Durham City Run Festival returns for the second year and with more activities, all of which take place from the 16–18 July. One of these is the new ‘Families on Track’ created by Paula Radcliffe and held in Durham for the first time.
Last year’s festival made a successful debut and organisers Events of the North with support from Durham County Council are expecting 2020 to be even better. They have bolstered their partnership with Durham University and will make full use of the latter’s redeveloped Sports and Wellbeing Park and their state of the art facilities.
The highlight of the packed three day schedule is the Prince Bishops Durham City Run 10K and 5K where St Cuthbert’s Hospice is the official charity partner. Here is an opportunity to run through ancient streets and along the River Wear with the famous Cathedral in the background and on a summer’s evening.
Horrible Histories author Terry Deary will be leading history runs while giving away signed copies of his book “All at Sea” to every child who participates. These are guided themed runs, suitable for all ages and abilities and a chance to brush up on one’s knowledge at a gentle pace.
There is also a new event for families to enjoy together in a competitive and safe environment. The brainchild of marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, ‘Families on Track’ is a relay race where individual members each complete a leg to achieve 10K.
Any runner wanting to unleash their inner Roger Bannister can do so at ‘Run Like A Legend’. Choose your time slot and run fast on an accurately measured course along the River Wear.