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Helping make Durham City Run Festival 2020 the best yet

(22 January 2020)

We’re more involved than ever before in the Durham City Run Festival for 2020.

The popular local event expanded to a three-day Festival for 2019, when we hosted a families’ running event supported by marathon legend Paula Radcliffe and a timed mile challenge in honour of Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes.

This year, we’re even more involved: hosting many events at our recently completed Sports and Wellbeing Park.

We’ll also be offering runners the chance to try our new cryotherapy and hydrotherapy facilities, which will be open to everyone from April.

What, when and where?

The Durham City Run Festival 2020 will take place from 16-18 July.

It will include the Prince Bishops Durham City 10K and 5K races and the return of Paula’s Families on Track and Run Like A Legend.

As in 2019, Horrible Histories author Terry Deary will lead history-themed runs in the City, raising money for charity and giving away books to every child who takes part.

Plus more events will be announced nearer the time.

Around 6,000 people are expected to take part over the three days.

The Festival is organised by Events of the North, in partnership with ourselves and supported by Durham County Council.

Running mates

We believe in the extraordinary power of sport and exercise to bring together people of all backgrounds and abilities – whether they be students, staff, or members of the community.

We’ve recently invested £32 million in our sports and exercise facilities, to create a first-class Sports and Wellbeing Park which is available to all.

Get involved

Registration for some events is open now, at