5 Of The UKs Most Enjoyable 5K Runs


5 OF THE UK'S MOST ENJOYABLE 5K RUNS

Britain has a huge variety of 5K races to enter, whatever your running ability. From raising money for charity on the road to fleeing the undead on the trails, here are five 5K runs to sign up to today:


Colour Run

Dubbed ‘The Happiest 5K on the Planet’, this untimed fun run encourages participants to enjoy the atmosphere instead of focussing on smashing PBs. Drawing inspiration from the Hindu festival of Holi, runners are doused with multi-coloured powder for the length of the route and encouraged to do the same as fellow runners cross the finishing line. Colour Runs are taking place in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Brighton from June to September in 2016.

Top tips: Leaving in conditioner, coconut oil or donning a wig will help wash the colour out of your hair. If you’re driving home, take a bag or towel to sit on to protect your seats.

Race For Life

From 5Ks to full 26.2-mile marathons, Cancer Research UK’s charity runs give women of all ages and abilities the opportunity to sprint, jog or walk the distance while raising money for a good cause. With almost 300 events to choose from across Britain, including hikes and muddy obstacle courses, you won’t struggle finding an event near you.

Adrenaline Rush

If you’re an off-road runner looking for a challenge or you’re thinking about entering a Tough Mudder in the not-too-distant future, Adrenaline Rush offer 5K (and 10K) endurance races in convenient city locations from Bristol to Glasgow. Expect to beast your way past a variety of obstacles, from wading through pits and trenches to braving icy waters and dodging flour bombs. From May to August, Adrenaline Rush has events from Brighton to Glasgow.

We recently ran the 5K Spartan Sprint, which is another great introduction to the world of muddy obstacle racing.

In this post-apocalyptic 5K, you must outrun hordes of the undead across the stadium pitch and woodland trails of North London’s Allianz Park. Each participant starts with three lifebelts: those that make it to the finishing line with one or more intact receive a survivor’s medal, while those that complete the race without any lifebelts left are awarded the infected medal. There is also the Dusk ’til Race, which challenges runners to conquer the course as many times as possible before losing all of their lifebelts to the undead.

Run For Chocolate

Run for Chocolate held its very first event in Berkshire on Dorney Lake in January 2015; now, organisers are hosting fun and friendly runs from Exeter to Edinburgh. You can run, jog or walk this 5K – as long as you promise to soak up the support and treat yourself to a cup of luxury hot chocolate when you cross the finishing line.


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