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Fun 5Ks to enter if running is part of your New Year’s resolutions


A round-up of some of the best 5Ks to enter in 2021, from Tough Mudder to Race For Life.

January is already well underway, and that can only mean one thing: New Year’s resolutions.

While some people focus on work-based goals or spending time with friends and family, for many, the aims they set will have something to do with health and fitness. 

With running having been such a big deal during lockdown, it’s only natural that plenty of people would use this time as an opportunity to get started themselves, or simply to up the ante with their weekly jogs. 

But, as with most resolutions, there is always the worry that we just won’t stick at our new hobby once we’re settled into the new year. 

If that’s the case for you then never fear, because there are plenty of 5K runs happening later this year that you can sign up for, including fun runs, runs for charities, and even a virtual event.

In doing so, you give yourself something definite to work towards and a deadline in which to reach your goals. Plus, 5Ks can be really fun!

Of course, many have been cancelled this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but the ones that are going ahead look set to be pretty epic. Just make sure you keep an eye on any updates as you near the time of the event.

Here are five of the best 5K runs that are going to be happening in the UK in 2021, which you can sign up for now. 

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to lace up your running shoes and get training. 

Race For Life 

Join the iconic Race For Life 5K and raise money for Cancer Research UK. (Picture: Race For Life)

The iconic Race For Life is Cancer Research UK’s biggest fundraising event, and has raised almost £500 million since it was established 25 years ago. And, while it used to be a women-only event, men are now more than welcome to run the course, all in the name of raising money to beat cancer. 

You can also rest assured that Cancer Research UK have kept the government’s coronavirus guidance in mind, and will be putting measures in place to reduce congestion on the course and keep things as hygienic as possible. 

Race For Life will take place in locations across the country throughout the year, with the last runners set to cross the line in York in September. 

Inflatable 5K 

Embrace your inner child by running this 5K inflatable obstacle course. (Picture: Inflatable 5K)

The Inflatable 5K is the world’s biggest inflatable 5K obstacle course. Think massive bouncy castles with obstacles that will exhilarate and thrill your inner child.

Basically, if you’re after a race that is as fun as it is challenging, then this is the one for you. 

Inflatable 5K events will be taking place in locations across the country, with entry starting at just £20 for children and £30 for adults. 

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5K 

Take in the beautiful city of Edinburgh on this scenic 5K run. (Picture: Edinburgh Marathon Festival)

Take part in the biggest running festival in Scotland with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival’s 5K run. 

Run against a backdrop of incredible, panoramic views of Edinburgh and take in the sights of Edinburgh Castle and St Margaret’s Loch (to name just a few). It’s hilly, but it’s definitely worth it. 

Set to take place on 29 May, 2021, there are a handful of entry options, which start at £18.50 each. 

Tough Mudder 5K 

Take on a Tough Mudder 5K to prove you’re more than just a runner. (Picture: Tough Mudder)

If you want an exciting running event that you can really look forward to, then look no further than Tough Mudder’s 5K obstacle course. Featuring 13 of the most ridiculous obstacles you can think of, this is no ordinary race. 

Tackle tricky climbs, ropes courses and, of course, plenty of muddy bogs as you prove that you’re more than just a runner. 

Tough Mudder 5K events will be taking place across the UK, from the South West up to Scotland, with the first ones set to take place in London West in May, 2021.

Big Fun Run Virtual 5K 

For those of you who would rather not commit to an in-person race just yet, then why not sign up for the Big Fun Run? A virtual race with relaxed rules, the whole point of the event is to keep you moving and help you challenge yourself. 

You won’t feel alone taking part in the event, either, because the organisers will send you a goodie bag, including a printable participation number, an audio countdown to start your run, and, of course, a medal and personalised finisher certificate. 

There are a few different entry options, depending on whether you want to run as an individual or for a charity, and you can take part as and when you feel ready. 

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Get in touch: metrolifestyleteam@metro.co.uk.


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