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Guildford 5k 2024

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Guildford 5k

Saturday 20 Jul 2024

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

Date: Saturday 20 Jul 2024

Time: 10:00

Venue: Stoke Park

30% off entry in 2025 with code RFL25ISU

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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.


Stoke Park, Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1ER View map

Course information

The start is on the open green in front of the Cricket Pitch within Stoke Park and directly behind the Rugby Club.

The course is entirely on grass and is a scenic route around the beautiful Stoke Park. 

The finish is diagonally across from the start, approx 20 metres closer to London road but still without the park grounds.

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

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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 meeting point is in Stoke Park fields adjacent to Guildfordians Rugby Football Club.

If using what3words, enter ///rock.farmer.gentle in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

Pedestrians: You can enter the event site in multiple locations. All will be open and accessible but the closest entrance is directly opposite the Spectrum Leisure Centre or via The Rugby Football Club on London Road.

PLEASE NOTE: Roadworks are due to be taking place in and around the M25/M3 area in 2024 with diversions in place which could add significantly to journey times. Please check travel information before setting off. For up to date closure information, see here: Roadworks - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

More information about the project and the latest updates can be found here: Junction improvement programme - M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)

General Event Parking: Please note that there is no parking permitted on the roads around Stoke Park or at Guildford Spectrum for the event. There is limited parking at the Northside field directly opposite Stoke Park which is a 2 minute walk to the event site, and at Allianz offices, which is a 15 minute walk to the event site. As parking is limited, please use public transport if you can.

Blue Badge Parking: There is limited parking available in the Rugby Football Club which is at the top of Stoke Park and just off London Road. This will be stewarded and they will direct you as needed.

Bus: There are a number of buses that drop at Avenmore Avenue Bus Stop which is directly adjacent to the event site.

Train: London Road train station is the closest station to the event site. It is approx a 15 minute walk.

Electric Charging points: The closest electric charging point is directly opposite the event site GU1 1UP

Cycling & Bike Racks: Unfortunately there are no specific bike racks within Stoke Park.

Drop offs: There is no specific drop off location for the event. 


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

This course is deemed wheelchair accessible with assistance. It is all on grass however, so with any prolonged wet weather prior to the event, is likely to make the ground a bit more challenging.

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.

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 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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