The Reunion 5K
Thank you for your interest in the Reunion 5K. Everyone at London Marathon Events looks forward to welcoming you to Kempton Park on Saturday 15 May. By taking part, you will be playing an important role in helping running and other mass participation sports events return.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
Before you sign up, however, please read the following information about a few key differences between this event and races you may have entered in the past.
You’re invited to sign up for any one of the three 5K races we’re holding on Saturday 15 May. Each race will be slightly different, to enable us to gather a variety of information about Covid-19 transmission outdoors.
Each event will have around 3,000 participants and a maximum of 3,000 spectators. The minimum entry age is 16 for both groups and while those in an extremely clinically vulnerable group are permitted to take part, they are strongly urged to be cautious about attending. Spectators, like runners, will be required to register in advance (you’ll receive more info about this in your confirmation email after you’ve signed up) and spectator access to the venue will be limited to those who have registered.
We’ll confirm full details of each race nearer the time, but please note you will need to do the following in order to take part:
- Take a Covid-19 lateral flow test on Friday 14 May. We’ll send you more details of how to order a home lateral flow test kit, or book a test at your local test centre, once you’ve signed up
- Provide evidence that your lateral flow test was negative to gain entry to the event
- We are also asking attendees to take pre- and post-event home PCR tests, carried out to inform the research. These tests do not need to be ordered and will automatically be sent to attendees by Friday 14 May
- Download the official NHS Test and Trace app on your phone ahead of arrival at the event
- Complete a short post-event questionnaire
- Complete the Reunion 5K in less than 60 minutes
The Reunion 5K entry fee is £15 to cover the costs of putting on the event and includes a finisher medal. You will also be sent your official running number and timing chip in advance and you will receive a finishing time and official result after the event.
As with all our events, we want you to have fun and feel happy and comfortable. This event is part of the government’s Events Research Programme and will help our sport get back to inspiring activity and helping with people’s mental and physical health. If participating will cause you anxiety or if you are worried about Covid-19, we suggest you don’t sign up.
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