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Plymouth 5k 2024

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Plymouth 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: The Hoe

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.


The Hoe, Hoe Promenade, Plymouth, PL1 2PA View map

Course information

Course descripton

The Plymouth 5k route starts and finishes on the picturesque Hoe promenade, adjacent to Smeaton’s Tower, and provides fantastic views of the sea and a great atmosphere. 

The 5k Course has an overall ascent of 62m throughout the full 5k course

The start is on hardstanding located on The Hoe, Hoe Promenade. 

The course is on The course is all on paved paths and follows closed roads around the Hoe and pathways in Hoe Gardens, so please do expect some steep inclines and some uneven surfaces.

The finish is on hardstanding located on The Hoe, Hoe Promenade. 

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.

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 on The Hoe Promenade, near the RAF Memorial. 

The finish line is on The Hoe Promenade, near the RAF Memorial. 

If using what3words, enter ///loaf.magic.much in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

Pedestrians: The closest entrance to the event site for pedestrians on foot is the entrance from Lockyer Street & Citadel Road.

General Event Parking:  There is no designated event car park at this venue, however there are multiple city centre car parks nearby. For more information, please visit https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/find-somewhere-park 

Please note the following road closures will be in effect for the event (timings will be updated nearer the event):

Hoe Road, Madeira Road

One-way sections: Hoegate Street; Lambhay Hill, Elliot Street until Junction of Citadel Road; Citadel Road for short stretch; Leigham Ter; Leigham Street; Cliff Road; W. Hoe Road; Great Western Road; Grand Parade

Blue Badge Parking: There is no designated event car park at this venue and please note that blue badge parking on The Hoe Promenade will be closed for the duration if the event, please note On-Street regulations for Blue Badge parking in Plymouth; 

Yellow lines - for 3 hours or less (with a badge and clock)

Resident bays - for 3 hours or less (with a badge and clock)

Disabled bays - for an unlimited time unless roadside signs show time limits

Pay and display bays - for an unlimited time and free of charge

Volunteer Parking: There is no designated event car park at this venue, however there are multiple city centre car parks nearby. For more information, please visit https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/find-somewhere-park 

Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off via Citadel Road and Lockyer Street. 

Public Transport:-

Bus: These Bus lines stop near Plymouth Hoe:11, 12, 13, 2, 21A, 2A, 42A, FAL, GOLD, The Closest bus stop Royal Parade A5, Plymouth City Centre is 128 meters away, 2 min walk. 

Train: Plymouth train station, PL4 6AB is about a 25-minute walk away from the event and uses the local Great Western Railway service. 

Electric Charging points: The nearest public electric car charging points to the event site are via Urban Electric Charging Station on Leigham St, Plymouth, please be mindful of road closures during event a secondary location for charging points is a BP Pulse Charging Station located at Holiday Inn Plymouth, Armada Way, Pl1 2HJ

Cycling & Bike Racks: Plymouth City Council have installed more cycle parking across the city, You can find cycle parking available on Plymouth Hoe by using what three words ///garden.pokers.stuff

Plymouth's Beryl Bikes e-bikes are available in Plymouth in partnership with Plymouth City Council to help you tackle those famous hills and see the city from a new angle, hire bikes by the minute or the hour, making it easy to explore the city on two wheels. 

Parking bays for 510 e-bikes are located across the area just download the Beryl app now and get ready to ride.

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

This course is all solely on Tarmac and a wide route. There is no differentiation in the terrain. The event site is also on hardstanding, with the staged area on Grass next to the lighthouse which may become boggy and uneven in poor weather conditions. However due to some steep inclines, especially up Lambhay Hill on the route, assistance may be required for wheelchair users. The 5k Course has an overall ascent of 62m throughout the full 5k course. Plymouth Hoe is accessible to all with wide tarmac paths throughout the park as well as long the seafront. 

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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