A new running event has been launched as a collaboration by a team from The National Running Show, Breathe Unity and UKRunChat. The National Festival of Running is a three-day event taking place at Weston Park in Shropshire, in the West Midlands of England.
Taking place on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019, the organisers are promising ‘a weekend away with your running family and friends like no other.’
The National Festival of Running will be delivering a ‘whole weekend of races, classes, live music, running stories, meet ups, camping, a shopping village and more.’
The National Festival of Running will take place at Weston Park in Shropshire, a country house set in more than 1,000 acres of park designed by the English landscape architect Capability Brown. As a former home of V Festival, the venue is seen as ideal for the National Festival of Running with ample grounds for the many races and activities planned over the course of the three days.
Co-hosting the festival and inspiring runners of all abilities will be Iwan Thomas MBE, Olympic silver medallist and former European and Commonwealth 400m Champion, as well as endurance runner and social media influencer Susie Chan.
There will be four UKA-approved races over the three days: a 5K on day one, a half marathon and a Festival Mile on day two, and a 10K on day three. Two separate waves are available for both the half marathon and the 10K, and runners can earn a medal for each race completed.
The whole weekend is positioned as an inclusive event with running at its heart, whilst also appealing to music lovers with a line-up of musicians taking to the stages throughout the event. Two fully equipped sound stages, ‘We’ve Got it Covered’ and ‘Rising Stars’, will be providing entertainment and music.
The Saturday night headline act has been confirmed as Jo Whiley, whose DJ skills will have runners and non-runners dancing under the Shropshire sky from 10-11.30 pm.
Given that sleep is also likely to be high on the agenda, the organisers have carefully planned designated camping zones to suit everyone, including Family Camping, Quiet Camping, General Camping, and a Camper Van Zone. The festival ticket includes entry to the camping fields and festival-goers can choose to pitch their tent anywhere within the designated areas.
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Race Director Joe Williams said “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of the National Festival of Running 2019 which is set to be the festival for runners next summer. The idea has been in the making for quite a long time and it is incredibly exciting to be able to unveil this very special summer event.
“Thank you to all those who have got their ticket already, and for the massive support from the running community so far. The festival is all about runners, families and friends who want to share a unique weekend experience camping together on the beautiful estate, with great races, music, classes, a fantastic shopping village, chats and more.”
He continued, “We want everyone at the festival to feel inspired and uplifted, and to meet and make new running friends whilst creating unforgettable memories. We look forward to sharing this experience with you all in the summer of 2019.”
- Friday 21st June: 5K at 18:00 BST
- Saturday 22nd June: Festival Mile at 10:00| Half Marathon at 10:00 and 14:00
- Sunday 23rd June: 10K at 10:00 and 12:00
Tickets to the National Festival of Running are on sale on the event website, with Super Early Bird tickets from £79 for the whole weekend for ages 16 and over. Tickets for Under 16 cost £60, and are free for children Under 5 (all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
The weekend tickets include camping at Weston Park from 15:00 on Friday, entry to all four races, up to four medals, classes, running stories, music, headline DJ, the booking fee and more. Every festival visitor also receives a water bottle and a t-shirt.