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Falmouth 5k 2024

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Falmouth 5k

Sunday 12 May 2024

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

Date: Sunday 12 May 2024

Time: 11:00

Venue: Gyllyngvase Beach Car Park

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

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.


Gyllyngvase Beach Car Park, Spernen Wyn Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PA View map

Course information

The start and finish is on tarmac on Spernen Wyn Road outside the entrance to Gyllynvase Car Park.

The course is on tarmac on the roads throughout Falmouth town centre.

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottle already filled up.  A Scottish Power water refill station will be available to use at the finish

Please arrive 30 to 45mins before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time.

Our courses have been measured with a measuring wheel.  This is the most accurate measurement method and may not always match up with fitbits, strava and Apple watches.  Remember to follow the route carefully and don't cut corners as that will alter the distance you cover!

Join forces or go solo

Race for Life participants having fun at events
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.

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 line is on Spernen Wyn Road outside the entrance to Gyllynvase Car Park.

If using what3words, enter ///patch.taken.buddy in the free app, to find the exact starting point.


Pedestrians: If you are walking to the event, the event is at Gyllyngvase Beach Car Park off of Spernen Wyn Road.

General Event Parking:  Event Car Parking is available at Swanpool Beach. Please note, Swanpool Beach Car Park is approximately a 17 minute walk away from the event site (0.8 miles). Please factor this in to your travel time.

Please follow signs on the day as some roads in the area will be closed for the event.

Blue Badge Parking: Blue badge parking is available on Queen Mary Road but be aware that this road is effected by the road closures in place for this event. 

Volunteer Parking: Volunteer parking is available on Queen Mary Road but be aware that this road is effected by the road closures in place for this event. 

Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off on Queen Mary Road or Swanpool Car Park.

Public Transport:-

Bus: For public transport options and to plan your journey please visit:https://www.firstbus.co.uk/cornwall/routes-and-maps/network-maps  

Train: The nearest train station is Falmouth Town Station, which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the event area. The event area is also a short walk from various bus stops

Electric Charging points: None available at venue

Cycling & Bike Racks: None available at venue

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

We recommend the course is wheelchair accesible but with assistance. Please be mindful that although this course is flat and on tarmaced roads, over 50% is on an incline so assistance may be required. This also includes the same for pushchairs, the route is mainly flat with a numer of inclines, therefore please do consider this. The Course has an overall ascent of 74m throughout the full 5k course.

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 raceforlife@cancer.org.uk

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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