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River Ness 5K

  • 09.30am on 29 September 2024
  • Price: £13.00
  • All ages welcome
Please note final event information may be subject to change and will be available nearer the event date. 


If you’re new to running or looking for a shorter distance, the popular Baxters River Ness 5K could be the race for you. Open to runners of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants, the 5K follows a flat route by scenic River Ness to finish alongside other races at Bught Park, Inverness.

Whatever your running ability, fitness level, age or experience, if you enter the Baxters River Ness 5K, we guarantee you’ll cross the finish line with a smile on your face!

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The Route

The route starts at the Bught Park and does a loop near the park before crossing over ‘the Islands’ and following Ness Bank into the heart of Inverness.  Runners will turn left over the main town road bridge and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk. The route continues along the edge of the River Ness before finishing at the Bught Park.

Entry Includes

  • Finisher's technical t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Goody bag
  • Post-race soup & roll
  • Water at the finish
  • Fantastic festival at the finish

Run for Your School or Club

If you’re part of a school group, youth club or disability group, taking part in the Baxters River Ness 5K presents the perfect opportunity to have fun, raise awareness AND fundraise all at the same time!

Discounted entry fees are available for teams from schools, youth clubs and disability groups.  Get in touch for further information about entering a team.

Runner Feedback

“ It’s got the buzz and energy of a big city race, but with the relaxed and friendly vibe of a smaller event. It really is the best of both worlds. ”

RunABC Scotland


Where does the 5K start?

The route starts at the Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ and follows a loop near the park before crossing over onto ‘the Islands’ and following Ness Bank into the heart of Inverness. Runners will turn left over the main town road bridge and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk. The route continues along the edge of the River Ness before finishing at the Bught Park. See the 5K route map.

When will I receive my race number?

Race numbers are allocated for all races in September, and will be available on our website. All runners will be advised of their race number by email. All 5K runners must collect their race number during pre-race registration between 10.00-18.00 on Saturday or between 07.30-09.00 on Sunday at the Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ.

Is it possible to enter on race weekend?

Limited entries for the River Ness 5K may be available over the event weekend, subject to capacity.

What is included in the entry fee?

Entry fee includes commemorative finisher’s medal, finisher’s technical t-shirt, goody bag, downloadable finisher’s certificate (from marathon photos live), complimentary post-race food and a fantastic festival at the Finish.

Where can I find a photograph of myself running the race?

We have teamed up with Marathon Photos Live, the leading event photography company in the world photographing over 700 mass participation events in over 35 countries. Every runner will find their photos and video within 24 to 48 hours after the event and can also download a FREE personalised Event Certificate.

Your official photos from the Loch Ness Marathon, 10K & 5K will be going LIVE from the moment you pass a MarathonPhotos Live photographer around the course. Share your race number with your friends and family and they can register here to be notified as soon as your first photos are available online. They can then see your progress throughout the run. They might even buy your photos and your video as a well-done gift before you’ve even crossed the finish line!

Don’t forget to share your photos and video on social media and with friends & family so they can share your achievement.

How do I enter a team from a school or youth club into the 5K?

All schools, youth clubs and disability groups are eligible to enter teams into the River Ness 5K and receive reduced entry fees.

If you wish to enter a team, please email [email protected] for further information.

When do entries close?

Entries are open for the River Ness 5K until midnight 22 September 2024 unless race capacity is reached sooner, with limited entries available over race weekend subject to race capacity.

When does registration take place?

All 5K runners must collect their race number during pre-race registration between 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 28 September 2024 or between 07.30-09.00 on Sunday 29 September 2024 at the Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ.

Can I run wearing headphones or earphones?

Please note that wearing headphones or earphones is NOT permitted in any of the races under Scottish and UK Athletics rules.

We DO allow the use of headphones or earphones that use bone conductor technology, which allow the wearer to be aware of their surroundings. However, this is at your own risk and if an incident occurs as a result of, or made worse by, you wearing these headphones or earphones you may be held liable.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can log-in to your MyActive page to check your entry.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.  If you are unable to enter online, we do accept a limited number of entries on event weekend.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry can be made by logging in to MyActive, by 31 August, this link is also included on your confirmation email.

Is it possible to transfer my place to a different race or to another runner?

If you are no longer able to participate, it is possible to transfer your place to another runner.  You can do this by logging into your entry through My Events. Please note it is your responsibility to find a replacement runner and the transfer of place must be completed by 31 August 2024. Once the new runner has claimed the transfer and paid the full entry fee online, you will automatically be issued with a refund, minus the transfer fee.

Please see our terms & conditions of entry for further information.

We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races.

If you are interested in taking part in another race you can still register online until 23 September 2024, but you will have to pay the registration fee.  These dates are subject to change if race capacity is reached. 

Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to Scottish Athletics.

How old must I be to compete?

The River Ness 5K is open to all ages. All children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult, who should also enter the 5K.

Where can I park?

There is NO parking available at Bught Park. Parking is available at the following public car parks (see below), parking charges may apply. Where possible we recommend car sharing, using public transport or walking to the Event Village.

  • Highland Council HQ Car Park, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
  • Cathedral Car Park, Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NN
  • Old Town Rose Street Multi- Storey, Farraline Park, Inverness, IV1 1NH
  • Eastgate Centre Multi-Storey Car Park, 11 Eastgate, Inverness IV2 3PP
  • Torvean Car Park, IV3 8JL accessed from roundabout opposite Premier Inn, Glenurquhart Road

Disabled parking is available at Bught Park, please note this is located on grass, approx. 400m from the Event Village. Please follow the signs to ‘VIP Parking’.

There is NO access or parking available at the Inverness Ice Centre, Inverness Leisure or Highland Rugby Club car parks.

Please be considerate towards local residents and businesses when parking around the Event Village.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in the 5K?

Yes, buggies are allowed on the 5K course, and you will be required to complete separate entries for yourself and your child. This is for safety reasons so that we have a record of everyone who is out on the course, and to allow us to provide t-shirts and medals for everyone that takes part. Runners/walkers with buggies are required to start at the back of the field for safety reasons.

Can I take part in the 5K a wheelchair?

Standard wheelchairs which are assisted (pushed) are permitted in the 5K. If you are taking part as an assisted wheelchair entrant your assistant/pusher will be allocated a complimentary entry into the event. Please note for safety reasons assisted wheelchair participants will be asked to start towards the rear of the field. Please email [email protected] to let us know that you intend to take part in a wheelchair.

Are dogs allowed?

Only allow assistance dogs (seeing or hearing) are allowed on the course. Please email [email protected] for further information.

Are showers or changing facilities available?

A changing tent is available in the Event Village. We are sorry there are no showers available. Please note that showers/changing are NOT available within Inverness Leisure Centre.

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