How long is a 10K run?

The 10K run is popular amongst both beginners and experienced runners. The distance provides a challenging step up from a 5K but is still accessible to those new to running or with very little training.

Runners crossing the start line at a 10k run

If you are thinking of taking part in an event to increase your fitness levels or to raise money for a charity or other good cause, there are plenty of 10K events organised all over the UK. Before you go and sign up though, you might be wondering “how long is a 10K run, and how should I prepare for it?”.

How many miles is a 10k run?

The ‘K’ in a 10K is short for kilometres, meaning that a 10K run is 10,000 metres in distance. If you prefer to measure your distance in miles, this is equal to 6.2 miles. Being double the distance of a 5K, which is 3.1 miles, a 10K race is often regarded as the next step up from a 5K, to challenge your fitness and stamina. 

If you use a fitness tracker you may be familiar with step counting. Fitness experts recommend that you should complete 10,000 steps per day. If we take into account an average stride length of 2.1 to 2.5 feet, you would reach around 12,500 steps over the distance of a 10K, well above the recommended 10,000!

Is running a 10K hard? 

Whether or not running a 10K is hard will depend on your current fitness level. If you haven’t done a 10K event before, you may be a bit apprehensive about the distance and how long it might take to run a 10K.Fortunately there are some really useful training plans out there that can help you to cross the finish line of your first 10K. 

Although it’s aimed primarily at training for a 5K race, the Couch to 5k training plan is a good place to start on your journey towards completing a 10K. The plan starts off with a combination of running and walking, gradually increasing the distance you run over a number of weeks. Once you are comfortable with a 5K run you can then continue to increase the length of your runs up to 10K. Who knows, once you’ve crossed the finish line you might want to set your sights on a half marathon or even a marathon!

More tips for running a 10k

Finding the right running shoes can make a big difference to your training. Many sports shops will be able to measure your gait and give you advice on which shoes will suit your running style. Remember to take rest days in your training schedule to avoid injury and to give your body time to recover. If you are struggling with training, try getting involved with running groups or asking a friend to join you for encouragement and support.

 


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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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