Durham’s cobbled streets and undulating roads once again came alive as 2,500 competitors enjoyed some fine summer running at the Prince Bishops Durham City 5K and 10K on Wednesday (19 July) evening. Organised by Events of the North, both races recorded sell-out fields, testament to the impact the event has made since being launched in 2016.
After feedback from last year’s participants, both the 5K and 10K were modified slightly to allow for increased capacity, ease congestion at separate points, and to give runners an even better race night experience. On a warm summer’s night, spectators came out in force to cheer runners through the course with a special reception given to the police, fire and ambulance services who were competing in the new Services Hill Sprint.
At the sharp end of the action in the 10k, Elvet Striders’ Stephen Jackson took a commanding lead from just after the midway point, crossing the line in 34:08, more than two minutes ahead of Durham City Harriers’ Cameron Allan (36:33) and Dominic Munnelly (36:48). Birtley AC’s Tracy Millmore took first in the female field in 37:42, with Catherine Hawco of Jesmond Joggers in second (41:42) and Jemma Bell third (43:08).
The 5k proved to be extremely competitive with Morpeth Harriers’ Nick Swinburn (15:49) putting in a strong performance to oust George Lowry (15:59) and Daniel Jenkin (16:04). Robyn Bennett took first in the female competition 18:57, with Emily Chong of Chester-le-Street AC second in 19:14 and Katie Francis of Birtley AC third in 20:17.
On the route changes for this year, race director Steve Cram commented: “It has been a fantastic evening of running in Durham. We’re really pleased with how the course changes worked out and feedback from many of the 2,500 runners has been extremely positive.”
After speaking of the emerging status of the event, Cram thanked everyone involved: “Of course, that’s only possible thanks to the great support of Durham County Council, our excellent sponsors, and our army of brilliant volunteers who make a huge and vital contribution when putting on a big city event like this.”
After both the 5k and 10k races posted capacity fields with 2,500 participants enjoying some glorious summer running on new courses along the city’s cobbled streets, event director Steve Cram said: “I believe that the Prince Bishops Durham City Run has now firmly established itself on the North East race calendar.”
Full results are available on our race listings page.