket£14 – £39
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The Little Welly Goes Wild in Oxfordshire

Saturday, 10 Jun 2023

The Little Welly Goes Wild in Oxfordshire

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Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

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5k, 10k

Star4

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£3.50 – £25
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The Long Course Weekend – Wales

Friday, 30 Jun 2023

The Long Course Weekend – Wales

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Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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ironman, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, sprint, half ironman

FilledTicket£10 – £349
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The Veloforte Wales Marathon

Sunday, 2 Jul 2023

The Veloforte Wales Marathon

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Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £55
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AJ Bell Great South Run 2023

Saturday, 14 Oct 2023

AJ Bell Great South Run 2023

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Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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10 miles, 5k and more

FilledTicket£19 – £46
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RunThrough Surrey Half

Sunday, 12 Mar 2023

RunThrough Surrey Half

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Woking, Surrey

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half marathon, 5k, marathon and more

FilledTicket£10 – £50
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'GoFundme' Kew Gardens Half Marathon

Sunday, 2 Apr 2023

'GoFundme' Kew Gardens Half Marathon

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Richmond, Greater London

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£43 – £45
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The Lock Challenge

Saturday, 13 May 2023

The Lock Challenge

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Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

Participants

5k, 10 miles and more

FilledTicket£10 – £25
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Run Sandringham

Sunday, 18 Jun 2023

Run Sandringham

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Sandringham, Norfolk

Participants

half marathon, 5k and more

Star4.5

(32 reviews)

FilledTicket£8.90 – £28.90
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Run Aintree 5k, 10k & Half Marathon – July

Sunday, 23 Jul 2023

Run Aintree 5k, 10k & Half Marathon – July

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Liverpool, Merseyside

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

FilledTicket£21.67 – £40
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About 5k events in the UK

There are a whole host 5k running events which take place up and down the UK. Generally, you’ll find that these events take place on Saturday mornings or during the long summer evenings, and are often staged in local parks or green-spaces. So, if you’ve got a park on your doorstep, keep an eye out for any local events coming up.

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.

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