5k Running Tips

With the weather stating to pick up outside it’s a great time to get your shoes laced up and start running! A 5K is a great distance to start with, especially if you are new to running or haven’t ran for a long time. In addition, if you are planning on running a 5K to keep fit and lose weight, regularly running is a great exercise for burning calories.

Athletes running the Milton Keynes 5k

Despite a 5K 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 5k.

Use a training plan

The best way to prepare for any race is by preparing! Follow a structured training plan that will build up your fitness and stamina gradually over a few weeks. The Couch to 5K plan is a great option for beginners.

Sign up to an event

Signing up to a 5K event, whether it’s a local park run or a bigger charity event, will motivate you to keep up with your running and you’ll get a great sense of accomplishment once you cross the finish line.

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Rest days

Make sure you take adequate rest days between your training sessions. This will give your body time to recover and build strength, and also avoid injury.

Interval training

If you are trying to improve your 5K speed, try introducing intervals into your training programme, alternating between running hard and walking/jogging. This will help to build up your stamina for running at a faster pace for longer.

Warm up

Just as important as your rest days, on running days and before your race make sure you do some warm up exercises. A few stretches can make the difference in crossing the finish line and getting doubled over with cramp.

Pace yourself

Don’t use up all your steam at the start of the race! Whatever your average running time, try to pace yourself over the first 3 miles of the course, saving a bit of energy to finish strong (this makes for more impressive finish line photos too by the way!).

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 5K goals. What better way to celebrate crossing the finish line that regrouping post-race for a much needed victory meal?

Leave the new shoes at home

Nothing can ruin your race quite like a painful pair of shoes. No matter how comfortable they felt when you tried them on in the shop, if you haven’t broken your shoes in before race day stick with your tried and tested training shoes.

Research your course

Before you show up at your event, try and find out where the course will take you. If there are any hills or tricky terrains you’ll have a better idea of how to pace yourself over the 3.1 miles.

Have fun!

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself! Enjoy the excitement and atmosphere of your chosen 5K event and give yourself a huge pat on the back once you’ve finished the run – regardless of times.


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Why run a 5K?

For anyone looking to start their fitness journey, whatever your age, training for and taking part in a 5k race is a great place to begin. If you’ve never ran competitively before, a 5K run is probably the best way you can start your adventure, as you will experience something that is challenging, but not too tough. Even with just a few weeks of training you should be able to pull off a 5K run.

Aside from being a great way to keep active, there are plenty of other great benefits to running a 5K too. Firstly, if you’re looking to lose some weight through exercise, running a 5K is a great way to start increasing your heart rate and burning those calories. Another reason to sign up to a 5K race is that it’s a great way to raise money for a good cause, with plenty of charity 5k runs taking place near you and across the UK all year round. Finally, running your first 5K is a great way to get into longer distance running. Once you’ve caught the running bug you’ll soon be progressing on to 10K, half marathon and eventually marathon races!

5k Runs Near Me

Whilst there are plenty of high-profile running events taking place in the larger towns and cities in the UK, there are also plenty of opportunities to join a 5K run closer to home too. There are a number of 5K 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.

Another great benefit of running a local 5K is that it’s easier to get your friends and family involved too, whether they choose to run alongside you or cheer you on at the finish line. We list lots of 5K running events that take place all over the UK, so be sure to take a look for 5K runs near you using the search bar on the left. You can then filter races based on location and other options to find the perfect event for you.

Charity 5k runs near me and fundraising

As we’ve mentioned, running a 5K is a great way to raise some money for charity, and the race is a great length for people of all ages to get involved. As well as the well-known races, such as the Great Run series, there are a number of smaller events for people to get involved in too, and in fact many, many charities hold races throughout the year with the sole intention of raising money to help people.

Fundraising for a 5K is really easy to set up too. Many charities will provide you with a sponsor 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 a 5K race near you is also a great way to show your support for locally based charities.

5K Charity races, as well as 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 5K races near me?

So, if you’ve decided to take part in a 5K race to raise money for a charitable cause you may be wondering ‘How do I find a 5K near me?’. The answer is on our site! On our events page, you’ll find all sorts of fitness events that are happening all over the UK. The search bar on the left of the page can be used to help you find the perfect event. Once you’ve narrowed down the type of race you’re looking to take part in, a 5K in this case, 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 5k races in the UK

As we’ve mentioned, as well as smaller, local 5K events, we also list some of the best known and loved event series on our site too. Our most popular searches include:

Royal Parks

The Royal Parks is a charity that looks after London’s largest green spaces such as Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park and The Regent’s Park, and Kensington Gardens. The Royal Parks running series takes runners through these beautiful green spaces with events ranging from 5K races to marathons.

London 5k Runs

London may be well known for its annual marathon, but did you know there are loads of 5K runs to sign up to in the capital too? We’ve got plenty listed on our events page so be sure to check it out!

5k Inflatable Run

If you’re looking to turn up the fun factor, an inflatable 5K run could be the right race for you. With an inflatable 5K race, you won’t just be running, you’ll be bouncing, jumping and springing your way to the finish line through a series of inflatable obstacles. These events are great for thrill-seekers!


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Are you looking for some more information or advice about running a 5K? We’ve got plenty of informative articles in our blog that will tell you everything you need to know to get started. We’ve also got tips for training, burning calories through running and improving your race time. Get started with some of the articles below:

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