How far is 5k?
An achievable distance for all women
Race for Life events are 5km (or just over three miles). It’s not that much further than when you walk your dog, go sightseeing or go on a shopping trip.
Take a look at some examples below of how easily you can cover 5k.
- walking the circular route at Braids Hill in Edinburgh, taking in the breathtaking views
- strolling down Southend promenade, followed by the longest pleasure pier in the world, and back again
- not much further than walking Cardiff’s Centenary Walk, taking in some of the city’s most celebrated landmarks, as well as some well-kept secrets
- wandering along the River Thames from Westminster Bridge to the Tower of London
- walking from the start of Whiteladies Road in Bristol down to the Floating Harbour, and back to the edge of Westbury Park
- taking part in Belfast’s famous ghost walk, listening to ghostly tales along the way
- a day's shopping trip in Leeds, walking around the St John's Centre, Victoria Quarter and Headrow Shopping Centre finishing in the Corn Exchange
- sightseeing along the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight costal path, from Bembridge to Sandown
- walking from the Railway station to Council house three times, in Nottingham
How long does it take to complete the 5k course?
Race for Life events are not competitive, so you can run, walk or even dance along the course at your own pace.
Those who jog or run often complete the 5k course in about 30 to 45 minutes. Walkers take about an hour, but there is no pressure to finish in a certain time.
It’s all about getting together to gang up on cancer.
Take the 10k challenge
Double the distance and double the fun with Race for Life 10k.
Find out how far 10k is.
Training advice and tips
Take a look at our 5k and 10k training plans to help you get ready for your Race for Life event.
Join the fight against cancer and enter Race for Life
Cancer, we’re coming to get you. Join in this year’s Race for Life and show cancer who’s boss. Come along and run, walk, dance or sponsor - together we will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.