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The findarace.com calendar lists hundreds of 5k races across the UK every year - there's almost one for every day of the year. 5km is one of the most popular race distances, and with a bit of training its relatively achievable for most ages, shapes and sizes - as a result they make perfect family fun runs that multiple generations can take part in and enjoy.
A 5k race is also a perfect goal for a beginner or new runner who hasn't taken part in an organised race before - it's a great, fun introduction to the raceday experience. 5k races are also popular with more seasoned runners looking to keep their running short, sharp, and fast - we list the fastest and flattest 5km races in the UK (as well as the craziest and hardest).
If you would prefer to run your 5k on your own (or at a convenient time and location for you) then check out our list of the best Virtual 5k runs.
Looking for the best 5km races? Sort the event list below by "Top Rated" (we have hundreds of genuine reviews and ratings from previous participants) - plus insights from the findarace.com experts to help you discover, compare and book the perfect race for you.
Looking for 5k Runs near you? Use the location buttons and filters to narrow down your search and find 5k runs near you - we list races all over the UK, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Scotland.
Looking for 5k races tomorrow or this weekend? Sort the event list below by "Date" to see the soonest races, but please note many races don't accept on-the-day entries, and Organisers often stop taking bookings a several days (and up to a week) before a race so they have time to organise race packs, bib numbers, medals, water etc. If you're super keen to run with others this weekend but have left it too late for a race then you could check your local parkrun to see if it is taking place.
So whether you want to pinpoint your first running goal, or you’re an experienced runner looking for a fast route to beat your 5k Personal Best (PB) check out our comprehensive 2021 - 2022 5k race calendar below!
What are the most popular 5km races right now?
The 5 most popular 5k races in the last 2 weeks on findarace.com are:
- Run Dorney 5k - 18/07/21
- Running Grand Prix Oulton Park - 08/08/21
- Lee Valley VeloPark 5k - 28/08/21
- South Coast Run - 22/08/21
- Newbury Racecourse 5k - 24/07/21
How long is a 5km run?
A 5k race is roughly 3.1miles.
What's the average time to run 5k?
The average finish time for a 5k run in the UK is roughly 33 minutes.
How long should it take to run 5k?
A 30 minute target is a popular goal for beginner 5k runners, with intermediate runners often looking for a 24-26 minute finish time and experienced or "Club" runners often gunning for a sub 20 minute 5k. For context, the fastest 5km parkrun time is 13.48 by our friend Andy Baddeley of The Running Channel.
What's a good time to run 5k?
Ultimately a good time for a 5k run is a personal thing - run it as fast as you can without injuring yourself!
How many calories does a 5k run burn?
There are lots of factors which impact this - especially weight and pace - but as a rough rule of thumb a 5k will burn 300-400 calories (approximately 100 calories per mile).
5k Charity Runs
Taking part in a 5k race is a great way to fundraise for charity. You can raise money for any charity at any 5k race that you enter on findarace.com , and we've made it easy for you to get in touch with some of the UK's most popular charities. Just select the charity you'd like to support when you make your booking and they will be in touch to help support your fundraising and training.
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Richmond Park August 5k,10k and Half MarathonLondon, Greater London
Salcey Forest RunnerSalcey Forest, Hartwell, Northamptonshire
RunThrough Chase The Sun Victoria Park 5k & 10kSt Marks Gate, Victoria Park, London
RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark 5k, 10k, 10 mile & HalfVeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Bubble Rush - AndoverCharlton Lakeside, Andover, Hampshire
Tough Mudder YorkshireBroughton Hall, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Something Wild Trail Running FestivalHexworth, Yelverton, Devon
Rasselbock Tree DayVirtual Event
Yorkshire Day Virtual ChallengeVirtual Event
RunThrough Run Heaton Park 5k, 10k & HalfHeaton Park, Higher Blackley, Manchester
Runners of the Galaxy Virtual RunVirtual Event
August Challenge Planet MercuryVirtual Event
August - Dogs Hero Virtual Challenge
Chase the Sun Battersea Park 5k & 10kBattersea Park, London
RunThrough Kempton Park Racecourse 5k, 10k & Half MarathonKempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex
Salomon FestivalAldbury, Hertfordshire
Running Grand Prix Oulton ParkOulton Park, Little Budworth, Cheshire
RunThrough Battersea Park 5k & 10kBattersea Park, London
Tokyo Olympic Games Virtual ChallengeVirtual Event
Run HarwellDidcot, Oxfordshire
The Richmond Park Summer 10k & 5kRichmond Park, London