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Bournemouth 5k 2025

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Bournemouth 5k

Sunday 15 Jun 2025

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

Date: Sunday 15 Jun 2025

Time: 10:00

Venue: The Seafront

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.


The Seafront, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH1 2EZ View map

Course information

The start and finish is on hardstanding. The course is on tarmac paths taking you along the glorious seafront towards Boscombe Pier before leaving the 5k route and continuing along Boscombe promenade. The route turns around after 5k and returns to Pier Approach.

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 and finish is infront of the Seafront offices by Pier Approach.

If using what3words, enter ///vague.admiral.mock in the free app, to find the exact starting point.


By car:

General Event Parking: Please plan your journey and use city centre car parks or public transport where possible. 

Blue Badge Parking: For blue parking badge holders, the nearest disabled car parking is available at Bath Road North and Bath Road South. Please see the BCP Council Accessibilty guide to assit with making travel arrangments to this event https://www.bournemouth.co.uk/visitor-information/accessibility-guide

Volunteer Parking: There is limited parking near Pier Approach in Bath Road North and Bath Road South car parks. Please plan your journey and use city centre car parks or public transport where possible.

Drop Offs: Drop off passengers in the turning area behind the Oceanarium, next to the BIC, just a minute walk from the event site.

Electric Charging points: Electric charging points can be founnd in City Center car parks.

Public transport and pedestrians:

Train: The closest railway station is Bournemouth Train Station – 1.5 miles away 

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

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

The route is out and back along tarmac paths of the seafront. Please note that in some weathers a lot of sand can blow onto the route, making it harder to navigate for wheelchair and pushchair users. The event is suitable for wheelchair users.

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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