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Put your sporting knowledge to the celebrity test

(16 July 2020)

How well do you know your sport? Reckon you could outwit some of the athletes themselves? Put your sporting knowledge to the test in an All Star Question of Sport quiz as part of the Virtual Durham City Run Festival. 

The Virtual Durham City Run Festival

From July 16 to 19, it's the Virtual Durham City Run Festival, organised by Events of the North and supported by ourselves and Durham County Council. Choose your own route for a solo 5km, 10km or one-mile run and submit your time via an app.

Go head-to-head with friends, target a personal best time or just have some fun – it’s up to you.

All Star Question of Sport

Then on Sunday 19 July, join us on Facebook for an All Star Question of Sport quiz featuring sporting greats and University students and staff.

Captaining the teams will be long-distance running legend Paula Radcliffe, former world record sprint hurdler Colin Jackson and former Team GB and British champion sprinter Jeanette Kwakye.

They will be joined by students including England Academy rugby player Beth Blacklock and Team GB hockey player Tess Howard, plus University staff including Jeremy Cook, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) and Quentin Sloper, Director of Experience Durham.

The fourth team will be from Stephenson College, winners of our intercollegiate Question of Sport, and chairing the event will be former 1500m world record holder Steve Cram.

And you can play too, by following us on Facebook.

Inspiring sport

We believe in the extraordinary power of sport and exercise to bring together people of all backgrounds and abilities.

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

The Durham City Run Festival is an annual celebration of fitness and physical activity which takes place in Durham each July.

We’re proud to support the event and this year we were gearing up to be more involved than ever before: hosting many events at the Sports and Wellbeing Park.

Of course Covid-19 meant the Festival couldn’t run as planned, and it’s now scheduled for October – Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

But we’re excited to be supporting the Virtual festival.

Enjoy the weekend!