Bank Holiday 5K

Barking Road Runners’ annual Bank Holiday 5K (BH5K) will take place in 2018 on Monday, 27th August. The race will start at 10:30am. A children’s 2K fun run will take place after the main race has been completed.

Location and course
The venue for the 2018 Bank Holiday 5k will once again be Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8TA. The course is made up of two near-identical laps, all on asphalt paths within the park, starting and finishing by the tennis courts. The course is identical to that used by Barking parkrun.

See below for directions to Barking Park, and for a description of the course.

Our race can be entered online via EntryCentral. Postal entries are also available by emailing Entries in advance cost £8 (or £6 affiliated). The closing date for all advance entries is Friday, 24th August 2018.

There will also be entries available on the day, at a cost of £10 (or £8 affiliated). Cash only, please!

The minimum age for entry is 16 years’ old. Runners under the age of 18 on the day of the race must use a postal entry form if entering in advance.

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

Entry to the children’s fun run is free, and will be available on the day only.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd female
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd male
  • 1st  V35, V45, V55, and V65 female
  • 1st  V40, V50, V60 and V70 male
  • 1st men’s team (three to score)
  • 1st women’s team (three to score)

The race will be held under UKA rules (licence number 2018-35639) and the results will be uploaded to the runbritain and Power of 10 websites.

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

Toilets (incl. for the disabled) and changing rooms will be available by the start and finish areas. There will also be refreshments available at a reasonable price!

How to get to Barking 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, and mainline C2C rail services. There are also several bus routes stopping by or near the park. Limited 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.

Course description
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.

Any questions?
If you have a question that we’ve not answered here, please feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail to:

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