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Return of the Prince Bishops Durham City Run

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Thousands of runners are expected to turn out for the second annual Prince Bishops Durham City Run this summer.

Entries are now open for the event, which last year saw more than 2,000 people taking on the challenges of the city centre’s cobbled streets and undulating roads.

The 2017 Durham City Run, on Wednesday 19 July, will again feature 5K and 10K races and is being organised by Events of the North, supported by Durham County Council, and with Prince Bishops Shopping Centre as headline sponsor.

As well as a test for participants, the event includes plenty of locations where spectators can cheer on the runners.

The run was launched today by Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council; Cllr Eddie Bell, Chairman of Durham County Council; Cllr Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning; Georgina Thomson of Prince Bishops Shopping Centre; and Steve Cram, of Events of the North.

Cllr Simon Henig, said: “The Durham City Run shines a spotlight on our majestic city in all its historic and cultural glory. It draws thousands of residents and visitors together in a celebration of the shining spirit of community and friendship that our county is so well known for and is a fine example of our commitment to making Durham a thriving county with vibrant culture and leisure events.”

Marjorie Dodds, Chester-le-Street town crier, announced the opening of applications on Valentine’s Day with a declaration of love for the event (see ‘Note to editors’ below for full proclamation).

Steve Cram comments: “The first Prince Bishops Durham City Run was a huge success last year. It presented a proper challenge, but also an opportunity to run in a beautiful setting. We were delighted with the high level of entries and the great atmosphere that was created by supporters out on the course – there was a lot of love for the event! We are really looking forward to working with Durham County Council and Prince Bishops Shopping Centre to deliver another excellent summer event on the North East sporting calendar.”

Cllr Bell adds: “Walking, jogging and running are three of the most effective exercises you can do to both start and stay active. Bringing this large scale participation race to the historic streets of Durham is a fantastic opportunity and we are looking forward to welcoming back many of the runners who took part last year, but I particularly hope the 5K race will appeal to newcomers looking for a new challenge.”

Georgina Thomson comments: “After the success of the inaugural Prince Bishops Durham City Run last July we are absolutely thrilled to be supporting the run again in 2017. The city was buzzing with runners and spectators and we hope this year it will be even bigger and better.”

The Prince Bishops Durham City Run is supported by sports nutrition company Totum Sport as performance partner and Newsquest North East as media partner. Places on the events are now available at www.durhamcityrun.com.  The Durham City Run 10K costs £24 to enter for unaffiliated runners and £22 for members of clubs (affiliated to UK Athletics).  The price for the Durham City Run 5K is £15 (£13 for club runners).  For the latest news about the Durham City Run, keep an eye on the website, find the event on Facebook and follow @DurhamCityRun on Twitter.

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