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Durham County Council and Events of the North are delighted to announce the first ever Run Festival to be held over 3 days Thursday July 25th-Saturday July 27th in and around one of the world’s most historic cities.

Building on the huge success of the Prince Bishops 5k and 10k races held over the previous 3 years, the Run Festival will be centered around 4 Primary Features, supported by a host of exciting activities and events aimed at all ages and abilities, even if you’ve never run before!

It will proudly feature the world premiere of a new running concept created by running icon Paula Radcliffe. Families on Track powered by Atom Bank.

Events and activities will be held throughout the city with the main hub being at the Gala Theatre.

The Run Festival will include entertainment, Tech-talks, Themed-runs, celebrity appearances, exhibitions and plenty of running opportunities. The full Run Festival programme will continue to be developed in the coming weeks with lots on offer which will be free to attend but make sure you book/enter early for our key events as demand is anticipated to be high.

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We have just launched our Durham City Run bus adverts.

If you spot one, and it's safe to do so, take a picture and share it in the comments below using our tag Durham City Run festival and you could win a free tshirt.

Happy bus spotting!

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HUGE WELL DONE to the first group
Of Start Me Up for Durham #SMUFD runners who came along to Shildon Leisure Centre this evening. You were all fabulous!

Massive thanks too to Vic from Durham County Council, and coaches Sally and Phil for helping out.

These free, fun and inclusive sessions are designed to support you on your journey to the Durham City Run Festival in July. It's not a formal running club, it's not a weekly commitment, you just sign up to any session you fancy and attend for free.

Led by experienced run leaders and coaches, these sessions are designed for anyone to attend of every ability.

The next #SMUFD run will take place at 18:15 on WEDNESDAY 5th June at Jubilee Park, Spennymoor and lasts approximately an hour. Everyone attending will receive a free training tshirt 🙌🏻

To sign up just email info@eventsofthenorth.com with the subject line "Start Me Up" and we will book you in. A final instructions email will be sent out on Monday.

Further sessions and venues will be announced in due course.

ALL WELCOME (12yrs+)

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