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New Dean of Durham to go on the run

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The new Dean of Durham has pledged his support for the inaugural Durham City Run. The 20 July event is a Durham County Council initiative which is being organised by Events of the North, with sponsorship from Prince Bishops Shopping Centre and the Northern Echo. The 5K and 10K races are expected to bring thousands of runners, spectators and volunteers to the North East.

Visiting the city today, keen runner Canon Andrew Tremlett – who takes up his post this summer – met with the organisers of the region’s latest road race and, along with county councillor Rachel Lumsdon, signed up to take part.

Andrew Tremlett said: “I am very excited to be taking part in the inaugural Durham City Run. It is wonderful to think that so many people will be coming together to start and finish at Durham Cathedral and I’m sure the sight of this majestic building will provide some much needed inspiration and motivation as people make their way around the course. This beautiful city is soon to be my home when I become Dean of Durham and I can’t think of a better way to begin meeting members of the public and fellow running enthusiasts than by taking part in the run.”

The Durham City Run will be held on the evening of Wednesday 20 July and will give runners the option of a 5K or 10K run on a route in and around the city centre.  Runners in both the one lap and two lap events will follow an undulating course past many of the iconic landmarks in the ancient city and the races will finish on the World Heritage Site on Palace Green, with the backdrop of Durham Cathedral and Castle.

The route has been designed to offer excellent vantage points for spectators, so friends and family can cheer on runners throughout the event. Canon Tremlett, who takes up office on 17 July, will be joining supporters and staff as part of Team Durham Cathedral, raising money to help fund the upkeep of the focal point of the inaugural city run.

Steve Cram, of Events of the North, said: “We’re delighted that the new Dean has decided to mark his arrival by tackling the Durham City Run.  The route will certainly give Andrew an opportunity to see some of the most attractive parts of a beautiful city on a summer evening and we have conveniently arranged the finish to be just outside his office!”

Cllr Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning said: “Jogging and running are two of the most effective exercises you can do to both start and stay active – and with five weeks to go there’s still plenty of time to train to take part in the inaugural Durham City Run. Such a large scale participation race on the historic streets of Durham is a fantastic opportunity and one I hope many people – be they pulling on their trainers for the first time, or established runners – will take advantage of.”

Cllr Rachel Lumsdon, the council’s cabinet support member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, who is taking part in her first running event, said: “The Durham City Run is a great community event and something that anyone, of any ability – even non-runners like me – can take part in. It’s a great motivation to get out there and improve your health, and I hope to see many people taking part who, like myself, haven’t done something like this before.”

The Durham City Run 5K costs £15 to enter for unaffiliated runners and £13 for members of running clubs. The price for the Durham City Run 10K is £24, or £22 for club runners.  Places on the Durham City Run events are now available at www.durhamcityrun.com.  Members of the public can also join Team Durham Cathedral by signing up to the run and then contacting development@durhamcathedral.co.uk for further fundraising information and a runners’ pack.

For the latest news about the Durham City Run, keep an eye on the website and follow @DurhamCityRun on Twitter.

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