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Inverness 5K

  • 12:45 Sunday 10 March 2024
  • All ages welcome
  • Price: from £12

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).

Entry Includes

  • Finisher's medal
  • Event giveaway
  • 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 who should also enter the 5K.

When do entries close?

Entries are open for the Inverness 5K until midday on 3 March 2025, subject to race capacity, with limited entries available on race day.

What is included in the entry fee?

Entry fee includes finisher’s medal, event giveaway, downloadable finisher’s certificate (from marathon photos live) and 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 Active account by 18 February 2024. This link is also included on your confirmation email.  After this date, please tell us at Registration if you wish to make any changes.

Is it possible to enter on race day?

There will be a limited number of race day entries to the 5K available, subject to capacity.  Please come along to registration in Inverness Leisure from 1030-1200 on Sunday to sign up.  

Is it possible to transfer my place to another runner or a different race?

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 by 18 February 2024. 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.

Please see our terms and conditions of entry for further information.

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 midday on 4 March 2024 (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.

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 10.30-12.00 on Sunday 10 March 2024 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 10.30-12.00 on Sunday 10 March 2024 at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS.

Where and when does the 5K start?

The Inverness 5K starts at 12.45 prompt on Sunday 10 March 2024 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 12.25.

Where can I park?

·     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.

Can I get a photo of myself running the race?

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

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.

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.

Can I take part in the 5K in a wheelchair?

Standard wheelchairs which are assisted (pushed) are permitted in the 5K. If you are taking part as an assisted wheelchair entrant your assistant/pusher will be allocated a complimentary entry into the event. Please note for safety reasons assisted wheelchair participants will be asked to start towards the rear of the field. Please email info@invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk to let us know that you intend to take part in a wheelchair.

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.

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 [email protected] for further information.

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