With just under 100 days until the 2017 staging of the Prince Bishops Durham City Run, details of a route change for the event on Wednesday 19 July have been confirmed. The modified course has been designed to improve the race day experience for competitors while also allowing for increased capacity in both the 5k and 10k events.
The inaugural staging of the Durham City Run made an immediate impact with over 2,000 taking part last summer. A large draw for runners was the race's evening start time, allowing competitors the opportunity for some midsummer running through the cobbled streets of a historic city.
For 2017, organisers Events of the North have made some minor adjustments to the route. The changes will ease congestion in a few locations, both improving the race experience and allowing for more people to take part. Runners in the 10K will experience the amended route during their first lap and then follow a slightly different course for the second half of their race.
Event founder and director Steve Cram commented: “We were really happy with last year’s route – it succeeded in showcasing a beautiful city, gave runners a proper challenge and offered some great vantage points for spectators, which really added to the atmosphere.”
Cram added: “I am delighted that we have been able to make a few small adjustments that will deliver an even better race day experience for all involved, while allowing even more people to take part. Once again, we are looking forward to a really special event on a summer evening.”
Registration for the Durham City Run 10K is £24 (£22 affiliated), while the 5k is priced at just £15 (£13 for club runners). More information is available here.