Events near me – the best 5K and 10K races to sign up to this winter

events near me - best 5k races

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 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:

London:

RunThrough Victoria Park 5K, Saturday 8 December 2018, 9.30am 

A popular, flat 5K around Victoria Park, this race runs frequently throughout the year, so is well organised, with plenty of mile markers and helpers. If you’re up for a challenge there’s also a 10K and half marathon on the same day.

best 5ks to sign up to this winter

London Santa Dash 2018, Sunday 9 December 2018, 11am 

Probably not one for PB hunters, but a fun run for a great cause, your entry includes a Santa suit and take on a 5K or 10K race around Clapham Common to help seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Richmond Park New Year 5K, Sunday 6 January 2019, 10am

If your New Year’s resolution is to complete your first 5K, this is a good one to sign up to. Start training now, and you’ll be ready for this traffic-free 3.1 miles around the beautiful Richmond Park.


South East:

Worthing Running Sisters Christmas Cracker Chase, Saturday 1 December 2018, 10am 

This women’s only race takes you approximately 10K out and back along the seafront. A friendly, welcoming run for first timers, this is an affordable pre-Christmas race to sign up to. Earphones are banned from the course.

Herne Bay Santas On The Run, Sunday 2 December 2018, 11am 

Get in the festive spirit and join hundreds of fellow Santas running along Herne Bay seafront. Raising money for local hospice care, entry includes a 5-piece Santa Suit and a medal.

RNLI Reindeer Run, Sunday 16 December, 10am 

With a 5K and 10K race, this fun run raises funds for the RNLI to help them to continue to save lives at sea. All runners receive a free Reindeer Run T-Shirt.


Midlands:

Loughborough Santa Fun Run, Sunday 2 December 2018, 11am 

A fun run through the streets of Loughborough, this probably isn’t one for a PB, but will get you in the festive spirit early. 

Leicester City 5K Winter Series, Wednesday 5 December 2018, 7.30pm  

An evening winter series of races that take in a fast two lap circuit around Leicester’s Victoria Park. This is the second race in the series, with special prizes being offered if you manage to complete all four.

Nottingham 5K Winter Series, Thursday 6 December 2018, 7.30pm

A flat, out and back run along the embankment, this 5K is a good one for runners hoping to get a new PB ticked off before the new year. With three races in this series, if you can’t make this date, there’s others on offer. 


Manchester:

Use Your Senses Manchester, Sunday 9 December 2018, 10am  

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.

 


Wales:

Llandudno 5K Santa Run, Saturday 8 December 2018, 11am 

A family friendly 5K fun run, taking you along the sea front of Llandudno North Shore. Runners will receive their own Santa suit as part of their race entry.

Run4All Neath Santa Run, Saturday 15 December 2018, 11am 

This 5K Santa Run by the seaside on the Aberavon sea front promenade is back for its fifth year. Probably not one for PB hunters, but a fun day out, with a 1k fun run for kids.


Scotland:

Edinburgh Santa Run, Sunday 9 December 2018, 1pm  

If you’re not feeling up to a 5K race yet, but still want to get into the Santa fun run spirit, this 2.5K run raises money for children’s charity ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’, which grants the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses throughout Scotland.

 


events near me - best 10K races

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:

London:

Putney 10K, Sunday 2 December 2018, 9.15am 

A beautiful, wintery run along the River Thames, this 10K race starts and finishes at The Barn Elms Sports Centre. A fast, flat, one-lap course, this is a good one to enter if you want to sneak a PB in before Christmas.

Royal Parks Winter 10K Series – Regents Park, Sunday 9 December 2018, 9.30am 

Part of a series of winter 10K races throughout some of London’s most popular Royal Parks, if you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can sign up to all three, running from November to January.

Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, Sunday 3 February 2019, 9am-11am 

One of London’s biggest 10K races, this race takes you through the heart of the city and some of its most famous landmarks. Raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK, the 2019 race starts at Trafalgar Square and finishes by Downing Street.


South East:

Run Richmond Park 10K Race, Saturday 8 December, 10am

A 5K or 10K race around Richmond Park, these affordable, well organised races sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot sooner rather than later. All runners receive chip timing, a medal and further discounts to other events in the series.

Twixmas 10K, Wednesday 26 December 2018 

An affordable event for the whole family on Boxing Day, this multi-terrain out and back race is fast and flat. Taking runners along the Fareham Creek Trail to Cams Hall, it promises to be a fun way to work off your Christmas dinner.

The Lamberhurst New Year’s Day 10K, Tuesday 1 January 2019, 10.30am 

A way to blow away the New Year’s Eve cobwebs – this 10K run takes you through the pretty Kent village of Lamberhurst. If you’re worried about the headache, there’s also a 5K race on the same morning.  

 


South West:

Trust10 Tyntesfield, Sunday 23 December 2018, 9am 

A 10K route with the National Trust around the Gibbs family estate at Tyntesfield, this promises to be a beautiful Sunday morning run. The course consists of two laps round a 5K loop, taking on tracks and trails.

Bath Skyline 10KM, Saturday 12 January 2019, 6pm 

Hilly, narrow and technical in some places, this 10K run is less of a race and more of a New Year’s challenge, starting and finishing at the University of Bath. This year there’s a night run on the Saturday, and a 5K and 10K run the next morning.

Kelston 10K, Sunday 6 January, 10am 

A multi-terrain 10K, taking you through extensive woodland, scenic trails, public footpaths and open field, this is a good challenge to start the new year with. The race is timed and all runners receive a bespoke finishers medal.


Midlands:

Evesham Festive 10K, Sunday 16 December 2018, 10.30am 

A scenic, off-road 10K run around the lanes and orchards of Evesham United FC, this multi-terrain run promises to be a festive, fun race. All profits go to this year’s charity – the Stroke Association.


Wales:

Buff Wales Trail 10K, Saturday 12 January 2019, 11am 

A popular 10K race taking in Wale’s Afan Forest country park. Open to trail runners and beginners, the race is capped at 600 runners so book your spot early to avoid disappointment.