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Inverness 5K

  • 12:40 Sunday 10 March 2019
  • All ages welcome
  • Price: from £11

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!


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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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Entry Includes

  • Finisher's medal
  • Event giveaway
  • Highland Spring water at the finish line


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.


How old must I be to compete?

The Inverness 5K is open to all ages. All children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

When do entries close?

Entries are open for the Inverness 5K until 19 February 2019, with limited entries available on race day.

What is included in the entry fee?

Entry fee includes finisher’s medal, event giveaway and Highland Spring water at the finish.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry, for example club name or your address,  can be made by logging into your account by 20 February. This link is also included on your confirmation email.  After this date, please email us as info@invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk if you wish to make any changes.

Is it possible to enter on race day?

A limited number of race day entries for the Inverness 5K are available during Registration open between 09.30-11.45 on Sunday 10 March.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can visit the My Events page to check your entry.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.

When will I receive my race number?

Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. You will receive an email advising you of this.

All 5K runners must collect their race number during pre-race registration between 09.30-12.00 on Sunday 10 March at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS.

When and where does registration take place?

All 5K runners must collect their race number during pre-race registration between 09.30-12.00 on Sunday 10 March at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS.

Where and when does the 5K start?

The Inverness 5K starts at 12.40 prompt on Sunday 10 March on Bught Road about 500 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness. All 5K runners will be asked to congregate in the 5K start holding area no later than 12.20.

Where can I park?

Limited parking will be available at Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (please note that parking charges may apply). 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.

Can I get a photo of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

Are dogs allowed?

We’re sorry but for safety reasons we do not allow dogs to run with you in either of the races. Dogs are also not permitted within Inverness Sports Centre or the finish line at Queens Park Stadium.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in the 5K?

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.

How do I enter a team from a school or youth club into the 5K?

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 info@invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk for further information.

Can I run wearing headphones?

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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