5k Runs in London

The 5k is London’s most popular distance, with Parkruns across the city every Saturday morning for those shaking off a hangover or seeking a new PB. There are plenty of other events, such as the Great City Race in the summer, or running festivals in Richmond or Hackney. There’s no excuse not to lace up those trainers and take to the streets.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • SEP21
    Runthrough Olympic Park 5k & 10k – September
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The RunThrough Olympic Park 5k & 10k is a very special event that races through the incredible grounds of Londons Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This...

    £24
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 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
  • DEC11
    Chase The Moon Olympic Park – December
    London, London, United Kingdom

    We are excited to bring back our RunThrough Chase the Moon series at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park! Now the clocks have changed and our Chase the Sun...

    £21
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC21
    Greenwich Park Christmas 5k & 10k – December
    London, London, United Kingdom

    Get into the festive spirit with the Christmas edition of the Greenwich Park 5k & 10k - festive fancy dress is encouraged! Greenwich Park, one of...

    £21
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP28
    RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – September
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split...

    £10 - £22
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10 Miles
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC8
    The Richmond Christmas 10K & 5K
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    This popular series signs off for the year by kicking off the Festive Season.

    Taking place within the picturesque Richmond Park, it's a perfect...

    £14 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT26
    Runthrough Lee Valley VeloPark – October
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split...

    Free - £22
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10 Miles
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV30
    RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – November
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split...

    Free - £22
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • 10 Miles
  • 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
  • DEC28
    RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – December
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split...

    Free - £22
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10 Miles
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT5
    RunThrough Battersea Park 5K & 10K - October
    London, London, United Kingdom

    Battersea Park is one of Londons most picturesque parks and has been a favourite course for those wanting to run a PB! The course is totally flat, offering...

    £24
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT5
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 13
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of this year. They will take you around the superb...

    £15
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • FEB8
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 3
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of the year. They will take you around the superb parkland....

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR21
    Conquer Crystal Palace Spring 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
    London, London, United Kingdom

    It's time to conquer our Crystal Palace 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon and have a morning out with family, friends, or colleagues and be part of this...

    £17
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP22
    Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans
    St Albans, East of England, United Kingdom

    Set in the historic Roman town of St. Albans, our Hercules Festival of Sport will once again be a wonderful event and an ideal end to your season.

    Our...

    £15 - £55
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Duathlon
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • JAN25
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 2
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of the year. They will take you around the superb parkland....

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR28
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 6
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of the year. They will take you around the superb parkland....

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC7
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 14
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of this year. They will take you around the superb...

    £15
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • MAY16
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 8
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of the year. They will take you around the superb parkland....

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV24
    The Bushy Christmas 10K & 5K
    Hampton, London, United Kingdom

    Celebrate Christmas at The Bushy Christmas 10K & 5K. It is a perfect setting for a fast, flat and traffic-free Sunday morning 10K. If you prefer, why...

    £14 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN19
    The Slough New Year 10K & 5K
    Slough, South East, United Kingdom

    Celebrate New Year and join us for the annual running of this 10K & 5K using the undulating paths and trails within Black Park.

    The event is open...

    £12 - £18
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • DEC15
    The Gravesend Cyclopark 10K & 5K Charity Santa Dash
    Gravesend, South East, United Kingdom

    Join one of Kent's BIGGEST Santa Dash events yet!

    Choose from a 5K or 10K route, bring your friends and family and help raise money for charity...

    £15 - £17
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • APR19
    The Bushy Spring 10K & 5K
    Molesey, London, United Kingdom

    Celebrate Spring at The Bushy Spring 10K & 5K!

    Taking place within the iconic surroundings of Bushy Park, this is the perfect setting for a fast,...

    £14 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN11
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 1
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of this year. They will take you around the superb...

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR12
    Chase the Moon Olympic Park – March
    London, London, United Kingdom

    Our RunThrough Chase the Moon series at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is back on Wednesday 14th March for the last in the series! With a month to go...

    £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN13
    The Bushy New Year 10K & 5K
    Molesey, London, United Kingdom

    Why not get your New Year off to a flying start with the Bushy New Year 10K & 5K!

    It is a perfect setting for a fast, flat and traffic-free...

    £14 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JUN21
    The Bushy Summer 10K & 5K
    Molesey, London, United Kingdom

    Celebrate summer in style at the Bushy Summer 10K & 5K!

    Taking place within the iconic surroundings of Bushy Park, this is the perfect setting...

    £14 - £19
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV16
    Chessington Running Wild
    Chessington, London, United Kingdom

    Your exclusive opportunity to race through the world famous Chessington World of Adventures. Starting at the Adventure Tree in the heart of the park, enjoy...

    £10 - £25
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JUN6
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 9
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of the year. They will take you around the superb parkland....

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JUN27
    Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k Race 10
    Richmond, London, United Kingdom

    Our Run Richmond Park race series is back and will be running on a regular basis over the course of the year. They will take you around the superb parkland....

    £15 - £18
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR31
    RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – March
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split...

    Free - £22
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10 Miles
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN4
    Fitstuff G3 Series – Race 1
    Albury, South East, United Kingdom

    A 15-year-old hilly run attracting the very best and most fun-loving runners. This popular event is well renowned for its tough cross country routes, and so...

    £22 - £28.50
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP22
    Cure EB Butterfly Run: 10k
    London, London, United Kingdom

    Cure EB funds medical research to find a cure for epidermolysis bullosa "EB", a severe genetic skin condition that leads to blistering and skin...

    £10 - £65
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT31
    The Gravesend Floodlit 10K and 5K Series – Race 1
    Gravesend, South East, United Kingdom

    Nice Work is pleased to return to the Gravesend Cyclopark with the return of our popular Winter Series.

    The series is a unique opportunity to sharpen...

    £12 - £14
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • NOV28
    The Gravesend Floodlit 10K and 5K Series – Race 2
    Gravesend, South East, United Kingdom

    Nice Work is pleased to return to the Gravesend Cyclopark with the return of our popular Winter Series.

    The series is a unique opportunity to sharpen...

    £12 - £14
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • DEC19
    The Gravesend Floodlit 10K and 5K Series – Race 3
    Gravesend, South East, United Kingdom

    Nice Work is pleased to return to the Gravesend Cyclopark with the return of our popular Winter Series.

    The series is a unique opportunity to sharpen...

    £12 - £14
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • JAN30
    The Gravesend Floodlit 10K and 5K Series – Race 4
    Gravesend, South East, United Kingdom

    Nice Work is pleased to return to the Gravesend Cyclopark with the return of our popular Winter Series.

    The series is a unique opportunity to sharpen...

    £12 - £14
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
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About 5k events in London

You can find 5ks being run on a Saturday morning in most parks across the city. However, large scale events and fun runs will often include a 5k in their roster. The 5k is for everyone, people join in to walk, run or just to dress up and have fun. You'll even find running legends such as Mo Farah loving the 5k distance. 5ks come in many guises, you'll be able to find night runs, colour runs, fun runs and charity runs at all times of the year.

What are the best 5k events?

London life can be busy, if you feel you've been cooped up in the office for far too long, then a 5k is a good place to start. A summer 5k series to encourage you to get out of that office chair and into the parks, it can also get quite competitive. If you'd rather an emphasis on fun, join a Where's Wally run on Clapham Common and help Wally blend in by dressing up in your red and white stripes. If it's coming towards the end of summer but you want to prolong the festival vibes then larger events have their own 5ks and 10ks in London to keeping the party going.

What is the average time to run a 5k?

The fastest in the world can finish in under 14 minutes, but these guys are seriously quick. The running community would consider anything under 28 minutes to be a very good time for one of these events. This requires you to run consistently at 9 minutes per mile. Definitely achievable, but you'll have to train for it. On the other hand, walking it is fine too, and this can take up to an hour. Set yourself some goals ahead of the race and go smash them.

How long should I train for a 5k?

This really depends on your goals, fitness and motivation. Take a look at our 6 week 5k training plan, this will give you an idea of the training challenge ahead of you. It also has different options depending on what you want to achieve. Even if you've run a lot in the past, we definitely recommend building up to an event with training - it'll help you push towards a competitive time and minimise the risk of injury.