12 Jul

Runners Gear Up For 5Ks

Run and Park 5K

The next fortnight sees lots of 5ks taking place around Scotland as runners hope for an improvement in the weather. Big Fun Run events take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh this weekend. Next week the Beveridge Park 5K series continues in Fife, while Balloch Country Park hosts another Run 'n' Park 5K following on the success of recent events. As always there is the parkrun option with eight runs around the country every Saturday

Last Saturday's (7 July) Run 'n' Park trial run had a bumper turnout and could now become a permanent fixture in the running calendar. The free event gives those participating great views of Loch Lomond, Balloch Castle and the Walled Garden.

Further east, the Big Fun Runs in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park and Edinburgh's Holyrood Park are untimed 5k runs staged in scenic parks with an emphasis on a inclusive fun days for all the family. The Big Fun Runs also attract big colourful charity contingents which add to the relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. Saturday's run in Glasgow goes through expansive parkland and ornamental gardens in the city's premier public park while on Sunday, Holyrood Park will see runners follow Queens Drive around Arthurs Seat - passing by the Salisbury Crags, the three lochs of Duddingston, Dunsapie and St Margaret's, taking in extensive views of Edinburgh.

Fifers have their own 5k option with the fourth race in the Beveridge Park 5K series taking place in Kirkcaldy on Friday 21 July. There is also a Fife option for parkrunners at St Andrews with the other parkrun events at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Strathclyde Park, Falkirk, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee (Camperdown).

Unfortunately a further July 5k option is no longer available with the cancellation of British Heart Foundation's Jim Jam Jogs at Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh however BHF tell us they are looking ahead to their Winter Warmer series later in the year.

For more information visit our race listings page.