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Southend-on-Sea 5k 2025

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Southend-on-Sea 5k

Sunday 11 May 2025

£15.99 Aged 16 and over | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 11 May 2025

Time: 11:00

Venue: Garon Park

30% off entry in 2025 with code RFL25ISU

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

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About the 5k event

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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.


Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA View map

Course information

The start and finish are on grass and are located on the showground. The 5k route is a double lap on a mixture of grass and rubber pathways.

Our courses are accurately measured with a measuring wheel, which may differ from GPS devices. Please follow the designated route closely to maintain the intended distance; cutting corners will affect your distance covered.

Join forces or go solo

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You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, 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 above 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.

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.

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Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start and finish are on the showground field, next to the 3G football pitches.

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By car

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. 

Volunteer Parking: This is in the Leisure Centre Car Park

Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off in the Leisure Centre Car Park.

Electric Charging points: There are none available at this event.  The closest charging point is Shell on Eastern avenue which is 1 mile away.

Public transport and pedestrians:

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. 

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.

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are 16 bike racks available near the Garon Park entrance. Bike locks can be hired from the Pitch side Café. 

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers

The event site and the majority of this two lap couse is 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.

We aim for maximum accessibility at our events. Our contact centre and on-site team are ready to assist with any needs or questions you may have.

Additional Support request badges are available, and our Event Managers are trained 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.

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