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Inverness 5k 2025

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Inverness 5k

Sunday 1 Jun 2025

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

Date: Sunday 1 Jun 2025

Time: 11:00

Venue: Highland Rugby Club

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.

Location

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

Course information

The 5k course is on the roads alongside the picturesque River Ness, crossing over Ness Bridge and Ness Islands. There are some sections on grass and woodland paths.

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 line is located on the Bught Park playing fields.

If using what3words, enter ///faces.oasis.crate in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

 

By car:

General Event Parking:  There is no event parking but there are a number of car parks in the city centre, only a short walk from the start line. 

Blue Badge Parking: Blue badge parking is available next to the start area - accessible at the Bught Dr / Torvean Ave junction. 

Volunteer Parking: There is no event parking but there are a number of car parks in the city centre, only a short walk from the start line. 

Drop Offs: at the Bught Dr / Torvean Ave junction. 

Electric Charging points: The closest are within the Highland Archive Centre car park. This is a chargable car park.

Public transport and pedestrians:

Pedestrians: The closest entrance is on Bught Road. Please note, the Infirmary Bridge across the River Ness will be closed for safety reasons during the event. Please use Ness Bridge as an alternative.

Bus: The closest bus stop is on Glenurquart Road which is a 5 minute walk from the start line.

Train: Inverness train station is a 20 minute walk from the start line. Visit travelinescotland.com for help with planning your journey.

Cycling & Bike Racks: there are bike racks in front of the Inverness Lesuire Centre

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
Toilets
No bag drop
Refreshments
No showers
Parking

This course is accessible to wheelchair users in dry weather, but due to a sizeable section of the course being on grass and woodland paths, assistance is recommended. 

In wet weather a large section of the course will become inaccessible to wheelchair users which significantly reduce the distance. The grass start and finish area will also be difficult to access.

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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