Southend-on-Sea 5k 2024
£15.99 Adults | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50
About the 5k event
The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.
Join forces or go solo
Warm up with other Race for Lifers
Supporters and spectators welcome
Soak up the atmosphere
You fundraise, we discover
"Race for Life was an inspiring, uplifting, memorable day"
Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.
The start and finish are in the same place, on the showground field, next to the 3G football pitches.
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Pedestrians: Access the main event site via the internal road, just after Garon Park/ Leisure centre car park. Take the path to the right hand side, go past the 3G football pitches and straight ahead towards the showground which will be on your right hand side.
General Event Parking: Parking is FOC and located in Redgra Playing Fields, Eastern Avenue, SS2 4FA which is a short walk to Garon Park showground. Please note that parking is limited so we ask that participants utilise local transport links where possible.
Blue Badge Parking: Blue badge parking is available in the Leisure Centre Car Park, SS2 4FA which is a short walk to Garon Park showground. Please note that this is separate from the designated participant/ spectator parking area.
Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off in the Leisure Centre Car Park.
Bus: First Bus provide a number of services which drop off on Eastern Avenue which is a 5 minute walk to the main event site.
Train: Nearest train station is Southend Central which is 3 miles to the main event site.
Electric Charging points: There are currently no electric charging points on site. The closest charging point is Shell on Eastern avenue which is 1 mile away.
Cycling & Bike Racks:There are16 bike racks available near the Garon Park entrance. Bike locks can be hired from the Pitch side Café.
The event site and the majority of this two lap couse is entirely on grass. Wheelchair users with assistance may want to take part, but it is a challenging surface and can be very hard going, especially if the ground is wet.
If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or if you need to bring a guide runner, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel you might need extra help at the event please do pick up a badge at the Blue Enquires Marquee so that our crew and volunteers can look out for you and check you are OK.
Our team of Event Managers are proud to be Dementia Friends.
Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.
Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.
Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.
Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.