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.
What time should I aim to finish?
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 August?
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:
Whether it’s your first 5K, or you’re PB hunting, this is a good choice. An undulating route, through Crystal Palace Park there’s a 5K and a 10K race on offer for runners of all abilities.
The Run Richmond Park series brings a hilly, but fun 5K through the beautiful surroundings of Richmond Park. Keep your eyes peeled for a deer along the route and be sure to book your place early, as these races tend to sell out.
If you’re looking for something new to add to your race repertoire this summer, why not head to the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park for the London Aquathlon. With a chip-timed 400m swim followed by a 5K run, if you’re thinking of training for a triathlon, this could be a good first step.
Based on the Old Down Estate in Bristol, this race includes a one loop 5K, a two loop 10K plus a 1K fun run for the whole family to enjoy.
With a 400m swim, a 25K bike ride and a 5K run, if you’re looking to mix up your training this summer, the Portishead Triathlon promises to be a challenge.
A summer 5K race around Warmley Forest Park, this off-road, multi-terrain course is mainly flat. Suitable for all levels of runner.
A child-friendly fun run, all ages and ability of runner are welcome. Probably not one for those seeking a PB, but a good Sunday morning stroll all the same.
A new running event around Media City in Salford, this 5K race will be running throughout the summer, with the final race taking place on 23 August. The race course is flat and fast, with two laps for the 5K and four laps for the longer 10K route.
A 5K race series between February and November, this race is on a Wednesday evening at the Brownlee Centre Cycle Circuit in Leeds. This chip-timed event has two races – one for those expecting to run sub-22:30 and those expecting to run 22:30 or above.
What are the best 10K events near me in August?
Upping your distance or looking for a race to test your skills? Here are the best 10K events near you:
A mainly flat race running throughout the summer within the confines of Regent’s Park, avoiding London traffic. Entry on the day is limited, so apply online to avoid disappointment.
Passing the Royal Observatory, The National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College, this summer 10K race gives you some great views of these iconic London landmarks.
With three different races to sign up to, the Royal Parks Summer 10K is a series of races in London’s Greenwich, Regents and Hyde Parks. The august race is a mainly flat, double loop of Hyde Park. With an entry limit of 700, sign up sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
A series of 10K races on this fast, flat course, this is a good choice if you’re striving for a summer PB. The august race takes you out and back through the 480m long Devonshire tunnel and the mile long Combe Down Tunnel – putting this the race on the map as that with the longest tunnelled section in Britain.
A 10K race that starts near the J2 roundabout of the M48 itself, before crossing over the iconic Severn bridge (on the closed motorway). The 10K route is almost entirely run on the bridge and if training is going well, organisers allow you to transfer your entry to the half marathon event happening on the same day until the Tuesday before.
A unique chance to trot around one of the world’s most famous racecourses, the course is an undulating mix of soft trails and firm tarmac. The multi-terrain course is a 5K loop, with views of the racecourse along the way.
A new course for 2018, the Wickham 10K has now moved south to the outskirts of the village, making it a hilly road race.
A popular race that costs just £12 to take part in, the 10K starts at Tame Valley Squash and Tennis Club near Saddleworth, before taking runners on two 5K loops of the undulating course.
The second Leigh Community 10K takes place this august, with entry fees helping to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice as the partner charity. The race is three laps of a course through Leigh town centre, with chip timing.
Starting at 8pm from the North Promenade in Blackpool, the evening run is back-lit by the famous illuminations of the pier. There’s a 5K and a 10K race available and a discounted entry for junior runners (aged 15-17).
There’s a run for everyone at the Cardiff Pentath run, with a 5K, 10K, Cross Country (4.5K), Half Marathon (21.1K), and 1 mile event (1.6K) – you can do one race, or if you’re up for an ultra-challenge, take part in all five and run the complete 42.2K over the weekend.
Probably not one for a PB, Rough Runner is a 10K race with a difference. Combining the 6.2 mile race with a number of different obstacles, sign up as a team or on your own and get ready to get muddy.
With a 10K and half marathon distance available, the Great Aberdeen Run promises to be a good one. The 10K route starts on Union Street, before taking runners east past Aberdeen Town House and towards the famous Castle Gate before taking in the Pittodrie Football Stadium, His Majesty’s Theatre and the Aberdeen Art Gallery on the loop back to the finish.