Top 5K & 10K Runs

Whether you’re in the midst of training for a marathon or just want to ease yourself into the idea of running for longer than a few minutes, we’ve rounded up an assortment of 5-10Kruns that are distractingly fun but far enough to get you fit. Challenge yourself to achieve new distances, be it covered in dye or simply raising money (and your heart rate) for a good cause.

SL Tip: Keep an eye on websites like Sport Systems and Running Bug for up and coming runs around the country.

Breast Cancer Care & Shock Absorber WomenOnly 5K Run

Taking place on Sunday 12th July 2015, Breast Cancer Care has teamed up with Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon for this year’s 5K run at the picturesque Dorney Lake in Berkshire. Despite being titled a Triathlon (don’t panic) you can just run. The female-only race is a quieter choice for a good cause, with a supportive atmosphere and a pancake-flat route. Visit BreastCancerCare.org

The Colour Run 5K

On June 7th become a vibrant Colour Runner at the 5K racing event where it’s more about getting covered in paint with your pals than monitoring your pace. Held in the afternoon at Wembley Park, the colourful race often leads to a night of celebrating victory, so whether you run solo or in a team you won’t be the only person covered in paint riding the tube home. Make sure to wear a white t-shirt to fully turn technicolour. Visit TheColorRun.co.uk

Tower of London Run

Support the British Heart Foundation and participate in the Tower of London run on May 6th 2015, where you’ll find yourself running around the actual moat of the historic fortress.  Now in its 39th year this iconic run is one of London’s oldest running events and gives you the freedom to choose your distance. So whether you walk and jog 5K or run up to 10K is totally up to you. Visit BHF.org.uk

Electric Run London

Kicking off at 7pm at Wembley Park, the glow-in-the-dark Electric Fun Run illuminates London with lights, lasers and LEDs. On Saturday 2nd May, once coated in glow sticks and all things radiant, the 5K run takes off in five different waves of runners to the sound of pumping music played by live DJs. With over 70% of tickets sold already make sure to book yourself a place pronto and dance your way over the finish line. Visit ElectricRun.co.uk

Great City Race

Held at The Honourable Artillery Company Museum in London, the Great City race is a group effort where teams of four run 5K together to raise for the beneficiary, Seeing is Believing. Streets are closed for the corporate challenge, which takes place on the 9th July, and rewardingly this year all money raised will be matched by Standard Chartered pound for pound. Visit CityRace.co.uk

ParkRun

For those training for up and coming marathons or just trying to keep on track with a summer body, ParkRun organise weekly 5K timed runs around England that are completely free. Open to anyone, any level and any age, the running events always take place in parkland surroundings, so simply use their events page to locate a run near you. Visit ParkRun.org.uk

Run or Dye

Run or Dye races take place all across the country and conveniently for Londoner’s there’s a race in both North and South London, so you don’t even have to cross the river to run it. Every kilometer you’ll enter the Dye Zones where you can expect to be turned into a multicolored canvas as the Colour Crew governs Random Acts of Colour whether you  ask for it or not. Visit RunOrDye.co.uk 

Vitality 10k 

Happening on Sunday 12th July , this race is all about raising money for a good cause along with your heart rate. Despite the 15th Anniversary route yet to be announced, the Vitality British 10K road race is infamous for encompassing a scenic course that includes many of London’s most iconic landmarks. Visit TheBritish10kLondon.co.uk

Nike 10k

With races happening all over the globe; join thousands of women in London’s Victoria Park on 21st June for Nike Women’s 10K race series 2015. Drag your girlfriends along with you for support as you sprint to push yourself over the finish line or listen to Nike’s ethos and just do it. Visit Nike.com 

Run to the Beat 10k

Changing from a Half Marathon to a 10K race in 2014, Run to the Beat is taking place at Wembley Park on 13th September 2015. Sponsored by Sure, this run-come-festival combines a 10K run with live DJs blasting motivational music out until you complete the course. Once at the finish line, Wembley Stadium, your prize takes the shape of a headliner performer. But remember there’s no strict registration deadline, so get registered before all 12,500 places are filled. Visit RunToTheBeat.co.uk