Runner heading towards the finish at the Durham City Run Festival

Test your pace at Virtual Durham City Run Festival

Put your lockdown training to good use and help St Cuthberts Hospice at the Virtual Durham City Run Festival.

Events of the North have given runners the opportunity to compete whilst supporting St Cuthbert’s Hospice in their Virtual Durham City Run Festival. They have the choice of racing over 1 Mile, 5K or 10K or all three distances and be in with a chance of a prize.

The actual Durham City Run Festival was set to take place in July but as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, has been postponed until 8–11 October. Rather than let everyone's hard work and training go to waste, the organisers launched a virtual event as a goal to aim for and as a motivator during these uncertain times. It is supported by Durham County Council and Durham University. 

Entrants register for their chosen distance or distances then download the event app which they use to help record and submit their finish time. They complete their run at a time and location to suit them – remembering to follow government social distancing guidelines - and record it via Garmin or Strava. They then send their results, BIB number and a photo anytime from Thursday 16 July to Sunday 19 July. 

All results are checked and will appear on the app and event website. The final results will be published on Thursday 23 July and prize winners notified shortly afterwards. Every runner receives a bespoke medal and tote bag. A technical T-shirt or headband can be purchased at registration. 

A percentage of every entry fee is donated to St Cuthbert’s Hospice. The hospice has it's own running group which is keen to take part and fundraise for the charity. 

More information and how to enter are available at the Virtual Durham City Run Festival website.

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