- No Walk in the Park 5k - June6JUN2020
No Walk in the Park 5k - June5k ‧ Chesterfield3.1 mi • 0.9 mi
- 3 1 5 Half Marathon1DEC
3 1 5 Half MarathonRunning ‧ Lancaster13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Sublime TWENTY4 - 24 hour race8AUG2020
Sublime TWENTY4 - 24 hour raceRunning ‧ Peterborough6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Abney 5k Trail Run – July4JUL2020
Abney 5k Trail Run – July5k ‧ Cheadle3.1 mi
- Abney 5k Trail Run - August1AUG2020
Abney 5k Trail Run - August5k ‧ Cheadle3.1 mi
- Willowbrook Halewood 5k July4JUL2020
Willowbrook Halewood 5k July5k ‧ Halewood3.1 mi
- Abney 5k Trail Run – February1FEB2020
Abney 5k Trail Run – February5k ‧ Cheadle3.1 mi
- Run Newcastle Valentines 10K16FEB2020
Run Newcastle Valentines 10KRunning ‧ Newcastle upon Tyne6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Clwydians Santa 5K Dash8DEC
Clwydians Santa 5K Dash5k ‧ Mold3.1 mi£10 - £16
- Trent Park 5K Monthly Handicap – January25JAN2020
Trent Park 5K Monthly Handicap – January5k ‧ Barnet3.1 mi
- Stanwick Lakes Santa Run24NOV
Stanwick Lakes Santa RunRunning ‧ Stanwick13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£10 - £15
- Run Silverstone24NOV
Run SilverstoneRunning ‧ Towcester13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi£5 - £35
- Beyond S.A.D22NOV2020
Beyond S.A.DRunning ‧ London6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£10 - £15
- Christmas Lights Running Tour20DEC
Christmas Lights Running Tour5k ‧ London3.1 mi£9.50 - £15
- Port Sunlight 5K and 10K14JUN2020
Port Sunlight 5K and 10KRunning ‧ Bebington6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Epilepsy Action Bradford 5 K Fun Run8DEC
Epilepsy Action Bradford 5 K Fun Run5k ‧ Bradford3.1 mi • 0.2 mi
- Brighouse Resolution 10 K 5 K5JAN2020
Brighouse Resolution 10 K 5 KRunning ‧ Brighouse6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Run For Mum22MAR2020
Run For MumRunning ‧ London13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Thetford 5 K Easter Bunny Run5APR2020
Thetford 5 K Easter Bunny Run5k ‧ Thetford3.1 mi
- 315 New Year 5 K5JAN2020
315 New Year 5 K5k ‧ Lancaster3.1 mi
- Brighton Santa Dash14DEC
Brighton Santa Dash5k ‧ Hove3.1 mi • 0.2 mi
- Exeter Santa Run 5 K Race1DEC
Exeter Santa Run 5 K Race5k ‧ Exeter3.1 mi • 1.6 mi
- Jingle Bell Jog1DEC
Jingle Bell Jog5k ‧ Birmingham3.1 mi • 1.6 mi
- Back to Black Bristol 22FEB2020
Back to Black BristolRunning ‧ Abbots Leigh6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi • 0.6 mi£7 - £18
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.