22 Feb

Bishops Run makes move to become weekend Festival

Durham City Run Festival

The Prince Bishops 5K and 10K will now be under the banner of the Durham City Run Festival with organisers promising three days of exciting events to take place alongside the two races.

The first ever Durham City Run Festival, scheduled to run from Thursday 25 July until Saturday 27 July, will feature films, talks, book signings, a running expo, free running activities, and a mile challenge, all alongside the already popular 5k and 10k events.

Over three summer days, Durham City Run Festival will take over the historic city centre with a packed programme of free and paid for activities. On each day, the Gala Theatre will host a schedule of films and talks, including a special celebration of Sir Roger Bannister on the evening of Friday 26 July, supported by Durham University. 

Durham City Run Festival will offer a wide variety of running events for all ages and abilities, including free themed group runs throughout Friday 26 July. These accessible and very sociable sessions have been designed to encourage more people to try running without feeling the pressure of being in a racing environment. These will include a breakfast run; a buggy run with Durham Mums on the Run; ‘Healthy bodies = healthy minds’ runs; and plogging (picking up litter while jogging) with Sedgefield Ploggers.

As part of the Durham City Run Festival and supported by Durham University will be the ‘Run Like a Legend Mile’ on Friday 26 July, an opportunity for runners to find out how fast they can complete the classic distance. Completing the running activities at the Durham City Run Festival will be the world premiere of a new concept for families. 

The brainchild of marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, ‘Families on Track’ will be held on Saturday 27 July and will give family groups the opportunity to work together to complete a set distance, in a format that allows everyone to contribute, no matter what their age or ability.

Event founder Steve Cram comments: “We’re incredibly excited about the Durham City Run Festival, which brings something very new to both the city and the region. The festival offers an amazing variety of activities and attractions and we’re making sure that there’s something on the programme that will appeal to anyone who has an interest in running, in whatever way.“

All of these events will complement the already established Prince Bishops 5K and 10K, which will take place on the evening of Thursday 25 July. Their routes take runners through the ancient streets of Durham to a spectacular finish at the World Heritage Site, with the backdrop of Durham Cathedral and Castle. 

More information is available here