If you’re looking for a shorter distance or are new to running, the Inverness 5K could be the race for you. The 5K route is flat and scenic alongside the banks of the River Ness in the heart of the Highland capital of Inverness.
Whatever your running ability, fitness, age or experience if you enter the Inverness 5K, we guarantee you’ll cross the finish line with a smile on your face!
The 5K route starts on the riverside at Bught Park and follows the picturesque River Ness before crossing Ness Bridge in the centre of Inverness and turning right into Castle Road beneath Inverness Castle. The route continues south along Ness Bank and crosses the river again via the scenic Ness Islands to finish on the running track at Queens Park Stadium (Inverness Sports Centre).
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Water at the finish line
RUN FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR CLUB
If you’re part of a school group, youth club or disability group, taking part in the Inverness 5K presents the perfect opportunity to have fun, raise awareness AND fundraise all at the same time!
Discounted entry fees are available for teams from schools, youth clubs and disability groups. Get in touch for further information about entering a team.
Changes to your entry, for example club name or your address, can be made by logging into your Active account by 27 February 2023. This link is also included on your confirmation email. After this date, please tell us at Registration if you wish to make any changes.
If you are no longer able to participate, it is possible to transfer your place to another runner. You can do this by logging into your entry through My Events. Please note it is your responsibility to find a replacement runner and the transfer of place must be completed 6 weeks prior to the event (29 January 2023). Once the new runner has claimed the transfer and paid the full entry fee online, you will automatically be issued with a refund, minus the transfer fee.
We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races. If you are interested in taking part in another race you can still register online until 27 February 2023 (or earlier if race capacity is reached), but you will have to pay the registration fee.
Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to Scottish Athletics.
The Inverness 5K starts at 12.40 prompt on Sunday 12 March 2023 on Bught Road about 500 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness. All 5K runners will be asked to assemble in the 5K start holding area no later than 12.20.
·It is anticipated the area around Inverness Sports Centre will be very busy on the morning of the event and traffic flow will be slow. We encourage you to allow plenty of time, park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre or consider car sharing or walking/cycling where possible.
·Limited parking will be available at the Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (parking charges apply). Please see parking map.
We have teamed up with Marathon Photos Live, the leading event photography company in the world photographing over 700 mass participation events in over 35 countries. Every runner will find their photos and video within 24 to 48 hours after the event and can also download a FREE personalised Event Certificate. Find your photo here.
Yes, buggies are allowed on the 5K course, and you will be required to complete separate entries for yourself and your child. This is for safety reasons so that we have a record of everyone who is out on the course, and to allow us to provide medals and giveaways for everyone that takes part.
All schools, youth clubs and disability groups are eligible to enter teams into the Inverness 5K and receive reduced entry fees. If you wish to enter a team, please email [email protected] for further information.
In accordance with Scottish Athletics rules and for health and safety reasons you cannot participate in any of our races whilst listening to any personal music that will restrict your ability to hear the sounds around you on the day.
We do allow the use of earphones that use bone conduction technology, which allow the wearer to listen to music while still being aware of their surroundings.
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