England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships

UPDATE (14 July): Entries to the England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships (11-13 July) are now closed. The deadline for uploading run data was midnight Monday 13 July. Please bear with us as we now check the run data provided by +1700 entrants. We hope to be in a position to confirm the final verified winner/runner-up results later this week. Thank you to everyone who entered.

About the Virtual 5K Road Running Championships 2020

With the original 5k Championships cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, England Athletics launched a free-to-enter virtual version of the race for 2020 to enable runners nationwide to compete at a time when many road race events are on-hold.

As well as creating an exciting platform for performance-focused runners to challenge for the national 5k title, the fact there is no minimum entry standard means the Championships also provided a fantastic opportunity for many runners to gain their first experience in national competition.

The Championships offered plenty of chances for glory – with medals awarded to runners finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall in both women’s and men’s categories plus further possibilities to grab a podium spot in a Club competition and winning medals in the Age Category competitions.

The Club competition, across both women’s and men’s categories, required three runners to score with the final results decided by the accumulated time of the fastest three runners for each club.  With the minimum entry age for the Championships set at 16, the Age Category competition across both women’s and men’s categories incorporated: U17, U20, U23, SEN, V35, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70, V75, V80, V85 and V90.

The virtual element of the race meant that runners signed up using the OpenTrack virtual running platform and were then required to evidence their run post-race using GPS data. England Athletics and OpenTrack created new rules for the Championships which helped make racing as fair as possible. Entry to the event was free and open exclusively to runners registered with England Athletics via an affiliated club. Participants completed their run between 00:01 Saturday 11 July and 11:59 (am) Monday 13 July.  Evidence of their runs had to then be uploaded by 23:59 Monday 13 July.

Click here to visit the dedicated OpenTrack race page (entries now closed)

Click here to read the 2020 race information 



Runners MUST ensure they compete in a way that adheres to the letter and spirit of government rules and guidance on social distancing. Consider the time and route you choose in order to minimise the impact on others.

If you are unwell, injured or have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been in contact with someone with symptoms do not take part.

Entrants should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise programme, physical activity, or virtual competition, that there is the possibility of physical injury to you and others. You should always assess the suitability of the exercise/running location, route and equipment being used in order to ensure no risk is posed to others or yourself.  If you engage in a specific exercise or all elements of a programme, physical activity or virtual competition, you agree that you do so at your own risk and you are voluntarily participating in these activities, as well as assuming all risk of injury to yourself.  In doing so, you agree to release and discharge England Athletics from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of the participation in such activity and out of the use of any associated guidance.