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Swindon 5k 2025

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Swindon 5k

Saturday 3 May 2025

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

Date: Saturday 3 May 2025

Time: 11:00

Venue: Lydiard Park

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
Lydiard Park, Hook Street, Swindon, SN5 3PA View map

Course information

The Start and Finish are both on grass. The course is on a mixture of tarmaced paths and  woodland trails. Due to the nature of the venue, the route does involve some hills, uneven ground, twists and turns and all adds to the challenge and fun.

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 in line with the childrens play area outside the Jungle Parc and Forest Cafe.

The finish line is a little further up from the start line near the large oak tree.

If using what3words, enter ///spouse.manages.tinny in the free app, to find the exact starting point. 

 

By car:

General Event Parking: We will be providing free of charge parking on grass for all participants and spectators within Lydiard Park in a specific area. Please enter the car park via the gate off of Hook Street. You can use the free WhatThreeWords app and enter ///twins.solve.envisage to find the exact location. Note that is not the usual entrance you would use for Lydiard Park. Continue past the Lydiard Park signposted entrance for 300m, where you will see car parking signage and a steward to direct you into the car park. Normal parking charges will apply to the rest of Lydiard Park, so please ensure you follow the temporary event signage to ensure you do not have to pay. To access this event parking, please follow signs for Lydiard Park (via Hook Street), not signs for Lydiard House. Parking is not permitted on or via Hay Lane by Lydiard House).

Blue Badge Parking: Blue badge parking is available towards the front of the event parking area. Stewards will direct any blue badge holders to these spaces.

Volunteer Parking: Volunteer parking is available within the general event parking.

Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off within the car park for Lydiard Park off of Hook Street utalising the mini roundabout within the car park.

Electric Charging points: There are none available at this event.

Public transport and pedestrians:

Pedestrians: There are very few transport links to the venue. The closest entrance to the event site for pedestrians on foot is the entrance from Gower Close.

Bus:  For public transport options and to plan your journey please visit: http://swindontravelchoices.co.uk.

Train: The nearest train station for this event is Swindon train station which is 4.2 miles and a 20 minute drive away.

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are none available at this event.

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

We recommend the course is wheelchair accesible but with assistance. Please be mindful that although this course is flat, over 50% is on grass with no path alternative so assistance may be required, especially weather dependant. This also includes the same for pushchairs, the route is mainly flat with a small incline over a bridge, therefore please do consider this, especially if there has been wet weather prior to the event.

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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