Friday 5

Great Bentley Friday 5 2017 will be held on Friday 7th July. Online entry is now open. To enter, please click here

Online entry also available for the Junior races (see below)

Friday 5 Series – Supported by East of England Co-Op

The Friday 5 Series is a popular series of 6 open races each of approximately 5 miles in length, all held during the summer on Friday evenings. These races are always family friendly and are a great way to spend a summer’s evening. Prizes are awarded to individuals and teams at each race, and also for the series as a whole (based on a points system).

Series scores/ points can be found at

The 2017 GBRC Friday 5 will be held on Friday 7th July and will start and finish at Great Bentley Village Hall: Plough Road Great Bentley COLCHESTER CO7 8LD   Please note there is no participant parking at the Village Hall. However, there is ample parking near the Village Green which will be clearly signposted and marshalled.

Runners please be aware there will be a road closure for the junior race at 18:30 for up to 15 minutes. The closure will take place on Weeley Road. This could effect your access to the main car park. So please try and plan your journey accordingly

Please note the wearing of IPODS or Personal music devices is prohibited during the race.

Chip timing provided by Races Online 

Race Director: Russ Sharp

Assistant Race Director: Rodger Alexander

Start time – 19:30 hrs

Entry fees

  • £12 – members of UKA affiliated athletics club
  • £14 – non-members of UKA affiliated athletics club
  • £14 on the night entry fee (Between 6-7pm only if there are any spare places left after online entry closes)

The Race Limit is 500, on the night entry will only be available if spaces remain after the online entry. Online entry will close at midnight on Sunday 2 July. Closing date for change of details, race numbers or change of runner is Sunday 25th June

  • Flat, fast 5 mile course
  • Chip Timing
  • Minimum age 15 yrs
  • UKA measured – 5 Miles
  • Baggage storage
  • First aid
  • Marshalled course
  • Water stations
  • Refreshments available
  • Course suitable for wheelchairs
  • Momento for all finishers
  • Ample free parking near village green
  • All participants take part at their own risk. Any participant unsure of their physical ability to take part in the event should seek medical advice from a general practitioner prior to the event


If the race is cancelled for any reason which is deemed not to be the fault of Great Bentley Running Club it will not be possible for any entry costs be refunded.

Other races in the Friday 5 Series 2017


Start: 18:30 hrs (Prompt start required for logistical reasons) Entry fee: £3

Online entry. Please make use of this, to save time on the night. To enter click here

If not entering online, again to save time on the night, please print and complete the Junior fun run application form, which can be accessed here

We offer 2 junior races which will start together at 6.30pm

Under 9 years old – 1 km

9 years and over – 2 km 

Prizes will be awarded for U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 Boys and Girls and there will be a memento for all runners

All off road – one road is crossed for 2km race but road will be closed. 

Held on Great Bentley Village Green (close to parking area)

Payment and number collection will be on the village green (not the village hall)

Cost £3.00 for both races

  • Memento for all finishers
  • Safe off road course
  • Water available
  • Marshalled course

Previous Junior Race results


Previous Year’s Friday 5 Results