August Bank Holiday 5K

We’re sorry that Barking Road Runners’ Bank Holiday 5K race was cancelled for 2020 due to difficulties arising from Covid restrictions. The race will be back for 2021.

The Bank Holiday 5k is part of the ELVIS series of local races, which is sponsored by Phil Hernon.

For 2021, the Barking Road Runners Bank Holiday 5K will be renamed the Phipps 5K, in memory of former BRR member Owen Phipps, who sadly passed away in 2019.


Race cancelled


Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8TA.


10:30 am for the main race.  A children’s 2K fun run will take place after the main race has been completed.

Entry fee:

£10 (£8 affiliated) in advance or £12 (£10 affiliated) on the day.  Free entry to the children’s fun run.

Online entries will be via Entry Central. Entries will be available on the day until 10 am, subject to availability.

Bib numbers for all entries are to be collected on the day, by no later than 10:15 am.

The minimum age for entry is 16 years old.

Course description:

The race uses a 2-lap course, on asphalt paths. Note that the course is identical to that used by Barking parkrun.

The start line is near the tennis courts.  The course heads eastward for approximately 400 metres towards the allotments.  There is then a short curve to the left, followed by a sharp left-hand downhill turn, bringing you alongside the lake which you’ll then run alongside.  Near the end of the lake, the course loops sharply round to the left, up a very slight incline, bringing you onto a tree-lined path running parallel with the lake. Once this path nears the start area, it curves round to the right.  Turning right at the tennis courts, you’ll shortly take a sharp left turn that takes you on a large loop round the park’s main field.  Halfway round the park’s perimeter, you’ll take a left-hand turn along a straight tree-lined path.  At the end of the first lap, you’ll take a sharp right turn at the far end of this path, to resume the course as above; at the end of the second lap, you’ll carry on straight ahead for a few metres, where you’ll cross the finish line.

Getting to the park:

The park is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Barking station, which is served by the District and Hammersmith & City tube lines, the London Overground Gospel Oak line, and mainline C2C rail services.  There are also several bus routes stopping by or near the park.  Limited free car parking will be available within the park, via the South Park Drive entrance.  There is another car park accessible via the main gate in Longbridge Road, but this incurs a charge.


Toilets and changing rooms (incl. for the disabled) will be available in the pavilion by the start and finish areas.

Prizes and results:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd individual male
1st, 2nd, and 3rd individual female
1st VM40, VM50, VM60 and VM70 individuals
1st VF40, VF50, VF60 and VF70 individuals
Men’s team (fastest three)
Women’s team (fastest three)

Runners awarded an individual prize for finishing in any of the overall top 3 places will be ignored when awarding the prizes for age categories.  Please note that, from 2019, the women’s age categories have been made the same as those for the men.

The race will be held under UKA rules and will be chip timed.  The results will be published on this website as soon as possible after the race, and will also be uploaded to Power of 10.

Any questions?

For further information, please send an e-mail to

The 2019 BH5K

The 2019 race took place on Monday 26th August. For the first time, the race was chip-timed and age categories for male and female runners were equalised.

The top three Male results were:

1 Crispian Bloomfield    15.54 Billericay Striders
2 Paul Grange    16.08 Ilford AC
3 Nick Harris-Fry    16.09 Orion Harriers

Male V50 – Paul Holloway – 17:36 (16th overall) – Ilford ACMale V40 – Angelo Pieris – 16:52 (6th overall) – East End Road Runners

Male V60 – Dave Cox – 19:15 (43rd overall) – Woodford Green and Essex Ladies

Male V70 – Bob Jousiffe  – 24:29 (171st overall) – Orion Harriers

The top three Female results were:

1 Morgan Campbell    18.07 Havering AC
2 Emily Bullis    18.57 Basildon AC
3 Alex Gounelas    19.23 Eton Manor AC

Female V40 – Sarah Flanagan – 19.49 (61st overall) – Eton Manor AC

Female V50 –  Karen Levison – 20:46 (84th overall) – East London Runners

Female V60 – Breege Nordin – 22:22 (121st overall) – Ilford AC

There was no Female V70 finisher

The prize for first male team went to Ilford AC (Paul Grange, Tom Gardner, and Gary Coombes).

The prize for first female team went to Orion Harriers (Roisin Archer, Claire Huggins, and Ella Wilson).

Full results can be found here

The 2018 BH5K

The 2018 race took place on Monday, 27th August 2018.

Male results were:

  1. Euan Brown – 15:48 – East London Runners
  2. Crispian Bloomfield – 15:54 – Billericay Striders
  3. Alex Richards – 16:04 – Ilford AC

Male V40 – Amin Koikai – 16:31 (5th overall) – Ilford AC

Male V50 – Steve Philcox – 17:59 (21st overall) – Ilford AC

Male V60 – Dave Cox – 19:08 (36th overall) – Woodford Green and Essex Ladies

Male V70 – Roger Green – 22:29 (124th overall) – Woodford Green and Essex Ladies

Female results were

  1. Gemma Kersey – 17:38 (10th overall) – Basildon AC
  2. Emily Bullis – 18:41 (29th overall) – Basildon AC
  3. Zoila Gilham-Fernandez – 20:03 (58th overall) – East London Runners

Female V35 – Jenifer Heymann – 20:38 (73rd overall) – Eton Manor AC

Female V45 – Linda Day – 21:55 (108th overall) – Harold Wood Running Club

Female V55 – Breege Nordin – 21:39 (98th overall) – Ilford AC

Female V65 – Timi Veerasamy – 28:29 (241st overall) – Dagenham 88 Runners

The prize for first male team went to Ilford AC (Alex Richards, Aaron Samuel and Amin Koikai).

The prize for first female team went to East London Runners (Zoila Gilham-Fernandez, Caroline Frith, Emily Clarke).

Barking Road Runners are proud that the BH5K is part of the East London FiVe Interclub Series (ELVIS). Full results of the BH5K, and information about the other clubs and races in the ELVIS league can be found on the official ELVIS website.


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