- The Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k30APR
The Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10kRunning ‧ Sittingbourne6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£14 – £20C-19 PlanPartnered
- Chase the Sun Olympic Park 5k & 10k - April13APR
Chase the Sun Olympic Park 5k & 10k - AprilRunning ‧ London6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£22Partnered
- The Poole 5k and 10k CheckPoint Challenge Race 116APR
The Poole 5k and 10k CheckPoint Challenge Race 1Running ‧ Poole6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£14C-19 PlanPartnered
- Hundred Acres Weekender16APR
Hundred Acres WeekenderRunning ‧ Fareham13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 miC-19 Plan
- Thames Valley Spring Duathlon & Lake Runs16APR
Thames Valley Spring Duathlon & Lake RunsMulti-Sport ‧ Windsor34.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£18 – £35C-19 PlanPartnered
- The Oundle Spring 10k & 5k17APR
The Oundle Spring 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Oundle6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£12 – £18C-19 PlanPartnered
- Alexandra Palace 5k & 10k17APR
Alexandra Palace 5k & 10kRunning ‧ London6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£22Partnered
- Run Dorney Lake: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K - April17APR
Run Dorney Lake: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K - AprilRunning ‧ Windsor13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£33 – £35C-19 PlanPartnered
- Loseley Park 10k and 5k17APR
Loseley Park 10k and 5kRunning ‧ Guildford6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20 – £25C-19 PlanPartnered
- Lee Valley VeloPark – April23APR
Lee Valley VeloPark – AprilRunning ‧ London13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 miFree – £25Partnered
- Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k - April23APR
Run Richmond Park 5k and 10k - AprilRunning ‧ Richmond6.2 mi • 3.1 miC-19 Plan
- Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - April24APR
Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - AprilRunning ‧ Chichester26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£24 – £34Partnered
- Chase the Sun Brixton 5k & 10k - April27APR
Chase the Sun Brixton 5k & 10k - AprilRunning ‧ London6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£22Partnered
- The Gravesend Floodlit 10k and 5k Series – Race 128APR
The Gravesend Floodlit 10k and 5k Series – Race 1Running ‧ Gravesend6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£12 – £14C-19 PlanPartnered
- Newbury Racecourse 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon - May30APR
Newbury Racecourse 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon - MayRunning ‧ Newbury13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20 – £26Partnered
- Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend30APR
Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon WeekendRunning ‧ Milton Keynes26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi£12 – £140
- Beach Race - May1MAY
Beach Race - MayRunning ‧ Bournemouth6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£24.50 – £97.65C-19 PlanPartnered
- Tugby Half Marathon1MAY
Tugby Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Tugby13.1 mi£23
- The Mid Sussex Burgess Hill 10K and 5K2MAY
The Mid Sussex Burgess Hill 10K and 5KRunning ‧ Burgess Hill6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.3 miC-19 PlanPartnered
- Clapham Common 5k & 10k - May7MAY
Clapham Common 5k & 10k - MayRunning ‧ London6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£24Partnered
- The All Nations 5k & 10k7MAY
The All Nations 5k & 10kRunning ‧ Windsor6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£17C-19 PlanPartnered
- Burrator Noir 10 Mile & 10k7MAY
Burrator Noir 10 Mile & 10kRunning ‧ Princetown10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi • 0.6 mi
- Run Aintree 5k, 10k & Half Marathon - May8MAY
Run Aintree 5k, 10k & Half Marathon - MayRunning ‧ Liverpool13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£22 – £28Partnered
- Crystal Palace 5k, 10k & Half Marathon - May8MAY
Crystal Palace 5k, 10k & Half Marathon - MayRunning ‧ London13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£22 – £26Partnered
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.