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Race for pace, Run for fun

The inaugural Durham City Run Festival was held in 2019 following a number of years hosting the Prince Bishops Durham City Run on a midsummer evening with thousands of runners taking part.

Held over 2 days in and around one of the world’s most historic cities, the Durham Run Festival will be centred around four primary features, supported by a host of exciting activities and events aimed at all ages and abilities, even if you’ve NEVER run before!

Check-out our full programme of entertainment, tech-talks, themed runs, celebrity appearances, exhibitions and PLENTY of running opportunities.

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A series of talks and demonstrations from industry experts covering a range of topics related to running. These will include Injury and Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Technology, Training Tips and Equipment. Many of these will be free to attend but check back here for timings and listings which will be published very soon.


There are many celebrities who have developed a love for running, many with their own inspirational stories. They also though suffer the normal trials and tribulations common to us all as we train and participate in our chosen events. We look forward to meeting some of our favourite running celebs and hearing their stories. Keep watching for news.


Get your running shoes on and join in a gentle run with a difference. We will be setting up a few Themed runs with guides, where there will be plenty of chances to stop and chat! All abilities and paces welcome. You never know you might just learn something while you get fitter. Details to follow.


Our Durham City Run Festival main stage will be in Millennium Square which will host various events including live broadcasts by BBC Newcastle at various times as well as a few live pod-casts from contributors and participants. Drop by and have a listen…or join in!


There will be a limited number of trade stands as well as the chance to purchase Durham City Run Festival merchandise. Look out for the units in the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre. We are also anticipating one or two social events across the festival….fun while you run? Probably best to check out our social media!!

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