The Friday 5 is a popular series of 5 mile races and accompanying junior races held on Friday evenings between May and July, across Suffolk and Essex. The races are always family friendly and are a great way to spend a summers evening. Prizes are awarded to individuals and teams at each race, and also for the series as a whole (based on a points system).

All 5 mile races start at 7.30pm. For the start times of junior races please refer to individual club websites.

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Collection of awards and series medals

The usual arrangements for collection of awards and series medals isn’t going to be possible this year, as sadly the Ipswich Ekiden Relays aren’t taking place. To make it as easy as possible for runners in Suffolk and Essex to collect their awards and medals we have selected two alternative events, once in each county.

  • Twilight 10K on Friday 15th July
  • Felsted 10K on Sunday 17th July.

Runners and teams are responsible for collecting their prizes or making arrangements for them to be collected on their behalf.


Entries for this years series are OPEN.


Series dates confirmed for 2022

  • Kirton – Friday 20th May
  • Sudbury – Friday 27th May
  • Framlingham – Friday 10th June
  • Bury – Friday 17th June
  • Stowmarket – Friday 24th June
  • Great Bentley – Friday 1st July

Entries open on March 1st