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Inverness 5k 2024

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Inverness 5k

Sunday 2 Jun 2024

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

Date: Sunday 2 Jun 2024

Time: 11:00

Venue: Highland Rugby Club

30% off entry in 2024 with code 24SPRING

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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.


Highland Rugby Club, Canal Park, Inverness, IV3 5SS View map

Course information

This course is a 5km distance, made up of two laps. The route starts and finishes at the Highland Rugby Club. It weaves up onto the A8082 which will be closed for the duration of the event. You get some beautiful views of the River Ness and the surrounding landscape, all whilsts on a flat, smooth course. The start, finish and the full course is on tarmac paths or roads.There is only one short section that has a slight incline and loose stones on the surface. 

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 ScottishPower water refill station will be available to use at the finish.

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

Our courses have been measured with a measuring wheel.  This is the most accurate measurement method and may not match fitn

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 line and finish line is on the Highland Rugby Club back field. Follow the footpath from the Whin Park car park.

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Pedestrians: Follow footpaths and event signage from the Whin Park car park or the Highland Rugby Club clubhouse.

General Event Parking:  There is a very limited amount of parking at the Highland Rugby Club, Whin Park, the Highland Archive Centre and across the canal at the Torvean car park. Please car share or use public transport and park responsibly to be considerate of our neighbours.

Blue Badge Parking: There is blue badge parking with the Whin Park car park that is a 4 minute walk along a smooth tarmac path to the start line.

Volunteer Parking: within the regular event car parks.

Drop Offs: You can be dropped off in any of the event car parks.

Public Transport:-

The closest bus stop is on Tomnahurich Bridge, which is a 10 minute walk from the start line.

Train: Inverness Train Station is a 45 minute walk from the start, but numerous bus routes link the station with the bus stop on Tomnahurich Bridge.

Electric Charging points: There is no electric car charging within any of the local car parks.

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are bike racks behind the Highland Rugby Club's clubhouse.

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

This route is mostly flat and on hardstanding paths throughout, there is one hill to go up at the start and down at the end of the route. Some wheelchair users may require assistance with this section due to the loose stones on the surface, but it is only approximately 200m long. Paths should not be impacted by bad weather.

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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