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11 MARCH 2018


If you want to run but are not sure where to start, then this event offers a nice entry level. It’s open to people of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants and children accompanied by adults.

We find that many friends and family of runners for the Inverness ½ Marathon ‘catch the bug’ and like to join in, but appreciate a more gentle challenge. The 5K Fun Run is exactly that, and we would recommend this event as an ideal introduction to organised running.

You can even take the challenge that little bit further by using your run to raise money for good causes. So if you’re thinking you’d like to do some running but haven’t had the opportunity, the 5K Fun Run is for you.

Completion of a 5K is certainly an achievement to be proud of! Entries are limited so don’t be slow to get your place.

To ensure enjoyable participation on the day, we ask that wheelchair entrants notify race organisers prior to the event if they intend to take part.



How to Enter

Entry for the 2017 Inverness 5K Fun Run is now open.  

The Fun Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants.

Limited entries will be available on race day during registration from 09.30-12.00 in the Sports Hall.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before entering.


Confirmation of Entry

All runners will receive a confirmation email.   Race instructions will also be sent by email in early March and be available to download from the website.

Race Day Timings

Sunday 12 March 2017

09.30-12.00 Registration for 5K Fun Run (limited entries available)
12.20 5K Fun Runners to be assembled at holding area near start
12.30 5K Fun Runners guided to Start
12.40 5K Fun Run Start


Limited parking will be available at the Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks. However, it is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre.

Please do not park at the Ice Rink as this is private property and do not leave your car on the streets surrounding the Sports Centre/start area along the river as these form part of the race route. Illegally parked cars may be removed. Parking stewards will be on hand to give directions and information.

Please allow plenty of time to get parked and walk to registration.

Please download map for road closures around Inverness Sports Centre.


All participants must register at Inverness Sports Centre between 09.30-12.00 on Sunday 12 March.

You should bring your email confirmation to registration and a note of your race number. This will allow you to collect your race number.

Please fasten your race number to the front of your t-shirt. If it is not displayed you may be pulled out of the fun run before the finish and you will not receive your medal. Please do not deface your race number: this is contrary to Scottish Athletics’ regulations and will lead to your disqualification.

If you have a medical condition, provide as much information as possible on the reverse of your race number and put a red cross on the front. This is so the doctor and medical teams are aware of any existing medical condition should you require assistance on the course.

For safety reasons, do NOT swap numbers with other runners.


Baggage labels will be attached to your race number.  Please tear off and attach to the top of your bag in a visible place. There will be space provided at the Sports Centre to leave any baggage. Whilst there will be security in place, please do not leave any valuables as the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for any items lost, damaged or stolen. There are secure lockers within the Sports Centre.

The Start

The Fun Run starts at 12.40pm prompt on Sunday 12 March on Bught Road about 500 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness.   All 5K runners should congregate in the holding area no later than 12.20.

Please be sensible where you position yourself at the start, remembering the slower you are, the nearer to the back of the group you should be. If in doubt stay near the back as you can always speed up as the race progresses.

It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that children are placed in an appropriate position that is suitable for their running ability.  Walkers, those with buggies and small children (even if accompanied by an adult) should start at the rear of the group.

The Route

Click on the map above to view a larger version 

The route is flat and scenic. Starting at Bught Park, the route heads towards Inverness City Centre and then takes two right turns, the first over the River Ness and the second takes you below Inverness Castle. It then takes runners alongside the river before crossing through the Ness Islands, past the Ice Rink and into Queens Park Stadium.

The Finish

The finish is on the running track at Queens Park Stadium at Inverness Sports Centre.  The finish area is a secure area with no public access.  Once across the line you will move along the funnel where you will be presented with your finishers’ medal and be reunited with family and friends.


Please note that the 5K is not timed and there are no official results or prizes for this race.

Changing and Shower Facilities

There are male and female changing, shower and toilet facilities at the Sports Centre. Please remember that the general public will be using these facilities at the same time and you are asked to consider them whilst you are using them.

Portable toilets are available within the vicinity of the start line.

Schools and Clubs Entry

There are reduced entry fees for schools, youth clubs and disability groups in the 5K Fun Run. For further information about entering a team, please email

First Aid and Medical Care

The Red Cross will provide first aid and medical care in both static and mobile units. First Aiders will be co-located at every water stop.

If you wish to retire at any point during the race, please approach one of our medical or marshal teams. Should runners not be allowed to continue for medical reasons or require hospital treatment, Race Headquarters will be notified.

For safety reasons, please do not leave the course without informing an event official.


Massage will be available from Inverness Therapy Clinic in the Sports Hall during registration and post-race in return for a donation to our offiial charity, Highland Hospice.

Inverness Therapy


Our spectators have a key part to play in the event. Their cheers of encouragement and congratulations always help to keep the runners on the move.

The finish line is on the running track at Queens Park Stadium at Inverness Sports Centre.  We would encourage spectators to come to the Stadium and cheer runners on.

For safety reasons, it is not permitted to accompany runners on foot or by cycle along the race route.

We regret that dogs are not allowed within Queens Park Stadium.

Please visit Spectators and Residents Info for more details.

Be Greener

  • The event is held in a beautiful and pristine environment and we are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the event wherever possible.
  • We are delighted to work with drink suppliers who are reducing the environmental impact of their products and our target is to recycle 95% of the drink containers discarded on race day. Please help us by depositing discarded water bottles and other waste, e.g. energy gels in rubbish collection points located a short distance from each drink station.
  • We aim to reduce the paper waste from the event. To help us achieve this we produce e-bulletins, updates and newsletters and try to minimise the amount of printed material generated from the event. Please help us reduce paper waste going to land fill by recycling printed material we send you.
  • To help us reduce the travel carbon footprint of the event, we are keen to encourage car sharing or using public transport wherever possible.

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Congratulations & 2017 Results

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A huge thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and our supporting sponsors & partners: Highland Spring, Run 4 It, Clif Bar and Speedy Services.

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2017 Photos

Don’t forget you can get a memento of your race day by looking at Marathon Photos pics of yourself in action here.

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