18 April 2021

Event Announcement

It is with huge regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the re-scheduled Leicester’s Big 10k. UKA have now published guidelines for road races and while there will be a gradual opening up of races from now on, we feel that we cannot make the race comply safely in the time we have to do so.

Leicester City Centre remains in lockdown, residents are still advised to stay at home and groups of no more than 6 allowed to meet. Given the time we have between now and the September race date it is very unlikely that a race of any size at all will be permitted, and we feel it is unfair to ask the Council to add this into the huge responsibilites they already have.

In addition other primary reasons are that we would need road closures for a considerably longer in order to spread the runners out enough to be safely socially distanced. For this race, there are also places on the course where it is very narrow and runners ‘share’ the space with the public. Whilst neither of these are insurmountable problems, it represents a complete re-think of the race and with 8 weeks to go there is simply not enough time.

It remains to say that we are very sorry to be sending this news, Covid 19 has spectacularly wiped every single one of our summer races and all but one of the timing events, so we would love things to be different. We even have the medals all lined up ready!

Runners that are already entered in the race should have had this information in an email. They will automatically be transferred into the 2021 race which will be on Sunday 18th April, or they can transfer to any of our other races

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this difficult year, and fingers crossed for a better year for all of us in 2021!



Race Information/Overview

This beautiful and significantly flat 10K takes place in stunning Abbey Park in Leicester.  The 2019 race had over 1200 entrants choosing to take part in Leicester’s Big 10K either as their first ever 10K race or else the more experienced runners chose it to try and beat their PB’s.

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Online entry for Leicester’s Big 10K 2020 is open.

£19 for members of UKA affiliated running club

£21 for non running club members

The minimum age to enter and run this race is 15 years old.

The race starts at 9:30am

Route Map & Course Information

The route starts within Abbey Park and does a rough lap of the park before heading around the outside of park perimeter.  After running around the park the route turns back into the park to perform another larger circle of the inside route of the park.  Repeating the route on the outside of the park for the second time and then coming back into the park the finish is 700m from your final entrance of the park.

Race location and directions

Abbey Park, Leicester, LE4 5AQ
Parking is in public car parks in the area.

There are plenty of public car parks locally to Abbey Park, links here. We can no longer off free parking at The National Space Centre as our race has become too big. There will be 170 spaces there on a pay & display arrangement at £3 per vehicle.  Please allow yourself time to walk to the race start, which will be signed from the main gates and from St Margarets.

Water stations

There will be one water station situated just before the 5K marker.


Prizes will be handed out on the day in the finish area. There are prizes for the first 3 finishers in each gender and first in each age group – these start at 35 for both men and women and will be in ten-year age gaps

Baggage & Toilets

A baggage drop off vehicle will be based at registration which is near the race finished/registration marque in Abbey Park.

There will be portaloos and urinals placed within Abbey Park between the start and the finish of the race.

Withdrawal And Cancellation Policy

Up to six weeks prior to the race entrants will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee.
After this deadline, no refunds are offered unless the runner comes to help marshal on the day. However an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race. Entries cannot be transferred on race day.

In the event of the race being cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control we will attempt to reschedule to a later date in the same year and all entries will transfer to that rescheduled date.
If this proves impossible we will offer entrants either a percentage refund or the option to donate that refund to the race charity.
The percentage refunded / donated will depend on costs incurred at the time of cancellation.

All contact should be made by email

Music Whilst Running

No earphones please! From 1 April 2016, a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition: –

“The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.”

This includes bone conducting ear phones for this event.

Event Charities

LWA living without abuse

We are again in partnership with LWA for the 2020 race, you can make a donation or elect to run for LWA on the entry form. Formerly known as Loughborough Women’s Aid, LWA is a domestic abuse charity based in Charnwood however they support people living in the whole of Leicestershire, Leicester and the Rutland area. The charity was set up 1977 and is still run by unpaid Trustees. They do have some lottery funding and apply for grants and do receive a little from the Government. What do we do? We support children and adults who have or who are suffering from any kind of domestic abuse – Physical, Sexual, emotional or financial. We provide outreach support which can include practical and emotional support, court support, financial support, housing support and resettlement. LWA also run the Freedom Programme and Recovery Tool Kit sessions to help and support victims rebuild their lives and start planning for their futures.

Event Partner

Your Race Day

Your Race Day will be taking snaps of you looking at your finest as you're running around the course.  Click on the logo to view your photo's.  It may take a few hours after the event for them to be uploaded.

Fire & Earth Sports Massage

Fire & Earth will be offering free sports massage at the end of the race.