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Newbury 5k 2024

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Newbury 5k

Sunday 16 Jun 2024

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

Date: Sunday 16 Jun 2024

Time: 11:00

Venue: Newbury Racecourse

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.


Newbury Racecourse, The Racecourse, Newbury, RG147PN View map

Course information

The 5K route begins in front of the grandstand, heading out along the path parallel to the flats that overlook the racecourse. The route then enters the proximity of the racecourse and follows it around the edge for approximately 3KM, before looping around the driving range and heading back towards the event site to finish. Please be aware the ground can be uneven at times.

The start is on The start is on hardstanding located in front of the Dubai Duty Free Grandstand

The course is on  a mixture of terrain; hardstanding, gravel paths and grass.

The finish is on The finish is on hardstanding located in front of the Dubai Duty Free Grandstand

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

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 line is  located in front of the Dubai Duty Free Grandstand

The finish line is  located in front of the Dubai Duty Free Grandstand

If using what3words, enter ///silk.trail.drift in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

General Event Parking:  There is free of charge parking at Newbury Racecourse for all participants and spectators. Please access the Racecourse over the new bridge off Hambridge Road. Sat Navs: Use postcode RG14 5AW which will take you to Stryker (adjacent to the new bridge). At the mini roundabout go over the new bridge adjacent to Stryker, then turn right at the roundabout on the other side, following the road past the Nuffield Health Centre. Please note, there is no through access to or from Car Park 1 or Stroud Green/Racecourse Road. Please then follow signage to Car Park 4 which is free parking for the event, where you will be directed by stewards. 

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: Event car parking is available at the Racecourse.

Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off within the event car park at the Racecourse. 

Public Transport:-

Bus: The 9 bus (Newbury Racecourse) has 8 stops departing from Tesco the Triangle, Greenham and ending at Fetlock Drive, Newbury Racecourse.

Train: The nearest train station is Newbury Racecourse, and this is within walking distance from the site.

Electric Charging points: None available at venue

Cycling & Bike Racks: None available at venue

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

Although the majority of the route takes place on tarmac, there is a 1km section of the course which is on uneven and potentially boggy grass. There are also a number of uneven and challenging surfaces along the route. Therefore, the route is deemed not accessible for wheelchair or pushchair users.  

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 

A British Sign Language Interpreter will be availble on stage whilst our event host is speaking

If you feel you might need extra help at the event please do pick up a badge at the Blue Enquires Marquee so that our crew and volunteers can look out for you and check you are OK.

Our team of Event Managers are proud to be

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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