LGBT5k Festival of Running

Our first annual run started out as a Gay 5K back in 2012 being renamed as the LGBT5k the following year. As entrants increased it morphed into the LGBT5k Festival of Running with our first children’s race and a relay in addition to the traditional 5k back in 2018. In 2020 the event became virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic but on Friday 23rd July 2021 we were delighted to celebrate our 10th anniversary with an in-person event on Newcastle's Town Moor.  It was wonderful to see adults and children enjoying the sunshine with the 5k and 1 mile children's race, as well as some runners joining us "virtually".

Our 2022 festival is taking place on Friday 22nd July; once again there is a 5k and 1 mile children's race with a virtual option available for both races.  There is a fantastic medal for all participants!

For those of you able to join us on the town moor, you will also receive a fabulous goody bag!

The event is licensed with Run Britain (event licence: 2022-43959)



Registration will be online only

Entries close 5pm Thursday 21st July 2022


Start Time

Friday 22nd July 2022

Children’s Race starts at 5.45pm

5K starts at 6.15pm


Entry Limits, Age Restrictions & Cost

5K  900 runner limit (age 11 and over on 22 July 2022). Unaffiliated runner fee £18 / Affiliated runner fee £16

Children's race  100 runner limit (age 5 to 15 on 22 July 2022) Entry fee £5

Participants can run or walk the 5K adult race or the 1 mile children's race. The event aims to promote having fun to support and celebrate the LGBT+ community. We encourage fancy-dress!

We will have a tail walker to ensure that everyone has finished the course safely. 

As some people may be nervous or not able to join us on the day, there is also a virtual option for those who want to participate. This will be priced the same as the in-person races to cover the cost of posting medals.


If you're on social media, follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates and previews of the route. Hashtag your training pics with #LGBT5k as we love to see them! 

2022 Booking Now OPEN!

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