Durham City Run Participants

All Smiles In Sunny Durham

Thousands turned out in Durham for the weekend's City Run Festival...

Fine weather and enthusiastic spectators welcomed over 2,000 participants at the weekend's Durham City Run Festival. Over three days, a series of races, family events and themed runs took over the city centre, with the fine weather encouraging large crowds of supporters.

The event kicked off on Thursday (14 July) when acclaimed author Terry Deary lead a Horrible Histories run through the historic streets of the city, with stops along the way to hear the tales of notorious events and where they happened. The two biggest events of the festival took place on Friday evening, with the Durham City 5K and 10K races.

The winner of the 2022 Durham City 10K was Cameron Allan of Houghton Harriers in 31:22, retaining the title he won last year. Liam Aldridge of Billingham Marsh House Harriers was second in 31:39, with North East Project’s Kieran Walker third in 31:46. The women’s race was won by Emily Chong of Chester-le-Street & District AC in 39:47, with Kimberley Simpson of Gateshead Harriers second in 40:18 and Emma Bramley of Durham University AC third in 41:04.

Joshua Cowperthwaite of Middlesbrough Mandale AC won the Durham City 5K in 15:44, with Chris Perkins of Birtley AC second in 15:51 and fellow Birtley runner Lewis Mcconnell third in 16:22. Charlotte Dillon of Durham City Harriers won the women’s 5K for the second year in a row in 18:37, with Shona Haston of Newcastle University AC second in 19:06 and Grace Carter of Durham City Harriers third in 19:40.

Since making its global debut in Durham in 2019, Paula Radcliffe’s Families on Track initiative has established itself as one of the most popular and entertaining events at the festival. This year was no different. On Saturday, over 60 family teams of up to five completed a 10K relay challenge at Durham Racecourse, on a safe, enclosed course, running laps of either 1,000m, 500m or 250m.

Event organiser Allison Curbishley commented: “It’s been another brilliant Durham City Run Festival, with added sound this year! We put on a programme that offered running themed opportunities to participate for everyone, whether a fast club athlete, a dedicated charity fundraiser, or a family that simply wanted to do something active together.

"Add in fine weather, plenty of spectators and the wonderful sounds of the Durham BRASS Festival, and the atmosphere was fantastic throughout. None of it would have been possible without our army of dedicated volunteers and we’re also very grateful to our supportive partners at Durham County Council and Durham University.”

Find out more about the event at the event website.

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