Friday 5

Friday 5 Series – Supported by JM Finn

Regrettably, the 2021 Friday 5 series has been cancelled, due to the Covid-19 virus. See the Friday 5 Series webpage 

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).

Dates and venues of the 2020 Friday 5 series :-

29 May 2020 Felixstowe/Kirton 
5 June 2020 Framlingham 
12 June 2020 Sudbury 
19 June 2020 Bury St Edmunds 
26 June 2020 Stowmarket 
3 July 2020 Great Bentley 

Go to to find out :

  • About The Series
  • Rules for the 2020 series
  • Series scoring & Category’s
  • Series scoring – Individuals
  • Series scoring – Teams
  • Fixtures

The 2020 GBRC Friday 5 will be held on Friday 3rd 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 18:40 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: Scott Young

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
  • £13 – on the night entry fee – affiliated 
  • £15  –  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. Closing date for the race and any 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.


Start: 18:40 hrs (Prompt start required for logistical reasons) Entry fee: £4 (£5 on the night)

On the night entry will be available. Please arrive in plenty of time to enter as race starts promptly at 18.40. 

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 6.40pm

School year’s 4 and below – 1 km

School year’s 5 and above – 2 km 

  • Under 9 Boys & Girls (School Years 3 & 4) – Competitors who are aged 8 or under on 31st August prior to the commencement of the series
  • Under 11 Boys & Girls (School Years 5 & 6) – Competitors who are aged 9 or 10 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the series
  • Under 13 Boys & Girls (School Years 7 & 8) – Competitors who are aged 11 or 12 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the series
  • Under 15 Boys & Girls (School Years 9 & 10) – Competitors who are aged 13 or 14 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the series

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)

No adult who wishes to run with their child needs to enter or pay

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

Cost £4.00 for both races (£5 on the night)

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

Previous Junior Race results

Previous Year’s Friday 5 Results