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Running Events5k Runs

5k Runs

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.

373 events found
Loch Long Adventure Challenge

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Loch Long Adventure Challenge

LocationIndicator

Arrochar, Argyll and Bute Council

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
RunThrough Chase The Moon Olympic Park – December
Booked 3 times this week

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021

RunThrough Chase The Moon Olympic Park – December

LocationIndicator

London, Greater London

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket£24
Flat
Great Estates: Braxted Park, Essex - 2k, 5k & 10k

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021

Great Estates: Braxted Park, Essex - 2k, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Great Braxted, Essex

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket£4.99 – £71.99
Great sceneryTrail
Snetterton Race Track 10k & 5k

Sunday, Jan 16, 2022

Snetterton Race Track 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Norwich, Norfolk

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£16.98 – £40.09
Great atmosphereFlat trail
Chichester Harbour - West Wittering Beach

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021

Chichester Harbour - West Wittering Beach

LocationIndicator

West Wittering, West Sussex

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket£27.50
Flat
Denbies Santa Run
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021

Denbies Santa Run

LocationIndicator

Dorking, Surrey

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£15 – £25
Flat trail
The Richmond Christmas 10k & 5k
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021

The Richmond Christmas 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Richmond, Greater London

Participants

10k, 5k

Star4.5

(11 reviews)

FilledTicket£16 – £20
Great atmosphereFlat trail
Santa Half Marathon, 7k and 14k

Sunday, Dec 19, 2021

Santa Half Marathon, 7k and 14k

LocationIndicator

Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicket£5 – £30
Flat road
Dinton Santa Dash
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, Dec 18, 2021

Dinton Santa Dash

LocationIndicator

Hurst, Wokingham

Participants

5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£12 – £79
Great atmosphereFlat trail
Haughley Park 5k

Sunday, Jan 16, 2022

Haughley Park 5k

LocationIndicator

Haughley, Suffolk

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£16 – £18
Flat
Back 2 Black

Saturday, Feb 19, 2022

Back 2 Black

LocationIndicator

Long Ashton, North Somerset

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket£8 – £21
Flat
RunThrough Cheshire 10k - April

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022

RunThrough Cheshire 10k - April

LocationIndicator

Arley, Cheshire East

Participants

5k

FilledTicket£26
Road
Run Aintree 5k, 10k & Half Marathon – January

Saturday, Jan 15, 2022

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

LocationIndicator

Liverpool, Merseyside

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£24 – £28
Great atmosphereFlat road
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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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