Friday 5

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

Results of last Friday’s Great Bentley Friday 5 here

Link to results here

Junior race results here

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).

Go to to find out :

  • About The Series
  • Rules for the 2018 series
  • Series scoring & Category’s
  • Series scoring – Individuals
  • Series scoring – Teams
  • Fixtures

The 2018 GBRC Friday 5 will be held on Friday 6th 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 18:35 for up to 20 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 – affiliated 
  • £16  –  on the night entry fee – unaffiliated (Between 6-7 pm 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 1st July. Closing date for change of details, race numbers or change of runner will be determined by Races Online.

  • 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.


To enter the Junior races click here

Start: 18:35 hrs (Prompt start required for logistical reasons) Entry fee: £3

On the night entry will be available. Please arrive in plenty of time to enter as race starts promptly at 18.35. 

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 6.35pm

Under 9 years old – 1 km

9 years and over – 2 km 

Prizes will be awarded for the first placed boy and girl in the following age groups – U5, U7, U9, U11, U13, U15  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