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Colchester 5k 2021

There has been a change to this event since the original listing, the most up to date information is posted below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

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Colchester 5k
Sunday 3 Oct 2021

£14.99 Young Adults | £14.99 Adults | £10.00 Children

This is a 5k for everyone. This is thousands of people uniting with one purpose - to raise valuable funds for life-saving research.

Key Information

Date: Sunday 3 Oct 2021

Time: from 11:30

Young Adults: £14.99
Adults: £14.99
Children: £10.00
Under 6 entry (Girls and boys): free and no registration needed

Venue: Lower Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1XN View map

Distance: 5k

Course information

The Colchester route is a single lap 5k which winds around historic Lower Castle Park and encompasses views of the river and, of course, the dramatic Roman Walls and Castle. Please take notice of signs on the course and to allow faster participants to pass safely by.

Meeting point

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we’ll be operating a staggered start time in 2021 to ensure your safety on event day.  Additional start times may become available as and when needed.

The start line is within the main field in Lower Castle Park, next to the bowling green. You will see the main event area with the marquees, flags and staging.

To access the Start Line please enter Lower Castle park from Rye Gate.  Rye Gate is accessed via Middle Mill Road found at the bottom of Maidenburgh Street, Northgate Street & St Peters Street.  Please do not enter from Upper Castle Park direction or from Leisureworld’s direction as Race for Life participants will be running through these gates and areas due to the staggered start times.

There is no parking at the venue however NCP Colchester High Street (Public Car Park) is a 5 minute walk away: 

Nunns Road, Colchester, CO1 1EJ

1 hour = £2.00

2 hours = £3.00

3 hours = £4.00

4 hours = £5.50 

Colchester Train Station and bus services are just a walk away, for more information please go to www.visitcolchester.com

Please note there are new road layouts within Colchester Town Centre with enforced bus lanes.

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

This route is mainly on grass and pathways with a few inclines.  The ground can become soft and muddy near the river when there has been wet weather. For this reason we feel that wheelchair users would require assistance.

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/helper to accompany you, 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

Supporter / spectator access

Please note, whilst we hope we can open our events to families and friends supporting on the day, this may not be possible due to government guidelines around COVID-19.  Please refer to the section ‘ how we are keeping you safe’ https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/your-safety for further updates.