Looking for a race to keep you running this summer? We’ve found the best 5K and 10K races to sign up to next month.
How far is 5K in miles?
A 5K race is 3.1 miles. Whatever your level, find your perfect 5K training plan here.
How far is 10K in miles?
A 10K race is 6.2 miles. Get training with our 10K race plans here.
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If you're setting yourself targets, just tell us a recent finish time and use our race time predictor to get an estimate of how long it will take you to cross the line.
What are the best 5K events near me in September?
Whether you’ve finished your Couch to 5K programme, or looking to practise your Parkrun skills with a race, here are the best 5K events near you:
A mainly flat, fast loop around Regent’s Park, taking in the sights of the famous London Zoo, this is suitable to all levels of runner and helps raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
One of the last races in the RunThrough ‘Chase the Sun’, evening series, this is a good option if you don’t fancy missing parkrun on Saturday morning. A fast, flat course around the Olympic Park, there’s also a 10K race if you’re feeling up to the challenge.
The latest addition to the Richmond Runfest family of events, the new 5K race takes runners around Old Deer Park. With a Peter Pan theme, there are only 300 places available, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Interesting fact – the Wingham 5.4KM and 10K races are the only ones in the world with clay medals made by local potters at the finish line. A scenic route around the Kent countryside, the course is undulating and a good option for those who are PB hunting.
A chance to run 5K, 10K, 20 miles, a half marathon or full marathon at the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit. It’s a smooth, traffic free course, and for the 5K run, you’ll do one lap of the circuit.
A 5K and 10K race where you run down, then back up the famous Zig Zag Road leading to Box Hill in Surrey. This is only the third time ever the road has been closed for a sporting event, all of which have been cycling and one of those for the 2012 London Olympics.
An out and back race starting at Stanwick Hall, this is a 5K with a difference. Starting at 7.45pm, all runners will be provided with glow sticks to carry along the route.
A flat, undulating road run that takes you to Moss Bank Park and back. All finishers receive a medal and free digital photos of the run.
A 5 or 10K race in the heart of Cardiff, the route around Bute Park is suitable for all levels of runner. Raising money for Team Mencap, you’ll be helping people with a learning disability live the life they choose.
A 5K muddy obstacle course, raising money for a great cause, crawl through mud pits and weave in and around the forests and grounds surrounding the stunning Pollok House.
Unlike other 5K runs, this isn’t one for those who are hunting a PB, but promises to be an interesting experience to all who take part. Forcing you to engage all your senses, you’ll run through a sea of scented bubbles and listen to the harmonies of a choir, whilst raising money for those who suffer with sight loss.
As part of the Lochness Marathon festival, the 5K race is a popular distance for all levels of runners, following a flat route along the scenic River Ness, finishing alongside the other races at Bught Park.
What are the best 10K events near me in September?
Upping your distance or looking for a race to test your skills? Here are the best 10K events near you:
A 10K race staged on the concrete paths of Brockwell Park, this is a good 10K for those hunting a PB. Always well organised events, you’ll also get a themed medal and a flapjack when you cross the line.
A 10K race in the iconic Regent’s Park, you’ll help fight against heart disease as you clock up the miles. A flat, tarmac course, passing London Zoo along the way.
The newest race in the Adidas City Running series, this flat route takes you through the streets of Clapham and Stockwell. A fast, flat course, all runners will get a race day t-shirt and a themed medal.
Travelling round the scenic Willen Lake parkways, taking in grass and woodland areas, this is a 10K race with a difference. A muddy obstacle course, crawl through mud pits and climb over obstacles, all for a good cause.
A 10K that takes you through the New Forest, mainly on the forest tracks this is a fast, flat and scenic race.
Back for its third year, the Bright for Sight Night Run is taking place on Boscombe Seafront this year, raising funds for Dorset Blind Association. Runners are encouraged to wear glow sticks, head torches and neon paint for the bright 10K.
Running on the paths within Heaton Park, this is a great chance to attempt a PB. Home to the Grade 1 18th Century House, expect a themed medal and music at the finish line.
Less of a 10K than an obstacle course, the Gauntlet Games involves a water zone, the flume of doom, a pyramid climb and a belly slide. Not one for a PB, but good fun all the same.
A popular event that draws runners of all abilities, this race takes you through the heart of Preston city centre and the surrounding areas. There’s also a family fun run on the same day, so bring the whole family along.
Returning for its second year, the Asda Foundation Leicester 10k takes runners through the heart of the city. Starting and finishing in Abbey Park, this closed road event crosses the River Soar twice.
A chip timed event with a limit of 1000 runners, this 10K is organised by runners, for runners. The downhill 400 metres will feel like a dream, this race is open to club and social runners alike.
A fast, flat course taking you through Cardiff, last year’s event sold out, so book your place early to avoid disappointment.
The Cancer Research ‘Pretty Muddy 10k’ series heads to Bute Park in Cardiff for an obstacle course adventure. Not one for a PB, but a challenging event for a worthy cause all the same.
A 10K along the beautiful Swansea Bay, this fast and flat course is good for first timers and PB hunters alike. The race is open to runners of all abilities, aged 15 plus.
Taking place in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, take on 10K worth of obstacles (and mud) at this Race for Life event.
This 10K course is a shorter version of the half marathon event, taking runners on a tour of the River Clyde, before heading back to Glasgow Green for the finish. A great deal of runners take part in the 10K and half marathon event, so expect a lively atmosphere and plenty of spectators along the way.