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Join us for a Race for Life 5k event

Join us for a Race for Life 5k

No matter how cancer affects us, life is worth Racing for.

  • The 5k is a good first challenge for most people.  

  • 5k is just over 3 miles and can take about an hour to complete on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. The one thing we’re beating is cancer.  

  • Go at your own pace and help fund life-saving cancer research. 

Find a 5k event near you

Join people of all ages and abilities at your local Race for Life. Search our range of events taking place up and down the country this summer. 

We're with you every step of the way

Fundraising support

Donation bucket


We'll send you plenty of fundraising materials, ideas and top tips for you to get inspired and hit your £50 fundraising target.

Preparing for your 5k event

Female Walker

Choose a training plan to help you get Race for Life ready. You could even use Strava or Fitbit to track your run, walk or jog. 

Facebook community support

Facebook on phone

Once you've signed up, you'll get access to the Super Supporters Facebook group. Hear from others and get motivated!


Make the most of your Race for Life Day

Race for life participants having fun at events

Join forces or go solo. You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving cancer research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace. You could lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! Whatever you do, however far you go, you’re helping to beat cancer.  


Warm up with other Race for Lifers. Shake off any pre-race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.  

Supporters and spectators welcome. Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section of your event page to see what’s happening on the day. 

Soak up the atmosphere. After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park. 



5 kilometres is just over 3 miles and on average takes around an hour to complete dependant on ability.

Our courses are measured using measuring wheels by our team of experienced Event Managers. Measuring wheels are the most accurate way of measuring course distances as they are not impacted by surrounding buildings or terrain, this is why the distance may be different from Garmin, Strava, Apple Watch & Fitbit technology.

Find the right event for you

Don't fancy a 5k event? Check out our range of Race for Life events and find one that suits you.