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Start Of The Durham City Run Festival

Durham City Run Festival set to blaze in autumn

Something for runners to look forward to post-lockdown is the Durham City Run Festival, rescheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak. With a new date of 8-11 October it is an opportunity to be part of a big autumn event in ideal weather for running.

This event was to have taken place on 16-18 July but the global pandemic meant a change of plan and following discussions with Durham City Council and other event partners, it has been postponed to 8–11 October. All entries for July have been automatically transferred to the new dates in October – subject to the lockdown restrictions being lifted by then.

There is something to suit everyone irrespective of age or ability. For those who like to test themselves over the One Mile distance, ‘Run Like A Legend’ is designed to do just that. Runners choose a time slot and go as fast as they dare on a marshalled course alongside the River Weir.

The 900-year old Cathedral is one of several landmarks along a historic route in the Prince Bishops Durham City Run where you can choose from a 10K or 5K and be rewarded with a medal, technical T-shirt and goody bag.

In addiiton marathon legend Paula Radcliffe has created a relay race for the family to enjoy. Titled ‘Families on Track’ it is open to parents, children and grandparents who complete multiple laps of varying distances to achieve a 10K and have fun at the same time.

In the meantime the organisers have devised a series of virtual activities to get people active whilst in lockdown. These include training sessions with elite athletes including Laura Weightman and events on social media featuring the Brownlee brothers and Daley Thompson.

For more information and how to enter, visit the Durham City Runs website.

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