Top five spring 5K races for beginners

Lee Rigby People's Run (5km)

Battersea Park, London

Thursday 29 May

The Lee Rigby People's Run, In memory of British soldier Lee Rigby, is a new fast and flat route around London's Battersea Park. Runners will receive medals, t-shirts, winners' prizes and refreshments and supervised on-site bag storage will be available.

Open to all ages and abilities including runners, joggers and walkers, the two-lap event supports services charities BLESMA, Once We were Soldiers, Royal British Legion and SSAFA. Enter here

Hay 5K

Hay-on-Wye

Sunday May 18

This small scenic 5K road race set in Co-Op near Hay-on-Wye is perfect for beginner runners. With medals for all finishers, toilets, on-site parking and refreshments, it promises to be a fun day out for all the family. Enter here

Sandgrounder 5K Run

Monday 26 May 2014

Victoria Park, Southport

Set in the lovely Victoria park in Southport, the Sandgrounder Spring Run is ideal for beginners and speed chasers alike. With toilets, on-site parking, refreshments and supervised bag storage, the race has all the bases covered. There's also a 10K for the more adventurous and a 3k fun run for the kids. Enter here

Joseph Holt Brewery 5k Road Race

Sunday 15 June

Horwich

Part of the Horwich Festival Of Racing, the Joseph Holt Brewery 5k Road Race is an undulating road race taking in the sights of Horwich. A well established race within the festival, there are great prizes for first three men/women and refreshments for all to enjoy at the finish line. Enter here

Sport in the Port 10K

Sunday 15 June

Ellesmere Port

For those of you looking for something a little more challenging than a 5K, following the success of its launch, the Sport in the Port 10K returns to Ellesmere Port for a second year this June. Perfect for first timers and those wishing to improve their PB, the flat and fast course caters for all. The race is organised by Active Leisure Events, the team behind the Chester Half Marathon and the MBNA Chester Marathon, Sport in the Port 10K promises to be a great day out for all. Enter here