The Kingston by Night 5k

The Kingston by Night 5k and 10k Cross Country run - this is the entry page for the 5k

If you want to enter the 10k click here

Entries open Friday March 1st at 19:00 - this race is limited to 800 runners and we expect it to sell out quickly so save the date and make sure you have fingers at the ready for opening.

Our Night Run event in partnership with Kingston Maurwood is about having fun, being social and exploring the outdoors.

This brand new, totally traffic-free race is contained within the grounds of Kingston Maurward College.

The scenic route takes you on mixed terrain, but mostly on grass, paths and trails and follows a picturesque path around the lake. 

Whether you’re an experienced off-roader, first-time runner looking for an adventure or even if you’d rather walk than run, then you’re more than welcome, you’ll be able to choose either our 1 loop 5k or our 2 loop 10k course.

Bright clothing and head torches are a must for this event. 

The minimum age will be 15.

At the finish all runners will be welcomed in to the athlete village where there will be a bar serving refreshments, these can be purchased along with hot food, think hog roast/bbq provided by Kingston Maurwood catering 

If you are thinking of entering this race why not book our other race the Kingston Canter Half Marathon, 5k or 10k (Link Here) the following day and if you wish to sleep over in your camper van, then you can book this here too - click this link. Space for overnight stay is limited to 50 Vans.

The link for booking the overnight stay will work from 1st March.

All finishers will be rewarded with a bespoke medal and buff to celebrate your achievements. 

Kingston by Night race will be well signed, have a friendly atmosphere, be chip timed, have awesome marshals and be loads of fun.

Plenty of free parking. 

Refreshments on site 

Registration and number collection will open at 16:00 

Race brief will be at 17:50 

Race starts 18:00 

The bar closes at midnight :)

Event poster of The Kingston by Night 5k
Event Time:07:00 pm
Event Date:12 October 2019
Event Distance:5 KM
Event Location: Dorchester, Kingston Maurward College, DT2 8PX

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

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!

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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.

Bournemouth Marathon

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.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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