10k Running Tips

If you’ve recently completed your first 5K and caught the running bug in the process your sure to be thinking about your next challenge! A 10K run is generally the next step up from a 5K, but it is also a great distance for beginners and experienced runners alike. 10K events are also a fantastic way to raise money for a good cause, keep active and lose weight too.

People training for 10k runs and tips

Despite a 10K being one of the shorter running event distances, it’s perfectly reasonable to be apprehensive about race day. To help you out we’ve put together our top 10 tips for training and running a 10k.

Use a training plan

A good training plan is always the best place to start your race! A structured training plan that focuses on building up your fitness and stamina gradually over a few weeks will prepare you to perform at your best on race day. The Couch to 5K plan is a great option for beginners, and you keep going beyond this programme to run your first 10K.

Warm up

A few stretches can prevent you from having a really painful run! If you are unsure about doing stretches properly there are plenty of apps available that can give you ideas for warm up exercises and show you how to do them.

Sign up to an event

Signing up to a 10K event, whether it’s a local fun run or a bigger charity event, will give you a goal and help keep you motivated!

Get techy!

Fitness trackers and apps are fantastic tools for training, helping you monitor everything from your heart rate to your running speed and more. You can get a really good insight into how you are pacing yourself and performing.

Interval training

If you are trying to improve your 10K speed, alternating between running hard and walking/jogging will help to build up your stamina for running at a faster pace for longer.

Pace yourself

If you use all your energy in the first 3 miles of your 10K, you’ll be running the rest on empty! It’s much better to pace yourself over the course and save bit of energy to finish strong (this makes for more impressive finish line photos too by the way!).

Research your course

Find out a little more about your course pre-event if you can. Knowing about a steep hill 6km into the course will help you to better manage how you pace yourself, and to incorporate hills into your training.

Run with friends

Running with friends, or even joining a local running club, can add an element of fun to your training and help keep you motivated on reaching your 10K goals. What better way to celebrate crossing the finish line that regrouping post-race for a victory meal?

Vary your workout

So, you’re already running as part of your 10K training, but incorporating other types of exercise into your plan, such as strength training or yoga will help you to build up your core muscles and improve your overall strength and efficiency when running.

Have fun!

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself! Enjoy the excitement and atmosphere of your 10K event and, regardless of your time, give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for your accomplishment!


If you are looking for your next 10k run, take a look at our event listings to find the perfect event for you - 10k run Listings

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Why run a 10K?

If you’ve already completed a 5K run, training for and completing a 10K race is the next natural progression in your running journey. That being said, even If you’ve never run competitively before, a 10K run is still totally achievable for a beginner as long as you put in the necessary training time. You’re sure to feel a great sense of achievement after running your first 10K race, and you might just catch the running bug at the same time! 

Aside from being a great form of aerobic exercise, there are plenty of other great benefits to running a 10K too. Firstly, if you’re thinking of taking up running as a way to lose some weight, running a 10K is a great way to get your heart rate up and stay in that calorie burning zone. Another reason to sign up for a 10K race is that it’s a great way to raise money for charity, in fact, 10K races are amongst the most popular events for charity races and there are hundreds happening across the UK every year. Finally, running your first 10K is a great way to progress into longer distance running. Once you’ve finished a 10K you’ll be looking for your next challenge in the form of a half marathon and eventually even a marathon!

10K Runs Near Me

You’ll probably be aware of some of the bigger and more publicised running events that take place in the major cities across the UK, but did you know there are also plenty of opportunities to join a 10K near where you love too? There are loads of 10K events springing up across the UK all the time, meaning that there is bound to be one that is easy and convenient for you to get to. 
If you’re looking for ways to get more active with your family, a 10K is a challenging but achievable distance for a wide age range and even if they don’t run alongside you it’s easy to get them to come along and cheer you on at a local race. We list lots of 10K running events that take place all over the UK, so be sure to take a look for 10K runs near you using the search bar on the left. You can then find races based on location and other options using the filters to find the perfect event for you. 

Charity 10K runs near me and fundraising 

So, you’re looking for a way to raise money for a great cause? As we’ve mentioned, taking part in a 10K race is a great way to raise some money for a good cause, and the race is a great length for people of all ages to get involved in. As well as the better-known events, such as the Great Run series, there are plenty of smaller local events you can sign up to as well. In fact, many charities organise their own races throughout the year with the sole intention of raising money to help people. 
Setting up funding for a 10K race is straightforward too. Most charities will provide you with a sponsorship pack to get started once you sign up for a race, and you can also fundraise online and share your goals with your friends on social media. Running in a local 10K race is also an ideal way to raise money for charities that are based in your local community.
10K Charity races are some of the most popular events out there, so if you want to get into running then these are a great place to start!

How can I find charity 10K races near me?

If you’ve decided to run a 10K race to raise money for a charity, you may be wondering ‘How do I find a 10K near me?’. The answer is right here! On our events page you’ll find pages of fitness events that are taking place all across the UK. By using the search bar on the left you can narrow down these events to find one that’s perfect for you. Once you’ve filtered down the type of race you’re looking to take part in, in this case a 10K, you can then further refine the results by selecting your location and then choosing from a range of charities that you are interested in supporting.
If you’d like to support a charity that isn’t listed, you’re welcome to do that too! Be sure to check the website of your chosen charity to find out more about getting started with fundraising.

Most popular 10K races in the UK

As we’ve mentioned, as well as smaller, local 10K events, we also list some of the best known and loved event series on our site too. Our most popular searches include:

10K runs in London

As well as the obvious London event (the London Marathon), there are plenty of other races to take part in too! If you fancy taking on the challenge of a 10K in the capital we’ve got plenty listed on our events page so be sure to check it out!

10K runs in the North West

Are you looking for races in the North West? Whether it’s a 10K in Manchester, Cheshire or Preston, we’ve got some great 10K events listed that are easy for you to get to wherever you are based in the North West.

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