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Team Red Sky Foundation

Fly The Flag For Team Red Sky!

Organisers of the Durham City Run Festival have confirmed the event’s official charity partner for 2023...

This year Durham City Run Festival's charity partner will be Red Sky Foundation, which installs life-saving defibrillators in accessible locations around the North East. The news comes as the foundation has started a project with Durham Police to place devices in 16 stations around the county, and visit schools to help educate young people about heart health.

The 2023 Durham City Run Festival will be held from 13-15 July, with the popular Durham City 5K and 10K races finishing at the World Heritage Site on Palace Green. The festival will help Red Sky to promote its key messages and the benefits of active lifestyles, and will also include a series of free events, designed to encourage more people to try out running. One of these will be a ‘buggy run’ hosted by Durham Mums on the Run, a local group that enables parents to start or return to running along with their young children.

Red Sky Foundation was started by Sergio and Emma Petrucci following the life-saving treatment that their daughter Luna received after she was born with a serious heart problem. The partnership between the festival and the foundation was launched on Palace Green by Sergio, along with event founder Steve Cram, Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, Dave Coldwell, deputy head of sport and physical activity at Durham University, and members of Durham Mums on the Run.

Durham City Run Festival founder Steve Cram commented: “Red Sky Foundation is a brilliant organisation that’s doing some excellent work to make defibrillators easy to access in public places. Crucially, the foundation is also rolling out a great education programme about heart health.

"The Durham City Run Festival will contribute in different ways. Runners in our events will be encouraged to raise money for the charity, we can share important foundation messages, and by including some really accessible free running sessions in our programme, we’re helping people to lead active, healthier lives.”

Sergio Petrucci added: “I’m really excited for Red Sky Foundation to play our part in the famous Durham City Run Festival and I can’t wait to see so many people getting involved. We have quite a large following across County Durham so we’ll be encouraging our supporters to pull on a Team Red Sky top and help fly our flag during the event.”

To find out more, visit the Durham City Run Festival website.

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