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Join the virtual Durham City Run Festival this July

(10 June 2020)

Though Covid-19 means we can’t be together for the Durham City Run Festival this year, we’re excited to announce a virtual event to help you keep active during lockdown.

What is the Durham City Run Festival?

An annual celebration of fitness and physical activity which takes place in Durham each July, organised by Events of the North, in partnership with ourselves and supported by Durham County Council.

Last year, the event expanded to a three-day Festival, 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 were gearing up to be more involved than ever before: hosting many events at our recently upgraded Sports and Wellbeing Park.

What’s happening now?

Of course Covid-19 means we can’t run the Festival as planned, and it’s been postponed until October.

But we’re excited to announce that a virtual event will take place on the original dates: 16-19 July.

Register online to run 5km, 10km or a mile, download a special app and record and submit your best time for a solo run, anytime between 9am on Thursday 16 July and midnight on Sunday 19 July.

You can have a go at one, two or all three distances.

And it means you can take part wherever you are. For our students, they can still be involved even if they’re away from Durham and the virtual Run will be one of a wide range of events and activities we're making available as part of our 'Wider Student Experience online'.

How do I get involved?

Register online at durhamcityrunfestival.com/virtual. Entry costs £12.50 per distance, including a medal and tote bag.

A proportion of every entry fee after tax will be donated to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham City.

Registration is open now.

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 local 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.

When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, why not pop along and see what’s on offer for you.