5k Runs in the United Kingdom

5k (or 3.1 miles) races are held across the UK throughout the year. Colour runs and charity runs are always fun, community-focused events, and hugely popular Park Runs are held each week in many local areas.
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  • SEP22

    Go The Distance

    Worthing, South East, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • SEP22

    Black Hill Run

    Bere Regis, South West, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT13

    If You Know Your History 5 K

    Liverpool, North West, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • 5k
  • JUL4

    Abney 5k Trail Run – July

    Cheadle, North West, United Kingdom

    A lovely, undulating 2 lap trail race in Abney Hall Park, starting outside the main Hall and finishing by the guide hut. Takes place on the first Saturday...

    • Running
    • 5k
  • AUG1

    Abney 5k Trail Run - August

    Cheadle, North West, United Kingdom

    Each race takes place at 09:30 on the first Saturday of every month. The Abney run is free of charge and sponsored by St Cuthbert's...

    • Running
    • 5k
  • JUL4

    Willowbrook Halewood 5k July

    Halewood, North West, United Kingdom

    The Knowsley Harriers AC have been putting on a free 5k monthly race since 2011. The aim is to give runners of all abilities the opportunity to test...

    • Running
    • 5k
  • FEB1

    Abney 5k Trail Run – February

    Cheadle, North West, United Kingdom

    A lovely, undulating 2 lap trail race in Abney Hall Park, starting outside the main Hall and finishing by the guide hut. Takes place on the first Saturday...

    • Running
    • 5k
  • FEB16

    Run Newcastle Valentines 10K

    Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP28

    Tissington Trail Half Marathon

    Ashbourne, East Midlands, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC8

    Clwydians Santa 5K Dash

    Mold, Wales, United Kingdom

    This is a real family event where even the family pet is welcome to come along and join in the festivities The 5km route takes you up to Moel Famau along...

    £10 - £16
    • Running
    • 5k
  • JAN25

    Trent Park 5K Monthly Handicap – January

    Barnet, London, United Kingdom

    A handicap league held on the last Saturday of every month (except December) providing an opportunity to keep a check on your current fitness. The route...

    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV9

    Poppy Half Marathon

    Bexhill-on-Sea, South East, United Kingdom
    £3 - £35
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT20

    The Flintshire 10K & 5K

    Mold, Wales, United Kingdom

    The Flintshire 10k & 5K, the race starts and finishes at the Mold Leisure centre and takes a loop around the town, an undulating but quick...

    £14 - £20
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV24

    Stanwick Lakes Santa Run

    Stanwick, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    Stanwick lakes is the ideal running course with purpose built tracks and the additional feature of being on a nature reserve with stunning...

    £10 - £15
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT12

    Race for Life 5K & 10K – Lincoln

    Lincoln, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Take up the challenge and take part in a Race for Life event. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. This is beating...

    £10 - £14.99
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV24

    Run Silverstone

    Towcester, England, United Kingdom

    Don't miss your opportunity to run around the world famous F1 circuit!

    Join thousands of runners at this unique event at the home of F1. Whether...

    £5 - £35
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT12

    Run for our Lives

    London, London, United Kingdom

    World Mental Health Day - Run for our lives

    Come and join Be More You as we unite the running community on a 5K mental wellbeing run on Saturday 12th...

    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV22

    Beyond S.A.D

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern

    SAD is sometimes known as "winter...

    £10 - £15
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
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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.